This marks the third time Arizona and Kansas have met in the NCAA Tournament. They previously met in the 1996 and 1997 Sweet 16's. The schools have met six times since 1996 with Kansas winning four of them.
Twice the Wildcats have played a Regional Final in Anaheim as a top seed and each time they have lost.
The Cats shot just 41.8% from the field. It was their lowest mark of the Tournament.
BEST IN THE BIG TIME
Kansas is now 12-4 in Regional Finals… Kansas has now won 1,800 games in school history, only Kentucky and North Carolina have more… It is the second time in school history the Jayhawks have been to back-to-back Final Fours.
Jeff Grave's 15 rebounds was a career high… Kirk Hinrich's six three pointers were the most Arizona had given up all season…His 23 attempts and 17 three point attempts are career highs…Hinrich passed Jeff Boschee for second on Kansas' minutes played list…Michael Lee's seven field goal attempts was his career high.
HOT FROM THE OUTSIDE
The Cats hit ten three pointers, their second highest total in NCAA Tourney play. They shot 45.5% from behind the arc, but just 41.8% from the field altogether. In fact Arizona had just 13 field goals from inside three point range.
EIGHT IS GREAT
The Cats are now 4-3 in Regional Final games.
The two teams feature a combined seven players who have played in a Final Four and six others were have been there, but did not play. For Kansas Nick Collison, Keith Langford, Kirk Hinrich, Aaron Miles and injured Wayne Simien all played in the 2002 Final Four, while Jason Gardner and Luke Walton played in 2001. Wildcat Rick Anderson was a redshirt on the 2001 team.
ON THIS DAY
The Wildcats are now 1-1 when they play on March 29th. In 1997 they beat North Carolina 66-58 on the same date. The Cats will next play on April 5th, the latest they have ever played a non-exhibition game.
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