(ST. LOUIS) — For the first time since they won it all in 2008, the Kansas Jayhawks are heading to the Final Four. (2) Kansas (31-6) eliminated top-seeded North Carolina (32-6), 80-67.
With 3:09 left in the game, the Jayhawks went on a 12-0 run to finish off the Tar Heels.
Kansas guard Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his tournament long scoring slump, leading the team with 22 points.
The Tar Heels played their second straight game without star point guard Kendall Marshall who broke his right wrist in North Carolina’s second round game against Creighton.
“We know as a group we caught a break today with Kendall not playing,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “I’m not saying that would have changed the outcome, but we caught a break.”
Five Jayhawks finished with double figures in scoring.
“These guys did an unbelievable job of kind of just staying the course and not playing tight,” Self said. “I kind of had a calm about myself today. I felt good about it, and these guys (Jayhawk players) obviously played at a high level.”
Kansas will now head to New Orleans to take on Ohio State for the right to play for the National Championship.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
Jill Martin, CNN