NCAA Bracket Update, Kansas Vs. Illinois: Jayhawks Advance To Sweet 16 With 73-59 Win

Illinois hung around, but any chance of an upset faded as the Kansas Jayhawks took the game over midway through the second half. To their credit, the Fightin’ Illini hung tough with No. 1 seed Kansas, trailing by only four at the half and hanging around for much of the game before falling to the Jayhawks, 73-59. Markieff Morris was too much in the end as Illinois had no answer for the talented forward.

Morris finished with a double-double, scoring a game-high 24 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. His twin brother, Marcus Morris, also had a double-double, finishing with 17 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor finished in double-figures, as well, with 12 points.

Mike Davis led the way for Illinois with 17 points. Mike Tisdale was also in double-figures, finishing with 14 points. Tisdale had a double-double, grabbing 11 rebounds to go along with his 13 points.

Kansas moves on to face No. 12 seed Richmond in the Sweet 16 next week. Here’s a look at the Southwest region of the bracket. Be sure to check out our 2011 NCAA Tournament printable bracket  for a full look at the field.

No. 1 Kansas def. No. 9 Illinois Fighting Illini,
No. 12 Richmond Spiders def. No. 13 Morehead St. Eagles, 65-48
No. 12 VCU Rams def. No. 3 Purdue Boilermakers, 94-76
No. 2 Notre Dame Fighting Irish vs. No. 10 Florida State Seminoles

For more on this game, KU fans should visit Rock Chalk Talk, SB Nation Kansas City, and Big 12 Hoops; and Illini fans should join Hail To The Orange and BT Powerhouse.

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