AUBURN
28-9
89
TF 11
FINAL
End
2nd
TBS
Sat Mar. 23
9:58pm
BONUS
75
TF 11
KANSAS
26-10
ML: -141
KANSAS 2, O/U 147
ML: +121
AUBURN
KANSAS

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Auburn blows past Kansas 89-75 to reach Sweet 16

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Bruce Pearl's Auburn rebuilding project took a massive leap.

The Tigers are headed to the Sweet 16 for the first time in 16 years.

Bryce Brown scored 25 points and hit seven 3-pointers, leading Auburn to an 89-75 takedown of mighty Kanas Saturday night in the Midwest Region.

The Tigers (28-9) were a surprise last season, earning a share of their first SEC title since 1999 and winning an NCAA Tournament game.

Auburn took another major step Saturday, running past a blue-blood program into the school's first Sweet 16 since 2003 under Cliff Ellis.

Unlike their opener against New Mexico State, when they had to survive a couple of late-game blunders, the fifth-seeded Tigers pounced on the undermanned Jayhawks and never let them up.

Auburn had a 17-point lead before the midpoint of the first half and kept pouring in shots, hitting 13 3-pointers while shooting 53 percent against one of the college basketball's premier programs.

Next up: top-seeded North Carolina or No. 9 Washington in Kansas City.

The Jayhawks (26-10) hoped they would get the ticket to KC, where they would essentially play Sweet 16 home games as the No. 4 seed.

Bill Self's bunch got gut punched early and never climbed off the canvas, bounced from the NCAA Tournament in the second round after reaching the Final Four a year ago.

Dedric Lawson had 25 points and 10 rebounds in what could be his final game in KU red and blue.

Kansas fought through a tumultuous season and its first non-Big 12 title in 14 years by rolling over Northeastern in its NCAA Tournament opener.

The Jayhawks' second game figured to be all about ball control.

Auburn is one of the nation's best at creating turnovers and Kansas is one of the worst at coughing them up.

Advantage on paper, advantage on the court; Auburn had three steals in the first four minutes.

A bigger problem for Kansas was the Tigers ran their offense like a Formula One car. Whipping quick passes around to set up open shots, Auburn made six of its first eight 3-pointers to race out to a 17-point lead in the opening eight minutes.

With Kansas having to extend its defense, the inside opened up for the Tigers, who made 20 of 36 shots lead 51-25 by halftime. Brown was 6 of 8 from 3 and had 17 points by the break.

The Jayhawks found an offensive rhythm to open the second half, making their first seven shots.

They made up one point.

Auburn hit seven of its first eight shots and kept the steamrolling going with a series of dunks and transition layups.

BIG PICTURE

A tough season ended with a thud for Kansas. The Jayhawks didn't have the manpower to match the Tigers and were bounced from the bracket early after reaching at least the Elite Eight the previous three seasons.

Auburn made a huge statement on college basketball's biggest stage with an impressive offensive performance.

UP NEXT

Auburn plays North Carolina or Washington in the Sweet 16 Thursday in Kansas City.

