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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?”

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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.

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.”

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?”

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.

Jayhawks in the NBA

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

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.

Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

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