8:47 PM ET, April 5, 2008
SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Roy Williams taught Kansas all about how to handle cruel, crushing disappointments.This time, the Jayhawks got their chance to make Williams feel the pain. Kansas left its old coach in the dust Saturday night, getting 25 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Rush to stave off a ferocious comeback by North Carolina for an 84-66 victory in the national semifinals.Trailing 40-12 late in the first half, Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington and the Tar Heels made a valiant rally, getting to within five points with nine minutes left.
KU improves at being No. 1
Kansas is one of only 12 schools to have played 15 or more games as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. While the Jayhawks have a history of some earlier-than-expected exits, their win Saturday over UNC solidified their 10th-place position in winning percentage as a No. 1 seed.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||34-64 (.531)||24-67 (.358)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-15 (.333)||5-24 (.208)|
|FT Made-Attempted||11-14 (.786)||13-15 (.867)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||21 (0/0)||14 (0/0)|
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