KU and UK join Louisville and Ohio St. in Final 4

By Eddie Pells

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 26 2012 1:31 a.m. MDT

Sullinger scored 19 points Saturday in Ohio State's 77-70 win over Syracuse to make the Final Four.

Tyshawn Taylor scored 22 points Sunday in an 80-67 win over North Carolina to lock in the matchup against the Buckeyes. The Jayhawks reached the Final Four for the first time since 2008, when they won it all after rallying from nine points late in the title game to beat Memphis (and Calipari, before he moved to Kentucky) in overtime.

Taylor finished with 13 assists in the Dec. 10 game against Ohio State despite playing with an ailing knee.

The Buckeyes, meanwhile, had to do without Sullinger. Playing their first road game of the season, they lost by 11 to drop to 8-1.

Seems like quite a long time ago.

"We caught a break the first time when Jared didn't play, and we were kind of finding ourselves," Self said. "We knew they were a team that could make a run and win a national championship. They have so many pieces that are so good. It starts with Jared."

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