(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) — Kansas has been here 27 times before. North Carolina State hadn't been to the Sweet 16 in nearly a decade. This time around, the Wolfpack had no trouble keeping pace with KU.
However in the end, Bill Self's Jayhawks defeated N.C. State 60-57.
KU will face North Carolina in the Elite Eight on Sunday afternoon. Tip-off is 4:05 Central Time on KWCH 12.
Thomas Robinson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Jeff Withey blocked 10 shots to finish one shy of the NCAA tournament record.
Elijah Johnson added 11 points for the Jayhawks, including a layup off an inbound pass from Tyshawn Taylor with 13.5 seconds remaining that gave them a calming cushion.
N.C. State coach Mark Gottfried called a timeout to set up a play, but Scott Wood stepped out of bounds while fielding a cross-court pass with 5 seconds left that kept one of the nation's best 3-point shooters from getting off a shot.
C.J. Leslie had 18 points for the Wolfpack (24-13), despite sitting much of the second half with four fouls. Wood finished with 12 points on 2-for-10 shooting.