Kansas gets past Duke 85-81 in overtime classic for Final Four

Kansas Edges Duke in Overtime to Reach the Final Four

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 if KU can't finish the job in the regional final Sunday. The Jayhawks are seeking their 15th trip to the NCAA Final Four.

Duke are back in the Elite Eight for the first time since their 2015 team won it all after holding off a late charge from rival Syracuse 69-65 on Friday night in the Midwest regional semi-finals. "The Final Four is enough motivation for us", senior guard Devonte Graham said.

Experience has prevailed over youth the past two years, veterans besting freshmen in March. "It just feels (perfect)".

With 2 minutes left in overtime, the teams had tied 11 times throughout the game and the match had 17 lead changes.

But it didn't, and instead the Jayhawks are moving on.

Among the players mentioned by Klis in the question were Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Chris Harris Jr. and Derek Wolfe, players Elway believes to be critical to the team's success. Leading by three, Duke intentionally fouled Tyus Battle, who made only one of his two free throws to cut the deficit to two with 7 seconds left. Trevon Duval, who had a team-high 20 points, had a chance to tie it up, but his three-pointer went wide.

"I was trying to drive right". "Every move, every jumpshot I do out there is for him", Gary Jr. told the Raleigh News & Observer.

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

This might be the unlikeliest of Coach Bill Self's three Final Four squads.

Kansas Edges Duke in Overtime to Reach the Final Four
Kansas works overtime for spot in Final Four

Since the NCAA limited the amount of time that the Red Raiders were allowed to have on the practice court during the off-day before the start of the Elite Eight, Texas made the decision that they were going to maximize those minutes by warming up and stretching before they actually made it to the floor.

But the Jayhawks banded together to win the Big 12's regular season and conference titles. and now the Midwest Region.

Regardless of the star's production, the Blue Devils believe they're playing their best basketball of the season and getting the shared production in the postseason to prove they have what it takes to propel Coach K to his 13th Final Four, which would break the record for most appearances by a coach (12), which is held by John Wooden. And with the final buzzer about to sound and the outcome suddenly in focus, Self clenched both of his fists and lifted his arms in the air for a celebration years in the making. Marvin Bagley III, two of the nation's best players, and the more veteran Jayhawks vs. the freshmen-laden Blue Devils. He also hit one of the biggest field goals of the night, a 3-pointer with 4:24 to play to put the Red Raiders up 63-55.

The Blue Devils also managed to swing the momentum in the first half's final minutes, hitting five of their final seven shots as Duval scored his team's final six points to see Duke take a 36-33 advantage into the halftime locker room. The surge was essential after Duke limited Kansas to 37-percent shooting in the first half, when the Jayhawks made 4 of 14 3-pointers and 9 of 22 inside the arc.

Jalen Brunson scored 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 90-78 victory over fifth-seeded West Virginia.

Duke obviously is accustomed to that stage under Mike Krzyzewski, who has led the Blue Devils to 12 Final Fours and five national championships since becoming coach in 1980.

Eight national titles and 30 Final Fours between the two. All we talked about is Duke.

"So when I started watching film, I just thought, man, this is a tough matchup", Wright said, "and if we survive this, we're a pretty mentally tough team, and this is going to be like an old-school, grind-out game".