Big 12 basketball notebook: 7 of Big Eight's original members make the NCAA Tournament

by Stephanie Kuzydym Published: March 18, 2013
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photo - In this photo provided by the University of Kansas, Kansas guard Travis Releford, left, and center Jeff Withey react after learning their NCAA college basketball tournament assignment during a Selection Sunday viewing party, Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas is scheduled to face Western Kentucky in the second round on Friday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/University of Kansas, Jeff Jacobsen) ORG XMIT: KSOW105
In this photo provided by the University of Kansas, Kansas guard Travis Releford, left, and center Jeff Withey react after learning their NCAA college basketball tournament assignment during a Selection Sunday viewing party, Sunday, March 17, 2013, in Lawrence, Kan. Kansas is scheduled to face Western Kentucky in the second round on Friday in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/University of Kansas, Jeff Jacobsen) ORG XMIT: KSOW105

Roy Williams and Kansas have a history -- and they could add a little more this year.

Williams, now the coach at North Carolina, built a 94-18 record as KU's coach from 1988-2003 and reached the Sweet 16 nine times and the Elite Eight five times.

This year, Williams' UNC team has a chance to meet up with Kansas in the second round. Kansas would have to beat Western Kentucky and UNC would need to defeat Villanova to make it happen.

Self was asked if the possibility of playing KU's former coach will be a distraction.

“It is a potential distraction, but we won't allow it to be,” Self said. “None of them were around 10 years ago. Some of them were just in fourth or fifth grade. That doesn't mean anything to the guys. It will not even be brought up.

“It will not be a distraction for me or my preparation. If we're fortunate enough to advance and they're fortunate to advance, we're going to have two good teams with unbelievable history and tradition going against each other. That will be the focus instead of the ex-coach at KU. I don't see that being a factor.”

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by Stephanie Kuzydym
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Stephanie Kuzydym learned at a young age that life is a game of inches. That's just one reason why she loves football. Kuzydym joined The Oklahoman in July 2012. Before arriving in the state, Kuzydym was an intern for the sports departments at...
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