Stories for March 2006


Friday, March 31

6Sports video: Kansas tennis looks to increase winning streak

The Kansas tennis team looks to add to its four match winning streak this weekend. Saturday the Jayhawks host Oklahoma, then on Sunday KU welcomes Iowa State. Amy Hall Holt's team is 9-6 on the season and ranked a season high 62nd in the Nation.

6Sports video: KU baseball falls in border showdown

After knocking off number two Nebraska on Sunday, and number 13 Wichita State on Wednesday, the Kansas baseball team put its two game win streak on the line Friday night in the border showdown. Not only were the Jayhawks after their third straight win, Ritch Price's boys also had the task of protecting the University's overall lead in the border showdown standings.

6Sports video: Olympic champion to run in Kansas Relays

In three weeks, Justin Gatlin will be the man to beat at Memorial Stadium. The reigning 100-meter Olympic champion will run the anchor leg for his team in the 4x100-meter relay at the Kansas Relays.

6Sports video: Kemp looks to play in WNBA

Crystal Kemp ended her four-year career on the Kansas basketball team by taking the Jayhawks to the post season WNIT. As a senior, she led the Hawks in scoring with just under 19 points a game and rebounding with more than eight a contest.

MU defeats KU baseball 3-0

Jayhawks fall to 2-5 in Big 12

Kansas University's baseball team has played 10 consecutive games against ranked teams, and the Jayhawks will get another one tonight when No. 29 Missouri comes to Lawrence for a three-game series. The Tigers also offer the second-straight rivalry game for a KU squad (18-10 overall, 2-4 Big 12) that defeated No. 17 Wichita State 8-2 at Hoglund Ballpark on Wednesday.

Mangino: Defense OK

Coach likes potential despite load of losses

The assumption is logical: So many contributors were lost from last year's Kansas University football defense that, naturally, the 2006 version is going to take a big step back with inexperienced players roaming around.

Woodling: Mizzou boggles the mind

Let me see if I have this straight : A few years ago, Indiana University fired its men's basketball coach because he had a hot temper. Bob Knight won a couple of NCAA titles, graduated players and never was in hot water with the NCAA, but the 'tude finally wore too thin.

Patriots inspire ex-Jayhawk Galindo

Now at Florida International, transfer guard still fan of Kansas University

George Mason University is representing all the so-called mid-majors at the Final Four this weekend in Indianapolis.

KU softball twinbill postponed until April 20

Thursday's rainy weather forced postponement of Kansas University's scheduled softball doubleheader with Creighton at Arrocha Ballpark.

Missouri invades for baseball series

Kansas University baseball coach Ritch Price will have all arms available for this weekend's three-game homestand against No. 29 Missouri.

Study in contrasts

Final Four head coaches, teams took different paths to big stage

George Mason coach Jim Larranaga and Florida's Billy Donovan, his counterpart on the other bench in Saturday's first Final Four matchup in the RCA Dome, both played college basketball at Providence College.

Hard way OK for Sampson

Coach took tough but lesser-talented players at OU

Kelvin Sampson's success at Oklahoma was never much about flash. A denim-shirt sort of guy, it never took long for Sampson to shed his sportcoat on the Sooners' sideline.

Young teams could be trend

The three big-name teams at this year's Final Four start a combined four freshmen and seven sophomores.

Brand touts progress

Despite some poor academic rates, NCAA head encouraged

No school could match the postseason success of Florida, George Mason, LSU or UCLA on the basketball court. The classroom marks of those teams weren't as tough to beat.

Thursday, March 30

KU police recover some stolen KU basketball uniforms

KU Police says they've started recovering some of the thousands of dollars worth of men's basketball uniforms and warm-ups stolen last week from a locked trailer on campus. No arrests have been made, but a KU Police spokesman says several high school students are suspects.

6Sports video: KU's men's basketball signee, good pick

It's not how you start, but how you finish. And if you watched Wedneday night's McDonald's All-American game in San Diego, its hard to not get excited about KU's signee Sheron Collins.

6Sports video: Maurice Greene to return to Lawrence for Relays

Although Jusin Gatlin may be the defending Olympic champion in the 100-meter dash, he likely won't be the fan favorite when he takes the track on April 22, in the Kansas Relays. That distinction belongs to former 100-meter world record holder, Maurice Greene.


A story about Kansas University basketball recruit Sherron Collins in Wednesday's Journal-World contained incorrect information about the Jayhawks' recruiting class for the 2006-07 season.

Olympic sprinters to rumble at Relays

Kansas Relays meet director Tim Weaver had the dream: two world-class sprinters, fist-bumping their boxing gloves before going at it one-on-one.

Keegan: KU has 'Hog' hoppin'

Baseball historian Bill James was in the nearly full house, which was fortunate timing for him since some baseball history was made on a windy Wednesday night at The Hog.

Kansas rocks Shocks

Record crowd watches KU upend WSU, 8-2

He might not have all the facts just yet, but Kansas University left fielder John Allman has seen enough to come to his own conclusion.

Oden laid back at All-American game

No longer trying to impress scouts, player of the year takes it easy

No player came into this week's McDonald's High School All-American festivities with as much of a reputation as Greg Oden.

Three teams in Cinderella's shadow

In any other year, Florida, LSU or UCLA might have worn the slipper; then there was GMU

Florida, LSU and UCLA each have one seemingly impossible task this weekend - trying to steal some attention from the darlings of the Final Four.

Kemp tickled by invite

An invitation to the WNBA pre-draft camp was huge news to Kansas University senior Crystal Kemp.

Arrocha repaired, ready for softball again

Damage at Arrocha Ballpark has been repaired. Now if the weather just will cooperate.

Collins makes mark

KU signee's dunk highlights West's victory

Sherron Collins spent his first three days in Southern California talking about assists. In the end, he saved the best one for himself.

Commentary: Patriots turn world upside down

Things that have happened since George Mason reached the Final Four over the weekend.

Sampson takes over at Indiana

Ex-OU coach signs seven-year deal, vows return to glory

Indiana fans greeted new Hoosiers coach Kelvin Sampson with a standing ovation. His next job is keeping them on their feet.

Wednesday, March 29

'Hawks tops Shocks again

KU has won three of last four meetings with WSU in Lawrence

Kansas led off the bottom of the inning with back-to-back singles from Brock Simpson and Ritchie Price. Jared Schweitzer walked on an 11 pitch at bat. The Jayhawks' leading hitter Gus Milner, tied the game at one on a groundout double-play. Erick Morrison gave the Jayhawks a 2-1 lead when he laced a double down the left-field line that touched just inside of the chalk and scored Price for the early KU advantage.

6Sports video: Big names coming for Kansas Relays

An entire galaxy of track stars will be present for this year's Kansas Relay.

6Sports video: Jayhawks roll against WSU

Kansas got a shot at a ranked team while at home, and the baseball team made the most of the opportunity.

Kansas' Kemp invited to participate in WNBA camp

Kansas University graduating senior Crystal Kemp plans to take part in the WNBA pre-draft camp Monday at Emmanuel College in Boston.

Kansas hammers UMKC

Kansas University collected 25 hits - including seven home runs - in a doubleheader sweep Tuesday of Missouri-Kansas City.

Tourney venue in Vegas unknown

The Las Vegas Invitational men's basketball tournament, set for Thanksgiving week 2006, continues to take shape.

Commentary: George Mason rallying cry: Packer

Outspoken CBS college basketball analyst draws negative reaction - but he doesn't care

George Mason fans have been yelling "Bill-eee Pack-er! Bill-eee Pack-er!" with great glee after each of their NCAA Tournament wins. They have latched onto Packer as the embodiment of the powers that be in college basketball. When they stick it to "The Man," they like to think The Man looks just like a bald-headed, hard-headed Wake Forest grad who used to be the voice of Putt-Putt golf.

Missouri coach pledges loyalty

Anderson's contract with Tigers loaded with incentives

New Missouri basketball coach Mike Anderson will earn a minimum of $850,000 annually over the next five years - as long as he "agrees to be a loyal employee" and doesn't bad-mouth the school.

OU signee sad to lose coach to IU

It took just one short phone call to rain on Scottie Reynolds' all-star parade and turn him as glum as the cloudy weather outside Cox Arena on Tuesday.

All-around all-star

KU signee Collins confident in his game

While Kansas University basketball fans kept busy last fall extolling the offensive prowess of coach Bill Self's fab four recruiting class, the Jayhawk boss spent even more time telling anyone who would listen that defense would dictate when that quartet would play and for how long.

Indiana to tap Sampson

Coach leaving OU; NCAA sanctions could follow him to IU

Indiana will hire Kelvin Sampson as its next basketball coach, delivering him from an Oklahoma team under investigation for possible recruiting violations to lead one of the most prestigious programs in the country.

KU, WSU to renew rivalry tonight

It's Rock Chalk vs. Shockers time again.

Keegan: Milner carries big stick

In the first or second inning, when Kansas University cleanup hitter Gus Milner walks to the plate tonight against Wichita State at Hoglund Ballpark with loud bat in hand, give him an ovation he won't forget.

KU baseball adds game with Tabor

Kansas University's scheduled baseball game with Creighton on March 22 in Omaha, Neb., was canceled because of bad weather, and that game was replaced with a 6 p.m. game April 19 against Tabor College at Hoglund Ballpark.

Fluke injury clouds future for safety Harris

It was a simple tackle during a Kansas University football practice two weeks ago. Nothing out of the ordinary - not even the pain in safety Rodney Harris' neck.

Upstart George Mason staying loose with 'unityball'

George Mason guard Tony Skinn stood under the basket at one end of the Patriot Center, holding a black-covered foam bat with a yellow plastic handle. The bases were loaded. He did a Babe Ruth and pointed to the seats.

Tuesday, March 28

6Sports video: Softball team's home repaired following storm

Arrocha Ballpark was hit hard in the microburst that slammed the KU campus on March 12, but two weeks later and the park has been renovated.

6Sports video: Kemp trying for next level

Kansas senior Crystal Kemp has received an invitation for Monday's WNBA pre-draft camp.

He picked George Mason

Nebraska man one of scant few to predict Patriots' Final Four run

Russell Pleasant has some explaining to do. Such is life when you're one of four out of 3 million contest entrants to pick all the teams in this year's Final Four: LSU, Florida, UCLA and ... George Mason?

Ah, the spotlight

Larranaga, Patriots relishing sudden fame

The coach of perhaps the most improbable Final Four team in NCAA history was running on pure adrenaline. George Mason's Jim Larranaga had slept for only two hours, and his extremely hoarse voice didn't deter him from what essentially became a day of nonstop talking.

Woodling: Wonder if Mason still racin'

Surely psychoanalysts still rely on word-association tests. You know, the shrink says a word, and you respond with the first thought that enters your mind.

Self still will check for Rush

Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self met with his players Sunday night upon their return from spring break.

Coach impressed by KU signee

West squad's Kitani calls Collins a 'future All-American'

Harvey Kitani, the head coach for the West squad at this year's McDonald's High School All-American boys basketball game, has tutored a number of future college players during his 25 seasons as the boss at Fairfax High in Los Angeles.

JamFest more like funk fest

KU signee, Arthur lose at McDonald's event

The POWERade Jam Fest quickly became the jam funk for Sherron Collins.

Monday, March 27

6Sports video: Former KU baseball coach returns to college ranks

Sunday in Lincoln, a familiar face was in the opposing dugout. Back in 1993, head coach Dave Bingham led the KU baseball team to its first and only college World Series appearance. Two years later, in 1995, he started his own baseball academy. And now more than a decade later, he's back in the college ranks a Nebraska's pitching coach.

6Sports video: Experience, key factor on KU football's offensive line

In order for Mark Mangino's young quarterbacks to have any chance this spring or next fall, a big effort will be required by the offensive line. While the signal callers will be inexperienced, the hogs up front will not be. Four seniors, a junior and a sophomore all with starts in the past will be back.

Commentary: Everybody's an underdog at Final 4

UCLA has highest seed, but doesn't resemble typical bully as survivors head to Indianapolis

George Mason is going to the Final Four. Three weeks ago, if somebody said that, you might have responded, "Really? What team is he on?"

Guard wants to have fun in showcase

KU signee Collins sets sights on Jacque Vaughn's assist record at McDonald's All-American Game

It didn't take long for Sherron Collins to trade Chitown cool for California chill.

KU's Self: MU hire 'excellent'

Bill Self, who coached at the University of Tulsa, is well-acquainted with Mike Anderson, the former Golden Hurricane player who Sunday was named head basketball coach at Missouri.

Mother steering prep Arthur to KU or UT

If mom gets her way, Darrell Arthur stands a 50-50 chance of donning crimson and blue next winter.

KU women's golf wins

Kansas University's Chelsey Pryor shot a final-day 74 to finish in sixth place with a 217 total, and the KU women's golf team claimed its first team title since 2004 with a victory Sunday in the Mountain View Collegiate.

KU softball falls to Aggies, 3-2

Another bottom-of-the-seventh rally lifted Texas A&M to another Big 12 Conference softball victory over Kansas University.

Kansas baseball edges Huskers

Kansas University's baseball team used a three-run sixth inning to pull ahead for good and hand second-ranked Nebraska a 7-6 Big 12 Conference baseball setback on Sunday.

Mason campus rocks in celebration

No burning mattresses, no bonfires. Just unrestrained jubilation after George Mason advanced to the Final Four.

Commentary: Mason, Larranaga win 1 - or 4 - for little guy

This time of year used to be reserved for the big guys, with their tournament pedigrees, supersized budgets and ever-lengthening roster of NBA alums.

