Kansas, demonstrating great improvement from its opening-round scare against 15th-seeded Detroit, defeated North Carolina 80-67 last Sunday in the Midwest regional final in St. Louis. The Tar Heels, who finished 32-6 on the season, were missing standout guard Kendall Marshall. Winner of the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award, Marshall injured his wrist in the Tar Heels’ overtime win over Ohio in their Sweet 16 game last Friday. Marshall, who had over 300 assists on the year, was in many ways UNC’s catalyst and playmaker. North Carolina was also without the services of outstanding forward John Henson, due to wrist and ankle injuries. Kansas has now won 24 of its last 27 games and, with this victory, are 5-1 when seeded lower than another team in the Elite Eight.