Kansas' Vick could be Final Four impact player

Kansas' Vick could be Final Four impact player

Michigan, Loyola-Chicago, Villanova and Kansas all arrive in San Antonio hoping to succeed the North Carolina Tar Heels as the NCAA champions. Loyola defeated Kansas State 78-62 to advance to the Final Four. The Huskies are undefeated again after knocking out defending national champion SC in the Albany Region final. The most notable setback was in 2010, the first of the Jayhawks' four straight 30-win seasons, when as the No. 1 overall seed they fell to Northern Iowa in the second round.

Kansas vs Villanova boasts a much different narrative than the first Final Four game. But they're hardly defined by just shooting because they hit just 4 of 24 treys against the Red Raiders yet managed to win. And if we are to believe the saying, believing that Loyola-Chicago made the final four out of sheer luck is the really absurd statement. "First, it's understanding the enormity of it, that when you get there, it's going to blow you away", Wright said. "You have to be able to adjust and the fact that we have had experience doing that is important".

"This one's just so rewarding because I think even though we're a No. 1 seed, it's a little unexpected", McGraw said.

Villanova might have seemed more worthy of a spot alongside the Blue Devils, Tar Heels, Jayhawks and Kentucky Wildcats to the casual fan had it not been for some upsets as a single-digit seed in the tournament. With per game averages of 19.2 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 4.6 assists, Brunson is the Wildcats' top offensive threat. Two of the team's stars are black - Donte Ingram and Marques Townes - and the whole team obviously respects every player regardless of his race.

UConn may assert their dominance early but Notre Dame won't go quietly, as the tough Irish are used to battling for their wins, escaping close ones in the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight against Texas A&M and OR and battling back to the top of the ACC despite four injured players including guard Lili Thompson early in the season.

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"It's going to be an emotional moment for me", Azubuike said. We do a pretty good job of making sure that our focus is on playing defense and rebounding. The Wolverines are the third best team in the country in terms of defensive efficiency and have kept their opponents below 1.0 points per possession throughout the tournament so far. "Great memories, but we gotta make new memories". After losing in the national semifinals past year, you can also be certain head coach Geno Auriemma will have his team focused this time around.

Indeed, this group of Jayhawks overcame its share of adversity on the way to winning a record-setting 14th consecutive Big 12 title, the conference tournament and the Midwest Region final. Kansas guard Malik Newman (14 points, 5 rebounds per game) has come on strong in the tournament, including an impressive 32-point performance against Duke in the Elite Eight.

"Can you imagine you've never seen your son play basketball and the first time you do is in front of 70,000 people at this thing", Coach Bill Self said.

"I know it's kind of weird", Kaun said, "ten years and back to the same route through Omaha (site of both opening wins over Portland State and UNLV in 2008 and site of Sweet 16 and Elite Eight wins this year) and San Antonio".

"We've got everybody back together but we're kind of running out of time".

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