A 13-2 run in the final 3 1/2 minutes of the first half turned the tide.
Led by Tekele Cotton’s 19 points and the overall excellent play once again from Ron Baker and Fred Van Fleet, the Shockers won only for the third time in 16 overall meetings with their big brother 162 miles away in the always tradition-rich and powerful juggernaut in Rock. Chalk. Jayhawk.
Bill Self’s crew simply just couldn’t find the one spark in Omaha to keep their season alive. To the Jayhawks credit, they did manage to trim the lead down to 8 on a few occasions in the second half, but it was not enough.
By the time he used up 4 of his allotted time outs during the first half. By the time their last time out came and went with 4:39 remaining, the game was mostly decided.
A shocking 78-65 win vaults the Shockers into a very highly competitive Midwest Regional, where they will face another hot team on Thursday night in the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.
Two teams looking to restore past glories, who will emerge to possibly take on the juggernaut that is Kentucky?
More on that in my next blog as West Virginia will take on Maryland later on this evening on TNT from Pittsburgh.
The only minor highlight of note from CBS’ earlier games in the Charlotte pod…Duke only attempted a few free throws for the entire game but still won comfortably over San Diego State. Meanwhile, Michigan State beat Virginia for the second consecutive season in a much closer game than it was in last year’s Sweet 16.
Brief recaps will come after the Northern Iowa/Lousville clash in Seattle.
See you then.