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Roy Williams holds the odd distinction of being number two in wins at both Kansas (behind Phog Allen) and North Carolina (behind Dean Smith).
This one, too, has a great storyline.
Roy Williams incensed the Kansas nation when he departed for North Carolina and was replaced by who else but Bill Self.
And just as Pitino and Donovan have both been part of a Final Four in New Orleans, so has Williams. He lost the national championship game in his last season at Kansas (2002-03) to another guy and school still eligible to get back, Jim Boeheim and Syracuse.
And the game itself between North Carolina and Kansas should be a dandy.
Neither team has done its best work in this tournament, but both have played at championship caliber at times throughout the season.
North Carolina has had to overcome recent injuries to two of its star players. John Henson sat throughout the ACC tournament with a No.1 seed reasonably assured. Kendall Marshall, the assist machine, fractured his wrist against Creighton and watched in street clothes as his Tar Heels squeaked by Ohio U.
Kansas let a likely No. 1 seed slip away when they stubbed their toe in their conference tournament against another Elite Eight member, Baylor. The Jayhawks have shot the ball poorly in this tournament, managing only 65, 63 and 60 points while easing past Detroit, Purdue and NC State, respectively.
In their previous 20 Big 12 regular season and tournament games, they failed to excede 65 only two times.
But these are two storied programs and the level of play figures to rise dramatically when they face off for a ticket to New Orleans.