Martin scores 23 points, top-seeded Kansas beats Providence 66-61

by: ANDREW SELIGMAN, Associated Press

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CHICAGO (AP) — Remy Martin scored a season-high 23 points and Kansas did its part as the only remaining No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, holding Providence to 17 points in the first half. and hanging on for a 66-61 win on Friday Night to reach the Elite Eight.

The Jayhawks (31-6) went further than fellow No. 1 seeds Gonzaga and Arizona, both ousted in the Sweet 16, and Baylor, whose title defense ended in the second round. They will face either Miami or Iowa State in the Midwest Region Finals on Sunday.

Jalen Wilson added 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Jayhawks, who are back in a regional final for the first time since 2018, when they reached their 15th Final Four. Coach Bill Self is seeking his fourth trip there since arriving in 2003.

Kansas also edged Kentucky for the most wins in Division I history with 2,354.

The Jayhawks led by 13 points going into the second half, let it slip away, then regrouped. Fourth-seeded Providence (27-6) took a narrow one-point lead, but Kansas responded by going seven straight.

Big 12 player of the year Ochai Agbaji scored a season-low five points. But with Martin and Wilson leading, the Jayhawks won their eighth straight since a 74-64 loss at TCU on March 1.

Al Durham led Providence with 21 points. But the Friars shot 33.8 percent and made 4 of 23 3-pointers, their best run since reaching the regional final in 1997 under Pete Gillen came to an end.


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