March 20, 2012
On a team of stars such as Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, it's Elijah Johnson who has emerged as the unsung savior for No. 2 seed Kansas.
Johnson struggled with his shot for much of the season, but he's
found it at the most opportune time. He hit a key 3-pointer and
came up with several sparkling defensive plays Sunday night,
allowing the Jayhawks to squeak past Purdue in the NCAA tournament.
Johnson finished with 18 points. The same player who was shut
out by Florida International this season has given the Jayhawks a
reliable scoring threat to complement their other stars.
Coach Bill Self expects that to be critical on Friday night,
when Kansas plays No. 11 seed North Carolina State in the Midwest
Regional semifinals in St. Louis.