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The Final Four is set. USA TODAY Sports’ Scott Gleeson looks toward Saturday’s games featuring Auburn vs. Virginia and Texas Tech vs. Michigan State. USA TODAY Sports

MINNEAPOLIS — They told Matt Mooney he would be required to play defense. And when he transferred to Texas Tech, he was quickly immersed in drills, beginning, of course, with the basics: players in a semi-circle at halfcourt, squatting low and sliding this way, then that.

“Stuff you did in middle school,” Mooney says.

There were so many more, of course. Drill after drill after drill, constant reminders that this program valued defense above, well, above everything else. But maybe the moment the graduate transfer from

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