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The Big 12 & the Big Dance

April 2, 2008


2008 NCAA Tournament
Press Conferences & Post-Game Interviews

Bill Self's April 1 pre-Final Four press conference

KU coach Bill Self met with the media in Hadl Auditorium Tuesday to discuss the upcoming Final Four, in which his team is part of history, with all four one-seeds having advanced to San Antonio. Self talked in-depth about gameplanning for North Carolina, plus again denied rumors that he will leave Kansas the end of the year to take over at his alma mater for Sean Sutton, who resigned earlier in the day as the Oklahoma State men's basketball coach.

2008 NCAA Tournament

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The following is a look at the seasons in which a Big 12 Conference men's basketball team has reached the Final Four and how the last weekend of those seasons played out.

Although the conference has been around since the 1996-97 season, it has yet to see a basketball school crowned as champion.

Kansas, making its 13th Final Four appearance of all-time and third in the Big 12 era, has a shot to be the first this weekend in San Antonio, Texas.


Big 12 Participants: Kansas and Oklahoma

Others: Indiana and Maryland

Outcome: Maryland defeats KU, 97-88; Indiana defeats OU, 73-64; Maryland defeats Indiana, 64-52, for title.

Most Outstanding Player: Juan Dixon, Maryland


Big 12 Participants: Kansas and Texas

Others: Syracuse and Marquette

Outcome: KU defeats Marquette, 94-61; Syracuse defeats UT, 95-84; Syracuse defeats KU, 81-78, for title.

Most Outstanding Player: Carmelo Anthony, Syracuse


Big 12 Participant: Oklahoma State

Others: Georgia Tech, UConn and Duke

Outcome: G-Tech defeats OSU, 67-65; UConn defeats Duke, 79-78; UConn defeats G-Tech, 82-73, for title.

Most Outstanding Player: Emeka Okafor, UConn


Big 12 Participant: Kansas

Others: North Carolina, Memphis and UCLA.

Outcome: ????


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