One win for little guys

UConn's buzzer brick sends Mason to Final Four

George Mason's players stood on the press table, waving their jerseys to the crowd. Coach Jim Larranaga walked around with the nylon net around his neck.

'Gator boys' cruise past Wildcats' senior shooters

With Florida minutes away from the Final Four, Joakim Noah threw his head back, screamed and pounded his chest as if to announce Gators' arrival.

Bedore: Hard part past for Pats

Comments, musings, opinions and ramblings about the crazy 2005-06 college men's basketball season: Can George Mason University win the NCAA title? Why not?

MU turns to Anderson; Alden hangs on

From Truman the Tiger to pompom-shaking cheerleaders, the backdrop for Missouri's unveiling of new men's basketball coach Mike Anderson at Mizzou Arena Sunday afternoon was pure celebration.

Sunday, March 26

6Sports video: KU baseball faces series loss

In Saturday's double-header against Nebraska, the KU baseball team dropped both games, which would ultimately mean a series loss. But not only were the Jayhawks trying to avoid the sweep Sunday, they were also trying to end the Huskers 21 home game winning streak.

6Sports video: KU tennis continues winning streak

The KU tennis team continued its winning ways this weekend by knocking off both UMKC and St. Louis Saturday at First Serve Tennis Center. Not only did the Jayhawks win both, they also won each match to the tune of 7-0, on the day.

6Sports video: KU football looks to fill many holes

This upcoming season there are many holes to fill on the KU football team. One of the most popular battles going on right now is the quarterback race. But there are also plenty of Jayhawks fighting for starting roles on the defensive side.

Texas toast; Bruins back

Rare 'Big Baby' trey lifts LSU in overtime

With a trip to the Final Four at stake, LSU's baby Tigers turned to the biggest Baby of all.

Missouri taps UAB's Anderson

The University of Missouri is completing an agreement with Alabama-Birmingham coach Mike Anderson to be its next basketball coach, according to media reports.

KU tennis blanks UMKC, SLU

One way to work on the mental game in tennis is to practice constantly.

KU's Battle, Roberts 1-2 at Tulsa track meet

Kansas University's Sheldon Battle and Cody Roberts finished 1-2 in the discus to highlight the Jayhawk track and field teams' outdoor-season opener Saturday at the Tulsa Duels.

KU rowing thumped by Longhorns, 6-0

Kansas University's rowing team went 0-6 in races against Texas on Saturday. The Jayhawks did defeat Cincinnati in four of four races.

Walk-off HR sinks Kansas

Texas A&M's Jami Lobpries hit a two-run, two-out walk-off home run to beat Kansas University, 2-1, in Big 12 Conference softball Saturday at the Aggie Sports Complex.

Huskers sweep Kansas

The University of Nebraska's No. 2-ranked baseball team scored two runs in the seventh inning to break a 1-all tie and secure a 4-1 victory over Kansas University in the second game of a baseball doubleheader on Saturday.

McDonald's game to have KU flavor

One Kansas University basketball signee and one Jayhawk recruit arrived Saturday in San Diego for five days worth of McDonald's All-America Basketball Game festivities.

Keegan: Hirings to help Kansas

Thanks to the hiring of a pair of new coaches, it's going to be a great deal tougher for Kansas University to make it through the Big 12 Conference with a 13-3 record.

Commentary: Villanova's Wright good, and for real

You go in thinking Jay Wright is just too good to be true. You come away convinced he's too true to be anything but good at what he does.

UCLA stifles Tigers

Before rushing to cut down the nets, UCLA's players and coaches stayed on the podium and led their fans in a popular school cheer: "UC-LA! UC-LA!"

Saturday, March 25

Boo Shock

Geo. Mason shuts down cold-shooting Wichita State

Lamar Butler dribbled out the final seconds of George Mason's latest improbable victory, then dropped the ball and wagged eight fingers toward a TV camera.

Keating backing Bruins

KU official's son, Kerry, is aide on UCLA staff

Work prevented Larry Keating from joining his wife and two daughters today in the Oakland (Calif.) Arena stands.

Commentary: Huggins hiring might haunt K-State

The ink barely had dried on Bob Huggins' new contract when Kansas State officials were offered a rare glimpse of what they were getting themselves into.

Gators great late

Florida topples Georgetown, 57-53

These Florida Gators thrive on balance. Naturally, it didn't matter which one of their super sophomores got the chance at the game-winning basket.

'Nova escapes in OT

Foye, Wildcats deliver as Eagles collapse

All eyes have been on Villanova's sensational guards the entire season.

A&M nemesis next for KU

Aggies solid foe as Big 12 season begins

Memories of last year's meltdown may help Kansas University's softball team this weekend.

Another road test ahead at NU

Huskers last foe before Jayhawks return to Hoglund

Wintry weather forced Kansas University's baseball squad to play a doubleheader today against No. 2-ranked Nebraska.

Friday, March 24

6Sports video: Tennis team to serve up doubleheader

The Jayhawks are taking a two match winning streak into a Saturday doubleheader at home.

6Sports video: Poor field conditions postpone KU game

The Jayhawks will have to wait an extra bit to meet Nebraska thanks to wintery weather, but the delay will not be long enough to get a couple of injured 'Hawks back in the lineup.

MU search committee drops three

Link, Sundvold, Moccia told they're not needed to find Snyder's replacement as coach

Three members of a committee looking for a new men's basketball coach at Missouri reportedly have been told their services are no longer needed.

UT wins at buzzer

Duke done; 'Horns elite

Kenton Paulino beat West Virginia at its own game, hitting a three-pointer as time expired to give Texas a 74-71 victory over the Mountaineers on Thursday night in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.

KU rowing canceled

Kansas University rowing's dual Thursday against SMU was canceled because of high winds on White Rock Lake in Dallas. The match will not be rescheduled. The Jayhawks still will travel Saturday to Austin, Texas, to take on Texas.

'Zags collapse; Bruins advance

Adam Morrison was spread out on the floor in tears while UCLA players danced in celebration around him.

KU baseball postponed; twinbill slated Saturday

Because of inclement weather, tonight's scheduled Kansas University-Nebraska baseball game has been postponed.

Patriots, Shockers relish tourney run

Laughing all the way, George Mason coach Jim Larranaga is having a grand ol' time at the NCAA Tournament.

LSU, 'Big Baby' send Blue Devils packing

Duke done; 'Horns elite

No need for LSU and Big Baby to cry in this NCAA Tournament. The Tigers left the tears for J.J. Redick.

K-State taps controversial Huggins

Bob Huggins is apologizing to no one. "I don't think I'm a bad guy," he deadpanned.

Self says Huggins good for KSU

New Kansas State basketball coach Bob Huggins held his introductory news conference Thursday in Bramlage Coliseum, jokingly referred to as "Allen Fieldhouse West."

Woodling: KU not hog wild for series

Boy, am I relieved. Now that the Kansas Legislature is well on its way to passing a law to ban the hunting of undomesticated pigs, we can all breathe easier because we'll no longer have to worry about porkers poking into our petunias.

Thursday, March 23

6Sports video: Huggins officially named as head Wildcat

He led his last team to 14 consecutive NCAA appearances and a Final Four. Today that same coach signed a five-year contract to lead the Rock Chalk Nation's in-state rival.

6Sports video: Snow delaying KU/Nebraska play

Fourteen inches of snow in Lincoln, Neb., on Tuesday won't keep the KU baseball team from facing the No. 2 Cornhuskers this weekend, but the weather will delay the series' start.

6Sports video: Tennis team returns home on high note

The Kansas tennis team is home after a big-time win earlier this week, when the Jayhawks knocked off LSU.

Commentary: NCAA recognized changed landscape

The Big Ten had an NCAA men's basketball tournament performance that only Bode Miller could love.

Keegan: Huggins knows the drill

Let me get this straight: The inexorable march of slime that is college basketball recruiting has reached such depths that a pair of high school stars now are making it known the school that hires Bob Huggins, reportedly Kansas State, gets them as a bonus.

Top seed awaits upstart Bradley

As soon as John Calipari arrived at Memphis six years ago, he earned a reputation for recruiting some of the biggest prep stars in the country.

LSU set to test Duke

Glen Davis peered tentatively around the curtain, as if he was shy about appearing on the national stage.

Reports: Huggins accepts K-State job

News conference reportedly set today to introduce ex-Cincy coach

Former University of Cincinnati basketball coach Bob Huggins has accepted an offer to become Kansas State University's coach, various news outlets reported Wednesday night.

The best of who's left

NBA scout rips draft class, opines on best picks among Sweet 16 teams

The top 10 American-born players in the NBA Draft this June all could have something in common: winning at least two games in the 2006 NCAA Tournament. Nearly all the top prospects ready to make the NBA jump have advanced to the Sweet 16.

Parity changing the game

Self: NCAA climate has shifted dramatically, even in last 10 years

With all due respect to the 16 basketball teams still alive in the NCAA Tournament ... "I think it'll be Boston College, Memphis, Texas and Connecticut," Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self said Wednesday, picking his Final Four survivors without hesitation.

Wednesday, March 22

6Sports video: Former KU guard leads Cinderella team

The Kansas Jayhawks may be a no-show in this weekend's Sweet Sixteen, but that doesn't mean KU fans don't have a rooting interest left in the tournament.

6Sports video: Texas sole survivor for Big 12

Maybe the pundits were right - when it comes to the Big 12 Conference, only Texas is any good, judging from this year's NCAA Tournament.

6Sports video: Closer cleans up for Kansas

For the past two seasons, when the game is on the line the bullpen call has been easy for KU baseball coach Ritch Price, thanks to senior Don Czyz, the university's all-time career saves leader.

High-top quilt nets high-dollar winning bid

A shoe-motif quilt that featured autographs from 41 former Kansas University basketball players sold last week on eBay for $2,651.

Cyclones name McDermott coach

Iowa State turns to Northern Iowa's successful leader

The job of turning around Iowa State's basketball program was given to self-described Iowa farm boy Greg McDermott.

Seniors driving Longhorns in tournament

When the Texas Longhorns walked off the court after losing in the Final Four in 2003, it seemed natural to expect a quick return.

Top Shock media darling

Ex-Jayhawk 'Turg' popular with press

Former Kansas University point guard Mark Turgeon, who has guided Wichita State into the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time since 1981, is one popular mid-major basketball coach these days.

Keegan: No news good for Meier

Offseasons tend to be filled with bad news because in many cases the good news is not news. When a defensive back doesn't get injured, that's not newsworthy, but it is good news. If a fullback's name doesn't show up in the police blotter, then it doesn't show up in the newspaper.

Bruins buried in finals

Getting to the Final Four is on the mind of every UCLA player this week. So are other kinds of finals - sociology, history, communications.

Bradley revels in return to spotlight

Vaudeville acts. Politicians. Consumer products. Concert tours. And now the Bradley Braves.

Packer shrugs off flap

If Bradley and Wichita State fans expected a teary apology from Billy Packer, then what the CBS analyst said Tuesday will sorely disappoint them.

Jayhawks must reload - fast

Henrickson to count on freshmen to replace three key seniors

Three players accounted for 65 percent of the offense during Kansas University's women's basketball season.

KU men's golf 4th at Moore Invitational

Kansas University's men's golf team took fourth place at the 17-team Ron Moore Invitational, which concluded Tuesday at the par-72 Palm Valley Golf Course.

Kansas tennis rallies to upend LSU, 4-3

Kansas University dropped two of three doubles matches and lost the doubles point, but rallied for a 4-3 tennis victory over 48th-ranked LSU on Tuesday. The 74th-ranked Jayhawks improved to 6-5.

Tuesday, March 21

6Sports video: Rush returning for sophomore season

Following a 4-of-14 shooting performance in KU's round-one loss to Bradley, freshman Brandon Rush gave Kansas fans something to smile about: an announcement that he's staying for another year.

6Sports video: Snow changes Jayhawk plans

The winter-like weather is wreaking havoc with Ritch Price's Jayhawks during the first days of spring, forcing the baseball team to practice indoors and cancel its game scheduled for later this week in Nebraska.

6Sports video: KU achievements lost in shuffle

Twenty-five wins, a share of the regular-season conference title, the first Big 12 Tournament title since 1999 - all of that, yet with the first-round loss in the NCAAs what appeared to be a great KU basketball season seems anything but.

Ochoa excited about attitude this spring

Offensive lineman David Ochoa, a fifth-year senior, is going through spring session number four with Kansas University's football team.

Wichita State gives Kansans somebody to cheer for

In a blue and red Kansas University ballcap and a matching vinyl jacket Monday, Scott Watson wore the gear of the team he loves.

Rain washes out Creighton trip

Kansas University's baseball game scheduled for Wednesday against Creighton in Omaha, Neb., has been canceled due to inclement weather throughout the Midwest. The game against the Bluejays will not be made up.

Jayhawks tumble in Hawaii

The Kansas University softball team couldn't overcome a rough first inning, surrendering four early runs in a 6-2 loss to No. 17 Northwestern in the Jayhawks' final outing in Hawaii.

George Mason basks in glow

Victory over North Carolina, Sweet 16 bid give Patriots unprecedented exposure

Don't know much about George Mason's basketball team? How about the school itself? Or the man for whom it was named?

Woodling: Recruits crucial for KU

Yes, Virginia, there is a Virginia. But is there really a Virginia Tech?

