But a 26-12 run fueled by Gabe DeVoe got Clemson within 74-68. Duke closed the first half with a 10-0 run to lead 34-27 into the locker room and never trailed after that. Villanova later put together a 10-4 spurt that put them up by double digits. However, he isn't alone in terms of range shooting on this roster; Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk, Malik Newman and Lagerald Vick all attempted at least 140 threes this season, and all connected better than 37 percent of those chucks.
Daxter Miles had 16 points to lead West Virginia.
Purdue came in ranked second nationally in 3-point percentage and connected on 7 of 18 for the game. The Orange were the last team selected to the tournament before winning three straight, including a First Four victory against Arizona State.
Kansas faces off with Clemson on Friday in Omaha, Neb. for a Midwest region Sweet 16 contest.
As a top seed the last two seasons, Kansas made it through the regional semifinals, only to flop a game shy of the Final Four both times. Not having Donte Grantham will catch up with this team eventually and I think that will be tonight. "Because these guys have overcome more than most of our teams have to get to this point, and certainly did more than most expected out of them".
The teams went back and forth, trading alley-oop dunks and three-pointers until the end-game played out with 21 seconds left.
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Preiss tweeted all throughout the incident, giving details like the fact that she also got meal vouchers for the delay. She figured she could use it at the bachelorette weekend as they "tend to be pretty pricey", she wrote in an email.
"You go through that hump, or whatever it is, just trying to learn the system, learn how Coach wants you to play, and you've got to learn how to pick and choose when you shoot the ball and things like that".
During that stretch, Azubuike also picked up his fourth foul at the 7:13 mark and sat a little more than a minute before re-entering with 5:57 to play, then exiting for good after picking up his fifth foul with 2:30 to play and KU leading by just six points. But thanks to Devonte' Graham's offensive rebound with 1:57 left, the Jayhawks ran nearly a minute off the clock. The Tigers got the next rebound and had a chance to cut it to a one-possession game, but misfired on back-to-back 3s.
The player to watch for Clemson is guard Marcquise Reed, who's scored 15 and 16 points in two tournament games. KU led Clemson 40-27 at halftime. So it's Jay Wright vs. Chris Beard in the East Regional final - meaning Wright will either make the Final Four for the second time in a three-year span or Beard will make it in just his third season as a Division I head coach.
DeVoe scored 22 points in each of the first two games of the NCAA Tournament to lead the Tigers into the Sweet 16 for the first time in more than 20 years. His lone slip up came in the Jayhawks' opening round game against Penn when his backcourt mate Devonte' Graham went for 29. Brownell would credit Kansas with "a really good gear" and an enviable tempo. The school has spent the money it needed to spend on facilities to become a basketball school - but will it ever get out of the shadow cast by Dabo Swinney's football team? Yet behind Graham, who has elevated himself onto the short list for national player of the year in his senior season, Kansas just keeps piling up wins.
Newman led the Jayhawks in scoring for the fifth time in his last six games, scoring 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting.