7:10 PM ET, March 22, 2007
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Kansas Jayhawks knew they had to abandon the beautiful game they usually play to beat Southern Illinois. The Jayhawks admit they don't like winning ugly -- but they like losing even less.When the Salukis slowed their NCAA Tournament run to a crawl, Brandon Rush and his Kansas teammates stooped down into the grit for a win that put them on the brink of the Final Four.
Brandon Rush scored 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting in Kansas' 61-58 victory over Southern Illinois. Rush was the first player to make as many as six field goals without a miss in the Round of 16 since Kevin Lyde did so for Temple in a win over Purdue in 1999. The Jayhawks made only one of six three-point attempts in their victory, becoming the first team in four years to win a tournament game with fewer than two three-point field goals. Kansas was also the last team to do so, shooting 1-for-12 from three-point range in a 69-65 win over Duke in 2003, when Kentucky shot 1-for-5 in a victory over Wisconsin on the same day. Note that Southern Illinois' first two opponents made a total of three three-pointers on 24 attempts. The only other school to hold their three opponents to fewer than five treys through the Round of 16 was Notre Dame in 1987 (the first year of the three-point rule).
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Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||21-57 (.368)||25-42 (.595)|
|3P Made-Attempted||6-25 (.240)||1-6 (.167)|
|FT Made-Attempted||10-14 (.714)||10-19 (.526)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
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