Chad Ford looks at who helped and hurt their draft stock through four rounds of the NCAA tournament. Among the big risers are at least one player from each of the Final Four teams: Gordon Hayward, Durrell Summers, Nolan Smith and Da'Sean Butler.
When looking at the adage that you need an elite PG to win the NCAA tournament, Ted Bauer finds that it's true to an extent: You need a strong game manager playing wingman for a (typically big) "go-to guy" in order to make a deep run.
Defending a national championship is hard enough, but try doing it without a single returning starter and with seven newcomers. That's Bill Self's problem this season, and improving Oklahoma and Texas teams look ready to knock off the Jayhawks.
So what if Kansas racks up regular-season wins and Big 12 titles. Success in college hoops is now measured by NCAA Tournament wins, and that has been a shaky proposition for the Jayhawks, writes Andy Glockner.