No. 1 Kansas survives upset-minded Penn


No. 16-seed Penn did everything they possibly could to hang with No. 1 Kansas.

Well, not quite everything.

They shot 3-for-10 from the free throw line in the second half. And they finished Thursday afternoon having shot just 7-for-18 from the free throw line.

But that shouldn’t diminish the effort put forth by the Quakers, who led Kansas 21-11 with eight minutes left in the first half and trailed by just five points midway through the second half in a 76-60 loss in a first round game in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament.

At the end of the day, Kansas — despite playing short-handed with a banged up Udoka Azubuike playing just three scoreless minutes off the bench — was just too much. Devonte’ Graham did not shoot the ball all that well but he still finished with 29 points to go along with six boards and six…

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Evans leads No. 14 Texas Tech to 70-63 win over South Carolina


COLUMBIA, S.C. — Keenan Evans scored 31 points including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:12 left to lift No. 14 Texas Tech to a 70-63 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.

The Gamecocks (13-8) were looking to rally past their third ranked opponent in four games and were up 58-53 on Felipe Haase’s 3 with 6:21 to go. That’s when Evans scored eight of the Red Raiders’ next nine points, including the 3 from the left arc, for a 62-61 lead.

Evans followed that with a 3-point play with 46 seconds left to secure the win in the teams’ first meeting since December 1976.

Texas Tech (17-4) outscored South Carolina 17-5 over the final six minutes.

Evans, a 6-foot-2 senior, had four 3-pointers and made all 13 of his foul shots to lead the Red Raiders. Zhaire Smith had 11 points, the only other Texas Tech…

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