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Final Four 2012: Kansas Jayhawks Advance To Title Game To Face Kentucky

Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor lead the Jayhawks to New Orleans for hopes of a national championship.

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VIDEO: Bill Self Breaks Down Kansas' Second Half Performance Against Ohio State

The Kansas Jayhawks won once again last night with an incredible second half performance to take another game from a favored team against the Ohio State Buckeyes in last night's national semi-final game in the 2012 Final Four. It's the same formula that beat the North Carolina Tar Heels, Purdue Boilermakers and NC State Wolfpack before that. Bill Self said after last night's game that it's nothing magical he's saying at halftime. Instead it's about the players realizing what they have to do and what they are capable of -- and then executing those ideas.

Whatever he's doing is working because KU continues to dominate. Jeff Withey had 7 blocks. Thomas Robinson had 19 points and 8 boards. Every role player was doing exactly what they needed to do. Hear him talk about all of that and more in the vid below:

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Kansas' Jeff Withey Comes Up Big Against Ohio State When Jayhawks Need Him Most

The Kansas versus Ohio State match-up was mostly centered on two players coming into the contest. Thomas Robinson and Jared Sullinger are both considered among the greatest college basketball players in the country, so it’s no surprise that no one was even thinking of Jeff Withey as an MVP candidate for tonight’s national semi-final in the Final Four in New Orleans. But looking back on tonight’s match-up. it’s clear that Withey was the man for Kansas in their 64-62 victory over the Buckeyes.

ESPN’s Eamon Brennan writes, “Every Jayhawk played a role in their comeback and eventual win, and Robinson’s night — 19 points, 8 rebounds, 8-of-18 from the field — can’t be overlooked. But the most important performance came from the 7-foot Withey, whose incredible reach and interior defense made Sullinger a non-factor on the offensive end. Withey finished with seven 7 and 8 rebounds; Sullinger posted just 13 points on 5-of-19 from the field. In a game filled with tricky matchup issues, Withey was the biggest mismatch ace up Bill Self’s sleeve. He proved why Saturday night.”

Withey had 10 blocks against NC State and has stepped up big time as the season has progressed. He’s moved himself into a possible first round draft pick given his size and defensive presence, and Withey clearly has a higher ceiling than most believed. The Jayhawks hope he has one more great night in him in the 2011-12 season.

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Kansas Vs. Ohio State Final Score: Jayhawks Erase 13-Point Deficit, Advance To Title Game

The second half of this game saw a completely different Kansas Jayhawks team that came back from a 13-point first half deficit and a nine points at the half to defeat the Ohio St. Buckeyes 64-62. Kansas clawed their way back in this game and took their first lead of the since leading 2-0 when Travis Releford made his second free throw with 2:48 left in the game which gave Kansas a 56-55 lead.

Kansas was more aggressive in the second half and their defense stepped up and shutdown the Ohio State offense and held them to 33 percent from the field. Ohio State tried to fend of Kansas with their three-point shooting but 8-of-22 from beyond the arc.

For awhile in the second it seemed that anytime Kansas got within three points or tie the game and Ohio State would respond to keep a slim lead.

The last three minutes of the game were wild and the key point during that time was a quick 6-0 run that Kansas went on to go up by three points with the key play being Elijah Johnson taking a defensive rebound and then going coast-to-coast and convert on a layup to give Kansas a three-point lead with 1:08 left in the game.

Both teams turned the ball over on their next possession and Ohio State had a chance to tie the game but Deshaun Thomas missed a pair of three-pointers with 20 seconds left, and the second one was extremely rushed with 12 seconds probably because he thought time was about to expire. Ohio State's William Budford dunked the second missed three-pointer to get within one point.

Tyshawn Taylor sealed the win with a pair of free throws to go up three points and then on the following inbounds pass with six seconds left Kansas nearly had a steal but Taylor fumbled the ball out of bounds. The game ended on a lane violation when Ohio State's Aaron Craft made the first and intentionally missed the second but left early in an attempt a game winner.

Kansas now advances to take on the Kentucky Wildcats on Monday night for the national championship.

