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FINAL: Bison have no answer for Aldrich in KU's 84-74 victory; Jayhawks to meet Dayton Flyers Sunday afternoon

Cole Aldrich posted 23 points and 13 rebounds in the Jayhawks' first-round victory.

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Hughes comes up big in Badgers' 61-59 win over FSU

Trevon Hughes had no problem getting his nose dirty, especially with a payoff like this. After spending all night doing the grunt work on defense, the Wisconsin guard got to play a more glamorous role at the end. He got to take the crazy, spinning, highlight-reel bank shot with 2 seconds left in overtime and the season on the line.

Michigan State overpowers Robert Morris, 77-62

When Michigan State arrived in Minneapolis for the NCAA tournament, Raymar Morgan said he was ready to "show the world what they have been missing for a while." Those who watched the Spartans' dominating victory over Robert Morris in the first round on Friday night got a pretty good glimpse of what Morgan and the rest of the Spartans can do when they are healthy.

Cleveland St shocks Wake Forest 84-69

The Cleveland State Vikings remain unbeaten in first-round NCAA tournament games. They've played two of them, 23 years apart, and notched two upsets. The latest victim: one-time top-ranked Wake Forest.

Siena beats Ohio State in double overtime, 74-72

Siena strikes again. Ronald Moore hit a 3-pointer with 3.9 seconds left in the second overtime — from the identical spot he made one at the end of the first OT — as the Saints beat eighth-seeded Ohio State 74-72 on Friday night in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

KU Alumni Association to host pep rally

The KU Alumni Association will host a pep rally in Minneapolis on Sunday for the Jayhawks.

Xavier rolls over Portland State, 77-59

Xavier countered Portland State's usual barrage of 3-pointers with a much more efficient attack. The Musketeers shot 54 percent from the field and were 8-for-19 from 3-point range while rolling past Portland State 77-59 Friday in the opening round of the East Regional.

Wise gets 21 in 2nd half, Arizona beats Utah 84-71

Nic Wise held an ice pack to his lip. Chase Budinger had one on his left shin. Jordan Hill's was strapped atop his left ankle. Arizona's three stars may have been bruised — but not beaten. And so much for that notion the Wildcats didn't belong in the NCAA tournament.

Gibson's 10-for-10 sends USC past BC 72-55

In Southern California, good looks mean a lot. Well, Taj Gibson was a perfect 10 for the Trojans, and way out of Boston College's league. Gibson had 24 points on 10-for-10 shooting from the field, sending the 10th-seeded Trojans to a 72-55 victory over Boston College in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

No. 1 Louisville beats Morehead St., 74-54

Go ahead, Louisville. Dance away for yet another day. The NCAA tournament's top team pulled off a few dance moves at midcourt during warmups Friday, then stumbled through a few early missteps. Louisville's full-court press — the thing that makes the Cardinals so dangerous — took over in the second half, setting up a 74-54 victory over Morehead State that completed 25 years of perfection by No. 1 seeds.

KU baseball knocks off No. 1 Texas, 5-4

Considering that the Kansas University baseball team had dropped four of its past five heading into a three-game series with Texas, and considering that Texas happens to be the nation’s No. 1 team according to Baseball America, Friday’s series-opening matchup with the Longhorns at Hoglund Ballpark didn’t exactly look a recipe for success.

KU overcomes 'best guard we've played' in advancing to second round

For every blue shirt in the Metrodome there were about 10 gold ones in what felt like a road game Friday for No. 3 seed Kansas University and a home one for No. 14 seed North Dakota State University.

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Sloppy Pitt survives ETSU, 72-62

Pittsburgh had an ugly — and scary — first game as a No. 1. Pitt's massive center DeJuan Blair bullied his way inside for 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Panthers, playing their first game as a top seed in the NCAA tournament, survived a frightful 40 minutes from No. 16 seed East Tennessee State and advanced with a 72-62 win on Friday in the East Regional.

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Wright, Dayton fly past West Virginia 68-60

Dayton is haunted by Bob Huggins no longer. Chris Wright scored a career-high 27 points to lead the 11th-seeded Flyers to a 68-60 win over sixth-seeded West Virginia on Friday in the Midwest Regional, their first victory in the NCAA tournament in 19 years.

