Stories for March 21, 2008


Lead stories

Douglas-Roberts, Rose carry Tigers into second round with win

The last thing Memphis wanted was a first-round pushover. Good thing.

Villanova beats Clemson 75-69 to cap upset-filled day in Tampa

Villanova coach Jay Wright figures someone has to come up with a name for what happened Friday in Tampa. He even offered one up: "It's got to be Tampa Turmoil or something," he said. Sounds good, Coach.

Weems' career game helps Arkansas advance, ends Indiana's season

Arkansas' Darian Townes marveled at the big numbers his teammate racked up. Walking off the podium in jubilant disbelief, he turned first to swingman Sonny Weems and then to coach John Pelphrey. "You only missed two shots," Townes told Weems before repeating that message to his coach.

Pitino, Cards romp past Boise State

A scramble, a steal and suddenly Louisville had a three-on-none break that Derrick Caracter finished off with a vicious dunk. Coach Rick Pitino and his team turned this into a one-sided affair from the start, overwhelming Boise State 79-61 Friday night in the first round of the East Regional.

Rhodes scores 34 to lead Mississippi St. over Oregon 76-69

Barry Stewart was wide open in front of the Mississippi State bench, so coach Rick Stansbury discretely pointed to him. Jamont Gordon made the pass, Stewart made the shot and finally the Bulldogs were in control. And, someone besides Charles Rhodes was contributing to the offense.

Siena stuns Vanderbilt, 83-62

Privately, some Siena players wondered in recent days if their counterparts on the Vanderbilt roster knew any of their names. If the Commodores didn't, they surely do now.

Hansbrough, top-seeded UNC beat Mount St. Mary's 113-74

Marcus Ginyard grabbed the loose ball near midcourt and sprinted in for an uncontested dunk. Instead, North Carolina's normally steady junior bricked the ball into the front of the rim, landed on his tail and heard the laughter coming from his bench. Ginyard could only smile as he scrambled to his feet. "There's really nothing else for me to do at this point but to laugh about it," he said.

6Sports video: Jayhawks better be ready for Rebels

Coming up tomorrow, it's #1-seeded Kansas versus #8-seeded UNLV. Sounds easy, right? Well, remember 1998?

6Sports video: Explore the Qwest Center with DJ

DJ Whetter goes inside the wardrobe room in the Qwest Center to see what happens behind the scene with the Jayhawk uniforms.

6Sports video: Former Wildcat eager for David-Goliath match-up

Back in 1975, Lon Kruger graduated from Kansas State. Eleven years later, he returned to his alma mater to take over the head men's basketball coaching position.

6Sports video: Kruger: KU 'bigger, more athletic, deeper" than most teams

UNLV coach Lon Kruger talks to the media about facing Kansas tomorrow.

6Sports video: Practice, games make it hard for Hawks to enjoy tournament

No game today for the Kansas Jayhawks, only practice, but lots of other games going on across the nation.

6Sports video: KU, UNLV both on tournament-win streaks

Five games in nine days: it's something that both Kansas and UNLV will have to deal with in the second round tomorrow in Omaha.

6News video: Man dyes hair MU colors after losing bet

John Ross is a man of his word, even if it means hurting his KU pride.

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6News video: Runnin' Rebel doesn't scare Jayhawk fans

KU's basketball team has a date with the University of Nevada Las Vegas tomorrow. 6News reporter Jonathan Kealing hit the streets of downtown Lawrence to find out what Jayhawk fans know about the upcoming opposition.

Godbold leads Sooners over Hawks

David Godbold knows there's not much fun in making a quick trip to the NCAA tournament. The senior guard helped make sure Oklahoma stuck around awhile.

Toreros upend UConn 70-69 in overtime

San Diego's Rob Jones didn't even bother leaving his feet when the ball was tossed up to start the game. The 6-foot-6 forward knew he didn't have a chance against Connecticut's 7-foot-3 center Hasheem Thabeet.

No booing at Abrams as Longhorns rout Austin Peay 74-54

On a day when A.J. Abrams was scoring every which way, his little floater in the lane hardly seemed like anything special. Except it gave him 15 points. And Austin Peay had 14.

Hibbert leads Hoyas to 66-47 win over UMBC

Roy Hibbert kept tipping a rebound off the rim and back to himself. None of Maryland-Baltimore County's undersized players could grab it from Georgetown's giant. Not long after that, the Hoyas put the game well out of the Retrievers' reach, too.

Butler beats South Alabama to get tourney showdown with Tennessee

Maybe it's time to start noticing Butler. Discounted by the selection committee, the Bulldogs opened the NCAA tournament with yet another win, beating South Alabama 81-61 Friday in the first round of the East Regional.

