In a game that saw nine ties and seven lead changes and had everyone in the stands on the edge of their seats, Kansas picked up the win on the defensive end when Davidson saw its last second shot fall left of the rim, and the celebration began.
An NCAA preliminary round record 57,563 fans saw Kansas improve to 35-3
overall. The win total ties the highest in school
history. Davidson ended its Cinderalla run through the
tournament with a 29-7 record.
Despite the thrilling finish, both teams were ice cold at the
outset. By the 14 minute mark the score was just 4-2 in favor
of KU with each squad struggling to knock down open shots.
By the 10 minute mark the score was knotted at nine. Mario Chalmers hit a three to put KU up 12-9. But Davidson
sophomore Stephen Curry, one of the biggest stories of this year's NCAA
Tournament, answered with his first bucket on a three next time down
the floor. From there, both teams started to find their
Chalmers finished the half with 11 points including 3-of-3 shooting
from beyond the arc. Darrell Arthur and Darnell Jackson each
pulled down five rebounds in the half as KU dominated the glass
22-13. After being held scoreless for over 10 minutes, Curry
led Davidson and all first-half scorers with 15 points.
Kansas was hampered by nine early turnovers, including several
unforced, but Davidson was unable to capitalize, cashing those miscues
in for only six points. Kansas' greatest advantage in the
first half was in the paint where the Jayhawks were able to outscore
the Wildcats 20-14, including the final bucket of the period to take a
30-28 lead into the locker room.
Heading into intermission, neither team seemed to have the upper hand
after seven ties and three lead changes.
The first five minutes of the second half were essentially a
continuation of the first with the two teams feeling each other out and
the crowd waiting for one team to make its move.
Beginning at the 15 minute mark it became a battle. KU made
the first move when it went on a 10-4 run punctuated by a fastbreak
dunk by Jackson to go up 45-41 with 11:20 on the clock.
Davidson kept its composure and scored the next eight to reclaim a
With everyone in the arena holding their breath on every possession,
neither team could gain a comfortable lead.
Trailing 49-51 with just over seven minutes left, Kansas went on a 12-2
run in which five different Jayhawks scored over a six minute stretch
to take 59-53 lead with just over a minute to play.
True to form, Davidson did not give in and scored the next four on a
Thomas Sander free throw and a Curry three. The trey by Curry
with 55 seconds left were his first points since nearly the nine minute
With 16 seconds left and the score 59-57 in favor of KU, Davidson had
the ball and called timeout. With one second left, Davidson
senior Jason Richards heaved a 3-pointer that sailed left of the rim to
seal the Jayhawk win and Kansas' 13th trip to the NCAA Final Four.
Chalmers and Sasha Kaun led Kansas in scoring with 13 points
apiece. Brandon Rush added 12 points and tied with Jackson
for the team lead with seven rebounds. Curry led Davidson
with 25 points and Bryan Barr posted 11.
Rush, Chalmers and Kaun were named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament
team along with Curry (MVP) and Richards of Davidson.
Kansas will play North Carolina on Saturday, April 5 at the Alamodome
in San Antonio, Texas in the second game. Memphis and UCLA
will play the first game at 5:07 p.m., Central time.
It marks the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament that all
four No. 1 seeds advanced to the Final Four.
Story courtesy: KUAC
KU Headed To San Antonio
Phog.net Top Stories
Big 12 Football Roundup: Week 3 Top StoriesAll you need to know about Big 12 teams leading into Week Three of the college football season.
Big 12 Recruiting Notebook (9/15/16)News, notes and recruiting scoop out of the Big 12...
Scout's Inside Recruiting ScoopSep. 14 -- What's the latest on the top recruits in the country? Scout's basketball recruiting team -- Evan Daniels, Brian Snow and Josh Gershon -- break down the latest, including…
Bruin Report Online09/14/2016
Big 12 Power Rankings: Week 2A look at the Big 12 Power Rankings after two weeks of play