Mar 24, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Travis Releford (24) and guard Elijah Johnson (15) celebrate in the last seconds of the game as they get the win over the North Carolina Tar Heels during the third round of the NCAA basketball tournament at the Sprint Center. Kansas won 70-58. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction:Jayhawks Advance to Sweet 16 With 70-58 Win

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On Sunday afternoon in Kansas City, Missouri, the top-seeded Kansas Jayhawks of the South region faced eighth-seeded North Carolina, with a 70-58 win.

Kansas improved to 31-5 on the season, while North Carolina finished with a 25-11 record. Next up for the Jayhawks is fourth-seeded Michigan on Friday.

Travis Releford and Jeff Withey led the way for Kansas. Releford totaled 22 points, while Withey went for 16 and 16 rebounds. P.J. Hairston scored 15 points to lead the Tar Heels.

Kansas started the second half with a 7-0 run, to get back into the game after a deficit. The lead quickly grew to 12 as the Jayhawks momentum continued to grow. At the 4:24 mark, the scoreboard read 63-47 in favor of the Jayhawks after Releford connected on a free throw. Kansas coasted from there to the win.

North Carolina jumped on Kansas with a 12-2 start to the game. Kansas managed to rally with a 13-2 run, and take the lead back at 17-16, though North Carolina took control once again before the first half ended, in taking a 30-21 lead at halftime. North Carolina shot just 26% from the field in the first half, while Kansas wasn’t any better in making 25% of their field goals. The difference was North Carolina getting 42 shot attempts in the half, with Kansas only having 28 and committing 12 turnovers.

Michigan defeated VCU on Saturday, 78-53 improving to a 28-7 record overall. The Wolverines are in the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1994.

 

 

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