Stories for March 2002


Sunday, March 31

Maryland 97, Kansas 88

(Web Posted Sunday at 12:51 a.m.) It couldn't happen again. It almost happened again. Juan Dixon wouldn't let it happen again. With its All-American guard leading the way, Maryland reached the national championship game for the first time with a 97-88 victory over Kansas on Saturday night.

UM coach wary of comeback

By Chuck Woodling Maryland 83, Kansas 63. Only about six minutes remaining. Terps coach Gary Williams wasn't counting his chickens, though. "First of all, no one's beating Kansas by 20," Williams said. "It's not going to happen."

UConn could be best ever

The question has followed Connecticut throughout the NCAA tournament, and through much of the season as well. Is this the best women's basketball team ever assembled?

Perry takes over for Coverdale

Tom Coverdale's gimpy ankle didn't keep him from starting against Oklahoma. Thanks to a teammate, who picked up the slack, he didn't have to finish. Coverdale, Indiana's senior point guard, limped through 29 minutes and scored just three points, his lowest point total since going scoreless Dec. 28 against Eastern Washington.

Kansas netters remain unbeaten

By Levi Chronister Kansas University's tennis team loves to play at home and it shows. The Jayhawks defeated Baylor, 5-2, Saturday to run their home record to 7-0 and improve to 5-0 in the Big 12.

Oklahoma State rallies past Jayhawks, 12-5

Down by one entering the bottom of the sixth, Oklahoma State scored eight unanswered runs en route to a 12-5 Big 12 baseball victory over Kansas on Saturday. The Cowboys (19-7 overall, 5-3) trailed 5-4 before rallying past the Jayhawks (12-11, 1-7).

Post-game mood stays calm and subdued throughout downtown

By Joel Mathis Downtown was quiet for a few minutes after Kansas University's loss to Maryland Saturday night. And then a young man exited a bar and shouted: "When does the looting start?" It never started.

Jayhawks start strong, end strong in setback

By David Mitchell Kansas University looked like a national championship basketball team at the beginning and end of Saturday night's Final Four semifinal game against Maryland. The problem for the Jayhawks was the 30 minutes in between.

Lawrence hopeful until last

KU notebook

Postcard from Atlanta

By Tim Carpenter Row M3, Seat 54. My seat at the Final Four semifinal game between Kansas and Maryland put me below the free-throw line facing KU's bench. I looked straight into the eyes of reserve Chris Zerbe.

Atlanta Notebook: KU students find way to courtside seating

By Tim Carpenter If you need a ticket upgrade at the Final Four, just call Kansas University student Megan Haas of Wichita for tips.

Saturday, March 30

World Online report: Game over - Maryland 97, Kansas 88

(Updated Saturday at 10:56 p.m.) BULLETIN - Maryland defeated Kansas, 97-88, in the semifinal game of the NCCA Final Four tournament Saturday night in Atlanta.

Indiana defeats Oklahoma, moves on to championship game

(Updated Saturday at 9:03 p.m.) BULLETIN - Indiana defeated Oklahom, 73-64, in Saturday night's NCAA Final Four semifinal. The Hoosiers move on to play in the championship game Monday and will face the winner of Saturday night's Kansas-Maryland matchup.

6News video report: KU profiting from basketball team success

Tina Terry reports on the increased spending of KU visitors due mostly to the entrance of the Jayhawks in the Final Four.

KU fans marked by raspy voices

By Joel Mathis Call it a game of H-O-A-R-S-E. The Jayhawks' first trip to the Final Four since 1993 has been accompanied by a rise in the number of raspy-voiced fans around Lawrence.

Work leads fan to Final Four

By Tim Carpenter Dru Shiner is an accidental Kansas fan at the Final Four. If we could all have his luck. "I was already down here on business," the Overland Park software system salesman said Friday during KU's public practice in the Georgia Dome. "Don't tell the company I'm here."

Win or lose, Jayhawks, Williams special

By Bill Mayer There's an excellent chance Roy Williams will notch his first NCAA basketball championship in his 14th season as a head coach. His Kansas Jayhawks have all it takes to beat Maryland tonight, then probably Oklahoma on Monday.

Huskies one win away from securing perfect season

By overwhelming its biggest rival, Connecticut showed why it's the perfect team. Now, there's just one game to go to complete a perfect season.

Indiana title would drive Knight crazy

There are many reasons to pull for any of the teams in this Final Four. Kansas' Roy Williams might be the best coach never to have won a national championship. Maryland might be the best program never to have won a national championship.

Finally, 4 to do battle

By David Mitchell Kansas and Maryland have a lot in common when it comes to their men's basketball teams. Much more than Oklahoma and Indiana, the other half of the much-anticipated Final Four matchups who square off today at the Georgia Dome for the right to play in Monday's NCAA championship.

Latest Final Four team greatest to Woodling

By Chuck Woodling Seven times I've been fortunate enough to attend an NCAA Final Four. Only once, though, have I seen Kansas University win a national championship. That was, of course, in 1988 and those Danny Manning-led Jayhawks weren't even the best of the seven.

Stadium to show game on giant video board

By Terry Rombeck Kansas University officials are putting out the welcome mat for Jayhawk basketball fans and they're throwing in the biggest of big-screen televisions as part of the package. The university is opening Memorial Stadium and its Megavision video board to the public for today's KU-Maryland basketball game, which begins about 7:47 p.m.

Collison keeps Jayhawks focused

By Gary Bedore A fired-up Nick Collison ripped off his headphones in a Kohl Center locker room and spoke to his teammates before last Sunday's Midwest Regional championship victory over Oregon in Madison, Wis.

Big man McGhee has been key for Oklahoma

By David Mitchell At 6-foot-8 and 250 pounds, Aaron McGhee looks like a football player. Fortunately for Oklahoma, the senior forward has evolved into an all-conference basketball player. The two-time transfer's drastic improvement was vital in the Sooners' run to tonight's Final Four semifinal showdown with Indiana.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks and Terps mirror images of each other

Kevin Romary reports from Atlanta on the upcoming Final Four match-up of the Kansas Jayhawks and the Maryland Terrapins.

OU on to championship game

From near extinction to national title, Oklahoma's amazing rebuilding project just keeps getting better. Twelve years after the school nearly disbanded a program in disarray, the Sooners earned a shot at their first NCAA championship with a 86-71 win over Duke in the national semifinals Friday night.

Postcard from Atlanta

Seats in the Georgia Dome's upper reaches offer a fine vantage point for watching NFL football.

Question of the day

Asked of Clark Kellogg, CBS Sports basketball analyst and former Ohio State University basketball player:

6Sports video report: Jayhawks and Terps mirror images of each other

Kevin Romary reports from Atlanta on the upcoming Final Four match-up of the Kansas Jayhawks and the Maryland Terrapins.

KU Basketball Notebook

6Sports video report: 989 Sports has National Championship game as rematch against Sooners and Hawks

James Sido reports on the National Championship game pitting the Jayhawks against the Sooners. Game clips courtesy of 989 Sports.

Southern hospitality on display for KU

By Tim Carpenter Jim and Diane Dickey represent all Georgians as the official host couple to the Kansas Jayhawks at the Final Four. "Our job is to make them feel at home," said Diane Dickey, a first-grade teacher who volunteered for the job. "Honestly, it can't be considered a job. It's fun. Very fun."

KU baseball victimized by OSU, 10-7

Jeff Salazar blasted a three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth to propel Oklahoma State to a 10-7 Big 12 baseball victory over Kansas here Friday. The Jayhawks bolted to a 4-0 lead with two runs in both the first and second innings. Matt Tribble connected for a two-run home run in the first and a two-run double in the second.

Friday, March 29

Kings' Pollard hopes to see KU in Atlanta

He's not always the court jester. Just most of the time.

Jayhawks made plenty of highlights

By Chuck Woodling Reflections on the best Kansas University men's basketball season of the 21st century and potentially one of the best of all time Most Memorable Moment Lots of them, of course, but I was really amused when Texas A&M's Reed Rowdies, a sanitized version of Missouri's Antlers, chanted "Harry Potter, Harry Potter" at Kirk Hinrich while he was shooting free throws.

Final Four hot ticket

The Final Four is a hot ticket. Madonna hot. Britney Spears hot, even.

Terps driven by Blue Devils

No team is better prepared to win this weekend's Final Four than the Maryland Terrapins.

KU preparing for campus hoopla

By Terry Rombeck As thousands of people tip off a game-watching party Saturday at Memorial Stadium, much of the rest of campus will take a time-out. Kansas University officials said Thursday they will take the unprecedented move of closing many campus roads and buildings during the Jayhawks' Final Four game, which is scheduled for approximately 7:47 p.m. Saturday.

Lawrence briefs

Easter egg hunts await on land or underwater KU tuition committee reaches consensus ABC cites Flanigan's for sales to minors

Jayhawks' Miles his own man

By Gary Bedore Aaron Miles doesn't pattern himself after any particular point guard.

Boschee: Bring the ring

Trey record-holder eyes title

By David Mitchell Jeff Boschee has the record. Now he wants a ring. Entering the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Regional finals last weekend, Kansas University's senior guard from Valley City, N.D., was tied with Missouri senior Clarence Gilbert for the Big 12 Conference career record with 331 three-pointers.

Notebook: Kansas' Gooden gets another award

By Gary Bedore Kansas hasn't played a game yet, but one Jayhawk is already a winner at the Final Four.

Kansas' Final Four history

Here's a recap of the Jayhawks' 10 trips to the Final Four.

Thursday, March 28

Gooden finalist for Wooden

Kansas University's Drew Gooden is a member of the John R. Wooden Award All-America team and one of five finalists for the prestigious Wooden Award, it was announced Wednesday.

KU not 'Drew's Crew'

Jayhawks can utilize several options

By Gary Bedore Big 12 Player of the Year Drew Gooden does not feel the weight of the world on his shoulders heading into the NCAA Final Four. "It's not on my back. I do not have to carry this team," said Gooden, pressure-free entering Saturday's Final Four semifinal against Maryland (7:47 p.m., Georgia Dome, Atlanta).

