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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.26.12


Kansas Basketball and the NCAA Tournament/FINAL FOUR!!!

Storylines to watch in Final Four of four blue bloods | CollegeBasketballTalk
There’s something in this Final Four for everyone. Well, except fans of the underdog. After back-to-back Final Fours featuring at least one team from a non-power conference, the 2012 field is much more similar to 2007 or 2008, when it was essentially college basketball bluebloods.

NCAA tournament 2012 -- Bill Self proves he's worthy - ESPN
Kansas' victory over North Carolina sent the Jayhawks and helped place Self with the best coaches of his era.

Feels like ’88 | Need I Say Moore?
An interesting comparison and one that has been coming up all over the internet when Kansas fans evaluate this win.

KU players know it pays to listen to Bill Self |
Not a single McDonald’s all-American on the roster, a first for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self since he left Tulsa. Just one returning starter on a team that lost two lottery picks and another NBA draft choice. The two top recruits declared academically ineligible for the season. The only chance this team had of getting to the Final Four was to bum a ride to St. Louis and from there catch a boat down the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

Self has shaped the Jayhawks into muscle -
Bill Self took this job only after his father called him soft. There is so much of the coach in this story. Nine years ago, with Roy Williams’ shadow still very much engulfing Kansas basketball, Self was unsure he wanted to deal with all of that.

Tyshawn Taylor: ‘I’m a loveable guy, man’ |
“There are still a lot of (naysayers) out there, I’m sure. Look at my body of work ... I don’t understand how they can’t love me,” Taylor added, laughing.

Robinson the biggest of KU’s big guys -
“You can look at him, and he’s our presence,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “When he’s on the court, he’s our presence.”

Jeff Withey leads Jayhawks in victory over North Carolina | The Keegan Ratings |
Withey has been big in big situations for Kansas.

Kansas vs. North Carolina - Recap - March 25, 2012 - College Basketball -
Kansas vs. North Carolina recap from game played on March 25, 2012

Defense confuses Heels -
It took us a couple plays to realize we could still run our regular offense, and it could still be effective. By that time, we had kind of dug ourselves into a hole that we couldn’t get ourselves out of.”

Buckeyes’ Sullinger gets his shot at Jayhawks -
“Jared is a security mechanism,” Matta said. “When the ball’s in his hands we know good things are going to happen.”

This heavyweight Final Four all about revenge | CollegeBasketballTalk
We're going to be in a battle with a team that thinks they have something to prove. Going to be a tough tough game on Saturday.

KU heads to Final Four with 80-67 win over UNC -
The Kansas coach slapped hands with his assistant coaches, warmly shook hands with the North Carolina staff and prepared for the awards ceremony.

FINAL FOUR BOUND! Jayhawks topple North Carolina, 80-67, to earn trip to New Orleans |
KUSports coverage

Rapid Reaction: Kansas 80, N. Carolina 67 - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Johnson's 3-pointer was the spark in KU's finishing kick, but the shot was hardly the only heroic moment of the march. A few possessions later, Taylor came up with a steal and raced down the court on a fast-break. He was fouled hard while attempting a layup but somehow hung in the air, double-clutched and scored.

Kansas Jayhawks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels - NCAA Tournament Game - Recap - March 25, 2012 - ESPN
NCAA Men's Basketball Recap: Final statistics from the Kansas Jayhawks vs. North Carolina Tar Heels game played on March 25, 2012

Kansas pulls away late to complete Final Four field | CollegeBasketballTalk
At the under-4 media timeout Kansas led North Carolina 68-66 in what looked to be a Midwest regional final headed to a thrilling finish. But from that point forward the No. 2 seed Jayhawks outscored the Tar Heels 12-1, winning by the final score of 80-67.