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Minneapolis it is

Jayhawks land No. 3 seed in Midwest

Cole Aldrich’s cell phone started ringing in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse late Sunday afternoon — just seconds after CBS-TV revealed that Kansas University’s basketball team would be playing North Dakota State at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Metrodome, located in Aldrich’s beloved home state of Minnesota.

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KU women will get first-round bye in WNIT

The Kansas women's basketball team will meet the winner of Saturday's Creighton-UC Riverside game at 7 p.m. Monday at Allen Fieldhouse in the WNIT

Collins named second-team All-America by USBWA

Kansas guard Sherron Collins was named second-team All-America by the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Kansas moves to No. 13 in latest ESPN poll, No. 14 in AP

With a loss to Baylor in the opening round of the Big 12 Tournament, the Kansas Jayhawks fell from No. 11 to No. 13 in the latest coaches' poll out Monday afternoon.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Kansas University basketball fans may need to drive to Minneapolis in droves if the Jayhawk faithful are to rival North Dakota State’s legion of fans in Friday’s 11:30 a.m. NCAA opener at the Metrodome. It’s a 31⁄2-hour drive from Fargo, N.D., home of N.D. State, to the Metrodome. It’s about a seven-hour drive from Lawrence.

Analyzing the tournament, region by region

This could be renamed the Top-Heavy Region. With No. 1 seed Connecticut and second-seed Memphis, the power rests square at the top of the West Region. For UConn, there’s an encouraging precedent. In both of the Huskies’ national championship seasons, they came out of the West to win.

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Former Kansas AD fondly recalls process

Frederick: Serving on committee ‘highlight of my professional career’

Bob Frederick knew the NCAA Tournament selection committee couldn’t please everyone after it revealed the men’s basketball bracket Sunday night. He probably knows better than anyone. Frederick, Kansas University’s athletic director from 1987-2001, served as chairman of the NCAA selection committee in 1995 and 1996.

Kansas baseball falls, 12-10

Robby Price and Tony Thompson each had three hits, and senior Nick Faunce hit a grand slam to help Kansas University nearly erase an eight-run deficit, but the Jayhawks ultimately suffered a 12-10 setback to No. 4-ranked Arizona State in nonconference baseball on Sunday.

KU diver qualifies for NCAAs

Erin Mertz placed seventh on the platform at the NCAA Zone D Diving Championships.

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Minneapolis it is

Jayhawks land No. 3 seed in Midwest

Cole Aldrich’s cell phone started ringing in the Naismith Room of Allen Fieldhouse late Sunday afternoon — just seconds after CBS-TV revealed that Kansas University’s basketball team would be playing North Dakota State at 11:30 a.m. Friday in the Metrodome, located in Aldrich’s beloved home state of Minnesota.

Bears topple A&M for second Big 12 women's title

With her knee mangled and just starting to heal, there was nothing Jhasmin Player could do but watch as Baylor struggled its way to a short-lived postseason a year ago.

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Big East snares record three No. 1 seeds

Built for basketball, the Big East is a big hit in March yet again. Louisville, Pittsburgh and Connecticut helped the league that was created decades ago for hoops become the first conference to earn three No. 1 seeds in the NCAA Tournament.

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Bison’s decision paying off

The success or failure of a college basketball team sometimes can hinge on a single decision, and in months leading up to the 2004-05 season, a group of North Dakota State coaches made one that eventually would prove to be as important as any other in the program’s history.

Kansas has no chance

If we’ve learned anything about this Kansas University basketball team, it’s that it plays its best basketball when it has an edge to it, when it feels slighted about something, real or imagined. The team that can say to itself, “Nobody believes in us,” always has the intangible factor in its favor.