KU, Southern Cal agree on hoops series

Kansas University's men's basketball team will be playing a pair of USCs next season.

Monday, March 20

6Sports video: Future bright for Bill Self's squad

The top seven scorers should be back for the 2006-2007 season for the KU men's basketball season, and that includes Brandon Rush's team-leading 13.5 points per game.

6Sports video: Three seniors say goodbye for Kansas

Last year's loss against Bucknell hurt, but for the three Kansas seniors, the loss against Bradley this year stings even more.

6Sports video: Bittersweet end for Jayhawk women's season

In just her second year in Lawrence, Coach Bonnie Henrickson has made huge strides with the KU women's basketball program.

6Sports video: Football spring game approaches

They're taking this week off for spring break, but the KU football team has been practicing hard and have 10 sessions left before this year's spring game.

Big names? No problems

Upstart George Mason strikes again, beats UNC

Michigan State? Gone. Defending national champion North Carolina? Gone, too.

Baylor clips Kansas, wins Big 12 series

Baylor scored four runs over the final two innings to pull away from Kansas University and claim a 5-1 Big 12 Conference baseball victory over the Jayhawks on Sunday.

KU softball called

Kansas University's two scheduled softball games Sunday at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational were canceled because of inclement weather. KU was scheduled to conclude the tournament with single games against Oklahoma State and San Diego State. KU still is scheduled to face 17th-ranked Northwestern in a nontournament game tonight.

KU women's golf 13th at tournament

Kansas University's women's golf team shot a final-round 318 and three-day 963 to finish 13th Sunday at the Betsy Rawls Invitational.

Hundreds thrilled to greet Sweet 16 Shockers

The Wichita State Shockers received a jubilant welcome late Saturday as they returned home from their 80-73 victory over Tennessee in the second round of the NCAA Washington Regional.

'Nova holds off scrappy Arizona

With Rollie Massimino looking on proudly, Villanova rekindled memories of its 1985 championship season.

Abrams calm, cool in UT victory

A.J. Abrams certainly got over those jitters that bothered him in his NCAA Tournament debut.

KU snaps skid in tennis, 7-0

Kansas University's tennis team ended a four-match losing streak with a 7-0 rout Sunday of Southern.

Kansas' Mosley shines in finale

It took Shaquina Mosley only 40 minutes Sunday to remember she had played with Ole Miss star Armintie Price last spring during the USA Basketball National Team Trials.

Rebel rally dooms KU

Ole Miss bounces Jayhawks from tourney

Houdini has nothing on Mississippi University's women's basketball team.

Dayton unkind to Heels' coach before

NCAA men's basketball tournament notebook. : Kansas University basketball fans with long memories weren't shocked Sunday when Roy Williams' No. 3-seeded North Carolina Tar Heels fell to No. 11-seeded George Mason, 65-60, in a second round NCAA Tournament contest in Dayton, Ohio.

Keegan: MVC, parity for real

Those too consumed by melancholy to watch the NCAA Tournament, given Kansas University's early exit Friday night, missed entertaining action that revealed a thing or two about this college basketball season.

Thank heaven for 7-11: Sweet 16 unusual

Friday prime time brings George Mason-Wichita State, CBS's worst nightmare.

Bradley proves it's no joke

Braves stun Pitt, advance to play top seed Memphis

Bradley was all business after knocking out Kansas University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Now, it's party time.

Sunday, March 19

6Sports video: NCAAs leaving fans stunned

Not even a week into the NCAA Tournament, and fans have been shell-shocked by the outcome of almost every game.

6Sports video: Friday's upset still sinking in

It wasn't supposed to end like this. For the second straight year, the Kansas men's basketball team came to a close on Friday, on the first weekend on their first game of the NCAA Tournament.

Ole Miss defeats KU in WNIT

Jayhawks fall 78-76 in opening round game at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas University's women's basketball season came to an end Sunday night at Allen Fieldhouse when Ole Miss defeated the Jayhawks, 78-76, in a WNIT first round game. Ole Miss, which trailed by as many as 16 midway through the second half, went on a 20-6 run to tie the contest. The lead switched three times in the final minute, but Ole Miss guard Ashley Awkward hit what would be the game-winning jumper with 13.6 seconds to go.

6Sports video: Ole Miss takes out 'Hawks

It's been eight years since the Kansas women's basketball team went deeper into the postseason than the men's team, but the Rebels but a stop to the Lady Jayhawks' hopes in the WNIT in the final minutes.

Bradley basking in glow

Coach Les tickled with win over KU, but wary of Pitt

Jim Les was Bradley's starting point guard in 1986, the last time the Braves played in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

A warm welcome: Despite loss, fans show support as team returns

Town wonders, 'What happened?'

So whoever this Bradley guy is, he wasn't so popular around Lawrence on Saturday.

A year to yearn

After heartbreaking defeat, Self, KU must look forward

There was nary a cloud in the sky in this Detroit suburb early Saturday morning as Kansas University's basketball players filed onto the team bus for the 15-minute drive to the Oakland, Mich., airport.

Keegan: Still a lot to smile about

No basketball fans suffered more in the month of March the past two seasons than backers of Kansas University.

KU swimmer Leidigh 39th

Kansas University freshman swimmer Ashley Leidigh, the lone Jayhawk to compete, placed 39th in the 200 butterfly Saturday at the NCAA Championships.

KU women's golf 13th

Kansas University's women's golf squad is tied for 13th place after Saturday's second round at the Betsy Rawls Invitational. The Jayhawks shot a second-round total of 328.

Ringwood arrested again

A Kansas University football player was arrested Friday night on a charge of aggravated battery after an alleged fight with a roommate.

Jayhawks take two

Kansas University's softball squad improved to 15-13 after two victories Saturday at the Bank of Hawaii Invitational.

Allman RBI lifts KU

Sophomore John Allman's RBI single in the ninth inning propelled Kansas University's baseball squad to a 6-5 victory over No. 18 Baylor on Saturday.

Bruins, Zags reach Sweet 16

UCLA clanked free throws down the stretch, got outrebounded, missed more than half its shots from three-point range and still won.

BC finds form, rips Grizzlies; Gators hammer UWM

Jared Dudley was waiting for Boston College to play this way the entire season.

MVC! MVC! Shockers win

P.J. Couisnard stepped back from the defender and launched a straightaway three-pointer with the shot clock winding down. As soon as the ball swished through the net, Couisnard pointed triumphantly to Wichita State's rowdy fans.

Bucknell not awed this time around

The day after their shocking first-round NCAA Tournament victory last year, the Bucknell Bison still were caught up in the excitement of what they had done.

Henrickson, Jayhawks still alive and hoping to thrive

Kansas University's men's basketball season may be over, but the KU women still are alive. In fact, for the first time in eight years, the KU women have outlasted the men in the postseason. Coach Bonnie Henrickson's team will meet Mississippi today in the WNIT.

Saturday, March 18

KU golfers tied for 10th

The Kansas University women's golf team finished the first day of the Betsy Rawls Invitational tied for 10th place.

Leidigh 43rd at NCAA swims

Kansas University freshman swimmer Ashley Leidigh competed in the 100-yard butterfly Friday at the NCAA Championships. Leidigh finished in 55.51 to take 43rd place. Only the top 16 finishers advanced to the finals. Leidigh will swim today in the 200 butterfly.

'Nova survives pesky Monmouth

Villanova had the No. 1 seed, the home-court advantage, and a resume that has them unquestionably among the nation's elite. None of that seemed to faze unheralded Monmouth. Pushed by a pesky Monmouth team aiming to pull off an unprecedented upset, the top-seeded Wildcats prevailed and beat the Hawks, 58-45, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Sadly, Bradley

Another year, another quick exit

One and done : again. In a game eerily reminiscent of last year's one-point Bucknell bummer, another BU - Bradley University - put an end to Kansas University's basketball season, 77-73, in a first-round NCAA Tournament battle on Friday night in The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Red-hot Pitt routs Kent St.

If the blisters heal in time, Pittsburgh's men's basketball team fully anticipates being ready for Sunday's second-round NCAA Tournament game. The Panthers shot a white-hot 67 percent from the field in a 79-64 victory over Kent State on Friday in The Palace of Auburn Hills. Pittsburgh (25-7) now will face Bradley, which upset Kansas University, 77-73, in Friday's late game.

KU careful in WNIT victory

Just one turnover every eight minutes is rare in college basketball. Yet Kansas University's women gave the ball away only five times in the 59-49 victory Thursday night over Northern Iowa that enabled the Jayhawks to advance in the WNIT.

Baylor romps, 15-3, in Big 12 opener

Baylor used a pair of big innings - a five-run third and a seven-run eighth - to roll past Kansas University, 15-3, on Friday night in both teams' Big 12 Conference baseball opener.

Mayer: Bradley basketball once caught in scandal

Don't look now, but The Beast lurks ready to pounce again, growling in the background and sniffing for easy prey. That would be college basketball gambling. Past impacts have been damaging; the prospects for increased victimization could bring far more devastation.

Braves take win in stride

There were no mosh pits of Bradley basketball players late Friday night, no water cooler dumped on coach Jim Les under the seats of The Palace of Auburn Hills. Not in this locker room. Not with this team.

Kansas Basketball Notebook

Northwestern wins, 1-0

Kansas University's softball team suffered its eighth one-run loss of the season, falling to 17th-ranked Northwestern, 1-0, on Friday in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational.

Rush plans to return

Brandon Rush says there will be no suspense in coming weeks. He's returning to Kansas University his sophomore season and not turning pro. Case closed.

In Lawrence, disappointment and disbelief

Irish eyes did very little smiling Friday night in Lawrence. Kansas University supporters who had spent their day celebrating St. Patrick's Day were disappointed after watching the Jayhawks lose - again - in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Keegan: Kansas reverted vs. BU

The curtain came up on the NCAA Tournament for Kansas University's basketball team Friday night, and the clock rolled back. All the way back to November. All the way back to Maui. All the way back to the stage-fright days. The Jayhawks were young and unsure of themselves again. They were reacting again, not attacking. They were way too uptight and way too loose with the ball.

BU-hoo, part two

KU falls in first round for second year in a row

KU fan Matt Nisker stood till the end, but his Kansas Jayhawks couldn't make enough shots, grab enough rebounds or do anything else to stop what had seemed to be inevitable from the opening seconds of their NCAA Tournament opener Friday night.

Luck runs out for Jayhawk faithful

Dan Cook dipped into his lucky Skoal, Dan Chandler slipped into his Body Glove underwear and Danni Boatwright played hooky. But no matter how much the KU fans and others leaned on their previously successful superstitions, they couldn't carry Kansas University to victory Friday night against underdog Bradley University.

Freshmen step up for Carolina

A whole new cast looked nothing like defending champs the first time out in the NCAA Tournament. In the end, four freshmen made it turn out all right. Murray State, a team with all of one NCAA victory in its history, took third-seeded North Carolina down to the closing seconds Friday night before the Tar Heels pulled out a 69-65 first-round victory.

Northwestern State's heave shocks Iowa

Jermaine Wallace might've had the worst view of the swish seen 'round the nation. Stuck in the corner with time running out, all Wallace could do was heave, hope and watch. As he fell below the baseline, his fadeaway three-pointer was good with a split second left, and little Northwestern State pulled off a shocker, rallying past Iowa, 64-63, Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tucker, Aldridge bail out Texas

Toronto finishes on 19-2 run to edge Milwaukee

With LaMarcus Aldridge and P.J. Tucker in the lineup, Texas was supposed to have an easier time in the first round of this NCAA Tournament. Unlike last year when they were without Aldridge and Tucker, the second-seeded Longhorns advanced this time because of the standout duo. But Penn sure made things difficult before Texas finally pulled out a 60-52 victory Friday night.

Unlikely hero lifts Memphis

Andre Allen isn't the Memphis player opposing teams consider a serious threat. He's a 5-foot-10 guard who comes off the bench and doesn't make a lot of shots, especially from long range. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Miller had quite a 21â2-minute spurt late in the first half, providing the spark the top-seeded Tigers needed to finally push ahead of feisty Oral Roberts en route to a 94-78 victory Friday.

Bucknell's bizarre shooting enough to down Arkansas

Kansas University last year, Arkansas this year. The Bucknell Bison sure are taking down some historic programs on their way to making a name for themselves. The Patriot League champions moved to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year Friday, this time taking the unusual route of making more three-pointers than twos in a 59-55 victory over the Razorbacks.

Friday, March 17

6Sports video: Women safely in round two

The KU Women's Basketball team is safely out of round one of the WNIT. Last night the Jayhawks picked up their first postseason win since 1999 by beating UNI.

6Sports video: KU Baseball set to face Baylor

The Kansas Baseball team is in the midst of its six weekend series away from lawrence in the last seven. The road warrior Jayhawks start a three game set in Waco, Texas against Baylor tonight.

6Sports video: Jayhawks worked through the winter

Earlier this week, fans got a glimpse of the 2006 Kansas Football team. What fans haven't seen over the last few weeks is the team's winter workouts.

One and done ... again

KU bounced in back-to-back NCAA openers for first time

One and done : again. In a game eerily reminiscent of last year's one-point Bucknell bummer, another BU - Bradley University - put an end to Kansas University's basketball season, 77-73, in a first-round NCAA Tournament battle on Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Ohio State win ensure this NCAA trip counts

Lewis' 16 second-half points help Buckeyes stave off Davidson

Ohio State had four trips to the NCAA Tournament erased last week. Ron Lewis made this one count. Stung by the NCAA punishment, Ohio State regrouped in its tournament opener behind an excellent performance by Lewis. He was in the middle of almost every play during a second-half surge that led the second-seeded Buckeyes to a 70-62 first-round victory over relentless Davidson in the Minneapolis Regional on Friday.

