Kansas had a handful of chances to put away North Carolina in the second half of their Elite Eight contest. And then the Jayhawks slammed the door shut with a 12-0 closing run to secure an 80-67 victory and a trip to the Final Four in New Orleans.
Tyshawn Taylor led all scorers with 22 points for Kansas, and added six rebounds, five assists, and five steals, recovering from a miserable tournament to this point with maybe the best game of his season.
Thomas Robinson added 18 points and nine rebounds for Kansas, and Jeff Withey chipped in 15 points and three blocks, but all five Kansas starters finished in double figures, one-upping North Carolina's deep roster with their own balance.
James Michael McAdoo's 15 points off the bench to lead the Tar Heels were emblematic of that depth, but no Carolina starter got more than Harrison Barnes's 13 points. And Stilman White, excellent in the Sweet Sixteen and the first half of today's game as Kendall Marshall's replacement, ran into a wall late, finishing with just four points and seven assists, and making 1-of-5 shots from the floor.
Kansas moves on to the Final Four, where the Jayhawks will meet Ohio State in the late game on Saturday.
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