Saturday, March 17, 2012
Rapid Reaction: Kansas 65, Detroit 50
By Jason King
OMAHA, Neb. -- Quick thoughts from Kansas' 65-50 victory over Detroit on Friday at the CenturyLink Center.
Overview:Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 13 rebounds and Elijah Johnson added 15 points to spark Kansas to an easy win over No. 15 seed Detroit in the Midwest Region. The No. 2 seed Jayhawks will play Purdue at approximately 9 ET Sunday night.
One of the biggest stories of the game was the health status of Kansas point guard Tyshawn Taylor, who left the contest with about 15 minutes remaining, reportedly because of cramps. Taylor was taken to the locker room and didn't return. He appeared to injure himself during a play in which he was called for a charge with about 16 minutes remaining. He went to the bench and then headed to the locker room about a minute later.
Detroit, which shot just 31.7 percent from the field, got 15 points from Doug Anderson and 10 from Eli Holman. Ray McCallum Jr., a McDonald's All-American in high school who chose Detroit over KU so he could play for his father, finished with just 8 points on 4-of-15 shooting.
Turning point: The Jayhawks ended the first half on a 15-3 run, which gave them a 34-24 lead at intermission. They opened the second half on a 10-2 tear that made it 44-26. At that point, the game was essentially over.
Key player: Robinson notched his NCAA-leading 24th double-double. The Jayhawks also got a boost from Johnson, who made three of his four 3-point attempts. Center Jeff Withey had 7 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks.
Key stat: Detroit's 3-point shooting continued to be its Achilles' heel. The Titans were just 3-of-17 from long range (17.6 percent).
Miscellaneous: Kansas' 2008 NCAA title run began in Omaha.
Up next: Kansas takes on No. 10 seed Purdue on Sunday. The Boilermakers defeated No. 7 seed Saint Mary's earlier Friday. Detroit ends its season 22-14.