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Campbell shows up in second half, Bulldogs top Monarchs

Pete Campbell was out of his zone. He found it in the nick of time. After missing all three of his shots in the first half Thursday, Campbell found his range midway through the second, hitting three 3-pointers to spark a 17-0 run and help Butler beat Old Dominion 57-46 in a first-round NCAA matchup between mid-majors.

KU football team wonders who will step up next season

After Senior Jon Cornish rushed for over 1,000 yards for the first time in over a decade last season, the team wonders who will step up this year?

Sherron Collins glad to be back in Chicago

Sherron Collins grew up in 'The Windy City' and played his prep ball just blocks away from the United Center.

Jayhawk baseball endures up-and-down week

After pummeling Penn. State by 13 two nights ago, the Jayhawks got rocked by in-state rival Wichita State last night, 18-3.

KU fans in Chicago eager for tomorrow's game

Journal-World Business Editor Mark Fagan caught up with several Jayhawk fans in Chicago and asked them for some 'editorial input.'

Odds in Jayhawks favor

Since the NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams, no #16 seed as EVER knocked off a #1 seed, leaving KU fans with history on their side.

Jayhawks looking for 'respect' after two years of first round exits

Both KU and Niagra are fighting for the same thing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament: respect.

Purple Eagles hoping to make history

While no #16 seed has ever defeated a #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Niagra Purple Eagles are still feeling very confident with their chances on beating KU.

100 to 1

Top seed hasn't lost 1st round since '85

After suffering devastating first-round exits from the NCAA Tournament the past two years, it's understandable if Kansas University basketball fans approach tonight's game with apprehension.

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Georgetown practices patience

Coach John Thompson III preaches patience at Georgetown. Jessie Sapp is a believer. The sophomore guard scored a career-high 20 points to break a shooting slump and lead the second-seeded Hoyas to an 80-55 rout over 15th-seeded Belmont in the first round of the East Regional on Thursday. Sapp had been 12-for-42 in his previous six games and had failed to reach double figures.

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Clark leads Cougars to victory

Desperate to do something after a long stint on the bench, Washington State's Kyle Weaver told himself to read Yemi Ogunoye's eyes. Ogunoye made it easy _ his inbounds pass went straight into Weaver's hands. The Cougars' star stole the ball beneath his own basket and dunked to barely beat the halftime buzzer, and Washington State rode that momentum swing right into the second round of the NCAA tournament.

90 solid seconds with...Niagara senior Clif Brown

During the NCAA Tournament, KUSports.com editor Ryan Greene will spend 90 quality seconds with a member of the team getting set to face KU. In today's episode, Ryan chats with Niagara senior forward Clif Brown, who tied a career high with 32 points in Tuesday's 77-69 opening round win over Florida A&M in Dayton, Ohio.

Stanford never finds footing

Louisville did just fine in its odd Kentucky home. Stanford seemed all too eager to flee back to the West Coast. Playing at Rupp Arena - home to archrival Kentucky - Louisville got 16 points from both Edgar Sosa and David Padgett to rout Stanford 78-58 Thursday in the opening round of the South Regional. Coach Rick Pitino's press rattled Stanford, and sixth-seeded Louisville bolted to a 41-13 lead in front of a highly partisan crowd.

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Maryland outlasts Davidson

D.J. Strawberry waited three years to get Maryland back into the NCAA tournament. His patience paid off. Strawberry, son of the former major league slugger, had 12 points and Mike Jones scored 17 to help the Terrapins hang on for an 82-70 win over Davidson on Thursday. Reserve forward Bambale Osby added 11 points and played a key role in sparking an 11-4 run that put the Terps ahead 69-63 with 7:27 remaining.

Boston College knocks out Texas Tech

Sean Marshall scored 21 points and Boston College rallied to knock Bob Knight and Texas Tech out of the NCAA tournament. Marshall had 15 points in the second half Thursday as the Eagles won 84-75 in the first round.

Jayhawks keep Niagara coach wide awake

So much for that celebration. Stretching out on a charter bus heading to Chicago on Wednesday afternoon, Niagara University's basketball players were sleeping like babies as the bus rolled through Indiana.

Shockers leave no doubts

KU baseball team hammered by in-state rivals

In five years of coaching the Kansas University baseball squad, the worst defeat Ritch Price had suffered against Wichita State was by five runs - at least until Wednesday's game at Hoglund Ballpark.

Two incidents proved intensity

Confrontations became nasty late in 1957 KU-UNC final

How heated was the competiton as Kansas and North Carolina struggled in the 1957 NCAA basketball title game in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium? The fact the game ended with a 54-53 score in Carolina's favor after a third overtime clearly reflects the intensity of the conflict. Two incidents in particular drew special attention. Regulation play ended with the scored tied at 46. Each team scored a basket in the first overtime, making it 48-all, then nobody scored in the second OT. Carolina missed four free throws in that scoreless stretch.

