Their triumph was the culmination of a demanding regular season and a hard-fought March run. After the what-ifs of 2020 and a disappointing exit in 2021, Bill Self’s squad made their intentions known with wins over Texas Tech and Creighton. Anchored by senior Ochai Agbaji and energized by Remy Martin, they knocked off Providence and then Miami to punch their ticket to a thrilling Final Four matchup against Villanova.
Load the Wagon is a celebration of this historic college basketball season, featuring insightful, probing coverage from The Athletic alongside stunning photography, documenting the Jayhawks’ remarkable run all the way up to the ultimate celebration in New Orleans.
This commemorative edition also includes in-depth profiles of Self, Agbaji, Martin and Christian Braun, plus an essential retrospective on the unforgettable 1997 KU team featuring Paul Pierce and Roy Williams.
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Table of Contents
Introduction Brendan Quinn 4
NCAA Semifinal vs. Villanova CJ Moore 8
National Championship vs. North Carolina CJ Moore 14
'He Worked So Hard for This' Dana O'Neil 26
At the Start CJ Moore 32
Bill Self CJ Moore 40
Banner Day CJ Moore 46
Christian Braun CJ Moore 50
Ochai Agbaji CJ Moore 58
Senior Day vs. Texas CJ Moore 66
For the Love of the Game Eamonn Brennan 70
Big 12 Tournament Championship vs. Texas Tech CJ Moore 78
'I've Never Seen a Whole Team Cry' CJ Moore 82
NCAA Tournament Second Round vs. Creighton CJ Moore 96
Remy Martin CJ Moore 102
Sweet 16 vs. Providence CJ Moore 110
Elite Eight vs. Miami CJ Moore 116
The Avengers Brian Hamilton 122