All year, the goal for the Jayhawks has been simple: survive the first round and get to Kansas City for the NCAA Regionals. In a clash of super programs on Sunday afternoon in Tulsa, KU punched its ticket to play second-weekend tournament basketball.
Top-seeded Kansas beat No. 9 Michigan State, 90-70, behind a late run that turned a nail-biter into a decisive victory. As they’ve done so many times this year, the Jayhawks’ star trio keyed a game-defining run to bring home a victory.
Josh Jackson, who chose Kansas over Michigan State in April, was the best player on a floor full of star athletes. He overcame a slow start to score a game-high 23 points, going 9-for-16 from the floor. His extra gear lifted the Jayhawks in their game-sealing run, using an NBA-style, step back three and a dagger-inducing dunk at the end.
After an even first 15 minutes, the Jayhawks …
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