Said Swanigan: "When the game is moving so fast, it's hard to take advantage of size opportunities".
Midwest Region: No. 7 MI vs. Jayhawks advance to the Elite 8 where they'll face Oregon. Injures derailed their final month, which is why they are where they are now-an 11-seed. And when it comes to their backcourt and wings, they can tap into a potential that few teams remaining in the NCAA tournament can match.
The pick: Kansas was too good against Michigan State, and though Purdue has been a significantly better team than Michigan State this season, Kansas looks to be too good for nearly anybody.
The Boilermakers most likely still beat Georgia State way back in November without Thompson's three with 41 seconds left, but it did serve as a cherry on top of Purdue's unprecedented run to win that game after being down 12 with 7:14 to play.
Two Final Fours in 13 years is a great achievement though, especially when your record in the national semifinal is 2-0. "That may add something to it". The Badgers proved the selection committee it was better than a No. 8 seed - something that ended up being a bigger problem for Villanova than it was for Wisconsin, obviously - with the two veterans of those back-to-back Final Four runs, Nigel Hayes and Bronson Koenig, powering the upset. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino, a smashing tournament coach, has known it five times (with some more painful than others). North Carolina and Kentucky have played NITs this decade, missing the tournament completely!
The Boilers (27-7) seek their first Elite Eight appearance since 2000.
"I feel like I deserve it". That's how you get to be 360 lbs. And unfortunately, it hurts extremely bad right now.
You can understand some of this, maybe.
OR coach Dana Altman is rooting against that.
Swanigan has a strong case as the best player in college basketball, but he'll have his hands full against Kansas' defense. That's 2-4 in Elite Eights and 6-2 in Sweet 16s. "I'm sure I'll be able to do that".More news: England's Grand Slam dream spoiled again by Ireland
Like many Kansas and OR players, Altman's senior forward Chris Boucher, out with an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered on March 10, does carry the knowledge.
"Because I've worked my whole life to take it", he said, "worked my butt off to get to where I am today and have put a lot of shots up in my life". "But I think we can get a lot better. That's going to make it fun". It wasn't until he made it into the National Basketball Association that he lost 50 lbs. First steps were off the court: getting healthy. If they accomplish their goal Saturday, it will be the Ducks' first Final Four since the very first NCAA Tournament in 1939, when the Ducks won their only title.
"The atmosphere was a little bit pro KU last night", Altman said. The Final Four, everybody talks about it. Dorsey has delivered six straight games of 20 points or more, a streak that began in the Pac-12 Tournament.
"They made us pay when we made mistakes", Vincent Edwards said.
What started as a street fight quickly turned into a time trial as the Jayhawks transitioned from trying to beat Purdue into a team that looked like it was trying to beat its own personal best track times. "It's just what good teams do and that's what they did". Jackson had 12 rebounds to go with 15 points, while Swanigan - who entered averaging 12.6 rebounds per game - grabbed seven, and only two in the first half. At the same time, Self felt the brunt of the knowledge he has gathered through these years.
They got the first-round monkey off their backs.
"My dad shaped me into the player I am now and helped me get the mindset it is now", Landen Lucas said. That's why the NBA uses that seven-game format, because everybody knows that basketball can turn against you.
But even Coleby has played well during the NCAA Tournament heck, who from the Jayhawks hasn't?
"It's the brightest stage and I want to play, so I'm just ready the whole time", he said. Sometimes, and stay with me here, the opponent plays a great game. The mournful four awaits as it does annually.
He and others will try that again here.