Boxscore
Kansas 80, North Carolina 67
Sunday, March 25, 2012 5:05 PM
Location - Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri
Officials - Doug Shows, James Breeding, Tony Greene
Attendance - 24107

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Kansas 47 33 80
North Carolina 47 20 67

Recap


Kansas 80, North Carolina 67: Tyshawn Taylor scored a game-high 22 points, including a traditional three-point play that helped the No. 2 seed Jayhawks pull away down the stretch to beat former coach Roy Williams in the Midwest Regional final in St. Louis.

The Tar Heels (32-6) pulled within 68-67 with 3:58 left, but Kansas closed the game on a 12-0 run and held North Carolina without a field goal for the final 5:43.

The Jayhawks (31-6) advance to face Ohio State in the Final Four on Saturday in New Orleans in a rematch of a game Kansas won at home earlier this season. The Buckeyes were without star forward Jared Sullinger in that game.

Taylor was able to shake off the offensive struggles that have hampered him throughout the tournament -- he averaged 8.7 points in the Jayhawks' first three NCAA tournament games, down from his 16.6 season average.

National player of the year finalist Thomas Robinson added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Jayhawks, who got double-digit scoring from all five starters.

Center Jeff Withey scored 15 points to go with eight rebounds and did a great job defensively against fellow 7-footer Tyler Zeller, who had 12 points and six rebounds after putting up 20 points and 23 boards Friday against Ohio.

North Carolina forward John Henson suffered an ankle injury early in the game, leaving the Tar Heels with a match-up problem against Robinson.

The Tar Heels already were shorthanded with star point guard Kendall Marshall missing a second consecutive game with a broken wrist suffered in the round of 32 against Creighton.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Kansas moves four wins ahead of North Carolina for second place in all-time victories. The Jayhawks have 2,069 wins to the Tar Heels' 2,065. … The Jayhawks have won three of five all-time meetings in the NCAA tournament. … North Carolina dropped to 18-8 all-time in regional finals. … Robinson scored in double digits for the 25th consecutive game but came up two rebounds short of his 27th double-double of the season. … Reserve point guard Stilman White had another respectable game filling in for Marshall with seven assists and no turnovers. White had 13 assists and no turnovers in his two starts in the tournament.

Kansas Jayhawks

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Travis Releford 36:00 4-6 1-2 2-4 1 2 3 0 1 2 1 0 11
Thomas Robinson 32:00 6-16 1-1 5-5 1 8 9 1 3 0 1 0 18
Tyshawn Taylor 36:00 10-19 0-5 2-4 0 6 6 5 2 5 3 0 22
Jeff Withey 28:00 5-5 0-0 5-6 2 6 8 0 4 0 0 3 15
Elijah Johnson 35:00 3-11 2-5 2-3 1 3 4 5 2 1 2 0 10
Kevin Young 18:00 0-4 0-0 2-2 4 4 8 2 3 0 1 0 2
Conner Teahan 13:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 0
Justin Wesley 2:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2
TOTAL 200 29-63 4-14 18-24 10 30 40 14 16 9 8 3 80
  46.0% 28.6% 75.0% Team Rebs: 1   Total TO: 8

North Carolina Tar Heels

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Harrison Barnes 36:00 5-14 0-5 3-5 1 3 4 4 4 0 3 0 13
Reggie Bullock 31:00 2-6 1-5 0-0 1 6 7 2 2 0 2 0 5
John Henson 25:00 5-12 0-0 0-0 1 3 4 0 2 0 1 1 10
Stilman White 28:00 1-5 0-3 2-2 0 2 2 7 3 1 0 0 4
Tyler Zeller 34:00 6-11 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 1 2 0 2 4 12
James Michael McAdoo 19:00 6-8 0-0 3-3 1 3 4 0 1 2 0 1 15
P.J. Hairston 15:00 1-5 0-2 1-2 1 2 3 2 1 0 1 0 3
Justin Watts 12:00 2-3 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 2 2 2 1 0 5
TOTAL 200 28-64 2-17 9-12 7 23 30 18 17 5 10 6 67
  43.8% 11.8% 75.0% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 10
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