Stories for March 2011


Thursday, March 31

Former KU athletics fundraiser Rodney Jones sentenced to 46 months in federal prison

The former leader of fundraising for Kansas University athletics was sentenced Thursday morning to nearly four years in prison for taking part in a $2 million ticket scheme that illegally delivered thousands of tickets for KU basketball and football games to brokers and others.

Softball splits with UMKC

A big fourth inning provided enough offense to give the Kansas University softball team a 4-2 victory over UMKC in the nightcap Wednesday as the Jayhawks split their doubleheader with the Kangaroos. UMKC edged KU, 2-1, in game one.

KU baseball blanked by Missouri State

Missouri State starting pitcher Blake Barber tossed seven shutout innings, as the Bears routed the Kansas University baseball team, 6-0, Wednesday night at Hammons Field.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, March 30, 2011.

KU safety Keeston Terry uses time on sidelines to study

There were times, last year, when Kansas University safety Keeston Terry couldn’t help but feel robbed by the way his freshman season played out.

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Kansas basketball signee Naadir Tharpe praised

Brady Morningstar to compete in 3-point shootout

Coaches in the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council looked at more than cold, hard stats in selecting Kansas University signee Naadir Tharpe the region’s Class AAA player of the year.

Wednesday, March 30

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Marcus Morris named to 10-person Wooden All-American team

Kansas junior forward Marcus Morris was named to the John R. Wooden All-American team, the Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Wednesday.

Former manager of KU athletics ticket office Kassie Liebsch sentenced to 37 months in federal prison

The former manager of the KU ticket office is headed to prison for her role in a $2 million ticket scheme that illegally funneled thousands of tickets for Kansas University basketball and football games to brokers and others.

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Late grandfather inspiration for Smart

Before the college basketball world started screaming about Virginia Commonwealth, back when ESPN pundits still considered VCU a four-letter word, Shaka Smart spoke softly to the man who helped give him a strong voice.

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Elite Eight roadblock an issue

Acknowledging a problem brings a person halfway to solving it. Sometimes, it’s the more difficult half. Bill Self isn’t in denial and volunteered that he has an issue. He can clean a pool table with the best of them, but has trouble putting the 8-ball in the corner pocket.

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Buffs done, but WSU in NIT finals

Alabama is making sure Anthony Grant stays focused on his own team rather than watching his former team’s incredible NCAA Tournament run.

Mizzou to talk to Purdue coach Painter

Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter has had one of the most successful runs in school history. It looks like he’s about to cash in.

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Bill Self the slugger? KU coach hopes to hit recruiting grand slam

Basketball coach/baseball fan Bill Self says it’s time to step up to the plate and swing for the fences.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Tuesday, March 29

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Former Jayhawk CB Aqib Talib accused of shooting at man in Dallas area

Police in a Dallas suburb issued an arrest warrant for Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Aqib Talib, accusing him of firing a gun at his sister's boyfriend.

KU's game vs. USC next year most likely to take place in Wichita

Kansas University’s road basketball game against the University of Southern California next season will likely be played in Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena, KU officials indicated Tuesday.

Prosecutors seeking prison sentences in KU ticket scam

Former assistant athletics director Rodney Jones used his take from a $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy at the University of Kansas to give himself a luxurious lifestyle that would otherwise have been beyond his reach, prosecutors said Tuesday.

KU basketball tip: schedule Shockers

The Kansas University basketball team doesn’t play regular-season games against Colonial Athletic Association schools and other institutions from so-called “mid-major” leagues unless they take place in either Allen Fieldhouse or the Sprint Center.

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VCU coach Shaka Smart confident: ‘We ain’t done yet’ in NCAAs

Our time. Right now. That is the rallying cry Virginia Commonwealth University has adopted during its basketball team’s improbable nothing-to-lose, everything-to-gain run to the Final Four.

Former KU football star Aqib Talib ‘person of interest’ in Dallas shooting

Former Kansas University standout cornerback Aqib Talib was named a “person of interest” in a March 21 shooting, according to a report by the Dallas Observer.

John Calipari making UK’s investment pay off

When Kentucky officials met with coach John Calipari two years ago to talk about the program’s vacant head coaching position, they came armed with a sales pitch.

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Marcus Morris tapped 2nd-team All-America

Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris was named second-team All-America by The Associated Press Monday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, March 28, 2011.

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KU men's basketball prepares for life after tournament

Kansas University’s basketball players prepared for a return to normalcy Sunday following the end of the six-month marathon college basketball season.

Monday, March 28

On this day, VCU just better

For the Kansas University basketball team, Selection Sunday had so little sizzle and absolutely no suspense. On a more eventful day, a statement uttered by KU coach Bill Self might have been swallowed in all the March madness buzz, but it hung in the air. It felt as if he knew what he was saying.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, March 27, 2011.

KU tennis’ Morozova upsets ranked player

Kansas University tennis player Ekaterina Morozova knocked off 18th-ranked Nazari Urbina on Sunday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center, but the Jayhawks lost to No. 25 Texas A&M, 6-1.

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Loss hits Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed particularly hard

When he returned to the locker room following Kansas University’s 71-61 loss to VCU on Sunday, KU senior guard Brady Morningstar knew he had to say something.

A&M sweeps KU baseball

Kansas University’s baseball team was swept for the first time this season on Sunday. Texas A&M center fielder Krey Bratsen, who went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, drove in the winning run with a single in the fifth inning to give the Aggies a 3-1 victory against the Jayhawks at Olsen Field.

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A real tearjerker: Rams put end to Jayhawks’ run

Marcus Morris, who tried but failed to hold back the tears, sat at his Alamodome locker with his head pointed straight down.

Texas routs Kansas softball

After scoring two runs in the top of the first inning, the Kansas University softball team couldn’t score another as the Jayhawks fell, 10-2 in five innings, to No. 8 Texas on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, March 27

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KU hoops notebook: Jayhawks undecided

Twins, Robinson mull pro future

The Morris twins didn’t say if they were staying at Kansas University or leaving for the NBA Draft after Sunday’s Elite Eight loss to VCU in the Alamodome.

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VCU fired up by KU's pregame chatter

For the second time in two games, someone on the Kansas University men’s basketball team tried to use intimidation tactics to rattle an opponent.

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Josh Selby's 20th birthday no party after loss to VCU

When Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby woke up Sunday morning, he had a Final Four in his sights and a handful of “Happy Birthday” texts on his phone.

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Kentucky beats North Carolina 76-69 in East final

Kentucky spent 13 straight springs watching other schools play in the Final Four, a destination college basketball's winningest program considers its birthright.

Jayhawks to arrive home at appx. 11:15 p.m., tentatively

KU officials said the Kansas men's basketball team will tentatively return to Allen Fieldhouse on Sunday night at approximately 11:15 p.m.

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Stunning loss leaves several Jayhawks undecided on futures

VCU's shocking, 71-61 victory over Kansas University in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament, nudged a handful of Jayhawks to talk about their NBA futures a little sooner than they would have liked.

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Fans crushed by KU's exit from NCAA tournament

Snow showers only dampened the mood of Jayhawk fans who poured out onto Massachusetts Street Sunday after Kansas University’s heartbreaking loss to Virginia Commonwealth. “Just another March Madness let down,” Andrew DeBoest said.

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VCU Rams relish underdog role

Maybe they learned from the way Richmond handled things when the Spiders took their turn at toppling Kansas University on Friday night and failed.

VCU notes: Coach Shaka Smart explains unique first name

Led by one of the hottest young coaches in the game, VCU’s run to the Elite Eight has allowed the rest of the college basketball world to learn a little more about Shaka Smart.

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KU Notebook: Morris twins say they’re undecided

KU forwards haven’t thought about NBA

The Morris twins were asked about their futures Saturday at the Alamodome. Have the two reached a decision whether to enter the NBA Draft or return to Kansas University for a final season?

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Tyshawn Taylor tickled by coach’s praise

Tyshawn Taylor’s smile was as wide as he could make it. During a 30-minute interview session Saturday, the Kansas University junior guard was told by a reporter that KU coach Bill Self had just complimented him a couple rooms away, saying Taylor had grown up as a person.

Kansas reflects coach’s in-your-face personality

Late, great Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire was the king of basketball one-liners packed with street-wise wit.

Anderson enjoys welcome return to Arkansas

Mike Anderson couldn’t contain his emotions as he was introduced as Arkansas’ coach in front of about 5,000 Arkansas fans in Bud Walton Arena on Saturday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Saturday, March 26, 2011.

Texas A&M shuts down KU

Aggies’ Wacha pitches complete game

Texas A&M sophomore right-handed pitcher Michael Wacha tossed a complete game, allowing one unearned run on seven hits with a walk and nine strikeouts, as the sixth-ranked Aggies routed Kansas University, 11-1, Saturday afternoon at Olsen Field.

Jayhawks shut out by Longhorns

The Kansas University softball team could not quiet Texas’ bats as the Jayhawks fell, 12-0 in five innings, to the No. 8/10 Longhorns on Saturday afternoon at McCombs Field.

Oklahoma tackle has surgery

Oklahoma offensive tackle Jarvis Jones has undergone surgery to repair a knee injury he sustained in practice.

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Elite-est attitude: Jayhawks unapologetic about role as favorites

Media members pursuing the David-and-Goliath angle ran into a major roadblock in Kansas University’s Marcus Morris on Saturday afternoon in the Alamodome.

UK-UNC battle of bluebloods

In an NCAA Tournament filled with stunning upsets and unlikely party crashers, the East region has provided an oasis of sanity.

KU men’s golf places 11th in Texas tourney

The Kansas University men’s golf team recorded its best round of the Border Olympics on Saturday to finish in 11th place.

