Graham promised his teammates a Final Four, and the Jayhawks are off to San Antonio.
Malik Newman scored 32 points, all of KU’s 13 overtime points, and defended Grayson Allen’s potential game-winner, holding Allen to 3-13 shooting for the game.
Newman was huge, but KU doesn’t advance without Silvio and Svi.
Svi played great defense on Duke’s Marvin Bagley all game long.
Silvio de Sousa finished the game bruised and bleeding, saying, “I never felt so good in my life.”
I’m already getting a little tired of the “Malik and the Miracles” talk; this team is good. Despite the flaws this team has, they were a one-seed for a reason. One seeds should be expected to contend for a Final Four. It’s only a “miracle” because everyone picked Duke.
Duke is uber-talented (and will be even moreso next year), but all of the talent in the world won’t guarantee victory. After all, it’s supposed to be hard to take out a #1 seed.
This may have been Bill Self’s best coaching job of his career.
If you want some highlights of Kansas-Duke, here you go.
Kansas baseball took 2 of 3 from Baylor in Waco this past weekend.
Kansas softball was swept by Texas in Austin.
In other news...
The officiating has been called into question often during this year’s tournament, and a missed call in the first round will keep John Higgins from officiating this year’s Final Four.
More on the two Overland Park kids that have led Loyola to the Final Four.