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Key Players
J. Harper
1 G
D. Lawson
1 F
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
19.3 Pts. Per Game 19.3
1.7 Ast. Per Game 1.7
10.3 Reb. Per Game 10.3
40.0 Field Goal % 49.0
37.9 Three Point % 39.3
81.8 Free Throw % 81.5
+ 1 Quentin Grimes made free throw 21.0
  Shooting foul on Myles Parker 21.0
+ 2 Quentin Grimes made layup, assist by Charlie Moore 21.0
  Defensive rebound by Charlie Moore 23.0
  Jared Harper missed jump shot 25.0
  Lost ball turnover on Charlie Moore, stolen by Chuma Okeke 48.0
+ 2 Jared Harper made driving layup 58.0
  Defensive rebound by Chuma Okeke 1:17
  Charlie Moore missed jump shot 1:19
  Offensive rebound by Charlie Moore 1:26
  K.J. Lawson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:28
Team Stats
Points 89 75
Field Goals 32-61 (52.5%) 27-59 (45.8%)
3-Pointers 13-30 (43.3%) 6-19 (31.6%)
Free Throws 12-15 (80.0%) 15-18 (83.3%)
Total Rebounds 27 38
Offensive 6 12
Defensive 19 23
Team 2 3
Assists 17 13
Steals 9 4
Blocks 3 1
Turnovers 7 16
Fouls 21 17
Technicals 0 0
25 PTS, 3 REB, 2 AST
25 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
12T
away team logo 5 Auburn 28-9 513889
home team logo 4 Kansas 26-10 255075
Team Stats
away team logo 5 Auburn 28-9 79.7 PPG 37.1 RPG 14.3 APG
home team logo 4 Kansas 26-10 75.7 PPG 41 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
2
B. Brown G 15.9 PPG 2.1 RPG 1.9 APG 43.7 FG%
1
D. Lawson F 19.4 PPG 10.3 RPG 1.7 APG 49.0 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Brown G 25 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
D. Lawson F 25 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
52.5 FG% 45.8
43.3 3PT FG% 31.6
80.0 FT% 83.3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 25 3 2 9/13 7/11 0/0 1 31 0 0 0 1 2
J. Harper 18 0 6 6/13 2/7 4/4 2 35 0 0 2 0 0
C. Okeke 12 5 4 4/10 2/5 2/2 1 34 4 1 2 1 4
A. McLemore 11 5 0 4/7 2/4 1/2 1 19 0 0 0 0 5
M. Dunbar 6 0 2 3/4 0/1 0/1 1 17 0 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Brown 25 3 2 9/13 7/11 0/0 1 31 0 0 0 1 2
J. Harper 18 0 6 6/13 2/7 4/4 2 35 0 0 2 0 0
C. Okeke 12 5 4 4/10 2/5 2/2 1 34 4 1 2 1 4
A. McLemore 11 5 0 4/7 2/4 1/2 1 19 0 0 0 0 5
M. Dunbar 6 0 2 3/4 0/1 0/1 1 17 0 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Wiley 6 1 0 3/4 0/0 0/0 2 13 0 2 1 0 1
J. McCormick 6 2 2 2/6 0/1 2/2 2 14 0 0 0 2 0
S. Doughty 4 5 1 1/2 0/1 2/2 2 22 2 0 1 0 5
H. Spencer 1 2 0 0/1 0/0 1/2 4 7 2 0 1 1 1
C. Blackstock 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
D. Purifoy 0 2 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 4 6 1 0 0 1 1
M. Parker 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
W. Macoy - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Collier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Maasdorp - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cook - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 25 17 32/61 13/30 12/15 21 200 9 3 7 6 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Lawson 25 10 3 8/17 2/3 7/7 3 37 0 1 3 4 6
Q. Grimes 15 2 2 5/11 2/6 3/4 3 34 1 0 4 1 1
D. Dotson 13 4 3 5/9 2/5 1/2 5 34 2 0 2 1 3
D. McCormack 11 6 2 5/6 0/0 1/1 1 21 0 0 2 2 4
O. Agbaji 2 1 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 24 0 0 0 0 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Lawson 25 10 3 8/17 2/3 7/7 3 37 0 1 3 4 6
Q. Grimes 15 2 2 5/11 2/6 3/4 3 34 1 0 4 1 1
D. Dotson 13 4 3 5/9 2/5 1/2 5 34 2 0 2 1 3
D. McCormack 11 6 2 5/6 0/0 1/1 1 21 0 0 2 2 4
O. Agbaji 2 1 0 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 24 0 0 0 0 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
M. Garrett 7 3 0 3/6 0/0 1/1 4 20 0 0 3 1 2
K. Lawson 2 4 0 0/2 0/2 2/2 0 14 1 0 1 2 2
C. Moore 0 3 3 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 7 0 0 1 1 2
M. Lightfoot 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/1 0 9 0 0 0 0 2
L. Vick - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Azubuike - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Teahan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. De Sousa - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Elliott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Luinstra - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 75 35 13 27/59 6/19 15/18 17 200 4 1 16 12 23