Kansas vs. Oregon: Score and Twitter Reaction from March Madness 2017
Mar 31 2017 by Kelly Saunders
None of which mattered to Oregon.
But so much of it was also mental.
North Carolina is a 2 1/2-point favorite in Sunday's game, which will fill out a Final Four that already includes Gonzaga and OR, both of which won Saturday.
Ionescu had 11 points, three rebounds and three assists in the first 20 minutes.
Slaughter added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles, who totaled 16 steals. "Today the effort and play of Saniya was, I thought, the difference in the game". "We did play MI in NY three years ago, so those are the two times". He set the tone early as the centerpiece of head coach Dana Altman's 2-3 zone, a scheme created to take away penetration from the Jayhawks' senior leader and National Player of the Year favorite, Frank Mason. Tyler Dorsey hit back-to-back threes, allowing OR to lead 44-33 at the break.
Kansas (31-5) was led by Mason with 21 points. Not even three minutes into the contest, freshman Josh Jackson recorded two personal fouls and was promptly replaced on the floor by sophomore Lagerald Vick, who scored KU's first points of the night on a 3-pointer. "I really hope we've opened peoples' eyes". Graham absolutely could not buy a bucket, going 0-for-7 as his 3-point attempts bounded in and out.
Asked what coach Bill Self told the team afterward, he replied: "Just that he was proud of us".
The Ducks were seven-point underdogs on Saturday.
That opening half, however, instilled OR with a dose of cockiness that was not about to shatter its confidence. "But, we've made it this far by not being nervous, so I don't see why UConn would make us extra nervous". Coach Dana Altman mixed up Oregon's defense using a zone press to slow the Jayhawks offense down and mixing in zones and man-to man. Jackson and guard Devonte' Graham each went scoreless in the first half. He continually improved at his trade.
Xavier should have a good foundation next season from its Elite Eight, losing only senior guard Malcolm Bernard from its starting lineup. Make this site part of your week, as you and I both will relish reading and learning about this very, very special OR team.
Usually the Jayhawks countered any moves this season with decisive spurts keyed by run-outs and 3-pointers. "They're playing their best basketball".
"They were too young to know any better", Auriemma said of the double-digit seeded Ducks' ability to seemingly survive and advance without any stress. "I know our guys will get ready".
Dorsey led the game with 27 points hitting several key three-pointers, the most important after Kansas cut Oregon's lead to 66-60 with slightly under two minutes left. At one point in the second half because of the hot shooting of Dorsey and Brooks, the Ducks amassed an 18-point lead at 55-37 at the 14:40 mark, but it wasn't until 4:23 showed on the game clock that OR lead was down to a single digit at 66-55. Maybe we go down and make a 3 or score two and get them on their heels a little bit.
But then the bounces and breaks you make shapes each team's bid. This was a team that had blocked out off-court incidents throughout the season and consistently played at a high level.
The 1939 national championship banner hangs alone at Matthew Knight Arena. It's coming up. We'll be fine, ' " Self said.
The Final Four was the only thing missing on Few's resume, which includes 18 straight NCAA Tournaments, eight trips to the Sweet 16 and a third Elite Eight after surviving West Virginia's constant pressure in the regional semifinals.
"These guys put us in a situation to play for the highest stakes, " Self said. "So we're going to seize upon the opportunity".
That collapsing sound you heard was another highly regarded Kansas team falling short - and falling hard - one step short of the Final Four.