Jayhawks' Kansans living a dream

Hutchinson's Ballard, Leavenworth's Simien proud to be a part of KU's trip to Final Four

By David Mitchell When Brett Ballard was 8 years old, his family drove three hours from Hutchinson to Lawrence to attend a victory parade for Kansas University's 1988 NCAA championship basketball team. Next week, Ballard's family might be watching him in a parade.

KU softball sweeps 'Hogs

Kirsten Milhoan tossed a one-hit shutout to lift Kansas University to a softball doubleheader sweep of Arkansas on Wednesday afternoon. After Kansas edged the Razorbacks, 2-1, in the opener, Milhoan allowed only a single by AU's Donica White and the Jayhawks captured the nightcap, 3-0.

6Sports Video Reports: KU baseball redeems themselves

The Jayhawks got over their thrashing at the hands of Oral Roberts last weekend by beating Baker, 9-3.

Easter vigil services coordinate divine, sublime at tip-off time

By Jim Baker Easter. Final Four. In this town where basketball is almost a religion, something has to give.

Faltering in tourney often damning

Woe to the college basketball star who stumbles on the national stage.

Collison could make difference in Final Four

By Chuck Woodling Drew Gooden is as consistent as a new watch, producing double digits in points and rebounds night in and night out. Gooden could fall out of bed and notch a double-double. Kirk Hinrich is a like a perpetual motion machine, buzzing all over the floor like a worker bee on Red Bull. Hinrich personifies the Jayhawks' perception of relentlessness.

Jayhawk fans see team off to Atlanta

By Mindie Paget If driving off into the sunset makes for a happy ending, then the Kansas Jayhawks may be on their way to a national championship. Coach Roy Williams and the men's basketball team boarded a bus Wednesday evening at Allen Fieldhouse and drove west toward a picturesque twilight and an airplane waiting at Forbes Field in Topeka to whisk them off to Atlanta.

Wednesday, March 27

KU Basketball Notebook: Gooden honored again

Drew Gooden, who led Kansas to an undefeated regular season in the Big 12 Conference and the Final Four, has been chosen as the 2001-02 National Player of the Year by Basketball America magazine.

6Sports video report: Hawks trying to focus on Terps

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' preparations for their upcoming Final Four game against the Maryland Terrapins.

6Sports video report: Gooden gets Player of Year

Kevin Romary reports on Basketball America Magazine awarding the title of "Player of the Year" to Drew Gooden, Kansas University's 6-10 junior forward.

6Sports video report: Hawks trying to focus on Terps

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' preparations for their upcoming Final Four game against the Maryland Terrapins.

KU tops in Final 4 graduation rates

By Tim Carpenter Academically, the Kansas Jayhawks already are champions. Graduation rates for men's basketball at Kansas University surpass the three other teams going to the Final Four in Atlanta.

KU golfers rally past MU for win

Kansas shot a 291 final round on Tuesday to rally for a one-stroke victory over Missouri at the Stevinson Ranch Golf Club. The Jayhawks finished with 861 strokes, one better than Missouri's 862, at the 16-team tournament.

Terps seek closure

Maryland's theme for this season appears to be "Unfinished Business." The Terrapins' starting five returned three seniors and a junior from last year's 2001 Final Four squad.

Boise State names former CU assistant head coach

Boise State named Jen Warden its head women's basketball coach on Tuesday. Warden, a former assistant at Colorado, replaces Trisha Stevens, who resigned March 8 after six seasons.

Hoosiers throwbacks

The fans still do the wave (how '70s) and the warmup pants are still the red-and-white vertical stripes (how American Basketball Association). Indiana appears stuck in the past. Now, the Hoosiers' fans have a throwback basketball team to cheer for.

Juniors lead Jayhawks

Juniors Drew Gooden, Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich are the heart and soul of coach Roy Williams' 14th team at Kansas. And Williams repeated Sunday, after a Midwest Regional championship game victory over Oregon, one of the reasons why he remains so passionate about the game and his place in it.

KU Softball: Arkansas awaits Jayhawks

Kansas University's softball team will take a break from Big 12 Conference play today when it meets Arkansas in a 3 p.m. doubleheader. Kansas, 17-12 overall and 2-2 in league play, is being led in hitting by senior left fielder Christi Musser, who owns a .417 batting average with team-bests in RBI (18), runs (19) and home runs (5).

Atlanta suits Kansas coach just fine

By Chuck Woodling Roy Williams isn't superstitious. Much. So Wanda Williams, wife of Kansas University's men's basketball coach, may have been surprised to see her husband rummaging around the bedroom closet on Tuesday night.

Terps hope to build on last season

By Gary Bedore Maryland has traversed the road to the Final Four before. Like last year, when coach Gary Williams' Terrapins squandered a 22-point lead in a 95-84 loss to Duke in the national semifinals at New Orleans.

Final Four tradition at Tennessee

It's as close as it comes to a hoops guarantee: Play four years at Tennessee, and you'll reach the women's Final Four at least once. The eight sophomores and freshmen on this year's team already are penciled in to join that list of Vols.

Tuesday, March 26

Coverdale still hobbled

While starting point guard Tom Coverdale hobbled around campus on crutches Monday, Indiana practiced with Coverdale's likely replacement, freshman Donald Perry.

6Sports video report: Nine years after last Final Four visit, KU wanting to go all the way

Kevin Romary reports on Sunday's Elite Eight win and KU's visit to the Final Four in Atlanta. This is the eleventh visit to the Final Four in KU history

6Sports video report: Nine years after last Final Four visit, KU wanting to go all the way

Kevin Romary reports on Sunday's Elite Eight win and KU's visit to the Final Four in Atlanta. This is the eleventh visit to the Final Four in KU history

6News video report: Final Four fever hit Lawrence on Sunday

Allison Mann reports on the festivies that took place following the KU Elite Eight win over the Oregon Ducks. KU will be in Atlanta for the Final Four on March 30.

6Sports video report: Freshman Langford credits performances to his socks

James Sido reports on KU Freshman Keith Langford and his performaces during the NCAA tournament.

Jayhawks will miss Dougherty

By Gary Bedore Goodbye, Neil Dougherty. Kansas University's basketball players hate to see you go. "It's like a sweet sorrow," KU freshman Keith Langford said of Dougherty's decision to accept the head coaching post at TCU, a school located in Langford's hometown of Fort Worth, Texas.

East: Beard propels Devils - Duke 77, S. Caro. 68

Alana Beard wasn't about to let Duke fall short of the Final Four. Beard scored 24 points and Monique Currie added 15 as the top-seeded Blue Devils beat South Carolina 77-68 Monday in the East Regional championship to earn their second trip to the Final Four.

KU cancels game, picks up Baker

Kansas University's baseball team has added Baker University to its schedule. The Jayhawks and Wildcats will play Wednesday afternoon at Hoglund Ballpark. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game was added because today's game against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., was postponed due to cold weather.

Midwest: Defense lifts Vols over Vandy - Tenn. 68, Vandy 63

Tennessee earned this Final Four trip the old-fashioned way. With defense. The Lady Vols disrupted Vanderbilt's normally efficient offense for much of the game and beat the top-seeded Commodores 68-63 in the Midwest Regional final Monday night, sending Tennessee to the Final Four for the 13th time.

Local Terps not shy about loyalty

By Mark Fagan Don't let the Kansas University business card fool you. David Guth, an associate professor of journalism at KU, showed up for work Monday sporting a red sweater, black pants, white shirt and yellow ... well, let's just say the University of Maryland alumnus isn't shy about showing support for his Terrapins.

Committee to decide how to use funds for tuition increase

By Terry Rombeck A committee studying a potential tuition increase at Kansas University will decide Thursday how additional tuition money should be spent. The committee met Monday and added several items to its potential wish-list, including stipends for graduate research assistants, additional technology staff and support staff such as academic advisers.

Fans can watch game on Megavision Saturday

Jayhawk fans will be able to watch Saturday's Final Four game against Maryland on Memorial Stadium's Megavision, the big-screen video board in the south endzone.

Price is right for Oklahoma in NCAAs

Oklahoma guard Hollis Price needs extra time to warm up before games. When he's on the sideline, a heating pad helps keep his injured right arm loose. It must be working.

Terp seniors want two more wins

Juan Dixon and Lonny Baxter already have done their share to lift Maryland to elite status, taking the Terrapins to the Final Four not just once, but twice. The seniors now plan to attach a spectacular ending to their productive college careers.

Monday, March 25

Freshman Langford has career game

By Gary Bedore Kansas University freshman Keith Langford picked a great time the Elite Eight to have the best game of his college basketball career. Langford, KU's 6-foot-4 guard from Fort Worth, Texas, scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed a career-best eight rebounds as the Jayhawks pounded Oregon, 104-86, Sunday at Kohl Center to reach the Final Four.

Final Four features Williams vs. Williams in semifinal

If everything worked out according to the brackets designed by the NCAA basketball selection committee, there would be four top-seeded teams headed to next weekend's Final Four. In some regions it does, which is why Kansas and Maryland will meet in one national semifinal next Saturday at Atlanta.

Terps, Huskies deliver

Maryland listened to Gary Williams diagramming the play to get a basket out of the timeout. There were 34 seconds left, the shot-clock down to 14, and a Maryland miss could leave Connecticut a chance to get overtime, to get between the Terps and a national championship obsession.

Madison notebook

By Gary Bedore Miles' failed dunk: Kansas coach Roy Williams had some words for 6-1 freshman Aaron Miles, who spun in for a layup, badly missing a dunk try with 1:40 left. "Yes, I was trying to dunk," Miles said with a laugh.

KU bowlers advance to national tournament

Kansas University's men's bowling team placed third Sunday at the Intercollegiate Bowling Championships national qualifier to advance to Buffalo, N.Y., next month.

Baxter delivers from line for Terps

Maryland's Lonny Baxter parked his 6-foot-8, 260-pound body in the lane, and the only time he left the paint was when the whistle blew and it was time for him to shoot foul shots.

Unearned run lifts BU to 1-0 victory over Kansas

Baylor capitalized on an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning to eke out a 1-0 Big 12 softball victory over Kansas on Sunday. With one out in the third, BU's Kim Wilmoth singled and stole second.

Coverdale questionable for game with OU

A day after spraining his left ankle, Indiana point guard Tom Coverdale said he hopes to be ready for the Hoosiers' appearance in the Final Four. Coverdale was injured Saturday midway through the second half of an 81-69 victory over Kent State in the South Regional championship.

