Of course the story-line of today's game had to be the sophomore trio of Brandon Rush, Julian Wright and Mario Chalmers. The three super soph's recorded 56 of the 'Hawks' 88 points.
One of KU's favorite alums was on hand at the United Center today. Former Jayhawk guard and current Chicago Bull Kirk Hinrich watched his alma mater beat Kentucky today.
Here at home, the madness continues as faithful fans gathered to watched the Jayhawks face off with Kentucky.
No question KU fans all over are celebrating. Our own Mark Fagan caught up with those jolly Jayhawk fans who had a chance to watch tonight's game in person.
Two traditional powers, but only one spot in the Sweet 16. This afternoon, KU and Kentucky squared off in Chicago in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
CHICAGO - He then blocked a Ramel Bradley drive off the backboard. Bradley hit a three in the corner to follow it up. Randolph Morris gave himself 20 points with two more free throws making him 14-of-16 from the line on the night. He then scored on a short look off the glass to make it a 13-point game with 3:30 to go. He has 22 points and seven rebounds. Sherron Collins answered back with a floating two in the lane. Joe Crawford was then called for a walk in the lane, leading to another full timeout.
So, which of the blue basketball blue bloods - Kansas or Kentucky - will have luck on their side and survive their second-round matchup in Chicago, sending them into the NCAA Tournament's regionals in San Jose, Calif.?
A quick look at today's eight second-round games:
A.J. Graves can't grow any wider or taller, and the junior point guard doesn't believe Butler will ever shed its mid-major label.
Ryan Francis would have turned 20 on Saturday. He also would already be an NCAA Tournament winner after Southern California's first-round win over Arkansas, and he'd be preparing for a marquee second-round matchup against Texas.
The key was starting Dwight Perry. A mistake, you say? A bonehead move, you say, the fact that somehow Kentucky marked the wrong Perry in the pregame scorebook, thus the barely used - three appearances that failed to total a minute - walk-on Dwight Perry was forced to start in place of regular starter Bobby Perry, forced to foul as soon as the opening tip was completed just so Bobby Perry could get in the game.
Kansas University coach Bill Self was asked how difficult it was for Tubby Smith to take over for Rick Pitino at Kentucky 10 seasons ago and for Self to take over for Roy Williams at Kansas four seasons ago.
With thousands of shamrock-ensconced partiers milling around him, a bright-green Chicago River barely flowing beside him and a city alive with the Irish spirit raising pints of green beer behind him, Brandon Allen wasn't even blinking.
Darren Collison finally made the decisive steal that shot UCLA into the next round of the NCAA Tournament.
Acie Law was there when Texas A&M hit bottom, wallowing through a winless Big 12 season three years ago, often wondering if he'd made a mistake by choosing to play for the perennially underachieving Aggies.
Kentucky guard Ramel Bradley was whacked in the jaw by an elbow while defending Villanova's Curtis Sumpter on Friday. Woozy, Bradley hit the deck, regained his senses and then was helped off the basketball court at the end of Kentucky's 67-58 victory in the United Center.
Derrick Byars released five years of frustration on Washington State in the second half. He hit five three-pointers, blocked a critical shot and repeatedly kept Vanderbilt alive in a double-overtime thriller.
The Kansas University softball team used two strong pitching performances and timely big hits to sweep two games Saturday at the Capital Classic.
It wasn't as lopsided as, say, Kansas University's 150-95 pasting of Kentucky in 1989 at Allen Fieldhouse. That game was a once-in-a-lifetime, surreal experience.
Angela Haar wears a Kentucky jacket. She sports a Kentucky necklace. And she works to ensure that members of the university's expansive network of Wildcat fans can keep up with their teams on radio, television and other forms of media.
The Kansas University women's golf team improved its position by two spots Saturday, climbing to 11th place after the second round of the Betsy Rawls Invitational.
For what it's worth, which might not be enough to buy a couple of eggs from room service in this pricey town, just five Kentucky players who played in Allen Fieldhouse last season also played in the Wildcats' first-round victory against Villanova.
When Oklahoma's biggest and best player was struggling, it was the Sooners' youngest and smallest starter who pushed them through the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Erik Morrison and Justin Ellrich each delivered run-scoring hits in the top of the 11th inning as the Kansas University baseball team outlasted No. 8 Texas A&M on Saturday night for a 17-13 victory at Olsen Field.
Tradition will get what it wants. It's amazing how an intangible like that works. Kansas University and the University of Kentucky will square off today in a clash of college basketball titans. And it seems that during every possession and every practice, history is watching over each program in its own way.
A reporter reminded Kansas University's Russell Robinson that the Jayhawks not only drilled Kentucky, 73-46, last season in Allen Fieldhouse, but also stopped UK, 65-59, his freshman year in Rupp Arena in Lexington.