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Bill Self stood on the American Airlines Center court amid a sea of confetti, watching his Kansas University basketball players climb the ladder and clip cords of the net after the Jayhawks' resounding 80-68 Big 12 Conference tournament championship victory over Texas on Sunday.
Finally, Russell Robinson encountered something on a basketball court that fills him with fear.
Not all zone-busters roam outside the three-point semicircle waiting for the ball to be swung back around to them for open shots.
Big 12 Conference Player of the Year P.J. Tucker won the award as much for his toughness as anything, so he knows toughness when he sees it.
When the names Kansas University and Bradley University flashed on the television screen Sunday announcing the pairing for the NCAA Tournament first-round game Friday in Auburn Hills, Mich., a few muted cheers filled Henry T's Bar & Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St.
Jeff Hawkins wore an American Airlines Center net around his neck during his postgame interview session with reporters in a giddy winner's locker room Sunday afternoon.
KU cruised to the Big 12 tourney title in Dallas on Sunday with a win over Texas and also came away with a date with Bradley as a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Kansas University's players got the payback they wanted against Texas Sunday afternoon when KU won the Big 12 Tournament title with a 80-66 victory over the Longhorns at American Airlines Center. Whether the win will pay off in a higher-seed in next week's NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks will have to wait about an hour for the official NCAA brackets to be released.
The men's basketball co-champions in the Big 12 Conference will break the tie today. Texas, the pride of the South, and Kansas University, the darling of the North, will tangle at 2 p.m. in American Airlines Center with league supremacy in mind. Each went 13-3 in the conference season to tie for the league crown.
For two hours this afternoon, set aside the seeding possibilities and related stress. Recline your chair just so, turn off the cell phone, ban all chronic talkers from the vicinity, and treat yourself to what promises to be one terrific basketball game.
No matter what numbers on the stat sheet sparkle next to Texas standout P.J. Tucker's name, the Big 12 Conference player of the year's best effort Saturday might have come when no one was looking.
Darnell Jackson has added a nifty inside shot to his repertoire. "A baby hook," as he called it, is what the Kansas University sophomore power forward used in part to score to a career-high-tying 13 points - to go with 10 rebounds - in the Jayhawks' 79-65 Big 12 Conference tournament semifinal victory over Nebraska on Saturday in American Airlines Center.
In an attempt to shake some soul into a silent Nebraska locker room, an NU basketball staff member turned the volume knob up on a boombox playing Al Green's classic hit "Love and Happiness."
Kansas University will find out at 5 p.m. today where it is headed and what team it will be playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The Jayhawk fans that made it down to American Airlines Center got what they wanted Saturday, a trip to Sunday's Big 12 Tourney championship game and a rematch with co-conference champs Texas at 2 p.m.
P.J. Tucker atoned for his big mistake and put Texas in the Big 12 tournament championship game. Tucker had a season-high 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 8 Longhorns to a 74-70 semifinal victory Saturday over the Texas A&M Aggies, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped and will have to wait another day to find out if they will get their first NCAA bid since 1987.
A solitary speck of Russell Robinson's blood remained on the hardwood as the final horn sounded in Kansas University's 63-62 first-round Big 12 Conference tournament victory over Oklahoma State on Friday night in American Airlines Center. The droplet, better than anything else, summarized KU's hard-fought victory, which was dominated by rugged defense.
Letting teams stick around finally got the best of Oklahoma. After the Sooners won five Big 12 Conference games by one point during a wild regular season, it was sixth-seeded Nebraska that stung third-seeded OU, pulling away late for a 69-63 victory in the league tournament quarterfinals Friday in the American Airlines Center.
Playing in an NBA arena, Texas center LaMarcus Aldridge sure looked like he was in the right place. From dunks to long jumpers, altered shots to broken-up passes, plus rebound after rebound, the 6-foot-10 sophomore was at his menacing best on both ends of the court Friday, carrying the No. 8 Longhorns past Texas Tech, 77-70, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament and sealing Red Raiders coach Bob Knight's worst season in 35 years.