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Jayhawks fly high as No. 3 seed in Midwest

First NCAA opponent: N.D. State

For the Kansas Jayhawks, the Road to the Final Four leads 480 miles to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. And plenty of fans will be joining Bill Self’s defending national champions for the ride. “Alumni always flock to wherever the team will be playing, and this year will be no different,” said Jennifer Sanner, senior vice president for the Kansas University Alumni Association.

Early Morning

Kansas’ NCAA fate: Hurry up, wait

Cole Aldrich isn’t dreaming of a triumphant return to his home state of Minnesota for the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. “I’d rather be in Kansas City,” Aldrich, Kansas University’s 6-foot-11 center, said Saturday. Most pundits believe the Jayhawks (25-7) either will open the NCAAs on Thursday at Kansas City’s Sprint Center or Friday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, which is located about 10 miles from Aldrich’s hometown of Bloomington.

Stories

KU will play North Dakota State at 11:30 a.m. Friday

Kansas will play North Dakota State at 11:30 a.m. Friday, the NCAA announced Sunday night.

Get ready for KUSports.com Bracket Contest (and an opportunity to win a 50" flat screen TV)

So KU's bracket is out and surely you've got your eye on a few upsets already, right?

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Jayhawks fly high as No. 3 seed in Midwest

First NCAA opponent: N.D. State

For the Kansas Jayhawks, the Road to the Final Four leads 480 miles to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn. And plenty of fans will be joining Bill Self’s defending national champions for the ride. “Alumni always flock to wherever the team will be playing, and this year will be no different,” said Jennifer Sanner, senior vice president for the Kansas University Alumni Association.

KU upsets ASU, 3-2

Kansas University senior Buck Afenir's RBI single with two outs in the top of the seventh broke a tie and lifted the Jayhawks baseball team to a 3-2 triumph over No. 4 Arizona State in a non-conference game Saturday evening at Surprise Stadium.

KU tennis wins

For the 31st straight time, the Kansas women's tennis team defeated Iowa State. KU won, 5-2, at the Ames Racquet and Fitness Center Saturday afternoon. KU is now 34-1 all-time vs. ISU.

Jayhawks endure tough practices

Kansas University’s basketball players paid the price at practice Friday afternoon and Saturday morning for losing Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal contest against Baylor.

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Kansas’ NCAA fate: Hurry up, wait

Cole Aldrich isn’t dreaming of a triumphant return to his home state of Minnesota for the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. “I’d rather be in Kansas City,” Aldrich, Kansas University’s 6-foot-11 center, said Saturday. Most pundits believe the Jayhawks (25-7) either will open the NCAAs on Thursday at Kansas City’s Sprint Center or Friday at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, which is located about 10 miles from Aldrich’s hometown of Bloomington.

Big 12 logjam madness

Surely, the term March Madness originated when NCAA Tournament selection committee members tried to sort out seeds for three college basketball schools with such equal resumes as the Big 12’s best teams. They twisted the numbers this way and that until they reached the brink of madness, and then they settled it with rocks, paper, scissors, and the term March Madness was born.

Picking field not easy

Picking the 65-team field for the NCAA Tournament is never easy, and this year is no exception.

KU divers advance

The Kansas University diving team competed in the one-meter event Saturday at the NCAA Zone Diving meet in Columbia, Mo.

Tourney tickets plentiful this year

Bob Donohoe had not even considered trying to get tickets to this year’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament. Those are usually handed down like family heirlooms.