What Roy Williams needed was a comeback for the ages. What he got was a disappointing dose of payback -- a chance to see what it feels like when Kansas breaks his heart.
The Jayhawks left their old coach in the dust Saturday night, getting 25 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Rush to stave off a ferocious comeback by North Carolina for an 84-66 victory in the national semifinals.
Kansas moved within a win of its first national championship since 1988, the year before Williams began his storied 15-year tenure in Lawrence -- one that ended when he jilted Kansas for his alma mater.
The Jayhawks will play Memphis, an earlier 78-63 winner over UCLA, in the title game Monday.