NCAA Tournament

March 24, 2013 10:13 PM

Naadir Tharpe replaces McLemore in KU’s clutch play department

With KU’s game against North Carolina in doubt in the second half, it was Naadir Tharpe, a 5-foot-11 sophomore, who coach Bill Self chose to share backcourt responsibilities with senior Elijah Johnson, not all-Big 12 first-teamer Ben McLemore. Tharpe finished with 12 points, three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes as KU won 70-58 and reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

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