The Jayhawks earned their way back into the national title game Saturday night with a shooting display that will be remembered for years to come.
David McCormack muscled his way to 25 points and Ochai Agbajhi hit six three-pointers and had 21, and only the No. 1 seed reached the national semifinals.
Rolled to an 81-65 win over Villanova before a big crowd that packed the home stadium of the New Orleans Saints last year kept just about everyone away from the court.
“That”s everyone’s mindset even after this game even after last weekend the weekend before that everyone’s mindset was on to the next game and not looking too far ahead at what’s happening Monday.”
Now, Kansas will face North Carolina, the winningest program ever in Division I basketball, who sit at number three and have been to more Final Fives than any other team.
The Tar Heels defeated Duke coach Mike Krzyzaniewski 81-77 in their semifinal game Saturday night.
The Jayhawks (32-6) hope a familiar pattern continues, too: The last time Kansas and Villanova played each other in the NCAA tournament, the winner went on to win the national championship.
“Kansas comes to you, said Christian Braun who scored 10 points against the Wildcats. But you dont go to Kansas to play in an Elite Eight game. You dont come to Kansas to play for the NBA championship
Gillespie, playing in the 156th and final game of his career for the Wildcats, hit 5 three-pointers and finished with 14 points, while Slater hit 4 three-pointers and had 13 points.
“They played really well. They were ready for anything. They really executed, Coach Wright said. We did a lot of things incorrectly, but we want to ensure that they receive the credit they deserve.
Each team shot 13 three-pointers, and the combined total of 26 three-point shots was a new record for a Final Four.