Kansas Holds Off Late Clemson Rally to Reach Elite Eight, 80-76

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"Earlier in the year we lost a couple of games that we lost our poise and we made the wrong decisions in crunch time".

Excellent guard play propelled Clemson through the season and to victories in the first two rounds of its first NCAA Tournament appearance in six years.

Ultimately, however, Purdue never could make it all up and Texas Tech pulled out a 78-65 win on Friday at the TD Garden. Three-straight 3-pointers from Vick, Newman and Graham put the Tigers into an even deeper hole, as KU led 49-29. Not until Gary Trent Jr., made two free throws with 6.3 seconds left was this game sealed. Loyola-Chicago reached the Elite Eight as a No. 11 seed after winning three games by four points combined.

The Wildcats establish themselves as the favorites to win it all with an impressive win against the Mountaineers, led by Jalen Brunson (27 points) and an onslaught of threes, hitting 54.2% of them. DeVoe is the first Clemson guard with at least 30 points and nine rebounds in the same game since Will Solomon had 43 and nine vs. Virginia on January 15, 2000 ...

Bob Huggins said on Thursday he thinks his team would benefit from a fast-paced game.

There were multiple times in the Big 12 season when it was presumed Texas Tech would overtake the Jayhawks for the league title, or perhaps West Virginia.

A career-high 31 points from Gabe DeVoe was not enough for Clemson to extend its season to the Elite Eight.

"Two Hall of Fame coaches, two great programs, two sets of great players", said Grant Hill, who coincidentally is Turner's TV analyst in Omaha this weekend and will call Sunday's showdown at the CenturyLink Center.

Kansas coughed up most of a 20-point, second-half lead before holding off No. 5 Clemson, 80-76 in the Midwest Region at Omaha.

"We always say throw the ball inside, play around Doke "cause it's hard to guard him inside and he can get angles easily", senior guard Devonte" Graham said.

In spite of it all, Kansas won the Big 12 by two games, ripped through the conference tournament and are on the doorstep of playing for a national championship.

On the other end, Clemson missed a 3-pointer but got a putback with 4.6 seconds left. They scored six points as the Jayhawks closed on a 15-5 run and held Clemson without a field goal for 6 minutes.

The East and Midwest are on the right half of the NCAA tourney bracket, the half that hasn't had as many upsets. "That was the most physically demanding, mentally draining 40 minutes we've played in a long time". The redshirt freshman center scored 18 points and hit four three-pointers in the Sweet 16 win.

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.

Purdue extended their lead to five, but Texas Tech went on a 10-point run to end the half (30-25).

After trailing by 15 points with less than five minutes left, Clemson got to within 4 points with 14 seconds remaining. He is 2-7 in those games to date.

KU (30-7), which has fallen short the past two seasons, losing to Villanova and OR as the No. 1 seed in consecutive Elite Eight contests, got 14 points and 11 rebounds in 25 foul-plagued minutes from a seemingly healthy Udoka Azubuike.

Graham wound up playing 35 minutes, which marked his lowest output since a home win over Oklahoma on February 19, and played fewer than 39 minutes for just the third time since January 15.

Texas Tech (27-9) also got 33 points from its bench, compared to just six for Purdue. Kansas ranks fifth in the country in Ken Pomeroy's adjusted offensive efficiency in large part because of the ease with which it generates points from beyond the three-point arc.

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