CNNSI's Stewart Mandel has revised his Final Four picks to match my own (sorry man -- too late), and he also has this to say:
"They might as well rename next weekend's Midwest Regional the Kansas Invitational."
Indeed, just to add to Chris's list of parallels between 1988 and 2008, KU's path to the Final Four has been cleared by a number of upsets, with Georgetown, Clemson, and Vandy going down last weekend (and I won't be shocked if Wisconsin now follows suit). In 1988 we also didn't have to face any high seeds until the last weekend.
Anyone worried about 'Nova might take some comfort in the CBS Sportsline breakdown of the matchup. 'Nova is a good team from a great conference, and has an NBA player in Scottie Reynolds (who de-committed from OU after Sampson left), but they have no seniors, they have a negative assist-to-turnover ratio, and in fact trail the 'Hawks in every statistical category except (of course) free throws.
Looking ahead to the round of eight is a bit more worrying, but there's no question this regional is KU's to lose.
Seth Davis also picks Kansas in the Midwest AND bats around some Self-to-OSU rumors -- God help us...