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Graham vs. Brunson: All-American point guard battle matches speed vs. power

Viewed as different players by most who know them, and operating with the approach that the only thing that matters is team success, All-American point guards Devonte' Graham and Jalen Brunson enter Saturday's Final Four showdown between No. 1 seeds Kansas and Villanova knowing their matchup will draw the brightest spotlight.By Matt Tait

Jayhawks arrive in San Antonio ready to make 'new memories'

It sounded more like a home game than a hotel arrival. With dozens of staff members and KU fans lined up in all corners of the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk lobby on Wedndesday evening, the Jayhawks officially arrived at the Final Four. By Matt Tait

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Tom Keegan: Final Four coaches cut from same good-guy cloth

San Antonio — Sitting at a raised table, the Final Four head coaches talked down to media members seated in chairs, but only in a literal sense.

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Azubuike vs. Spellman: A different defensive challenge for Udoka

Udoka Azubuike has faced some of the most talented big men in the country this season: Duke’s Wendell Carter Jr., Seton’s Hall’s Angel Delgado, West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate and Texas’ Mo Bamba, among others. Azubuike’s Final Four matchup against Villanova big man Omari Spellman will present some new challenges. By Bobby Nightengale

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Mykhailiuk vs. Paschall: A matchup that will travel inside the arc and out

Kansas has relied on its four-guard lineup, winning the Big 12 regular and postseason titles and reaching the Final Four as a result, with Svi Mykhailiuk defending opposing big men along the way. While the senior from Ukraine’s assignment against Villanova doesn’t look as daunting on the surface as what KU asked him to do versus Duke, it could provide its own unique challenges. By Benton Smith

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Vick vs. Bridges: From biding their time to prime time

San Antonio — This Final Four, devoid of one-and-done players and featuring 13 out of 20 starters who are juniors and seniors, has a throwback feel to it. Work hard and your turn will come.

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Newman vs. Booth: How resiliency shaped both KU's red-hot guard and Villanova's lockdown defender

Malik Newman’s childhood basketball court was nothing like the one he’ll see on Saturday. It was some dirt, a tree and the remnants of a bicycle. By Scott Chasen

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Graham vs. Brunson: All-American point guard battle matches speed vs. power

Viewed as different players by most who know them, and operating with the approach that the only thing that matters is team success, All-American point guards Devonte' Graham and Jalen Brunson enter Saturday's Final Four showdown between No. 1 seeds Kansas and Villanova knowing their matchup will draw the brightest spotlight.By Matt Tait

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Udoka Azubuike says it'll be an 'emotional moment' when he sees his mom at Final Four

Azubuike's mom approved for visa Thursday

Udoka Azubuike paused for a couple of seconds, smiling with his eyes trained toward the locker room floor but his mind racing to a moment he’s dreamed about for years. By Bobby Nightengale