Kansas, Purdue understand value of defense


Kansas coach Bill Self and Purdue's Matt Painter understand the value of defense, particularly this time of year.

Particularly when longshots start toppling Final Four contenders.

The Jayhawks and Boilermakers each saw No. 15 Norfolk State's dramatic win over Missouri on Friday, when the Tigers' inability to get a stop cost them dearly.

It gave Self and Painter yet another reason to harp on defense before their teams meet Sunday in the third round of the Midwest Regional.

Painter says: "There are going to be two or three games where your shots don't go in. It comes down to whether you can still grind it and win those games."

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