Stories for March 22, 2008


Lead stories

Neitzel, Lucas take over in MSU win

Michigan State's brand of basketball is about more than simply beating people up. When the game was on the line, Drew Neitzel and Kalin Lucas were Exhibits 1 and 1A.

Stanford beats Marquette 82-81 in overtime

Stanford coach Trent Johnson missed an amazing ending. In an emotional response to Johnson's first-half ejection, the Cardinal rallied for an 82-81 overtime victory over Marquette in the NCAA's South Regional on Saturday, advancing to the round of 16 for the first time since 2001.

Balance, impressive shooting carries Xavier past Purdue 85-78

If Purdue could have picked one or two players from Xavier to focus upon, then surely the Boilermakers would have had an easier time fulfilling their reputation as one of the best defensive teams in the Big Ten.

UCLA holds off Texas A&M 53-49 in a second-round thriller

There's no quit in the UCLA Bruins. Good thing, since they keep finding trouble and inventing ways to escape. Darren Collison scored the go-ahead basket on a one-handed layin with 9½ seconds remaining, Josh Shipp blocked Donald Sloan's final drive and the West Region's No. 1 seed held on for a 53-49 victory over Texas A&M in the second round of the NCAA tournament Saturday night.

Washington State bounces Fighting Irish 61-41

Nobody shuts down Notre Dame big man Luke Harangody, the Big East's Player of the Year. Washington State settled for slowing down the high-flying Fighting Irish.

Wisconsin reaches regional semifinal

Even after Wisconsin advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament on Saturday, Michael Beasley still was the hot topic of conversation. That was OK with the Badgers, who made Beasley all but disappear in the second half of their 72-55 victory over Kansas State.

Huggins leads West Virginia past Duke

Back at his alma mater, back in the NCAAs, Bob Huggins looked and sounded just like the Bob Huggins everyone remembers. He yelled. He groused. He drew an early technical foul. And he willed his No. 7-seeded West Virginia past second-seeded Duke.

Detroit Rock City: KU headed North for Sweet 16 after 75-56 win over UNLV

Off to Detroit it is for the Kansas University men's basketball team, which showed up and simply took care of business against an overmatched, undersized UNLV team Saturday in Omaha, claiming a 75-56 victory. The win lands the Jayhawks in their second straight Sweet 16, and it's the third trip to the NCAA Tournament's second weekend for KU in Bill Self's five years as head coach.

Wooden returns home

John Wooden went home from a rehabilitation center Friday, having regained his strength after the 97-year-old UCLA coaching great broke his left wrist and collarbone in a fall at home.

KU softball falls in league opener

With bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh inning, Oklahoma's Susan Ogden hit an RBI single off the left-center-field wall to lift the 11th ranked Sooners over Kansas University, 3-2, in the Big 12 Conference softball opener for both teams.

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Poor 4s: UConn, Vanderbilt ousted by 13 seeds

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.

Curry's 40 lift Davidson

Georgetown cruises; pair of No. 12 seeds - Villanova, Western Kentucky - advance

Stephen Curry scored 30 of his 40 points in the second half and hit the tie-breaking three-pointer with just over a minute left, leading 10th-seeded Davidson to an 82-76 win over Gonzaga on Friday in the first round of the NCAA tournament's Midwest Regional.

Don't blink; Wink's explosive

Dynamic UNLV guard hopes to catch Jayhawks napping

He started as Winky Adams, before deciding he was too old for such a child-like moniker.

Ryan Wood's UNLV hoops notebook

Most of UNLV's coaching staff - including head coach Lon Kruger - is comprised of native Kansans.

Meet the Jayhawks' latest foe: The Runnin' Rebel

Fans expect KU to run over UNLV on way to Sweet 16

When the Jayhawks take the floor about 6 tonight, it'll be the first time in nearly a decade that Kansas University has taken on the University of Nevada-Las Vegas' Runnin' Rebels.

KSU-UW study in contrasts

One team is the youngest in the tournament and has a first-year head coach. The other has a veteran coach, who invented the offense his team uses, and a tall, veteran team.

KU signee, Chipola advance in tourney

It took three games for Chipola (Fla.) College coach Greg Heiar to get "the real Chipola team" to show up for the NJCAA Men's National Basketball Championship.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

Brandon Rush, who traveled the country extensively while playing AAU basketball in high school, figures he has been to Las Vegas six or seven times.

Hopfinger leads KU golf in Arizona

Kansas University freshman Brad Hopfinger recorded his fifth under-par round of the year, firing an opening-round 71 at the Ron Moore Invitational on Friday in Goodyear, Ariz.

Mayer: Collins' hustle a catalyst

A sensational play by Sherron Collins last Sunday could have been the virus to sustain, even heighten, a fever that will drive Kansas University to the NCAA basketball championship.

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Venerable Rebel has come a long way

By the time Kansas University red-shirt Brady Morningstar exhausts his eligibility as a college basketball player, he will be 25 years old, a mere pup compared to one of the players Kansas faces in today's NCAA Tournament second-round game against UNLV.

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Hard eight

Will No. 1 Kansas need some luck to get past No. 8 Nevada-Las Vegas?

Kansas University's basketball players sat in the Qwest Center stands and watched in amazement as UNLV held Kent State to 10 points in the first half of Thursday's first-round NCAA Midwest Regional rout of the Golden Flashes.

Price homers; Jayhawks split

Senior Ryne Price hit a tie-breaking, two-run homer in the top of the seventh to become KU's career home-run record holder, and T.J. Walz pitched seven strong innings as the Jayhawks knocked off Maryland-Baltimore County, 4-1, in college baseball Friday evening at Robert C. Wynn Field.

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Lost wager turns KU fan into Goldilocks

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