Stories for March 23, 2004


Lead stories

Jayhawks dominant in classroom

Kansas University has best graduation rates of 16 teams remaining in NCAA Tournament

Three-fourths of the men's basketball teams that have advanced to the Round of 16 in the NCAA men's basketball tournament would have been barred from this year's event because of their low graduation rates if a proposal advocated by the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics was adopted.

6Sports video: Bring on the Blazers

Kansas prepares for a crash course on Alabama-Birmingham, starting with the mascot.

6Sports video: Sweet 16 tickets talk of town

A trip to St. Louis isn't out of the question for Kansas fans wanting to see the Sweet 16, as a Lawrence business has tickets in stock.

6Sports video: Blazers run a fast brand of basketball

What UAB lacks in recognition it makes up for in entertainment value with its running full-court style of play.

6Sports video: UAB knocks out No. 1

The Jayhawks have a week to learn about their next opponents, who turned heads with a 100-point opening round performance before taking out Kentucky.

6Sports video: Kansas departs Kemper for a try at St. Louis

The Jayhawks' road to the Sweet 16 featured a game against Pacific that showed what Coach Bill Self wanted from his team.

Sweet 16 to feature upstarts, usual suspects

Madness. Sadness. And, as long as teams like Duke and Connecticut are still hanging around, a whole lot of badness. When the happy clutter of the first weekend of the NCAA men's basketball tournament was cleared, 16 teams were left to give testimony to the most surprising opening two rounds since 2000.

Swanson reading defenses, not notes

Kansas QB making plays instead of playing music

At San Diego School for Creative Performing Arts, Jason Swanson played piano, saxophone, violin, flute and clarinet. At Kansas University, Swanson only will have to play one thing well -- quarterback.

Jayhawk golf briefs

¢ Men sixth in California ¢ Women struggling

State of Alabama now a hoops hotbed

Despite football fanaticism of Deep South, Crimson Tide, Blazers in Sweet 16

There's more than spring football to talk about in the state of Alabama this week. Roundball fever has hit the deep South with both the University of Alabama and Alabama-Birmingham in the Sweet 16.

KU's road to Final Four goes through St. Louis

Jayhawks opt for bus ride to regional semifinal site

Kansas University's road to the Final Four is being traversed by bus. On Wednesday, Jayhawk basketball players and coaches will board a charter bus for the second time in as many weeks -- busing, not flying -- to St. Louis for Friday's NCAA Tournament regional semifinal matchup against Alabama-Birmingham.