Ballard travels to San Antonio to watch former team in Final Four

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas (WIBW) -- Brett Ballard is no stranger to the Final Four.

As a player under Roy Williams, Ballard was part of the Kansas team that played in the 2002 Final Four.

"We played Maryland who had been in the Final Four the year before," Ballard said during KU's open practice Friday at the Alamodome. "I thought that it was a huge advantage for them going through the hoopla of that the year before."

Ballard understands how difficult the week leading up to the Final Four games can be. He was on Bill Self's coaching staff during KU's run to the national title in 2008.

"I think for the coaches, you try to balance your guys enjoying the experience of being at the Final Four, but also knowing you’re on a business trip."

Ballard didn't travel to San Antonio solely to watch KU play. There's also a clinic for basketball coaches, bringing in people from all over the country.

He acknowledges that he'll have some fun during the trip, but he's also thinking about his Ichabods.

"I’m scouting [Kansas]," he said during the team's practice. "We play them in the first game next year. I’m here getting the scouting report on those guys."

"What I’m hoping will happen is they win the national championship, right? We play them the first game of the year next year in Allen Fieldhouse, they drop the banner, they’re distracted by that," he said with a smile.

Kansas plays Villanova in the Final Four on Saturday.