With the most games won in the sport, the Kansas basketball program is unquestionably the best in collegiate basketball history. Can they repeat as March Madness champions?
Bill Self, Ochai Agbaji, and the rest of the Kansas team are looking for another national title to add to their already impressive program résumé. Self is a Hall-of-Famer and one of the top coaches of his generation.
The 59-year-old coach is well aware that he has struggled in the Elite Eight in his career, with Kansas going 3-7 at this stage. So, can the Jayhawks be able to avoid defeat this time against the Miami Hurricanes?
Self remarked on Saturday that “in my career, we’re 3-7 in Elite Eight games.” “So that’s not going to cut it.”
Self went on to talk about how difficult it is to make it to the Final Four, placing the Elite Eight as the most difficult game to win in the tournament, if only because of the possibility of cutting down the nets. It becomes real all of a sudden.
Self remarked that it “is the most difficult game to lose in the tournament.” “Talk about the first round, talk about anything; it’s the most difficult game.” At the very least, you’re playing for the national title. But this one, every team’s goal is to reach the Final Four. It’s not a race to the national title. “We’re on our way to the Final Four.”
When is the last time Kansas basketball won March Madness?
Kansas won the National Championship for the last time in the 2007-08 season.
That year, they defeated the Memphis Tigers by a score of 75-68. Memphis coached that team, and Derrick Rose, the future NBA MVP, was a member of the Tigers. In the backcourt, the Kansas Jayhawks had Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, two players who will play in the NBA.
To send the game to overtime, Chalmers hit a remarkable shot.
This is truly a moment college basketball fans will never forget. Self will hope for more March magic as the tournament goes on.