NEW ORLEANS - Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to rally the Jayhawks past Ohio State 64-62 in the Final Four.
Kansas rallied from 13 points down to complete another comeback in a game the Jayhawks led for a grand total of 3:48 - two of those minutes coming when the score was 2-0.
Elijah Johnson, whose layup won an equally dicey game against Purdue in the regional semifinals, made one with 1:12 left to put the Jayhawks up 62-59 - their biggest lead of the game.
Kansas (32-6) plays Kentucky in the final Monday.
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 Robinson and Taylor, had 15 points and six rebounds.
Releford's two fouls shots with under 3 minutes to go gave the Jayhawks a 56-55 lead, then made 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.