Jayhawks Defeat Purdue, Advance To Sweet Sixteen

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By Blake Schuster Purdue did its best. They were 23 seconds away from adding their name along side Bradley, Bucknell, VCU, and Northern Iowa in Kansas Basketball infamy, but an Elijah Johnson layup stopped it. Where the Jayhawks had gone down so many times before, they emerged on top. Now a date with North Carolina State in St. Louis waits next weekend after Kansas defeated Purdue 63-60 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. “I’ve been around long enough now that usually teams that have great success in the tournament figure out a way to win a game when they don’t play their best,” Bill Self said. “Hopefully this was that game.” To start — and…

Rested Jayhawks Prepare For Purdue

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By Blake Schuster A little after midnight on Friday the Jayhawks strolled into the lobby of the Embassy Suites Hotel in Omaha. Fresh off a 65-50 victory over Detroit, they were greeted by family and fans. Back in their rooms they cooled off, ate a little, and passed out. Relishing in victory, preparing for war, they slept. That’s how it goes when you play the last game of the second round in the NCAA tournament. Minds fried, bodies worn down, no energy to worry, you go to sleep —and it may have been the best thing for Kansas. “The only celebrating we did was for Thomas [Robinson’s] birthday,” Elijah Johnson said. “There’s not too much…