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Arch sadness: KU's season ends in St. Louis, in round of 32

Jayhawks shoot 33 percent in loss to Stanford

This is not the way Andrew Wiggins wanted his college basketball career to end, sitting in front of his locker room stall with tears welled in his eyes. “It hurts. I feel I let my team down, my coaches, my fans, Kansas fans, everybody,” the 6-foot-8 freshman one-and-done sensation said after Kansas University’s 60-57 NCAA Tournament Round of 32 loss. By Gary Bedore

Early Morning

Curtain call: Traylor, Kansas face big test of brawn, brain

Kansas University power forward Jamari Traylor admits Stanford has a size advantage on the Joel Embiid-less Jayhawks entering today’s 11:15 a.m., NCAA Tournament Round of 32 game in Scottrade Center. But Traylor bristles at any assertion the Cardinal players have supremacy in brain power over his Jayhawks. By Gary Bedore

Stories

KU softball tops No. 8 Kentucky

Harli Ridling’s two-run home run — her eighth homer of the season — in the seventh gave Kansas University the lead, and the Jayhawks held on for a 7-5 nonconference softball victory over No. 8-ranked Kentucky on Sunday.

Sweep eludes KU baseball

On a cold Sunday afternoon with a dusting of snow outside of the Hoglund Ballpark field, it seemed like one run was all Kansas University’s baseball team would need to complete a three-game sweep of Dartmouth. Chance after chance after chance, the offense just couldn’t get the job done, and KU lost in 10 innings, 3-2. By Bobby Nightengale

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Notebook: Joel Embiid planned to play in Sweet 16

It turns out Kansas University freshman Joel Embiid would have been available for Thursday’s Sweet 16 matchup against Dayton, had the Jayhawks been able to defeat Stanford on Sunday in Scottrade Center. By Gary Bedore

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Arch sadness: KU's season ends in St. Louis, in round of 32

Jayhawks shoot 33 percent in loss to Stanford

This is not the way Andrew Wiggins wanted his college basketball career to end, sitting in front of his locker room stall with tears welled in his eyes. “It hurts. I feel I let my team down, my coaches, my fans, Kansas fans, everybody,” the 6-foot-8 freshman one-and-done sensation said after Kansas University’s 60-57 NCAA Tournament Round of 32 loss. By Gary Bedore

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Column: March can seem like November for freshmen

Elite freshmen dominate the November news in college basketball. Superlatives fly. So do the freshmen. Sometimes they trip and fall, too. Then they get better as league play toughens them. And then the NCAA tournament arrives. So often, one-and-done pressure of an elimination tournament can reset the clock for teenagers experiencing something new. By Tom Keegan

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Tarik Black respects play of Stanford counterpart in loss

With his team trailing by two points and his college basketball career in jeopardy, Kansas University senior Tarik Black made a pit stop on his way to the Kansas bench after picking up his fifth foul during the Jayhawks' 60-57 loss to Stanford Sunday at Scottrade Center. By Matt Tait

Notebook: Cardinal handed Bill Self first KU loss

Kansas University’s basketball team holds an 8-2 series advantage against Stanford. Yet in the last meeting, the Cardinal defeated the Jayhawks, 64-58, on Dec. 6, 2003, in Anaheim, Calif. By Gary Bedore

Column: KU needs to keep up its dunking ways

At the time an MRI revealed a stress fracture in the lower back of Kansas University freshman center Joel Embiid, he led his team with 31 dunks. That’s one area in which the Jayhawks have not slowed down without the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year. By Tom Keegan

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Curtain call: Traylor, Kansas face big test of brawn, brain

Kansas University power forward Jamari Traylor admits Stanford has a size advantage on the Joel Embiid-less Jayhawks entering today’s 11:15 a.m., NCAA Tournament Round of 32 game in Scottrade Center. But Traylor bristles at any assertion the Cardinal players have supremacy in brain power over his Jayhawks. By Gary Bedore

Canada: It’s not just hockey anymore

Kansas’ Wiggins, Stanford’s Nastic, Powell native Canadians

Today, when second-seeded Kansas University steps onto the floor for an 11:15 a.m. tipoff against 10th-seeded Stanford in the Round of 32, 30 percent of the starting lineups will be Canadian, with Wiggins starting for KU and Stefan Nastic and Dwight Powell starting for Stanford. By Matt Tait

Arthur’s pick? KU, of course

This is how you start a riot in an NBA locker room: Break out a bracket. Sure enough, just as I slipped the blank sheet to Nuggets forward Darrell Arthur, the lobbyists infiltrated his locker space, school pride in tow.

Rowers complete spring training

Kansas University’s rowing team wrapped up its spring training with three top-three finishes at the Clemson Regatta, including a second-place finish in the Second Varsity Four. KU’s Second Varsity Four: Erin Brogan, Alexa Fowlkes, Jennifer Hartzler, Sarah Lasini and Jackie Adamle.

KU golfer Philley ties for eighth

Kansas University golfer Logan Philley fired a career-low 6-under 66 to tie for eighth place Saturday in the Desert Shootout at Palm Valley Country Club. Philley had a three-day total of 9-under 207.

Kansas softball splits pair

Kansas University’s softball team split of pair of games Saturday, defeating Saint Francis, 10-2, and falling to Kentucky, 4-2.

Reaney sets U.S. record

Lawrence native Emma Reaney broke her own American record in the 200 breaststroke on her way to winning a national championship Saturday at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.

KU baseball clips Dartmouth

Kansas University’s baseball team struggled to score runs during its recent road trips. Home, sweet home has changed all of that. For the second straight day, the Jayhawks pounded Dartmouth pitching, and junior Dakota Smith powered the middle of the order. Smith drilled a grand slam in the sixth inning, his first home run of the season, to help lead the Jayhawks to an 11-7 victory over Dartmouth on Saturday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark.

How former Jayhawks fared in NBA games of March 22

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