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March Madness: Final Four dream burn bright for Thursday's Sweet 16 victors

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Reaching the Final Four eluded Howard as a player at IL, and he has yet to get there since joining Bill Self's staff at Kansas in 2013. Both guards are extremely well poised and rarely turn the ball over.

If the crowd isn't an issue, then the actual Jayhawks basketball team will be.

What's next? Did we just see the sophomore Swanigan play his final game for Purdue?

Purdue led again. And it would never trail again. "(They're) unbelievably athletic. They're like us, they're going to play small a lot of the time because they will play Dillon (Brooks) at the 4 like we play Josh and then play the best defender in the Pac-12, Defensive Player of the Year around the middle, kind of like we do Landen (Lucas).

The two teams won their regular-season outright conference titles by multiple games.

Haas, however, said he expects to go through the process this summer after passing on the opportunity previous year. "I get to sit back and watch as a fan".

Every time, Thompson has been ready - physically and mentally - to shoot, willing to shoot and happy to live with the result, whatever they may be. "It's nearly like the Final Four could be the equivalent of the national championship 30 years ago".

"Bill Self has said that they tried to recruit guys over him, but in the end, he helps teams win", Richard Lucas said.

2009- With more improvement Purdue would go in as a 5 seed and advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time under Painter.

The only double-digit seed still standing: Despite Xavier's late-season buckle, this is not a true No. 11 seed, argues Sports Illustrated. I thought he was as valuable as anybody we had. This is the team that's going to bring Lawrence its fourth national title. They out rebounded the Boilermakers despite a distinct size disadvantage.

But it hasn't stopped them yet, putting Few only 40 minutes away from getting the proverbial Final Four monkey off his back. The heroics of Robbie Hummel made this possible. Purdue briefly reclaimed a 35-33 lead, but the Ukraine native responded with his second trey in less than a minute to give Kansas a 36-35 lead. Kansas would be the National Runner-Up. Some, but it seems like his success rate has been close to extraordinary for Purdue. Can't win the game like that.

Midwest Region: No. 4 Purdue vs.

Day 1 of the Sweet Sixteen definitely did not disappoint. And, most importantly, it put Kansas in the Elite Eight to face OR on Saturday.

So, what does all this mean. 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.

Kansas is currently firing on all cylinders and it would take a miracle to stop them right now. And: "We were like, 'You know, you could have played like that against us!'" And: "We're like, 'We could have gone there and done a better show.' But Oklahoma, they beat us, and we couldn't say anything about that".

Of those 9 losses 2 of them are to the eventual national champion.

Self told the Kansas City Star that Coleby's perseverance made the moment satisfying for the entire team.

On the next possession, Jackson, using a little quickness advantage of his own, did the dribble dance at the top of the key with Swanigan and buried a 3-pointer that put KU up double digits for the first time.

Due to an injury that will keep Chris Boucher out of this tournament, the Ducks lost their best interior defender. "He developed into a premier players, a player that doesn't get near the credit that we think he deserves". They passed Purdue, which pulled over to the side of the road while KU zoomed by going 100 miles per hour.

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