KU women’s golf takes 17th in Arizona

Freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat carded a 70 in the final round of the MountainView Collegiate to lead the Kansas University women’s golf team to a 17th-place finish on Saturday.

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KU tennis falls, 6-1, to Texas at home

Kansas University’s No. 1 doubles team of Ekaterina Morozova and Dylan Windom held off the 23rd-ranked team of Amanda Craddock and Cierra Gayton-Leach from Texas on Saturday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center, but the Jayhawks got just one point against No. 26 Texas, falling 6-1.

Saturday, March 26

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UConn earns Final Four bid, edges Arizona 65-63

With nine pressure-packed victories in 19 days, Connecticut has been on an exhausting sprint through the postseason for nearly three weeks now.

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Butler back in Final Four, beats Florida in OT

Of course Butler erased a late deficit. Of course the Bulldogs hit a clutch 3-pointer late in overtime. Of course they're going back to the Final Four.

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Lawrence police plan ahead for Final Four weekend, ready for a party in the streets

If the Kansas University men's basketball team wins their Elite Eight game Sunday and advances to the Final Four, law enforcement agencies are prepared to handle large downtown celebrations.

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Burgess' layup in OT lifts VCU past Florida State

Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left and Rob Brandenburg blocked a shot at the buzzer, giving Virginia Commonwealth a 72-71 victory over Florida State in overtime in a Southwest Region semifinal Friday night.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas University sophomore Thomas Robinson grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

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Barking Spiders not intimidated by KU

In the moments following Richmond’s 77-57 loss to Kansas University in the Sweet 16 at the Alamodome on Friday night, a media-relations official informed Richmond senior Kevin Smith that he had to stick around the locker room until 8:52 p.m.

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For Josh Selby, spit happens

Kansas University freshman Josh Selby didn’t think he ever could get as riled up as teammate Markieff Morris was during the team’s huddle right before KU’s game against Richmond on Friday.

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Last one standing: Top-seeded KU scraps past Spiders

An animated Markieff Morris took control of Kansas University’s five-player huddle before the opening tip of Friday’s emotional NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game between KU and Richmond.

Richmond’s web spins in defeat

Richmond coach Chris Mooney called three timeouts during the first 15 minutes Friday. None curbed the bleeding.

KU women’s golf sits in 17th place

Kansas University’s women’s golf team sat in 17th place after the first two rounds of the MountainView Collegiate on Friday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, March 25, 2011.

KU baseball toppled in extras

Kansas University’s baseball team stayed with the No. 6 team in the country Friday night, but came up just short.

Kansas defense reinvents itself

The edict from Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self to his players in preparation for Friday night’s Southwest regional semifinal game against Richmond was twofold: 1. No layups off back-door cuts; 2. No three-pointers.

Friday, March 25

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Kentucky edges Ohio State 62-60 on Knight's jumper

Brandon Knight did it again. Knight knocked down a jumper with 5 seconds remaining as the fourth-seeded Wildcats stunned top-seeded Ohio State 62-60 on Friday in the East regional semifinals.

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North Carolina dominates Marquette 81-63

Catch 'em if you can. After repeated early, deep deficits this postseason, North Carolina flipped the script Friday night, dismantling Marquette 81-63 in an East Regional semifinal that was over before the half.

KU will play VCU at 1:20 p.m. Sunday

The Kansas men's basketball team will face VCU at 1:20 p.m. Sunday, KU officials confirmed Friday night.

Let's chew up the competition: NCAA Tournament eats based on each team KU faces during March Madness

For each game the Jayhawks play in the tournament, we’ll be posting a recipes inspired by the team Kansas is playing. On deck? The University of Illinois.

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Matt Howard leads Butler over Wisconsin 61-54

Wisconsin's normally suffocating defense could not slow Matt Howard and Butler's run toward a second straight Final Four appearance. If anything, the Bulldogs may be gaining momentum.

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Mario Little biding his time on Kansas bench

Senior forward has played sparingly in tournament, but he’s still enjoying final trip to NCAAs

Though Kansas University senior forward Mario Little has played just seven combined minutes in the Jayhawks’ last two games, it hasn’t stopped him from enjoying his final NCAA Tournament.

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Sweet-talking: KU's Marcus Morris has words of wisdom for Richmond Spiders

Marcus Morris bounced a basketball while walking down an Alamodome hallway with brother Markieff and TBS announcer Craig Sager on Thursday afternoon.

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Bigs could be key for Richmond Spiders

University of Richmond basketball coach Chris Mooney went on and on Thursday about the challenge Kansas University’s Morris twins pose for his team.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook: Releford reveals fear of flying

As a red-shirt, Travis Releford was more than welcome to travel with Kansas University’s basketball team last season on trips to UCLA, Temple, Tennessee, Colorado, Texas and Texas A&M.

Nader calls for end of athletic scholarships

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader is calling for the elimination of college athletic scholarships, saying the move is necessary to “de-professionalize” college athletes.

Power group struggles at Bay Hill

Spencer Levin is atop the leaderboard after the opening round for the third time this year, so that’s nothing new. It was his score Thursday afternoon at Bay Hill that surprised him and everyone else.

Recent slump not worst thing KU's Josh Selby has experienced

When Kansas University freshman guard Josh Selby is asked about the Baltimore neighborhood where he grew up, he shakes his head, says very little and comes across a bit like a veteran of a foreign war who just doesn’t want to go there.

Thursday, March 24

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Arizona upsets defending NCAA basketball champion Duke 93-77

Derrick Williams scored a career-high 32 points and his teammates dominated Duke in the second half to upset the defending national champion 93-77 Thursday night and reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.

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Balanced Florida beats Jimmer Fredette, BYU 83-74 in OT

Alex Tyus is like most of these Florida Gators — good at a lot of things, but lacking one dominant skill. He's usually content to blend in and be just another part of the team's effectively anonymous style. On the biggest stage of his career, the senior's impact was obvious.

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Kemba Walker leads UConn past San Diego State

The legend of Kemba Walker is growing bigger with each postseason feat for the Connecticut Huskies, who are on the brink of another trip to the Final Four.

KU basketball a powerful economic influence

Rick Renfro, the owner of Johnny’s Tavern in Lawrence, knows that for the Lawrence economy, March Madness can bring forth a bumper crop of spending or can mean a significant famine.

Google Earth to offer look inside Allen Fieldhouse

A Kansas University graduate plans to introduce the planet to the haunting and hallowed interior of the world’s great basketball arena, just in time for the nation’s biggest weekend for college hoops.

Anderson leaving MU for Arkansas after all

Mike Anderson is returning to Arkansas to become the Razorbacks’ basketball coach.The school confirmed the move Wednesday night.

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Monster in the making: Markieff Morris no longer just ‘the other twin’

A couple of weeks ago, Philadelphia’s Prep Charter High basketball coach, Dan Brinkley, saw one of his former big men do something he wasn’t sure was in the player’s best interest.

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Escorted Jayhawks arrive to San Antonio in style

Police car sirens blared as Kansas University’s basketball team bus pulled in front of the Hyatt Regency Riverwalk Hotel at 5:59 p.m. Wednesday in sunny south-central Texas.

Golfer Gary Woodland a confident, grounded athlete

Now that there isn’t a hotter golfer on the planet, the demands on Gary Woodland’s time have increased exponentially.

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Missouri sweeps KU softball in twinbill

Scoring a few runs hasn’t been much of an issue for Kansas University’s softball team this year.

Wednesday, March 23

KU volleyball names Laura Kuhn new assistant coach

Former Georgia Tech standout Laura Kuhn has been named a volleyball assistant coach for Kansas University, head coach Ray Bechard announced on Tuesday.

KU baseball coach Ritch Price reaches 500-win mark

Ritch Price didn’t begin coaching for personal accolades. For Price, in his ninth year as Kansas University’s baseball coach, it’s always been about teaching the game he loves to generations of young ballplayers and watching them blossom.

Former KU golfer Gary Woodland to tee off with Tiger Woods

The meteoric rise of former Kansas University golfer Gary Woodland shot upward yet again Tuesday when groupings for this week’s PGA tour event were announced.

KU men’s golf places 10th at National Invitational Tournament in Arizona

Chris Gilbert tied for 26th-place individually to lead Kansas University men’s golf team to a 10th-place finish in the two-day, 15-team National Invitational Tournament, which concluded Tuesday.

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Victory valedictorian: Tyrel Reed could leave KU as college basketball player with most wins

Now that he has cemented his spot in Kansas University basketball history, senior Tyrel Reed can begin his assault on the rest of college basketball.

City of Richmond celebrating double for Spiders, Rams

Rally over here, rally over there, rallies planned all around Richmond as the city embraces having two teams advance to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament. Take a bow Richmond and VCU.

Colorado advances to NIT semis

The Colorado Buffaloes turned a snub into a spark, riding the sting of disappointment all the way to Madison Square Garden.

KU softball ranked No. 22 in the Ultimate College Softball Poll

For the first time since 2006, the Kansas University softball team is ranked in the top 25, as the Jayhawks came in at No. 22 in the Ultimate College Softball Poll released on Tuesday.

Bill Self recalls KU's loss to Richmond in 2004

Those pundits penciling in Kansas University’s basketball team as an automatic winner against unheralded Richmond on Friday in San Antonio may be forgetting one thing.

Path to Final Four not easy for KU

Call me stupid — it wouldn’t be the first time — but I never have understood the cliché that goes something like this: “The bracket really has opened up.” It becomes a fashionable phrase whenever multiple low seeds advance to the same regional site.

Agent: Mike Anderson, Missouri seeking contract extension

Missouri coach Mike Anderson’s agent says he is negotiating a new contract with the school amid continued reports that Arkansas is trying to lure him away.

