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Friday, March 18, 2011
Rapid Reaction: Kansas 72, Boston 53

By Pat Forde



TULSA, Okla. -- Thoughts from Kansas' 72-53 win over Boston U.:

Overview: Kansas had the toughest opening-game struggle of any No. 1 seed, beating game Boston U. by 19 points. Duke won its opener by 42, Ohio State won its by 29 and Pittsburgh won its by 23. The Jayhawks led by just four at halftime before pulling away in the second half.

Turning point: The Jayhawks hit 3-pointers on three straight possessions midway through the second half, pushing their lead to 15 with less than eight minutes remaining to put the game out of reach.

Key player: Marcus Morris had team highs of 16 points and nine rebounds.

Key stat: The Jayhawks mauled the Terriers on the glass, outrebounding them 37-24.

Miscellaneous: Kansas got a nice floor game from the occasionally erratic Tyshawn Taylor, who had 10 points, seven assists and two turnovers. Boston U. was led by John Holland with 19 points. He finished his career with more than 2,000 points and got a long hug and heartfelt words from Terriers coach Pat Chambers when he was taken out of the game in the final minute.

What's next: Kansas advances to play the winner of UNLV-Illinois. Boston U. is off until Midnight Madness 2011.