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Duke-Kansas the titanic clash March Madness is built for

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And with each miss, coach Bill Self's motto for the game never changed: "Let it fly". So I couldn't be happy or more proud. In 2016, it was Dillon Brooks (22 points, six assists) and the Oregon Ducks who sent Duke packing, but that Blue Devils squad was considerably worse than this season's and the Ducks were a national title favorite.

"Huge shot", Self said afterward. The biggest long shot for casual fans on Sunday is Texas Tech, a Final Four pick on less than 5 percent of brackets in Yahoo and ESPN contests. "I'm not playing the blame game or anything, it's on me".

Then it will have Kansas (31-7), which hurdled both its haunting past and a daunting Duke to make Self both 3-7 in Elite Eight games and overcome with emotion when the overtime horn finally blared.

Kansas is going to the 15th Final Four in school history after beating the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday night, a victory made possible by the outstanding and unexpected effort of sophomore guard Malik Newman. From there, it was all Malik Newman in overtime.

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For seniors Svi Mykhailiuk and Devonte Newman, the Final Four comes after two disappointing exits in the Elite Eight.

- Trevon Duval called it a classic: a four-point game that decided who booked a trip to San Antonio for the Final Four.

For further counter-intuition, try Loyola Chicago, which drew an average of 2,404 fans to home games in a 4,963-seat arena this season, although some might have missed the crowd counts because they got up to go to the loo, versus MI which, to use some oranges with the apples, drew an average of 111,589 to football games.

"This is all that's on my mind right now, thinking about this year that I had with my brothers", Bagley said after the game.

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"And that's one of the things I'll cherish". I promise you I can't make this up! "I thought it was going in. It just feels (perfect)". "Don't let him go anywhere without me actually just putting my hand on his body so he would get exhausted and stuff".

"A shot at the end of regulation went in and out, it was just that type of game", Duke star Marvin Bagley III said. The Jayhawks earned themselves a 1-seed heading into the 2018 NCAA tournament after a solid regular season and a Big 12 tournament win. The Jayhawks also took No. 4 to heart, out-rebounding the Blue Devils, 47-32, despite having Svi Mykhailiuk defend and box out the larger Bagley. And then there were the shots glancing off the front of the rim. Newman shot 12 free throws and made 11, both of which were season highs. He has been playing for Self for four years and the most understated brilliance in Self's coaching success has to do with the way he empowers his players to make bold offensive plays because he thinks they have the talent to make them. And from Day 1, he insists his players train their focus on the next play.

In the final two minutes, Allen appeared to be coming through in the clutch for Duke. "We played to beat Duke". When you give it all you got, it just hurts a lot more knowing you put it all on the line. This wasn't one of those games. Their guys know all of us.

In the six years since Kansas last made the Final Four, coach Bill Self has produced eight National Basketball Association draft picks.

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