Stories for March 23, 2008


Lead stories

Ellington helps North Carolina rout Arkansas 108-77

North Carolina made everything look easy in its first two NCAA tournament games, from running out to big early leads to cracking the 100-point mark with plenty of time left on the clock. The only people who don't sound all that impressed are, well, those same Tar Heels.

Pitino, Louisville rush into next round

Louisville got so revved up, Rick Pitino settled down. No need for the Cardinals coach to shout, stomp his foot or stalk the sideline. He simply watched and enjoyed the show Sunday while his team played to near-perfection, romping past Oklahoma 78-48 in the second round of the East Regional.

Dorsey key to Memphis' 77-74 win over Mississippi State

Everyone knows Memphis can crank up the tempo and play a fast-paced game. But if someone wants to get down and dirty? Well, the Tigers can slog it out with the best of 'em, too.

Lee carries W. Ky. to round of 16 with 72-63 win over San Diego

Western Kentucky blew another big lead, then responded with another clutch performance. Behind Courtney Lee's dazzling array of shots early and his free throws late, the 12th-seeded Hilltoppers advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in 15 years with a 72-63 victory over No. 13 San Diego on Sunday.

Davidson's comeback stuns Georgetown

Stephen Curry looked tired. His soft, feathery shot was clanging off the rim. The slender, baby-faced sophomore seemed to be just another in a long line of stars bottled up by Georgetown's ferocious defense. Davidson's run was certainly over. A good season was coming to a fitting end against one of college basketball's elite programs. Then, as quick as Curry can get off a turnaround 3-pointer, the Wildcats staged a comeback.

Smith's free throws help Vols ice Butler in OT, 76-71

The Tennessee Volunteers scrapped, pounded and grabbed. They also survived. No coincidence in that. The second-seeded Vols mostly ditched the glamorous 3-pointer and got physical in Sunday's second-round, moving on with a 76-71 overtime victory over Butler.

6Sports video: Jayhawks advance to Sweet 16

The Kansas Jayhawks move on to the Sweet 16 for the second year in a row. DJ Whetter has more on the Jayhawks' win over UNLV in Omaha.

Abrams shoots Texas to 75-72 win over Miami in second round

After 75 minutes of smooth shooting, poised ball-handling and a quiet crowd of Longhorn-haters in Arkansas, Texas nearly let its entire season slip away.

Wildcats cruise into date with KU

The hardest part for Villanova was getting into the NCAA tournament. The Wildcats have always known they have what it takes to stick around for a while. Scottie Reynolds scored 25 points and Corey Stokes added 20 Sunday, helping the 12th-seeded Wildcats reach the round of 16 for the third time in four years with an 84-72 victory over tiny Siena.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 75, UNLV 56

Tying up loose ends from the Jayhawks' grind-it-out second round win over UNLV, in which KU held the Rebels to 12-of-45 shooting in a foul-ridden game. Offensively, KU was pulled along late by Russell Robinson and Sherron Collins, lifting KU to its second straight Sweet 16 appearance.

Wildcats feel like underdogs

Villanova, Siena meet today; winner to face KU

The cozy feeling Villanova has heading into its second-round NCAA Tournament game against tiny Siena has nothing to do with overconfidence.

Rain cancels double dip vs. Northwestern

Due to rain in the Bradenton, Fla. area, the Jayhawks canceled their doubleheader with Northwestern on Saturday.

KU signee shines in final contest

Little leads Chipola (Fla.) to 7th place at NJCAA tournament

Mario Little was not about to finish his career at Chipola (Fla.) College with a mediocre performance in the seventh-place game of the NJCAA Men's Division I National Championship on Saturday.

Fouls both good, bad for Rebels

UNLV scores 27 from stripe, but two players foul out

The officials may have been out of breath. Whistling 46 fouls in 40 minutes of basketball is a good workout of the lungs. In the end, it helped - and hurt - Nevada-Las Vegas in a 75-56 loss to Kansas University in the NCAA Tournament's second round.

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KU fans bounce around ways to fill their basketball brackets

Strategies for filling out an NCAA basketball bracket are about as diverse as the teams playing in the tournament and the fans who love them. Random picks, height, coaches, Big 12 loyalties and luck make for a March Madness blend that frustrates, excites and unites fans across the country.

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How sweet it is!

Robinson sparks Kansas past Rebs

Russell Robinson whispered in the ear of his backcourt buddy, Sherron Collins, as Kansas University's dynamic duo headed to the podium Saturday in a chilly Qwest Center interview room. "I was telling Sherron, 'I needed this game,''' Robinson said after breaking out of a personal scoring slump, and, along with Collins, pretty much saving the day in No. 1-seeded KU's 75-56 second-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over No. 8-seed UNLV.

Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University senior Rodrick Stewart, who had complained of a sore throat Friday, was unable to attend Saturday's KU-UNLV game. Saddled with a tonsillitis, Stewart watched the game at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

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Motown bound!

Jayhawks secure Sweet 16 spot on march to Final Four

It's time for Motown. Kansas University's men's basketball team secured its slot in the Sweet 16 on Saturday, outlasting Nevada-Las Vegas, 75-56, in the NCAA Tournament's second round.

Keegan: Self knows his stuff

One week from today, in the event Kansas fifth-year basketball coach Bill Self takes scissors to nylon in Detroit and moves onto his first Final Four, much will be made of him breaking into the ranks of elite coaches for finally getting past the Elite Eight.

Foul shots seal deal for Iowa St.

Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma State enjoy easy victories

MaChelle Joseph and Jacqua Williams saw a clean steal. The official saw a foul.

Commentary: One-and done freshmen bad idea

If freshmen are the story of college basketball this season, then it's a short story. Indiana's Eric Gordon, Memphis' Derrick Rose, USC's O.J. Mayo, Kansas State's Michael Beasley and UCLA's Kevin Love arguably were among the 10 most popular players in the nation.

Jayhawks trying to shake off rust

Danielle McCray feels like it's mid-October all over again. "It seems like we're getting ready for a whole new season," McCray said. "It's like we're starting from scratch."

KU golfers move up three spots to 11th

Freshmen Brad Hopfinger and Nate Barbee fired a pair of 68s to lead the Kansas University men's golf team during the second round of the Ron Moore Invitational.

KU softball blanked

After losing a 3-2 decision on a walk-off single in Friday's conference opener against 11th-ranked Oklahoma, the Kansas University softball team fell, 8-0 in six innings on Saturday.

Self, KU having a ball

Pinned against a Qwest Center wall with two dozen print, TV, radio and Internet reporters in his face, Bill Self did not feel like a man facing a firing squad.

Herrmann improves KU breaststroke record

Kansas junior Danielle Herrmann improved her KU all-time 100-yard breaststroke mark in NCAA Swimming and Diving action Friday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State University campus.