Published: Fri, March 30, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

Kansas Assistant Coach's Nine-Year-Old Son Scouted Duke Perfectly

Kansas Assistant Coach's Nine-Year-Old Son Scouted Duke Perfectly

It's almost impossible to reach the Final Four without a big shot or two, even if they don't qualify for the annals of NCAA tournament buzzer beaters or elicit CBS commentator Bill Raftery's beloved "Onions!" exclamation. "I don't think his activity level during league play was quite as good as it was before, and I think there's reasons for that, but I think he's on a serious uptick right now".

Grandpa might tell you UCLA or IN should still be IN the mix. A scouting report from the son of Kansas assistant Jerrance Howard on Duke from 3 months ago may have been used as a cheat sheet for the Hall of Fame head man. The most by any program over a four-year span. The previous three teams each lost in the semifinal.

- 6. Sweet 16s under coach Jay Wright.

They entered the NCAAs as a No. 1 seed for the first time and are back in the Final Four for a third time under coach Jeff Walz.

Loyola's side includes Shams Charania - the preeminent reporter of The Vertical - as well as Jeff Hagedorn and Jerry Harkness, who was a member of the 1963 Loyola national championship team.

"Every team starts the season saying that's our goal to go to the Final Four". It's the expected cost of the renovation funded by donors of Villanova's on-campus arena when it reopens next season. But since they always preach focusing on the "next game" regardless of the opposition, they won't deal with that until the buzzer goes off Saturday.

"We knew we weren't shooting the ball well", he said.

"I've been rehabbing, getting better".

The Wildcats soared to the top of the AP Top 25, earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and won another Big East Tournament title without a senior on the roster.

Which two teams will make it that far remains to be seen, given this year's NCAA Tournament has been one of the most unpredictable in years.

MI is the only team in San Antonio not among the top six in the country in effective field goal percentage - it's 47th, in fact - but they have a greater margin of error than Loyola-Chicago. "I think Villanova is going to get very good shots against Kansas".

The 2016 team trumps the underdog '85 champs that shocked the sport for best in Nova history. "That's what I would be telling my team". The result allowed Kansas to advance to play Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday in San Antonio. Newman followed with four straight free throws, and the Jayhawks defense stiffened enough to knock the favored Blue Devils out of the tournament.

Jayhawks coach Bill Self gets much of the credit for his ability to coach Kansas past a team littered with National Basketball Association talent, but it seems he may not have done it alone.

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