Celebrations planned for wee hours

TV parties sprung up for national title game; rally set to follow

It was Game Day for the Kansas basketball team on Friday, March 23, 1957; that night KU would play unbeaten North Carolina for the NCAA championship at Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. Optimism prevailed here and in Kansas City, and confident officials here declared that win or lose, there would be a rally at about 1:45 to 2 a.m. Sunday at the Memorial Union.

Regional had racial undertones

There was a semblance of calm pervading Kansas University's basketball program and its fans the week prior to the KU-North Carolina battle for the national college title in 1957, but earlier employment of the race card continued to simmer below the surface. KU officials, players and coaches refused to be drawn into a hot debate about what had happened at Dallas on March 15 and 16. But disturbed fans were still muttering after Kansas had defeated SMU and Oklahoma City to win the regional title and advance to the Final Four March 22 and 23 in Kansas City.

Jayhawks devastated by setback

Some stranger who didn't know what had just happened in Kansas City might have concluded that the Kansas University basketball team had won a second NCAA championship in Kansas City on Saturday night, March 23, 1957. A homecoming rally and dance for the Jayhawks drew more than 3,000 enthusiastic yet sympathetic people to the Memorial Union. Not many teams, victorious or vanquished, ever were serenaded by the trumpet and vocal renditions of the immortal Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong.

Still smarting after all these years

Loss to Tar Heels in '57 title game left a mark on Jayhawks

On March 23, 1957, when Spike Lee was three days old and Greg Oden supposedly wasn't born yet, a wound opened that to this day festers. On that day, in Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, an undefeated band of toughies from New York City playing for the University of North Carolina defeated sophomore Wilt Chamberlain and Kansas University, 54-53, in three overtimes.

KU fans fired up for semifinals

Across region, Jayhawk faithful made hoops hot topic

A person in Lawrence on Friday, March 22, 1957, could exert massive effort to get people to talk about something besides college basketball. But such a contrarian would have had little luck. The tremendous enthusiasm had seeped east into the ranks of Kansas City-area followers, as well. Seldom has court fever been as intense and widespread as the 23-2 Kansas Jayhawks faced the zero hour for the national college semifinal game against San Francisco in Kansas City's Municipal Auditorium. Dick Harp's Jayhawks were ready for the challenge, but so, too, were their countless fans in the region and throughout the state.

A&M's Franklin big contributor

A'Quonesia Franklin was really under the radar as a high school player. Ranked the 248th player in the country out of high school, she's 5-foot-3 and from sparsely recruited East Texas.

Fan memories of '57

Readers share their memories of the '57 game, whether they were there or not

Readers submit their memories of 1957 National Championship game between Kansas and North Carolina. Some were there, some were not, but it's apparent it left an impression on many.

Keegan: Wright a unique talent

The late Branch Rickey, considered the founder of modern baseball scouting, used to say if he saw a pitching prospect throw 49 bad curveballs and one great one, then he marked "great curveball" next to his name. If he saw another pitcher throw 50 so-so curves and no bad ones, he would scratch "so-so curveball."

Wright steps up in Wildcats' rally

Big second half keys Kansas State triumph

David Hoskins drove for the go-ahead bucket with 33 seconds left, but Akeem Wright got the game ball from coach Bob Huggins for Kansas State's 59-57 victory over Vermont on Wednesday night in the NIT.

Jayhawk fans hit the road

Rock Chalk Trailer heads to Windy City

Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Kansas Jayhawks are flocking to Chicago to see Bill Self and the boys open play Friday night in the NCAA Tournament.

His kind of town

Self OK with playing in Chicago

Bill Self hopped off the team bus at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, heavy winds blowing and light hail - yes, hail - falling from the sky in front of the Westin Michigan Avenue Hotel.

Texas Tech, B.C. seek consistency

Texas Tech beat some of the nation's top teams and made Bob Knight the winningest men's basketball coach in Division I history. Along the way, the Red Raiders also threw in a few puzzling losses.

Chicago hotel can't contain the KU March Madness

The Westin Michigan Avenue features 751 guest rooms, 23 suites and a prominent standing on Chicago's famed Magnificent Mile.

Carolina's little guys prevailed

Despite Chamberlain's giant presence, KU fell in three OTs

Most people can't envision a national collegiate basketball title game with no three-point arc, no shot clock, players in boy-cut shorts, high-top Chuck Taylor-style shoes, only two African-Americans in the action, no national television - and a fairly unheralded 5-11 kid jumping center against a 7-foor All-American. That guard not only was featured in the game's opening play but the very last one.