ST. LOUIS (Ticker) -- Bill Self earned another trip to a regional final, although Kansas did it by using the style of his predecessor.
Wayne Simien scored 19 of his 30 points in the first half as the fourth-seeded Jayhawks moved within a step of a third straight trip to the Final Four with a 100-74 trouncing of No. 9 Alabama-Birmingham in the semifinals of the St. Louis Region.
Kansas (24-8) had no trouble with the fast-paced style favored by Alabama-Birmingham, running at will and getting to the rim. The Jayhawks simply reverted to the transition methods they used under former coach Roy Williams and posted their highest point total of the campaign.
"We were able to handle the pressure at the beginning," Simien said. "The baskets seemed to come easy."
Self is set for his third regional final in five years, taking Tulsa in 2000 and Illinois in 2001 this far. Although Self has installed more of a half-court approach, he was smart enough to sit back and let the Jayhawks run all over the Blazers.
"We did a good job in backing up against the pressure," Self said. "We did a nice job of forcing it."
Jeff Graves scored five points and Simien added four as Kansas opened the game on an 18-6 tear. The Jayhawks led by as many as 17 points in the first half and were able to rest their regulars for long stretches of the second in preparation for Sunday's matchup against Georgia Tech.
The Blazers (22-10), who upset Kentucky in the second round, had frustration set in after halftime as coach Mike Anderson was ejected with a pair of technicals.
Simien made a living of getting to the line, converting 18-of-20 foul shots, and also grabbed nine rebounds. The 18 free throws converted broke the school record of 14 set by Wilt Chamberlain in 1957.
"I felt comfortable at the line," Simien said. "It's the best I've felt all year long. I was really relaxed and I knocked them down."
Graves added 13 points and eight rebounds as the Jayhawks held a commanding 45-33 advantage. The Jayhawks shot 61 percent (19-of-31) in the first half and finished with a 14-2 advantage in points on the break.
UAB dug itself a big hole by missing 12 of its first 14 shots. The Blazers never found their way against Self's 1-3-1 zone defense, connecting on just 8-of-33 attempts from the arc.
"I think you have to credit something to Kansas, and at the same time I think they're good in this atmosphere," Anderson said. "This is something new for our guys, and I think you saw possibly some of them getting caught up in it."
Mo Finley, the hero of the win over Kentucky, scored 13 points on 4-of-19 shooting to lead UAB. Twin brothers Donell Taylor and Ronell Taylor turned in similar efforts off the bench, combining to make 3-of-13 shots for 12 points.