NCAA TOURNAMENT: Kansas wins, will play Illinois on Sunday


TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Kansas just needed some time to put the ghosts of its NCAA past behind it.

Marcus and Markieff Morris combined for 31 points as the Jayhawks found their shooting touch in the second half of a 72-53 win over Boston University on Friday night.

The win was the first NCAA tournament game for Kansas since the Jayhawks were sent home by Northern Iowa in the second round last season.

They appeared to still be feeling some of the aftereffects of that loss in the first half against the Terriers. Kansas (33-2) led just 33-29 at halftime and shot 42 percent. The Jayhawks found their touch in the second, hitting 62 percent of their shots and pulling away while avoiding last season's heartbreak and becoming the first No. 1 seed to lose to a No. 16 seed.

In other games today:

Arizona edges Memphis

TULSA, Okla. -- Derrick Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and blocked a potential tying shot in the final seconds to seal Arizona's 77-75 win over Memphis in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

George Mason tops 'Nova 61-57:

CLEVELAND -- Luke Hancock hit a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left, capping George Mason's comeback and keeping the one-time March darlings playing with a 61-57 win over Villanova in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

Thompson leads Texas past Oakland 85-81:

TULSA, Okla. -- Tristan Thompson led Texas, surviving a late rally to defeat Oakland 85-81 in their NCAA tournament opener Friday. Thompson finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and a career-high seven blocks in helping Texas avoid the same fate as fellow No. 4 seed Louisville, which lost to Morehead State on Thursday.

Michigan routs Tennessee 75-45:

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Behind Zack Novak's 14 points, 10 rebounds and two 3-pointers in a decisive spurt to start the second half, Michigan routed listless Tennessee 75-45 on Friday in the second round of the West Regional.

Hansbrough, Irish beat Akron in NCAA opener:

CHICAGO -- Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points despite another sub-par shooting game and Tim Abromaitis added 14 as second-seeded Notre Dame fought off scrappy Akron for a 69-56 second-round victory Friday in the Southwest Regional.

 

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