Tuesday, March 22

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Richmond coach’s name may emerge

The Richmond Spiders have one of the most marketable young coaches in the country in 38-year-old Chris Mooney.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, March 21, 2011.

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Report: Mike Anderson staying at MU

Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson will remain Tigers coach, reported on Monday night.

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KU big favorite to make Final Four with favorable draw

Those who look at remaining seeds — and only seeds — have to consider Kansas University’s basketball team the overwhelming favorite to emerge as the Southwest Regional’s representative in the 2011 Final Four.

Monday, March 21

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VCU wins 3rd NCAA game, routs Purdue 94-76

Oh yeah, VCU belongs in the NCAA tournament. The real question now: Who can stop the Rams?

Grand slam propels KU

Tied through six innings, Kansas University loaded the bases in the top of the seventh, and sophomore Maggie Hull launched a grand slam to lift the Jayhawks to a 6-2 softball victory over Coastal Carolina on Sunday.

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Stayin’ alive: Morris twins help Kansas bury Illini

There were no funeral services held for Bill Self and his Kansas University basketball players on Sunday night in BOK Center. The 2010-11 Jayhawks are still breathing today, marching on to the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 after a convincing 73-59 victory over Illinois and coach Bruce Weber, the man who held a mock burial service for Self after Self left U of I for KU in 2003.

NCAA Tournament win, Gary Woodland's PGA Tour victory make it a sweet Sunday for KU athletics

Three great athletes from Kansas University finished like champions Sunday and showed the world how much they have grown.

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No. 11 seed Marquette tops 3rd-seeded Syracuse

Oh, is there ever a Buzz in the NCAA tournament. Brent Williams is better known as Buzz — Coach Buzz if you play for Marquette — and his postgame celebrations have become the stuff of legend. On Sunday, he might have had his wildest yet.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook

Tyrel Reed has passed Sherron Collins as winningest four-year player in Kansas University history.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Sunday, March 20, 2011.

Texas Tech hires Billy Gillispie as men's basketball coach

Texas Tech hired Billy Gillispie as the new men’s basketball coach, two seasons after he was fired at Kentucky.

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Kansas sweeps OSU

Senior Jimmy Waters went 3-for-4 and drove in what proved to be the winning run as Kansas knocked off Oklahoma State, 5-4, to sweep a Big 12 baseball doubleheader Sunday at Hoglund Ballpark. KU won the first game, 7-2.

Miami Heat's Mario Chalmers to miss up to 2 weeks with sprained right knee

Miami Heat point guard Mario Chalmers is expected to miss up to two weeks after spraining his right knee.

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Williams lifts Arizona past Texas 70-69

Derrick Williams is now 2-for-2 in game-saving plays in the NCAA tournament.

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James scores 14, Florida State upsets Notre Dame

The scene was familiar to any Florida State fan: Seminoles players doing the tomahawk chop in front of a rowdy crowd. It's not just for football games anymore.

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Pick-and-roll key for Jayhawks

Halftime adjustment helps Kansas pull away from Illinois

Kansas University’s offense was stagnant toward the end of the first half, and KU coach Bill Self told his players he believed he knew why.

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KU slows Illini leader Demetri McCamey in NCAA Tournament win

Jayhawks held the IU senior to six points

Of all the players in college basketball and all the games shown on television this year from which he could choose, Kansas University guard Elijah Johnson probably watched more minutes played by Illinois’ senior Demetri McCamey than anyone.

Sunday, March 20

Kansas to face Richmond on Friday, tip scheduled for 6:27 p.m.

Kansas will face the Richmond Spiders in the Sweet Sixteen on Friday, March 25, 2011 in San Antonio. The game is set to tip off at 6:27 p.m. and will be televised on TBS.

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Top-seeded Ohio State routs George Mason 98-66

David Lighty made all seven of his 3-pointers and scored 25 points, freshman Jared Sullinger added 18 after informing one of George Mason's players "it's over" and top-seeded Ohio State made 16 threes to advance in the NCAA tournament with a jaw-dropping 98-66 win Sunday.

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Former Jayhawk Gary Woodland wins PGA's Transitions Championship

Gary Woodland, a pure athlete who only started serious golf competition eight years ago, figured out quickly that hitting the ball from here to the moon was not going to help him win tournaments.

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Duke holds off Michigan for Coach K's 900th win

Duke is no stranger to this situation: Facing an underdog with uncanny touch from 3-point range, one that's racing downcourt in the closing seconds, scrambling for one last shot at some NCAA tournament magic.

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North Carolina edges Washington 86-83

Back in the NCAA tournament spotlight after a one-year absence, North Carolina has returned to a more familiar spot: the round of 16. It sure wasn't easy.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Illinois senior guard Demetri McCamey averages 14.9 points, 6.1 assists and 3.4 rebounds per game heading into tonight’s Round of 32 game against Kansas.

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Behind the Lens: Gearing up for the NCAA tournament

Shooting the tournament requires more gear than a standard assignment. A lot more.

Mario Chalmers injured

Starting point guard Mario Chalmers injured his right knee in the first quarter of Miami’s victory over Denver on Saturday night.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Saturday, March 19, 2011.

Irving tops mock draft

In our annual salute to the NCAA Tournament, here’s a mock draft of all potentially eligible players.

Baseball game against OSU postponed

Due to thunderstorms in the Lawrence area Saturday afternoon, the Kansas University baseball team’s game with Oklahoma State was postponed.

KU softball wins 10th straight

Senior Brittany Hile scored three times and was one of three Jayhawks with two hits as the Kansas University softball team defeated Coastal Carolina, 8-2, Saturday night to improve to 4-0 during the Chanticleer Classic.

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Self motivation: Jayhawks want to win for coach

Marcus Morris plans to huddle with his Kansas University basketball teammates sometime before tipoff tonight and remind the Jayhawks it’s time to win one for their coach.

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Tyshawn Taylor becoming three-point threat

With 8:06 left in the second half of Friday’s game against Boston University, Kansas University guard Tyshawn Taylor came around a ball screen and found himself wide-open.

KSU’s Pullen didn’t deserve this ending

Jacob Pullen untucked his jersey, knelt down and sobbed. And Kansas State basketball fans everywhere sobbed with him.

Rose in lead at Tampa; Woodland two back

Justin Rose is coming off a year in which he won two PGA Tour events on strong golf courses. He knows what to expect from his emotions in the final round and how to stay patient amid a crowded leaderboard.

Marcus Morris deserves place in pantheon

Achieving Kansas University basketball royalty status requires March, and now April, greatness, so it’s premature to elevate junior forward Marcus Morris to that stratosphere.

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Illini have ties to Jayhawks

One grew up in Oklahoma and has known Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self for years. Two others played for Self at Illinois, with one later coaching under him for a season at KU. Yet another member of Illinois’ coaching staff spent time on Self’s staff when he was at Illinois from 2001-03.

KU's Kuzhil swims at NCAAs

Senior Iuliia Kuzhil represented Kansas University on the third and final day of the NCAA Championships on Saturday.

Saturday, March 19

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Walker scores 33 as UConn tops Cincinnati 69-58

Kemba Walker scored 33 points and the supposedly powerful Big East finally advanced a team to the NCAA tournament's round of 16 on Saturday night when Connecticut beat conference foe Cincinnati 69-58.

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Wisconsin advances with 70-65 win over K-State

Jordan Taylor hit two big free throws and blocked Jacob Pullen's 3-point attempt in the closing seconds to overcome a rough shooting night, lifting Wisconsin to a 70-65 win over Kansas State on Saturday in the third round of the NCAA tournament.

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KU women end season with 80-63 WNIT loss to Duquesne

Kansas forward Carolyn Davis scored 38 points, but it wasn't enough as the Kansas women's basketball team fell to Duquesne, 80-63, on Saturday night in the second round of the WNIT at Allen Fieldhouse.Like so many times this season, Kansas University relied on Carolyn Davis to shoulder the bulk of its scoring. But, like so many times this season, Davis couldn’t get it done on her own.

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Fredette's 34 lead BYU to 89-67 win over Zags

Jimmer Fredette made seven 3-pointers and scored 34 points to help No. 3 seed Brigham Young defeat No. 11 Gonzaga 89-67 on Saturday and move to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament for the first time in 30 years.

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Upset special: Butler beats Pittsburgh 71-70

The players in the Butler locker room celebrated their latest stunning upset in the NCAA tournament by screaming, exchanging high fives and hugging each other.

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White, Leonard lead Aztecs past Temple in 2 OTs

One last burst of magnificent athleticism finally did it for San Diego State.

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No. 12 seed Richmond knocks off Morehead St, 65-48

Justin Harper scored 19 points and Kevin Anderson added 14, helping 12th-seeded Richmond advance to the round of 16 for the first time since 1988 with a 65-48 win over No. 13 Morehead State on Saturday in the NCAA tournament.

Walker stands tall, Gators eliminate UCLA 73-65

Florida's smallest player carried the team to its biggest win of the season.

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Knight scores 30, Kentucky beats West Virginia

It's not taking Brandon Knight long to build an impressive resume in the NCAA tournament. A game-winning shot in the closing seconds of his debut. A career-best 30 points in his next game, helping Kentucky back into the round of 16.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Friday, March 18, 2011.

KU to face road-ready Dukes

When Kansas University women’s basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson looks at the 64-team WNIT bracket, she realizes that the better teams upset in the first round probably weren’t focused.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas University will meet Illinois approximately 7:40 p.m. Sunday at BOK Center, NCAA officials announced Friday night. The Texas-Arizona opener will begin at 5:10 p.m. Both games will be televised on TNT.

