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Kansas, Villanova seek return to Final Four

Kansas, Villanova seek return to Final Four

Though the NCAA Tournament is something of a spring ritual for Kansas and Villanova, their recent visits have been cut short.

So Saturday night's Elite Eight appearance might have a new feel to it for both schools.

Kansas, the tournament's No. 1 overall seed, is making its first Elite Eight appearance since 2012, when the Jayhawks reached the NCAA championship game before losing to Kentucky. Second-seeded Villanova hasn't played in a regional final since 2009, when the Wildcats reached the Final Four.

As different as this extended stay might feel, both teams believe they are here because of experience and lessons learned from previous disappointments. They have been so...