Nick says, "No."
Nick Collison refused to let this game slip away. Forget the early foul trouble and first half ball-handling blunders by his partner in the frontcourt. Forget the ice-cold shooting and game-long frustrating performance on offense by fellow Iowa-native Kirk Hinrich. Forget the dismal outside shooting of the Kansas team overall. Just forget all of that.
Nick Collison came to play, and he came to win - turning in the most dominant performance thusfar in the NCAAs, scoring an amazing 33 points and grabbing 19 boards in the 69-65 victory over Duke on Thursday night. The game of his career? Indeed. Statement by Collison for National Player of the Year? There's still games to play, but this performance won't go unnoticed.
- In addition to his 33 and 19, Collison also contributed 4 assists, 3 blocks and committed just one foul playing the entire 40 minutes of the contest
- Senior guard Kirk Hinrich scored only 2 points (1-9 from the field) the entire evening, and spent some time in the second half in foul trouble (and thus watched a good portion of the half from the bench)
- Keith Langford was the only other Jayhawk in double figures, scoring 13 points and grabbing 8 rebounds
Notes and further info
This victory is Roy Williams' first victory over Duke as the head coach at Kansas. Kansas last fell to Duke in the 2000 NCAA Tournament, when Collison and Hinrich were freshmen
Kansas advances to the Elite Eight for the second consecutive year, and will matchup with Arizona on Saturday for a chance to return to the Final Four. Gametime is 6:05 pm (CST), and coverage is provided by CBS.
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