By Blake Schuster There’s no question who’s the better team in playing for the National Championship. Kentucky, hands down. If I’m a coach and I have my pick of either team how do I not want Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Terrance Jones? It’d be a damn shame if John Calipari didn’t finally ascend to the top of the college basketball world. His —arguably — best team ever doesn’t have weak spots. From day one Kentucky was built for April 2nd, 2012 and every game before it was practice. The Wildcats have just about all that a team needs to earn them the title — but they don’t have everything. They haven’t faced… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Kansas was left to rally again Saturday.
Which required the need to summon some energy.
The Superdome wasn’t going to supply that. Although it sits just a few blocks from the French Quarter, the expansive building could have been excu… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Thomas Robinson doesn’t spend much time talking about his legacy at Kansas.
Tyshawn Taylor is the loquacious one, the go-to player for matters of perspective. Robinson is serious, sometimes disarmingly so, and happy to let others writ… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — The picture of freedom is one Bill Self could hardly stand to watch in the moment.
A little more than four minutes remained in Kansas’ game against North Carolina. With a spot in the Final Four on the line, Kansas clung to a two-point… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Throughout Kansas’ run to the Final Four, Elijah Johnson said the Jayhawks didn’t even need to think about their ultimate goal of reaching New Orleans.
It was the old one-game-at-a-time cliché so ingrained in sports. But Friday, Jo… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — The in-game matchups this time of year can be just as interesting — and important — as the game itself.
Kansas’ Final Four meeting with Ohio State at 7:49 p.m. Saturday is no different. Can Thomas Robinson control Deshaun Thomas o… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — When Clyde Lovellette was recruited to Kansas, some basketball parameters were ignored by legendary coach Phog Allen.
“When I was in high school, most people thought big guys like me were sort of freaks,’’ recalled Lovellette, a f… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS – Ohio State coach Thad Matta was riding an elevator with Deshaun Thomas on Thursday, and Thomas started talking about a pass he threw the day before in practice.
Matta did a double-take.
“You were just talking about a pass you threw? Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Shortly after knocking off North Carolina last week, Kansas coach Bill Self and his staff moved through the customary postgame handshake line.
Then, as soon as Kansas’ staff turned the corner, Self hugged director of basketball operat… Continue reading →
NEW ORLEANS — Bill Self has coached teams with more talent. He has coached teams with more McDonald’s All-Americans and teams that played a prettier style of basketball.
But Self has never coached a team at Kansas with so little depth, and so the a… Continue reading →