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Life at the Final Four: More than basketball

Posted: 10:52 PM, Mar 29, 2018
Updated: 2018-03-29 23:52:59-04

SAN ANTONIO -- Every young basketball player wants to get there: the Final Four. But once teams do, they quickly realize its much more than basketball.

Teams go through hours of media obligations for the two days prior to the games.

"You got to take all the people reaching out and all the media and everything, including the social media and you got to put it in one area," said Johnson County native and Loyola-Chicago senior guard Ben Richardson.

But despite it all, the players are happy to go through it. They just know they have to stay focused on the task at hand — winning a national championship.

"Just to get to this point, it's really a blessing, but you have to try to keep getting better these next couple of days," said Villanova junior guard Jalen Brunson.

The games tip off Saturday at 5:09 pm CT with Loyola-Chicago and Michigan. Kansas and Villanova follow at approximately 7:49 pm CT.