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Villanova ends Jayhawks’ tournament hopes, 64-59

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LOUISVILLE, Ken. -- It's usually good to be number one. Saturday was not one of those days.

Two top-seeded teams fell out of the NCAA tournament, Oregon and Kansas. The Elite 8 match-up between KU and Villanova was billed as a heavyweight bout, and if it was, Villanova came out swinging and took the first round.

KU only scored 25 points in the first half, a season-low. But they came out strong in the second half, opening on a 14-3 run.

The lead shifted back and forth, as Villanova would counter with a 10-0 run.

In the end, KU just couldn't keep Villanova down as the Wildcats came away with it, 64-59.

The Jayhawks' loss ends the season with a 33-5 record, and Bill Self is now 2-6 in the Elite 8.

"It's without question, the hardest game in the tournament to lose," Self said. "Certainly our kids an our seniors have done an unbelievable job putting us in position to be in the game, and in the moment; I'd much rather be in the game than not in the game."

There is one remaining representative from the Big 12. The Oklahoma Sooners made it to the Final Four with their 80-68 win over Oregon. It's OU's first Final Four appearance since 2002.

Oklahoma will face Villanova on April 2. The other match-up will be among the winners of Sunday's games: Syracause and North Carolina.

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