Stories for March 28, 2008


Lead stories

6Sports video: KU baseball team begins first Big 12 series

After a sound win Wednesday night over Benedictine, the Kansas baseball team played host today to it's first Big 12 series - against number 20 Texas A&M.

6Sports video: KU tennis squad to face Sooners

Following a rare week away from the courts, this afternoon, the Kansas tennis team began it's swing with the Oklahoma schools - starting with the Sooners.

6News video: A closer look at the Jayhawk vs. a Wildcat

As the Jayhawks battle it out on the court against Villanova, 6News decided it would be interesting to take a look at the mascots involved.

6Sports video: Fans calling for Jayhawk victory over 'Nova

D.J. Whetter caught up with a few fans gathering outside Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan to watch KU play against Villanova in the Sweet 16.

KU back on Final Four's doorstep, knocks off 'Nova 72-57

DETROIT, Mich. - While the Regional's other favorite - Wisconsin - struggled, struggled and finally met its doom, Kansas University's Friday evening at Detroit's Ford Field couldn't have been any more the opposite. It was over before it started almost, as Villanova was unable to dictate the tempo like it wanted to early and was run off the stage practically before halftime, as KU advanced to the Elite Eight for the second straight year with a 72-57 win over Villanova. It's KU's third trip to the Final Four's doorstep in five seasons under Bill Self. The Jayhawks will meet 10th-seeded Davidson, who knocked off No. 3 Wisconsin in the night's first game, 73-56, behind 33 points from sophomore sensation Stephen Curry. Tip-time for that game will be 4:05 p.m. (CDT).

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Inked Jayhawks discuss their body art

Of all the comparisons between the NCAA Tournament runs KU made in 1988 and now in 2008, one of the major differences is also maybe the most visible. It's the tattoos.

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Spartans put end to KU women's season

Snow was falling Thursday night outside the Breslin Center, but layups weren't falling inside for the Kansas University women's basketball team.

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Ready to roll

Fatherhood inspires Jayhawks' Collins

Sherron Collins looked like a guy who'd just hit a game-winning shot with no time left on the clock. He was flashing what his uncle, Walt, calls a "movie star smile" Thursday in the Detroit Lions' Ford Field locker room, beaming with pride not over his accomplishments, but those of a close loved one.

Sweet 16 capsules

South and Midwest regional

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Bruins hold on against WKU

Nothing comes easily for UCLA these days. With Kevin Love scoring a career-high 29 points, the Bruins nearly frittered away a 21-point halftime lead and hung on to defeat Western Kentucky 88-78 in the NCAA West Regional on Thursday night.

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Jury's out on Ford Field configuration

Bill Self walked over by Kansas University's bench at the beginning of Thursday's open practice at Ford Field. One look at the unorthodox setup, and KU's head basketball coach was taken aback.

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Jayhawks looking for 'Cats of a different stripe

Results with feline foes have been mixed

In the battle between a bird and a wildcat, the best money goes on the bird. At least, that's what Marty Birrell, director of the Prairie Park Nature Center, says.

Last trip north benefited Wildcats' Pena

Antonio Pena is pretty close to Canada now. Just across the Detroit River south of downtown, the Ontario city of Windsor thrives.

Gary Bedore's KU basketball notebook

As a reward for being the top-seeded team in the Midwest Regional's Sweet 16, Kansas University's basketball players have been awarded the Detroit Lions' locker room.

Mayer: KU coach Self due - but not overdue - to win it all

If Bill Self doesn't win a national title in his fifth year on the job here, as Larry Brown did in 1988, don't consider him an underachiever. Lots of college basketball's greatest coaches have had much longer waits, including three illustrious tutors with Kansas roots.

Commentary: WVU's Huggins makes no apologies

Bob Huggins never will be the good guy. There is too much baggage in his past. Too many black marks. Too many stories saying he's a renegade coach who runs a renegade program, and college basketball doesn't need his kind.

Standout lineman dies

Heath Benedict, a two-time Little All-American offensive lineman from Newberry College in South Carolina, was found dead on a couch in his home.

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Heels strong again

Roy Williams has never stopped pushing his North Carolina team to play better defense, not even as it piled up lopsided wins and crowd-pleasing offensive displays that few teams can match. The Tar Heels gave their Hall of Fame coach what he's been asking for in the East Regional semifinal against Washington State - and it has them a game away from the Final Four again.

Kansas women's track on rise

Maybe it's the Memorial Stadium magic behind such a record-setting season. Whatever it may be, the Kansas University women's track and field program has staked its claim within the collegiate sports community this year.

Coach G pumps new life into Texas' women's basketball program

Texas got what it paid for when it hired coach Gail Goestenkors: a return to the NCAA Tournament and new life injected into a stagnant program.

OU's Capel rewarded

University of Oklahoma men's basketball coach Jeff Capel appears to have reached agreement with the school on a raise and a contract extension.

'Nova yardstick for Robinson

It would be difficult to find two situations much more different from Russell Robinson as a freshman at Kansas University and Russell Robinson as a senior.

Nearly 300 Davidson students taking free trip to Detroit for regionals

It's a free-for-all at Davidson College. Thanks to the deep pockets of the school's Board of Trustees, nearly 300 students will travel to Detroit to watch their beloved men's basketball team continue its surprising run in the NCAA Tournament tonight.

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Pitino in familiar spot

Tennessee's Wayne Chism tried to pick up the loose ball, only to be quickly outnumbered. Louisville's Earl Clark and Preston Knowles both dove to the floor, and the ball deflected off Chism out of bounds. It was what Rick Pitino loves: down and dirty defense, floor burns and hustle, and it's left the Cardinals' coach a victory away from a sixth trip to the Final Four.

Cowgirls making huge turnaround

Oklahoma State guard Taylor Hardeman has tried to forget about her freshman season. Shaunte Smith isn't much for recalling specifics from that time, either.

Texas' Abrams right on target

If A.J. Abrams were an old-time gunfighter, he'd probably be known as the fastest draw in the West. Seeing as he's really a guard playing for Texas in the NCAA Tournament, how about fastest in the South regional?