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Thousands of kids have a ball at Final Four Dribble event

Thousands of kids have a ball at Final Four Dribble event

But the Jayhawks were a step slow all night in San Antonio, the site of their last national championship a decade ago.

However, it became clear Kansas was facing a buzz saw in San Antonio, as the Wildcats drilled 18 three-pointers and clinched their spot in Monday's championship game against the Michigan Wolverines.

The Wildcats (35-4), the top seed in the East, put on a shooting clinic in dispatching Kansas 95-79 in the national semifinal on Saturday night.

The Wildcats broke the record for most three-point baskets in a Final Four game, making 18 of them Saturday night.

For about 30 minutes inside a subdued Alamodome locker room, the Jayhawks sat stunned, searching for answers to questions from a few dozen reporters, a lot of them inquiries about Villanova's record-setting 3-point night and how - and when - the Jayhawks would put their 31-8 season in proper perspective. In 2016, the Wildcats made 11 threes in a 45-point win over Buddy Hield and Oklahoma.

Paschall led the Wildcats with 24 points.

Paschall, Spellman, Donte DiVincenzo, national Player of the Year Jalen Brunson: Everyone was knocking down 3s.

He staggered over to the sideline and couldn't make eye contact with KU coach Bill Self, who wrapped Graham in a hug as Graham, the Big 12 Player of the Year and All-American, began to break down crying on Self's shoulder.

The Wildcats are 6.5-point favorites over MI for Monday's title game, the biggest championship game spread since Duke was favored by seven points over Butler in 2010. "And just really a talented force".

But the Wildcats and the Jayhawks survived the gantlet to reach the Final Four on the strength of their senior leadership and guard play.

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When Villanova's Jalen Brunson and MI guard Charles Matthews were high school standouts in Illinois, Brunson beat out Matthews for the state's Mr. Basketball award.

"It's our best offensive team". The Wildcats made four in a row in a span of 2 minutes, 15 seconds midway through the first half, and three in a row in a span of 1 minute, 49 seconds late in the first half. We've had good teams.

"If we didn't get stops, it was getting back to being a five- or six-point game", Wright said.

Malik Newman finished with 21 points and Svi Mykhailiuk added 10.

Kansas had 3 players score in double-figures led by Devonte Graham with 23 points.

"As far as my freshman year. when you go through something like that, a championship run, you're kind of forged together for, hopefully, life", Robinson said. "We're lucky it happened tonight".

"Yeah, we still keep that chip on our shoulder", MI swingman Ibi Watson told Land of 10 when asked about their, um, not-so-stellar odds of knocking off Villanova in the 2018 NCAA Tournament championship game.

The winners of the games Saturday will meet Monday night for the title. For a team that was barely on the bubble before winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, the Ramblers represented themselves more than admirably in the NCAA Tournament. Only three Division I teams scored a lower percentage of their points from the foul line than Kansas, while the Jayhawks shot over 40 percent from outside as a team. We have 40 minutes to give all we got.

Since 1988, nine teams have been installed as underdogs of 6 points or more heading into an NCAA Tournament national title game. "They can do everything, moving off the ball, coming off ball screens".


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