Nova's Run Ends With Thud Against Kansas

Jayhawks steamroll into the Elite Eight
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 29, 2008 2:24 AM CDT
Kansas's Russell Robinson brings the ball up court against Villanova in the first half of an NCAA Midwest Regional semifinal game Friday, March 28, 2008, in Detroit.    (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – Kansas had its third straight cakewalk of the tournament, surging ahead of 12th-seeded Villanova early and never looking back in a 72-57 victory at Ford Field in Detroit. The Jayhawks were led by Brandon Rush with 16 points, and Russell Robinson, who had 15 and played excellent defense on Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, holding him to 11, reports the Kansas City Star.

"I thought Russell was the player of the game," said KU coach Bill Self, whose team is in the Elite Eight for the third time in five years. The Jayhawks, who shot 59% in the first half Friday, will face tournament darling Davidson for a Final Four chance. Shane Clark and Dante Cunningham added 10 points apiece for 'Nova.