Stories for April 5, 2008


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KU fans are celebrating in the streets

Fireworks are crackling over the night sky tonight as fans celebrate in the streets, on the sidewalks, inside cars and everywhere else in Lawrence.

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6News Special Video: Final Four Postgame Coverage

After KU's Final Four victory, the 6News team was on hand to bring you live updates from the celebrations in downtown Lawrence, analysis of the game, and postgame coverage from San Antonio.

Extra! Extra! Write the championship headline

So, just how would you capture the euphoria of victory - or, God forbid, the agony of defeat - in just a few words?

See you Monday: KU to face Memphis in national championship

SAN ANTONIO - So in the end, a 25-2 run which, pushed KU ahead 40-12 late in the first half, was enough. Despite a second half North Carolina rally Saturday night in San Antonio, the Jayhawks downed former coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels 84-66. KU will meet Memphis Monday night for the 2008 NCAA national championship.

KU fans anticipate Final Four frenzy

Wake up to alarm at 5:50 a.m. Check. Starbucks coffee and muffin. Check. 6:15 a.m. sit outside Buffalo Wild Wings, 1012 Mass. St., with blankets and a chair to wait for doors to open at 10:30 a.m. Check.

All my friends call me Mr. KU

On any game day if you are in Buhler Kansas and you drive down Maple street you will see the pride I have for my Jayhawks.

North Carolina at a glance

North Carolina's NCAA Tourney history

KU has had stellar go-to guys

Kansas University won the national college basketball titles in 1952 and 1988 with genuine All-America superstars hubbing their effort - Clyde Lovellette and Danny Manning.

Howland's Final Four run 'mind-boggling'

Even on a list of coaches that includes industry greats Roy Williams, John Calipari and, of course, Kansas University's Bill Self, the man of the hour at this Final Four seems to be UCLA coach Ben Howland.

Robinson puts himself last

His position, point guard, is called in basketball parlance a "1." He wears No. 3. Perhaps No. 5 would be more appropriate. If Kansas University senior Russell Robinson were to write an autobiography based on his basketball approach, he could call it, "I am Fifth."

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Jayhawks' Stewart suffers bad break

Rodrick Stewart slipped on a wet spot on the Alamodome floor as he went up to attempt an acrobatic slam dunk at the end of Kansas University's shootaround Friday afternoon. Just like that, the senior's college basketball career was over.

KU-UNC Matchups

No point guard in America is better at making his team play at a fast pace than Ty Lawson, averaging 12.8 points and 5.3 assists.

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UCLA not slouching

Bruins know Memphis means business

Kevin Love on Friday made shots from halfcourt, three-quarters court and, in what has already become a signature of UCLA's open NCAA Tournament workouts, Love launched a chest pass 94 feet and through the opposite basket.

Cal turns to Montgomery

California reportedly has turned to its biggest rival to find its new basketball coach, agreeing in principle Friday with former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery on a contract to replace the fired Ben Braun.

KU loses on walk

Kansas University closer Paul Smyth surrendered a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the ninth inning, forcing in the winning run that ended the KU baseball team's comeback bid.

Calipari, Memphis prove doubters wrong

Tigers reach Final Four despite 'flaws'

Although most coaches will tell you that they don't listen to critics, Memphis coach John Calipari admits that he has heard just about every negative thing uttered about his ballclub this season.

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Countdown to tipoff

Got a game plan? Get in the door early, be prepared for rules

Downtown Lawrence is going to be anything but business as usual for this evening's NCAA Final Four game between Kansas University and North Carolina.

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Let's get it on

Rush fired up for Final Four

Brandon Rush is a joy to be around during Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at his grandmother's house in Kansas City, Mo.

Final Four capsule

¢ Kansas vs. North Carolina¢ Memphis vs. UCLA

UCLA at a glance

UCLA's NCAA Tourney history

Ryan Wood's UNC notebook

North Carolina's Tyler Hansbrough is the star of the team, but strong attention needs to be given to guards Wayne Ellington (16.6 points per game) and Ty Lawson (12.8 ppg).

Kansas and the NCAA Tournament

Tournament records

KU relay team, hurdler advance to Texas finals

Kansas University's 400-meter relay team and hurdler Julius Jiles advanced Friday to the finals of their events at the Texas Relays.

Hansbrough bags awards

Drake's Davis named top coach

Tyler Hansbrough had a very busy Friday morning on the biggest weekend of his young basketball career.

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Cheers - not tomatoes - greet Williams

North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams wondered early Friday if he would have "37 people throw tomatoes at me" when he stepped on the court for the Tar Heels' open practice later in the day.

Commentary: Don't complain about No. 1 seeds

All right, you can't have it both ways. Either you love it when one of the little guys - a George Mason or James Madison or any school with a first and last name - sneaks into the NCAA Final Four, or you think this year's edition is how it should be.

Meier all over field

QB/WR/P set to reprise role in '08

It's a moment in time etched in history on the cover of Sports Illustrated - a perfectly floated ball into the outstretched arms of a Kansas University wide receiver as the November sunlight shines down on the Memorial Stadium field.

Tar Heels' 'Psycho T' an intense competitor

Tyler Hansbrough's favorite "Psycho T" moment came Jan. 9, when North Carolina's basketball team played UNC-Asheville. It was that night that Hansbrough, UNC's 6-foot-9 star forward, drove the lane and threw an eye-popping dunk down over 7-7 center Kenny George.

Memphis at a glance

Memphis' NCAA Tournament History

Court dates set for Brandon Rush

Kansas University junior basketball guard Brandon Rush has a Missouri court date related to a family court and child support case when the season ends.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Bill Self's attorney, Stuart Campbell of Tulsa, Okla., caused a commotion when asked by the Tulsa World if his client could become Oklahoma State's next basketball coach.

Keegan: Two KU seniors as tough as Tyler

Consider the names of some of the players who shot jumpers inside the Alamodome on Friday afternoon during their tune-up sessions for the Final Four: Mario Chalmers, Darren Collison, Chris Douglas-Roberts, Wayne Ellington, Danny Green, Ty Lawson, Kevin Love, Derrick Rose, Brandon Rush, Russell Westbrook.