Kansas earns rematch against Cats

ANAHEIM, Calif - Kansas will get a shot at redemption after beating Duke 69-65 to advance to the Western Regional Final. The Jayhawks will square off against Arizona who embarrassed Kansas earlier this year at Phog Allen Fieldhouse.

Nick Collison led the way for Kansas with 33 points. The senior big man was nearly unstoppable as the Duke frontline had no answer. During a key stretch late in the game, Collison scored 11 in a row, helping Kansas to a six-point lead that would never be completely erased.

Kansas won despite making just 1-12 three-pointers. Guards Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Miles combined to shoot just 3-17, but Miles dished out seven assists.

Dahntay Jones led the Blue Devils with 23 points, 15 of which came in the second half.

Duke opened the second half with a 9-1 run, but the Jayhawks quickly answered with nine straight to get back in the lead. The Jayhawks took the lead late in the second half and then withstood a furious Blue Devil rally in the waning moments.

Kansas and Arizona met once already this season back in January. The Wildcats trailed by as many as 22 in that game, but came back to beat the Jayhawks by 17. Ironically enough, both teams were ranked 1-2 by most preseason polls, but instead of meeting in the Final Four, the two teams will meet with a shot to advance to New Orleans.

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