Hoops Photo Gallery - Final Four Shoot Arounds

NEW ORLEANS -- Exclusive photos from Friday's Final Four shoot arounds in New Orleans.

Brandon Mouton, Royal Ivey and T.J. Ford answered questions from the media prior to their practice session.

T.J. laughs after one reporter asked him about a prank he played on Coach Barnes earlier in the year. Ford replied that he secretly hid Barnes' car at an undisclosed location on the UT campus only after his coach had played a prank on his star point guard.

James Thomas spent most of the practice session shooting free throws. Hopefully the extra work will come in handy on Saturday night.

Barnes and T.J. share a light moment during the shootaround.

T.J. shows off his considerable skills -- dunking one ball and sending the other in by mind control.

Texas was very relaxed during the sootaround. Even in this environment Royal Ivey was all about defense, poking the ball away from Ford.

Jay Bilas and the rest of the ESPN college basketball crew were on hand for Friday's fstivities.

Carmelo Anthony was loose and confident at the Syracuse practice session and the press conference that followed on Friday. He is probably the best player Texas has faced in the tournament so far and will present a stern test for Royal Ivey and the rest of the Longhorn defense.

Roy Williams hopes this is the year for his Jayhawks to finally walk away with an NCAA title.

Kansas' dynamic duo of Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich warm up before their team's shootaround. Kansas probably had the largest crowd at the Superdome on Friday.

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