He's been to two Final Fours in three years.
So, naturally, Patrick Richey might be considered an expert on what it takes to reach the NCAA's promised land.
"You've heard it before. We take the approach, 'Survive and advance.' If we win, we survive and advance to the next game. Before you know it, if you take that attitude, you can accomplish great things," said Richey, Kansas' senior forward from Lee's Summit, Mo.
Anxious to help his teammates survive Thursday's first-round NCAA Southeast Regional clash with UT-Chattanooga, Richey has been spending a lot of time in the training room, receiving treatment for his bruised backside.
Richey, who fell and landed on his tailbone in the first-round Big Eight Tournament win over Kansas State last Friday, was able to run some dummy offense at practice Monday.
His status has been upgraded to probable for Thursday's game.
"It's still sore. It hurts to walk," said Richey, who has been treated with ice and electrical stimulus. "It's going to be hard to keep me out Thursday. It's my last year. I've got at the most three weeks of basketball left in my life. It's my last NCAA Tournament. Heck yes, I want to play."
There's only one way Richey won't play, he says.
"I won't hurt the team. If in warmups I know I won't be helping the team, I won't play," he said.
Richey said he and fellow seniors Richard Scott and Steve Woodberry have spent some time talking to KU's underclassmen about the upcoming tournament.
"I think the guys that have been here know we can't take anybody lightly. I remember what happened my sophomore year," he said, referring to a second-round loss to UTEP.
"We've talked about giving effort in every game and being focused."
Richey said nobody has talked much about the site of Thursday's game. KU, which was awarded a No. 4 seed in the Southeast, was shipped to Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky.
There's a slight chance Kentucky fans could boo the Jayhawks, if they still remember KU's 150-95 pasting of the Wildcats in the 1989-90 season.
"It doesn't matter where we're playing the game. The fans are not playing. We are. I don't care if they like us or not," Richey said. "If we win, we get another chance. That's all that matters."
Vaughn's Hip OK: Jacque Vaughn, who suffered a slight hip pointer in Friday's win over Kansas State, is OK and should have no problems Thursday, trainer Mark Cairns reported.