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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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.