Jayhawks hang on to advance to Sweet 16

Jayhawks hang on to advance to Sweet 16

Next up for Kansas (29-7) will be the victor of Sunday's Clemson-Auburn game.

The Jayhawks withstood phenomenal games from Seton Hall center Angel Delgado and guard Khadeen Carrington.

The Jayhawks will now advance to the Sweet 16 for the 31 time.

Kansas' next opponent will be either fourth-seeded Auburn or No. 5 seed Clemson.

KU and Seton Hall square off at 6:10 p.m. Saturday at INTRUST Bank Arena.

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Carrington, meanwhile, finished with 28 points, including 13 straight Pirates points in the final 1:06 the game.

VILLANOVA 81, ALABAMA 58: In Pittsburgh, Mikal Bridges hit five 3s, scored 23 points and helped No. 1 seed Villanova put the field on notice that it's the team to beat. Devonte Graham scored only eight points. The Pirates stuck around late, but Kansas made its free throws down the stretch to pull away.

A sophomore transfer from Mississippi State, Newman had an up-and-down Big 12 regular season and caught fire in the conference tournament, averaging 24 points and making 15 of 22 3-pointers to lead KU to the conference championship.

On defense, coach Bill Self called for double-teams on Delgado whenever he got the ball down low, especially when Azubuike was sitting on the bench. Lagerald Vick knocked down 3-4 three pointers as he added 13 points. "You're trying to let the flow of the game come to you instead of playing in it and being aggressive.' At that point, I changed my mindset", Newman said. Smith had 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, and was on the receiving end of an alley-oop from Evans with 29 seconds left for a punctuating dunk to send the Red Raiders (26-10) to Boston for a matchup against Purdue or Butler next Friday.