Kansas routs Purdue to reach Elite Eight

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- It's hard to imagine anything better, but Bill Self called his team's performance "one of the best games" the Jayhawks have played this year.

Kansas got 26 points apiece from Frank Mason and Devonte' Graham to defeat Purdue 98-66 in the NCAA Tournament Midwest Region semifinals Thursday at Sprint Center in front of 18,475 fans mostly clad in Kansas' crimson and blue.

"I thought Purdue was great early and had us on our heels," Self said. "We knocked down some shots to get us the lead at halftime. The second half I thought we were great on both ends, shot the ball extremely well. Our activity defensively was what spurred us."

It was listed as a neutral-site game, but Sprint Center is less than an hour from Allen Fieldhouse, the home of the Jayhawks.

Kansas faces Oregon on Saturday, with a spot in the Final Four at stake. The Ducks defeated Michigan 69-68 earlier Thursday.

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Mar 16, 2017; Orlando, FL, USA; General view of a March Madness basketball prior to the game between the Maryland Terrapins and the Xavier Musketeers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Elijah Macon (45) and forward Nathan Adrian (11) pressure Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Bonzie Colson (35) in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Elijah Macon (45) reacts after defeating the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Matt Ryan (4) reacts after a loss to the West Virginia Mountaineers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; The West Virginia Mountaineers bench reacts in the second half against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. West Virginia won 83-71. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Tarik Phillip (12) shoots against Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Bonzie Colson (35) in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Vitto Brown #30 of the Wisconsin Badgers and Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats go after a rebound during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Josh Hart #3 of the Villanova Wildcats drives to the basket against Ethan Happ #22 of the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Teammates Bronson Koenig #24 and Zak Showalter #3 of the Wisconsin Badgers try to steal the ball from Eric Paschall #4 of the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Donte DiVincenzo #10 of the Villanova Wildcats reacts after a play against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
BUFFALO, NY - MARCH 18: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats walks off the court after being defeated by the Wisconsin Badgers 65-62 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at KeyBank Center on March 18, 2017 in Buffalo, New York. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
Mar 18, 2017; Buffalo, NY, USA; Wisconsin Badgers forward Nigel Hayes (10) reacts in the second half against the Villanova Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at KeyBank Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) reacts during the 79-73 loss against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Killian Tillie (33) reacts during the 79-79 victory against the Northwestern Wildcats in the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) shoots against Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) reacts after he scores a basket against Northwestern Wildcats forward Vic Law (4) during the first half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Trevon Bluiett #5 of the Xavier Musketeers follows through on his shot against the Florida State Seminoles in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Xavier Rathan-Mayes #22 of the Florida State Seminoles shoots against Malcolm Bernard #11 of the Xavier Musketeers in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Sean O'Mara #54 of the Xavier Musketeers shoots against Jarquez Smith #23 of the Florida State Seminoles in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Michael Ojo #50 of the Florida State Seminoles fights for the ball against Trevon Bluiett #5 and Kaiser Gates #22 of the Xavier Musketeers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Tyler Lewis #1 of the Butler Bulldogs dribbles the ball while being guarded by Antwain Johnson #2 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonthan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Antwain Johnson #2 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders attempts a shot while being guarded by Avery Woodson #0 of the Butler Bulldogs in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonthan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Aldonis Foote #45 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders walks off the court after losing to the Butler Bulldogs 74-65 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Avery Woodson #0 and Kelan Martin #30 of the Butler Bulldogs celebrate after beating the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 74-65 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: JaCorey Williams #22 of the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders walks off the court after losing to the Butler Bulldogs 74-65 during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Allonzo Trier #35 of the Arizona Wildcats attempts a layup defended by Dane Pineau #22 of the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Tanner Krebs #00 of the St. Mary's Gaels is defended by Rawle Alkins #1 of the Arizona Wildcats as Head coach Sean Miller looks on during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Lauri Markkanen #10 of the Arizona Wildcats is defended by Evan Fitzner #21 of the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Calvin Hermanson #24 of the St. Mary's Gaels attempts a lay up against the Arizona Wildcats during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: The Arizona Wildcats react against the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 18: Kadeem Allen #5 of the Arizona Wildcats attempts a shot defended by Evan Fitzner #21 of the St. Mary's Gaels during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 18, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
March 18, 2017; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Arizona Wildcats center Dusan Ristic (14) reacts with guard Kadeem Allen (5) and guard Rawle Alkins (1) against the Saint Mary's Gaels during the second half in the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Kasey Hill #0 of the Florida Gators drives against London Perrantes #32 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Devin Robinson #1 of the Florida Gators looks to pass against Mamadi Diakite #25 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: The mascots for the Florida Gators and Virginia Cavaliers perform in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Jack Salt #33 of the Virginia Cavaliers goes up for a shot against Kevarrius Hayes #13 of the Florida Gators in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 18: Gorjok Gak #12 of the Florida Gators dunks against Jack Salt #33 and Marial Shayok #4 of the Virginia Cavaliers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at the Amway Center on March 18, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Florida players Canyon Barry, left, and Gorjok Gak celebrate after a 65-39 win against Virginia during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
Florida's Chris Chiozza, left, and Devin Robinson, right, celebrate after a 65-39 win against Virginia during the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, March 18, 2017. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers dunks the ball while being guarded by Solomon Young #33 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers blocks a shot attempt by Darrell Bowie #10 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Deonte Burton #30 of the Iowa State Cyclones dribbles the ball whlie being guarded by P.J. Thompson #11 of the Purdue Boilermakers in the first half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Vince Edwards #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers dunks the ball past Darrell Bowie #10 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - MARCH 18: Vince Edwards #12 of the Purdue Boilermakers handles the ball while being guarded by Nazareth Mitrou-Long #15 of the Iowa State Cyclones in the second half during the second round of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at BMO Harris Bradley Center on March 18, 2017 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Kansas outscored Purdue 51-26 in the second half. The Jayhawks finished the first half on a 22-7 run and, after sputtering a bit in the second half, ran away from the Boilermakers. Purdue's vaunted inside game never materialized as the Jayhawks owned a 36-29 rebounding advantage.

