Creighton vs Kansas – Game Summary – March 19, 2022

FORT WORTH, Texas — Remy Martin didn’t lead Kansas in goal-scoring all through next season to the NCAA Championship.

Big 5th year transfer from Arizona is 2 for 2 on the big stage.

Martin scored 20 points, Ochai Agbaji put his team forever ahead with a first basket early in the second half, and Kansas beat Creighton 79-72 on Saturday to advance to Sweet 16.

A sore knee had Martin slipped in and out of the squad before he missed nearly a month during the Big 12 game. Their first two games since December came in the Big 12 tournament, helping the Jayhawks (30-6) win that title.

And now he’s led them to a sweet 32nd place 16. He will face Kansas Providence, who advanced with a win over Richmond, in Friday’s Midwest region semifinals in Chicago.

“With the guys and my family, the group, they are a very tight-knit group,” Martin said. “They kept my confidence. They kept my mind. I always felt like I had something inside of me, but there was nothing for that. I just keep it simple.”

The short-handed Bluejays (23-12) stayed close to an uncharacteristically hot show from the 3-point range. One of the country’s worst outsiders from outside the arc, ninth seed Creighton went 12 of 28. Arthur Caluma was 4 of 10 and scored 24 points.

The top 3 came from rookie Trey Alexander, who lobbied the ball from behind the line as the shot clock was nearing an end to falter 73-70 with 2:25 remaining. Keyshawn Feazell Bucket Soon I got a Criton inside one.

The Bluejays had a chance to go ahead in the last minute, but Alexander’s errant pass went too far from Alex O’Connell’s hands. Agbaji grabbed the loose ball and netted the loose ball, his last 13 points in the second half.

Agbaji finished 15 points, Christian Brown added 13 points with a big hat-trick at the end of the second half, while Galen Wilson scored 14 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.

Creighton, who reached the last 16 last year, used just six players after Ryan Calquebrenner lost 7-foot-1 to a knee injury late in overtime for a 72-69 win over San Diego State on Thursday.

Big East freshman Ryan Nimbard lost to wrist surgery late in the season, forcing the Bluejays to lean more on Alexander.

“Just being flexible to come back and get up every time you get hit is just a silly little game, but I think it teaches you a lot about life in that regard,” senior Ryan Hawkins said. “I think this group has a lot of fire in them. I couldn’t be more proud of how they finished the season.”

Hawkins depleted index 3 From far behind the arc 13 seconds into the game in favor of Creighton and finished with 3 of 6 from distance with 14 points. O’Connell was 3 of 8 and scored 16. Alexander finished with 14 points.

Martin, the 6-foot-tall guard who scored 15 points in the Texan South blast in the opening round, had a 16 in the first half off the bench. The Bluejays gave him room to shoot, and he went 2 of 4 of 3 and 6 of 9 overall before the break.

“You have to get the players to take some marginal shots and make them,” said coach Bill Self. “And obviously Remy took good shots, but you don’t expect a guy… you don’t expect point guards to do that. But that kept us in the game. We’re a different team with him.”

The Big Picture

Creighton: The Blue Jays won’t leave in the second half despite having three players on the field for the full 40 minutes and another for 38 minutes. They struggled to get closer than six points before the surge gave them a chance to overcome the annoyance.

“It was a good chess game in that respect,” said coach Greg McDermott. “The only difference is that (Sylve) had nine or 10 men to choose from, and we had seven.”

KS: The go-ahead bucket came in by Agbagi early in the second half after 12th Player of the Year missed all four shots in the first half. He was 1 of 7 from the field when he flew for the offensive rebound and hit the return. His only three pointer came later.

Fit to be tied

Kansas has tied Kentucky in the number of all-time wins and 30 seasons. Each program has 2353 wins and 16 seasons with 30 wins. These accomplishments came two days after Kentucky lost to St. Peter 85-79 in overtime as the second seed in the Eastern Conference.

ALLEY-OOPING PAIR

O’Connell and Kaluma were hooked up on a flooded alley twice, with O’Connell feeding Kaluma both times. The first was late in the first half. The second came shortly after the end of the first half, and Draw a smile from O’Connell As he glanced at his teammate on their way to the other end of the field.

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