Bucknell is back at it

Lee and Bettencourt combined for 42 in upset

Kansas last year, Arkansas this year. The Bucknell Bison sure are taking down some historic programs on their way to making a name for themselves. The Patriot League champions moved to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second straight year Friday, this time taking the unusual route of making more 3-pointers than 2s in a 59-55 victory over the Razorbacks.

Wallace's late three will haunt Hawkeyes

No. 14 Northwestern State pulls off biggest upset so far

Jermaine Wallace might've had the worst view of the swish seen 'round the nation. Stuck in the corner with time running out, all Wallace could do was heave, hope and watch. As he fell below the baseline, his fadeaway 3-pointer was good with a split second left and little Northwestern State pulled off a shocker, rallying past Iowa 64-63 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

A fiery hoops chat with Mark Fagan: The man following KU fans

J-W and 6News business editor divulges b-ball insights during down time in Detroit

J-W Business Editor Mark Fagan discusses his takes on KU in the NCAA Tournament.

Ray returns with 19 points in Nova's win

Wildcats tie school record with 26th win over Monmouth

Villanova had the No. 1 seed, the home-court advantage, and a resume that has them unquestionably among the nation's elite. None of that seemed to faze unheralded Monmouth. Pushed by a pesky Monmouth team aiming to pull off an unprecedented upset, the top-seeded Wildcats prevailed and beat the Hawks 58-45 Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Roy's 28 points help Huskies roll

Washington hits 12 triples

So much for this being an upset special. Behind 28 points by Brandon Roy, fifth-seeded Washington defeated Utah State 75-61 Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

No. 1 Duke dominates Southern

Redick, Williams each score 29 in Blue Devils win

Shelden Williams and J.J. Redick combined for all but 12 of their team's points to help the top-seeded Blue Devils overcome a sluggish start in a 70-54 victory over Southern University on Thursday night in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

A&M puts clamps on Big East champs

Law scores a dozen points in last minutes in 12th seed's upset

Maybe the Big East was overrated. It would be hard to argue against that after the opening day of the NCAA Tournament. Acie Law scored 23 points, including a dozen in the final 2:25, and helped 12th-seeded Texas A&M upset fifth-seeded Syracuse 66-58 Thursday night in the Atlanta Regional.

Hoosiers hang on against Aztecs

Mike Davis era continues at Indiana

If it turns out to be the last win at Indiana for Mike Davis, it might be his sweetest, too. And maybe his most unlikely. With his team outplayed on almost every level, the Hoosiers' lame-duck coach had every reason to believe he'd be packing it up for good Thursday night after the first round of the NCAA Tournament. His players weren't quite ready to say goodbye, though. And when Robert Vaden hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3.3 seconds left, Indiana was on its way to a thrilling, come-from-behind victory, 87-83 over San Diego State.

Kansas holds 'intense' practice

Kansas University's basketball players leisurely shot jumpers and held a brief dunk drill during their NCAA-mandated shootaround Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills. That low-key session - which was scheduled for 40 minutes, but lasted under 30 minutes - followed a rigorous, one-hour, 25-minute practice at the Detroit Pistons' practice facility.

Wright eager for NCAA opener

Julian Wright started the Big 12 Conference tournament with butterflies. He ended it viciously - with a 360-degree highlight-reel dunk against Texas that had even the most lethargic of fans jumping out of their recliners. Five days later, Wright and Kansas University's basketball team hopes Sunday's exclamation point is followed by another sentence demanding such punctuation.

Kansas Basketball Notebook

This 'n' that

Kansas gets extra day to prepare

Jayhawks will play host Sunday to Mississippi in WNIT

Bonnie Henrickson heard the news late Thursday afternoon: Mississippi could not make it to Lawrence on Saturday. "We're not complaining," Henickson said after her Kansas University women's basketball team clipped Northern Iowa, 59-49, in a WNIT preliminary-round game Thursday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas scraps past Panthers

That mouse under Marija Zinic's right eye figured to turn blue and ugly overnight. "She might not be able to get a date for a couple of weeks," Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson quipped, "but I think she looks good." Zinic came off the bench to provide a late spark the Jayhawks needed to eclipse Northern Iowa, 59-49, in a preliminary-round WNIT game Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

Keegan: Kansas a better Bradley

"Dangerous team" is a term that gets tossed around a lot in March. Let's look at exactly what qualifies a team as "dangerous." First, it would have to be a team peaking at tournament time, in some cases because of a player back from injury or suspension. Next, having an NBA prospect usually helps. So does playing in a conference that had a better year than usual.

Braves counting on big man

Center O'Bryant could be key to Bradley's chances tonight against KU

The question made Marcellus Sommerville laugh a laugh that screams, "Are you serious, man?" "Yeah," he said between snickers, asked if Bradley University basketball teammate Patrick O'Bryant had NBA tools. "He's got that potential." Sommerville meant no disrespect, but at the same time, he knows what kind of talent O'Bryant possesses - and it's enough to make that answer to a reporter's question a no-brainer.

Jayhawks good to go

With game on line, to whom will KU turn?

A year ago, Kansas University's basketball players looked to Wayne Simien with the game on the line. Simien, KU's senior leader and go-to guy, took - and missed - the last shot of the season, a free-throw-line-extended jumper that clanged and closed the Jayhawks' shocking 64-63 first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Bucknell.

Raftery: KU's chances good as any

Bill Raftery is calling his 24th NCAA Tournament for CBS, and this year's draw sent him to The Palace of Auburn Hills.

High hopes for holiday opener

ku fans looking for luck tonight

Tyler Cedarlind can't believe his Irish luck. Cedarlind, who graduated from Kansas University, will get a chance to watch his Jayhawks in person tonight as they take the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills for their NCAA Tournament opener against Bradley. The game also will get him out of another celebration: an authentic Irish dinner with the in-laws right here in the greater Detroit area, where Cedarlind and his wife, Lark, have been living since he graduated from KU in 2000.

Tale of the Tape

Jayhawks (25-7) vs. Bradley (20-10)

Aggies upend Syracuse

Maybe the Big East was overrated. It would be hard to argue against that after the opening day of the NCAA Tournament. Acie Law scored 23 points, including a dozen in the final 2:25, and helped 12th-seeded Texas A&M upset fifth-seeded Syracuse, 66-58, Thursday night in the Atlanta Regional. It was the third loss in three games for the new expanded Big East, which sent a record eight teams into the field of 65.

Morrison keeps Gonzaga alive

Alabama waits out bomb scare before taking care of Marquette

Adam Morrison was teased, taunted and frustrated. So when Gonzaga finally grabbed control for good against Xavier, he let all that emotion out by slamming the ball against his head - three times.

Upsets take center stage

Montana, UW-Milwaukee knock off ranked foes

Montana had a double-digit seed, little if anything positive to draw upon from its last NCAA Tournament appearance and barely could look eye-to-eye with Nevada's best player. None of that mattered. The Grizzlies had 12th-seed magic on their side.

Shockers strut their stuff

Last-second shot helps Tennessee past pesky Winthrop

Sean Ogirri threw down a slam in transition, then ran by the Wichita State fans with his arms extended as if to announce, "Here I am." He might as well have been talking for the Missouri Valley Conference.

Hofstra downs Huskers

Loren Stokes scored 23 points as Hofstra earned its first postseason victory in 33 years at the Division I level with a 73-62 victory against Nebraska in the NIT.

Game time for Sunday still unsettled

The winner of tonight's Kansas University-Bradley game will play the winner of today's Pittsburgh-Kent State game Sunday. KU officials Thursday were informed the time of Sunday's games were not yet set in stone.

KU softball in Hawaii

Kansas University's softball team is in Honolulu this weekend for its final nonconference tournament of the season.

Adams leads Arizona to big win

UA's 19-2 run helps Wildcats cruise

Hassan Adams' leadership was even more important to Arizona than his solid shooting. Back from a two-game suspension, Adams scored 21 points and Ivan Radenovic added 18, leading the eighth-seeded Wildcats to a 94-75 victory over No. 9 seed Wisconsin in the Minneapolis Regional on Friday.

Thursday, March 16

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Smith helps Illini fly by Air Force

Illinois freshman hits six threes in 78-69 win

The critics were probably half right. At times it looked like Air Force belonged in the NCAA Tournament. Other times, the Falcons played like a dubious pick. Illinois was just too big and too talented, and finally overpowered the Falcons, winning 78-69 in a first-round game on Thursday night.

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Gonzaga knocks off Xavier

Morrison scores 35 in 79-75 squeaker

Adam Morrison was teased, taunted and frustrated. So when Gonzaga finally grabbed control for good against Xavier, he let all that emotion out by slamming the ball against his head -- three times. With that out of system, he calmly made two free throws to seal Gonzaga's 79-75 come-from-behind win over Xavier on Thursday nignt in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

6Sports video: KU baseball to open Big 12 Conference play

The KU baseball team opens Big 12 Conference play Friday and no big surprise the Jayhawks will do so on the road. Twenty-four of KU's first 29 games will be away from Hoglund Ball Park, including this weekends three games series against number 18 Baylor in Waco, Texas.

6Sports video: Men prepare for first round tourney play

The KU men's basketball team is one night's sleep away from a first round date with the Bradley Braves. The Jayhawks went through a final walk through Thursday in the Palace at Auburn Hills. Six Sports Director Kevin Romary discusses how the Jayhawks would not be a number four seed in the NCAA tournament without the freshmen.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks win in post-season play

The last time the Kansas Women's basketball team played in the post-season was in 2000. In round one of the NCAA's that year the Lady Jayhawks lost a double overtime heartbreaker to Vanderbilt and KU hasn't played post-season basketball since, that is until Thursday night. The Jayhawks won by ten over the Northern Iowa Panthers, 59-49.

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Colonials pull out overtime victory

GW rallies from 18 down for first NCAA win since 1994

The last wild momentum swing in a game full of them went George Washington's way. Maureece Rice scored 20 points and had a key defensive play in overtime to help the Colonials rally from an 18-point deficit and beat UNC Wilmington 88-85 Thursday night in the first round of the Atlanta Regional.

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Despite sluggish start, LSU overcame Iona

Davis scored 17 points in second half for a 80-64 win

Once "Big Baby" asserted himself, there was no stopping LSU. Glen Davis scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half and the fourth-seeded Southeastern Conference regular-season champions overcame a sluggish start to beat No. 13 seed Iona 80-64 in the first round of the Atlanta Regional on Thursday night.

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Bruins top Bruins

UCLA blows by Belmont 78-44

Once the UCLA Bruins started scoring, the Belmont Bruins never stood a chance. Freshman Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored a career-high 17 points and UCLA routed the small Nashville school 78-44 Thursday in a first-round NCAA Tournament matchup of similarly nicknamed teams. Ryan Hollins added 10 points for No. 2 seed UCLA (28-6), which won its seventh straight after holding 15th-seeded Belmont to 21 second-half points. Belmont (20-11) had averaged 81.8 points.

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Grizzlies lead the whole way

Fazekas' 24-12 day not enough as Montana wins, 87-79

The little team from the Big Sky carried on the winning tradition of No. 12 seeds in the NCAA tournament. Montana overcame a sizable height disadvantage and became the latest No. 12 seed to pull an upset, beating fifth-seeded Nevada 87-79 Thursday in the first round of the Minneapolis Regional. Since 1985, at least one 12th-seeded team has upset a No. 5 seed in the tournament every year except for 1988 and 2000.

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Halftime peptalk pushes Gators

Humphrey's 20 helps rout Jaguars, 75-50

Florida coach Billy Donovan spent three days preaching to his players about taking advantage of their size against South Alabama. It didn't truly sink in until after a halftime tirade Thursday. Donovan ripped his team following a lackluster first half filled with ill-advised shots, then sat back and watched Lee Humphrey, Joakim Noah and Al Horford do everything right. Humphrey scored 20 points -- including 12 on four 3-pointers in the second half -- Noah and Horford dominated inside, and the third-seeded Gators routed 14th-seeded South Alabama 76-50 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Kemp leads KU to WNIT win over UNI

Jayhawks pick up first postseason victory since 1995

Led by Crystal Kemp's 18 points and 11 rebounds, the Jayhawks also let people know -- whether it was the Panthers or critics -- that Kansas indeed was a team deserving to play in the WNIT, as it defeated UNI, 59-49.

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Felix's threes lead Crimson Tide to victory

Alabama outlasts Marquette, 90-85

Jean Felix and Alabama quickly brought the focus back to basketball. Felix was nearly perfect in scoring a season-high 31 points for the Crimson Tide, which beat Marquette 90-85 in a thrilling first-round NCAA game that was delayed 70 minutes after bomb-sniffing dogs detected something suspicious at San Diego State's arena Thursday morning. Once order was restored, Felix made five 3-pointers in the first 12½ minutes to help the Crimson Tide take a 15-point lead.

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Last-second shot sends Vols to Round 2

Lofton hits jumper for 63-61 victory

Chris Lofton's remarkable shot allowed Tennessee to avoid a major upset and sent the Volunteers into the NCAA Tournament's second round for the first time in six years. The sophomore guard took an inbound pass with 2.9 seconds left and rattled home a fallaway jumper from just inside the 3-point line to help the second-seeded Volunteers beat Winthrop 63-61 Thursday in the first round of the Washington Regional. Craig Bradshaw missed a shot right before the buzzer that would have tied it for the Eagles (23-8), who remained winless in six trips to the Tournament. They were trying to become the fifth 15th seed to record an upset in the first round, and the first since 2001. Instead the Volunteers advance to face seventh-seeded Wichita State.

