Kansas maintained bragging rights in the Border War, claiming a 109-101 victory over Missouri in Saturday's alumni game.
Former Jayhawk Brandon Rush paced all scorers with 46 points at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Mo.
The game, which was dubbed "Rivalry Renewed," came about when Steve Gardner, a 1991 KU graduate and die-hard Kansas fan, was contacted by former Missouri standout Kareem Rush about putting the game together.
Former Kansas forward Travis Releford talks before "Rivalry Renewed" at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena in Independence, Mo.
KU and MU have not met in an official college basketball game since KU's epic comeback victory at Allen Fieldhouse on Feb. 25, 2012, when the Jayhawks stormed back from 19 down in the second half to win in overtime.
Kansas head coach Bill Self and freshman Quentin Grimes talk to the local media after helping Team USA win the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Grimes was named the event’s most valuable player after he averaged 14.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game, leading USA to a 6-0 record. Grimes recorded 17 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the 113-74 win against host Canada to capture the gold medal.
San Antonio — Listening to Kansas basketball coach Bill Self call the team soft following a loss to Oklahoma State, Svi Mykhailiuk believes it was a "breaking point" for the team to play better.
"We started taking everything personally, like for example don't let your man catch easy and don't let your man get a rebound," Mykhailiuk said.
Viewed as underdog against Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday (7:49 p.m., TBS), Mykhailiuk said it's nothing new for the Jayhawks after being doubted throughout the season.
The Kansas basketball team held an open practice at the Alamodome on Friday, one day prior to their Final Four game against Villanova in San Antonio.
San Antonio — Hopeful for the opportunity to see his mother for the first time in six years at the Final Four this week, Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike is trying to contain his emotions.
Kansas Rep. Kevin Yoder wrote on Twitter that Azubuike’s mom was approved for a visa, but coach Bill Self cautioned the school’s staff is still scrambling a little and there may be issues with her flights.
“She’s never seen me play at all,” Azubuike said. “She’s never seen me play basketball. I don’t know. It’s going to be an emotional moment for me. I don’t know how to handle it.”
It was a simple question posed to Udoka Azubuike on Tuesday: what did it mean to him to advance to the Final Four?
Azubuike quickly turned to some of the hardest parts of the season, including the Jayhawks' home losses, and said that's what made it more special.
"What we've been through right from the jump, it's not been easy," Azubuike said. "There's been a lot of humps, ups and downs, negatives and positives, all that stuff. But it really means a lot, man. This team never gave up."
Returning to Lawrence after helping the Jayhawks advance to the Final Four with an Elite Eight victory against Duke, Kansas freshman forward Silvio De Sousa thanked all of the fans for their support since he arrived during the middle of the season.
"When I was in high school, I had friends and I kind of felt lonely sometimes, most of the time," De Sousa said. "But ever since I got to Kansas, I feel like I have my family here."
As a bonus to making the Final Four, De Sousa plans to see his parents for the first time in about a year when they watch him play in San Antonio, helped by an NCAA program that helps pay the expenses for players' families.
In a game that included the biggest shot of his career, Kansas senior guard Svi Mykhailiuk broke down his game-tying 3-pointer against Duke in the Elite Eight, which forced overtime and helped the Jayhawks to their eventual victory.
A couple of days afterward, he believed it was the toughest game he played in his career, especially because he matched up with Marvin Bagley III.
"I think that's the best player in my college career I've played against," Mykhailiuk said.