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Kansas defeats Ohio State, 64-62

  • 7:49 p.m., March 31, 2012
  • New Orleans,

CARDIAC KIDS! Jayhawks advance to final with 64-62, come-from-behind win over Ohio State

The Kansas men's basketball team overcame a 13-point first-half deficit, rallying to beat Ohio State, 64-62, in the national semifinals on Saturday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.

KU fell behind, 34-25, at halftime before starting the second half on a 13-4 run to tie the game at 38.

The Jayhawks took its first lead in the second half on a pair of free throws by Travis Releford to make it 56-55 with 2:48 left.

Ohio State answered with four straight points, but KU responded to take a 60-59 lead with 1:37 left on two more free throws from Releford.

A William Buford stickback dunk trimmed KU's lead to 62-61 with 9.6 seconds left.

Tyshawn Taylor followed with two free throws with eight seconds left. Ohio State's Aaron Craft made one free throw with two seconds left before committing a violation on his own free throw.

KU inbounded the ball and wasted the rest of the time to advance.

Thomas Robinson had 19 points, while Releford added 15 and Elijah Johnson had 13.

Jeff Withey had seven blocks, which set a new Big 12 record of 136 in a season.

KU (32-6) will play Kentucky at 8:23 p.m. in the national championship game on Monday.

Join the post game discussion

Live coverage (Ended March 31, 2012 at 10:26 p.m.)

3puttbogey in reply to Sgtjb123

So are YOU the person responsible for what's appropriate? If you don't like what you see here LEAVE. Be the hall monitor somewhere else.

Erich Hill

Was it just me, or did thad matta look like he was going to axe murder that interviewer?

Bigskyjayhawk

are you kidding me! This is soooooo Awesome!!!

Blown

Best Ride Ever

Oklahawk58

"We'll be ready." Well said TRob!

Hesshawk in reply to Krohnutz

WELL SAID SIR !!

Jayhawkinatl in reply to Coldcoffee

+100

Hesshawk

i LIKE THE EXPERTS ALL PICKIN THEM WE LIKE BEING THE 'DOGS

Krohnutz

We got one call, the RIGHT call, our way all effing night and they want to whine about it? Your Ohio State tears nourish me!

Gabriel Engeland

Trob really stepped it up after that start. Way to go. TT still 0fer dome.

Coldcoffee

Love going thru this with all you guys!!

Timothy Todd

This is a very different team than Kentucky played in November

James McGuire in reply to Iluvdbskxjayhawks

I know it was close until near the end.

Wissoxfan83

Every expert has already picked Kenyucky

Iluvdbskxjayhawks

how much did kentucky beat ku earlier in the season??

Timothy Todd in reply to Tis4tim

Over and under: excuses for OSU or accolated for KU!

Wissoxfan83 in reply to Mark Hopkins

I just may join you

Jromo

Got fireworks going off in my neighborhood!

Melrank

Seriously, I can't believe we won that game - all the times I said the opposite - it's nice to say that.

Oklahawk58

+1's all around!

James McGuire in reply to Ryan Mullen

Can anybody believe that? Its crazy.

Jayhawkinatl

Let all the "experts" keep doubting us!

Jaybate

THE KEY IS THAT WE PLAYED OUR B GAME AGAINST OSU.

MONDAY NIGHT WE ARE GOING TO COME OUT FULL AMP AND WE ARE GOING TO BE IN A POSITION TO BEAT UK

Mark Hopkins

im going streaking again! Bring your green hat!

Tis4tim

Suck it ESPN and all the "experts". Can't wait to hear the excuses.

Gabriel Engeland in reply to Duane Rice

No one knows who MIckey ward is. Pleae elaborate.

Edit: booze.

Aircapjay

What a rebound effort!

Ny05ks08

Told you, I really enjoyed this game!!

Sgtjb123

Inappropriate comments about players and coaches need to stop!

Ryan Mullen

I can't believe this team is going to win the championship.

MDL/kuae99

What just happened?

Melrank

One more night of pancakes!

Timothy Todd in reply to Jaybate

You are the master.

Rockchalk1990

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!! I guess I better clear the calendar for Monday night!!!

Ryan Mullen

Craft is tough got to love that. Great game.

Lindhawk

Karma grease ball is going down

Ljmhawk

omg

Bballdiehard in reply to Wissoxfan83

1000% agree. Craft is an excellent player, and I'd be very happy if he were a Jayhawk instead of some weird nut.