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BC survives Pacific in 2OT

Eagles pull away in second extra period to win, 88-76

A frantic comeback. A few clutch free throws. A couple of overtimes. The only thing missing was an upset, though it was hard to argue with Boston College's formula for revving up the madness in this year's NCAA tournament. Baldheaded BC got the first tournament thriller out of the way in an early game Thursday, a double-overtime 88-76 victory that derailed scrappy Pacific and the Maraker Express.

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UW-Milwaukee sends Sooners home

The Panthers pull off their third upset in two years

Wisconsin-Milwaukee wavered, but never cracked. The Panthers almost never do at this time of the year. Once again showing why they've stopped surprising themselves in the NCAA Tournament, the Horizon League champions pulled off their third upset in two years by eliminating No. 6 seed Oklahoma 82-74 in the Minneapolis Regional on Thursday.

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Score one for the MVC

Wichita State stops Seton Hall, 86-66

Score an early victory for the Missouri Valley Conference against its critics. Sean Ogirri had 23 points and hit six 3-pointers to lead Wichita State past Seton Hall of the vaunted Big East 86-66 Thursday in the first round of the Washington regional, giving the mid-major conference an impressive debut after hearing plenty about its haul of four NCAA Tournament bids.

Hurry up and wait

KU has ample time to prepare for Bradley

Kansas University's men's basketball players and coaches arrived at the team hotel, the Auburn Hilton Suites, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, well in advance of Friday's 8:30 p.m. first-round NCAA Tournament contest against Bradley.

Fans' good fortune comes at bad time

Sometimes good fortune comes at the worst time. Just ask Colleen Zimmerman.

KU merchandise goes on the road

All eyes on Kansas Jayhawks

Danny Lewis is taking his store on the road.

Kansas State trounces KU women's tennis

Kansas University fell to Kansas State, 6-1, in college women's tennis on Wednesday. The loss drops the Jayhawks to 5-6 overall and 0-3 in the Big 12 Conference.

MSU eases limits on Allen contract

Ex-KU coach can leave without penalty after one year

Missouri State had amended its contract with head football coach Terry Allen to allow the university or the coach to back out at the end of the year without paying penalties, the school said Wednesday.

KU must contain UNI's 6-7 center

Not many women college basketball players tower over Kansas University's 6-foot-2 Crystal Kemp.

Balanced Braves

First-round foe Bradley goes to big dance after late surge in Missouri Valley Conference

The ties start in the state of Illinois, where Bradley University is and Bill Self used to be.

Commentary: Apparently, Jayhawks babble and suck

What the heck is a Jayhawk?

KU tournament notebook

KU's Sasha Kaun realizes it will be a tough test trying to slow 7-foot Bradley sophomore center Patrick O'Bryant. Kaun roomed with O'Bryant at last summer's Pete Newell Big Man camp in Las Vegas.

Bradley feeling little heat

Players: Lower-seeded squad has 'nothing to lose' against Jayhawks

Sure, it's a difficult task, but Bradley University's men's basketball players are trying to treat Friday night's first-round NCAA Tournament showdown against Kansas as "just another game."

Keegan: If Rush heats up, look out

The Kansas University charter flight landed safely Wednesday evening, ahead of any snow storms that might be on the way. We'll have to wait until Friday night to find out if Brandon Rush's jump shot made the trip.

Mighty, mighty managers

Other 'assistants' go the extra mile to make sure Jayhawks don't go wanting

They may be called managers, but the laundry maids and the water and ball boys/girls are more than that to the Kansas University men's basketball players.

Working on his dream

Brett Ballard tapes games now, but eventually he wants to become a D-I coach

Brett Ballard waits.

Great aides

Self eager to praise his assistant coaches for their dedication, work ethic and recruiting skills

One measure of how comfortable a boss is in his own skin can be found in what type of people he chooses to work for him.

The old guard

KU's four seniors shine in rewarding roles as mentors to younger Jayhawk players

Kansas University's senior men's basketball players are not only expected to fend for themselves. Part of the job description is to help nurture the Baby Jays, too.

Statistical standouts

Somebody has to keep all those facts and figures straight during games in Allen Fieldhouse. These three men make it happen.

There is a generally incoherent language babbled on the Allen Fieldhouse floor during Kansas University basketball games, and it isn't by the players setting screens or the officials calling fouls.

Wednesday, March 15

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks host Northern Iowa in first-round WNIT

The Jayhawk women are less than 24 hours from ending their six-year post-season hiatus. KU hosts Northern Iowa in the opening round of the WNIT Thursday. The game tips off from Allen Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.

6Sports video: Jayhawks land in Detroit for NCAA Tourney

The Jayhawks have landed at 7 p.m. local time in Detroit. The Hawks are now resting at their Auburn Hills hotel, in preparation for Thursday's practice. Jayhawks are thoroughly enjoying the spring like 27-degree weather, and waiting in heavy anticipation of forecasted snow.

6Sports video: Kansas baseball returns to damaged field

As for the Kansas baseball team, the Jayhawks returned home from a weekend trip to Clemson only to find Hoglund BallPark banged up. A fallen tree broke the outside wall in the bullpen. But most storm issues were minor, including bent batting cages and a warped left field fence.

6Sports video: Athletic facilities south of hill took hard hit by storm

Cleanup continues around Lawrence following Sunday's early morning storms and it's no different on campus. At KU, athletic facilities on the southwest side of the hill were among the 60 University structures damaged by the high winds. Arrocha Ball Park took the hardest hit as well as the soccer complex. The seating area was thrown several feet.

Dejà BU? Jayhawks inundated with Bucknell references as Bradley opener nears

Kansas players say last year's 'Bummer' ancient history

It's not easy for a Kansas University basketball player to forget last year's first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Bucknell.

2006 men's NCAA Tournament field at a glance

A look at the 64 teams that comprise the field for the NCAA basketball championship.

Monmouth completes bracket

Play-in victory over Hampton secures tourney bid

A hot shooter and an imposing center won over a neutral crowd and helped Monmouth finally measure up in the NCAA Tournament.

Commentary: Even Packer can't spoil Bradley's fun

I did not get to hear Billy Packer and Jim Nantz dis the Missouri Valley Conference and - from what I'm told - every college basketball team that is not affiliated with a school that thinks it plays big-time football.

Hallman psyched for postseason

For the first time since donning a Kansas University basketball uniform, Erica Hallman will be able to say she has been there and done that.

KU notebook

Kansas University sophomore C.J. Giles has been slowed by a groin pull.

Braves say Valley prepared them well

Some national analysts might not agree, but Bradley men's basketball coach Jim Les feels an 18-game ride through the Missouri Valley Conference schedule did plenty to prepare them for the NCAA Tournament.

Keegan: Bradley is no Bucknell

Bucknell. Bucknell. Bucknell. Bucknell. Bucknell. Bucknell. Bucknell. Bucknell.

Tuesday, March 14

6Sports video: Kansas women prepare for post-season play at home

There will be no flights, bus rides, or hotel stays for the Kansas women as they prepare for post-season play. Instead, the Jayhawks prepare for a first round WNIT match-up that will take place right here in Lawrence, Kansas. Bonnie's bunch opens on Thursday against Northern Iowa at Allen Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: KU football may see younger quarterbacks

We all remember the quarterback carosel last year on the KU football team. In the end, Coach Mark Mangino went with seniors Jason Swanson and Brian Luke. This year, however, Mangino might be swayed towards the youth movements.

6Sports video: Kansas men sit six wins away from national championship

In less that 24 hours, the Kansas men will board a plane for the Motor City. When that flight lands in Detroit, the Jayhawks will officially be one of 64 teams that sit just six wins away from a national championship. Forget the national championship though, the immediate goal for the Jayhawks is much more simple. Coming off a first round upset loss to Bucknell last year, the current hawks want to make sure they don't look past Friday's match-up with the 13th seed, Bradley.

Battle named top athlete

KU senior Sheldon Battle was named Monday the Division I Men's Indoor Field Athlete of the Year for the Midwest Region by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Hartwig joins Panthers

Former Kansas University football player Justin Hartwig has signed a free agent contract with the Carolina Panthers that will make him one of the five highest-paid centers in the NFL. A sixth-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2002, Hartwig became the Titans' starter at center in 2003. Hartwig agreed to a five-year contract worth $17 million.

Woodling: Self earned lovefest

Any newlywed couple who, for one reason or another, opted to delay their honeymoon can identify with Bill Self.

KU spent after emotional weekend

Jayhawks have little time to rest while preparing for NCAA Tournament game against Bradley

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches expended a lot of energy in winning the Big 12 Conference tournament last weekend in Dallas.

No love for the NBADL

Langford, Miles hardly enamored with current stop on hoops odyssey

The clock hits 1 p.m., and Keith Langford loudly crashes through the locker room door, turns right and heads down a Nolan Catholic High hallway toward the gymnasium.

Jayhawks land WNIT berth, home game

So what if Kansas University's women's basketball team lost 12 of its last 16 games. So what if the Jayhawks finished 10th in the Big 12 Conference.

Mangino praises QBs' 'natural abilities'

The race is on. Kansas University has conducted two spring football practices with no pads, and eyes have been drawn to the quarterbacks. Kerry Meier, Adam Barmann and Todd Reesing all are competing, with a starter expected to be named soon.

Committee chairman lashes out at critics

Craig Littlepage took aim at critics of the NCAA selection committee Monday, even firing back at CBS.

Monday, March 13

6Sports video: Meet KU men's basketball NCAA first round opponent

It's time to learn about the Jayhawks first round opponent, the Bradley Braves. BU plays in the Missouri Valley conference and enters with a season mark of 20-10. Jim Les' team tied for fifth in the league and took second in the MO Valley conference tournament last week in St. Louis.

6Sports video: KU basketball to tip 30th of 32 first round NCAA contests

Thirty two NCAA first round games will be played this week, starting with game number one on Thursday morning at 11:20 a.m. On the opposite end of that first round spectrum, the Kansas Jayhawks matchup with the Bradley Braves. The two will tip off in the 30th of 32 round one contests at 8:30 local time of Friday evening.

6Sports video: KU football kicks off spring practice

The KU football team is hoping to carry the momentum from last years victory in the Ft. Worth Bowl over to this season. That goal began Monday as the Jayhawks kicked off spring practice. The team practiced for two hours Monday afternoon on the fields behind the Anshutz Sports Pavilion.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawk basketball team to play in National Tournament

The Lady Jayhawk basketball team is in the process of waiting by the phone. Currently, the field of 64 for the women's NCAA tournament is being revealed. Kansas won't show up on that list, but the Jayhawks are going post season dancing. They were one of 40 teams selected for the women's national invitational tournament.

Stormy game day anecdotes

What hoops did you jump through to watch the Big 12 Championship game?

Readers share their game day/storm day stories.

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Go ahead, get down

Kansas avenges earlier loss, claims Big 12 tournament crown

Bill Self stood on the American Airlines Center court amid a sea of confetti, watching his Kansas University basketball players climb the ladder and clip cords of the net after the Jayhawks' resounding 80-68 Big 12 Conference tournament championship victory over Texas on Sunday.

Bradley fills KU's dance card

Jayhawks get No. 4 seed, trip to Auburn Hills, Mich.

In a great mood after watching his Kansas University Jayhawks beat Texas for the Big 12 Conference tournament title, coach Bill Self remained cautiously upbeat after watching the NCAA Tournament show with his players, coaches and family members Sunday in American Airlines Center.

Longhorns didn't 'tough it out'

Big 12 Conference Player of the Year P.J. Tucker won the award as much for his toughness as anything, so he knows toughness when he sees it.

Jayhawk faithful wary of Kansas' first-round foe

When the names Kansas University and Bradley University flashed on the television screen Sunday announcing the pairing for the NCAA Tournament first-round game Friday in Auburn Hills, Mich., a few muted cheers filled Henry T's Bar & Grill, 3520 W. Sixth St.

KU-Texas notebook

Jeff Hawkins wore an American Airlines Center net around his neck during his postgame interview session with reporters in a giddy winner's locker room Sunday afternoon.

Bradley breathes easily

KU's first foe happy to be tapped

A bubble team from a mid-major seeking an at-large bid? Cue the sweat glands.

Commentary: Coach has Bruins on the right track

Howland's tactics boosted UCLA to Pac-10 Conference title; Oakland regional is up next

They hugged here, they howled here, the UCLA basketball team filled Staples Center with a thunderclap of an eight-clap that shook the seats here.

Some locks, some shocks

No. 1 seeds ho-hum, but questionable picks plentiful

The madness was on before the first tipoff. This year's NCAA Tournament draw was a mix of power and unpredictability, with the top seeds surprising no one - and the rest of the field stirring all the debate.

No surprises for Big 12 in NCAAs

Dallas The NCAA Tournament bracket had no surprises for Big 12 Conference, only the revelation of when, where and against whom Kansas University, Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M will be playing.

Gillispie emotes happily

A&M coach thrilled Aggies made field

Texas A&M waited 19 years for a trip back to the NCAA Tournament, so what was another few minutes?

Nebraska will keep Collier

Barry Collier will be retained as Nebraska's head basketball coach for at least another year, ending weeks of speculation about his status.

