Stories for March 27, 2008


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Xavier rallies in overtime

In a span of 48 critical seconds late in overtime, B.J. Raymond made more 3-pointers than the entire West Virginia team did all night. He went from "non-factor" to nonplussed, calmly knocking down two long-range jumpers that lifted Xavier past coach Bob Huggins' Mountaineers 79-75 Thursday night in the West Region semifinals.

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6Sports video: And then there were 16

In a little more than 24 hours, the Kansas men will take the floor looking to advance past Villanova and earn a spot in their second straight Elite Eight. Kevin Romary is in Detroit with more on Kansas and their unfriendly memories of the Wildcats.

6News video: Transforming Ford Field

Setting up a football stadium to host a basketball game is no easy chore. 6 Sports Director Kevin Romary shows us just exactly how that transformation all takes place with an interview with Bill Ryan, Executive Director of the Detroit Local Organizing Committee.

6Sports video: KU hopes to put past behind

The Motor City has not been the friendliest of locations when it comes to Kansas basketball. DJ Whetter and Kevin Romary have more from Motown.

6News video: Detroit to draw huge crowd

Ordinarily KU plays in front of 16,000 fans. Tomorrow night that will not be the case at Ford Field as the Hawks battle the Wildcats in front of 60,000 spectators. Kevin Romary joins us from Detroit with the details.

Final: KU women knocked out of WNIT

The Kansas women's basketball team lost, 58-54, to Michigan State and have been eliminated from the WNIT.

A few good minutes with...Villanova's Corey Stokes

A lot of people are surprised to still see 12th-seeded Villanova still alive in the tournament. As you would expect, freshman guard Corey Stokes is not one of them. The 6-foot-5 freshman guard from Bayonne, N.J., scored a career-high 20 points in the Wildcats' second round win over Siena last Sunday, but now he and his team prepare for a whole new animal in Kansas University. He took a couple of minutes to give his thoughts Thursday afternoon after the team's practice at Detroit's Ford Field.

KU baseball claims two lopsided wins

The Kansas University baseball squad faced two opponents Wednesday at Hoglund Ballpark and was able to follow the same formula in each: Productive offense and solid pitching equals convincing victories.

MSU taps Purdue aide

Missouri State has hired Purdue associate coach Cuonzo Martin as its men's basketball coach on Wednesday.

Undecided prep named McMVP

Tyreke Evans has double-double in all-star game

Tyreke Evans relishes the spotlight as the nation's top uncommitted recruit even if he hinted he's already made up his mind. Still, he did plenty to elevate his profile among the four teams considered still in the running - Memphis, Connecticut, Villanova and Texas.

'Nova even smaller without Drummond

Villanova's basketball team has just one player who can match the size of Kansas University's biggest players. Here's the problem: That player, sophomore Casiem Drummond, is staying in Philadelphia this weekend with a cast around his right ankle and a surgically inserted screw keeping the bone together.

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Jayhawks softball sweeps

Longballs carry KU to 4-3, 8-0 victories over Missouri State

Betsy Wilson's Kansas University softball teammates aren't calling her Babe Ruth. At least, not yet.

Backfield to become even more jumbled

Juco transfer Crawford to join heated competition for carries

Kansas University's football coaches will use spring practices as an important gauge moving forward to the start of the 2008 season. Yet the running-back position, more than any other, has a huge hole in the competition right now.

Sweet 16 capsules

East and West Regional

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'A bad weekend'

Villanova routed Kansas last time

There's no way Kansas University's top-seeded basketball team will overlook No. 12 Villanova in an NCAA Midwest Regional Sweet 16 contest on Friday night at Ford Field.

Dr. J's pep talk buoys girls' leader

Julius Erving gave Brooklyn Pope a pep talk after the Rutgers recruit had a miserable performance in a three-point shooting contest earlier in the week.

Boogaard, Jayhawks must slow rangy Spartan

Not often does Krysten Boogaard have to look up at an opposing basketball player. She will tonight.

Detroit hotel welcomes KU

Kansas University's basketball players and coaches received a hero's welcome upon arriving at the Hyatt Regency Dearborn hotel just after 8 p.m. local time Wednesday.

Spring game kickoff set for 1 p.m. on April 12

Game time has been announced for Kansas University's football spring game.

Keegan: Guessing really is the best

The crystal ball has no answers when it comes to the NCAA Tournament. It's no different from the rest of us. We're all guessing. After all, who knows more about college basketball than recently retired coach Bob Knight? He picked Pittsburgh to win it all, and the Panthers didn't make it out of the first weekend.