Conner Teahan’s three-point play after he missed a three-pointer gave Kansas a 26-22 lead.
Jeff Withey had seven blocks in the half. He ended up with 10 for the game.Second half
Elijah Johnson scored inside off Tyshawn Taylor’s inbounds pass with 14.8 seconds remaining for a three-point lead, but KU had to survive two more N.C. State possessions.
Taylor didn’t have a good game with two-for-14 shooting and five turnovers. But he chipped in 10 rebounds.Record for Robinson
Thomas Robinson set the Kansas season record with his 26th double-double. He had 18 points and 15 rebounds. Drew Gooden had 25 double-doubles for the Jayhawks in 2002.
Robinson also moved into second place on the KU single-season rebound list with 429, passing Gooden, who had 423 in 2002. Wilt Chamberlain set the record with 510 in 1957.
• Senior guard Conner Teahan said he couldn’t explain the Jayhawks’ shooting woes during the NCAA Tournament. But he conceded that Kansas needed to shoot better on Sunday to survive against No. 1 seed North Carolina. The Jayhawks won Friday despite shooting just 37.5 percent from the floor. If the Jayhawks do that again, Teahan said, and get down big early, there’s little chance they’ll be able to come back against the Tar Heels.
• Kansas has now won 30 games for three straight seasons — and five out of the last six years. Bill Self became the fifth coach to record six 30-win seasons in Division I, joining Mike Krzyzewski, John Calipari, Jim Calhoun and Roy Williams, his opponent on Saturday.
• Johnson’s three-pointer 13 seconds into the second half broke a zero-for-eight start from behind the three-point arc for the Jayhawks and was their only three-point make of the game. KU’s 7.1 percent three-point shooting (one for 14) was its second-lowest in an NCAA Tournament game.
• Johnson scored seven of his 11 points after halftime, giving him 35 points in the second half in KU’s three NCAA Tournament wins.
• With the help of Withey’s KU record-tying 10 blocks, Kansas swatted 11 shots, tied for third-most by a Jayhawks team in an NCAA Tournament game, behind 13 vs. Jackson State in 2007 and 12 vs. Dayton in 2009.
• The attendance was 23,964, the smallest to see Kansas in the Edward Jones Dome, including the 2002 and 2004 NCAA appearances.