KU aide Dougherty next TCU coach

By Gary Bedore Kansas University assistant basketball coach Neil Dougherty today will be named head coach at Texas Christian University. Dougherty, 40, has served on Roy Williams' KU staff the past seven years. He will replace Billy Tubbs, who resigned after this past season.

Even at dome, Final Four will be a tough KU ticket

By Tim Carpenter Tickets to the Final Four in Atlanta will be difficult to find and expensive to buy for Kansas Jayhawks basketball fans who want to hop on the bandwagon. The 4,500 tickets made available to Kansas University for Saturday and Monday Georgia Dome games have been spoken for since February, said Richard Konzem, associate athletics director.

Rebound disparity dooms Ducks

By Chuck Woodling They were the toasts of Oregon. They surprised everyone by winning the Pac-10 championship. They were going to be the first Oregon University basketball team to reach the Final Four since the 1939 Ducks won the first NCAA championship.

Big 12 has plenty to boast about

By David Mitchell The Big 12 Conference failed to produce a Final Four squad in its first five seasons. Now it has two. Top-seeded Kansas University defeated No. 2 seed Oregon, 104-86, on Sunday in the Midwest Regional championship game and earned its first Final Four berth since 1993.

Jayhawks tickled for Williams

By David Mitchell Roy Williams and the Jayhawks are back. Top-seeded Kansas University hammered No. 2 Oregon, 104-86, on Sunday in the Midwest Regional final at Kohl Center, propelling Williams and his KU basketball team into the Final Four for the first time since 1993.

Postcard from Madison, Wis.

By Tim Carpenter Tim Bateman had the seat to beat Sunday, up in the second deck, Section 206. By Allen Fieldhouse standards, it was among the best at Kohl Center

Sunday, March 24

Jayhawks shine at outdoor track meet

Kansas University's women won six track and field events and the KU men won five events Saturday at the Southern Illinois Spring Classic outdoor meet.

Terrapins, Huskies share identity crisis

Maryland is 40 minutes from the Final Four, yet its players still get questions about Duke, which has been out of the tournament for days now. Connecticut won a national title in 1999 yet is still considered by some to be a one-hit program.

KU baseball time changed today

Starting time for today's Kansas University-Oral Roberts baseball game at Hoglund Ballpark has been switched to 11 a.m. Kansas, 11-8, will play host to Michigan 30 minutes after the Oral Roberts contest.

Oregon big man finds time for hoops

By David Mitchell There was a time when Chris Christoffersen would have had a hard time passing up a brew pub called The Great Dane. So far, Oregon's senior center from Roenne, Denmark, has resisted the local sports bar.

KU bowlers in lead at qualifying tourney

Kansas University's men's bowling team holds the lead after the first of two days in the Intercollegiate Bowling championships national qualifier. The top four teams will advance to nationals in Buffalo, N.Y., on April 17-21.

KU softball snaps Baylor streak

Two runs in the first inning were enough for Kansas. KU senior Megan Urquhart's two-run double in the first lifted the Jayhawks to a 2-1 Big 12 softball victory over Baylor on Saturday, snapping the Bears' 24-game home winning streak.

Williams miffed by drug testing

By Gary Bedore The often-stodgy NCAA did its part to spoil Kansas University's victory celebration on Friday night. Four Jayhawks Drew Gooden, Keith Langford, Wayne Simien and Chris Zerbe were whisked to drug testing labs at Kohl Arena about midnight Saturday, after the players met their responsibilities with the media following KU's 73-69 victory over Illinois.

Postcard from Madison, Wis.

By Tim Carpenter Frank Genna's tavern was the ultimate in neighborhood bars. He deployed a tough-love sense of humor with regulars and just the right amount of lousy service for outsiders to make the joint endearing.

Sooners or Tigers? KU devotees differ on who would make better opponent

By Mindie Paget It was a toss-up. Jayhawk fans determined to see the KU men notch a national championship title settled in two camps regarding Saturday afternoon's face-off between Oklahoma and Missouri.

Jayhawk tennis dumps CU

Kansas continues to roll. The Jayhawk women's tennis team beat Colorado, 5-2, on Saturday for its sixth consecutive victory.

South Regional: Indiana rolls past Kent State, 81-69

Once again, Indiana is a Final Four team, although this time with Mike Davis as its coach. And all it took was nearly perfect three-point shooting. The Hoosiers made their first eight long-range shots and close to 80 percent overall, cruising past upstart Kent State, 81-69, Saturday night in the South Regional to return to the national semifinals for the first time since 1992.

Kansas has talent to bring home title

By Bill Mayer Three down, three to go for one of the truly great Kansas basketball teams even if Oregon wins today. Nobody can sneeze off a 32-victory season and 16-0 in the treacherous Big 12.

Read this or KU will lose

By Tim Carpenter Chad Meyers of Lawrence won't be shaving anytime soon. The Kansas Jayhawks lost to the Oklahoma Sooners the last time he trimmed his beard. And there's no way he's going to wear anything but THE outfit today for KU's game against the Oregon Ducks at Kohl Center.

Fans find amusement on day before big game

By Tim Carpenter Jayhawk fans gave a blue hue Saturday to the city's prime people-watching business corridor known as State Street. Just imagine Massachusetts Street in Lawrence except twice the length it runs from the Wisconsin State Capitol building to the University of Wisconsin's campus and three times the number of street musicians, hippies and punks.

MU fans look ahead to next year

There were high-fives, liquid toasts and cheers in Tiger Town bars on Saturday despite Missouri's West Regional championship loss to Oklahoma. "Next year, next year," declared happy fan Monique Coats, cheering for Missouri to the bitter end at the Shiloh Bar & Grill, a fan hangout next to campus.

Williams yuks it up

By David Mitchell It was the Kohl Center, not the downtown Comedy Club, but the only thing missing from Roy Williams' news conference on Saturday was a series of rim shots. Williams was on the dais with his five starters for 30 minutes to discuss Kansas University's Elite Eight game today against Oregon.

Saturday, March 23

Notes from Wisconsin: Don't mistake Kansas' finesse for softness

Roy Williams is tired of hearing questions about his team's ability to win a physical game. Actually, he's amused by the suggestion that because the Jayhawks like to run, they can't bang around inside if necessary.

Families prove unwavering as fans of their Jayhawks

By Tim Carpenter This group's crimson and blue blood is definitely thicker than water. Relatives of Kansas basketball players, as is their road custom, were sitting together Friday behind the Jayhawk bench in the Kohl Center.

Bench difference for KU in rematch

Drew Gooden admonished the media the other day, telling them to quit writing about last year's Kansas-Illinois game, that this year's KU and UI teams were different. Gooden earned All-America honors as a Kansas University junior this season, but he was only half right about the Jayhawks and Fighting Illini being different teams.

KU among elite - Kansas 73, Illinois 69

Freshmen key in Jayhawks' win

So much for the perception that Illinois has a tougher, more physical, meaner basketball team than Kansas. "You thought we were tougher than Illinois? You did? Yeah! That was our goal tonight, to be the tougher team and win that game," KU junior Drew Gooden said.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks defeat Wolverines

James Sido reports on the Jayhawks' baseball win over the Michigan Wolverines.

West Regional: Boise site has Big 12 flavor

Welcome to the Big 12 regional, where either Oklahoma, Texas Tech or Colorado could become the league's first team to reach the women's Final Four. Of course, Stanford would love to spoil the party. It could happen, too, if Nicole Powell continues her dazzling run though the NCAA tournament.

No excuses in wake of Duke defeat, but plenty of questions

Mike Krzyzewski makes no excuses. Still, questions abound following Duke's ouster from the NCAA Tournament by Indiana. "There are human elements in all these things," Krzyzewski said.

KU notebook

Nice contribution: KU senior Jeff Carey had a big bucket and foul shot to give KU a 24-20 lead with 7:09 left in the first half. He had three points and a rebound in six minutes.

Hinrich hampered by foul trouble

By Gary Bedore Kansas University's Kirk Hinrich played just 17 minutes during Friday's 73-69 Sweet 16 victory over Illinois at Kohl Center. This time, however, the junior guard's limited playing time had nothing to do with his sprained left ankle.

Williams regrets remarks

By David Mitchell Friday night's Sweet 16 game between Kansas University and Illinois will go in the record books as a neutral-court game. It sure felt like a road game to the Jayhawks. Kansas coach Roy Williams was booed for the second straight day at Kohl Center.

East regional: Butler sparks UConn

Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun won't talk about upsets, about mid-major conferences springing surprises on the big guys in the NCAA tournament. "There are mild surprises, yes, but I don't think there are upsets," he said. "We don't use the word 'upset.'

East Regional: Duke close to home

Duke coach Gail Goestenkors gave her Blue Devils some simple advice as they prepared for practice Friday at the Entertainment and Sports Arena. "Coach G told us when we got off the bus that we need to treat this like it's our home court," freshman Monique Currie said, "and we don't lose on our home court."

East Regional: Terps eliminate Kentucky

No jumping around, no excited hugs, no pointing to the stands. Maryland's players simply shook hands with the team they beat and walked off the court, closer to a second straight Final Four.

Midwest Regional: Surging Brigham Young returns to Ames to meet Vols

With two victories already at Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum, Brigham Young might be the closest thing to a home team in the women's NCAA Midwest Regional. Now if the Cougars can just get a little home team-type support, they'd feel even better.

Midwest regional: Oregon ousts Texas

By David Mitchell Freddie Jones did it again. Oregon's leading scorer was limited to four points Friday night, but his basket with 2.8 seconds left gave the Ducks a 72-70 victory over Texas and put his team in the Elite Eight for the first time since 1960.

Madison notebook: Scoring game ticket brings tears of joy to KU grad from Lawrence

By Tim Carpenter Amy Heaton of Lawrence burst into tears Friday after Jerry Bailey uttered six words Heaton had eagerly driven so far to hear. In the lobby of the KU team hotel, Bailey nonchalantly said: "I have a ticket for you." "I started to cry," said Heaton, a 2000 KU graduate working at Hallmark Cards in Kansas City, Mo.

