Kansas entered the 2018 Ultimate 4 on Sunday by beating Duke 85-81 on the CenturyLink Heart Omaha.
The No. 1 Jayhawks shot 43.5 % from the sphere and 36.1 % from Three-point vary to ship the No. 2 Blue Devils again to Durham, N.C.
“Clearly I do not assume I could possibly be or we could possibly be extra excited or extra proud than what we’re proper now,” Kansas coach Invoice Self mentioned after the sport. “Not solely going to San Antoni, however the way in which that we did it. Beating an historic program, perhaps the best faculty basketball coach of all time and such a gifted roster and to do it in a means we have not achieved all of it yr lengthy.”
“We’ve not beat anyone on the glass all yr lengthy. We win the rebounding battle by 15 or no matter immediately. So I could not be comfortable or extra proud. I am definitely very proud to be a part of that sport. That was an epic sport. Among the best, if not one of the best, I’ve ever been part of.”
Duke freshman guard Trevon Duval led all scorers within the first half with 13 factors, serving to the Blue Devils declare a 36-33 lead within the first half. The second half was an absolute dogfight. Kansas began the second half on an 11-Three run, earlier than the Blue Devils bounced again. The lead went back-and-forth till Jayhawks guard Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk tied the sport at 72-72 by hitting a Three-pointer with 25 seconds remaining.
Duke star Grayson Allen missed a jumpshot off of the backboard on the buzzer, placing the sport into additional time.
Then Malik Newman took over. Newman scored all of Kansas’ 13 factors in additional time. Allen couldn’t get his Three-pointers to fall within the remaining seconds, giving Kansas the hard-fought victory.
Newman scored a game-high 32 factors within the victory. Mykhailiuk scored 11 factors and had 10 rebounds for Kansas. Duval led the Blue Devils with 20 factors. Marvin Bagley III netted 16 factors and had 10 rebounds within the loss.
Kansas faces Villanova within the Ultimate 4 at eight:49 p.m. on Saturday on the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.