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Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks control Clemson to reach the Elite Eight

Kansas Basketball: Jayhawks control Clemson to reach the Elite Eight

"I can't speak for our players, but I would think Devonte' would agree with me". The Tigers haven't been a consistent team this season and are out-manned against this Kansas team.

"We just came out with a chip on our shoulder", Vick said. We were OK were against Penn. We played pretty good tonight, except how it closed. And so, hey, we're in this game.

This game didn't require much work until the end.

Clemson had scored five straight points to cut KU's lead to 35-27 late in the first half when Elijah Thomas, after a review, was called for a flagrant foul.

Malik Newman led the Jayhawks (30-7) with 17 points in a one-time runaway that got much closer and, quite frankly, won't mean much to KU fans if their team can't finish the job in the Midwest Region final Sunday. Gabe DeVoe is third all-time in scoring in the NCAA Tournament (75 points) ... his average is first all-time with 25.0 points per game in three contests, third in points (75), fourth in field goals (28) and second in threes made (12) ... he posted the 27th "Triple Leadership" in program history against Kansas - leading the team in points, rebounds and assists ... The idea of Kansas basketball players doing the nobody-believed-in-us thing is at least a little amusing, because if a down year is 30 wins and a sweep of the regular season and conference tournament, then we need to retire the phrase "KU down year" forever. "That was kind of on us guards".

Kansas senior guard Devonte' Graham, a former standout at Broughton High School, got off to a slow start but finished strong during the Jayhawks' 80-76 round of 16 win vs. Clemson on Friday night in Omaha, Neb.

Now, such proclamations always contain recency bias. Our Ricky O'Donnell has Kansas slated as the team with the fifth-best chances of cutting down the nets when all is said and done at the NCAA tournament. But given the breadth of Self's accomplishments, for someone who knows the game to flatter him in this manner seems worthy of our attention.

The Jayhawks sent home the Tigers because their perimeter-oriented attack is a nightmare to contain when it's whirring at full tilt, and because that attack is even more of a nightmare to contain when Kansas has its primary big man at or close to peak form. The investigation into that matter lasted long enough that Preston eventually gave up and left KU . I don't think tightness was our problem a year ago. "We were expecting Billy Preston to play our offense, to get back to our old ways".

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It got a fine supporting-actor effort from Silvio De Sousa, the Angolan who joined the team in December, and it got another gem from March-hot guard Malik Newman, who shot 6 for 11 overall and 4 for 7 from three-point range, had 17 points and said: "My confidence is just sky-high".

Clemson attempted to put a dent in its deficit before the break but a five-point Jayhawk possession dashed those hopes. "And to have fun doing it".

"I told the guys after the game, it's not a guarantee".

There have been numerous takes on this season's Jayhawks. He had 16 total the two games before that.

Center Udoka Azubuike is back in the lineup for KU after being unavailable for the Big 12 Tournament. He is 1-3 against them in the Elite Eight.

All that talk about busted brackets and the maddest March ever - not happening in the Midwest.

"It's been a great year".

"I just tried in any way possible to give my team a chance to win at the end", DeVoe said.

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