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FINAL: Aldrich gets first "official" triple-double in school history, helps KU to 60-43 victory

The KU center had 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks as the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16, where they will play Michigan State.

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Louisville 79, Siena 72

At Dayton, Ohio, Terrence Williams had 24 points and 15 rebounds as Louisville, the overall No. 1 seed, reached the round of 16 for the second straight year. Louisville (30-5) will play 12th-seeded Arizona on Friday in Indianapolis. Siena (27-8) overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half and led 63-59 with 7:20 left.

Michigan State 74, Southern California 69

At Minneapolis, Travis Walton scored a career-high 18 points and second-seeded Michigan State made it into the round of 16 for the eighth time in 12 years. Durell Summers added 11 points and eight rebounds for the Spartans (28-6), who have reached the regional semifinals more times in the last dozen years than any team except Duke. Dwight Lewis scored 19 points and DeMar DeRozan added 18 for USC (22-13).

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KU baseball sweeps No. 1 Texas

In the aftermath of the Kansas University baseball team’s weekend performance against top-ranked Texas, it was hard to ignore the novelty of it all. It was a series of firsts for the Jayhawks: The first victory over a No. 1 opponent since 1993; the first series victory over a ranked opponent since 2006; the first sweep of the Longhorns in school history.

Xavier outlasts Wisconsin 60-49

B.J. Raymond scored 15 points and Xavier finally broke through Wisconsin's defense midway through the second half, pulling away to a 60-49 victory Sunday in the second round of the East Regional. The Musketeers (27-7) struggled as the Badgers controlled the pace for the first 30 minutes, before Xavier pulled away with a 13-4 run and hung onto the lead from the foul line.

Pittsburgh downs Oklahoma State 84-76

Pittsburgh powered its way to a familiar place. Sam Young, the Panthers' poet in motion, scored 32 points and DeJuan Blair added another double-double as top-seeded Pittsburgh advanced to the round of 16 for the fifth time in eight years with an 84-76 win over Oklahoma State on Sunday.

No. 12-seeded Arizona beats Cleveland St 71-57

The new role as long shots seems to suit the Arizona Wildcats fine. Seeded only 12th, the NCAA tournament perennials took an early 14-point lead Sunday and advanced to the round of 16 by beating upstart Cleveland State 71-57.

KU men's basketball scheduled to arrive in Topeka at approximately 7:30 p.m.

The Kansas University men's basketball team will fly out of Minneapolis at 6 p.m. Sunday. The team is scheduled to arrive at about 7:30 p.m. at Forbes Field in Topeka.

Devendorf delivers for Syracuse

With Syracuse's season on the cusp of slipping away, Eric Devendorf picked the perfect time to be at his best.

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FINAL: Aldrich gets first "official" triple-double in school history, helps KU to 60-43 victory

The KU center had 13 points, 20 rebounds and 10 blocks as the Jayhawks advanced to the Sweet 16, where they will play Michigan State.

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Baylor cruises in NIT

Kevin Rogers and Curtis Jerrells scored 16 points apiece to lead Baylor past Virginia Tech, 84-66, on Saturday in the second round of the NIT.

KU golf team takes fourth place

Nate Barbee's fifth-place finish helped propel the Kansas University men's golf team to a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Desert Shootout.

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Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Dayton’s basketball team is quick and athletic. The Flyers of the Atlantic 10 Conference, who play pressure man-to-man defense, resemble three teams the Jayhawks have met this season: Tennessee, Missouri and Michigan State.

Appleton attends funeral in Indiana

Kansas University junior guard Tyrone Appleton, as reported in Saturday’s Journal-World, attended the funeral of his buddy, Dennis Williams, on Saturday in Gary, Ind. Appleton will be back for today’s game against Dayton.

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KU baseball takes down No. 1 Texas for second straight day in 4-3 win

Kansas junior Robby Price delivered the game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the seventh, helping the Jayhawks to a come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over No. 1 Texas on Saturday at Hoglund Ballpark.

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Dayton’s Perry familiar with KU

Flyers’ junior guard faced Collins in Chicago high school games

Mickey Perry says his journey to today began on April 7, 2008. He was at coach Brian Gregory’s house with his Dayton teammates. And he couldn’t take his eyes off Kansas’ Sherron Collins.

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His time to lead

Spotlight shines bright on Collins in NCAA Tournament

Sherron Collins, who is well on his way to becoming the most accomplished basketball alumnus of Chicago’s Crane Tech High School, learned the tricks of the point-guard trade from his idol, fellow Crane graduate Will Bynum.

KU swimmer places 19th; diver takes 17th

Kansas University swimmer Maria Mayrovich placed 19th in the preliminaries of the 100 yard freestyle Saturday afternoon at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

OSU shuts out KU

Senior Dougie McCaulley and sophomore Liz Kocon tallied the Kansas University softball team’s only hits in the Jayhawks’ 2-0 loss to Oklahoma State on Saturday evening in their Big 12 Conference opener.

Don't overlook Dayton's Wright

It didn’t take a 27-point, 10-rebound game against West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to appreciate the talent of Dayton’s 6-foot-8, 226-pound sophomore Chris Wright.