Three Teams Advance to Elite Eight

Duke shakes Syracuse but Orange refuse to go quietly

Graham had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in the half but contributed four rebounds and four assists in his usual 20 minutes.

For the first time during this NCAA Tournament the Jayhawks achieved something they so often made look easy during the regular season, draining double-digit 3-pointers.

Texas Tech will play top seed Villanova in the East regional final Sunday.

Gabe DeVoe scored 31 points and had nine rebounds, Marcquise Reed had 13 points and Shelton Mitchell 12 for Clemson (25-10), which had routed Auburn by 31 points in last week's second round. Villanova later put together a 10-4 spurt that put them up by double digits.

Jalen Brunson scored 27 points to lead the Wildcats to a 90-78 victory over fifth-seeded West Virginia. Leading by three, Duke intentionally fouled Tyus Battle, who made only one of his two free throws to cut the deficit to two with 7 seconds left.

Syracuse is giving second-seeded Duke all it can handle in Omaha.

The Jayhawks downed the Tigers 80-76 in the NCAA College Basketball Tournament Thursday.

The Jayhawks had four players score in double figures, led by Malik Newman with 17 points.

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In looking at the big picture, the Jayhawks, who have fallen short of the Final Four the past two seasons, losing Elite Eight contests to Villanova and OR as the Midwest's No. 1 seed, can take solace in the fact that they appear to be whole for the first time in a long time. "I respected Coach so much - in the moment I was just thrilled I did my part to deliver for him". "I just told the guys in the locker room...this year, we've got to get over the hump", said senior Devonte' Graham, who had 16 points.

Kansas secured a victory against Clemson on Friday, winning by 4 points, 80-76.

Lagerald Vick connected on 3 of 6 from deep versus Clemson, marking his his third straight tournament game with 2 or more 3-point makes. But thanks to Devonte Graham's offensive rebound with 1:57 left, the Jayhawks ran nearly a minute off the clock before Clemson misfired on back-to-back 3-point attempts.

And it will attempt to do so again on Sunday against a Kansas team that, in ways, mirrors the one from '91. Clemson's season ended with a 25-10 record. "We know we've got to be a lot better Sunday, but we're really proud and happy to be in the game".

Coach Bob Huggins said the fouls "absolutely" stifled the Mountaineers' ability to keep pressure on Villanova.

Clemson, which trailed Kansas by as many as 20 points early in the second half, shot 43 percent and went just 6 for 20 from 3-point range. The 40-27 halftime bulge matched the Jayhawks' largest lead of the half. The Wildcats got revenge on Konate when forward Eric Paschall flushed a two-handed dunk over him later in the second half. Mitch Lightfoot played just two minutes, Self indicating it was because De Sousa was performing so well.

What a wild 12 months it's been for Brownell, the Clemson coach. Moser said he's not surprised by the number of upsets during the tournament so far and said he thinks the Missouri Valley Conference (MVC) will benefit from Loyola's success in future NCAA Tournaments. But the Tigers reached the regional semifinals for the first time since 1997 even after losing Donte Grantham, arguably their best player.

Duke only shot 39.3 percent from the floor but made 20 of 28 free throws and won the turnover battle 16-7. The school has spent the money it needed to spend on facilities to become a basketball school - but will it ever get out of the shadow cast by Dabo Swinney's football team?

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