Kansas Defeats North Carolina, Advances To Final Four

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Kansas Jayhawks have knocked off number one seeded North Carolina. Fans couldn't be more excited.

"It was a close game all the way, until the very end, we kind of pulled away. Several players came up huge. I couldn't be happier," said Greg Palko, KU fan.

For the first time since 2008, the Jayhawks are one of four teams remaining in the NCAA tournament.

Some fans say they are proud of how far the team has come.

"For a team that was told they were the worst Bill Self team, we've done pretty well this year," said Ryan Dreher, KU fan.

"I think we have a lot of talent, and I think the talent has grown a lot, and that's why Bill Self should win coach of the year. I think he's brought this team from something they never thought it would be to something that's amazing," said Sarah Thompson, KU fan.

Instead of stopping at the Final Four, most fans say Sunday's win against North Carolina proves the Jayhawks have what it takes to be champions.

"I feel this year is a good year, and that we've built a final four team that could be a championship team," said Thompson.

"We're gonna win it all, baby. We're gonna win it all," said Ryan Ammons, KU fan.

"It will be KU and Kentucky, and we will overcome. Absolutely," said Michelle Morales, KU fan.

The Jayhawks take on Ohio State next Saturday in New Orleans.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Tyshawn Taylor came out of his slump in a big way, scoring 22 points to lead Kansas to an 80-67 victory over North Carolina on Sunday that returned the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since winning it all in 2008.

Four other Kansas players finished in double figures as the Jayhawks (31-6) scored the last 12 points of the game. Player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson had 18 and nine rebounds for the second-seeded Jayhawks, who will face Ohio State in the Final Four on Saturday night.

James Michael McAdoo scored 15 for the Tar Heels, who played better without star point guard Kendall Marshall. But top-seeded North Carolina (32-6) couldn't overcome a 5:46 field goal drought to end the game.

In the Final Four:

One game is a grudge match between programs that know each other all too well. The other is a rematch between teams that aren't used to meeting this often.

The Final Four is set. In one game Saturday at the Superdome in
New Orleans, Kentucky will play Louisville in an intrastate rivalry
that will pit Cardinals coach Rick Pitino against the school he
once coached, then later alienated by returning to the Bluegrass to
lead its arc hrival.

In the other semifinal, it will be Ohio State and Kansas,
meeting for only the ninth time in their history but for the second
time this season. The Jayhawks won the first game 78-67 in
Lawrence, Kan., back on Dec. 10. It was the first time the teams
had met since 2000.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

It's been nine years since Roy Williams left Kansas, and he knows the Jayhawks and their fans have gotten over him.

No matter how much time passes, he'll never be able to say the same.

Williams would rather top-seeded North Carolina (32-5) face almost anyone but his "second-favorite" team Sunday, a trip to the Final Four on the line. None of the players who played for him are still at Kansas, no one on the Jayhawks staff has ties to Williams and coach Bill Self is building his own legacy in Lawrence.

For Williams, however, Kansas (31-6) will always be personal. Williams says he tried to "give everything" to Kansas for 15 years, and will always have fond memories of his time with the Jayhawks.

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