2008 NCAA Tournament
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Detroit Russell Robinson was hot early.
Perhaps more important, he made sure his defensive responsibility, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, was not.
As a result, the Jayhawks rolled into the Elite Eight with a 72-57 victory over the Wildcats.
"I was more impressed with him defensively than offensively. Russell is playing very well. Not too many guys can make three threes in a row then shoot two airballs," KU coach Bill Self joked. "He's been real focused. The key to the game was his defensive play on Scottie."
Reynolds finished with 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting, but he had just six points in the first half as the Jayhawks bolted to a 41-22 lead.
"I didn't let him get going early," Robinson said. "I tried to take away his offense early."
Robinson, meanwhile, had 13 points off 4-of-4 shooting and 3-for-3 three-point shooting in the first half.
"Russell carried us the first half," said KU's Sherron Collins, who had four points and four assists in 21 minutes. "He did the job on Scottie. Like coach says, he's the heartbeat of our team. We respect him. He did a great job."
KU's guards were effective in breaking open the game.
Robinson (13), Brandon Rush (11) and Mario Chalmers (8) combined for 32 points the first half.
Even seldom-used guard Jeremy Case, who was playing at the end of the half to protect Chalmers, Rush and ailing Collins, who had two fouls apiece, got into the act, hitting a three-pointer to close the first-half scoring.
Case had more points the first half than any of KU's big men. Darrell Arthur, Sasha Kaun and Darnell Jackson had two points apiece. Arthur played just nine minutes with his two fouls.
"Jeremy played well. I'm really happy for him. He gave us a lift," Self said. "He waited five years for that one possession. It was a big shot. He gave us some great minutes."
Rush finished with 16 points, Robinson 15 and Chalmers 14 for KU. Reynolds' 11 led the Wildcats.
The second half was not a thing of beauty, though the Wildcats, who were down by as many as 21, never sliced the gap below 12.
2007-08 March 30 KU-Davidson Hoops
- Cole Aldrich talks about being a part of a Final Four run as a freshman
- Darrell Arthur talks about the upcoming challenge from Tyler Hansbrough and North Carolina
- Jeremy Case talks about going to the Final Four, and how facing Roy Williams won't have an emotional effect on him
- Mario Chalmers talks about now going against the team he grew up wanting to play for in North Carolina
- Rodrick Stewart talks about a trip to the Final Four putting a nice touch on the season for KU's five seniors
- Russell Robinson talks about stopping Stephen Curry late and getting ready for what promises to be a fast-paced game
- Sasha Kaun talks about playing the game he'd waited his entire career for
- Sherron Collins talks about coming through late against Stephen Curry Sunday
KU vs. Davidson
- Final(ly) Four (03-31-08)
- Street of dreams (03-31-08)
- Tickets hard to find for UNC matchup (03-31-08)
- Williams, Heels loom (03-31-08)
- Davidson's last gasp goes awry (03-31-08)
- Keegan: Kaun inspires hunted (03-31-08)
- Kansas basketball notebook (03-31-08)
- Jayhawks back at Allen Fieldhouse (03-31-08)
- Extra Minutes: Kansas 59, Davidson 57 (03-31-08)
- KU-Davidson Box Score
- 2007-08 Schedule
- 2007-08 Roster (03-31-08)