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