Richmond coach Chris Mooney called three timeouts during the first 15 minutes Friday. None curbed the bleeding.
Indeed, no tourniquet was going to work during this NCAA Southwest Regional.
But give the Spiders this: Trailing 35-11 late in the first half, they could have bailed. They could have turned the game into an epic thrashing.
They didn't. Kevin Anderson kept attacking, Kevin Smith still fought, and Justin Harper flashed his NBA potential.
Of course, they weren't nearly enough against an offense that shredded Richmond's zone from start to finish.
"Credit to them," Anderson said. "They never let us back in the game."
Seventeen times a No. 12 seed had played a No. 1 in a regional semifinal. Seventeen times the big dog had prevailed, most recently last year, when Kentucky bested Cornell 62-45.
The 18th time was not the charm for Richmond.
Here's how grim was it for Richmond (29-8).
Midway through the first half, Kansas reserve Josh Selby hit corner 3-pointers on consecutive possessions. Selby hadn't made a three since the Big 12 quarterfinals and hadn't made two in a game since Feb. 1.
Here's how deep and versatile Kansas (35-2) is.
Later in the first half, 6-foot-9 reserve forward Thomas Robinson got caught in a defensive switch against Anderson, Richmond's electric point guard. Anderson tried everything to shake Robinson off the dribble, but Robinson stuck.
Frustrated, Anderson forced a drive and shot. Robinson rebounded, rifled an Unseld-like (Google it, kids) outlet pass to Brady Morningstar and raised his arms like a champion boxer as Morningstar converted a layup for a 29-9 lead.
Robinson wasn't the lone example of Kansas' depth. Nine Jayhawks scored in the first half, seven had rebounds and six had assists.
For the game, Kansas' bench outscored Richmond's 31-8, with Robinson contributing 12 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.
"Losing a game like that, when you don't feel like you played your best, is difficult," Mooney said.
The Spiders weren't at their best 33.8-percent shooting was their second-worst of the season because of Kansas.
"They just did everything well," Mooney said of the Jayhawks' defense. "They pressured the ball a little better than we expected. They defended the ball screen with Kevin (Anderson) very well."
The biggest issue, Mooney said prior to tipoff, was: "Can we defend Kansas?"
Understand the Spiders aren't defensive slouches. They rank 18th nationally in scoring defense, 11th in 3-point percentage defense and 34th in over shooting percentage D.
But Kansas boasts arguably the college game's most complete offense. The Jayhawks lead the nation in shooting percentage and assists and rank sixth in scoring.
"Kansas is different," Mooney said. "Incredibly potent offensive team. They pass the ball extremely well. They have great players at every position, versatile players.
Kansas is probably the most committed team I've seen at throwing the ball inside."
Coach Bill Self should be committed if he didn't instruct his players to feed the low-post beasts. Twins Marcus and Markieff Morris average a combined 31.2 points and 15.7 rebounds and stand 6-9 and 6-10, respectively.
"The most impressive part about (Kansas)," Mooney said, "is for all these star players and highly recruited guys, they share the ball extremely well. And that's something that's hard to shut down. When you don't know where the ball is going to be all the time, it makes it that much harder to defend."
Mooney chose to zone the Jayhawks, and they made him pay, hitting 9-of-19 from beyond the 3-point arc. Morningstar made four and scored 18 points, more than double his average and three shy of his career-high.
Harper had 22 points and nine boards, but his teammates were a combined 13-of-47 (27.7 percent), no way to hang with an offensive power such as Kansas.
In the program's only other Sweet 16 appearance, in 1988, Richmond lost to top-seeded Temple by 22 points. Friday you knew instantly the Spiders were in for a similar evening.
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Spiders have no answers for Jayhawks' talent, depth
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