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Kansas Jayhawk News and Notes 3.31.12


Kansas Basketball and the Final Four

FINALLY: KU, Ohio State healthy, ready for rematch |
Funny how I can remember everyone wanting Sullinger back in December. Looks like we'll get that test now.

Aaron Craft tough, but Tyshawn Taylor won't bare soul |
“Never,” Taylor said slowly and with wide eyes. “And I don’t plan on that changing, either. I think Aaron Craft is a terrific guard and I think he’s a great on-ball defender, but I’m too confident in my abilities and my team’s abilities to give him that much credit.”

This is Bill Self’s finest hour -
This season, Self redefined himself and conducted a magnum opus in the most challenging of times.

2012 Final Four -- NCAA tournament Final Four Friday - ESPN
The fans are more the story of this Final Four than any other in recent history, the underlying current for all of the major storylines.

Son Tyler Self saw success coming |
“I don’t think it’s really that he thinks they will always be good because of him,” Tyler said. “But I think he sees how everything will all mesh together at some point to make them pretty dang good.

‘Glue guy’ Travis Releford keeps Jayhawks calm |
The Kansas City, Mo., native is the cool guy in KU’s locker room, the laid-back one whom everyone likes.

KU underdogs? Don't fall for it -
The team from all those stories holds only a vague resemblance to the one that will play Ohio State tonight for a spot in Monday’s national championship game.

Final Four: Tale of the tape -- Kansas Jayhawks versus Ohio State Buckeyes - ESPN
Mark Schlabach takes a closer look in the tale of the tape between Kansas and Ohio State.

Kevin Young finds new home at Kansas - College Basketball Nation Blog - ESPN
Just eight games into his Kansas career, Kevin Young scored 14 points and snared four rebounds off the bench against one of the top teams in the country

Jayhawks tickled by big stage |
“I actually did feel like I stepped onto a stage. I felt like I was about to rap,”

NCAA Tournament – » Posts Leveraging Lineups: KU’s Key Combos «
Just another look at why Kansas.

Final Four lets KU fans revel after dark period -
Kansas athletic director Sheahon Zenger, watching the final minutes of Kansas' open practice, found it difficult to conduct the interview. Not because he was caught up in the emotion of the moment, the Jayhawks on basketball's grandest stage for the first time since 2008.

Which Final Four coach do you want? We state our cases | CollegeBasketballTalk
I'm taking Self every time.

All pressure is on young Kentucky entering NCAA men's Final Four - Michael Rosenberg -
Even in New Orleans it is EXTREMELY obvious that everything is catered to UK.

NCAA Tournament – Luke Winn – » Posts Visualizing the Final Foursome «
NCAA Tournament – Luke Winn – - Luke Winn at the NCAA Tourney

Final Four 2012 -- College basketball's big boys take center stage - ESPN
It's not a huge surprise that college basketball's big boys take center stage in New Orleans.

Ten burning questions heading into Saturday's Final Four showdowns - Andy Glockner -
Some odds and ends heading into gameday

Kentucky Wildcats' Anthony Davis captures AP Player of the Year - ESPN
My take on this is that Robinson peaked pretty early and started drawing a lot of double and triple teams down the stretch. That led to some games where statistically he wasn't overwhelming and Davis kept coming up with big defensive plays that the media ate up. Robinson has an argument, but that's just the way it works and Davis probably has an equally compelling argument in a lot of ways.