Friday, March 22

World Online report: Kansas vanquishes Illinois, 73-69

(Updated Friday at 11:39 p.m.) Jeff Boschee bricked a free-throw with 19.4 seconds to go. Keith Langford did not miss his opportunity 17 seconds later. In fact, Kansas' freshmen proved their worth today, as the Jayhawks avenged last year's Sweet 16 loss to these same Illini. Langford, Aaron Miles and Wayne Simien combined for 35 of KU's 73 points.

Jayhawks to tangle with Illini

Kansas University's Kirk Hinrich is growing weary of talking about his sprained left ankle. Teammates, fans and media members alike keep pestering Hinrich, the Jayhawks' 6-foot-3 junior guard, about the status of the ankle he sprained last Thursday.

KU Notebook: Jayhawks prepare for Illinois

Superstition: So far, the Jayhawks haven't spit in Lake Mendota or Lake Monona, which grace this picturesque Big Ten city. Last week, the Jayhawks spit in the Mississippi River for good luck before beating Stanford.

Illini's Self stresses differences

Bill Self took the proffered ball cap from the young fan and autographed it. Then the 38-year-old Self, now in his second season as Illinois' men's basketball coach, placed his John Henry on a couple of programs offered by Illini boosters.

Area briefs

Jury deadlocks again in DeSoto murder trial Health-care workers plan Baldwin wellness festival Kansas University sets final examination Cottonwood Inc. organizes Lunch Bunch facility tours

Hinrich could be key for KU

Jayhawks to tangle with Illini

By Gary Bedore Kansas University's Kirk Hinrich is growing weary of talking about his sprained left ankle. Teammates, fans and media members alike keep pestering Hinrich, the Jayhawks' 6-foot-3 junior guard, about the status of the ankle he sprained last Thursday.

MU bounces Bruins

Kareem Rush and Clarence Gilbert demonstrated what everyone in the West Regional already suspected: Missouri is no ordinary 12th seed.

Music students bring home national honors

By Mindie Paget Thirteen-and-a-half years of fine tuning his finger work on the ebony and ivory keys of other people's pianos paid off in a big way for Kansas University student Amir Khosrowpour. He played more than 45 minutes of memorized classical music well enough for judges to award him first place Monday at a national competition in Cincinnati. The exclamation point: Khosrowpour gets to fly to New York to pick out his very own Steinway grand piano worth $35,000.

Golden Flashes pop Pitt in OT

Kent State can't stop springing surprises.

Junior forward Cook crucial for Illinois

By David Mitchell Norm Cook helped Kansas University's basketball team reach the Final Four in 1974.

Wisconsinites adopt Jayhawks as their own

By Tim Carpenter Diane and Amy Nichols proclaimed Thursday they were unofficially the two most devout KU basketball fans who have never worked, studied or lived in Kansas.

6News Video Reports: KU tests plagarism-checking website

The website is useful for determining whether papers have been plagarised, but may not be worth the cost.

Madison features cold, Kohl, chilly reception

By Chuck Woodling Welcome to the NCAA Arctic Regional. Brrr!!! With a wind chill hovering around zero and a half-inch or so of snow on the tundra, what we need right here in Dairyland is a little March Meltness.

Southern Illinois in unfamiliar territory

The white banner in front of the scorer's table at every NCAA Tournament site lists each team in bright red letters.

Thursday, March 21

World Online report: Indiana dumps Duke, 74-73

Bulletin: Down by as many as 17 points, the Indiana Hoosiers' first lead came with under a minute to play in the game. That would be the only lead they would need. Indiana advances to the Great 8 for the first time in the post-Bobby Knight era.

Pierce spins no-hitter

OSU gains splits with second-game win

By Andy Samuelson No one would have known by the look on her face late Wednesday afternoon that Kansas' Kara Pierce had just pitched the best game of her life. She seemed sort of cheery when asked what it felt like to toss her first career no-hitter a 4-0 KU victory in its Big 12 conference opener against Oklahoma State at Jayhawk Field but something was missing.

Hinrich's health has Williams upbeat

By Gary Bedore A burning question was on the minds of many as Roy Williams hopped off Kansas' team bus and strolled into the Madison Concourse Hotel lobby on Wednesday night.

Journal-World Sweet 16 report: Disparate wins put Jayhawks back in Sweet 16

By Gary Bedore How sweet it is. Kansas is back in the Sweet 16 for the second straight season thanks to a pair of victories one not so impressive, one very impressive last weekend in St. Louis.

Roles reversed for Kansas, Illini this time around

Last year Illinois slugged its way past Kansas into the regional final of the NCAA Tournament, using 12 players to outmuscle the Jayhawks, whose bench wasn't nearly as deep or strong.

KU aide Dougherty finalist for TCU job

Wyoming coach Steve McClain and Kansas assistant Neil Dougherty appear to be the finalists for the vacant TCU men's basketball head coaching opening.

Area briefs

Jury begins deliberations in DeSoto murder trial KU Web site offers panoramic campus view Geological field trip open for registration Holocaust film director to show work at KU

Wednesday, March 20

Bruins hope to avoid needing a miracle

Seven years after Tyus Edney's length-of-the-court drive and layup beat the buzzer and Missouri, UCLA hopes it won't take another miracle shot to get past the Tigers. The Bruins won that second-round game 75-74, and eventually earned their 11th national championship.

Small schools have no chance in NCAA

Another opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament is history. Pretty good stuff, right? Duke had to work hard, Missouri suddenly found the light switch, Kent State is another Mid-American Conference team surviving into the Sweet 16, Tulsa scared the Big Blue out of Kentucky, Creighton and Southern Illinois proved that Missouri Valley Conference basketball is not just tradition and reputation.

KU blanks Bradley

Kansas banged nine hits and capitalized on five errors to run-rule Bradley, 8-0, in softball Tuesday at Jayhawk Field. The Jayhawks scored a run in the first, three in the second and four in the fifth in a contest shortened to five innings because of the run rule.

6Sports video report: Williams doesn't see Sweet 16 match-up as revenge

James Sido reports on Roy Williams' thoughts on the Illinois Fighting Illini, the Jayhawks' Sweet 16 opponent.

Texas-Pan American pops Kansas, 4-0

Kansas' March slide continues. Texas-Pan American scored two runs in the first inning, a run in the sixth and a run in the seventh to blank the Jayhawks, 4-0, Tuesday for KU's seventh consecutive baseball loss. It was KU's first loss by shutout since a 9-0 setback to Nebraska on April 20.

Pittsburgh thrives on tough defense

The coach had no national identity, his team had been invisible on the NCAA scene for a decade. While it's hard to come out of nowhere when playing in a major league city, that's exactly what Pitt has done by advancing to the NCAA round of 16 behind a star named Knight and an unswerving commitment to defense.

6Sports video report: Sweet 16 berth more fun than Spring Break

Kevin Romary reports on the comments by Jayhawk players on their Sweet 16 trip to Wisconsin.

Longhorns are heating up, but do fans care?

Rick Barnes stood near the door to his team's dressing quarters deep in the American Airlines Center on Sunday afternoon as reporters seeking more in-depth response from players after Texas' victory over Mississippi State afternoon filed in and out, scribbling on note pads, clicking mini-recorders.

6Sports video report: Sweet 16 berth more fun than Spring Break

Kevin Romary reports on the comments by Jayhawk players on their Sweet 16 trip to Wisconsin.

Midwest Capsules

Tuesday, March 19

6Sports video report: Stanford players impressed by Jayhawks

Kevin Romary reports on the reactions from Stanford players after their second round loss to the Jayhawks.

6News video report: KU fans preparing for Sweet 16 game

Janet Reid reports on increasing sales of Jayhawk memorobilia and game preparations being made by KU fans in the area.

6Sports video report: KU rolls over Stanford

Kevin Romary reports on Saturday's second round NCAA tournament Jayhawk victory over Stanford.

Williams wins Naismith

Duke's Jason Williams and Connecticut's Sue Bird won the Naismith Awards on Monday as the top college basketball players in the country. Bird's coach at UConn, Geno Auriemma, and Pittsburgh's Ben Howland were the Atlanta Tipoff Club's choices for top coaches.

KU golfers fifth

Kansas University's men's golf team was tied for fifth in a 15-team field Monday after two rounds of the Cleveland Collegiate Championships. Kansas recorded rounds of 283 and 291 for a total of 574 on the 6,380 yard, par-71 Palmetto Golf Club. Virginia Tech leads with a two-round total of 558.

Say cheese: Kansas headed to Wisconsin

By Gary Bedore Roy Williams, who has traveled all over the world in his 51 years on the planet, has yet to set foot in Madison, Wis. "Never been to Madison, never seen the campus. I've heard it's really nice," Kansas University's basketball coach said Monday about the location of Friday's Sweet 16 contest against Illinois at Kohl Center in Wisconsin's capital.

West: No. 8 UCLA vs. No. 12 Missouri

The story line: It was a pretty good bet before the season that each of these teams would be in the Sweet 16. But given their regular-season struggles, that both have advanced this far is a shocker.

Midwest: No. 1 Kansas vs. No. 4 Illinois

The story line: At the beginning of the season, this matchup would've gotten a few votes as the probable national final. But the Illini struggled for much of the season before righting themselves in February.

NAIA: Oklahoma Baptist advances to final

DuJuan Brown scored 33 points as Oklahoma Baptist beat Azusa Pacific (Calif.) 93-81 Monday night in the semifinals of the NAIA Division I tournament. The Bison (32-4) will play Science & Arts (Okla.) in the finals tonight.

6Sports video report: KU fans enjoy pregame festivities in St. Louis

Kevin Romary reports on Saturday's pre-game activities before the Jayhawks met the Stanford Cardinal in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

6Sports video report: Notes from St. Louis

James Sido reports from the Edward Jones Dome foollowing the Kansas-Stanford game.

6Sports video report: Hawks greeted after second round win

Kevin Romary reports on the fans celebrating the Jayhawks return to Lawrence at 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning.

6Sports video report: KU rolls over Stanford

Kevin Romary reports on Saturday's second round NCAA tournament Jayhawk victory over Stanford.

Midwest: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 6 Texas

The story line: Oregon is the nation's biggest surprise this season, and the Ducks have a trio that rivals anybody's in the nation for providing points in guard Luke Ridnour, swingman Frederick Jones and forward Luke Jackson.

