SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 25: (L-R) Tyrel Reed #14, Brady Morningstar #12 and Tyshawn Taylor #10 of the Kansas Jayhawks react during the southwest regional of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament against the Richmond Spiders at the Alamodome on March 25, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: Kansas Dominates Richmond, 77-57, To Reach Elite Eight

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NCAA Bracket Update: Kansas Routs Richmond, 77-57, To Advance To Elite Eight

On Friday night, Kansas punched its ticket to the Elite Eight after breezing past Richmond in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament, 77-57. In doing so, the Jayhawks continue to redeem themselves after last year's shocking early exit.

Brady Morningstar led Kansas with 18 points, while Marcus Morris added 13 points and eight rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor chipped in with a game-high 10 assists.

Richmond was plagued throughout the game by Kansas' stifling defense. The Spiders often resorted to highly-contested three-pointers, and as a result, they were a dismal 4-for-26 from beyond the arc.

Kansas now advances to the Elite Eight for the fourth time under head coach Bill Self. Last year, Kansas' run in the tournament ended with a bitterly disappointing upset loss at the hands of Northern Iowa. The Jayhawks' quest for redemption will continue on Sunday, when they will face the winner of Friday night's VCU-Florida State game with a Final Four berth at stake.

For more on the Jayhawks, check out SB Nation's Kansas blog, Rock Chalk Talk. Here is how the bracket looks after Kansas' win:

EAST REGION
No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. 4 Kentucky, Friday at 9:45 p.m. on CBS
No. 2 UNC def. No. 11 Marquette, 81-63.

WEST REGION
No. 5 Arizona Wildcats def. No. 1 Duke Blue Devils, 99-77
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 2 San Diego State, 74-67

SOUTHWEST REGION
No. 1 Kansas def. No. 12 Richmond, 77-57
No. 10 Florida State Seminoles vs. No. 11 VCU Rams, Friday at 9:57 p.m. on TBS

SOUTHEAST REGION
No. 8 Butler def. No. 4 Wisconsin, 61-54 
No. 2 Florida def. No. 3 BYU. Thursday, 84-73

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Kansas Vs. Richmond Score: Jayhawks Blowing Out Spiders At Half

On Friday night, Kansas is once again reminding us all why it's a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. Halfway through the Jayhawks' Sweet 16 match-up against 12-seed Richmond, Kansas leads, 41-22.

A couple of blocks from Tyshawn Taylor, as well as a pair of steals from Tyrel Reed, have helped to stifle the offensive efforts of the Spiders, who are shooting only 9-for-31 (29 percent) from the field. Brady Morningstar, who leads the Jayhawks with 12 points, shot 5-for-7 from the field in the first half. Meanwhile, Marcus Morris and Thomas Robinson have pulled down seven rebounds apiece.

Justin Harper is leading Richmond in points (10) and rebounds (five). The Spiders have had as many chances to score from the field as Kansas, as both teams have attempted 31 field goals, but Richmond's shot selection has left something to be desired. They've only converted three of their 14 attempts from beyond the arc, most of which were highly contested by the Jayhawks.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for updates. And for more on the Jayhawks, check out SB Nation's Kansas blog, Rock Chalk Talk.

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