Terry Brown, rebounding from a sub-par performance, scored 22 points Saturday as 12th-ranked Kansas beat Pittsburgh 77-66 in the second round of the NCAA Southeast Regional.
Brown, who scored just two points in the Jayhawks' first-round victory over New Orleans, hit consecutive 3-pointers early in the second half to help Kansas take control.He finished with four 3-pointers, as did Adonis Jordan, who scored 16 points.
Third-seeded Kansas (24-7) will play Indiana on Thursday in a regional semifinal at Charlotte, N.C.
It's the farthest the Jayhawks have advanced since winning the national title in 1988.
Sixth-seeded Pitt (21-12) shot 38 percent and made another early exit from the tournament.
The Panthers have made seven NCAA appearances since 1974 and never gotten past the second round.
Pitt forward Brian Shorter, who had scored 23 points against Georgia in the first round, got into foul trouble and scored only six points.
Pitt used the long-range jumper to come back from an early 10-point deficit and stay close. The Panthers made just 11 of 30 shots in the first half, but seven of those - the last seven - were 3-pointers.
Kansas held the Panthers to only three 3-pointers in the second half, while Brown started to hit from outside.
The Jayhawks also got solid inside play from Alonzo Jamison, who scored all 13 of his points in the second half.
The second of Brown's consecutive 3-pointers gave Kansas a 42-37 lead with 17:02 remaining. Jason Matthews, who scored 17 for Pitt, came back with a 3-pointer a short time later.
That was as close as the Panthers would get.
A 3-pointer by Brown gave Kansas a 58-48 lead with 7:45 remaining. Later, he made a layup to cap a 6-2 run that gave the Jayhawks a 12-point lead with six minutes left, and Pitt couldn't get closer than seven after that.
Kansas made six of its first eight shots in taking a 14-4 lead. With the score 16-8, Matthews hit the first Pitt 3-pointer and three more followed in a 13-8 run that brought the Panthers to 24-21.
A 3-pointer by Tim Glover, who had four of them against Georgia, gave Pitt its first lead, 32-31, with 39 seconds left in the half. Then Kansas scored the final points to take a 34-32 halftime lead.
Pitt only led twice, the last at 37-36, but that's when Brown hit his consecutive 3-pointers to give Kansas control.
No. 3 Indiana 82, Florida State 60
The 3-point shooting of Calbert Cheaney and Pat Graham sparked a 21-2 surge in the first nine minutes of the second half as third-ranked Indiana routed Florida State in the NCAA Southeast Regional.
The blitz quickly erased a 38-32 halftime deficit and sent the Hoosiers (29-4) into the third round Thursday night against 12th-ranked Kansas at Charlotte, N.C. The Jayhawks beat Pittsburgh 77-66 Saturday.
During its surge, Indiana made seven of 10 shots, including four 3-pointers, while Florida State (21-11) hit only one of seven. Indiana had averaged just three successful 3-pointers per game this season, but made seven of 13 Saturday night.
Cheaney began the spurt with a 3-pointer 37 seconds into the half and Graham tied the game with another at 1:21.
Eric Anderson's free throw gave the Hoosiers a 39-38 edge before a layup by Charlie Ward with 17:40 left gave the Seminoles their last lead.
But Indiana got the next 14 points on consecutive 3-pointers by Graham and Cheaney, a stuff by Graham, Anderson's 15-footer, Greg Graham's dunk and two free throws by Damon Bailey.
That gave the Hoosiers a 53-40 lead with 12:07 remaining.
Florida State got seven of the next nine points, closing the gap to 55-47, but Indiana regained control with an 8-0 run that made it 63-47 with 7:56 to go. The Hoosiers led by 15 to 24 points the rest of the way.
Cheaney led Indiana with 24 points, Greg Graham had 14 and Anderson and Pat Graham 13 each. Florida State was led by Douglas Edwards with 18 points and 14 rebounds.
But the Hoosiers controlled Edwards after he had 13 points and eightrebounds in the first half.
Indiana's 3-point barrage actually began late in the first half. Florida State had used its superior size and leaping ability to build a 36-25 lead.
Then Pat Graham sank a 3-pointer with 1:31 left in the half, and Bailey sank a foul shot.
Ward got a tip-in, but Bailey buried a 3-pointer, making it 38-32 with five seconds left in the half.
The Seminoles outrebounded Indiana 24-14 in the first half but were beaten off the boards in the second half 23-13.
The Seminoles made only 15 of 38 shots in the first half but were 10 for 14 on layups. Indiana sank 12 of 24 attempts but just two of three layups.