Whether Jay Jay can get in some quality tape time on Villanova before the Jayhawks take on the Wildcats Saturday night remains to be seen, but it appears the Howard family coaching tree might not stop with Jerrance.
Turns out, the Jayhawks might have received help from a surprising source.
Their reunion is expected to come Friday, and thank goodness for that, because it certainly would be a challenge for Kansas center Udoka Azubuike to manage the emotions of seeing his mother for the first time in six years and playing against Villanova at the NCAA Final Four on the same day. "If Kansas can find a way to do that, and I know I'm talking about it but it won't be an easy thing to do, that will be Kansas' way to slow Villanova down". We'll see, but it worked for the Jayhawks on Sunday. The Jayhawks rank 11th in the NCAA both in field goal percentage (.493) and 3-point field goal percentage (.403). "I'm not anxious about that, but the biggest thing you can do is realize the victory against Duke was great". "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".
Beyond each team's top scorers and best talents, Vick is part of a group that could play critical roles in determining whether Kansas, Villanova, Michigan or Loyola-Chicago ends up hoisting the trophy Monday night in San Antonio.
Analyst: Jerry Harkness, 1963 national champion. "That's what I would be telling my team". He is a three-time Michigan Association of Broadcasters award victor for play by play on both radio and television.
For the matchup between MI and Loyola-Chicago, a former National Football League player and a well-known NBA news-breaker highlight the teams. "Neither will be scared of the moment". Jalen Brunson is excellent at stealing a couple of baskets per game in the post. Ukoda Azubuike, the 7-footer from Nigeria, is a load in the paint and off the glass, but foul prone which the Wildcats will try to exploit.
On paper, MI should beat the Ramblers -- but games aren't played on paper.
"No one thought we could make it, but I know the kind of group of guys that I compete with and they are tough and hard-nosed", Newman said.
Kansas will be battling history. While the tournament has been fun so far, this is championship-winning time.