Rogers' buzzer beater gives WKU 101-99 OT victory over Drake

It was the shot of his life, the shot of the tournament and maybe even one for the ages. "It kind of worked out good," Ty Rogers said, in the understatement of the day.

McClinton scores 38 as Miami beats Saint Mary's 78-64

Jack McClinton is now a star in the state of Arkansas - and not because his last name sounds sort of familiar around these parts. Instead, McClinton dazzled the locals with his quick drives to the basket and long 3-pointers, scoring a career-high 38 points in seventh-seeded Miami's 78-64 win over 10th-seeded Saint Mary's on Friday.

Curry leads Davidson past Gonzaga

Davidson fans used to have to go back 40 years to the Lefty Driesell era to tell stories of NCAA tournament success. Now they've got to look no further than their baby-faced sophomore star.

Vols almost miss wake-up call, hold off American

JaJuan Smith and Tennessee felt slighted, and it showed in their shoes. Believing the Volunteers deserved better, Smith wrote "No. 1 seed" on his orange-and-white sneakers. Facing a team making its NCAA tournament debut, it was hardly a walkover.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 85, Portland State 61

Tying up loose ends from KU's first round win over Portland State, in which the Jayhawks opened up offensively right where they left off Sunday against Texas, allowing themselves to cruise a bit in the second round towards Saturday's second round matchup with UNLV.

Robinson's D dandy

Senior keeps PSU's leader in check

It was Kansas University's Russell Robinson who drew the defensive assignment on Big Sky Player of the Year Jeremiah Dominguez on Thursday at Qwest Center.

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Vikings sent packing; UNLV next

One down. And this one was a clinic in superiority. Kansas University's men's basketball team started its quest for a national championship exactly how it was expected to: by dispatching 16th-seeded Portland State, 85-61, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at the Qwest Center.

Keegan: Rush comes to play

On the one hand, the game tipped off at 11:25 a.m., a time Brandon Rush would prefer to be sleeping. On the other hand, the calendar said late March, the time of year Rush likes best.

Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas coach Bill Self says he has great respect for the Jayhawks' second-round opponent, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

PSU's gamble costly

Vikes dare KU to shoot threes

With such inferior ability, Portland State's basketball players had to focus on one of Kansas University's deadly fists and hope the other one didn't kill them. Admirable. But the Vikings are dead anyway.

Little, Chipola stave off elimination

Chipola (Fla.) College came a half second from ending its season with the second of back-to-back losses Thursday at the NJCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship.

Tech, OSU consider Dallas

Texas Tech and Oklahoma State are finalizing plans to move their annual Big 12 football game to Dallas. The first game probably will be in 2009, but the site remains undetermined.

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NCAA frenzy enlivens workday

KU sails past round one

Where there's a will, there's a way. That should be Kansas University fans' motto. Jayhawk fans brought televisions to work or cranked up radios to keep up with the action Thursday morning during KU's first round NCAA Tournament victory over Portland State.

Jayhawks to start Big 12

Kansas University's softball team is scheduled to begin Big 12 Conference play against 11th-ranked Oklahoma at 7 tonight.

NCAA Tournament Roundup: Belmont scares devil out of Duke

MVSU sets records for futility against UCLA

There it was, plain as could be on the overhead scoreboard, orange numbering on a black background: As the closing seconds ticked away Thursday night, Belmont was beating Duke.

Kansas tennis drops third straight match

Iowa edged Kansas University's tennis team, 4-3, on Thursday in KU's final nonconference dual at First Serve.

Balanced UNLV to face KU

Kansas University's basketball players filed out of the Qwest Center at halftime of Nevada-Las Vegas' 71-58 victory over Kent State on Thursday. They had seen enough. Everyone had.

Giddens scores 26 in finale

J.R. Giddens' college basketball career is over.

'Too pretty,' indeed: K-State upsets Trojans, 80-67

Five-and-a-half minutes into his first NCAA Tournament game, Kansas State red-shirt freshman Bill Walker came to the bench, and his mouth was as on fire as his shooting touch. "They're Pac-10, too pretty," Walker hollered to teammates to fire them up.

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Early to rise

KU wide awake for rout

It took just one knock on Darnell Jackson's Embassy Suites hotel room door to rouse him out of bed. "I wasn't sleepy at all," Jackson, Kansas University's senior forward, said, eager to hit the shower at 7 a.m. Thursday after receiving an in-person wake-up call from KU's hard-working team managers. "I was ready to get up. I think we all were today."

KU baseball rallies for pair of victories

Kansas University's baseball team had its rally caps working Thursday at the Florida Spring Classic.