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Jitter bugged: ‘Tight early,’ Jayhawks advance over Lehigh

It’s a well-known fact that no top seed ever has lost to a No. 16 seed in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.

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California pulls away for 77-62 win over Cardinals

California's distractions seem about as distant now as the Pacific Ocean. That disappointing loss in the Pac-10 tournament? Getting sent across the country to open the NCAA tournament? The suspension of a starter?

Ohio State outlasts UC Santa Barbara 68-51

Evan Turner took a back seat to slick shooter Jon Diebler and big forward Dallas Lauderdale, and Ohio State outlasted persistent UC Santa Barbara 68-51 in the first round of the NCAA tournament Friday night.

Syracuse overwhelms Vermont 79-56

Wes Johnson had 18 points to lead five Syracuse players in double figures, and the top-seeded Orange beat Vermont 79-56 on Friday night in the first round of NCAA tournament.

Lucas, Morgan save MSU in 70-67 win over NMSU

Kalin Lucas scored a career-high 25 points and Raymar Morgan emerged from a quiet night by hitting key shots down the stretch as fifth-seeded Michigan State edged No. 12 New Mexico State 70-67 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

No. 1 seed Duke rolls in NCAA tournament opener

Duke's confident mascot wore a piece of tape across his forehead that read: "Played In, Blown Out." The Blue Devils didn't disappoint.

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Georgia Tech toes the line, moves on

Too bad the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets gave up their cell phones. They'd sure love to spread the word about this win.

Bouldin leads 'Zags to 67-60 win over Seminoles

Matt Bouldin and the eighth-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs showed Florida State it still has a way to go in its quest to be considered a basketball power.

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Texas A&M beats Utah State 69-53

First-round victories in the NCAA tournament are becoming routine for Texas A&M, although this time it took freshman Khris Middleton to make it happen.

After slow start, Pittsburgh routs Oakland 89-66

Jermaine Dixon and Gilbert Brown scored 17 points apiece and Pittsburgh avoided becoming the latest Big East powerhouse to get knocked off in the first round of the NCAA tournament, overcoming a slow start to rout Oakland 89-66 on Friday in the West Regional.

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Missouri stifles Booker, beats Clemson 86-78

"The Fastest 40 Minutes in Basketball" is still humming.

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Wisconsin avoids upset, beats Wofford 53-49

Not surprisingly, Wisconsin relied on its defense to beat pesky Wofford.

Grant, Johnson lead Purdue past Siena 72-64

Purdue played the us-against-the-world game to open the NCAA tournament. Us won.

KU's next victory: It's in the cards — or is that the socks?

Sure, the Kansas Jayhawks are supposed to win the NCAA Tournament. Oddsmakers say so. All of America says so. The president says so.

No. 12 seed Cornell dominates Temple, 78-65

Louis Dale scored 21 points, Ryan Wittman added 20 and No. 12 seed Cornell beat fifth-seeded Temple 78-65 Friday in the opening round of the NCAA tournament.

Crawford scores 28 to lift Xavier over Minnesota

Jordan Crawford scored 17 of his 28 points in the second half and Xavier continued its run of NCAA tournament success with a 65-54 victory over Minnesota in the first round of the West Regional on Friday.

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West Virginia defeats Morgan St., 77-50, after slow start

Kevin Jones scored 17 points and second-seeded West Virginia overcame an early scare to open the NCAA tournament with a 77-50 win over Morgan State on Friday.

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Wake Forest tops Texas 81-80 in OT on Smith's shot

From No. 1 to one and done: Ishmael Smith's last shot meant one more collapse for Texas.

KSU needs Pullen

Kansas State, which doesn’t necessarily have a future NBA player on its roster, still achieved a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and was playing like it deserved the honor in its opening round game Thursday against overmatched North Texas.

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For KU, what’s up is down

Bill Self must be the most disciplined man on the planet to be able to resist the temptation to call a timeout every time his team goes on a double-digit run so that he can air out his players, let them know they’re terrible and tell them every person in the building agrees.

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Jitter bugged: ‘Tight early,’ Jayhawks advance over Lehigh

It’s a well-known fact that no top seed ever has lost to a No. 16 seed in the first-round of the NCAA Tournament.

New Mexico needs big 2nd half to hold off Montana

After all of Darington Hobson's big talk about a deep NCAA tournament run for New Mexico, Montana nearly shut up the Lobos right away.

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Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas University has advanced to a second-round match against Northern Iowa (29-4), a 69-66 first-round winner over UNLV.

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Lehigh: Start ‘woke up’ KU

Hawks expected lead

Building an early eight-point lead against Kansas University wasn’t much of a consolation prize for Lehigh’s players following Friday’s 90-74 loss to the Jayhawks.

KU diver Proehl in 23rd after Day One

Kansas University senior Meghan Proehl finished 23rd in the one-meter diving competition on the first day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at Purdue University.

Two Jayhawk golfers sit in tie for 4th

KU golfers Nate Barbee and Alex Gutesha got off to a good start in Arizona.

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Game spurs KU fans’ hopes for another championship

Now that Lehigh is out of the way, you’d think Kansas fans might be ready to brace for the possible: A tough game with No. 9 seed Northern Iowa, champion of the Missouri Valley Conference, loser of four games all year.

KU falls to UMass

The Kansas University softball team dropped a game to UMass Thursday in San Diego.