Wichita State finally headed back to tourney

After three straight NIT bids, Wichita State has its first NCAA Tournament berth in 18 years.

Missouri Valley lands four in NCAAs

Even with a conference record-breaking number of NCAA Tournament bids, Sunday still was bittersweet for the Missouri Valley Conference.

Wild pitches deadly

No. 2 Clemson capitalizes on Czyz's wildness to hold off Jayhawks

Kansas University's baseball squad couldn't hold on thanks to two Don Czyz wild pitches, allowing No. 2-ranked Clemson to score two eighth-inning runs and prevail, 4-3, in the rubber match of a three-game series Sunday.

Jayhawks drop another dual, this time to Oklahoma State

The Kansas University women's tennis team just can't put together a complete dual.

Diver Topol 13th at zone diving meet

Kansas University senior Casey Topol was the lone Jayhawk to compete on the final day of the NCAA Zone D Diving Regional on Sunday.

Weather delays start of spring drills

Kansas University's scheduled football practice Sunday - which was to be open to the public - was postponed after inclement weather left many of KU's athletic facilities unusable.

KU sports facilities suffer storm damage

Three Kansas University sports venues suffered damage during Sunday morning's storm.

Keegan: Robinson helps KU up ladder

Finally, Russell Robinson encountered something on a basketball court that fills him with fear.

Wright starts, finishes

Freshman's passing, dunking dandy

Not all zone-busters roam outside the three-point semicircle waiting for the ball to be swung back around to them for open shots.

Sunday, March 12

6Sports video: Big Sunday for Jayhawk basketball

KU cruised to the Big 12 tourney title in Dallas on Sunday with a win over Texas and also came away with a date with Bradley as a fourth seed in the NCAA Tournament.

KU earns 4-seed in Oakland Regional

Jayhawks will play Bradley on Friday in Michigan

Less than an hour after becoming Big 12 Tourney champs for the first time since 1999, Kansas (25-7) learned that it will be a No. 4 seed and will play 13th-seeded Bradley (20-10) on Friday at The Palace in Auburn Hills, Mi.

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Kansas wins Big 12 Tourney title

KU avenges loss to UT; earns a No. 4 NCAA seed

Kansas University's players got the payback they wanted against Texas Sunday afternoon when KU won the Big 12 Tournament title with a 80-66 victory over the Longhorns at American Airlines Center. Whether the win will pay off in a higher-seed in next week's NCAA Tournament, the Jayhawks will have to wait about an hour for the official NCAA brackets to be released.

Storm damage halts KU softball

Three Kansas University sports venues suffered damage during Sunday morning's storm. Arrocha Ballpark, home of the softball team, appeared to have been the hardest hit.

Land's HR drops Tigers

Freshman Preston Land's solo home run in the top of the eighth inning helped the No. 25 Kansas University baseball team knock off No. 2 Clemson, 6-5, before a crowd of 5,261 on Saturday at Doug Kingsmore Stadium.

Office pools drain productivity

Consultant estimates tourney costs $3.8B in work

U.S. businesses are poised to lose as much as $3.8 billion in worker productivity during the next three weeks, as employees enter office pools, track their picks and otherwise watch and gab about games that culminate with the NCAA basketball championship April 3 in Indianapolis.

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Collier's run could be over

Nebraska coach's future undecided, AD says

In an attempt to shake some soul into a silent Nebraska locker room, an NU basketball staff member turned the volume knob up on a boombox playing Al Green's classic hit "Love and Happiness."

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Tucker does it all in Texas victory

No matter what numbers on the stat sheet sparkle next to Texas standout P.J. Tucker's name, the Big 12 Conference player of the year's best effort Saturday might have come when no one was looking.

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KU-Nebraska notebook

Kansas University will find out at 5 p.m. today where it is headed and what team it will be playing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Keegan: KU-UT should be classic

For two hours this afternoon, set aside the seeding possibilities and related stress. Recline your chair just so, turn off the cell phone, ban all chronic talkers from the vicinity, and treat yourself to what promises to be one terrific basketball game.

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Winner takes all

KU sets up showdown with win over NU

The men's basketball co-champions in the Big 12 Conference will break the tie today. Texas, the pride of the South, and Kansas University, the darling of the North, will tangle at 2 p.m. in American Airlines Center with league supremacy in mind. Each went 13-3 in the conference season to tie for the league crown.

Stanley lights timely spark for KU

Senior delivers crucial run as slumping Jayhawks salvage split

As one of Kansas University's two first-team selections on last season's All-Big 12 softball team, Heather Stanley was half the answer to a trivia question posed to the crowd Saturday afternoon at Arrocha Ballpark.

Poor doubles play continues to doom Jayhawks

Once again, a poor showing in the doubles matches Saturday had the Kansas University women's tennis team dropping another home dual.

Mid-majors hope for breakthrough

College basketball's traditional powers face a fierce battle for NCAA Tournament spots this year from the "mid-major" conference teams that are all the rage.

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Jackson doubles up

New shot helps forward score 13

Darnell Jackson has added a nifty inside shot to his repertoire. "A baby hook," as he called it, is what the Kansas University sophomore power forward used in part to score to a career-high-tying 13 points - to go with 10 rebounds - in the Jayhawks' 79-65 Big 12 Conference tournament semifinal victory over Nebraska on Saturday in American Airlines Center.

Saturday, March 11

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Kansas defeats Nebraska, 79-65

KU in first Big 12 Tourney title game since '02

The Jayhawk fans that made it down to American Airlines Center got what they wanted Saturday, a trip to Sunday's Big 12 Tourney championship game and a rematch with co-conference champs Texas at 2 p.m.

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Texas moves into finals

Tucker scores 26 in 74-70 victory

P.J. Tucker atoned for his big mistake and put Texas in the Big 12 tournament championship game. Tucker had a season-high 26 points and 13 rebounds to lead the No. 8 Longhorns to a 74-70 semifinal victory Saturday over the Texas A&M Aggies, who had their eight-game winning streak snapped and will have to wait another day to find out if they will get their first NCAA bid since 1987.

Battle, Bacchus earn All-American status

Kansas University track and field seniors Sheldon Battle and Charisse Bacchus each earned All-American status Friday during the first day of the NCAA Indoor Championships.

Mayer: KU looks good for '06-'07

A Kansas University basketball fan can find lots to love with the 10 current juniors and sophomores due back next season. Perhaps the most beautiful facet of this jewel is that none of them is ready to turn pro, and all seem to understand that.

Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University power forward Darnell Jackson was downright upset when his teammate and buddy, Jeff Hawkins, was flattened by Oklahoma State's David Monds on a layup try with 10:28 left.

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Huskers prevail after 'ambush'

Letting teams stick around finally got the best of Oklahoma. After the Sooners won five Big 12 Conference games by one point during a wild regular season, it was sixth-seeded Nebraska that stung third-seeded OU, pulling away late for a 69-63 victory in the league tournament quarterfinals Friday in the American Airlines Center.

Jayhawks split pair at Classic

The continual error-filled play by the Kansas University softball squad - this time in Friday's opening games of the Jayhawk Classic - has coach Tracy Bunge baffled.

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A knockout blow

KU withstands barrage, ousts OSU

A solitary speck of Russell Robinson's blood remained on the hardwood as the final horn sounded in Kansas University's 63-62 first-round Big 12 Conference tournament victory over Oklahoma State on Friday night in American Airlines Center. The droplet, better than anything else, summarized KU's hard-fought victory, which was dominated by rugged defense.

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Texas dumps T-Tech

Playing in an NBA arena, Texas center LaMarcus Aldridge sure looked like he was in the right place. From dunks to long jumpers, altered shots to broken-up passes, plus rebound after rebound, the 6-foot-10 sophomore was at his menacing best on both ends of the court Friday, carrying the No. 8 Longhorns past Texas Tech, 77-70, in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Conference tournament and sealing Red Raiders coach Bob Knight's worst season in 35 years.

Kansas tumbles

Kansas University's No. 25-ranked baseball squad had its eight-game winning streak snapped Friday, falling, 7-2, to No. 2-ranked Clemson.

KU punter Tucker arrested for OUI

Kansas University punter Kyle Tucker was arrested early Friday morning on charges of operating a vehicle under the influence and failure to show proof of insurance, according to Douglas County Jail records.

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Baylor psyched for OU rematch

The Baylor Lady Bears are right where they wanted to be at the Big 12 Conference tournament.

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Rush struggles

OSU's Dove stifles freshman star

Oklahoma State's Marcus Dove was not named to the Big 12 Conference's all-defensive team. Brandon Rush didn't get to vote. Otherwise, Dove might have made it. An offensively challenged 6-foot-9 forward, Dove averages four points a game and was scoreless in 24 minutes of Kansas University's 63-62 victory over OSU to advance to today's semifinal round of the Big 12 tournament.

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Cowboys bloom late

OSU 'slower to mature' than KU

This battle, symbolically, might have been won months ago. While Kansas University's young basketball team tripped out of the gate, wiped off the dirt and cruised through the stretch run of the season, Oklahoma State was playing catch-up with equal inexperience.

Keegan: Kaun plays big for KU

It remains to be determined if Kansas University is good enough to win the Big 12 Conference tournament. This much we already know: The Jayhawks are tough enough.

Friday, March 10

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Free throws lead 'Huskers to victory

Dourisseau, Wilkerson lead Nebraska to 69-63 win

Nebraska came into the Big 12 tournament with a three-game losing streak. Now the Huskers are in the semifinals after winning their second straight, 69-63 over No. 22 Oklahoma on Friday night. Jamel White had 22 points and the sixth-seeded Huskers (19-12), who hadn't won in the tournament since 1999 before their opening-round victory over Missouri on Thursday, became the only lower seed to win in the first two rounds.

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6Sports video: Texas advances in Big 12 tournament

The Saturday morning quarterfinals got underway with Texas Tech looking to upset top seeded Texas. Texas did not allow the upset by defeating Tech, 77-70. Texas advances in the tournament on Saturday.

6Sports video: Kansas basketball on to third round in Big 12 tourney

In the history of the Big 12 Conference there have been nine championship tournaments. In those nine tournaments the Kansas Basketball team is a perfect 9-0 in its first round games. They Jayhawks enjoyed a bye Friday in round one, while the Cowboys had to beat Iowa State to advance to Saturday evenings quarters.

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Kansas survives Oklahoma State

Jayhawks will play NU at 3:20 Saturday in semis

There was a lot of blood, nearly a brawl, but in the end it was Kansas that survived its battle with Oklahoma State Friday night, pulling out a 63-62 win over the Cowboys in a Big 12 quarterfinal game at American Airlines Center.

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Friday good to Aggies

A&M hurts CU's tourney chances in first-ever Friday game

Texas A&M finally got to play a Friday game in the Big 12 tournament. The Aggies will get to stick around and find out what it's like playing on the weekend. Joseph Jones had 21 points and Josh Carter 15, including four of Texas A&M's season-high 12 3-pointers, and the Aggies won in the Big 12 tournament for the first time, beating Colorado 86-53 in the quarterfinals.

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Texas takes out Tech

Knight suffers first losing season since '70-'71

LaMarcus Aldridge dominated both ends of the court, scoring 20 points, grabbing 16 rebounds and disrupting countless possessions, sending No. 8 Texas past Texas Tech 77-70 Friday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament and sealing Bob Knight's first losing season since 1970-71.

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NU puts Missouri out of its misery

Jamel White and Jason Dourisseau made sure all those missed free throws didn't lead to another early departure from the Big 12 Conference tournament for Nebraska.

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KU wary of Curry, Cowboys

Oklahoma State guard JamesOn Curry emerged as one of the Big 12 Conference's rising stars last season. "I thought he'd be a serious candidate for player of the year in the league this year," Kansas University coach Bill Self said of Curry, the 6-foot-3, 190-pound sophomore from Pleasant Grove, N.C. "He will be before he leaves, for sure."

Kansas baseball off to Clemson, track at NCAAs

These are giddy times for Kansas University's baseball players. The Jayhawks are riding an eight-game winning streak and are ranked No. 25 nationally in one poll.

Kansas pitcher regains her form

Kassie Humphreys hit the depths early last April.

Rush AP freshman of year

Texas' Tucker player of year; OU's Neal top newbie

Brandon Rush, who leads Kansas University's basketball team in scoring and rebounding, on Thursday was tapped the Associated Press Big 12 Conference freshman of the year.

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6Sports video: Texas A&M defeats Colorado

Texas A&M and Colorado hooked up in the second game of Friday afternoon's session. With Texas A&M defeating Colorado, 86-53, A&M gets Texas Saturday at 1 p.m.

6Sports video: KU softball plays 1-1 in first day of Jayhawk Classic

The KU softball team opened up play as the host of this weekends Jayhawk Classic. The friendly confines of Arrocha Ballpark should be a welcome sit for the Hawks. KU spent the last four weekends at road tournaments, that stint included 19 straight contests away from the hill.

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OSU survives Cyclone scare

Boggan flirts with perfection in first-round victory

Thanks to Mario Boggan, who was nearly perfect on Thursday night, Oklahoma State lives to play another day.

Mangino faces hectic spring

Mark Mangino's agenda is a mile long, and he only has a month to work through the list.

Keegan: Big buzz missing in Big D

Dallas - A fine city. For football. They love their Cowboys here, just not their Oklahoma State Cowboys, as evidenced by all those comfortable chairs remaining empty throughout OSU's Thursday night victory over Iowa State, 79-70, at American Airlines Center.

