Sweet 16 recap NCAA tournament — March Madness

Sweet 16 recap NCAA tournament — March Madness

Sweet 16 recap NCAA tournament — March Madness

David Skara #24 of the Clemson Tigers reacts after being defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

From up 20 and rolling two minutes into the second half to clinging to a four-point lead with 14.5 seconds to play, the Jayhawks were everything in Friday's final 18 minutes that they have been all season long - dangerous, dizzying, dramatic and victorious.

Daxter Miles had 16 points to lead West Virginia. The outside shots helped the Wildcats overcome 16 turnovers.

"What a game, man".

"To me, he doesn't look as good scoring the ball on the block", KU coach Bill Self said of Azubuike. They are so relentless.

Carter was called for his third with 17:33 left in the game.

"Congratulate Kansas", Brad Brownell said.

"When the whistle keeps blowing it really takes away your aggression", he said.

But Villanova heated up again. But, Moser said they're far more excited than they let on.

This game could well go down to the final minute, and in cases like this, it's always better to take points than to give them.

"I think the tournament is so great", Self told Sporting News. Kansas inbounded to Graham, who was fouled and made both his shots. Vick, Newman and Graham then opened the second half with 3s to extend the lead to 20. They handled the Mountaineers' pressure well early. "We've got to come out ready from the beginning", Bagley said of Kansas. He had 16 total the two games before that.

Clemson (25-10) played in its fourth Sweet 16 and first since 1997, although their 1990 appearance was later vacated due to NCAA sanctions. No, that doesn't mean they will win it all, but they should. "I feel like it's bigger than the National Basketball Association playoffs", he said.

A team Self deems one of his less likely to make it to a final eight has made it to a final eight, where Kansas slipped off the bracket in 2016 as a No. 1 seed against Villanova, and in 2017 as a No. 1 seed in Kansas City against Oregon.

BOSTON - Texas Tech is headed to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Graham had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in the half but contributed four rebounds and four assists in his usual 20 minutes.

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.

The Wildcats kept the momentum going, stretching the lead to 76-66 on a 3-pointer by Brunson.

Carsen Edwards led Purdue with 30 points, including four 3-pointers.

The Boilermakers (30-7) were playing in their second straight regional semifinal. To reach the Elite Eight, they'll have to beat the Clemson Tigers (5) on CBS Sports TV or March Madness live online streaming tonight. Kansas came into the game a 4 1/2-point favorite.

The last game of the day between #2 Purdue Boilermakers and #3 Texas Tech Red Raiders proved to be just as good as the other three. even though the score proved otherwise.

No insane comeback story here. In the Midwest, top-seeded Kansas staved off fifth-seeded Clemson's late comeback attempt.

The Kansas Jayhawks (1) are one of the few high seeded teams that has survived into the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. That foursome of teams alone would have made for an intriguing Final Four.

Clemson did get within six with 2:30 left on the strength of an 11-2 run, but Graham iced it with a key offensive rebound and four clutch free throws. The Jayhawks led 62-42, but the Tigers pulled within six with 2:27 remaining before Devonte Graham grabbed a huge offensive rebound that allowed Kansas to kill nearly a full minute off the clock.

But a 26-12 run fueled by Gabe DeVoe got Clemson within 74-68.

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.

Duke beat Syracuse 60-44 at home on February 24, holding the Orange to 31.5 percent shooting that included going 6 of 25 (24 percent) from behind the arc.

The Jayhawks shrugged off some late sluggishness to dispatch No. 5 Clemson 80-76 on Friday night in the Midwest Regional semifinal at CenturyLink Center to put themselves in the Elite Eight for the third-consecutive year with a date with Duke on Sunday.

Oshae Brissett scored out of the timeout, Tyus Battle sank a three-pointer two Orange possessions later and Brissett pulled Cuse within three points, 63-60, with a jumper the next time down the court.

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.

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