Kansas 60, NC State 57 Postgame Notes

March 24, 2012

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Kansas 60, NC State 57

NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional Semifinal

Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis

March 23, 2012

Postgame Notes

Kansas’ Win …

— Improves Kansas to 30-6 on the season and gives the Jayhawks 30 victories for the third-consecutive season and fifth time in the last six years. In all, Kansas has won 30 games in 11 different seasons.

— Gives the Jayhawks a 14-6 mark in games away from Allen Fieldhouse (8-2 in true road games and 6-4 on a neutral floor).

— Advances Kansas to its 21st NCAA Tournament Regional Final or Elite Eight.

— Makes Kansas 6-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament play in St. Louis, including 4-1 mark in the Edward Jones Dome.

— Helped Kansas improve to 4-2 against No. 11-seeded teams. Kansas improved to 16-4 as a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

— Moves Kansas to 91-39 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, one of only five programs to reach the 90-win plateau.

— Gives Kansas its 11th consecutive win against North Carolina State and make the KU-NC State series 11-1 in favor of the Jayhawks, including 2-0 in NCAA Tournament play.

— Gives Bill Self a 267-52 record while at Kansas and 474-157 mark overall. Self moved to 1-0 against NC State.

— Makes the Jayhawks 2,068-805 all-time.

Kansas Starters (Career/Season): C Jeff Withey (37/36); F Thomas Robinson (39/36); G Tyshawn Taylor (124/35); G Elijah Johnson (43/35); G Travis Releford (39/35).

Team Notes

— Kansas trailed by as many as 10 points a little more than five minutes into the game but used a 15-4 run to take its first lead, 18-17, at 8:29 on the first of two made free throws by Thomas Robinson.

— North Carolina State entered the break with a 33-32 edge, but despite the deficit the Jayhawks finished ahead, moving to 6-4 on the year when trailing at half.

— Elijah Johnson’s three pointer 13 seconds into the second half snapped a string of eight straight misses from long range (0-for-8 in first half) for the Jayhawks. The make was the only conversion for the Jayhawks in the game (1-for-14), tied for second fewest by KU in an NCAA Tournament game. The 7.1 percent rate from beyond the arc was the second-lowest in an NCAA Tournament game for the Jayhawks.

— Kansas swatted 11 shots, tied for third-most by a Jayhawks team in an NCAA tournament game, behind 13 vs. Jackson State (2007) and 12 vs. Dayton (2009).

Individual Notes

— Junior center Jeff Withey tied a KU single game record with 10 blocked shots against NC State, matching Cole Aldrich’s 10-block performance against No. 11 seed Dayton (3/22) in the 2009 NCAA Tournament. Withey moved into first on the single-season blocks list at 126, one ahead of Aldrich’s 2010 effort.

— Withey set a KU single half record with seven blocks in the opening period, topping a previous mark he shared with Cole Aldrich earlier this season after swatting six shots in the second half against Iowa State (1/14). The mark ties for most in a half by a Big 12 player, matching Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh, who did it three times. Withey has logged five or more blocks in four different halves this season.

— Junior forward Thomas Robinson, the nation’s leader in double-doubles, logged his 26th double-double of the season with 18 points and 15 rebounds and moved past Drew Gooden (25 in 2002) for the Kansas single-season mark.

— Robinson’s rebounds moved him into second on the single season list with 429 boards, ahead of Gooden (423) and behind Wilt Chamberlain (510 in 1957). Robinson has grabbed 15 or more rebounds in six games this season. Robinson has 637 points this season, moving him into the top 15 behind Kirk Hinrich (641) on the single-season list.

— Junior guard Elijah Johnson continued his second half scoring assault with seven of his 11 points after the break. Johnson has scored 35 points in the second half in KU’s three NCAA Tournament games combined with 13 against Purdue, 12 against Detroit in addition to Friday’s effort.

— Senior guard Tyshawn Taylor didn’t reach double figures in scoring but ripped clear a career-high 10 rebounds. It was just the third time Taylor was kept from double digits this season.