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Big Blue Links: Final Four links and more

Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger holds his granddaughter Avery Ciklin during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Friday, April 1, 2016, in Houston.
Oklahoma head coach Lon Kruger holds his granddaughter Avery Ciklin during a practice session for the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament Friday, April 1, 2016, in Houston. The Associated Press

Big Blue Links for Saturday:

▪ Roy Williams finds peace and sanctuary in the Final Four, reports Andrew Carter of the Charlotte Observer.

▪ Syracuse ready for bright lights, big stage at Final Four, writes Donna Ditota of the Syracuse Post-Standard.

▪ Ochefu more than the odd man out for Villanova, reports Dana O’Neil of ESPN.com.

▪ Will Oklahoma have problems shooting in a football stadium? asks Jenni Carlson of the Daily Oklahoman.

▪ How Kentucky football’s Eddie Gran found faith and perspective, reports Jennifer Smith of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Jamal Murray turns April Fool’s Day into Father’s Day, writes Jerry Tipton of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Adebayo, coach explain skipping Nike Hoops Summit, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Hot-hitting Auburn beats UK softball in series opener, reports Josh Sullivan of the Herald-Leader.

▪ Tennessee baseball rolls over Kentucky, reports H-L.

▪ Kentucky’s 1996 title wanted a 20th anniversary party in Rupp, reports the Courier-Journal.

▪ It was a special day for Jamal Murray and his father, reports Derek Terry of Cats Illustrated.

▪ Murray anxious and excited about his journey, reports Keith Taylor of KyForward.

▪ Louisville fan appears to threaten UK signee on Twitter, reports the Cats' Pause.

▪ Bret Bielema planning to work satellite camps with Big 10 if ban is lifted, reports Coachingsearch.com.

▪ Patience and grinding built Buddy Hield, writes Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News.

▪ When is cheating not really cheating? asks Mark Bradley of the AJC.

▪ Ten new defensive coordinators to watch this season, reports Matt Murschel of Orlando Sentinel.

▪ South Carolina extends Frank Martin’s contract to 2022, reports David Cloninger of The State.

▪ NCAA calls Mark Few to admit officiating error, reports College Basketball Talk.

▪ Long-time Duke athletic director Tom Butters dies, reports the Raleigh News and Observer.

NCAA FINAL FOUR

Saturday, April 2

6:09 - Oklahoma vs. Villanova (TBS)

8:49 - North Carolina vs. Syracuse (TBS)

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