Vick earns Kansas some sat­is­fac­tion

South Florida Sun-Sentinel (Sunday) - - For The Record -

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly, cen­ter, said he fa­vors ex­pand­ing the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off to eight teams. Lager­ald Vick had never watched last sea­son’s Fi­nal Four loss to Vil­lanova be­fore this week, when topranked Kansas had to en­dure ev­ery minute of it while prep­ping for Satur­day’s game against the Wild­cats.

“We watched it for like, a week straight,” Vick said. “It was def­i­nitely hard.”

He’ll have bet­ter mem­o­ries of the re­match.

Vick poured in 29 points Satur­day, Dedric Law­son added 28 points and 12 re­bounds, and both helped the Jay­hawks make just enough free throws in the clos­ing min­utes to hold off the No. 17 Wild­cats 74-71 in Lawrence, Kan., in a game that was nip-and-tuck al­most the en­tire way.

Devon Dot­son added 11 points for the Jay­hawks, in­clud­ing four ef­fort­less free throws in the fi­nal 1:10 to help Kansas (9-0) end a three-game los­ing streak to Vil­lanova (8-4) — the last two in the NCAA tour­na­ment.

“This at­mos­phere was just awe­some,” Wild­cats coach Jay Wright said. “We played a great pro­gram, just a great at­mos­phere — tough game — and they just did a great job get­ting Lager­ald Vick in spots where he wanted it, and Dedric Law­son, you know you’re not go­ing to shut them out.”

“We’re still 1-2 against Vil­lanova,” Jay­hawks coach Bill Self said. “We beat them Lager­ald Vick led Kansas with 29 points Satur­day.

in the Sweet 16. They beat us in the Elite Eight. They beat us in the Fi­nal Four. The game to­day was nice, but it wasn’t a real game like the oth­ers were real games.”

Schofield pow­ers Vols:

Ad­mi­ral Schofield scored

20 of his 29 points in the sec­ond half and added 11 re­bounds as No. 3 Ten­nessee beat Mem­phis 102-92 to snap a three-game skid against the in-state ri­val.

The Vol­un­teers (8-1) avoided any let­down after a week­long lay­off for fi­nals since up­set­ting then-No. 1 Gon­zaga last week­end in Phoenix.

Kyvon Daven­port scored

26 of his ca­reer-high 31 points after half­time for Mem­phis (5-5). First-year Mem­phis coach Penny Har­d­away re­mains win­less against the Vols after go­ing

0-2 when play­ing for the Tigers in the early 1990s.



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