Jayhawks Land In San Antonio

April 2, 2008

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – After an easy flight from Topeka’s Forbes Field to San Antonio, the Kansas men’s basketball team was warmly welcomed to its hotel just after 7:30 Wednesday night.

Head coach Bill Self shared his thoughts with the media before heading to dinner with the team.

“I love San Antonio, and I’m not just saying that because we’re here, I think this is the best place to have the Final Four in large part because of the River Walk,” Self said of this year’s host city.

When asked about the message he would try to instill in the players in preparations for Saturday night’s semifinal against North Carolina, Self indicated the importance of being aggressive.

“In general terms, you’ve just got to believe that you’re going do it,” Self said. “So many times when you’re hoping to win, you play not to lose – and we can’t be that way. All the teams in the Final Four are saying the same thing – you’ve got to go take what you want and be aggressive from the outset.

“We’re not going to change who we are and play differently because Carolina plays fast. I think we play our best when we play fast.”

Kansas plays North Carolina in the second game Saturday night at the Alamodome. Memphis and UCLA tip-off at 5:07 p.m. on CBS, followed by the Jayhawks and the Tar Heels.

I think it will be a great game and obviously competive with great athletes on the floor. We just need to be who we are.