Kansas softball takes two

Kansas University’s softball team took advantage of four Providence College errors to win, 4-2, on Friday in the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer Classic. The Jayhawks edged Lipscomb, 2-1, earlier in the day in a doubleheader sweep. KU (23-3) will take on Georgia Tech at 11 a.m. and Coastal Carolina at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

Alec Burks, CU crush California, 89-72

Alec Burks scored 25 points, Cory Higgins had 22 and Colorado beat California 89-72 in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament on Friday night.

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KU rally stopped in 9th

Kansas University’s baseball team began its Big 12 Conference season with a 3-1 setback against Oklahoma State on Friday at Hoglund Ballpark, in front of 945 fans.

Hile drafted

Kansas University softball catcher Brittany Hile was selected by the National Fast Pitch Diamonds as the 15th pick overall in the 2011 NFP College Senior Draft on Friday night.

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At loose ends: ‘Tight’ early, KU rolls past Terriers

Bill Self swung open the BOK Center locker room doors at halftime Friday night and immediately lit into his top-seeded, yet extremely tentative, Kansas University basketball team.

Jitters obvious, but Tyrel Reed immune

Afterward, theories abounded as to why Kansas University opened its NCAA Tournament Friday night in the BOK Center looking Don Knotts-nervous in the first half.

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Jayhawks get familiar foe in next round: Illinois

One of the first times University of Illinois men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber talked publicly about Kansas University coach Bill Self was during a mock funeral in Champaign, Ill., in 2003, after Self had left UI for Kansas, making room for Weber to take over.

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Terriers prove dogged

Boston University might not have become the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 in the NCAA Tournament Friday, but, in falling to top-seeded Kansas University, 72-53, at the BOK Center, the Terriers showed glimpses of what the first team that achieves the feat might have.

Markieff Morris' three key: Deep bomb helps KU ‘wrap-up’

Kansas University forward Markieff Morris didn’t hesitate to hoist up an NBA-range three-pointer during the second half of KU’s 72-53 victory over Boston.

Friday, March 18

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Jackson, Syracuse top Indiana State 77-60

Defensive stopper Rick Jackson scored a season-high 23 points, C.J. Fair added 14 and Syracuse began taking care of "unfinished business" in the NCAA tournament with a 77-60 win over Indiana State in a second-round game Friday night.

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Thomas, Washington hold off Georgia 68-65

Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and No. 7 seed Washington held off a late rally to beat 10th-seeded Georgia 68-65 on Friday night in the second round of the East regional.

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VCU goes long distance to upset Georgetown 74-56

Brandon Rozzell led four players in double figures and VCU made 12 3-pointers to stun Georgetown with a 74-56 win that showed any remaining doubters the Rams do, indeed, belong in the NCAA tournament.

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Marquette tops Xavier 66-55 in NCAA tournament

Marquette had the scouting report down cold. Take out Tu Holloway, and the Golden Eagles could take down Xavier.

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Davis leads dominant Illini past UNLV 73-62

Mike Davis tied his season high with 22 points, Demetri McCamey added 17 points and seven assists and Illinois dominated UNLV 73-62 Friday night to set up another meeting between Fighting Illini coaches past and present in the Southwest Region of the NCAA tournament.

KU-Illinois game will be at approximately 7:40 p.m. Sunday

The Kansas men's basketball team's Round of 32 game against Illinois will be played at approximately 7:40 p.m. Sunday and will be televised on TNT.

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Zeller and Henson lead North Carolina past Long Island University

North Carolina coach Roy Williams said he was concerned about his team's lack of NCAA experience.

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Williams' block seals Arizona's win over Memphis

Derrick Williams had 22 points and 10 rebounds, and blocked a potential tying shot in the final seconds to seal Arizona's 77-75 win over Memphis in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Friday.

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Moore, Johnson lead Purdue past St. Peter's 65-43

E'Twaun Moore scored 19 points and JuJuan Johnson added 16 with 16 rebounds Friday night as third-seeded Purdue routed St. Peter's 65-43 in the second round of the NCAA's Southwest Region.

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Florida State defense stifles Texas A&M for victory

After seven minutes, the score was Florida State 7, Texas A&M 0. Fans might have been tempted to ask how the Seminoles had scored their touchdown.

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Ohio State turns back Texas-San Antonio

Texas-San Antonio coach Brooks Thompson understands what it takes to beat Ohio State, he just doesn't know if it's possible.

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Irving returns to help Duke blast Hampton

In less a half-minute Friday afternoon, freshman guard Kyrie Irving sent a shudder through teams in the NCAA tournament who suddenly face an even larger obstacle in Duke.

George Mason tops 'Nova 61-57

George Mason has another fantastic March story to tell.

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Michigan routs Tennessee 75-45

For much of the past decade, Michigan has faded to the background in its state come March as rival Michigan State routinely made deep NCAA tournament runs.

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Hansbrough, Irish beat Akron in NCAA opener

Ben Hansbrough scored 15 points despite another sub-par shooting game and Tim Abromaitis added 14 as second-seeded Notre Dame fought off scrappy Akron for a 69-56 second-round victory Friday in the Southwest Regional.

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Thompson leads Texas past Oakland 85-81

Tristan Thompson handled the Summit League's best player and made sure Texas did what a No. 4 seed is supposed to do in its NCAA tournament opener.

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Boston University Terriers wary of KU's Morris twins

It’s a simple task in terms of instruction and far more difficult in its execution.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Thursday, March 17, 2011.

Hands-off style works for Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey

When a Notre Dame teammate blew a routine layup midway through practice Thursday at the United Center, guard Ben Hansbrough barked as if the miss cost the Irish a trip to the Final Four.

KU's Travis Releford ready to play in NCAA Tournament if needed

After watching Boston University guard John Holland during a team film session earlier this week, one of the Kansas assistant coaches approached sophomore Travis Releford and told him to be prepared.

Baylor’s Jones to miss five games if he stays

Perry Jones will miss the first five games next season if he stays at Baylor after an NCAA reinstatement committee on Thursday upheld an earlier ruling that declared the standout freshman ineligible.

KU basketball's Thomas Robinson wears frustration on his sleeve

The first of the many tattoos to decorate Thomas Robinson’s right arm was drawn when he was about 16. It reads: “R.I.P. Ali 1991-2007.”

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

There already have been some crazy upsets in the Southwest Regional.

Blaine Gabbert throws at MU’s pro day

Six head coaches, several general managers and a Hall of Fame passer turned front-office executive joined scouts from each of the 32 NFL teams to watch former Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert as he worked out with a chance to be the No. 1 selection in April’s draft.

KU basketball players fans of NCAA tourney, too

With about five minutes remaining during Thursday’s media session, all interviews in the Kansas University locker room came to a screeching halt.

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Tale of two Taylors: ‘Good Tyshawn’ fired up for KU basketball's NCAA Tournament opener

Tyshawn Taylor has had so many personal highlights, and lowlights, in his three-year Kansas University basketball career, he has made wisecracking media wonder: “Is there a good Tyshawn and a bad Tyshawn?”

Thursday, March 17

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Wildcats hold off Utah State 73-68 in Southeast

Making one mistake after another in the closing minutes, Kansas State kept giving Utah State chances. The Wildcats pulled it out, of all places, from the free throw line.

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UCLA builds early lead, holds off Michigan State

UCLA kept clanking free throws, Michigan State kept draining 3-pointers. It turned a potential rout into a nailbiter. In the end, the Bruins escaped. But just barely.

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No. 6 seed Cincinnati tops No. 11 Missouri 78-63

Cincinnati wasn't about to play Missouri's game. Try to run on the Bearcats? Not this time. Their defense just kept getting in the way.

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Gonzaga knocks off St. John's, 86-71

That "11" on the bracket is only a number. The name that goes with it — "Gonzaga" — means a whole lot more.

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No. 12 seed Richmond springs upset on Vandy, 69-66

Richmond added another upset to an impressive NCAA tournament resume that already had several. And Vanderbilt exited early — again.

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Walker leads Connecticut over Bucknell 81-52

After carrying Connecticut to the Big East title, Kemba Walker decided to get his teammates involved in the Huskies' NCAA tournament opener against Bucknell.

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San Diego State beats Northern Colorado 68-50

San Diego State's players chased Devon Beitzel around screens, got hands in his face, challenged his shots. Nothing seemed to work, just like in two regular-season games against BYU's Jimmer Fredette.

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Wofford gets Jimmered, falls 74-66 to BYU

Slowing down The Jimmer? It's possible. Stopping him altogether? Well, as the sign in the stands put it, "Fredette about it."

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Wisconsin's long-range game grounds Belmont 72-58

A trip to the desert sunshine brought the Wisconsin offense out of the deep freeze and doomed the upstart hopes of little Belmont University.

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No. 2 seed Gators roll past Santa Barbara 79-51

Florida made its opening game in the NCAA tournament look like one of those preseason exhibitions.

Open letter to Jayhawk Nation from KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger

KU Athletic Director Sheahon Zenger wrote to Jayhawk fans about the men's basketball team's successes.

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Knight's drive propels Kentucky past Princeton

Brandon Knight missed his first seven shots and even found himself on the bench in the final minute against Princeton.

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No. 1 Pittsburgh beats No. 16 UNC-Asheville 74-51

Pittsburgh was bigger, stronger and more physical. Matt Dickey made a few more shots that might look good on the Internet.

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Harper's 3 gives Morehead State a 62-61 upset

Demonte Harper of 13th-seeded Morehead State dribbled patiently, watching the clock tick down — 10, 9, 8, 7 — then stepped up behind the 3-point line, swished the shot and crumpled Louisville's NCAA hopes, to say nothing of a few million tournament brackets out there.

