November 23, 2011 - 12:21am
BY BEN ESTES
LAHAINA, Hawaii — Kansas halted UCLA's comeback attempt in the second half, topping the Bruins, 72-56, and advancing to the finals of the Maui Invitational. The Jayhawks will square off with Duke for the tournament championship on Wednesday.
“If you’re going to win the tournament, you’re probably going to have to beat Duke,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “We’re really excited to play them. This’ll be big for us, and I’m sure they’re excited too, to play Kansas.”
Duke will look to stay undefeated in the Maui Invitational and win its fifth Maui title, while Kansas will be looking for its second.
The Bruins will meet Michigan in the 3rd-place/4th-place game on Wednesday, as each team will try to leave the islands with a winning record. UCLA will be looking for just its second win of the year after it couldn't overtake Kansas. Jayhawk guards Tyshawn Taylor and Elijah Robinson combined for 38 points in their win.
“They’re polished guards, they play solid,” said UCLA guard Jerime Anderson. “It’s nothing we couldn’t handle. … for us and our team, it’s really never (about) the other team, and guys being that much more talented than us.
“It’s on us. We have to look into ourselves and figure that out.”