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Final Four Prediction 2012: Ohio State Favored Over Kansas By SB Nation

The first time they played this season, the Kansas Jayhawks took care of the Ohio State Buckeyes fairly easily in a 78-67 win back in early December. Thomas Robinson had 21 points on his way toward a possible Player of the Year caliber season, but the Buckeyes were without Jared Sullinger. It’s that factor among other things that has SB Nation’s Bill Callahan picking Ohio State this time around.

Callahan writes, “I don’t know if it was because they knew they were playing without their star, but Ohio State simply did not bring the intensity on the defensive end in that game that they did the rest of the year. It wasn’t just Tyshawn Taylor getting into the lane and creating, it was Travis Releford slashing through the defense and finishing easily at the rim, Elijah Johnson getting clear look after clear look from the outside, and various Jayhawks getting easy put-back points. I’m not sure how much of that you can credit Sullinger’s absence for, but obviously it can’t happen again.”

His final prediction is Ohio State to beat Kansas 80-76.

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March Madness Bracket 2012: Printable Bracket Available For Final Four

The Final Four teams have now been determined. Fans of Ohio State, Louisville, Kentucky and now Kansas can all celebrate, and the rest of us can fill out brand new brackets for those of you obsessed enough that you make a new pool at each stage.

Get your new printable, updated bracket from SB Nation here.

The Kentucky Wildcats are favored over everyone, but with no strong Cinderella, it's anyone's game. Both match-ups should be very compelling, especially the Louisville, Kentucky rivalry game in the first national semi-final. Ohio State is playing incredibly well right now, but there's a lot of talk about the NBA game of Thomas Robinson and the coaching job that Bill Self is doing this season at KU, so that should be an incredible contest as well.

First National Semifinal: No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats vs. No. 4 Louisville Cardinals (6:09 p.m., CBS)

Second National Semifinal: No. 2 Kansas Jayhawks vs. No. 2 Ohio St. Buckeyes (8:49 p.m., CBS)

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Final Four 2012: Kansas Bests Former Coach Roy Williams And North Carolina

The Kansas Jayhawks became the final of the four contenders in New Orleans hoping to take the 2012 NCAA Tournament title. To get here, they've taken an interesting path through familiar faces and close games to find Bill Self and company standing among the Final Four.

First, the Jayhawks took the University of Detroit out in the first round rather easily with a 65-50 win against the No. 15 seed. As the No. 2 seed, those victories are supposed to happen that way, but tell that to both Missouri and Duke who fell at this stage to Lehigh and Norfolk State, respectively.

A workmanlike Purdue played well against St. Mary's and earned the chance to take on Kansas in the second round, and the game came down to the wire as expected. Matt Painter's teams always played hard, efficient basketball and have made it to the second round, at least, in each of the last six seasons. The final score fell Kansas' way but not before a hard-fought 63-60 victory.

The next opponent was also close, as the red-hot North Carolina State Wolfpack met the Jayhawks in the Sweet 16. While the Wolfpack was the No. 11 seed and, consequently, the underdogs, they had already made their way through the ACC tournament and then through No. 3 seed Georgetown, so it was clear they were playing well at the perfect time. However, Kansas prevailed 60-57 behind Thomas Robinson's 18 points and 15 rebounds and Jeff Withey's incredible 10 blocked shots.

Finally, North Carolina presented the Elite 8 match-up and a familiar foe in Roy Williams. The former Kansas head coach said he was not interested in a home-and-home series with his former opponent because of the emotions there, and it was clear this was a very important game for both teams beyond just what was at stake on the court. However, Kansas took control in the second half and never looked back with an impressive 80-67 win.

Now they will face Ohio State for the right to play in the title game. This match-up will be the biggest yet since North Carolina was hampered by injuries, but KU has stepped up every time. Perhaps this is a magical season for Bill Self's team after all.

Go check out Rock Chalk Talk for all things regarding Kansas hoops. For more on the 2012 NCAA Tournament bracket, stick around SB Nation's NCAA Tournament hub, and remember to pick up our printable NCAA Tournament bracket.

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