Tale of the tape

Jayhawks (22-7) vs. Okla. St. (17-14)

Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University's players arrived via charter at 4 p.m. Thursday. Coach Bill Self watched the OSU-ISU game at American Airlines Center after discovering the game was blacked out at the team hotel, The Fairmont.

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Ax falls at KSU

Unable to earn berth to NCAAs, Wooldridge fired after tourney loss

Jim Wooldridge came to the Big 12 Conference tournament this week knowing that a four-game winning streak - and subsequent NCAA Tournament berth - was the law if he wanted to keep his job.

Thursday, March 9

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Nebraska gets revenge over MU

Jamel White made a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:15 left and followed that with a key rebound, lifting Nebraska to a 71-64 victory over Missouri in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

6Sports video: Kansas baseball prepares for toughest opponent

This weekend the red hot Kansas Jayhawks will face one of the toughest road tests in the nation. Starting Friday the Hawks put their eight game winning streak on the line in South Carolina against Clemson.

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6Sports video: Colorado defeats Baylor in Big 12 tourney

In the game, Colorado against Baylor, no 12 seed has ever won a game in the Big 12 tournament. Struggling through most of the game, Colorado comes all the way back and regains the lead with two minutes to go and survives, 65-61.

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6Sports video: K-State loses tourney opener and coach

K-State loses its tourney opener to Texas Tech by eight points, and then KSU loses its head coach Jim Wooldrige. After the contest, K-State Athletics Director Tim Wieser announced that Wooldrige would not return as Coach for a seventh season with the Cats. Under his tenure, K-State never played a post-season basketball game.

6Sports video: Kansas softball to host 2006 Jayhawk Classic

The Kansas softball team won't have to travel anywhere this weekend. Starting Friday the Hawks will host Minnesota, Portland State and Eastern Michigan in the 2006 Jayhawk Classic. First pitch on Friday is set for 2 p.m.

6Sports video: Kansas men's basketball enjoy first-round bye

The Kansas men will play their first game in the Big 12 Friday. As for Thursday, the Jayhawks got to enjoy a first round bye in Dallas, while the lower seeds battled it out to advance to the quarterfinals. Twelve victories in their last 13 outings, earned the Hawks the two seed in this weekends league championship.

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Oklahoma State starts title defense

Cowboys get second shot at Jayhawks

Torre Johnson followed a surprising scoring surge early with two rim-rocking baskets late in the second half and JamesOn Curry nailed a key shot with 1:40 left, helping Oklahoma State beat Iowa State 79-70 in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament Thursday night.

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Colorado keeps NCAA hopes alive

Colorado came to the Big 12 tournament focused on making sure an NCAA berth wasn't left to chance. The Buffaloes want to win and make it automatic. They almost didn't make it out of the first round Thursday against 12th-seeded Baylor.

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Texas Tech moves on

KSU loss likely means Wooldridge is done

Bob Knight managed to salvage at least one milestone from the worst season since his West Point days. Despite poor shooting by scoring star Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech beat Kansas State 73-65 Thursday in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament.

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Wooldridge let go by Wildcats

Coach compiled a 83-90 record in six seasons

Kansas State fired basketball coach Jim Wooldridge on Thursday shortly after the Wildcats' season ended with a loss in the first round of the Big 12 tournament. Athletic director Tim Weiser said Wooldridge needed to get the team into the NCAA Tournament in order to keep his job. By finishing 15-13 following a 73-65 loss to Texas Tech, that wasn't going to happen, so he was let go.

Season's fate on the line for OSU, ISU

A day after legendary Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton said he might not be done coaching, Sutton's son and OSU interim coach, Sean, said the Cowboys weren't done playing, either.

Just another bump in the road

Nagging illness was latest setback for KU's Jackson

Darnell Jackson is back. He'll tell you so himself. "I'm ready, man," a smiling Jackson said. "I'm ready to go out there."

Compiling quilt no small feat

Quilters collect 41 autographs of KU basketball athletes, coaches for Social Service League auction

It's an odd match - Jayhawk basketball, quilters and shoes for needy kids.

Toplikar: Computer software takes work out of office pools

Lining up picks for NCAA Tournament easier with technology

"Dad, I can go home. Come up and get me!" Julie's voice on the phone sounded much better. She'd been at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for the last few days - after suffering from an unexpected lung collapse, she's doing just fine now - and our thoughts were getting her back to the normal life of a college freshman.

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Another award for tourney-focused Self

Another day, another coach-of-the-year honor for Kansas University's Bill Self. On Monday, KU's third-year coach was tapped Big 12 coach of the year by his peers. On Tuesday, he earned Region Six coach-of-the-year plaudits. It's all in recognition of 22-7 KU's comeback from a 3-4 start with a team that starts three freshmen and two sophomores.

Replay changes up in air

Coach's challenges being considered

As with any new setup, the Big 12 Conference's football instant-replay system is being closely examined for potential changes.

Group publicly bashes NCAA system

Not everyone is a fan of the new Academic Progress Rate - the same reform system that may penalize Kansas University's football and baseball programs this year.

Jayhawks good, but still ...

KU sweeps Missouri State, yet Bunge slightly steamed

Her hitters produced 14 runs. Her pitchers allowed only one earned run.

Homers plentiful for KU

After his first home run of the season during Kansas University's 10-1 victory Wednesday over Baker University, Ritchie Price got a message from a kid seated behind KU's dugout at Hoglund Ballpark.

Wednesday, March 8

Red-hot Jayhawks host Baker

The first mid-week of the season was no problem at all for the Jayhawks, who dominated in their fourth straight home game.

Softball team sweeps first two home games

The Jayhawks swept the Missouri State Bears in a home-opening doubleheader on Wednesday at Arrocha Ballpark.

Basketball legends pitch in to help Social Service League

KU basketball legends past and present are helping raise money for the Social Service League - through quiltwork.

Media voters label Rush second-teamer

Kansas University freshman Brandon Rush, named first-team all-Big 12 Conference by the league coaches Monday, was named second-team all-conference by the Associated Press on Tuesday.

Warner signs CFL contract

Ron Warner, a former Kansas University pass-rushing standout, has signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.

KU softball eager for home opener

Rain, rain stay away. Kansas University's softball team wants to open at home today.

Local stars haunt KU

Area talent lead KSU past Kansas in tourney

The local talent dots Kansas State's women's basketball roster, like it consistently has in recent years.

Jayhawks hold out hope for WNIT berth

Kansas University senior Crystal Kemp doesn't know if she'll play another game in a Jayhawk jersey, but she definitely wants one last opportunity.

Self lands another honor

KU coach, freshman Rush pick up district awards

Kansas University's Bill Self, who was named Big 12 Conference coach of the year Monday by his peers - the league coaches - Tuesday was tapped District VI coach of the year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Assn.

Nebraska rallies past CU; ISU, Tech win

Chelsea Aubry and Kiera Hardy hit consecutive three-pointers to put Nebraska ahead to stay, and the Cornhuskers beat Colorado, 67-59, Tuesday night in the first round of the Big 12 women's basketball tournament.

Tuesday, March 7

Jayhawks fall in Showdown rematch

The Big 12 Tournament started tonight for the KU women's basketball team, which earned the 10th seed - placing them opposite the seventh-seeded K-State Wildcats.

Jayhawks ready for 4th 'ringing' in 5 years

The Jayhawks did not get the opportunity to celebrate with a trophy after winning a share of the Big 12 title on Saturday, but they will be getting their conference championship rings, which the seniors get to pick out.

Young KU squad prepares for postseason

It's said that experience wins postseason games, but with the Big 12 Tournament set to start Friday for the KU men and the NCAA Tournament to follow, there's nothing but win-or-go-home basketball left for a Jayhawks squad that features nothing but youngsters.

Kansas State defeats Kansas, 72-52

Kansas' losing streak to K-State reaches 11

If the third time really is the charm, then Kansas University's women's team should be in good shape tonight when it faces in-state rival Kansas State for the third time this season in a Big 12 Tournament first round game at 6 p.m. tonight in Reunion Arena.

KU baseball ranked by Baseball America

Kansas University's baseball squad entered the Baseball America poll on Monday, entering at No. 25. The Jayhawks (13-4) have won seven straight games.

Woodling: RussRob deserves praise

If I had a vote and if the question was on the ballot, I'd probably tap Kansas State's Cartier Martin as the most improved player in Big 12 Conference men's basketball.

Keegan's top 25

Gonzaga is ranked fourth, George Washington sixth. Texas is eighth and North Carolina 10th. Anyone out there honestly believe Gonzaga and GW will combine for more tournament victories than Texas and North Carolina?

Texas having trophy 'bush league'

Self miffed by photo in J-W; Big 12 admits error

Texas' basketball players held the league championship trophy and posed for pictures with the coveted prize after snaring a share of the Big 12 title Sunday afternoon in Austin, Texas.

Coach of the Year

Jayhawk fans: Meet Bill Self, your Big 12

Bill Self, whose Kansas University basketball team started the conference season 1-2 only to rally to grab a portion of the Big 12 Conference championship, has been rewarded for his patience and perseverance.

K.C. recruit taps KU

Kansas University's football team is getting a huge jump on the next recruiting season, snagging another local product Monday, according to

Another round for KU, K-State

Kansas University women's basketball coach Bonnie Henrickson - an avid golfer when not engulfed in work - merged her two loves into one perspective.

Monday, March 6

6Sports video: KU baseball enters America National rankings

The KU baseball team entered the baseball America National rankings Monday. The Jayhawks show up as number 25 after a weekend sweep of Western Illinois. The Hawks are one of five big 12 teams in the rankings along with Texas, Texas A&M, Missouri and Nebraska.

6Sports video: Rush named to All Big 12 first team

Monday Rush was named to the All Big 12 first team. The Kansas City kid becomes the first ever freshman in conference history to make the top five. Rush started all 29 contests for the Jayhawks and averaged 14 points a game.

6Sports video: Self named Big 12 Coach of the Year

When the Kansas men's basketball team started its Big 12 slate at 1-2 back in mid-January, no one was talking about big man Bill Self as the Conference Coach of the Year. But 12 league wins in 13 tries later, Self received that honor Monday from the league's coaches.

Rush named to All Big 12 First Team; Self named Coach of the Year

Chalmers and Wright named Honorable Mention

Texas University teammates P.J. Tucker and LaMarcus Aldridge have been named Player and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively, highlighting the Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Awards announced Monday by league officials. Oklahoma's Michael Neal was picked as Newcomer of the Year, while Kansas' Brandon Rush is Freshman of the Year and KU coach Bill Self earned Coach of the Year honors.

KU softball tops Tulsa, wins title

Serena Settlemier struck out six and surrendered three earned runs over 62â3 innings and helped her cause with two hits, two runs and two RBIs as Kansas University beat Tulsa, 6-3, Sunday at the Best Western Airport Festival.

Bottom of order powers KU to baseball sweep

The youngest members of the Kansas University baseball squad heeded to the words of coach Ritch Price in their final two games of KU's series with Western Illinois on Sunday.

Tech tennis clips Kansas

Already, the Kansas University women's tennis team is finding a home in its new dome.

Texas lassos share of title

Gibson leads Longhorns to 24-point rout of Sooners

Daniel Gibson wasn't going to let Texas' chances of winning the Big 12 regular-season men's basketball championship slip away.

KU's Baty hobbled, but on mend

Matt Baty still walks gingerly from place to place, and even that's more than the doctors want him to do.

Wacky year comes to end

Snyder saga, Sutton among highlights

No. 6 Texas cruised past No. 19 Oklahoma late Sunday afternoon, and a zany, wacky and sad Big 12 Conference regular season finally came to a close.

Keegan's report: college basketball

J-W sports editor Tom Keegan each week will observe and analyze the national college basketball scene.

Heat is on for basketball tournaments

Dallas plays host to this year's tourneys, but Kansas City, Oklahoma City also are appealing

Downtown Dallas will be buzzing with college basketball fervor this week as the Big 12 Conference men's and women's tournaments make their third appearance in the city.

Keegan: And the envelope please :

A quick prediction as to what will win best picture at next year's Academy Awards, before getting back to the entertainment form that dominates the rest of March: college basketball.

UT locks top seed; KU No. 2

Texas' runaway victory over Oklahoma on Sunday assured the Longhorns a tie for the Big 12 Conference men's basketball title.

Sunday, March 5

6Sports video: Jayhawks prove themselves in Big 12

At the start of the season, many experts said KU was in a rebuilding year and wouldn't contend for the Big 12 title. This weekend Bill Self's young squad proved the doubters wrong by winning a share of the league title with Texas, who did its part by beating Oklahoma Sunday.

6Sports video: KU baseball defeats Western Illinois

A former Lawrence High School pitcher was on the mound Sunday out at Hogland Ballpark, except he wasn't throwing for KU, instead former Lion Aaron Madill was taking the hill for the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Jayhawks defeated the Leathernecks, 7-1.

KSU faithful wanted sweep

Less than 11 minutes showed on the clock, and a sellout crowd had to be thinking of a historical sweep Saturday in Bramlage Coliseum.


Kansas University's basketball players were talking more about clinching the Big 12 Conference crown than extending the school's win streak over Kansas State in Manhattan to 23 games and counting.

KU jacked for 'Jank'

Self motivates with joking oratory

Bill Self didn't give a stirring speech to inspire his Kansas University basketball players before Saturday's KU-Kansas State game at Bramlage Coliseum.

