March 18, 2007
KU headed to the Sweet 16
Only 16 teams remain in the NCAA Tournament, and the Kansas Jayhawks are one of them. Julian Wright scored a team-high 21-points and Brandon Rush scored 19-points and was 6-of-7 from behind the arc, as Bill Self's squad cruised past the Kentucky Wildcats, 88-67. Minutes after the game, Self spoke about KU's performance during the weekend and, more importantly, want improvements must be made before KU faces Southern Illinois next Thursday night.
"We're obviously very excited about the win," said Self. "I thought we played pretty well here in Chicago and I am real anxious and excited to move on. Hopefully we can just tighten up a few things and play good next weekend also."
After leading by just three-points, 36-30, at halftime, Kansas completely opened up the floodgates in the second half. Rush, the 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard from Kansas City, Mo., opened up the second half with a deep three-pointer from the corner.
Kansas and Kentucky traded baskets for the next couple of minutes, but Rush connected on another deep three from the corner and, from that point on, the Jayhawks were in complete control of the game.
With less than 15:00 minutes remaining in the game, Kentucky big man Randolph Morris was whistled for his third foul and a few seconds later, Rush connected on his third three-pointer of the half, this one coming from the wing.
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