You have to show up ready to play.
In retrospect I think Bill Self (Kansas coach) picked up on something about the 07-08 Tar Heels that was hiding in plain sight. They start slow. I can remember a number of games this season where the opponent got out to an early lead.
So, what do you do? Hit them in the soft spot, spend the first three minutes playing like it was the last three minutes, get out to a good early lead, see how far you can push it.
It was 40-12 with 7:32 left in the first half.
How do you explain that? You can't. I'm sure it shocked Kansas fans only a little less than it shocked Tar Heel fans. I'm still shocked.
Kansas deserves to be there.