Kansas rallies, stuns OSU in national semifinal

(AP) Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four. Kansas rallied from 13 points down to complete another comeback in a game the Jayhawks led for a grand total of 3:48 – two of those minutes coming when the score was 2-0.

William Buford led a quartet of Buckeyes in double figures, with 19 points, while Jared Sullinger posted a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds). Read the full AP recap, see the box score and get BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s analysis.

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FINAL: Elijah Johnson scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Travis Releford added 15 points and six boards to lead No. 6 Kansas to a 64-62 victory over No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday in the Final Four. Even in defeat, William Buford came through for Ohio State (31-8) with 19 points, seven rebounds, 6-of-10 shooting from the field, and 3-of-5 shooting from beyond the arc. The Jayhawks also got double-digit games from Thomas Robinson (19) and Tyshawn Taylor (10). The Buckeyes had trouble finding their touch, shooting just 34 percent (20-of-59) from the field. Jared Sullinger had a double-double for Ohio State, with 13 points and 11 rebounds. More Ohio State scoring came from Lenzelle Smith Jr., who scored 10 and Aaron Craft, who scored 11. Winning the battle on the boards was crucial for Kansas as it grabbed 41 rebounds to 30 for the Buckeyes.

HALFTIME: William Buford has eight points and four rebounds to lead No. 7 Ohio State to a 34-25 lead over No. 6 Kansas after 20 minutes. Trailing 19-13, the Jayhawks went cold, going 2:05 without a point while the Buckeyes went on a 7-0 run to open up a 13-point lead. Kansas distributed the ball well, with seven assists on 11 field goals in the first half. Ohio State shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half (50 percent). Jared Sullinger, Deshaun Thomas and Lenzelle Smith Jr. all have seven points for Ohio State. The Jayhawks’ Travis Releford had a big first half, with seven points and three rebounds.

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Rodger Matthews on 4/1/2012 @ 10:04am EDT Said:

It should not stun anyone that Ohio State choked in the Final Four game against Kansas. The Big Ten conference as a whole, has become nothing but a bunch of chokers. This is supported by the Big Ten’s 2-8 record in their last ten Rose Bowl appearances and also the last two times a Big Ten team played in the BCS title game, they were ran off the field by their SEC opponents. This past week Michigan St, Minnesota as well as Ohio State could not help but choke themselves out in hoops. The last time a Big Ten team won the NCAA basketball title was in 2000. Can anyone even remember when the last time a Big Ten team won the NCAA baseball championship? Like I said at the beginning of this posting, the Big Ten has become a conference of nothing but a bunch of chokers.

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