Stories for March 15, 2008


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Extra Minutes: Kansas 77, Texas A&M 71

Tying up loose ends from KU's Big 12 Tournament semifinal win over Texas A&M. In the 77-71 triumph, Brandon Rush's career-high 28 points on 9-of-13 points may have marked the best single game performance by a Jayhawk this season.

KU survives another Sprint Center scare, ousts A&M, 77-71 in semis

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It may sound redundant, but here it goes ... KU started slow in the Sprint Center, using an early second half run to build a lead it wouldn't relinquish, advancing in Big 12 Tournament play. It was the case Friday night in a 64-54 win over Nebraska, and was again Saturday in a 77-71 semifinal triumph over pesky Texas A&M, giving KU its 30th win of the season and a berth in Sunday's title game against Texas, who earlier knocked off Oklahoma, 77-49. It marks the third straight year the league's tournament will end with a KU-UT showdown. KU won each of the past two years.

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UT survives scare

Cowboys take 'Horns to wire again

D.J. Augustin wiped out Oklahoma State's halftime lead with a single shot. A few minutes later the quick and crafty point guard had obliterated all of the Cowboys' hard-earned momentum and put No. 6 Texas on the road to a 66-59 victory Friday in the Big 12 tournament.

Storm rips Georgia Dome

SEC considering rare doubleheader

A severe storm ripped away two panels in the side of the Georgia Dome during the Southeastern Conference tournament, sending debris tumbling from the ceiling, halting the Alabama-Mississippi State game and prompting fans to flee for the exits.

Arthur nonfactor

Sophomore takes just four shots

Darrell Arthur's a man. He's (almost) 20. That's why 22-year-old Kansas University junior guard Brandon Rush won't get after the sophomore forward following Arthur's six-point performance on just 1-of-4 shooting in a 64-54 escape from Nebraska's first-half grasp in the first round of the Big 12 tournament on Friday at Sprint Center.

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Red scare

KU forced to rally past Cornhuskers

Maybe it's because Kansas University's basketball players had pummeled Nebraska by 35 points at home and 21 on the road this season and expected to pound NU again without breaking a sweat.

Keegan: Big 12 merely so-so

From where I'm sitting, the Big 12 looks like a four-bid league. Then again, I would need a significant upgrade to sniff the Bob Uecker seats on press row at the Sprint Center, a brand-new facility that best could be summed up in two words: nothing special.

KU basketball notebook

Kansas University and Texas A&M will meet today for the second time in eight days. The Jayhawks stopped the Aggies, 72-55, a week ago today in College Station, Texas.

Rice coach dismissed

Longtime Rice coach Willis Wilson was fired Friday, two days after the Owls finished 3-27 overall and 0-16 in Conference USA.

LSU rewards Miles

LSU will make Les Miles the highest-paid head football coach in the Southeastern Conference under a renegotiated five-year contract agreement signed Friday.

Colorado player arrested

Police in Boulder say they have arrested University of Colorado football player Lynn Katoa for investigation of second-degree assault on another CU student.

Dagunduro sharp early, but Huskers 'wore down'

Nebraska guard Ade Dagunduro floated through the air and finished a wicked one-handed putback with 37 seconds left Friday.

Vols, Bruins withstand upset bids, posture for top seeds

Tennessee hardly looked like a No. 1 seed, and South Carolina sure didn't resemble the team that lost by 33 points to the Volunteers less than a week ago.

Longhorns hold off KU baseball

Ryne Price hit a pair of solo home runs, but Kansas University's baseball team couldn't upset Texas on Friday.

Anderson places second at indoor championships

Kansas University's Nickesha Anderson finished second in the women's 200 meters with the world's second-fastest time at day one of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

CU sweeps KU tennis

After winning two matches against ranked opponents last week, Kansas University's tennis team suffered a setback at Colorado, 7-0, Friday afternoon.

Chapple hits four homers

Junior Val Chapple collected four home runs and 10 RBIs as Kansas University's softball team swept Buffalo in a doubleheader Friday at the Kansas Invitational.

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Jayhawks driven by success

Following its most successful season in school history, Kansas University's football team could allow complacency to set in with its place in the record books secure.

Weary Aggies to face KU in semis

With roughly 16 hours between games, Texas A&M men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon won't have a whole lot to say to his team about Kansas University.