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NCAA Tournament: Kansas holds off Clemson; Villanova victorious

NCAA Tournament: Kansas holds off Clemson; Villanova victorious

Clemson better tighten up in the paint or else easy KU buckets inside will put this game away.

Malik Newman led Kansas (30-7) with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting to go along with seven rebounds, while senior guard Devonte' Graham, who went just 4 of 12 from the field, added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.

A career night from Gabe DeVoe wasn't enough for No. 5 seed Clemson to overcome the strength and talent of No. 1-seeded Kansas.

#3 Texas Tech 78 #2 Purdue 65: The only sorta upset of the day, as the Red Raiders make the Elite Eight for the first time in program history after 5 failed tries. At that point he had 10 points, including a 3-pointer that gave KU a 65-47 lead. Big man Udoka Azubuike looked strong in his first start of the tournament with 14 points and 11 rebounds in a tournament-high 25 minutes.

The Tigers also needed a productive game from Elijah Thomas but he finished with four points and eight rebounds in 27 minutes.

Although the end result on Friday was exactly what the Jayhawks (30-7) wanted, their path to get there was as lovely and bumbling as the rest of their season.

CBS' chief announcing team of Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery noticed, offering DeVoe a host of kudos towards the end of the game. Sure, you had large contingents who made the lengthy trips to watch Villanova, West Virginia, Purdue and Texas Tech play for a spot in the Elite 8. They'll play Sunday against the victor of Friday night's second semifinal between No. 2 seed Duke and 11-seed Syracuse.

"We'll get somewhere between a 10 percent and 14 percent pickup in revenue, so it will be better afternoon-wise than evening-wise for the first round", Mowery said. The Jayhawks failed to reach the Final Four the previous two seasons.

The teams went back and forth, trading alley-oop dunks and three-pointers until the end-game played out with 21 seconds left.

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The Tigers were playing in the second weekend of the N.C.A.A. men's basketball tournament for the first time in more than two decades.

But in Kansas, Brownell's team was facing a supremely talented group that was dialed in for all of the first half and much of the second half.

The victory, which looked like it was going to be easy (KU led by 20 early in the second half), turned out to be hard as the Tigers cut the gap to six points with 2:27 left and four with 14.5 to play.

"The NCAA Tournament lasts for days, and when Carolina or Duke is in the finals, as one of them has been the past three years, it's true madness then", Fletcher said.

The Clemson-Kansas victor plays in the regional final Sunday against the victor of Friday night's other semifinal between second-seeded Duke and 11th-seeded Syracuse. But it closed the period on a 10-0 run to take a 30-25 halftime advantage. Kansas came into the game a 4 1/2-point favorite.

Marvin Bagley scored 22 points and Wendell Carter Jr. had 14 with 12 rebounds for Duke (29-7).

Kansas led for 38:30 of the 40-minute game and never really was in jeopardy of losing its lead.

Texas Tech (27-9) also got 33 points from its bench, compared to just six for Purdue.

"I'm so proud of our team because I think of all the teams that we've had here, this would be the team that everyone would have thought would not be in this game", Self said Friday. But Duke, which made just two 3s in that victory, has already knocked down a few from beyond the arc - a key in defeating Syracuse's headache-inducing 2-3 zone.

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