School of Education faces turnover of chairmen

By Terry Rombeck Department chairmen at Kansas University often get caught in the uncomfortable middle between upper administration and faculty members. That's why it's sometimes hard to find people to fill the positions.

Future bright for Creighton

If Creighton fails to reach the NCAA tournament a fifth straight season, it won't be because of a lack of experience. The Bluejays made it to the NCAA second round this year without a senior on the roster.

East: No. 2 Connecticut vs. No. 11 So. Illinois

The story line: UConn hasn't looked that impressive in either of its victories, but in sophomore forward Caron Butler, the Huskies have a genuine standout and a guy SIU isn't going to be able to stop.

Please TV guys: More on players, less on coaches

Can we stop with this incessant coach worship in the NCAA basketball tournament? Please? I'm tired of seeing the bombardment of sideline shot after sideline shot of some basketball Einstein doing nothing more taxing than calling a timeout.

East: No. 1 Maryland vs. No. 4 Kentucky

The story line: This season Maryland has played with the burden of being an expected Final Four team. Kentucky, meanwhile, has played with the burden of being Kentucky. Which is tougher? Good question.

West: No. 2 Oklahoma vs. No. 3 Arizona

The story line: No one expected Arizona to be here after the Wildcats lost four starters off last season's nation runner-up.

KU bowler second in Youth Masters

Kansas University sophomore Marc D'Errico bowed to Josh Harper of Pikeville College in the championship match of the Youth Masters bowling tournament last weekend.

South: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 5 Indiana

The story line: Just pencil Duke into the regional final. Indiana is fundamentally sound, but the Hoosiers don't have the athletes to stay with Duke. The only way to beat the Blue Devils is to have a top-flight point guard who can penetrate into the paint.

Self calm during Big Dance

Less than an hour before Illinois was to tip off Sunday, a fellow popped out of his locker room. He waved at a familiar face. Glanced up at a TV monitor in the hallway showing some game. Stuck his hands in his pockets and, well, kind of hung out for a moment or two watching TV with some sentry seated there.

South: No. 3 Pitt vs. No. 10 Kent State

The story line: Pittsburgh has been one of the nation's biggest surprises thanks to junior point guard Brandin Knight, who much like his brother, Brevin Knight, was at Stanford is a solid ballhandler, penetrator, shooter and defender.

KU softball to play

Kansas Univeristy softball will play host to Bradley at 3 p.m. today at Jayhawk Field. Kansas, 14-10, will begin Big 12 Conference action Wednesday with a doubleheader against Oklahoma State.

KU professors to speak at Cold War conference

Ethnic conflicts, economic decline and other troubles following the Cold War will be the focus of a conference April 13 at Johnson County Community College.

Monday, March 18

KU impressed by Hinrich's heart

Junior guard overcomes ankle injury to assist in victory over Stanford

By Gary Bedore Amazing, isn't it, what a positive attitude can do for a person? "Every time I'd talk to Kirk he'd say he was going to play even when everyone else was telling him there was no way," Kansas University junior Nick Collison said of fellow Iowan Kirk Hinrich, who made a quick some say miraculous recovery from a left ankle sprain, scoring 15 points in 21 minutes in Saturday's 86-63 victory over Stanford at Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

IU coach believes Duke vulnerable

A.J. Moye doesn't need a film session or a scouting report to break down the Hoosiers' opponent in the South Regional semifinals.

Jayhawks get late game Friday

Bulletin: Kansas University will play the second of two Sweet 16 games this Friday at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wisc. The first game, scheduled to start at 6:55 p.m. CST, will be Texas vs. Oregon. The Kansas-Illinois game will take place 25 minutes following the conlcusion of the first game.

Pitt stifles Cal, 63-50

Pittsburgh teams often have been known for great defense: the Steel Curtain, Bill Mazeroski and Roberto Clemente, Blitzburgh. It might be time to add Pitt's never-let-'em-score Panthers to the list.

Longhorns hold on to topple Mississippi St.

Deginald Erskin hit jump shots, tapped in misses and dunked with authority. The Texas forward didn't miss a shot, and his teammates weren't too bad either.

K-State kicks Arkansas to advance

Laurie Koehn scored 29 points and Nicole Ohlde had 19 as Kansas State beat Arkansas 82-68 Sunday night for the Wildcats' first round of 16 appearance in 20 years.

McGhee, Sooners advance to Sweet 16

Had Aaron McGhee stayed at Cincinnati, he'd be out of the NCAA Tournament and Oklahoma might not be playing next weekend, either.

KANU program gathers praise

By Terry Rombeck Bryan Thompson said he has no choice but to be interested in children's health issues. With five children plus a disabled son who died last year at age 17 Thompson has firsthand experience in many of the topics he explores in his weekly radio series, "Kansas Kids: A Prescription for Change."

Sunday, March 17

KU softball team splits in Sacramento

Kansas University's softball team defeated Middle Tennessee State, 3-0, then fell to Nebraska, 6-3, Saturday in the Capitol Classic. KU went 3-3 in the tourney.

Postcard from St. Louis

Not a single shot, point, foul or timeout Saturday was official unless Scott Schumacher's pencil made it so. Schumacher, a former Wichita State University sports information director who now works for a Tulsa, Okla., sports publications company, was official scorer for the Kansas-Stanford showdown in the NCAA Tournament.

Small arena means scarce tickets in Madison

By Tim Carpenter Despite cold weather awaiting Kansas fans in Madison, Wis., tickets to the Jayhawks' Sweet 16 game will be one of the hottest in town.

Victory sweet for Jayhawk fans

By Tim Carpenter The Jayhawks' surgical strike of the Cardinal from Stanford couldn't have looked prettier from Section 427, Row XX, Seat 22 and 23. That's where KU fans Kristi Sessler and Bill Walters, both of St. Louis, watched Saturday's game at the Edward Jones Dome.

Cincy ready for UCLA

It's the game UCLA always seems to win, the game Cincinnati always seems to lose. It's the game Pitt almost never plays and it's in the place Cal almost certainly didn't want to be.

NCAA Women: Oklahoma, ISU cruise

Second-ranked Oklahoma made Hartford's first NCAA Tournament appearance a brief one, getting 14 points from Caton Hill in an 84-52 victory Saturday night in the West Regional.

Baylor belts KU baseball, 15-9

After beginning the season with 10 straight victories, Kansas University's baseball team dropped its fifth straight game Saturday, a 15-9 loss to Big 12 rival Baylor The Bears (16-6, 6-2 Big 12) scored six runs in the eighth inning to break a 6-6 deadlock.

Finding hope amid Madness

"I love the fact that Holy Cross is in this tournament," said Kansas University coach Roy Williams, sincere in what he was saying and yet not meaning it literally. He was applauding the concept of a 28-point underdog getting its chance in the NCAA's "Big Dance," but still shaken by the reality of it.

Williams revisits spitting tradition

By David Mitchell If spitting in the Mississippi River once is good luck, then spitting in it twice might be a good excuse to purchase some lottery tickets.

Hinrich winner in want-to

By Chuck Woodling This morning's question, sports fans, is about Kirk Hinrich, the Kansas University basketball player who made the most astonishing comeback since Lazarus on Saturday night.

KU Basketball Notebook: Jayhawks fired up by media slights

By Gary Bedore Drew Gooden had a king-sized chip on his shoulder entering Saturday's Kansas University-Stanford second-round NCAA Tournament Midwest Regional game at Edward Jones Dome.

Taylor sparks upstart Creighton

Hundreds of players wear No. 23 in homage to Michael Jordan. Terrell Taylor? Well, he takes adoration of His Airness to a whole other level.

East Regional: Prince powers UK past Tulsa

A career-high 41 points didn't satisfy Tayshaun Prince, who broke out of his shooting slump with authority.

No. 1 seed Maryland awaits Badgers

Even though there is a new coach and only three players are still around, Wisconsin hopes recent history repeats itself in the NCAA tournament. The Badgers advanced to the Final Four two years ago as a No. 8 seed, the same slot they were given this season.

Saturday, March 16

World Online report: Kansas sweet again: KU 86, Stanford 63

(Updated Sunday at 3:32 a.m.) Rumors of the Kansas Jayhawks' demise proved to be unfounded, much to the dismay of the Stanford Cardinal. Despite an ankle injury to Kirk Hinrich, and a sub-par performance against Holy Cross on Thursday, KU exploded out of the gate and scored the game's first 15 points.

6Sports video report: Holy Cross gives KU first round scare

James Sido does a wrap-up the first round action KU saw against Holy Cross.

Loss of Hinrich puts KU in peril

By Bill Mayer Kansas basketball has never had a player score a triple-double. On several excruciating occasions last Sunday, I was afraid KU's Drew Gooden would back into that with 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 or more turnovers.

Regent to speak at KU

The newest member of the Kansas Board of Regents will speak March 27 at Kansas University. Lew Ferguson of Topeka, who joined the board last year, will speak to the KU Student Senate's Graduate Affairs Committee at 6 p.m. in the Jayhawk Room of the Kansas Union.

Postcard from St. Louis

Ehrin Anderson is known to some as the Calvin Klein of the sports garment industry. He transforms shabby to swank, simply by racing around his Sports Avenue shop off Market Street grabbing hat, shirt and accessories that make a pick-up basketball role player feel like Michael Jordan.

KU Basketball Notebook

KU junior guard Kirk Hinrich, who suffered a severe left ankle sprain Thursday night versus Holy Cross trainer Mark Cairns called it a grade two sprain with the worst a grade three had a rough night.

Fans take in sights, sounds

By Tim Carpenter Former Lawrence residents Kathryn O'Keefe and Thomas McCaughan washed down corned beef sandwiches with an Irish coffee heavy on the Jameson's in Dogtown's legendary pub, Seamus McDaniel's.

Jayhawks bring spirit to St. Louis

Alumni, KU officials mingle in St. Louis

By Tim Carpenter Charlie Marshall enjoyed pasta and refreshments at a downtown restaurant, but he was at the KU Endowment Association gathering for another reason. "We're glad every once in a while KU can come here in a group," said Marshall, a St. Louis attorney and 1971 business graduate of KU.

Baylor rallies past Kansas in ninth

Chris Durbin's base hit to left field in the bottom of the ninth scored three runs, propelling Baylor to a 5-3 win over Kansas on Friday.

