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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Jayhawks in the NBA

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

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.