Journal-World sports reporters Jesse Newell and Matt Tait give their final thoughts following KU's 64-62 Final Four win over Ohio State on Sunday, March 23, 2012.
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson and Kansas fans celebrate the Jayhawks' 64-62 victory over Ohio State at the Superdome on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
Before Saturday’s national semifinal game, Kansas University coach Bill Self singled out Conner Teahan in the locker room. “He looked at me and goes, ‘Teahan, when you get in there, let it fly,’” Teahan said. “... That’s something he tells me a lot. I try to listen.”
It might not have been obvious on the stat sheet, but anyone who watched the game saw it plain as day. The double-teams the Kansas University men’s basketball team threw at Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger during the second half of KU’s 64-62 Final Four victory at the Superdome on Saturday absolutely handcuffed the Buckeyes.
Kansas University will play Kentucky on Monday night for the national championship. The Wildcats beat KU, 75-65, on Nov. 15 in New York. “They bullied us,” KU forward Thomas Robinson said.
Kansas coach Bill Self celebrates the Jayhawks' 64-62 victory with fist pump while leaving the court on Saturday, March 31, 2012.
You know how it is in basketball. A team falls behind, and the pressure mounts. The hole gets too deep, and it’s over. And everybody knows that in a close game the less time that remains, the more pressure a free-throw shooter feels. That’s in this universe. The Kansas University basketball team must come from some opposite world, where up is down, long is short, and Tyshawn Taylor is a player who leaves his supporters wanting to hug him then slug him then hug him then slug him and then in the end hug him in hopes his irrepressible zest for life and basketball will rub off on them.
Ohio State's Thad Matta, William Buford and Jared Sullinger talk to reporters following the Jayhawks' 64-62 win over the Buckeyes on March 31, 2012.