Students recognized for doctoral research

Two Kansas University doctoral students in social welfare have been selected for Hartford Fellowships. Miko Nakashima and Mercedes Bern-Klug each will receive $40,000 to support their research. Seven winners were selected nationwide.

Kansas evens record at tourney

Kansas University won its final two games in Friday's pool play to even its record at 2-2 at the Capital Classic softball tournament. The Jayhawks (13-9 overall and 2-2 in the tournament) lost 1-0 to California before dumping Miami (Ohio), 5-4, and San Jose State, 5-3.

Stanford stuffy? Not band, mascot

By Chuck Woodling Hardly a man, woman or child in Lawrence has never heard the university nestled on Mount Oread referred to in a derogatory way as Snob Hill.

South Regional: Cal, Pitt paired in second round

Cal's players made the easy, backdoor baskets, played tough defense and made smart decisions. Who do they think they are Ivy Leaguers? Joe Shipp scored 20 points as California played a solid all-around game and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament with an 82-75 victory over Pennsylvania in the South Regional on Friday.

6Sports video report: Holy Cross gives KU first round scare

James Sido does a wrap-up the first round action KU saw against Holy Cross.

6Sports video report: Hinrichs' participation still in doubt

Kevin Romary reports on the injured Kirk Hinrich and who would replace him as starter if he can't play.

Referee Davis breaks NCAA Tournament gender barrier

This is one game Melanie Davis is certain to remember. Davis became the first woman to referee a Division I men's NCAA Tournament game Friday, working the first-round game between San Diego State and Illinois in the Midwest Regional.

Friday, March 15

KU students injured in campus traffic accident

(Updated Friday at 3:25 p.m.) Two Kansas University students were injured early Friday when a car they were riding in slammed into a utility pole and a tree on the KU campus.

Crusaders bemoan narrow defeat

By Chuck Woodling Maybe Holy Cross wasn't Cinderella, but the Crusaders sure made Kansas look like one of Cinderella's sisters. "We've made every team we've played this year look ugly," HC basketball coach Ralph Willard said after scaring the dickens out of Kansas in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

March has been cruel month for Cincinnati coach Huggins

Bob Huggins needs one win for 500, and five others this season to fill the only hole in an impressive coaching resume.

Billiken belly-rub might be bad idea

By David Mitchell Blame it on the belly of the beast. Kansas University basketball coach Roy Williams has used some odd methods to fire up his team during 13 trips to the NCAA Tournament, from spitting in rivers to beating up on defenseless stuffed animals.

6Sports video report: Crusaders put up a fight

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' first round NCAA tournament action against the Holy Cross Crusaders.

6Sports video report: Crusaders put up a fight

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' first round NCAA tournament action against the Holy Cross Crusaders.

Wisconsin 80, St. John's 70

Kirk Penney scored 19 points to lead five Wisconsin players in double figures and the Badgers prevailed in a game of runs Friday night, beating St. John's 80-70 in the first round of the NCAA East Regional.

St. Louis begging Kansans to go east on Saturday

By Chuck Woodling Towering over the Mississippi River in awe-inspiring elliptical splendor stands the Gateway Arch, the signature attraction of St. Louis, the city where westward expansion began.

East Regional: Golden Hurricane sinks Marquette

Greg Harrington wasn't about to let all of Tulsa's hard work go to waste. The 12th-seeded Golden Hurricane let a double-digit lead slip away until Harrington's runner in the lane with 14.6 seconds left lifted them past No. 5 Marquette 71-69 Thursday in the first round.

Jayhawk faithful want to set the record straight

With the thump and toot of KU's pep band ringing in her ears, Shelley Dinges said she'd wanted to break the broken-record comments of people criticizing Roy Williams. News stories published Thursday delved into the touchy subject of Williams and Co.'s inability so far to capture an NCAA basketball championship despite fielding some of the best college talent in the country.

KU baseball team headed to Baylor

Levi Chronister Last season, Kansas University's baseball team dropped a three-game set to Baylor at Hoglund Ballpark and was outscored 30-6. This season, the Jayhawks started 10-0, including a victory over then-No. 13 Texas A&M, and it appeared the team might be able to take at least a game from the Bears this weekend in Waco, Texas.

Postcard from St. Louis

At the Jayhawks' closed practice at Saint Louis University's gym, the team rubbed the belly of a Billikens statue for luck. If Thursday's narrow escape from Holy Cross is any indication of the statue's influence, the Jayhawks ought to throw a blanket over the university's mascot.

Home fans keep spirit

By Mindie Paget Robin Kilmer had a "few choice words" for the Kansas Jayhawks during their sluggish first half against Holy Cross on Thursday. But she figured Roy Williams' choice words at halftime motivated the team to come back from a two-point halftime deficit to defeat the Crusaders in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tuition committee ponders priorities

By Terry Rombeck After learning Thursday it had an extra month to complete its work, a campuswide committee studying a proposed Kansas University tuition increase began deciding how the additional revenue raised by higher tuition should be spent.

Thursday, March 14

World Online report: Jayhawks had their hands full in St. Louis: KU 70, Holy Cross 59

(Updated Thursday at 9:51 p.m.) Kirk Hinrich went down late in the first half, clutching his ankle, and was taken immediately into the lockers. X-rays returned negative on a break, but probably indicate a severe sprain. He did not return to the game, and is doubtful for Saturday's second-round match.

Security tight at arena

By Tim Carpenter Devastating terrorist attacks last year on the East Coast reverberate at the NCAA Tournament. Six months after the Sept. 11 assault, security precautions for 800 media representatives covering the tournament in St. Louis have been ratcheted up to unprecedented levels.

KU's NCAA men's 1A basketball tournament bid to begin

6Sports reports on the KU men's basketball team as the NCAA Tournament gets underway

6Sports video report: Crusaders using Super Bowl as motivation

Kevin Romary reports on the Holy Cross Crusaders and the similarities they see between themselves and the New England Patriots. The Patriots beat the Rams earlier this year in the Super Bowl.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks ready to play in Edward Jones Dome

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' first round tourney action against the Holy Cross Crusaders in the Edward Jones Dome, the same place where the St. Louis Rams play.

6Sports video report: Crusaders using Super Bowl as motivation

Kevin Romary reports on the Holy Cross Crusaders and the similarities they see between themselves and the New England Patriots. The Patriots beat the Rams earlier this year in the Super Bowl.

Kansas fans dress out for practice

By Tim Carpenter Stepping into the Edward Jones Dome for the Jayhawks' one-hour practice Wednesday, it wasn't hard for Kansas fans to image the place was decorated to please their color palates. The done's 42,000 seats are a mixture of crimson and blue.

6News video report: Some KU students see new requirement as second blow from Board of Regents

Tina Terry reports on a the Kansas Board of Regents' addition of 14 credit hours to the current 40 to be eligible for graduation.

Little-known Togo Palazzi more than just a name

By Chuck Woodling No man was happier to arrive in St. Louis on Wednesday than I was. Sure, everybody hates the thick traffic in and around this westward sprawling metropolis, but I didn't care.

Wednesday, March 13

6Sports video report: Jayhawks prepare for NCAA tournament

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' preparation for their first round action against Holy Cross on Thursday. The Jayhawks will meet the Crusaders at 6:50 pm in St. Louis.

Kansas Baseball: KU loses third straight

Southwest Missouri State scored seven runs in the bottom of the third and added six in the fifth Tuesday as Kansas University dropped its third straight baseball game, 15-7. The Jayhawks (10-3) were led by sophomore Matt Tribble, who was 3-for-4 with four runs and an RBI.

Siena sends Alcorn packing

The team that couldn't win during the regular season has figured it out at tournament time. Siena became only the second team to win an NCAA Tournament game with a losing record, beating Alcorn State, 81-77, Tuesday night in a play-in that provided a fitting start.

Grad rates vary for tourney teams

This is college basketball, so let's examine who among the players in the upcoming NCAA Tournament might be heading as readily toward their B.A. as the NBA. A Star Tribune analysis shows that Stanford, with a 100 percent graduation rate among incoming freshmen between 1991 and 1994, tops the field of 65.

Credit hour increase draws criticism

By Terry Rombeck Want instant attention from some Kansas University seniors? Tell them they're going to need an extra semester to graduate. The Kansas Board of Regents is set Thursday to discuss a plan that could require some students to stay longer at state universities.

KU in Newell Challenge

Kansas University's men's basketball team will play Cal-Berkeley in the annual Pete Newell Challenge on Dec. 28 at The Arena in Oakland.

KU deans silent on Piper plagiarism incident

By Terry Rombeck The decision to exclude Doris Kearns Goodwin from this fall's Presidential Lecture Series was, in part, a sign that Kansas University officials take allegations of plagiarism seriously. But KU deans say they're not planning to take a similar stand in an area plagiarism debate.

6News video report: KU students take message directly to provost

Janet Redi reports on the rally KU students held on Tuesday opposing tuition hikes.

Jayhawk fans to rock St. Louis

By Tim Carpenter The live band Thursday at the Hard Rock Cafe in St. Louis will add a special tune "I'm a Jayhawk" to the gig's play list. It's what you would expect from the Kansas University Pep Band, especially during a party and rally at the Hard Rock in Union Station that celebrates the Jayhawks' first-round NCAA Tournament showdown against Holy Cross.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks prepare for NCAA tournament

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' preparation for their first round action against Holy Cross on Thursday. The Jayhawks will meet the Crusaders at 6:50 pm in St. Louis.

6Sports video report: Gooden makes AP All American team

Kevin Romary reports on the selections made to the AP All American team. Drew Gooden was selected while Nick Collison and Kirk Hinrich received Honorable Mention recognition.

Tuesday, March 12

New map would split Lawrence, put KU in 2nd District

(Updated Tuesday at 11:08 a.m.) A new congressional redistricting map would not only split the city of Lawrence, but it would put Kansas University's Lawrence campus in the 2nd District.

Frederick has seen tourney change

By Chuck Woodling Fans of Kansas University men's basketball love the NCAA's new pod system. Without the new format, KU would have been dispatched to either Chicago or Dallas as the No. 1 seed in the Midwest Regional. Instead, the Jayhawks were sent to St. Louis, a closer site by about three hours as the automobile drives.

