Kansas Says 'So Long, Cinderella'

Kansas barely avoids upset at the hands of Davidson
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2008 8:00 PM CDT
Kansas' Brandon Rush (25) tries a shot between Davidson's Andrew Lovedale, left, and Max Paulhus Gosselin during the first half of the NCAA Midwest Regional final Sunday, March 30, 2008, in Detroit.    (AP Photo/Gary Malerba)
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(Newser) – Davidson battled Goliath again and this time Goliath won, as Kansas' big men controlled the middle in a 59-57 victory to advance to Final Four for the first time ever under coach Bill Self. It marked it a clean sweep for the No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament, another first. Davidson's Stephen Curry scored 25 points but couldn't get off a potential winning shot in the final seconds.

Kansas successfully used a rotation of guards to wear down Curry, who only shot 36% from the floor and never got into a rhythm, writes AP. Meanwhile, Jayhawk center Sasha Kaun had several key baskets in the second half, scoring 13 points, as did Mario Chalmers to get Kansas into the national semifinal next weekend in San Antonio against former coach Roy Williams and North Carolina.