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’Dome wreckers

Aldrich, Collins lift KU

Bill Self congratulated his Kansas University basketball players as they filed into a Metrodome locker room after Friday’s hard-earned, 84-74, first-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over North Dakota State. “Great road win. Great road win,” Self, KU’s sixth-year coach, said.

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Gonzaga defeats Western Kentucky on last-second shot

Gonzaga's rowdy celebration spilled into the locker room, where the team watched a replay of freshman Demetri Goodson's game-winner and got to cheer again and again.

Henderson leads Duke past Texas

Jon Scheyer was falling out of bounds when he made a heady play to keep one loose ball alive. David McClure tipped another one to a teammate to deny Texas a last chance.

Tar Heels beat Tigers

No one has ever doubted Ty Lawson's talent, speed or ability to take over a game for North Carolina. Maybe now Lawson won't hear so many questions about whether he's tough enough, too.

Griffin, Oklahoma overpower Michigan, 73-63

Michigan bumped Blake Griffin around, knocked him to the floor, even bloodied his nose. There were no wrestling takedowns, but the Wolverines still gave it to him pretty good. Nothing worked.

Purdue outlasts Washington

Purdue was teetering. Desperate Washington was roaring back. The Huskies' close-to-home crowd was screaming. And the stifling intensity that makes the NCAA tournament so popular blanketed the court.

Evans leads Memphis to easy 89-70 win over Terps

Memphis' Antonio Anderson said the Tigers had never paid attention to what Vasquez said. "We're in Conference USA and love it," he said. "That's our conference, and we represent for the rest of the teams who didn't make the tournament."

Calhoun, UConn beat Texas A&M 92-66

Jim Calhoun returned to his regular seat on the bench and led Connecticut to a familiar spot in the round of 16. A.J. Price scored 27 points, Jeff Adrien had 23 and Connecticut dominated Texas A&M from the opening tip in a 92-66 victory on Saturday, putting the Huskies in the round of 16 for the 12th time under their Hall of Fame coach.

'Nova reaches round of 16 with 89-69 win over UCLA

Rollie Massimino sat on the edge of his seat, rooting on his former team from behind the bench. By the end, he was leaning back in his chair and soaking it in. No need to sweat this one out, Coach. The Wildcats had it all the way.

jayhawk4life1 leads bracket challenge after first round

The first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament is in the books, and jayhawk4life1 leads all contestants in the KUSports.com Bracket Challenge.

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’Dome wreckers

Aldrich, Collins lift KU

Bill Self congratulated his Kansas University basketball players as they filed into a Metrodome locker room after Friday’s hard-earned, 84-74, first-round NCAA Midwest Regional victory over North Dakota State. “Great road win. Great road win,” Self, KU’s sixth-year coach, said.

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KU aide Townsend impressed by Dayton

Kansas University assistant basketball coach Kurtis Townsend is not surprised the Jayhawks will be playing No. 11 seed Dayton, not No. 6 West Virginia, in Sunday’s second-round NCAA Midwest Regional game in the Metrodome.

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Kansas notebook

Kansas University junior guard Tyrone Appleton, who guarded Ben Woodside two minutes the first half and four the second, was mighty impressed with the Bison guard, who scored 37 points. “I didn’t realize how good he was until today,” Appleton said.

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Bison: KU just played better

North Dakota State coach Saul Phillips couldn’t fault his players’ effort. He couldn’t fault their execution, either. That might have been why Friday’s 84-74 loss to Kansas University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament seemed disappointing but not discouraging for the coach and his players. “I will have a hard time looking at this any other way than (KU) played well enough to win this game,” Phillips said.

Tragedy amid triumph

Some 438 miles and one world away from Gary, Ind., 6-foot-2 Kansas University junior guard Tyrone Appleton, warming a seat on the bench per usual, thought he might have heard his name called inside the Metrodome. He wasn’t really sure until he heard it again.

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K-State falls to San Diego State in NIT

Kyle Spain scored 16 points, and Richie Williams added 14 as the pair keyed a second-half surge to lead San Diego State to a 70-52 victory over Kansas State in the second round of the NIT on Friday night.

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KU tennis drops match

Julie Svistun and Maria Martinez pulled out wins in singles action, but it wasn't enough to overcome the No. 60 Colorado Buffaloes as the Kansas University tennis team fell, 5-2, Friday at First Serve Tennis Center.

KU golf in fourth

Walt Koelbel and Nate Barbee both fired 5-under-par rounds Friday to lead the Kansas men's golf team to fourth place after two rounds of the Desert Shootout.

Two KU swimmers break school records

Kansas University swimmers Maria Mayrovich and Iuliia Kuzhil each placed 21st in the preliminaries of their respective events Friday afternoon at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in College Station, Texas.

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Bison bounced; Flyers next up

For every blue shirt in the Metrodome on Friday, there were about six gold ones in what felt like a road game for third-seeded Kansas University and a home game for No. 14 seed North Dakota State University. The Kansas basketball team survived that atmosphere and a 37-point effort from standout Bison guard Ben Woodside to advance, 84-74, to Sunday’s second-round game against Dayton, upset winner against West Virginia.

KU softball heads to Oklahoma State

Weariness shouldn’t be a factor when Kansas University begins the Big 12 Conference portion of its softball schedule tonight.