Q. You’ve had one-and-dones before, but we’re looking at a Final Four without a one-and-done. And the trend since 2015 is diminishing at those at this level. Is that an accident or do you think even the best coaches, like Cal and like Coach K, are finding it very difficult to start over again every year?
KANSAS COACH BILL SELF: I can’t speak to what they think or everything. But I know personally, with me, I think the best teams are the ones that your most talented kids are your youngest kid but your foundation is always your upperclassmen. Even when we won it in ’08, we had some unbelievable seniors that have been there and done it and gone through some stuff and then our two most talented kids were sophomores.
But Wigs and Joel, Josh Jackson and Kelly Oubre, we’ve had some really nice players come through there, but there’s so many good players in college basketball, when you think about an 18-, 19-year-old competing against a 22-, 23-year-old that knows how to play, even though there might be a little discrepancy in talent, a lot of times strength and experience offsets that.
I think what happened with Kentucky, which we lost to them in the final game, they still had Miller and they still had some guys that were a little bit older that probably were a foundation for them. But Duke winning it and with primarily young guys, it will happen again where somebody will do that. But I really think the percentage play is having a balance of both.