"That was Josh's assignment and he took it to heart," Dawkins said. "He had help. We just tried to make it as difficult as we could for him to score."
Self said the game seemed like "a struggle from the opening tip."
Everything didn't go right for Stanford, either. The Cardinal were 0 for 9 from 3-point range.
"We can make 3s but that's not what we rely on," Dawkins said. "I didn't even notice it because that's not what we've been."
Tarik Black had 18 points and six rebounds for the Jayhawks, but he fouled out with 5:25 to go. Conner Frankamp had 12 points on four 3-pointers, the last two in the final 23 seconds to make it close after Stanford had pulled ahead by seven.
Stanford was 9 for 12 at the free throw line over the final 2:04 and needed all those points. Frankamp's second 3-pointer narrowed the gap to 59-57 with 14.9 seconds left.
Anthony Brown hit one of two free throws with 12.9 seconds to go and Frankamp banged a third 3-point attempt off the glass near the buzzer in a bid to tie it.
"I knew when that left my hand it was off," Frankamp said. "I didn't get a great look at it."
Kansas went to a full-court press down five points with about 11 minutes to play and forced five turnovers the next 6 minutes to tie it
Kansas had been 0 for 10 from 3-point range for the tournament, seven of the misses against Eastern Kentucky, before Frankamp connected with 3:34 to go in the half.
Frankamp hit another one just before the halftime buzzer off a turnover to put the Jayhawks up 24-22, their first lead of the game. They trailed most of the first half against Eastern Kentucky, too, before pulling away for an 80-69 victory.
Powell hit his first shot on a drive after going 0 for 8 against New Mexico on Friday. He had 10 points before drawing his fourth foul early in the second half.
Villanova, the No. 2 seed in the East Regional, lost 77-65 to seventh-seeded Connecticut.