Mar 23, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Tyshawn Taylor (10) shoots against the North Carolina State Wolfpack during the second half of the semifinals in the midwest region of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-US PRESSWIRE
The Kansas Jayhawks and North Carolina Tar Heels both struggled in their Sweet 16 matchups, but both will step up their game as the two top seeds in their region on Sunday.
The Kansas Jayhawks downed North Carolina State in their most recent outing with the help of Thomas Robinson's 18 points and 15 rebounds, not to mention Jeff Withey's 10 blocks, eight points and five rebounds. His tenth block came with just about 20 seconds left and likely secured the win for the No. 2-seeded Kansas. But it only gets tougher than the No. 11-seeded NC State, as the Jayhawks move on to a big matchup with the No. 1-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels in the Elite Eight.
The Tar Heels are coming off a tough outing of their own, as they struggled to get past Ohio, getting by with a 73-65 win thanks to the play of Tyler Zeller, who scored 20 points and grabbed 22 rebounds for a monster outing. The Tar Heels outrebounded Ohio by a huge margin of 63-30.
Now Kansas and North Carolina are set to take each other on, and they're very similar teams. They are both very big, and that's not just a statement about their basketball programs; it's a statement about guys like Withey, Zeller and Robinson. Of particular note for this game will be Kendall Marshall -- if he's in action, North Carolina is probably a significant favorite, but if his injury keeps him out, then things even out a bit.
Game Date/Time: Sunday, March 25, 5:05 p.m. ET
Location: Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
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