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Devonte' Graham helps Kansas hold off Clemson in the second half

25 March 2018

It's a tight game so far in the East Region semifinal between Villanova and West Virginia.

Guard Jevon Carter paced West Virginia with 28 points against Marshall. The line was as high as 6 at one point.

The senior big man tried to wear a brace in Purdue's round of 32 game against Butler, but the NCAA nixed it because the brace had metal in it.

"I think about it all the time", he said. "I think that's just his mentality of I'm going to keep going". They are so relentless. They beat Penn by 16 points in the first round, and Seton Hall by four in the second. The Wildcats trailed by six before scoring 11 straight to take a 65-60 lead with about nine minutes to play.

If Villanova wins it will be because: Its offense comes through again. Plop, plop, plop. Not for them, and maybe that's why they rolled up a 20-point lead on Clemson before scuffling to the finish line to win 80-76. "This is what you come to Kansas for to, like Coach said, experience the best". "We finished the game about as poorly as a team can, but we got the W. We know we've got to be a lot better on Sunday". But the Tigers reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 1997 even after losing Donte Grantham, perhaps their best player. I think we'll be as loose as we can be and still you've got to make shots.

Clemson erased most of an early 11-4 deficit to pull to 20-19.

"Great team", Moore said, "but I couldn't be prouder of my group". The last time was when they won it all two years ago. KU fell to OR last year and Villanova the year before.

Clemson relies on its defense and used that for double-digit wins against New Mexico State and Auburn. Marques Townes for Loyola-Chicago would hit a key three-point play in response with six seconds left.

Despite the outcome, Carter said he is proud of his classmates' four-year run.

March Madness continues on Saturday and Sunday on CBS. "We hit a little dead spot at the end of the first half that we couldn't quite come back from". Despite a slow shooting night, Evans still notched 16 points and four assists and controlled the game as Texas Tech defeated Purdue to advance to their first Elite Eight ever.

The change could allow Purdue center Isaac Haas to play in Friday night's Sweet 16 matchup with Texas Tech, though it still remains a long shot.

Kansas used a 10-0 tear to gain a 35-22 advantage, then closed the first half with five points after a flagrant foul was assessed on Clemson forward Elijah Thomas.

For the second season in a row, the Wolverines have caught fire late in the year with a four-game run to grab the Big Ten Championship crown followed by a Sweet 16 appearance. Purdue got it down to 1 early in the second but the Red Raiders never surrendered the lead.

The Boilermakers (30-7) were playing in their second straight regional semi-final. They were denied what would have been their first Elite Eight berth since 2000. He is 2-7 in those games to date.

OMAHA, Neb. - No insane comeback story here.

The top-seeded Jayhawks brought at least a temporary halt to the insanity of this March, withstanding a ferocious rally by fifth-seeded Clemson on Friday for a too-close-for-comfort, 80-76 victory.

North Carolina State still has not reached an Elite Eight since 1998, when the Wolfpack advanced to the Final Four in Kansas City.

Graham leads Kansas with an average of 17.3 points and 7.4 assists per game while Azubuike leads the Jayhawks on the glass with 7 rebounds per game this season.

The Jayhawks, one of only two 1 seeds to advance past the first weekend, did not get to this point easily. The Tigers got the ball with a chance to cut it to a one-possession game, but misfired on back-to-back 3s. From there, Kansas overcame a dogged Clemson press just long enough to ensure that the Tigers couldn't pull any closer until the final buzzer. Duke is a betting favorite in the game even though it is the lower seed.

But the Blue Devils couldn't shake the Orange (23-14) until the final buzzer sounded.

Sharp-shooting Grayson Allen missed the front end of a one-and-one with 12 seconds left and Duke up 67-64. Malik Newman led Kansas with 17 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 4 threes and 7 rebounds.