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6Sports video: Meet KU men's basketball NCAA first round opponent

It's time to learn about the Jayhawks first round opponent, the Bradley Braves. BU plays in the Missouri Valley conference and enters with a season mark of 20-10. Jim Les' team tied for fifth in the league and took second in the MO Valley conference tournament last week in St. Louis.

6Sports video: KU basketball to tip 30th of 32 first round NCAA contests

Thirty two NCAA first round games will be played this week, starting with game number one on Thursday morning at 11:20 a.m. On the opposite end of that first round spectrum, the Kansas Jayhawks matchup with the Bradley Braves. The two will tip off in the 30th of 32 round one contests at 8:30 local time of Friday evening.

6Sports video: KU football kicks off spring practice

The KU football team is hoping to carry the momentum from last years victory in the Ft. Worth Bowl over to this season. That goal began Monday as the Jayhawks kicked off spring practice. The team practiced for two hours Monday afternoon on the fields behind the Anshutz Sports Pavilion.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawk basketball team to play in National Tournament

The Lady Jayhawk basketball team is in the process of waiting by the phone. Currently, the field of 64 for the women's NCAA tournament is being revealed. Kansas won't show up on that list, but the Jayhawks are going post season dancing. They were one of 40 teams selected for the women's national invitational tournament.

Stormy game day anecdotes

What hoops did you jump through to watch the Big 12 Championship game?

Readers share their game day/storm day stories.

Nebraska will keep Collier

Barry Collier will be retained as Nebraska's head basketball coach for at least another year, ending weeks of speculation about his status.

Gillispie emotes happily

A&M coach thrilled Aggies made field

Texas A&M waited 19 years for a trip back to the NCAA Tournament, so what was another few minutes?

Bradley fills KU's dance card

Jayhawks get No. 4 seed, trip to Auburn Hills, Mich.

In a great mood after watching his Kansas University Jayhawks beat Texas for the Big 12 Conference tournament title, coach Bill Self remained cautiously upbeat after watching the NCAA Tournament show with his players, coaches and family members Sunday in American Airlines Center.

Bradley breathes easily

KU's first foe happy to be tapped

A bubble team from a mid-major seeking an at-large bid? Cue the sweat glands.

Some locks, some shocks

No. 1 seeds ho-hum, but questionable picks plentiful

The madness was on before the first tipoff. This year's NCAA Tournament draw was a mix of power and unpredictability, with the top seeds surprising no one - and the rest of the field stirring all the debate.

Missouri Valley lands four in NCAAs

Even with a conference record-breaking number of NCAA Tournament bids, Sunday still was bittersweet for the Missouri Valley Conference.

Longhorns didn't 'tough it out'

Big 12 Conference Player of the Year P.J. Tucker won the award as much for his toughness as anything, so he knows toughness when he sees it.

Jayhawk faithful wary of Kansas' first-round foe

When the names Kansas University and Bradley University flashed on the television screen Sunday announcing the pairing for the NCAA Tournament first-round game Friday in Auburn Hills, Mich., a few muted cheers filled Henry T's Bar & Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St.

KU-Texas notebook

Jeff Hawkins wore an American Airlines Center net around his neck during his postgame interview session with reporters in a giddy winner's locker room Sunday afternoon.

No surprises for Big 12 in NCAAs

Dallas The NCAA Tournament bracket had no surprises for Big 12 Conference, only the revelation of when, where and against whom Kansas University, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M will be playing.

Keegan: Robinson helps KU up ladder

Finally, Russell Robinson encountered something on a basketball court that fills him with fear.

Diver Topol 13th at zone diving meet

Kansas University senior Casey Topol was the lone Jayhawk to compete on the final day of the NCAA Zone D Diving Regional on Sunday.

Weather delays start of spring drills

Kansas University's scheduled football practice Sunday - which was to be open to the public - was postponed after inclement weather left many of KU's athletic facilities unusable.

Jayhawks drop another dual, this time to Oklahoma State

The Kansas University women's tennis team just can't put together a complete dual.

Wild pitches deadly

No. 2 Clemson capitalizes on Czyz's wildness to hold off Jayhawks

Kansas University's baseball squad couldn't hold on thanks to two Don Czyz wild pitches, allowing No. 2-ranked Clemson to score two eighth-inning runs and prevail, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday.

KU sports facilities suffer storm damage

Three Kansas University sports venues suffered damage during Sunday morning's storm.

Wright starts, finishes

Freshman's passing, dunking dandy

Not all zone-busters roam outside the three-point semicircle waiting for the ball to be swung back around to them for open shots.

Wichita State finally headed back to tourney

After three straight NIT bids, Wichita State has its first NCAA Tournament berth in 18 years.

Tease photo

Go ahead, get down

Kansas avenges earlier loss, claims Big 12 tournament crown

Bill Self stood on the American Airlines Center court amid a sea of confetti, watching his Kansas University basketball players climb the ladder and clip cords of the net after the Jayhawks' resounding 80-68 Big 12 Conference tournament championship victory over Texas on Sunday.

Commentary: Coach has Bruins on the right track

Howland's tactics boosted UCLA to Pac-10 Conference title; Oakland regional is up next

They hugged here, they howled here, the UCLA basketball team filled Staples Center with a thunderclap of an eight-clap that shook the seats here.