NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Travis Releford stepped into the spotlight
when the Kansas stars faded, his performance as much as any other
the reason the Jayhawks are playing for a national championship.
The junior guard, so often overshadowed by teammates Thomas
Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor, had 15 points and six rebounds on
Saturday night, boosting Kansas to a 64-62 Final Four victory over
The Jayhawks will play Kentucky on Monday night for their sixth
It wouldn't have been possible without Releford, whose two fouls
shots with under 3 minutes to go gave the Jayhawks a 56-55 lead,
and who made two more with 1:13 left for a 62-59 advantage.
And when the Buckeyes' Aaron Craft intentionally missed the
second of two free throws with 2.9 seconds left but was called for
a lane violation, and the final seconds ticked off the clock on the
inbound pass, it was Releford who raced to midcourt to lead the
Jayhawks in celebration.