Then Malik Newman took over.
He had been on the wrong end of misplays a couple of times: Silvio De Sousa's pass to the perimeter, where Svi was open for a 3, sailed way over his head and landed out of bounds.
Duke's Trevon Duval scored 20 points, two shy of a career high.
For 44 minutes, the MS native feasted on the Blue Devils' defense. It was a devasting loss for Duke, and the Gamecocks went on to upset the Baylor Bears and Florida Gators before going down to Gonzaga in the Final Four.
This time around, in hopes of making their first National Championship appearance since 2012, the Jayhawks will first have to get past the dynamic and versatile Villanova Wildcats, which have become a college basketball powerhouse in their own right.
- Eric Olson reporting from Omaha, Nebraska. They won national titles in 2001, 2010 and 2015, but players have bounced them from the postseason with performances similar to what Malik Newman did on Sunday.
Neither team has shot well.
After Vick drained a 3 to give the Jayhawks a 44-39 lead, the Blue Devils called timeout with 16:25 to play. Through 38 contests, he's putting up 14.0 points while shooting 51.6 percent on twos and 41.5 percent from downtown. He drained his free throws. Newman is a noted marksman, which made that choice even more puzzling, and there wasn't much Duke could do to slow him down.
The freshman came in averaging 10 points but shooting just 42 percent from the floor and 28.7 percent from behind the arc.
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Then it will have Kansas (31-7), which hurdled both its haunting past and a daunting Duke to make Self both 3-7 in Elite Eight games and overcome with emotion when the overtime horn finally blared.
KU would regain the lead, but Duke led 68-67 at 4:22 on a bucket by Carter. The Final Four will begin with a deeply likable matchup between Loyola Chicago (32-5) and MI (32-7), then veer into deeply likable Villanova (34-4) versus deeply likable Kansas (31-7), which used an exemplary turn of fearlessness against Duke to avoid what would have been all of these: a third straight Elite Eight loss, a sixth in Coach Bill Self's 15-season tenure and mighty harsh. But the Blue Devils fell to a home-crowd team for the second season in a row. Allen knocked down all four free throws to put Duke up three.
And you'd better believe they were a happy bunch of former Jayhawks when overtime ended and KU had won 85-81.
Villanova is headed back to the Final Four.
They will play the victor of Kansas and Duke in the Final Four in San Antonio.
Donte DiVincenzo and Mikal Bridges each added 12 points. It had four 3s in Sunday's win, but it was their defense that stood out in this one. They also had six steals.
Keenan Evans had a team-high 12 points for the Red Raiders but shot just 3-for-15. He hit 5 of 12 threes and went 11-12 from the free-throw line.
The buzzer sounded as the ball Lagerald Vick had whipped into the air finally came down and soon Svi and fellow senior Devonte' Graham, who had failed to reach the Final Four in Elite Eight losses to Villanova and OR, met near halfcourt. The freshman point guard had 13 points through 20 minutes, and closed the half with a quick four-point flurry.