03/25/2012 04:39 pm ET Updated Mar 26, 2012

UNC vs. Kansas LIVE UPDATES, SCORES: Jayhawks, Tar Heels Battle For Final Four Berth

With just one spot in the 2012 Final Four still up for grabs, we've got a pair of the country's top programs hitting the hardwood: North Carolina vs. Kansas. Before the game tips off in St. Louis, however, the story is all about a young man who won't be playing.

UNC will take on Kansas without injured point guard Kendall Marshall, who fractured a bone in his wrist during the team's Round of 32 win over Creighton. Without Marshall piloting the Heels' offense, Roy Williams' squad struggled against Ohio, needing overtime to edge the No. 13 Bobcats in the Sweet 16.

Williams' former employer, Kansas, also found itself in a taut battle in the Sweet 16. The Jayhawks survived a frenzied challenge from the Wolfpack of N.C. State. Kansas needed 10 blocks from Jeff Withey and a gritty game from Robinson to overcome a forgettable night from Tyshawn Taylor.

After his own lackluster performance, Harrison Barnes came through for North Carolina in the overtime session against Ohio. Can he keep his team's offense on track with Stillman White starting in place of Marshall? Or will Thomas Robinson and Kansas be able to keep the UNC offense from finding any rhythm?

A trip to New Orleans awaits the winner of this epic Elite Eight matchup in the Midwest Region. Stay tuned for live updates throughout the action:

03/25/2012 7:08 PM EDT


A thrilling game concluded with a 12-0 run for Jayhawks. After trading haymakers all night, Withey's blocks started key fastbreaks.

03/25/2012 7:07 PM EDT

Kansas 80 - 67 UNC

Withey adds another free throw as we're under 30 seconds. This should do it..

03/25/2012 7:06 PM EDT

Robinson Rebound

And then Johnson hit both free throws.. 79-67 to Kansas and fans are singing in the stands.

03/25/2012 7:05 PM EDT

10-Point Lead

Releford hits 1 of 2 and Kansas leads 77-67. Barnes misses from three and UNC fouls again after defensive rebound secured by KU.

03/25/2012 7:05 PM EDT

Foul Game

Under a minute, UNC begins fouling. Johnson misses front end but Kansas gets offensive board. Another foul..

03/25/2012 7:04 PM EDT

Quick Three

White found himself free and shot from three. Shot bounces high off iron.. Releford rebounds. He's fouled. One more before shots.. UNC pressing.

03/25/2012 7:03 PM EDT

UNC Timeout

With just 73 seconds on the clock, UNC needs to talk it over, catch their breath.. Withey just ignited a potentially game-clinching run Jayhawks. It's 76-67.

03/25/2012 7:01 PM EDT

Block Party!

Withey gets another block and KU gets another breakout bucket! It's 76-67 to Kansas and we're under 2 minutes.

03/25/2012 7:01 PM EDT

The Best Offense...

Withey blocks Henson and Taylor is charging hard down the other end. White is with him and fouls Taylor, who muscles up the shot.. it DROPS!

03/25/2012 7:00 PM EDT

KU 71 - 67 UNC

Kansas has the ball as we approach 2 minutes.