West Regional: Kansas 61 Southern Illinois 58

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - The Kansas Jayhawks are on the brink of going to the Final four. Brandon Rush scored 12 points without missing a shot and Kansas eked out a 61-to-58 victory over Southern Illinois in the West Regional semifinals.

Darrell Arthur and Russell Robinson scored nine points apiece to help the 27-4 Jayhawks avoid the upset. Kansas won its 14th straight game by nursing a small lead through the final minutes against a defense that made the Jayhawks work for every basket.

Jamaal Tatum scored 19 points in his final college game for the fourth-seeded Salukis, who wind up 28-7.

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