Kansas Rounds Out Final 4

Beats North Carolina Tar Heels 80-67
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 25, 2012 6:40 PM CDT
Kansas Rounds Out Final 4
North Carolina guard Kendall Marshall sits on the bench during the first half of the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Midwest Regional final against Kansas on Sunday, March 25, 2012, in St. Louis.    (Charlie Riedel)

Nothing personal, Roy. Tyshawn Taylor broke out of his slump in a big way today, scoring 22 points and leading Kansas back to the Final Four with an 80-67 victory over former coach Roy Williams and top-seeded North Carolina. The second-seeded Jayhawks (31-6) will play Ohio State on Saturday in their first appearance in the Final Four since 2008, when they won the national championship.

As the game ended, Taylor—much maligned for his shooting struggles during the first three games of the NCAA tournament—ran to Kansas fans and raised both arms in the air. Taylor led five Jayhawks in double figures. Player of the year candidate Thomas Robinson added 18 points and nine rebounds, and Elijah Johnson kept up his blistering pace in the tournament with 10 points, including a 3-pointer with 3:07 to play that sparked Kansas' 12-0 run to end the game. (More Final Four stories.)

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