CBS hoop ratings climbing

Ratings for the NCAA Tournament selection show and three of four college basketball conference championship games produced significant increases over last year for CBS.

6Sports video report: Big 12 tournament doesn't end the way the Jayhawks had hoped

Randy Withers reports on KU's Big 12 Tournament action.

6Sports video report: KU to face Holy Cross in NCAA tourney

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' first round NCAA opponent, Holy Cross. The Jayhawks will face the Crusaders on Thursday at 6:50 pm in St. Louis.

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Duke No. 1, KU 2 in final poll

Duke moved back into the No. 1 spot in the AP college basketball poll Monday, a record fourth straight year the Blue Devils were on top of the final rankings of the season.

Kansas golfers tied for fifth in Louisiana

Led by junior Chris Marshall, Kansas was tied for fifth place after two rounds of The Louisiana Classics men's golf tournament on Monday. KU compiled 584 strokes to tie Tulsa. Southern Methodist is first with 573 shots.

Jayhawks named to all-tourney team

Four Kansas softball players Megan Urquhart, Kelly Campbell, Shelly Musser and Leah Tabb were named to the all-tournament team for the weekend Holiday Inn Invitational at Jayhawk Field.

KU panel endorses tuition hike

By Terry Rombeck After two months of discussions, a committee of students, faculty and staff Monday endorsed a proposal that would almost double tuition at Kansas University over five years.


A look at the 65 teams in the field for the NCAA championship:

Monday, March 11

St. Louis a spirited place to play

By Tim Carpenter The highs of Gateway Arch and the lows of the Titanic. Finger-licking eats on The Hill and foot-stomping blues pubs on Laclede's Landing. Collegiate basketball fans venturing to St. Louis to catch the Kansas Jayhawks in the NCAA Tournament have plenty of options before, between and after games.

Georgetown denies NIT bid

The Atlantic 10, which had only Xavier selected for the NCAA tournament, had five teams picked Sunday night for the NIT's expanded 40-team field. One name missing from the list was Georgetown, which lost in the quarterfinals of the Big East tournament and finished 19-11.

KU looks past loss to NCAA Tournament

Jayhawks catch spirit of St. Louis

By Tim Carpenter Arch Madness begins Thursday in St. Louis, and Jeff Foster is ready to welcome the Kansas Jayhawks to town. "I don't see them getting upset here," said Foster, a Kansas University graduate who organizes TV-watch parties for KU basketball games at P.J.'s Tavern.

KU ruggers win

Jenny Peck and Jen Nelson scored two tries apiece as Kansas thumped Missouri, 50-5, in women's college rugby on Saturday. Other tries were scored by Melissa McKibben, Allison Arvey, Abbey Harper and Lui Love. Rachel Seidle kicked five conversions.

Top-seeded Jayhawks see bumpy road to Atlanta

By Gary Bedore No. 1 seeds are supposed to breeze to the Final Four, right? That's the theory, though the Midwest Region's top-seeded team, Kansas University, sees plenty of potential hazards and road blocks on a potentially bumpy route to Atlanta.

New format mix of good, bad

The women's NCAA Tournament is moving on up. Next year it will play all its games on neutral sites. The theory is the game is credible enough, and its fans are faithful enough, to re-create the same excitement without playing in the favored team's gym.

ACC powers, Kansas make picking NCAA favorite difficult

Maryland's loss to North Carolina State in the ACC semifinals Saturday put a frown on coach Gary Williams' face, but the defeat didn't cost the 26-4 Terrapins a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Oklahoma clearly better team on Sunday

By Chuck Woodling Wherever David Harrison was late Sunday afternoon in Boulder, Colo., he had to be smiling. Harrison is the Colorado University freshman basketball player who has had a running feud with Kansas all season.

Kansas pitchers shine

By Andy Samuelson This is what Kansas University softball coach Tracy Bunge had been waiting for. Her pitchers on Sunday continued to dominate the Holiday Invitational at Jayhawk Field as KU beat Portland State, 5-0, and Indiana State, 9-1, and allowed just one run in 27 innings to capture the title.

Jayhawks somber during selection

By Robert Sinclair Sunday was supposed to be a celebration for No. 1-ranked Kansas University, the culmination of a perfect run through the Big 12 Conference.

Jayhawks thump Oklahoma in Big 12 dual

By Andy Samuelson While the Sooners stunned Kansas in basketball at its home away from home Sunday at Kemper Arena, another group of Jayhawks fared better at their winter residence Alvamar Racquet Club as the Kansas whipped No. 37 Oklahoma, 6-1, in women's tennis.

Sunday, March 10

Kansas, Duke, Maryland, Cincinnati lead the field of 65

(Web Posted Sunday at 5:29 p.m.) Duke was seeded No. 1 for the NCAA tournament for a record fifth straight year Sunday, joined atop the regional brackets by top-ranked Kansas, Maryland and Cincinnati.

Oklahoma topples Kansas

(Updated Sunday at 5:22 p.m.) Oklahoma toppled No. 1 Kansas, 64-55, in Sunday's championship game of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. Update: Kansas will play 16th seed Holy Cross (18-14) on Thursday in St. Louis in the first round of the NCAA Final Four Tournament.

Price leads Oklahoma to Big 12 tourney win over No. 1 Kansas

Hollis Price scored 23 points, including two clutch 3-pointers that turned back a second-half rally by No. 1 Kansas, and No. 4 Oklahoma won its second straight Big 12 tournament with a 64-55 victory on Sunday.

Jayhawks stun Oklahoma State

By Andy Samuelson A day after surviving a close match with Texas Tech to pick up its first Big 12 victory of the season, Kansas University pulled off its biggest stunner of the season on Saturday when the Jayhawks rocked Oklahoma State, 6-1, at Alvamar Racquet Club.

Softball tourney delayed

Kansas University's Holiday Inn Invitational softball tournament on Saturday was postponed to today because of cold and windy conditions. The tournament will resume today at Jayhawk Field.

Decisions, decisions: Pods muddle bracket outlook

Prepare for the invasion of the pods. No, it's just the NCAA Tournament, version 2002 not a science-fiction, body-snatching thriller. When the NCAA announces its men's field at 5 p.m. today, the bracket will look the same.

Miles sets assists record

By Robert Sinclair It should come as no surprise that a freshman point guard set the Big 12 tournament record for assists on Saturday afternoon. The shocker might be the fact that it was Kansas University's Aaron Miles and not acclaimed T.J. Ford of Texas who set the standard.

KU Basketball Notebook: Boschee caught snoozing

By Gary Bedore Jeff Boschee was in dire need of a catnap on Saturday afternoon at Kemper Arena. "It's hard to stay in the game. I was thinking about what I'm going to eat at the steakhouse tonight," Kansas University's senior guard said of his daydreams on the bench during the final eight minutes of KU's 90-50 Big 12 semifinal rout of Texas Tech.

OU stomps Texas, sets sights on KU - Oklahoma 67, Texas 51

By Robert Sinclair Following Oklahoma's Big 12 tournament semifinal victory over Texas, OU's Aaron McGhee and Daryan Selvy were asked how the Sooners should play against Kansas University in today's Big 12 title game.

Oklahoma tough test for Kansas

By Chuck Woodling Eleven times this season Kansas University's men's basketball team has scored 100 or more points. Eight more times the Jayhawks have reached the 90-point plateau. Not today, though. Not when Kansas tangles with Oklahoma in a classic match of two No. 1 one certain (KU) and the other probable (OU) NCAA Tournament seeds for the championship of the Big 12 Conference tournament.

Saturday, March 9

Kansas crushes Texas Tech, 90-50

(Updated Saturday at 3:15 p.m.) Kansas easily defeated Texas Tech, 90-50, in Saturday's semifinal game at the Big 12 men's basketball tournament at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo. Kansas moves on to the championship game at 2 p.m. Sunday, when it will face the winner of the upcoming Texas-Oklahoma semifinal game.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks roll over Buffs

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' first Big 12 Tournament game against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Bookman, Eisenmenger qualify for NCAA finals

Kansas University sophomore Leo Bookman broke his own school record in the 200 meters Friday, running a 20.93 in the preliminaries at the NCAA Indoor to qualify for today's finals.

Kansas tennis team trips Texas Tech

By Andy Samuelson For Kansas freshman Paige Brown, moving up to the No. 3 spot didn't pay off in KU's tennis dual with Texas Tech on Friday at Alvamar Racquet Club. At least not for Brown (5-1), who was previously unbeaten. But it did aid the Jayhawks on a day where close matches nearly gave the Red Raiders the victory.

KU softball takes two

By Andy Samuelson Now, if somehow Leah Tabb could just get her dad to come to all of her games. Then, Tabb, a senior from Oklahoma City, might just put up All-American numbers. Tabb sure did on Friday, when her dad, Jerry, made his first trip to Kansas to watch his daughter go 3-for-4 with a three-run homer, double, four RBIs, two runs and two stolen bases.

6Sports video report: Jayhawks roll over Buffs

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' first Big 12 Tournament game against the Colorado Buffaloes.

Friday, March 8

Kansas and Texas Tech to meet in semifinals

(Updated Saturday at 4:11 a.m.) Kansas and Texas Tech will square off in Saturday's semifinal round of the Big 12 men's basketball tournament at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Mo.

Kansas House approves research bill

(Updated Friday at 11:36 a.m.) A bill authorizing $110 million in bonds to build research centers at three state universities, including Kansas University, easily won House approval Friday.

Regents director seeks KU post

By Terry Rombeck A former Kansas University faculty member said Thursday that he misses working with faculty and students.

Outspoken CU frosh Harrison likes Sooners more than Jayhawks

Say this about David Harrison. Colorado's freshman center isn't afraid to speak his mind.

University braces for budget cuts

By Terry Rombeck The first round of planned Kansas University budget cuts has been submitted to administrators. Now, the waiting begins. "We need to have a better feel for where we are in the budget before we take any actions," said Bill Fuerst, dean of the School of Business.

6News Video Reports: A new engineering building will be built by private donations

Ground is being broken on the building even during one of the worst budget crises for the unversity.

