"What is normal", Rhoades said, "is the film room, the court, the time on the bus, on the plane". Custer was the Larry Bird MVC Player of the Year this season.
Brunson called being a part of that list "really humbling and it's something I can't even really put into words". "But the backbone of our program is just defend, rebound and play hard and together". The Wildcats lost in the first weekend as a 1 or 2 in 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2017. Especially when they need to most. Wagner has two pairs of the black sneakers, but he's ready to dump both sets.
"For Doke to be able to share his experience at the Final Four with his mom is something neither of them will ever forget", KU Athletics Director Sheahon Zenger said in a news release. Indeed, with the exception of Arizona in 1997, every national champion since 1989 has won at least 30 games. The 7-footer averaged an efficient 13 points and 7 rebounds this season but becomes a liability when other teams spread the floor out, forcing Kansas to play their own small-ball lineup.
Considering this will be Nova's third straight Big 12 opponent, following a season of Big East wars, they're ready for anything. They have made third-seeded MI an early favorite over the 11th-seeded Ramblers and figure Villanova should handle Kansas in a more conventional matchup of No. 1 seeds. Some big-name schools were left out, but VCU had a higher ranking in the ratings percentage index, had played a strong schedule and once in, the Rams kept knocking off big-name schools in the tournament - Southern California, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and Kansas. Richardson led Loyola-Chicago with 23 points in the Ramblers' 78-62 win over Kansas State in the Elite Eight.
Closer to the games at the Alamodome, Rita's on the Riverwalk has served KU fans each time the team has played in San Antonio - including when they won it all in 2008, in 2011 and now again this year.
"I'm really hoping we have a great two games and come out with something big at the end", Kaun added. "It will be worth it".
Bill Self was reportedly emotional about the reunion, saying, "Can you imagine, you've never seen your son play basketball & the 1st time you do it is in front of 70,000 people?"
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Virginia coach Tony Bennett and his players have moved past the shock of their improbable loss to UMBC.
Bennett was named The Associated Press men's college basketball coach of the year on Thursday. The Ramblers have hijacked the 2018 NCAA Tournament. I want them to embrace it.
The black-and-white photo on the back wall of his office serves as a constant reminder and inspiration for Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser.
Center Cameron Krutwig says the team is wary of falling into what he calls "The Cinderella Trap". "We've played some of the best teams in the Big 12 and now we're getting the best team in the Big 12 so you know it's going to be tougher".
"If you're going to advance in this tournament you can't be one-dimensional", Wildcats head coach Jay Wright said.
With Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt by their side, the Ramblers will face MI in the national semifinals in San Antonio on Saturday.
Now he and his family are heading to San Antonio as MI prepares to take on No. 11 seed Loyola.