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Late basket carries Butler over Old Dominion 60-58

This time, a last-second shot at the buzzer went Butler's way.

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West Virginia downs weary Clemson 84-76

Clemson's quick turnaround eventually caught up with the Tigers in the NCAA tournament.

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Fernandez's basket gives Temple 66-64 win over PSU

They can't call him "one-and-Dunphy" anymore. Juan Fernandez sank an off-balance 18-footer with less than a second to play to hand Temple a wild 66-64 victory over Penn State and end coach Fran Dunphy's NCAA tournament record 11-game losing streak.

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Tyrel Reed named Capital One first-team academic All-American

Kansas senior guard Tyrel Reed has been selected as one of five players on the Captial One All-America first team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday.

Panthers fired up

Tourney loss motivates Pitt

For some, it was Pittsburgh — not Kansas, not Duke, not even Ohio State — that entered last week’s conference tournament fun as the most complete team in the country.

Jayhawks attend football pro day

Thorson shows off agility, power … and beard

If it was good enough for Kerry Meier, it’s good enough for Brad Thorson. That was the thought behind the lumberjack beard Thorson grew during his training for Kansas University’s football pro timing day, which took place Wednesday at the Anderson Family Football Complex and Memorial Stadium.

Shockers rout NU; Buffs roll in NIT

David Kyles scored 13 points and hit four of Wichita State’s 11 three-pointers in a victory over Nebraska on Wednesday night in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament.

March Madness for K-State, Mizzou begins today

With most of its team coming back from last year’s NCAA regional finals run, Kansas State built up big expectations in the Little Apple.

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KU coach Bill Self: Jayhawk basketball team ‘loose’ in arrival to Tulsa

Travis Releford and Josh Selby carried Cheddar’s Casual Cafe to-go boxes off Kansas University’s big, black charter bus into the Renaissance Hotel shortly after 9 p.m. on Wednesday.

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Win or lose, Self likes this bunch

Questions and answers as Jayhawks head into NCAA Tournament

Bill Self has absolutely no idea how his Kansas Jayhawks will fare in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

No. 1 seed benefit, not ‘burden'

Recent history shows seeding powerful predictor of tournament success

At some point during the non-stop coverage of an NCAA basketball tournament that promises to rivet the nation with buzzer-beaters, multiple-overtime thrillers and upsets galore, some voice communicating via TV, radio or newspaper will label the No. 1 seed “a burden.”

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Blast from the past: Tyrel Reed’s prep career filled with fond memories, admiration

The temperature is in the 60s, and an American flag snaps in the wind in front of the small-town high school on Cross Street.

Craft-y Buckeyes loaded

Top-seeded Ohio State boasts potent 1-2 punch

All season, the talk regarding the Ohio State University men’s basketball program was about surprise freshman Jared Sullinger, his mammoth size and potential to be the national player of the year.

Yawn: Duke gets another No. 1 seed

Defending national champions face tough road in West Regional

Sunday evening, just hours after knocking off North Carolina for the ACC tournament title, the Duke Blue Devils learned they would be a No. 1 seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.

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Southwest primer: A look at Kansas’ regional

Here's a look at the southwest regional in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Southwest Regional capsules: Team-by-team look at the teams joining the Jayhawks hoping to head to Houston

Here is a look at the teams joining the Jayhawks hoping to head to Houston.

KU: Seed ‘nothing’

Jayhawks downplay top billing

No. 1 seeds garner a lot of attention on NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday.

Wednesday, March 16

VCU defies expectations, tops Southern Cal in final game of NCAA First Four

It might not have looked pretty to others. It was a masterpiece for Virginia Commonwealth.

Johnson scores 29 points, leads UT-San Antonio to victory over Alabama State

Melvin Johnson III, the smooth guard with "SWISH" scrawled on the side of each orange shoe, scored a career-high 29 points Wednesday night, putting on the most scintillating show so far in the NCAA tournament while leading Texas-San Antonio to a 70-61 victory over Alabama State in the "First Four" round.

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Davis, Kansas women smash Shockers in WNIT

Sophomore forward erupts for 33 points in 79-58 drubbing

Kansas forward Carolyn Davis scored 33 points to go with 12 rebounds, leading the KU women's basketball team to a 79-58 victory over Wichita State in the opening round of the WNIT on Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

President Obama picks Kansas as NCAA Tournament champion

For the second year in a row, President Barack Obama has chosen Kansas as his choice to win the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.

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Keith Langford to extend with BC Khimki for four years

Former Kansas University basketball guard Keith Langford has agreed to a four-year extension on his contract with BC Khimky Moscow, a professional basketball team in Russia, according to as well as

KU football's Chris Harris focused for pro day

When Kansas University senior Chris Harris arrived on campus before the 2007 season, he was a cornerback. Nothing more, nothing less.

Obama: No. 1 seeds will rule in NCAA Tournament

March Madness is back at the White House, and President Barack Obama is picking the top seeds to advance to the Final Four.

Northern Iowa articles from last season motivate Jayhawks

The lockers of Kansas University’s basketball players were decorated prior to Tuesday’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse.

KU women to host Wichita St. tonight in WNIT

Kansas University’s women’s basketball team was not shy about sharing its disappointment of missing out on the NCAA Tournament and qualifying for the Women’s NIT for the fourth year in a row.

Oklahoma State routs Harvard in NIT

After its fastest start of the season, Oklahoma State didn’t need much of a second half to knock Harvard out of the NIT.

KU baseball falls to Arkansas, 4-2

A two-run Arkansas fourth inning doomed Kansas University’s baseball team in a 4-2 setback on Tuesday.

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Boston U. coach, Morris twins share Philadelphia roots

As a Philadelphia native and basketball fan, Boston University men’s basketball coach Patrick Chambers always has been fond of Marcus and Markieff Morris, Kansas University’s twin brothers from the City of Brotherly Love.

Tuesday, March 15

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Clemson takes down UAB, 70-52, in 'First Four' game

Jerai Grant scored a career-best 22 points and fast-starting Clemson built a double-figure lead and never backed off in beating Alabama-Birmingham 70-52 on Tuesday night in an NCAA tournament "First Four" game at the University of Dayton Arena.

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UNC Asheville opens NCAA Tournament with 81-77 OT win over Arkansas-Little Rock

Matt Dickey and the Bulldogs were quite an opening act on the NCAA tournament's expanded stage, one that has more teams in the brackets and — so far — the same March drama on the court.

Louisville poses threat in NCAA Tournament's Southwest bracket

First impressions tend to last. Still, it’s always wise to put them under a microscope to see if they stand up to scrutiny.

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Enjoy the ride: Bill Self wants Jayhawks to stay loose, have fun in NCAA Tournament

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self will have a game plan — stock full of Xs and Os — for Friday’s NCAA Tournament opener against Boston University.

NBA all-star Paul Pierce backs alma mater Kansas in NCAA Tournament

Nine-time NBA all-star Paul Pierce, who has played for the Boston Celtics the past 13 seasons, is pleased that Boston University has advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002.

Big 12, Fox working on long-term TV deal

The Big 12 Conference is nearing a cable agreement with Fox that will more than triple the conference’s revenue over its current contract, Sports Business Journal reported Monday.

Bishop Seabury excited Lew Perkins on board as assistant girls basketball coach

Seabury Academy girls basketball coach and personal trainer Becky Bridson loves to talk about basketball with one of her clients: former Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins.

Monday, March 14

KU women to host Wichita State in WNIT at 7 p.m. Wednesday

The Kansas women's basketball team has been selected for the WNIT and will play host to Wichita State at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawks doing pretty well in academic bracket too

The Jayhawks have proved they can win on the court, but their classroom scores are pretty good, too.

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Oklahoma fires men's basketball coach Jeff Capel

Oklahoma has fired men's basketball coach Jeff Capel, according to The Oklahoman's website,

Boston University Terriers tickled to get KU in NCAA basketball tournament opener

Not since Paul Revere’s midnight ride in the late 18th century have so many eyes been fixed on Boston with survival on the line.

Kansas notebook: Former Jayhawk Quintrell Thomas potential foe down line for KU

Quintrell Thomas, who played sparingly for Kansas University during the 2008-09 season before transferring to UNLV, said Sunday he’d welcome a potential second-round NCAA Tournament game against the Jayhawks.

NCAA Tournament selection process flawed

Too tall to fit into anybody’s pocket, too smart to trust anyone else’s views over his own and too funny to deliver his opinions in drab fashion, Jay Bilas cemented his reputation as the E.F. Hutton of college basketball on Selection Sunday. When Bilas talks college hoops, it pays to shut up and listen.

KU baseball falters against Eastern Michigan

First, the good news: Kansas University’s baseball team is starting to shake its early-season slump at the plate.

KU softball edges North Florida

Mariah Montgomery went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs, and Kansas University’s softball team defeated North Florida, 2-1, on Sunday at the final game of the North Florida Tournament.

2011 NCAA Tournament champ? Pick Jayhawks

There are many reasons not to pick Kansas, and once again I will ignore them all.

Former KU AD Lew Perkins to serve as assistant on girls basketball team

Former Kansas University athletic director Lew Perkins will be an assistant girls basketball coach at Seabury Academy next season, the Journal-World has learned.

Sunday, March 13

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KU men's basketball team is No. 1 seed in Southwest regional, will play 16 seed Boston at 5:50 p.m. Friday

The Kansas men's basketball team is the No. 1 seed in the Southwest regional.

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Record-setting Griner, Bears topple Aggies

Baylor coach Kim Mulkey is running out of superlatives to describe 6-foot-8 center Brittney Griner.

