KU & Duke face off in a battle of the Blue Bloods

Tanya Simon
March 26, 2018

The other bigs that Kansas goes to are Mitch Lightfoot and Silvio DeSousa.

For the third straight year, top-seeded Kansas made its way through the Sweet 16. "We get to play off of him".

Duke is making its 42nd NCAA Tournament appearance - tied for fifth-most all time - and will now take part in its 21st Elite Eight. But that approach definitely seems like KU's best chance in this one. And so when you do get there, there's somewhat of relief - happiness, but also a relief that you get there. We always say throw the ball inside, play around "Doke' because it's hard to guard him and he can get angles easily".

Let it fly also applies to Self and his coaching staff. Playing in three straight unbelievable.

Beyond that, Self, who said Friday that KU has to get to the Final Four in order for this season to be considered special, may even look at letting it fly by changing up what he calls from time to time.

In typical NCAA fashion, the arena was stripped of most of its character and sterilized down to the point that the only recognizable TD Garden trait remaining was the Bruins' and Celtics' championship banners hanging in the rafters. "And we made that decision that it would be zone, and it just fits our team better". It's the type of foursome that might meet in some early-season nonconference tournament held in Hawaii.

Devonte' Graham said he's not surprised that it took some time for Newman to break through.

Graham's not one to press or try to do things out of character. Although the team treaded water in ACC play, consecutive losses to St. John's and North Carolina led to the full-time switch.

In the end, Villanova earned a 90-78 victory, led by junior point guard Jalen Brunson's 27 points and four assists.

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Does that mean they have to be ideal? No.

Villanova led 44-42 at the half after a fast-paced opening 20 minutes.

So they understand the significance of Sunday here in Omaha.

Those of us who already love college basketball already know how great the sport can be.

"A great game to win, a very hard game to lose", Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

On a Saturday afternoon in late February, Kansas ventured into a 15,000-seat arena in northwest Texas to face a rugged defensive outfit with a ideal home record.

Consider the numbers from Friday. Brunson, whose father Rick won a state title at Salem High School and was a McDonald's All-American, led the Wildcats on a 30-18 run to close out the game after it was tied 60-60 with 10 minutes left. Svi Mykhailiuk was too timid and inconsistent. Not in this year's unexplainable and unpredictable NCAA tournament. So when you get to this point, it's a huge bridge.

The Jayhawks will likely battle either Carter or Bagley down low with the 6-foot-8 Mykhailiuk. Udoka Azubuike looked strong in his first start of the tournament, with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

G - Trevon Duval, 6-3, 186, Fr. Leading their attack in the game was Marvin Bagley III (212 ppg), who had 22, while Grayson Allen (15.6 ppg) had 15 and Wendell Carter Jr.

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