Stories for March 17, 2006


Lead stories

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: 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: 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tale of the Tape

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Kansas Basketball Notebook

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.

KU softball in Hawaii

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

This 'n' that

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.

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.

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.