From the odd lane violation on Aaron Craft's final free throw to Tyshawn Taylor nearly ending the game before giving OSU another chance, the game between the Kansas Jayhawks and Ohio State Buckeyes was frenetic in the final minute. But KU rose above it all to take another unexpected victory and send Ohio State home in the process. The next step for the Jayhaws: facing Kentucky in the national title game on Monday night.
Things didn't look good early for the Jayhawks. The Buckeyes went up 9 at halftime, and it was the typical sluggish start for KU against a team that looked good enough to finish it out. But the Jayhawks' defense showed up strong in the second half as it has all tournament long. Jeff Withey had 7 blocks. The Jayhawks outrebounded their opponents 41-30. The team started doing the little things to get back into it, and they finally secured enough momentum in the final minutes to close it out.
Now they go on to their greatest opponent yet in the Kentucky Wildcats. UK has definitely gotten better since they last played, but KU is another team entirely. It should be an interesting battle for the national title on Monday night.
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