Elite Eight — March Madness Notebook

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"What a game, man". "I hope that looked as good as it did from the bench. We know we've got to be a lot better on Sunday". They are so relentless. "Sometimes that's not easy to keep fighting like that", Clemson coach Brad Brownell said. The Wildcats trailed by six before scoring 11 straight to take a 65-60 lead with about nine minutes to play.

Kansas secured a victory against Clemson on Friday, winning by 4 points, 80-76. "And you're going to struggle when you don't rebound well and you turn it over on offense". They've learned how to play through it, and we've had unbelievable guard play and unbelievable leadership from our vets, and had some guys have some outstanding seasons.

"So he didn't get to play with us past year".

"I think of all the teams that we've had here", Self said, "this would be the team that everyone would have thought would not be in this game". "And still, you've got to make shots".

Early in the second half, Krzyzewski did something Wooden never would've dreamed of: He tore off his jacket and threw it to the floor, calling a timeout after Syracuse scored two quick baskets to trim its deficit to three. Brunson led all scorers with 16 points in the half, with West Virginia getting 11 points from Daxter Miles.

The Wildcats came out firing, connecting on their first seven field goals. They handled the Mountaineers' pressure well early. Twin Peaks has most, if not all, of its 49 big-screen TVs dedicated to tournament games. The 44 points matched a season-low for Syracuse.

Despite the outcome, Carter said he is proud of his classmates' four-year run.

Just like this whole NCAA Tournament, the Sweet Sixteen was split in two: insane side with low seeds advancing, and the other side, where expectations are met. But that's how March Madness works. I feel I'm in a fantasy right now. "Unfortunately we lost in the Sweet 16".

Top-seeded Villanova will meet No. 3 Texas Tech at 2:20 p.m. on Sunday afternoon in the East Regional final, with both games airing on CBS.

Kansas used a 10-0 tear to gain a 35-22 advantage, then closed the first half with five points after a flagrant foul was assessed on Clemson forward Elijah Thomas.

BIGGER NUMBERS: After mostly muddling through last week's opening NCAA Tournament games, the Wolverines hit their offensive stride with a 99-point thrashing of Texas A&M in the Sweet Sixteen.

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He scored a game-high 31 points in the losing effort while also leading Clemson in assists with three.

The Sweet 16 turned into the Elite Eight after just two nights of games. DeVoe finishes his career 64 points shy of 1,000 (936) ... his 31 points are the most by a Tiger in his final game since Larry Nance had 34 vs. Temple in a NIT game on March 12, 1981 ...

OMAHA, Neb. - No insane comeback story here. In the Midwest, top-seeded Kansas staved off fifth-seeded Clemson's late comeback attempt.

The No. 1 seed Jayhawks (30-7) built their lead to 20 points less than 5 minutes into the second half and still were ahead by 18 after Newman, who finished with 17 points, hit a 3-pointer with 7:28 left.

Malik Newman had a team-high 17 points for Kansas, which is in the regional finals as a No. 1 seed for the third straight year.

Oh, and a trip to the Final Four.

Top-seeded Kansas is capitalizing on its mismatch in the post with Udoka Azubuike and Silvio De Sousa and leads fifth-seeded Clemson 40-27 at halftime of their Midwest Region semifinal.

Clemson trailed, 62-42, but climbed to within 6 with 2:27 left. The Tigers got the ball with a chance to cut it to a one-possession game, but misfired on back-to-back 3s. And at this point, Nova are probably the favorites.

At 4:03 remaining and the Tigers down by 13, they would make a strong run to get back into the game. Syracuse scored, then fouled Allen again, and he missed the front end. And because they have four guys making shots, Vick is the guy who you would think maybe we can help a little bit off Vick, because he's, like, their worst three-point shooter, and he has 50-some-odd on the season and goes 3 for 6 tonight.

While Kansas didn't maintain its lead or defensive effectiveness in the second half, having a 13-point lead at intermission played a significant part in the win.

Graham wound up playing 35 minutes, which marked his lowest output since a home win over Oklahoma on February 19, and played fewer than 39 minutes for just the third time since January 15.