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Calipari Learns From Mistakes, Earns Championship

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By Blake Schuster New Orleans, La. — It was happening again. Down by nine, to John Calipari and against a seemingly unbeatable team, Kansas made its run.  But in the Jayhawks 67-59 national championship loss to Kentucky, it wasn’t a miracle Jayhawk comeback as it was in 2008 — although it felt similar — this time was about Calipari, and the demons he finally exorcised. Four years ago with Calipari’s Memphis team up nine with 2:12 left to play, Bill Self pulled out one of the sweetest wins of his career, downing the Tigers in overtime. This time Calipari’s Kentucky team took the lead early in the first half and never gave it up despite…

Schuster: Dining With The Enemy

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By Blake Schuster New Orleans, LA.— It was bound to happen. With a city full of nothing but Kentucky and Kansas fans surely confrontation would be unavoidable, I just never thought I would come away enjoying their company and with a new outlook on Big Blue nation.  Standing in line at Felix’s Seafood on Iberville St., my sports director, Jay, and I did what everyone in town was doing — discussing the looming championship matchup between the Wildcats and Jayhawks. The line was long, so was our conversation. But as I was trying to focus on Jay’s comments I found myself more interested in eavesdropping on the chat going on in front of me. Two…

Schuster: Destiny, Not Talent, Will Prevail Monday

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By Blake Schuster There’s no question who’s the better team in playing for the National Championship. Kentucky, hands down. If I’m a coach and I have my pick of either team how do I not want Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Marquis Teague and Terrance Jones? It’d be a damn shame if John Calipari didn’t finally ascend to the top of the college basketball world. His  —arguably — best team ever doesn’t have weak spots. From day one Kentucky was built for April 2nd, 2012 and every game before it was practice. The Wildcats have just about all that a team needs to earn them the title — but they don’t have everything. They haven’t faced…

Jayhawks Comeback To Beat Ohio State in Final Four

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By Blake Schuster If there is one undeniable truth about the 2012 NCAA Tournament it’s never count the Kansas Jayhawks out. Not when they’re in foul trouble, not when they’re down by double digits, and not when Bill Self is coaching.  A 64-62 victory over Ohio State in the Final Four proved that. The game started out all too familiar as Kansas trailed 26-13 with six minutes left in the first half. The Jayhawks had gotten into dogfights with every team during their tournament run, and the Buckeyes were no exception. Wild shooting, turnovers, and missed opportunities led to a large Kansas deficit highlighted most by a Jeff Withey miscue late in the first. With…

VIDEO: KU VS UNC Preview

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  Kansas will face off with North Carolina in the Elite Eight, Sunday Afternoon. 

VIDEO: KU advances to Elite Eight

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  Kansas advanced to the Elite Eight with their win over North Carolina State.

VIDEO: KU Vs North Carolina St. Preview

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  Kansas, head coach Bill Self and players, spoke to members of the media inside the locker room to preview Friday night’s matchup with N.C. State. 

VIDEO: Elijah Johnson following win against Purdue

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    Kansas Guard, Elijah Johnson spoke to members of the media inside the locker room following the Jayhawks comeback win against Purdue.

VIDEO: Bill Self following win against Purdue

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  Kansas head basketball coach Bill Self spoke outside the locker room following his teams comeback win over 10th seeded Purdue.