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’Pack mentality: N.C. State has KU’s full attention

Kansas University center Jeff Withey worked up quite a sweat during a pair of practices Thursday: the first at St. John Vianney High School and the second a 50-minute shootaround at Edward Jones Dome, site of today’s 9:17 p.m. Sweet 16 game against North Carolina State.

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How former Jayhawks fared (March 23)

Here's a look at how former Kansas University players fared in NBA games of March 22.

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KU women bask in tournament’s sweet glow

It’s called the Sweet 16 for a reason. Life itself seems candy-coated these days for Kansas University’s women’s basketball team, a bracket-busting No. 11 seed still alive in the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.

Angels reliever keen on Kansas

March Madness always helps to carry major-league baseball players through the dog days of spring training. They chase playing games that mean nothing with watching ones that mean everything. “I’m a much bigger fan of college basketball than I am of baseball,” veteran Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reliever LaTroy Hawkins said by phone from Arizona. “When you play a sport, you usually like watching another sport better.”

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’Pack mentality: N.C. State has KU’s full attention

Kansas University center Jeff Withey worked up quite a sweat during a pair of practices Thursday: the first at St. John Vianney High School and the second a 50-minute shootaround at Edward Jones Dome, site of today’s 9:17 p.m. Sweet 16 game against North Carolina State.

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Roy Williams still fan of Jayhawks

Roy Williams, who has 61-year-old knees, takes a daily walk, instead of a jog these days. Thursday, the ninth-year University of North Carolina basketball coach who coached the previous 15 years at Kansas University crossed the path of a KU fan during his morning stroll.

Wolfpack insist they’re not ’dogs

There was some discrepancy about whether 11th-seeded North Carolina State actually is the underdog in this one. Some of it even came from the same place.

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Guard battle could be key

The battle between North Carolina State big man C.J. Leslie and Kansas University power forward Thomas Robinson in tonight’s Sweet 16 game at the Edward Jones Dome will be one of the most-watched individual duels of the tournament.

Jayhawks big fans of women’s team, too

If Kansas University’s basketball team wins tonight against North Carolina State in the Edward Jones Dome, it will spend the entire weekend in St. Louis. But for two hours Saturday, the players’ hearts will be in Des Moines, Iowa, rooting for their female counterparts, Angel and the Miracles.

KU men's golfer McClure tied for 7th at Desert Shootout

Kansas University freshman golfer Dylan McClure carded a 4-under 68 to tie for seventh place after the first day of the Desert Shootout on Thursday.