UConn scored the first two points of the game and held an early 5-2 lead, but that was as good as it would get for UConn as the Jayhawks used a 16-0 run followed by a 19-0 run to build up a 40-16 lead in the first half. Kansas would take a 44-24 lead into halftime.
The Jayhawks are a known second-half team, but it was UConn who made the run coming out of halftime. The Huskies closed to 46-32 with an 8-2 run in the first three minutes of the second half. UConn kept chipping away, and a 7-0 run brought the Kansas lead down to single digits, 50-41, with 9:35 left to play.
The Jayhawks would respond as Selden and Ellis took over, pushing the lead back up to 15 at 58-43 with 6:46 left. A Devonte Graham 3-pointer gave Kansas a 64-50 lead, all but putting the game away with 3:10 left. An alley-oop to Selden - who caught it and threw it down one-handed - was the final nail in the Husky coffin.
Final Score: Kansas 73, UConn 61
Wayne Selden led the Jayhawks in scoring with 22 points on 8-15 shooting, including 2-5 from behind the arc. Perry Ellis was right there with him, putting up 21 points on 9-12 shooting that included 2-3 from deep.
Kansas dominated the glass, outrebounding UConn 44-24. Landen Lucas pulled down 12 boards.
Kansas advances to Louisville and the Sweet 16 where they will face the winner of Hawaii-Maryland on Thursday, March 24 (time TBD).