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The saying became pretty commonplace at Kansas University women's basketball practices in regards to freshman guard Chakeitha Weldon last season: 100 miles an hour going nowhere fast. Weldon entered Bonnie Henrickson's program as a blur on the floor, able to hit top speeds unlike very few. Then, once that speed was somewhat harnessed at midseason, boom.
Seven games in three days - including a trio on Sunday for Kansas City Pump N Run - is a lot of basketball, no matter who you are. That's why L.J. Goolsby is glad he has Mike Dixon running the show.
Former KU cornerback Aqib Talib waited just over two hours from the start of the 2008 NFL Draft Saturday morning to find out he's headed to Tampa Bay. The first team All-American was selected 20th overall by the reigning NFC South champs.
Tying up loose ends from Kansas 37th and final win of the 2007-08 season, one which claimed the third NCAA national title in KU history. The game featured KU capitalizing on late Memphis mistakes (mostly from the free throw line) and Mario Chalmers stepping up as the hero, sending the game into an overtime period which the Jayhawks dominated.
All it took was Darrell Arthur opening his mouth. Seriously, that's it.
SAN ANTONIO - Mario Chalmers gave his team the hope when it seemed to be fading, and after his last-gasp three-pointer fell late in regulation, his teammates helped do the rest in overtime, as KU secured its third NCAA national title in school history Monday night in San Antonio with a 75-68 win over Memphis. Chalmers finished with 18 points, second only to Darrell Arthur who led all Jayhawks with 20, and KU overcame a late second-half deficit which at one point was as large as nine.
Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 18-point win over North Carolina in the national semifinals, advancing KU to play Memphis for the NCAA crown Monday night. The game was won with KU playing at the pace most considered normally reserved for UNC, though the Jayhawks played at what they said was also their pace, and did so with much more efficiency.
Cole Aldrich still might not fully understand just what he did. Here's the 6-foot-11 mound of a freshman forward. He just scored eight points and grabbed seven pivotal rebounds in Kansas University's 84-66 national semifinal victory over North Carolina on Saturday night.
SAN ANTONIO - So in the end, a 25-2 run which, pushed KU ahead 40-12 late in the first half, was enough. Despite a second half North Carolina rally Saturday night in San Antonio, the Jayhawks downed former coach Roy Williams and the Tar Heels 84-66. KU will meet Memphis Monday night for the 2008 NCAA national championship.
One unique aspect of Saturday night's KU-UNC matchup is that both team's sixth men are former McDonald's All-Americans. For Kansas, it's speedy spark plug Sherron Collins. For North Carolina, it's 6-foot-6 wing Danny Green, who was a hamburger all-star the same year as KU's Mario Chalmers. Green's minutes have bumped significantly this season, and in response, he's produced as a legit inside-outside threat. A huge factor in tomorrow night's game could be which sixth man provides the most punch off the pine. With that said, here was what Green had to say in a Q&A session Friday in the Carolina locker room ...