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Newman leads Kansas past Duke 85-81 in OT for Final Four bid

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) Kansas is going back to the Final Four.

It's hard to argue that Duke shouldn't be headed there as well after the most riveting show of the NCAA tournament.

Malik Newman and the top-seeded Jayhawks got past their Elite Eight road block Sunday, knocking off second-seeded Duke 85-81 in overtime to clinch the program's first trip to the Final Four since 2012.

Newman scored all 13 of the Jayhawks' points in OT and finished with a career-high 32 to lead Kansas (31-7).

The Jayhawks will face fellow top seed Villanova on Saturday in San Antonio - the site of KU's last title over Memphis in 2008 - after snapping a two-game losing skid in the regional finals.

''Everything we've been through...we do it for moments like this,'' Kansas star Devonte' Graham said. ''Especially after the last two years, getting over the hump. It just feels (perfect).''

This was college basketball at its best, two blue bloods trading blows for 45 minutes in what was arguably the best game of March so far, one that featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties.

Had Grayson Allen's bank shot to end regulation gone half an inch in a different direction, it might be Duke heading to South Texas.

But it didn't, and instead the Jayhawks are moving on.

''It was an honor to play in this game,'' said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who remained tied with UCLA legend John Wooden with 12 Final Four performances. ''I think both teams were deserving of winning.''

Newman, a redshirt sophomore who came on late this season, drilled his fifth and final 3 from the corner to make it 81-78 with 1:49 left. Newman followed with four straight free throws, and the Jayhawks' defense stiffened enough to knock the favored Blue Devils out of the tournament.

Trevon Duval scored 20 points, two shy of a career high, for Duke. Freshman star and future lottery pick Marvin Bagley added 16 points and 10 rebounds in what could have been his final game for the Blue Devils (29-8), who fell shy of their first Final Four trip since winning the national title in 2015.

Allen had 12 points for the Blue Devils, but the senior's try at the regulation buzzer went in and then out and then off the rim before spinning away to force overtime.

''I was trying to drive right, he cut me off. Went back left. Their big stepped into help. I had to get a shot up over him. I tried to bank it in and it about went in,'' said Allen, who finished his brilliant career with 1,996 points.

THE BIG PICTURE

Kansas: This might be the unlikeliest of coach Bill Self's three Final Four squads. They are not stacked with obvious future NBA starters and they lost three times at home this season. But the Jayhawks banded together to win the Big 12's regular season and conference titles and now the Midwest Region. By doing so, they proved to their coach that they were hardly soft - a claim that Self had made often earlier in the season. And with the final buzzer about to sound and the outcome suddenly in focus, Self clenched both of his fists and lifted his arms in the air for a celebration years in the making.

Duke: The Blue Devils might see four of their freshman stars bolt for the NBA Draft, an expected exodus led by Bagley, a likely top-five pick. Duke will also lose Allen, one of the best players in school history. Don't cry for Coach K, who has four five-star recruits committed to join the program next year. But this season will likely be remembered as a lost opportunity - and for that Allen shot that went agonizingly out of the rim.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

Duval was a revelation in the opening half, scoring 13 points to give the Blue Devils a 36-33 lead that at times felt like it could've been bigger. But the Jayhawks opened the second with a 13-3 run, forcing Duke to answer quickly. The Blue Devils did just that, time and time again, until it had the lead in the final minute. But Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk drilled a 3 with 25.7 seconds left in the second half to knot the game at 72-all.

THE NUMBERS

Kansas outrebounded Duke 47-32, a staggering stat given that the Jayhawks barely outrebounded their opponents heading into the game. ...Lagerald Vick had 14 points, Devonte' Graham had 11 with six boards and six assists and Mykhailiuk had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while helping defend Bagley. ''Even though Malik scored a lot of points, I don't think that anybody had a better game than Svi did,'' Self said. ... The Blue Devils were 7 of 29 on 3s.

HE SAID IT

''We didn't even talk about going to the Final Four. All we talked about is Duke. I do think playing Duke in that game helped us. It was fun. I would be proud to have coached in that game even if the outcome is different,'' Self said.

UP NEXT

Duke: Welcoming the next batch of one-and-done stars.

Kansas: The Jayhawks are in the Final Four for the 15th time.