Timothy Todd in reply to Wissoxfan83

No, I like our guys. Keep Craft.

Jayhawkinatl

Matta f-ed around with the karma gods!!!!!

Sgtjb123 in reply to Jayhawkinatl

Totally uncalled for!!!!

Nh_jhawk

..and that one was WITH Sully. No more asterisk. We own Ohio state!!

Gongs4ku

I think I am going to barf

Wissoxfan83

Beat kenyucky please!

3puttbogey

I'm pretty sure Sullinger did not play. Otherwise we could not have won.

Coldcoffee

So happy!

Frjosephdang

Congratulation JHawk! Go celebrate!

Hawkswin

Kentucky, here we come. Get ready for us teenage boys!!!

Hesshawk

YEE HAW WITHERY WAS AN ANIUMAL THE 2ND HALF GUYS DON'T WAIT UINTIL 2ND HALF TO START PLAYIONG MONDAY ok ?!

Jaybate

TWO POINT VICTORY.

SAVED OUR A GAME FOR UK.

JUST AS I PREDICTED THIS MORNING.

I LOVE YOU BILL SELF

Melrank

Welcome back from the dead all you ledge jumpers!

Iluvdbskxjayhawks

O holy moly. ohio state had a brain fart there!

Jaycon11

looks like i picked the wrong night to stop drinking.

Dchon

After all of our come from behind wins, I was not worried one bit!

Fljhk

Next.

Jayhawker_97

WE ARE KANSAS!! dirty Thurd Matta goes down!!

Nh_jhawk

KANSAS IS PLAYING FOR A NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

Ryan Mullen

You can't beat us with Sully. Haha yes we can.

3puttbogey

Now we know which #0 is #1 and which #0 is just, well, a ZERO.

David Lara

Can't wait for this F-ing rematch!!!

Duane Rice

ku is the mickey ward of basketball

Dchon

This team is full of miracles!

Wissoxfan83 in reply to 3puttbogey

KNock it off, Craft is a great player, you'd love to have him on our team.

Ryan Mullen

We gonna go all the way guys.

Lonnie Ross Dillon

Monday night baby!!!!!! Wouldn't it be sweet to beat Calipari...again!

James McGuire

Wow. Down by thirteen and come back and win to go to the championship game.

Timothy Todd

that shot of craft is amazing. What an outstanding game

Tis4tim

Ha Ha! The irony. They weren't ready because they were arguing with the officials!

Oklahawk58

That game was crazy!!!

Bigskyjayhawk

Awesome!!!

Melrank

ARe you kidding me?

3puttbogey

Nice Craft. You really are a pin head.

En1gmatikk

Unbelieavable season, RCJHGK!!!

FINAL
Ohio St. 62
Kansas 64

Jesse Newell

Seat cushions being thrown everywhere.

KU is going to the national championship game.

David Lara

WOW THAT WAS BUSH LEAGUE!!! NEVER PLAYED BALL IN LITTLE LEAGUE??

Jayhawk2181

BOOM!!!! HAVE FAITH HAVE FAITH. We gut this stuff out all year!

Lajayhawk

ROCK CHALK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Gabriel Engeland

What just happened? This is awesome.

Jayhawkinatl

FUCK YOU, TAD MATTA!!!!!!!!

Hesshawk

SEE KYA ALL MONDAY !!!!!!! rOCK CHALK

Ia4jayhawk

O my god!

Wissoxfan83

Well that was nice!

James McGuire

Wow. I can't believe this season.

Joshua Hatcher

ROCK CHALK JAYHAWK!!!

Aircapjay

OMG!

Rain

ROCK FREAKIN' CHALK!!!!

Tis4tim

HOLY SHIT!

Bwag

VICTORY

Ben Kane

omg

Nh_jhawk

Take that craft! Lane violation! Jayhawks win!!!!!!!!!

3puttbogey

Did Sullinger play in this game?

Oklahawk58

YES!!!!!

David Lara

What an idiot, doesn't he know the rules???

James McGuire

Yes.

Hesshawk

WE LIVE TO PLAY ONE MORE NIGHT

Bwag

Lane violation on the shooter

Rain

Lane violation on Craft? HA!

G_rock

omg...............LINE????????????????craftass

Wissoxfan83

He makes plays like he's never been coached!! My favorite BS quote of the year.

Duane Rice

Thats a first

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