Keegan: Big game by Rush helps KU

The Bramlage Coliseum crowd was stoked. Just as in the game in Allen Fieldhouse, the Kansas State deficit was shrinking in a hurry, this time all the way down to three points.

KU club lacrosse falls

Kansas University's women's lacrosse club rallied from a three-goal deficit but fell, 6-5, to Missouri on Saturday at Broken Arrow Park. Maddie Meyers scored twice for the Jayhawk club (3-1), and Lisa Allen, Crystal Thomas and Stacy Seglem each scored a goal.

KU soccer ties Gophers

Kansas University's soccer squad tied Minnesota, 1-1, Saturday at KU Soccer Complex. Sophomore-to-be Sara Rogers scored the Jayhawk goal in the first half. KU's next spring match will be April 1 against Yale in Omaha, Neb.

KU baseball washed

Saturday's baseball game between Kansas and Western Illinois was rained out. The teams will play a doubleheader at 10 a.m. today at Hoglund Ballpark.

Jayhawk senior Bacchus qualifies for NCAAs

Kansas University senior Charisse Bacchus qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the long jump Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Bacchus' leap of 21 feet, 3â4 inches topped the field and beat her previous high of 20-9.

Jayhawks split at Tulsa

Kansas University's softball squad split a pair of games Saturday at the Best Western Airport Festival, beating No. 17-ranked Nebraska, 4-0, but losing to Notre Dame, 5-2, in the nightcap.

Aggies finish strong

Texas A&M's hopes for a strong conference finish didn't look so good after losing three of its first four Big 12 games.

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*-KU clinches share of title with victory over 'Cats

Kansas University's basketball players didn't clip the nets to celebrate winning the 2005-06 Big 12 Conference championship Saturday afternoon in Bramlage Coliseum.

Saturday, March 4

Rush leads the Jayhawks to 66-52 victory over the Wildcats

The numbers boggle the mind. For the 23rd straight time, Kansas beats Kansas State in Manhattan. In addition, Saturday's 66-52 victory improves the Jayhawk's record at Bramlage Coliseum to 18-0.

Kansas knocks off K-State, 66-52

Win means KU will at least share Big 12 crown

Kansas University players were plenty excited Saturday as they jumped up and down and let out screams Saturday as they ran into their lockerroom at Bramlage Coliseum. KU had reason to celebrate as its 66-52 win over its in-state rival gave the Jayhawks their18-straight vicotry against Kansas State in Bramlage Coliseum and 23rd win in a row in Manhattan.

KU salvages home debut

Kansas University's baseball squad overcame errors in the field and at the plate to win its home opener Friday over Western Illinois, 5-4, at Hoglund Ballpark.

One streak dead, another lives

Kansas has won 31 of 32 men's basketball games with Kansas State. Here's a look at the streak game by game.

Jankovich still fond of KSU

Kansas aide enjoys making yearly trip to Little Apple

Kansas University's basketball squad can snare at least a share of the Big 12 Conference championship today with a victory at Kansas State, alma mater of current KU assistant coach Tim Jankovich.

Kemp gets Big 12 nod

kansas women

Huge day for Jayhawks

Humphreys unhittable; Settlemier's bat big

Kansas University's softball squad bounced back from a three-game losing streak for two victories Friday at the first day of the Best Western Airport Festival, beating Stephen F. Austin, 5-0, and Northern Iowa, 15-2.

Tale of the tape

Jayhawks (21-7, 12-3)

The big payback

KU ready to rebuild streak of dominance over K-State

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches took great pride in the Jayhawks' 31-game winning streak against Kansas State.

Mayer: Honest, Max set standard

With humble apologies to and immeasurable appreciation for Abe Lincoln ...

KU-KSU Briefly

KU leads the all-time series, 170-89. K-State topped KU, 59-55, on Jan. 14, snapping the Jayhawks' 31-game winning streak over their in-state rivals. KU has won 22 straight games in Manhattan, including 17 against no losses in Bramlage Coliseum.

Friday, March 3

6Sports video: Kansas basketball ready for in state rival

The domination is over. It ended on January 14, when the Kansas State men beat the Kansas men for the first time since 1994. KU had won 31 straight basketball games against its in state rival. Saturday in Manhattan, the two teams will meet for the second time this year. The Wildcats have never beaten the Jayhawks at Bramlage Coliseum.

6Sports video: Kansas baseball wins home opener

It was home opener day for the Kansas baseball team Friday afternoon. The Jayhawks played their first game of the 2006 season at Hoglund Ballpark. The Jayhawks defeated their opponent, the Western Illinois Leathernecks, 5-4.

Kemp named to Big 12 First Team

Hallman receives Honorable Mention honors

Oklahoma coach Sherri Coale was chosen Big 12 Coach of the Year while Baylor's Sophia Young was honored as Big 12 Player of the Year, highlighting the 2005-06 Phillips 66 All-Big 12 Conference Women's Basketball Awards. Kansas University senior Crystal Kemp was voted to the 10-player First Team, while fellow Jayhawks Erica Hallman was named Honorable Mention.

Kansas basketball notebook

Big 12 Tourney info

K-State highest priority

Still, Jayhawks happy for shot at Big 12 title

In his role as Kansas University basketball student assistant, Moulaye Niang is in close contact with the Jayhawk players each and every day.

Woodling: Always giving the shaft

When it comes to mass quantities, I didn't think anyone could top the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame.

Faulty farewell

K-State runs wild as Jayhawk seniors flop in home finale

Crystal Kemp had pregame jitters. Kaylee Brown had a bum ankle. Erica Hallman never found the range.

Kansas seeking revival

Kansas University's softball team will be hoping to bounce back when the Jayhawks compete this weekend in the Tulsa, Okla., Invitational.

Former Jayhawk to lead St. Pat's Parade

Cliff McDonald, a longtime Lawrence resident and former Kansas University football and basketball player, will be the grand marshal of the 19th annual Lawrence St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Jayhawks preparing for home opener

t's still winter, technically. But Lawrence's unseasonably warm start to March is about to get even more spring-like thanks to the crackling of aluminum bats.

Thursday, March 2

KU women thumped on Senior Night

KSU hands KU worse home loss of season

Kansas University's three seniors were hoping to achieve a feat they had yet to do in their careers Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse - that was knock off in-state rival Kansas State. Instead at the end of the night the scoreboard looked much like it has in the last few Sunflower Showdowns, with the Wildcats winning easy as Kansas State defeated KU 62-44.

6Sports video: Max Falkenstien receives retired number 60 jersey

Following the men's basketball game Wednesday night, after 60 years of calling men's basketball games, Max Falkenstien called his last in the Phog on Wednesday. Before the season Max decided this would be his last year behind the mic. To honor him, the University unveiled a commemorative retired number 60 jersey in the South end of the Fieldhouse.

6Sports video: Lady Jayhawks fall short to K-State in home finale

In home finales the Lady Jayhawks have faired much worse than their male counterparts, dropping their last five senior night contests, but with Erica Hallman, Crystal Kemp and Kaylee Brown bidding farewell to the Phog Thursday evening, the ladies were hoped to reverse the senior night trend with K-State in town. Falling short to the Wildcats, 44-62, the seniors will get another chance to play KSU in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.

6Sports video: Max and seniors end on on a good note at home

It was a fitting way to send out the seniors and Max. Wednesday night Kansas roughed up Colorado 75-54 at Allen Fieldhouse. Four Jayhawks scored in double figures, led by Mario Chalmers 14. All three of KU's seniors put points on the board. The Jayhawks are now in a first place tie again with UT for the Big 12 title.

Video: Senior Night speeches

Jeff Hawkins, Christian Moody, Moulaye Niang, and Stephen Vinson had much to remember during the final home game of their careers.

Law's trey stuns Longhorns

Texas A&M knows it's not going to beat anyone in a high-scoring shootout.

Keegan: Veterans had hand in victory

Richard Roby is a 6-foot-6 guard who every time he steps on a basketball court brings a bag of tricks that gives defenders fits. He hits nearly 40 percent of his three-point shots. He knows how to post up smaller defenders, hit baseline jumpers and floaters, and he can slash to the hoop as well as score on put-backs.

Buffs bemoan slow start

Fourteen minutes of basketball had been played in the sauna that was Allen Fieldhouse, and the scoreboard, which was not malfunctioning, showed that visiting Colorado, the highest-scoring team in the Big 12 Conference coming into the night, had scored four points.


Kansas University sophomore forward Darnell Jackson did not play because of the flu bug. "He had it Monday, Tuesday, today, been on IVs," said coach Bill Self, who indicated Jackson would be fine for Saturday's 3 p.m. game at Kansas State.

Falkenstien has 'jersey' unfurled

Sitting at midcourt with members of his family, Max Falkenstien beamed as his commemorative jersey No. 60 was unfurled high in the southwest rafters of Allen Fieldhouse at halftime of the Kansas University-Colorado game Wednesday night.

KU seniors address fans

Jayhawks reflect, tear up

Senior Night, without some reassurance by Kansas University basketball coach Bill Self three years ago, could have been only half as special on Wednesday.

Report: Snyder exit discussed in '05

Alden suggested resignation to ex-MU coach last season

Former Missouri basketball coach Quin Snyder was first encouraged by athletic director Mike Alden to consider a midseason resignation more than a year ago, according to notes from Chancellor Brady Deaton's recently concluded internal investigation.

Seniors looking to duplicate feat

Crystal Kemp and Erica Hallman combined for 54 points in their next-to-last Kansas University women's basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse.

OU, Paris edge Tech

Sooners perfect in Big 12; Cowgirls winless

Courtney Paris got a triple-double and set an NCAA freshman rebounding record as No. 9 Oklahoma held off Texas Tech, 60-59, on Wednesday night, denying Lady Raider coach Marsha Sharp a final regular-season home win.

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Seniors go out on top

KU win, Texas loss forge tie for lead

Senior Night speeches were preceded by an important message on the center videoboard Wednesday night at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas' Baty suffered lacerated spleen, kidney

Kansas University senior outfielder Matt Baty hopes to return before the end of the season after suffering a concussion during a collision in the outfield Saturday against Lipscomb.

Kemp, McIntosh, Boyd earn academic honors

Kansas University senior Crystal Kemp, sophomore Taylor McIntosh and sophomore Jamie Boyd were named to the 2006 women's basketball academic all-Big 12 team first team, the conference office announced Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 1

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Emotional night at the Phog as legend says goodbye

The final home game of the season is over for four Jayhawk seniors, and it was the last to be called by local legend Max Falkenstien.

Seniors, Max say goodbye

It was an evening of farewells tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. Senior Christian Moody, Stephen Vinson, Jeff Hawkins and Moulaye Niang stepped into the Phog for the final time. And then there was Max Falkenstien who called his final home broadcast for the Jayhawks after 60 seasons at the mic. In the midst of all the good-byes, a basketball game broke out.

Video: Max Falkenstien honored at halftime on Senior Night

The 'Voice of the Jayhawks' is remembered on the occasion of his last broadcast of a basketball home game. The capstone of the ceremony comes as Max's jersey is retired, sporting Number 60.

Kansas defeats Colorado, 75-54

KU knocks off Buffs for 23rd straight time in Fieldhouse

Perhaps lost in all the comotion of Senior Night and the celebration for Max Falkenstien last game at Allen Fieldhouse, is the actual basketball game tonight when No. 18 Kansas takes on Colorado at 7 p.m.

Seniors to say goodbye against Wildcats

While the men said their goodbyes tonight, three women's seniors will wait until tomorrow.

Gordon's two 40 times fall shy of elite DBs

Former Kansas University defensive back Charles Gordon clocked unofficial times of 4.53 and 4.62 seconds in the 40-yard dash at Tuesday's NFL Combine, according to the NFL Network.

Vinson ready to keep ballin'

Senior earning respect as Jayhawk career fades

Senior Day might be looming, but Kansas University men's basketball guard Stephen Vinson has no plans to retire his sneakers.

Jayhawks to seek new voice

Whoever takes over for Max Falkenstien as the next "Voice of the Jayhawks" better know one thing, Jim Marchiony says.

Keegan: Moody still gets the chills

He remembers the first night he played a basketball game in Allen Fieldhouse the way he'll remember it for the rest of his life, which is to say every detail, right down to the stitches.

Max moving on

Tonight is legendary announcer's home finale

It doesn't matter if he's broadcasting in Big 12 arenas on the road or in his favorite basketball palace of all, Allen Fieldhouse.

Last night in the Phog

Moody, Hawkins and Co. say farewell to fieldhouse

The "best walk-on in the history of college basketball" plays his last game in Allen Fieldhouse tonight.

KU moves practice

Kansas University's football team will hold a scrimmage in Topeka on April 1. The practice will be at Hummer Sports Park beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is free.

Bank lauds radio icon

Surrounded by applauding co-workers, Cathy Brittain inched her way up alongside Max Falkenstien, poked out her shoulder and opened a Jayhawk blue permanent marker.

KU golfers fourth

The Kansas University men's golf team finished fourth Tuesday at the 13-team All-American Intercollegiate tournament at Cypresswood Golf Club.

Tale of the tape

Hawkins, driver reach settlement on repairs

Lindsey Frye's car is going to get fixed.

Henrickson hopes for pro-KU crowd

K-State fans likely to show for Thursday night's game in Allen

As sure as the colors crimson and blue combine to form purple, at least one "Bramlage East" sign will be displayed Thursday night in Allen Fieldhouse.

ISU trims Mizzou

Iowa State attempted a school-record 32 three-pointers and hit just enough of them to end its home schedule on a high note.