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Key Players
G. Allen
3 G
D. Graham
4 G
37.6 Min. Per Game 37.6
17.3 Pts. Per Game 17.3
7.4 Ast. Per Game 7.4
4.0 Reb. Per Game 4.0
41.8 Field Goal % 39.6
37.0 Three Point % 40.3
85.0 Free Throw % 83.0
+ 3 Grayson Allen made 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
+ 1 Malik Newman made 2nd of 2 free throws 10.0
+ 1 Malik Newman made 1st of 2 free throws 10.0
  Personal foul on Grayson Allen 10.0
  Bad pass turnover on Marvin Bagley III, stolen by Malik Newman 14.0
  Defensive rebound by Marvin Bagley III 18.0
  Devonte' Graham missed free throw 18.0
  Personal foul on Trevon Duval 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Devonte' Graham 18.0
  Grayson Allen missed 3-pt. jump shot 20.0
  Offensive rebound by Grayson Allen 22.0
Team Stats
Points 81 85
Field Goals 30-70 (42.9%) 30-69 (43.5%)
3-Pointers 7-29 (24.1%) 13-36 (36.1%)
Free Throws 14-18 (77.8%) 12-15 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 32 47
Offensive 9 16
Defensive 15 30
Team 8 1
Assists 13 20
Steals 9 5
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 11 17
Fouls 16 14
Technicals 0 0
20 PTS, 1 REB, 6 AST
32 PTS, 7 REB, 2 AST
12OTT
away team logo 2 Duke 29-8 3636981
home team logo 1 Kansas 31-7 33391385
Team Stats
away team logo 2 Duke 29-8 98.7 PPG 50.3 RPG 23.0 APG
home team logo 1 Kansas 31-7 88.3 PPG 45.3 RPG 20.0 APG
Key Players
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T. Duval G PPG RPG APG FG%
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M. Newman G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Duval G 20 PTS 1 REB 6 AST
M. Newman G 32 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
42.9 FG% 43.5
24.1 3PT FG% 36.1
77.8 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Duval 43 20 1 6 2 0 4 5 9/16 2/6 0/0 0 1
G. Trent Jr. 44 17 3 0 1 1 0 2 7/18 2/10 1/1 1 2
M. Bagley III 44 16 10 2 0 0 2 0 5/9 1/1 5/8 4 6
G. Allen 45 12 4 4 4 0 1 3 3/13 2/9 4/4 1 3
W. Carter Jr. 22 10 2 1 2 1 2 5 3/9 0/3 4/5 0 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
T. Duval 43 20 1 6 2 0 4 5 9/16 2/6 0/0 0 1
G. Trent Jr. 44 17 3 0 1 1 0 2 7/18 2/10 1/1 1 2
M. Bagley III 44 16 10 2 0 0 2 0 5/9 1/1 5/8 4 6
G. Allen 45 12 4 4 4 0 1 3 3/13 2/9 4/4 1 3
W. Carter Jr. 22 10 2 1 2 1 2 5 3/9 0/3 4/5 0 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. DeLaurier 13 4 3 0 0 0 2 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 1
M. Bolden 12 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 0
A. O'Connell 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
B. Besser - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Robinson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Vrankovic - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. White - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Goldwire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Buckmire - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 81 24 13 9 3 11 16 30/70 7/29 14/18 9 15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Newman 44 32 7 2 3 0 1 1 8/19 5/12 11/12 2 5
L. Vick 41 14 3 2 0 1 5 2 6/16 2/7 0/0 1 2
D. Graham 45 11 6 6 0 0 2 0 4/10 3/8 0/1 2 4
S. Mykhailiuk 42 11 10 5 1 1 4 3 4/10 3/9 0/0 3 7
U. Azubuike 19 9 8 2 1 0 1 5 4/6 0/0 1/2 5 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Newman 44 32 7 2 3 0 1 1 8/19 5/12 11/12 2 5
L. Vick 41 14 3 2 0 1 5 2 6/16 2/7 0/0 1 2
D. Graham 45 11 6 6 0 0 2 0 4/10 3/8 0/1 2 4
S. Mykhailiuk 42 11 10 5 1 1 4 3 4/10 3/9 0/0 3 7
U. Azubuike 19 9 8 2 1 0 1 5 4/6 0/0 1/2 5 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
M. Garrett 8 4 2 2 0 0 1 2 2/5 0/0 0/0 2 0
S. De Sousa 26 4 10 1 0 1 3 1 2/3 0/0 0/0 1 9
C. Young - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Cunliffe - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Lightfoot - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Teahan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Sosinski - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 225 85 46 20 5 3 17 14 30/69 13/36 12/15 16 30