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Revenge is sweet: KU avenges loss, wins Big 12 again

Bill Self watched with pride as his Kansas University basketball players, the ones wearing blue Big 12 championship T-shirts and gray caps, climbed atop a ladder and snipped the nets on Saturday night in Sprint Center.

Kansas basketball notebook

Fans in Sprint Center chanted “One More Year” as the Morris twins clipped the nets after Saturday’s Big 12 tournament title win over Texas.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Saturday, March 12, 2011.

Six KU track athletes named All-Americans

Six members of Kansas University’s track and field team earned All-American honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships: freshman Diamond Dixon, sophomores Mason Finley, Andrea Geubelle, Denesha Morris, Taylor Washington, and senior Kendra Bradley.

Bill Self’s handling of Tyshawn Taylor genius

Kansas University basketball coach/psychologist for young male adults Bill Self has had one of the quickest guards in America on his team the past three years, so quick, in fact, that it seems at times about the only one who can get in front of him to stop him from getting where he wants to go is Tyshawn Taylor himself.

Longhorns shrug off Markieff Morris' banter

Texas forward Gary Johnson didn’t have any problems with how Kansas University’s players handled themselves before and during the Jayhawks’ 85-73 victory Saturday.

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Jayhawks drilled, 8-1

Kansas University pitcher Wally Marciel and a few other Jayhawks lingered in the dugout following Saturday’s game, their heads bowed in silence.

Saturday, March 12

Tyrel Reed's first dunk earns high marks from KU teammates

Forget the style points, throw the scorecards they use at the NBA’s slam dunk contest away. Saturday’s dunk by Kansas University senior Tyrel Reed during KU’s 85-73 victory over Texas in the Big 12 tournament title game earned high marks from the rest of the Jayhawks for one reason and one reason alone.

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Playing with heavy heart, Marasco lifts Jayhawks

Last March, Kansas University sophomore Jake Marasco answered his phone and received the worst possible news. The day after he smacked a career-high four hits against Iowa, Marasco learned that his mother, Carol, had unexpectedly passed away at 54.

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Kansas can count on Tyrel Reed

On a night Kansas University, the nation’s second-ranked basketball team, defeated Colorado, 90-83, Friday in the Sprint Center and ran its record to 31-2 and its two-year mark to 64-5, it rode its preferred inside-out approach to scoring.

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Big 12 women's roundup: No. 3 Baylor blasts K-State

Bears, Texas A&M to clash in tournament final

Offense is a given for Baylor, so coach Kim Mulkey was especially pleased with the defense and rebounding effort that advanced the Lady Bears to the Big 12 tournament final Friday.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas sophomore forward Thomas Robinson, who reportedly said on Thursday night that he is definitely returning to KU for his junior season, confirmed that is indeed the case.

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Colorado guards Higgins, Burks hounded by KU

After combining for 52 points Thursday against Kansas State, Colorado guards Cory Higgins and Alec Burks mustered just 29 points on 10-for-29 shooting in Friday’s 90-83 loss to Kansas.

KU’s Finley takes 2nd in shot put

Kansas University sophomore thrower Mason Finley finished second in the shot put at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships to score eight points for KU on Friday at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the Texas A&M campus.

KU gets rematch it wanted: UT

Kansas University’s basketball players were in a bit of a daze the last time the Jayhawks played Texas.

KU softball triumphs

For the second time in three games, freshman Kendra Cullum drove in what proved to be the game-winning run for Kansas University’s softball team.

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A driving force: Taylor helps KU subdue CU, reach title game

Kansas University junior point guard Tyshawn Taylor had only been in the game 15 seconds Friday night when he heard a familiar voice booming instructions in his direction.

Friday, March 11

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Texas defeats Texas A&M, 70-58, advances to play KU in Big 12 final

Jordan Hamilton scored 17 points and No. 10 Texas had four players in double figures while beating Texas A&M 70-58 in the Big 12 semifinals Friday night, giving the Longhorns a three-game season sweep of their old rivals.

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Thomas Robinson: Markieff Morris 'best big man in the country'

Going on the assumption that Kansas University junior Marcus Morris is more of a small forward, KU sophomore Thomas Robinson was pretty comfortable with his comments about his other teammate named Morris: power forward Markieff.

NCAA: Baylor’s criticism of Jones case ‘off base’

A day after ruling Baylor freshman Perry Jones ineligible for accepting improper benefits, the NCAA said Thursday that the school was wrong in criticizing how the case was handled and suggesting there were similarities to problems at Auburn and Ohio State.

NCAA justice speedy when it wants to be

The story of ineligible freshman Perry Jones III lost its immediate news urgency with Baylor’s early exit Wednesday in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

KU notebook: Jayhawks had tough time going inside against Cowboys

KU had trouble working the ball inside against Okie State’s zone defense. Marcus Morris had 16 points off 7-of-15 shooting but just four points off 1-of-4 shooting the second half. Markieff Morris had 10 points off 3-of-5 shooting and Thomas Robinson one point. He missed all five floor shots.

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KU wanted ’Cats, but CU will do

Truth be known, Kansas University’s basketball players wanted to play Kansas State in the 2011 Big 12 tournament.

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Stop and go: Defensive stand puts KU in semis

Kansas University’s No. 2-ranked basketball team confronted a harsh reality while huddling during a timeout with 20 seconds left in Thursday’s Big 12 tournament quarterfinal nail-biter against Oklahoma State in Sprint Center.

Marcus Morris plays like Player of Year

Shortly before opening tip of Thursday’s Big 12 quarterfinal against Oklahoma State, Kansas University junior forward Marcus Morris received his Big 12 Player of the Year hardware and an ovation from the Sprint Center crowd. It didn’t take him long to show the many reasons nobody else came close to deserving it.

Thursday, March 10

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Texas A&M takes down Missouri, 86-71

There’s nothing like a quick start and a big early lead to fill a team with confidence and pep.

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Oklahoma State's Marshall Moses: Fifth foul a 'terrible call'

Oklahoma State forward Marshall Moses didn’t mince words when talking about his controversial fifth foul — a charge against Kansas University’s Mario Little with 2:55 remaining in OSU’s 63-62 loss to KU on Thursday afternoon.

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Texas rolls past Oklahoma, 74-54

Allowing big leads to disappear cost No. 10 Texas dearly during the regular season. The 10th-ranked Longhorns were determined not to let it happen again Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

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Colorado stuns Kansas State, advances to face Kansas in Big 12 tournament semifinals

When Colorado waltzed in and beat nationally ranked Kansas State two months ago, ending a nine-game losing streak to the Wildcats, Cory Higgins sounded a warning.

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Kansas freshman Josh Selby focused on team goals during recent struggles

For about a minute during Thursday’s 63-62 victory against Oklahoma State in the second round of the Big 12 tournament, Kansas University guard Josh Selby had it going.

NCAA selection committee ready to do the dirty work

NCAA selection committee chairman Gene Smith hopes he’s seen the last of this week’s complications.

Baylor freshman Perry Jones ruled ineligible

Baylor freshman Perry Jones was declared ineligible by the NCAA on Wednesday after an investigation about whether Jones or his family received preferential treatment or improper benefits from an AAU coach before enrolling in college.

National Bracket Day coming Monday

Turner Sports and the NCAA have branded Monday the first “National Bracket Day” and will flood the streets of big cities and key college campuses, including Kansas University, with bracket sheets, urging fans to fill them out.

KU tennis rolls

Kansas University’s tennis team recorded its first sweep of the season with a 7-0 rout of UMKC on Wednesday afternoon at the Jayhawk Tennis Center.

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Clash with Cowboys: KU to face Oklahoma State in Big 12 quarterfinals

Kansas University’s basketball practice ended at the perfect time early Wednesday afternoon, crunch time of a first-round Big 12 tournament clash between Oklahoma State and Nebraska. “That was a great win for Oklahoma State,” KU coach Bill Self said.

KU coach Bill Self loves playing in Kansas City

Bill Self, who played in four Big Eight Tournaments in Kansas City’s Kemper Arena, grew up as a fan of the event that precedes the all-important NCAAs.

Big 12 women's roundup: Oklahoma women survive Texas Tech scare

K-State, A&M advance in quarterfinals

Danielle Robinson scored 19 points, and Carlee Roethlisberger added 18 to lead No. 21 Oklahoma to a 71-69 victory over Texas Tech in the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday night.

Oklahoma State's 53-point total won't cut it against Kansas

There’s no Big 12 Player of the Year candidate on this year’s Oklahoma State men’s basketball team like there was last season, when James Anderson led the league in scoring.

KU baseball wins despite hitting slump

High-quality starting pitching carried the Kansas University baseball team in its first 11 games of the season.

Wednesday, March 9

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Missouri sends Texas Tech, Knight packing

Marcus Denmon scored 20 points, leading Missouri past Texas Tech 88-84 in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday night and bringing an end to Pat Knight's time as coach of the Red Raiders.

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Oklahoma blows out short-handed Baylor, 84-67

Cade Davis scored 24 points and Oklahoma hit nine 3-pointers en route to an 84-67 victory over short-handed Baylor in the first round of the Big 12 tournament Wednesday.

Colorado uses flurry of late scoring to survive tough challenge by Iowa State, advances to play K-State

Alec Burks scored 25 of his 29 points in the second half and Colorado unleashed a 12-2 run in the final minutes to slip past 12th-seeded Iowa State 77-75 Wednesday in a hard-fought first-round game in the Big 12 tournament.

Oklahoma State survives Nebraska run, advances to face Kansas in Big 12 Tournament

Oklahoma State's 30-percent foul shooter swishes two in a row in the final seconds. Then Keiton Page, the best free throw shooter in the conference, misses the front end of a 1-and-1 with 16 seconds to go, giving Nebraska a chance for one more shot.