Jayhawks set scoring record in beating Colorado, 102-73

Kirk Hinrich and Jeff Boschee got Kansas off to a quick start, and the No. 1 Jayhawks set a Big 12 tournament scoring record in beating Colorado 102-73 in Friday's quarterfinals.

CU earns one more shot at KU

By Chuck Woodling A thing of beauty is a joy forever. Maybe that's why Colorado coach Ricardo Patton wanted only 20 minutes to savor Thursday's plodding 67-60 victory over Colorado in the first round of the Big 12 Conference men's basketball tournament.

Chancellor describes impending KU cuts

By Scott Rothschild Several programs and 275 jobs must be eliminated at Kansas University if state policy-makers can't find a way to fend off proposed cuts in higher education spending. That was the warning Thursday from KU Chancellor Robert Hemenway to members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee.

Kansas baseball team to open league play against A&M

By Levi Chronister Kansas University has outscored its opponents 90-25 while starting the baseball season with a nine-game winning streak.

Thursday, March 7

House tentatively approves higher education research bill

(Updated Thursday at 1:23 p.m.) The Kansas House on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would authorize the issuance of $110 million in bonds to build research facilities at three public universities, including Kansas University.

AP, peers tap Williams

KU mentor best in Big 12

By Gary Bedore Little known fact: Kansas University's Roy Williams coached ninth-grade football from 1973 to 1977 at Owen High School in Swannanoa, N.C. "The pageantry of high school football is something I loved, but I hated practice," Williams said on Wednesday after learning he'd been named Big 12 Basketball Coach of the Year by both the Associated Press and his coaching peers. "In basketball, I love the practices. The games ... I say, 'I guess we've got to go play now.'''

KU coach says '97 Jayhawks his best

'Too early' to rate current team tops

By Gary Bedore Say, Roy Williams, is this the best basketball team you've coached at Kansas? "No. Does that pin it down enough?" KU's 14th-year coach said with a big grin during Wednesday's news conference at Allen Fieldhouse.

Disappointing season humbling for KU's Washington

By Chuck Woodling No need to worry about disturbing Marian Washington with a phone call on Sunday night. Washington won't be wrapped up in the ballyhooed ESPN movie "Season on the Brink."

KU's softball team trims Pittsburg State, 4-1

Shelly Musser led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple and scored on a single by Lindsey Weinstein, and Kansas never looked back en route to a 4-1 college softball victory over Pittsburg State on Wednesday at Jayhawk Field.

Texas Tech 80, Texas A&M 71

When his closest friend collapsed at courtside Thursday afternoon, a worried Bob Knight had a special message for his Texas Tech team.

6Sports Video Reports: KU's men's team wins many awards

Coach Williams, Drew Gooden, Kirk Hinrich and Jeff Boschee were all given AP and coaches' accolades.

Hemenway explains impacts of proposed budget cuts on KU

Kansas University Chancellor Robert Hemenway spoke Thursday in Topeka to the Kansas Senate Ways and Means Committee's subcommittee on higher education. The following are his prepared remarks.

Wednesday, March 6

6Sports video report: Road games not a problem this season for Hawks

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks ease in capturing road wins this season.

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawks' ease in capturing road wins this season.

Washington receives support from Bohl

By Chuck Woodling Beleaguered Kansas University women's basketball coach Marian Washington received a vote of confidence from KU athletic director Al Bohl on Tuesday. "Marian Washington will be our head basketball coach next year," Bohl said following the Jayhawks' 63-61 loss to Texas in the Big 12 Conference tournament.

6Sports video report: Jayhawk women take close loss

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawk women's basketball loss to the University of Texas Longhorns in the opening day of the Big 12 Tournament.

Jayhawks scare Texas but tumble, 63-61

By Chuck Woodling They didn't shoot so good, they didn't rebound so well and they didn't play such great defense during their season from hell. Still, Kansas, the worst team in Big 12 Conference women's basketball history, went out on a positive note Tuesday.

KU conference sheds light on tuition woes

By Terry Rombeck Guidance counselor Julie Worth said the high school students she advises will feel the effects of planned university tuition increases, but she's not sure Kansas University will take a major enrollment hit.

KU golfers tie for 16th

Kansas University's women's golf team tied for 16th out of 18 teams at the Verizon "Mo"Morial Invitational on Tuesday at Briarcrest CC.

6Sports video report: Jayhawk women take close loss

Kevin Romary reports on the Jayhawk women's basketball loss to the University of Texas Longhorns in the opening day of the Big 12 Tournament.

Tuesday, March 5

Ceremony to mark beginning of new engineering building

By Terry Rombeck It will be even more ceremonial than your typical groundbreaking.

Big 12 taps two from KU

Hinrich, Gooden all-league

By Gary Bedore It's time for Kansas University's basketball players to start reaping the benefits of a 16-0 conference season. On Monday, Jayhawk juniors Kirk Hinrich and Drew Gooden opened the 2001-02 postseason awards parade by being named unanimous first-team selections to the Associated Press All-Big 12 team.

KU makes historic sweep

A look back at the Jayhawks' unprecedented 16-0 run through the Big 12

By Gary Bedore A group of Kansas University students displayed a banner for all to see after the final home game of the 2001-02 season. "Unstoppable, unbelievable, unforgettable," read the elongated sign in the south Allen Fieldhouse end zone.

6Sports Video Reports: Four KU starters are on All-Big 12 teams after KU defeated Missouri

Their last minute-victory over Missouri makes the Jayhawks undefeated in the conference for the first time since the 1970-71 season.

Dean candidate has forum at KU

By Terry Rombeck John Lipski started his college studies in engineering at Rice University, then switched to study linguistics.

Monday, March 4


KU holds off Tigers, completes league sweep

By Gary Bedore Nobody's perfect, you say? Try telling that to Kansas University's basketball players, who capped a one-for-the ages 16-0 run through the Big 12 Conference on Sunday by tripping rival Missouri, 95-92, at jam-packed Hearnes Center.

Music model illustrates epilepsy

By Terry Rombeck Like Mozart's music, the workings of the brain typically are methodical, with various parts coming together to create a thought. But when an epileptic seizure occurs, the harmony disappears. Extra online-only: Listen to the musical representation of epilepsy.

KU researchers pursue innovations

By Terry Rombeck Musical depictions of an epileptic seizure aren't the only imaginative or important research going on at Kansas University Medical Center. Other projects could lead to a cure for ovarian cancer, lessen the incidence of heart attacks or help the millions of people who suffer high blood pressure. Dr. Patrice Delafontaine, head of cardiac research, is leading a research team that has determined that the decline in proteins in smooth muscle cells could contribute to weakening of the vascular system and play a part in heart attacks and strokes.

Big 12 Women's Tournament: Jayhawks draw Texas

Kansas University's women's basketball team ended its regular season with a loss to Texas.

Musser powers KU

Jayhawk softball team upends MSU, 4-3

Christi Musser went 2-for-2 with her third homer of the season as Kansas University's softball team beat 22nd-ranked Mississippi State, 4-3, on Sunday in Florida State's Sunshine Classic.

Jayhawks' run through Big 12 worth hollering about

By Chuck Woodling Sometimes the basket looks like a hula hoop. Other times it looks like a doughnut. That, in a thimble, is why Kansas University's 16-0 Big 12 Conference season the first (and perhaps last) in the league's history is worth hollering about from the highest mount on Mount Oread.

Gilbert 'brain-locked' at end

By Chuck Woodling At first, Missouri guard Clarence Gilbert said he didn't want to talk about the last-ditch shot, saying he had not thought about it since and that it "was over."

Sunday, March 3

World Online report: Jayhawks cap undefeated season, 95-92

(Updated Sunday at 3:58 p.m.) Having lost five of the previous six visits to Columbia, the Kansas Jayhawks went into perhaps the toughest place on their road schedule and came out with a perfect Big 12 record. Despite going more than eight minutes in the second half without making a field goal, Kansas held on to become the only NCAA team to go undefeated in conference play.

Softball postponed

Kansas University's scheduled Saturday softball games at the Sunshine Classic were postponed because of rain.

KU track nets six provisional marks

Freshman Brooklyn Hann set the Kansas University triple-jump record with a leap of 42-feet, 31*4 inches at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Saturday in South Bend, Ind. Her record-setting jump was one of five NCAA provisional marks the Jayhawks met at the Notre Dame meet.

Woodling picks all-conference specialty teams

The All-Big 12 Conference men's basketball teams will be announced next week with Kansas University's Drew Gooden and Kirk Hinrich virtual locks for the first team with Nick Collison and Jeff Boschee very likely to be second-team selections.

Roy sorry for Richardson

KU coach Roy Williams feels for former Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson, who was let go on Friday.

Undergraduates showcase research at symposium

By Matt Merkel-Hess Liz Riggs admits that researching a more aerodynamic recumbent bicycle is not the most profound topic, but it's research all the same. "I've always been interested in research," she said.

Saturday, March 2

Nobel laureate honors KU researcher

By Mindie Paget A Nobel Prize winner on Friday helped send off a 28-year veteran of kidney research at Kansas University Medical Center. Richard Roberts, who received a Nobel Prize in 1993 for his discovery that an individual gene can comprise several DNA segments, spoke Friday at the Med Center's Walter S. Sutton Symposium, held to honor Billy Hudson, an internationally known authority on the biochemistry of progressive kidney disease.

Gruber falls short

Charlie Gruber of Kansas University failed to meet the NCAA qualifying time in the men's 3,000 meters on Friday at the NCAA Qualifier. Gruber finished sixth in 8:22.39. The automatic qualifying time is 8:00. The provisional time is 8:10.7.

Seminoles rally past Jayhawks, 5-4

An error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning cost Kansas University's softball team a road victory against a ranked team. No. 18 Florida State rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth and scored three more in the seventh to pull out a 5-4 victory over KU on Friday at the Sunshine Classic.

KU baseball canceled

Wintry weekend weather wiped out a scheduled three-game baseball series between Kansas and Northwestern at Hoglund Ballpark. The games won't be rescheduled. Next for the Jayhawks is Oral Robert next Tuesday in Tulsa, Okla.

Friday, March 1

KU softball team to play in Florida tournament

Nobody can accuse Kansas University coach Tracy Bunge of having a soft softball schedule. The Jayhawks played six ranked teams during tournaments in Phoenix and Las Vegas last month.