KANSAS CITY, Mo., Sporting Alert — No. 1 seed Kansas routed fourth seed Purdue 98-66 in their Midwest Regional semifinal to reach the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight on Thursday night.
MASON III AND GRAHAM LEAD JAYHAWKS
Player of the Year front-runner Frank Mason III made 4-of-5 shots from 3-pointers and shot 9-of-11 from the field overall to record 26 points, seven assists and seven rebounds for Kansas, which shot 54.8 percent from the field and 53.6 percent from 3-point range.
“When we started to slow down and play our style of basketball, that’s when we started rolling,” said Mason.
Fellow guard Devonte’ Graham also scored 26 points and connected on five 3-pointers, while freshman guard Josh Jackson tallied a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds and picked up four steals for the Jayhawks (31-4) in their third successive blowout win at March Madness 2017.
“You just cannot let them get in transition like that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said.
“If they keep getting those types of opportunities and shoot like that, they can’t be stopped.”
Lagerald Vick scored 12 points off the bench and Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk chipped in with 10 for Kansas, which trailed by seven points in the first half, but turned it around to take a 47-40 halftime lead.
ONE THE BEST FROM KANSAS?
“It was one of the best games we’ve played all year,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “The second half was about as complete as we played. We were pretty good at both ends.”
Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan led the Boilermakers with 18 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while P.J. Thompson finished with 13 points in the defeat.
Isaac Haas had 11 points for Purdue (27-8), which shot 42.9 percent and had 17 assists on 24 made field goals.
Vincent Edwards, who is averaging 12.6 points per game and scored 21 points against Vermont and Iowa State, was held to eight points against Kansas on Thursday night.
The Jayhawks also held Carsen Edwards to just six points after he shot 1-for-10 from the floor and 0-for-5 from 3-pointers.
Kansas advances to play Oregon in the Elite Eight and will be a strong favourite to earn a spot in Glendale, Arizona for the Final Four.