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Strong second half lifts Mizzou over Cornell 78-59

Once Missouri started moving, the buckets started falling for DeMarre Carroll and the rest of the Tigers. Carroll, the coach's nephew, scored all but two of his 13 points in the second half Friday to help third-seeded Missouri pull away from Cornell for a 78-59 victory in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Working fans manage (mostly) to watch KU victory on the job

While many Lawrence residents headed to their favorite bar or restaurant to watch Kansas University play North Dakota State Friday morning, it was business as usual for those who had to work.

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Harden's lone basket helps ASU beat Temple 66-57

James Harden made only one field goal Friday for Arizona State, and it was a big one. The Sun Devils' scoring leader struggled most of the game but sank a 3-pointer with 4:02 left to help hold off Temple, and Arizona State won 66-57 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

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Marquette holds off Utah State in first round

Lazar Hayward scored 26 points and Marquette made 10 straight free throws down the stretch to hold off Utah State 58-57 Friday in the first round of the West Regional. The Golden Eagles blew a 14-point lead, then rallied from a six-point deficit to win.

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Eaton's shot leads Oklahoma St. over Tennessee

Looking at the thicket of bodies clogging the middle of the floor, Oklahoma State's Byron Eaton wasn't sure how he'd create his final shot. So, he kept dribbling. Stunningly, after 40 minutes of give-no-ground basketball, everything opened up right in front of him.

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Syracuse rolls over Stephen F. Austin 59-44

Jonny Flynn and Paul Harris stood in the Syracuse locker room before tip-off, imploring teammates to dash Stephen F. Austin's upset hopes before they could even begin. As usual, the Orange listened to their leaders — then went out and won their first NCAA tournament game in exactly five years.

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Commissioner: Proposal to rename Missouri Street ‘petty and childish’

Highberger says Don Fambrough should be honored in another way

There’s just something about Missouri that puts everybody on edge here. City commissioners on Tuesday will take up a proposal to change the name of a portion of Missouri Street to Fambrough Drive, in honor of former Kansas University football coach and eternal Missouri hater Don Fambrough.

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FINAL: Bison have no answer for Aldrich in KU's 84-74 victory; Jayhawks to meet Dayton Flyers Sunday afternoon

Cole Aldrich posted 23 points and 13 rebounds in the Jayhawks' first-round victory.

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Aldrich has fond memories of Metrodome

A batch of reporters from Cole Aldrich’s home state of Minnesota huddled in front of, and to the side of, the 6-foot-11 Kansas University center, who was seated comfortably Thursday afternoon in the Minnesota Twins’ spacious locker room.

Bison players look up to Boschee

Former Jayhawk shooting guard admired in his native North Dakota

North Dakota State center Lucas Moormann had to smile when talking about the jersey he wore 10 years ago in his hometown of Dickinson, N.D.

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Time to dance

Jayhawks’ younger players nervous for tourney debut

Sherron Collins remembers being frozen in fear before his first NCAA Tournament game. “My palms were sweaty. I could hardly grip the ball,” Collins, Kansas University’s junior point guard, said of his emotions before KU’s 107-67 victory over Niagara on March 16, 2007, in his hometown of Chicago.

Tourney thrilling in Vegas

There’s a place where seeds don’t matter nearly as much as scores, and “madness” isn’t nearly strong enough to describe the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament experience.

Cavaliers recall Jackson

The Cleveland Cavaliers recalled rookie forward Darnell Jackson from Erie of the NBA Development League on Thursday. Jackson, a Kansas University product, has averaged just 1.0 point and 1.2 rebounds in 37 games for the Cavaliers.

KU golfers in sixth at Desert Shootout

Two top-20 performances by Jayhawk golfers helped the Kansas University men’s golf team shoot a 282 on Thursday to finish in sixth place after day one at the Desert Shootout.

KU's Mertz seventh in NCAA diving

Kansas University sophomore Erin Mertz earned All-American status with her seventh-place finish on the one-meter board Thursday night at the NCAA swimming and diving championships. Mertz scored 298.40 points.

NDSU’s Woodside not all that different from Collins

One point guard came from the same playgrounds of Chicago where so many college basketball superstars battled. Everybody wanted him to sign on the dotted line. The other came from Albert Lea, Minn., where the lake freezes over and it seems as if stress is on a permanent vacation. His only Div. I scholarship offers came from South Dakota State and North Dakota State.

Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Kansas University junior guard Sherron Collins today will be matched against N.D. State guard Ben Woodside, a 5-foot-11 senior who averages 22.8 points and 6.3 assists a game.