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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Malik Newman scored twenty-eight points, Udoka Azubuike stood toe-to-toe with Seton Hall’s bruising Angel Delgado, and No. 1 seed Kansas held off the plucky Pirates 83-79 on Saturday night to send the particular Jayhawks to their third consecutive Special 16.

Svi Mykhailiuk added sixteen points and Lagerald Vick acquired 13 for the Jayhawks (29-7), who also converted on every crucial perform down the stretch to advance to the semifinals of the Midwest Region.

They’ll undertake the winner of Sunday’s video game between Auburn and Clemson within Omaha, Nebraska.

Delgado finished along with 24 points and 23 rebounds in a virtuoso effort for the Number 8 seed Pirates (22-11), exactly who snapped a four-game NCAA Competition skid in the opening round.

Khadeen Carrington finished with 28 factors, many of them on 3-pointers in the shutting minutes, and Myles Powell additional 14 as the pair of guards attempted in vain to keep Seton Corridor alive.

It was 71-66 with 53 seconds left when Devonte Graham made two free throws regarding Kansas. Carrington kept pouring within shots for Seton Hall, however the Jayhawks kept making foul photos to seal the win.

Azubuike played just three minutes within the Jayhawks’ opener because of a lingering leg injury, but he came upward big against Delgado. The 7-foot, 280-pound sophomore played 22 a few minutes, including some tough defense in the bruising counterpart, rendering Seton Hall’s star far less effective than whenever Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio Sobre Sousa were trying to guard your pet.

Kansas led just 31-26 from halftime, when Delgado had currently piled up 12 points and twelve rebounds, and was forced to have significant adjustments in the locker area.

On defense, coach Bill Personal called for double-teams on Delgado anytime he got the ball lower low, especially when Azubuike was sitting down on the bench. On offense, he previously his guys throw it in order to Azubuike on the block or rely on Mykhailiuk – by nature a 3-point expert – to slash to the container.

Together, they helped the Jayhawks stretch their lead to double numbers.

Delgado kept the Pirates hanging around, though. Azubuike went to the counter with four fouls with regarding 9 minutes left, and trainer Kevin Willard instructed his own men to go right back to their center.

Delgado was so effective that Personal gambled by putting ‘Doke back in the game.

Seton Hall closed in order to 63-59 with 3: 22 to visit, but Newman answered with a 3-pointer and a pair of foul shots, as well as the poised Jayhawks never allowed the particular Pirates to come all the way back.

LARGE PICTURE

Seton Hall was usually rattled by a crowd that offered Kansas a hometown advantage. The overall game was played about 2 hours southern of the Jayhawks’ campus in Lawrence, and about 90 percent of the fifteen, 000-plus at Intrust Bank Market cheered on the home-state school.

Kansas survived without much production from Graham, who scored 29 against Pa in the first round. He required a wicked shot to the mind from a teammate late in the very first half, and wound up with 8 points on 1-for-7 shooting. He or she was also 0 for 4 from your arc.

UP NEXT

The Jayhawks are headed to Omaha for the local semifinals. They’ll play the champion of Sunday night’s matchup in between fourth-seeded Auburn and No. 5 seeds Clemson.

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