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Notebook: Kansas Ready for Tip off Against Villanova Tonight

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Jayhawks relish family culture that helped lead Kansas back to the Final Four |
Be that as it may, once you arrive, things can turn different in a hurry. From the charming, charismatic, personality-plus recruiter selling the KU program in your living room to the ultra-demanding, intense head coach who is unapologetic about pushing his players to the absolute brink of their abilities, Self's understanding of how to walk this thin line is what both makes his players love him and gets the best out of them.

KU baseball falls in extra innings |
For the second straight night, the Kansas baseball team went to extra innings with Morehead State. Only this time, the Jayhawks couldn't find a way to create a run in a 5-3 loss, in 11 innings, at Hoglund Ballpark.

KU softball splits doubleheader against Colorado State |
After losing a 12-inning thriller to Colorado State on Friday, 8-6, the Kansas softball team bounced back with a 6-3 victory in the nightcap at Arrocha Ballpark.

Villanova a modern blue blood for college basketball |
Although programs such as Kansas, Duke, North Carolina and Kentucky tend to be the first cited among the sport’s elite, over the past five seasons few teams have matched the consistent success of Villanova.

Game day Breakdown: No. 1 seed KU basketball vs. No. 1 seed Villanova |
All season, KU has desperately been looking for that one game where it makes its opponent play poorly. And there's no time like the present to find it. Although that seems unlikely with Villanova — playing average instead of great is probably more attainable — there are a couple of areas in which Kansas could excel that would make it possible.

Final Four reunion: KU assistant's one-time protege starting for Villanova | Smithology |
“I had an opportunity to see him grow up, and to see what type of young man he’s become and, gosh, he’s turned out to be a terrific basketball player, which no one was surprised about that,” Quartlebaum added of Paschall, now in his second season with the Wildcats and averaging 10.3 points and 5.3 rebounds after transferring from Fordham.

Charles Barkley: Bill Self never gets the credit he deserves | Call it a Nightengale |
“As great of a coach as (Kentucky’s John) Calipari is, he’s not as consistent as Self has been,” Barkley said. “What he’s accomplished is incredible. They’re both great coaches, but I just don’t think (Self) gets the credit he deserves.”

Jay Wright appreciates KU's transformation, Jalen Brunson's unselfish style |
During his preparation for Villanova’s upcoming national semifinal against Kansas, coach Jay Wright couldn’t help but notice and appreciate the way Bill Self’s Jayhawks have transformed over the past few months.

KU's good luck charm? Jayhawks fan back in San Antonio hoping to witness third title
There aren't many things that tie the 1988 and 2008 national championships for Kansas basketball together, but Penny Postoak Ferguson is one of the few.

Quick scout: The hope for KU against Villanova in the Final Four
Shooting ... everywhere: Villanova ranks 15th nationally in three-point percentage (while attempting a high volume of shots there), third in two-point percentage and ninth in free-throw percentage.

Other Sports News

Carmelo Anthony of Oklahoma City Thunder surprised to be on bench at end of regulation in OT loss to Denver Nuggets
Carmelo Anthony said he was surprised to be on the bench for the entire fourth quarter -- including the final play of regulation with a chance to win -- in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 126-125 overtime loss to the Denver Nuggets on Friday.

Kevin Durant says his yearning to win another title causing more technical fouls
"It's just my emotions and passion for the game," Durant said after Friday's practice session. "After winning that championship (last season), I learned that much hadn't changed. I thought it would fill a certain [void]. It didn't. That's when I realized in the offseason that the only thing that matters is this game and how much work you put into it. Everything else off the court, social media, perception, isn't important. What people say, how they view you, it's not important.

Baylor Bears paid former football coach Art Briles $15.1 million after ouster
Baylor University paid former football coach Art Briles $15.1 million and former president Kenneth Starr $4.5 million after they were forced out in wake of the university's sexual assault scandal in 2016, according to federal tax forms recently filed by the school.

Women's Final Four -- For UConn, déjà vu hurts a little bit more
UConn seniors Gabby Williams and Kia Nurse embraced in the hallway of Nationwide Arena on Friday, the reality sinking in that their college careers were over. And for the second year in a row, they were not playing in the national championship game.

OT Question to Pass the Time until Tip

What was the worst job interview you have been apart of?