"We did a good job on the glass," Self said. "I didn't think we did a very good job on Isaac (Haas), obviously the first half, and he got where he wanted to, getting over his left shoulder. But (in the) second half we did a better job and got him off the block a little bit, and I thought we did a good job on Caleb (Swanigan) for the most part the entire game."

Kansas didn't do too much at the start of the second half, leading 58-54 at the 14:43 mark. But a steal and breakaway dunk by Lagerald Vick gave Kansas its biggest lead to that point, 63-54 with 12:09 left. When Jackson and Mason hit back-to-back 3-pointers to conclude a 16-3 run, the lead was 15 and the roar was deafening.

"(We're) 35 miles away from Lawrence," Mason said. "It's basically in our backyard. We're just thankful that we had the opportunity to play here. We wanted to take advantage of it. The fans brought unbelievable energy and (we're) so thankful to have great fans."

The Jayhawks have now won their three NCAA Tournament games by a combined 90 points. Painter said it will be hard to stop Kansas.

"If they play like they did the second half, they can't (be stopped)," he said. "On a game where you get in a neutral site, anything can happen. They're going to play a good Oregon team here inKansas City, and they have earned that right.

"You cannot let them get in transition. They're going to keep getting those opportunities; and, (if they) shoot the way those guards shot, then they can't be stopped. They don't shoot like that every single night."

Kansas (31-4) also got 15 points from Josh Jackson, 12 from Vick and 10 from Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk.

Purdue (27-8) was led by Swanigan's 18 points. P.J. Thompson scored 12 and Isaac Haas 11.

Kansas held a surprising 17-15 advantage on the boards in the first half. The Jayhawks held Swanigan and Haas to two rebounds apiece.

The first half was a game of spurts, with Purdue leading for most of the period, owning an eight-point lead at 33-25 with 6:46 left in the half. Kansas led 47-40 at intermission.

NOTES: The teams won their regular-season conference titles by multiple games. Purdue won the Big Ten by two games, while Kansas won the Big 12 by four. ... Each team beat an opponent from the other's conference in the last round. Kansas defeated Michigan State 90-70 and Purdue ousted Iowa State 80-76. ... Purdue was looking for its first Elite Eight appearance since 2000. This was the Boilermakers' first Sweet 16 since 2010. ... Kansas won its 16th Sweet 16 game against 15 losses.

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