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Bill Self, Kansas Basketball Players Embrace UNC Game in National Championship Game

Bill Self’s Kansas Jayhawks defeated the Villanova Wildcats in Saturday’s Final Four and advanced to the national championship game, winning 81-65. Kansas now faces North Carolina in Monday night’s title game after the Tar Heels beat Duke in the other semifinal.

“I think it has added value for me and the players because there are no guarantees in this tournament,” Self said on Saturday. “A lot of times the favorites don’t win, obviously. But in 20 we had a team that was equipped to make a run. We were so good defensively. And we had enough goals. I thought it was probably as prepared as it was. a team to do well in the tournament like any other we’ve had. And I think even though we haven’t really talked about it like that, but these guys really haven’t tasted what the tournament is NCAA, although we had a great team in 20. So I think there was added value on that one because of what we missed in 20.”

In the win, the Jayhawks were led by David McCormack with 25 points and nine rebounds. Ochai Agbaji added 21 points. Villanova was led by Collin Gillespie with 17 points and Brandon Slater with 16 points and eight rebounds. The national championship game is scheduled to start at 9:20 p.m. ET.

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After the victory over Villanova, the Kansas Self coach and his players met with the media to discuss the victory and what it means to qualify for the national championship game. Check out everything they had to say below.