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What it means for next season: Reed's emergence, Thomas' work in the paint and the potential development of Oliver over this offseason gives Clemson the foundation of another solid unit.
RARE AIR: Florida State is in the Elite Eight for just the third time in school history, while MI has made it three times in the last six years alone. Gabe DeVoe led Clemson's team in scoring with 31 points, while shooting 58.8% from the field (making 10 of 17 attempts). Not until Gary Trent Jr., made two free throws with 6.3 seconds left was this game sealed. Not only that, but Texas Tech would score 11 points in a row to finally pull away from Purdue.
Tyus Battle scored 19 points to lead Syracuse and Oshae Brissett added 15 points and seven rebounds for the Orange (23-14).
Carsen Edwards had a game-high 30 points for the Boilermakers, who end the season 30-7.
"This is the team everyone would have thought ... would not be in this game". Sure, you had large contingents who made the lengthy trips to watch Villanova, West Virginia, Purdue and Texas Tech play for a spot in the Elite 8.
DeVoe had a career-high 31 for Clemson (25-10), which couldn't replicate the magic it showed in beating Auburn by 31 to reach its first Sweet 16 in 21 years. Vick, Newman and Graham then opened the second half with 3s to extend the lead to 20. Graham had just two points on 1-of-7 shooting in the half but contributed four rebounds and four assists in his usual 20 minutes.
"We finished the game about as poorly as a team can", Self said, "but we got the 'W, ' and we played really well in stretches and certainly made some timely shots".
Kansas has reached the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons, but was knocked out by eventual national champion Villanova in 2016 and by OR in 2017.
A Shelby native and former Charlotte Observer player of the year, DeVoe set a Clemson record for most points in an NCAA Tournament game Friday.More news: Beyonce Pictured Alongside JAY Z On A Motorcycle
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But in Kansas, Brownell's team was facing a supremely talented group that was dialed in for all of the first half and much of the second half.
When NCAA tournament last came to town in 2012, the banners were replaced by ones noting past college basketball champions.
The Jayhawks, one of only two 1 seeds to advance past the first weekend, did not get to this point easily.
"I think he was huge for us today", senior wing Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk said of Azubuike.
The Clemson-Kansas victor plays in the regional final Sunday against the victor of Friday night's other semifinal between second-seeded Duke and 11th-seeded Syracuse.
Senior guard Keenan Evans had 16 points and four assists, while Zach Smith (14), Justin Gray (12) and Zhaire Smith (11) also scored in double figures for Tech.
Purdue came in ranked second nationally in 3-point percentage and connected on 7 of 18 for the game.
Graham wound up playing 35 minutes, which marked his lowest output since a home win over Oklahoma on February 19, and played fewer than 39 minutes for just the third time since January 15.
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Lagerald Vick had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Jayhawks, who into halftime with a 40-27 lead but needed to hold on down the stretch.