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KU women clobbered by Baylor at Big 12 tourney, 86-51

The Kansas University women’s basketball team on Wednesday fell to Baylor for the second time this season, losing 86-51 in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament at Municipal Auditorium.

KU golf ties for 12th in Louisiana event

The Kansas University men’s golf team finished in a tie for 12th place on Tuesday at the Louisiana Classics.

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Big 12 tournament up for grabs in K.C.

Top-seeded Kansas University goes into the Big 12 tournament favored to win but with much to lose.

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Promise keeper: Unfinished business consumes Marcus Morris on journey to stardom

Only five Kansas University players remained in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room following the biggest upset of the 2010 NCAA Tournament.

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Associated Press All-Big 12 basketball

The Associated Press All-Big 12 men’s basketball teams for the 2010-11 season as chosen by a panel of media representatives who cover the conference on a regular basis, with players listed by name, school, class, height, weight and hometown:

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, March 9, 2011.

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Juggernaut BU awaits: KU women to face top-seeded Bears today

The last time the Kansas University women’s basketball team faced Baylor, the Bears were the No. 1-ranked team in the nation and a winter storm had just unloaded on Lawrence.

Tuesday, March 8

How Keegan voted: AP All-Big 12 teams

The following is Lawrence Journal-World sports editor Tom Keegan's Associated Press All-Big 12 ballot.

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Marcus Morris named AP Big 12 player of the year

As a freshman, Marcus Morris was considered by his coach to be a complementary player. That evolved into becoming one of the most consistent performers for Kansas last season.

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KU women top Colorado, 71-45, advance to play top-seeded Baylor on Wednesday

With its 71-45 pounding of Colorado in Tuesday’s opening round of the Big 12 tournament at Municipal Auditorium, the Kansas University women’s basketball team made sure there would be no warm and fuzzy farewell tour for the Buffs, who will bolt for the Pac-10 next season.

Tuesday's KU-North Dakota baseball game, LHS boys golf practice canceled

The Kansas University baseball team has canceled Tuesday's game against North Dakota due to rain.

KU golf in ninth place after two rounds in Louisana

After two rounds of play, the Kansas University men’s golf team is in ninth place at the Louisiana Classics with a score of 590, placing the Jayhawks 20 strokes behind leaders LSU and Illinois.

Former KU basketball star Mario Chalmers answer for Miami Heat

So much drama in South Beach these days. So much angst. Such soul searching for a solution to getting the mix of superstars on the Miami Heat to blend into a title-worthy contender.

Women's Big 12 basketball title up for grabs

With two of the conference’s teams ranked nationally in the Top 10 and a few others either ranked or receiving votes, this week’s Big 12 women’s basketball tournament in Kansas City, Mo., figures to be one of the most entertaining and competitive crapshoots in years.

Six Jayhawks to compete in track and field events at NCAA Indoor National Championships

Six members of the Kansas University track and field team will make the trip to College Station, Texas, this weekend to compete in the NCAA Indoor National Championships.

Ex-KU aide resigns at SJSU

San Jose State women’s basketball coach Pam DeCosta has resigned after four seasons with the Spartans.

KU-Creighton baseball game to be televised

The Kansas-Creighton baseball game on April 26 will be televised on CBS College Sports (cable channels 143, 243), it was announced Monday.

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Not without fault: Bill Self confesses shortcoming after winning AP award

Kansas University’s Bill Self, who was named the Associated Press Big 12 Coach of the Year on Monday — a day after the league coaches accorded him the same honor — insists he has his faults.

Nebraska, Iowa to play day after Thanksgiving through 2012

Iowa and Nebraska will meet on the Friday after Thanksgiving in each of the next two seasons.

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KU women's basketball feeling good heading into Big 12 tournament

The combination of a 6-10 record in conference play and two straight losses to end the regular season normally doesn’t yield the kind of favorable first-round draw that the Kansas University women’s basketball team received in this year’s Big 12 tournament.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Monday, March 7, 2011.

KU basketball's Tyrel Reed still hampered by left foot injury

Quiet, unassuming Tyrel Reed screamed and appeared to yell something in the direction of Missouri’s student cheering section, The Antlers, after hitting a late three-pointer in Saturday’s 70-66 victory at Mizzou Arena.

Monday, March 7

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KU coach Bill Self wins Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year

Kansas' Bill Self, whose remarkable run of seven consecutive Big 12 championships has astounded his rivals and probably spoiled his fans, is the Associated Press Big 12 coach of the year.

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Bill Self gives updates on guards' injuries heading into Big 12 tournament

Kansas coach Bill Self revealed Monday that guard Tyrel Reed only practices the day before games because of his lingering left foot injury.

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Kansas forward Carolyn Davis named to All-Big 12 first team

Kansas sophomore forward Carolyn Davis was named to the All-Big 12 first team, the conference announced Monday.

Charlotte Bobcats withdraw offer to Sherron Collins after undrafted rookie misses two flights

Two missed flights have ended guard Sherron Collins' chance of returning to the Charlotte Bobcats.

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Brandon Simmons, Jason Jeffries sentenced to two years probation, must repay thousands of dollars in KU ticket scandal

Brandon Simmons and Jason Jeffries will spend the next two years trying to pay back some of the thousands of dollars they took illegally from Kansas Athletics Inc. and, by extension, season-ticket holders, Kansas University fans and Jayhawk supporters overall.

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Texas Tech fires coach Pat Knight

Pat Knight sat in the Texas Tech locker room and lauded his bosses for the way they let him go after three disappointing seasons.It was, after all, different from the way his famous father was ousted at Indiana more than a decade ago.

KU athletic director Sheahon Zenger at home on the road on outreach tour

Kansas University’s new athletic director got a chance last week to make good on a promise he made during his introductory press conference — to get behind the wheel and meet new people.

Marcus Morris Big 12 Player of Year

If Bill Self could have, he would have voted for Kansas University junior Marcus Morris as Big 12 Player of the Year.

Kansas softball rolls over San Diego, 7-0

Freshman Kristin Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings, and junior Marissa Ingle hit her second grand slam of the season as Kansas University’s softball team blanked San Diego, 7-0, Sunday in KU’s final game of the UNLV Eller Media Stadium Classic.

KU tennis wins, 4-3

Freshman Dylan Windom clinched the match as Kansas University’s tennis team beat Saint Louis, 4-3, Sunday at Jayhawk Tennis Center.

Marciel, Jayhawks trip Air Force in baseball

Senior left-handed pitcher Wally Marciel allowed just one run over seven innings, and third baseman Jake Marasco went 3-for-4 with a pair of runs scored as Kansas University snapped a three-game baseball losing streak with a 4-1 victory over Air Force on Sunday at the Coca Cola Classic.

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KU's Bill Self named Big 12 Coach of the Year again

Bill Self, who has led Kansas University, Illinois and Tulsa to 11 regular-season conference championships in the last 13 years, on Sunday was named Big 12 Coach of the Year by his peers — the league’s coaches.

Thomas Robinson's return uplifting for KU basketball

If Thomas Robinson played every game against Missouri the way he played Saturday in Columbia, Mo., basketball fans here in Lawrence might commission local sculptor Jim Brothers to build a life-size statue of the power forward, in which case there would be two Thomas Robinson statues in town: one that runs, jumps, dunks, talks and smiles, one that doesn’t.

Sunday, March 6

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KU coach Bill Self wins Big 12 coach of the year; Marcus Morris wins Big 12 player of the year

Kansas University men's basketball coach Bill Self is the Big 12 coach of the year, the Big 12 announced on its website Sunday afternoon.

Big 12 roundup: Pullen finishes in style, K-State cruises past ISU

With a few seconds to go in his last game in Bramlage Coliseum, Kansas State’s Jacob Pullen knelt down and kissed the floor.

Arizona State edges KU baseball

Arizona State third baseman Riccio Torres’ sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh broke a 3-all tie and lifted the seventh-ranked Sun Devils to a 4-3 victory over Kansas University on Saturday evening at Surprise Stadium in the Coca Cola Classic.

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Seventh heaven: Jayhawks beat Missouri, claim league title outright

Marcus Morris chose casual attire for a rare in-season, Saturday night out on the town. “I didn’t bring it here. I’m going to wear it tonight (in Lawrence),” Morris, Kansas University’s junior forward, said of his yet-to-be-used 2010-11 Big 12 regular-season championship T-shirt.

KU notebook: Elijah Johnson miffed by miscues vs. Mizzou

Elijah Johnson on KU’s 24 turnovers: “We need to take care of the ball because every team is not Missouri,” Johnson said of the Tigers, who generally force a lot of miscues.

Senior guard Tyrel Reed called his shot against Missouri

In need of a big basket in Saturday’s game against Missouri, Kansas University’s basketball team turned to its senior go-to guy ... Tyrel Reed. Who else?

Elijah Johnson shores up point for KU men's basketball

Looking more than ever like a not-ready-for-prime-time freshman, Kansas University guard Josh Selby couldn’t stop himself from either throwing it to the Missouri bench or dribbling it out of bounds. He tallied three turnovers in seven minutes. The team’s five best players — Marcus and Markieff Morris, Tyrel Reed, Thomas Robinson and Brady Morningstar — combined for 20 turnovers.

Reed’s 3 ‘great play’

Wrinkle catches MU off guard

With 1:05 remaining, Kansas University guard Tyrel Reed made what KU coach Bill Self called the biggest shot of the Jayhawks’ 70-66 victory over Missouri: a three-pointer from the left corner to give KU a seven-point lead.

Jayhawks compete in last chance meets

Six members of the Kansas University indoor track and field team set personal bests Saturday at the Iowa State NCAA qualifier.

