Stories for March 17, 2011


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Early Morning

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.

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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.

KU: Seed ‘nothing’

Jayhawks downplay top billing

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

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.

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Southwest primer: A look at Kansas’ regional

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

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.