KANSAS CITY — The thought crept into Bill Self’s mind long before it required attention; long before the name “Purdue” flashed onto a TV screen six lines below Kansas on Selection Sunday. Self didn’t need to see the Boilermakers jump out to a 19-point lead against Iowa State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. And he definitely didn’t need to see the big black and gold “P” on a promotional board outside the Sprint Center on Wednesday, one day before his Jayhawks will take on Purdue in the Sweet 16.
“They had my attention back in January,” Self said of the Boilermakers roughly 30 hours before tipoff.
That’s because, as a coach, and as someone who watches college basketball, Self thinks about possible matchups. He thinks about intriguing ones. He says to himself: “Okay, what teams out there are a little bit different that could potentially be a contrast in style?”
Self didn’t just ponder the question. He had an answer. “Purdue was the first one that came to mind for me,” he saidRead More »from How will Kansas defend Caleb Swanigan and Purdue, the team built to beat it?