Kansas softball splits in Vegas

Kansas University was bombed by UNLV, 10-1, but rebounded for a 7-6, eight-inning victory over Troy later Saturday on Day Two of the Eller Media Stadium Classic.

Freshman leads KU tennis to victory

In her first collegiate start, Kansas University freshman tennis player Amy Barnthouse won in straight sets to capture her first career win, but also clinch a 4-3 victory for the Jayhawks.

Saturday, March 5

KU men will play winner of Nebraska/Oklahoma State on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

The Kansas men's basketball team has earned the No. 1 seed in next week's Big 12 Tournament and will face the winner of Wednesday's 11:30 a.m. game between eighth-seeded Nebraska and ninth-seeded Oklahoma State.

KU women fall to K-State, 56-51, in regular season finale

The Kansas State University women's basketball team completed its season sweep of Kansas University, with a 56-51 victory Saturday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

KCTV5 to re-air second half of KU-MU game tonight after sun spots cause fans to miss final minutes

With just a few minutes left in Saturday's KU-MU game, fans watching on KCTV in Kansas City as well as KRCG in Columbia, Mo., and KMOV in St. Louis saw CBS cut away from the final few minutes of the game in favor of the Michigan-Michigan State game. KCTV5 apologized to viewers and said that CBS told them the problem related to sun spots causing problems with the satellite feed.

Brady Morningstar recalls Antlers before Border War

As of earlier this week, Brady Morningstar hadn’t been bothered by Missouri’s infamous student cheering section, “The Antlers.”

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KU men's basketball looking to snap Missouri’s home streak

Awful on the road, Missouri’s basketball team has been awesome at home this season.

KU softball splits doubleheader

Kansas University’s softball team split a pair of games Friday in the UNLV Classic, falling 10-7 to Bradley, but rebounding to top San Jose State, 3-1.

Geubelle takes first for KU track

Kansas University sophomore Andrea Geubelle took first place in the women’s long jump on Friday afternoon at the Arkansas Last Chance Meet.

K-State forward Caron returns to Lawrence

On one hand, tonight’s game at Kansas marks the end of the regular season for Kansas State and forward Chantay Caron, a 2009 Free State High grad.

Kansas baseball blanked, 12-0

Offense was tough to come by Friday for Kansas University’s baseball team.

Friday, March 4

Naismith's original basketball rules on display at Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The new owners of James Naismith’s original rules of basketball are meeting with the media to discuss a new display at Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Danny Manning’s father, Ed, passes away at 68

Former Kansas basketball assistant coach Ed Manning, the father of Jayhawk All-American Danny Manning, died Friday morning at Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth, Texas. Ed Manning, who was battling a long-standing heart condition, was 68.

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Larry Brown ‘amazed’ by fieldhouse fans

Hall of Fame basketball coach Larry Brown stood in a corner of Kansas University’s shiny, new practice facility Thursday afternoon, his eyes focused on the court as he conducted a one-on-one media interview.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's a look at how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Thursday, March 3, 2011.

Jayhawks defeated in extra innings

Freshman Alex Cox pitched six strong innings and Jake Marasco collected two hits, but it was not enough for the Kansas University baseball team.

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Assault charge dropped against Baylor Bears senior guard LaceDarius Dunn

A grand jury declined to indict Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn for assault Thursday, effectively ending the case that began last fall with his arrest for allegedly breaking his girlfriend’s jaw.

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Gary Bedore's basketball notebook: KU's Tyshawn Taylor focused on winning

Back on Feb. 12, responding to a question about troubles at rival Kansas State University, Kansas University junior Tyshawn Taylor acknowledged his own somewhat stormy past.

Thursday, March 3

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Jayhawks beat Aggies without rhythm

KU basketball team takes down Texas A&M without big offensive numbers

Peer beneath Wednesday’s Senior-Night speeches, the outstanding final home performances of Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed, the spectators stopping and taking a look back at the Fieldhouse on their way out because they knew they wouldn’t see the inside of it again until Late Night in the Phog, and what remained was an encouraging sign from the nation’s second-ranked basketball team.

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A senior moment: KU men's basketball clinches share of 7th consecutive Big 12 title

Kansas University’s basketball players looked at, but did not hoist, their new, 2010-11 Big 12 championship trophy, which sat solemnly in the middle of the Jayhawks’ locker room after Wednesday’s historic 64-51 victory over Texas A&M in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Coach Mark Turgeon urges Texas A&M basketball team to ‘embrace it’

Winless against Kansas University since taking over at Texas A&M four years ago, and 0-2 during that time at Allen Fieldhouse, Aggies coach Mark Turgeon had nothing but warm and fuzzy things to say about his alma mater despite falling to 0-6 against the Jayhawks after a 64-51 loss Wednesday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

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KU's Elijah Johnson to start against Missouri

Tyshawn Taylor returns from suspension

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said there won’t be any changes in the starting lineup at the point-guard position for Saturday’s game at Missouri.

Big 12 basketball roundup: Nebraska takes down Colorado

Texas Tech handles OU

Freshman Calvin Godfrey scored a career-high 23 points, and Iowa State beat Colorado, damaging the Buffaloes’ hopes for an NCAA bid.

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook: Senior speech highlights

Here are some highlights of the postgame speeches of KU’s three seniors, Mario Little, Brady Morningstar and Tyrel Reed.

Wednesday, March 2

Freshman QB Berglund won't participate in spring drills

Change in class schedule means prize recruit won't join Jayhawks until August

Kansas University freshman quarterback Brock Berglund’s path to becoming the starter for the Jayhawks this fall, hit a snag on Wednesday. KU coach Turner Gill announced that Berglund, a three-star, dual-threat gem from Valor Christian High in Highlands Rach, Colo., would not participate in spring drills and instead would join the program this summer with the rest of the Class of 2011.

Judge plans to sentence former KU athletic department employees Brandon Simmons, Jason Jeffries to two years of probation

Two former Kansas Athletics Inc. employees are in line to spend two years on probation and pay thousands of dollars in restitution for their roles in a ticket-skimming scheme that cost the department at least $2 million.

Former Lawrence High Lion Stephen Paea shatters NFL combine record

Paea plays defensive tackle for Oregon State

Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea pulled off such an amazing feat Sunday at the NFL combine, by Tuesday he was telling a condensed, somewhat Hollywood version of his life story on Jim Rome’s nationally syndicated radio show.

Gary Bedore’s KU basketball notebook: 'Turg' returns

Fourth-year Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon is 0-5 versus his alma mater, Kansas. His Aggies fell to KU, 73-53, on Jan. 19, 2009, in his only coaching appearance in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Big 12 roundup: Mizzou loses on road again

For Missouri, the best thing about Tuesday night’s game at Nebraska was that it was the Tigers’ last one on the road this season.

KU women's golf finishes 5th at Sir Pizza Cards Challenge

Behind strong final rounds from junior Katy Nugent and freshman Thanuttra Boonraksasat, Kansas University's women's golf team finished fifth at the Sir Pizza Cards Challenge on Tuesday in Weston, Fla.

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Final chapter: Emotional Brady Morningstar playing last home game at Allen Fieldhouse

Brady Morningstar, who grew up in Lawrence, has listened attentively to countless Kansas University Senior Night speeches throughout the years.

K-State basketball coach Frank Martin has knee surgery; Jacob Pullen's hand OK

Kansas State coach Frank Martin underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Tuesday and was resting comfortably.

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Jayhawk baseball sweeps Southern Utah

Southern Utah pitcher Chase Rezac sure left his mark on Kansas University’s baseball team on Tuesday.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here is how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.

Brady Morningstar's name resonates

The only visible signs of his playing days are the letters of his name on the record board and an 8x11 photo plaque celebrating his all-state season of 2004-05 that hangs outside the gym.

Tuesday, March 1

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Iowa State women's basketball stomps KU, 72-36

Senior guard Kelsey Bolte scored a game-high 17 points in her final home game and No. 23 Iowa State earned a 72-36 win over Kansas on Tuesday.

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KU basketball coach Bill Self comments on Tyshawn Taylor's status, says he will be in uniform

Kansas University junior guard Tyshawn Taylor, who missed the past two games while on suspension, will be available for Wednesday's game against Texas A&M.

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KU baseball wins, still a work in progress

Just as a few piles of snow are still melting in the corners of Hoglund Ballpark, the Kansas University baseball team is slowly working its way into mid-spring form.

Jayhawks in the NBA

Here's how former Jayhawks fared in NBA action Monday, Feb. 28, 2011.

KU women focused on Iowa State game

Already in possession of the most wins in conference play during her seven seasons at Kansas University, Bonnie Henrickson enters tonight’s women’s basketball game against Iowa State — 7 p.m. in Ames, Iowa — with a little more than a personal milestone on her mind.

Gary Bedore’s KU hoops notebook

Kansas University coach Bill Self said he would start seniors Brady Morningstar, Tyrel Reed and Mario Little to go with the Morris twins in Wednesday’s 8 p.m. Senior Night game against Texas A&M.

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Big step for Mario Little: Family proud of Chicago native

O’Keefe Little, who delivers pizza in one of the roughest neighborhoods of Chicago, never has to dodge bullets while working his route. “Nobody bothers me. It’s because I’m Mario’s uncle. Mario is a hero around here in the ‘Wild 100s,’’’ said Little, uncle of Kansas University senior basketball player Mario Little.

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Tyrel Reed no longer nervous

Bill Self and Tyrel Reed, both sons of basketball coaches and both excellent students in the classroom and on the hardwood, seemingly had a lot in common. Yet, for a pair of 6-foot-3 guys, they didn’t necessarily see eye-to-eye at first.