MADISON, Wisconsin (Ticker) -- Kansas emphatically demonstrated why it is the nation's highest scoring team.
Nick Collison and Drew Gooden each had double-doubles as the top-seeded Jayhawks showcased their running game in rolling to a 104-86 victory over No. 2 Oregon in the Midwest Region final.
Kansas (33-3) is in the Final Four for the first time since 1993. It is the first time the Jayhawks have reached the Final Four as a top seed under coach Roy Williams after failing on four occasions.
"I feel great," Williams said. "It's a happy, happy time, to say the least, It's a great feeling for these kids, what they've accomplished and they carried me long for the ride. I appreciate that." The game featured two of the three highest scoring teams in the nation. The Jayhawks entered averaging 90.7 points this season while the Ducks were scoring at a rate of 85.5. Kansas was able to wear down Oregon inside as Collison collected 25 points and 15 rebounds and Gooden had 18 and 20.
"That's where we wanted to go, that's where we've been going all year," Collison said. "We felt we had an advantage. We still missed a lot of shots, a lot of easy shots, but we kept battling and staying on the backboards." Kansas never trailed and used an 8-2 run to close the first half for a 48-42 edge. Kirk Hinrich nailed a jumper for a 73-59 cushion with 9:44 remaining.
Oregon (26-9) displayed its explosiveness with a 10-2 spurt in 65 seconds to pull within 75-69. Anthony Lever's 3-pointer cut the deficit to 77-72 with just over eight minutes left.
Collison scored inside to trigger a 10-0 run that essentially sealed the outcome. Collison scored on a follow shot and Gooden made two free throws to cap the burst for an 87-72 cushion with 4:25 to go.
"Kansas just played an outstanding game tonight," Oregon coach Ernie Kent said. "They were getting rebounds without people putting bodies on them and that's where we broke down." Collison made 12-of-20 shots and Gooden was 7-of-13 but the duo's rebounding was a bigger key. They outrebounded Oregon by themselves, 35-34 and Kansas had an overall 63-34 margin on the boards.
Freshman Keith Langford netted 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting. Hinrich finished with 14 points and nine rebounds while freshman Aaron Miles, an Oregon native, handed out eight assists. Hinrich also matched a career high with five steals.
The 104 points marked the first time a team went over the century mark in a regional final since UCLA posted a 102-96 victory over Connecticut in the West Region in 1995.
"I liked it because it was up and down, even though we were beating each other back and forth for layups," Gooden said. "It was a fun game to play in, a really fun game." The loss overshadowed an outstanding effort from Oregon's Frederick Jones, who made 13-of-23 shots for 32 points. But he was the only member of the Ducks' "Big Three" to flourish as Luke Jackson and Luke Ridnour combined to make just 7-of-29 shots for 19 points. Ridnour also had seven turnovers.
"They defended us very well," Ridnour said. "We didn't shoot as well as we have been and we're capable of. But we lost to a very good team." Gooden and Collison used their quickness to overwhelm the Ducks' main frontcourt starters, Robert Johnson and Chris Christoffersen. Johnson managed seven points and seven rebounds while Christoffersen had just seven points and three rebounds.
Another benefit of the Jayhawks' inside work came at the free-throw line. They made 21-of-29 attempts while the Ducks were just 7-of-10.
"It was tough because you block one out and the other one would come out of nowhere," Johnson said. "They're a great 1-2 punch." Oregon decided right from the outset that it was not going to back down from running with Kansas and paid for it. Collison tipped in his own miss for a 34-21 lead with 8:46 left in the first half.
Jones helped bring the Ducks back by scoring seven points in a 12-0 run that forged a 40-40 tie with 2:58 to play. Collison responded with six points in the 8-2 run that closed the half that gave Kansas the lead for good.
"I thought that was the big turning point in the game that told me something about my team," Kent said. "Just going down at the half, they were a little ragged." Lever came off the bench for 13 points for Oregon, which ended a brilliant season in which it won the Pac-10 Conference regular-season title for the first time and went 16-0 at home. The Ducks were ranked in the top 10 for the first time since 1975.
The Jayhawks will meet Maryland next Saturday in Atlanta. Kansas won the national title in 1988.