It's hard to argue against this version of Kansas. Hell, since the Big 12 Tournament it's hard to argue against this version of Kansas. You could make a case they've looked like the best team in the country since then and it's a variety of reasons. For a stretch it was because of Jalen Wilson. For a stretch it was because Remy Martin started living up to the hype. Tonight? Tonight was all Ochai Agbaji and David McCormack. Agbaji goes for 21 on 6-for-7 from three and McCormack gets 25 on 10-for-12 from the field. It was impressive really.
And of course don't forget Mitch Lightfoot who played in the 2018 Final Four against Nova. He only had 2 points but was it massive. It really was. Nova kept cutting it to 7 or 8 but could never get over the hump. Lightfoot came in and got a big bucket with McCormack on the bench in foul trouble. Obviously I'm joking about the Mitch revenge tour - shout out Rico.
But this is where Kansas is dangerous. You try to take away Remy in the PnR or Wilson in an ISO set and they use lobs to beat you. This felt like the reverse 2018 game where Kansas hits 13 threes. Nova didn't even play terrible. They got off to the slow start and that's what fucked them. They aren't a team designed to play from behind. Not without Justin Moore. They were spooked early and had to crawl out of the hole. They did and made it a game but it was never less than 6.
Shout out Samuels and Gillespie for a hell of a career at Nova.
But tonight is about Kansas. First time in a decade - in the same building - they will be playing for a title. They were a popular choice to come out of the right side of the bracket and this is why. They have so many different ways to beat you.