Kansas avoids pitfalls of other 2 seeds, handles Detroit

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On a day when two No. 2 seeds lost, Thomas Robinson made sure Kansas wasn’t going to be the third.

The Jayhawks’ junior forward scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds during a 65-50 win Friday against 15-seed Detroit in the Midwest Region.

He was ably supported by the backcourt — Elijah Johnson and Tyshawn Taylor combined for 25 points – and underrated center Jeff Withey, who added seven points, nine rebounds and five blocks.

It wasn’t a breeze, though.

The Titans (22-14) were aggressive right from the start, attacking the defense and taking advantage of a few Kansas miscues before the Jayhawks (28-6) pulled away with about five minutes remaining in the first half.

“We didn’t talk about it or make it a big deal, but it did wake us up a little bit,” Robinson said of the No. 2 seeds going down. “It did give us a little energy for the game. It’s March, and anybody is capable of getting beat right now.”

Kansas will play No. 10 Purdue on Sunday.

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