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On January 21, 2011, 20-year old Kansas Jayhawks forward Thomas Robinson became an orphan after his mother, Lisa, died of a heart attack at age 43.
Now, Robinson had no choice, but to play his sophomore year wrought by personal tragedy, after the All-American had lost his grandmother, his grandfather, and his mother all within three weeks of each other.
It would’ve come as no surprise if basketball was now irrelevant for Robinson. But instead, defined by a personal tragedy, Robinson has become one of the best players in the nation, and will be the best player on the court Monday night.
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I was thinking they may have shown up late for the game like the team, but alas they did not.
Barely half of their section was filled, as you can see. Not sure why. This is a blueblood program playing in the National Title game and in New Orleans of all places! Oh well, would have been a long sad trip back to Kansas.
Kansas' Bill Self has been named the 2012 Naismith Men's College Basketball Coach of the Year, the school announced on Sunday.
"Bill has done a remarkable coaching job this season and deserves all the accolades that come his way," said Eric Oberman, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, which presents the honor. "There's always something special...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Same story, new night for Kansas. The team that's been teetering on the edge of the tournament since before it even began is now one of the last two left.
Tyshawn Taylor made two big free throws late, and Thomas Robinson finished with 19 points and eight rebounds Saturday night to lift the Jayhawks to a come-from-behind 64-62 win over Ohio State in the Final...
In the biggest battle of big men we’ve seen all tournament, Thomas Robinson of Kansas came out on top and was able to lead the Jayhawks to a 64-62 win over Ohio State. Robinson and the rest of the Kansas big men were able to stifle Jared Sullinger in the second half and hold him to 5 of 19 shooting from the floor and only 13 points. In addition to helping stop Sullinger, Robinson...
The 2011-2012 Kansas Jayhawks might not be Bill Self's best team. They're not his most talented or his deepest. But they might be the truest embodiment of his philosophy, thanks to a defense that at times resembles nothing so much as an active bear trap and a simple refusal to lose - much less panic - when everything is on the line.
NEW ORLEANS — Since his lost to Kentucky in mid-November in New York, Kansas coach Bill Self knows what lies ahead for his team in Monday's national championship game.
NEW ORLEANS - The Atlanta Tipoff Club gives its voters plenty of time to determine its award winners in college basketball. That might have paid off for Kansas coach Bill Self, who was named the Naismith Coach of the Year on Sunday.
Kansas coach Bill Self: "They got pros, all that stuff. But I think we got good players, too."
Anthony Davis was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Doron Lamb, along with Thomas Robinson and Tyshawn Taylor of Kansas.
Jayhawks or Wildcats, take your pick. Either can make a case for this being ''their'' year.
For Kansas, a season that started with low expectations keeps getting better, filled with high-wire comebacks and a feeling this is simply meant to be.
For Kentucky, a cadre of NBA-caliber players have had the word ''champion'' practically imprinted on their...