OMAHA, Neb. -- Bill Self knows better than most that matchups dictate success in the NCAA tournament.
The coach of second-seeded Kansas led his team to the top line of the bracket the past two seasons, only to run into mid-major wonders -- Northern Iowa as the top overall seed two years ago and VCU last season -- that created agonizing matchup problems for the Jayhawks.
Well, Kansas appears to have the matchup advantage this time.
His name is Thomas Robinson.
The bruising 6-foot-8 forward is on the short list for every national player of the year award. He averages a double-double every time he steps on the floor, and he's been at his best against ranked opponents, averaging nearly 20 points and better than 12 rebounds.
In short, he's a nightmare for Ray McCallum.
"They have a guy who may be the player of the year," the Detroit coach said.
It will be up to McCallum to figure out a way to slow down Robinson when the No. 15 seed Titans meet the Jayhawks in the second round of t...