Stories for March 31, 2008


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6News video: Final Four tricky for friends of Roy

What do you do when the biggest obstacle standing between your favorite team and a shot at the national championship is your best friend?

6News video: Fans seek Final Four gear

From official NCAA apparel to shirts that bring a little humor to the game, 6News reporter Lindsey Slater found that Jayhawk fans are looking to suit up in full support of their team.

6News video: Crews clean up after victory bash

The celebration from Sunday's big win lasted into the wee hours of the morning, leaving a trail of beer cans, cups and bottles in downtown Lawrence.

6Sports video: Beasley, Augustin first-team picks

It was a pretty good day today for the Big 12 conference: K-State's Michael Beasley and UT's DJ Augustin were selected to this year's AP All-America First Team.

6Sports video: Hawks thank fans at Fieldhouse

For the first time since 2003, the Kansas Jayhawks are headed to the Final Four.

6Sports video: Jayhawks reflect on Elite Eight win

The Kansas men share their thoughts on their tricky victory over Davidson.

Crews finish Downtown Lawrence cleanup following basketball bash

Parts of Massachusetts Street were a mess following Sunday evening's basketball celebration, but city crews largely had the mess cleaned up by mid-morning today.

6Sports video: Fans greet triumphant Jayhawks

Tonight, shortly after the clock struck midnight, the Jayhawk faithful were awake and waiting as the Kansas Jayhawks made their way back to Allen Fieldhouse.

Jayhawks back at Allen Fieldhouse

It was like game day all over again. An estimated 6,000 fans waited for several hours to welcome the Kansas University men's basketball team to Allen Field House, following their Elite Eight victory over Davidson.

Extra Minutes: Kansas 59, Davidson 57

Tying up loose ends from Kansas' 59-57 win over Davidson in Sunday's Elite Eight finale, giving KU its first trip back to the Final Four since 2003 and Bill Self his first trip to the NCAA Tournament's final weekend after getting to the doorstep for the fifth time.

Williams, Heels loom

The dream matchup everybody has been talking about for five years is finally on the schedule. Kansas versus Roy Williams.

UNC keeps winning close ones

Ty Lawson got the ball beyond the three-point arc and reset the offense as the shot clock wound down. North Carolina desperately needed a basket to hold off Louisville's second-half push and keep itself on course for the Final Four.

KU tennis turns tables on OSU

Exacting a little revenge against a Big 12 Conference opponent sure is sweet.

'D' puts KU among elite

Russell Robinson was hot early. Perhaps more important, he made sure his defensive responsibility, Villanova's Scottie Reynolds, was not.

Commentary: Final Four should live up to hype

Perhaps the historic nature of the event, the first Final Four to include the top seeds from all four regions, will take on greater significance when the teams gather in San Antonio.

Kansas avoids opening upset

Kansas University coach Bill Self is a big fan of basketball history. He was determined the Jayhawks not end up on the wrong end of it.

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Final(ly) Four

What a relief: Self gets first bid

All of the Jayhawks were happy after this one, from Russell Robinson, who didn't score, to Chalmers and Sasha Kaun, who led the way with 13 points apiece on a day points were tough to come by. Everybody seemed most happy for coach Self, who will finally get to experience a Final Four when the Jayhawks meet Roy Williams' North Carolina Tar Heels in the second of two games next Saturday in San Antonio.

Memphis shrugs off Texas

The Texas Longhorns' 85-67 loss to Memphis proved once again that it doesn't matter where you play, but who, and how well you play against them.

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First inning dooms Kansas

If only Kansas University's baseball team could pop out all the lights on the left side of the Hoglund Ballpark scoreboard, take a mulligan and begin its games in the second inning.

KU women's golf 11th

Sophomore Emily Powers led the Kansas University women's golf team to an 11th-place finish at the Mountain View Collegiate on Sunday.

Kansas soccer splits

Kansas University's soccer team split a pair of exhibition matches at the Nebraska Soccer Field Sunday.

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Street of dreams

Fans flood downtown, celebrate Final Four trip

Call it Mass. chaos. Massachusetts Street turned into a tangle of triumph after Kansas University's Elite Eight victory over Davidson, sending the Jayhawks to the Final Four for the first time since 2003.

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Keegan: Kaun inspires hunted

The road to the Final Four took a detour to Tomsk, Russia, where a boy left home at the age of 16 to pursue a basketball dream.

Tickets hard to find for UNC matchup

It's one of the toughest tickets in sports. So if you've got a ducat for this year's Final Four, hold on for dear life.

Storied teams to converge

John Wooden gave us the basics of modern-day coaching. Dean Smith refined 'em. James Naismith, well, he simply invented basketball. Now the schools these greats once coached - UCLA, North Carolina and Kansas - are in the Final Four, a once-in-a-generation convergence of three of college basketball's most storied programs on the sport's biggest stage.

Wiggins looks to cap career with Final Four

The Candice Wiggins bio is filled with almost every accolade available to a college basketball star - player-of-the-year this and all-everything that. There's only one glaring omission: a trip to the Final Four.

Moore lifts UConn to Elite Eight

Maya Moore slipped into the post and stuck back a teammate's miss. She pulled up and knocked down mid-range jumpers. She drifted outside and buried three-pointers.

Rutgers returns to final

In a game where little was clicking offensively for Rutgers, Essence Carson carried the Scarlet Knights to another rematch with Connecticut - though this time with a Final Four berth at stake.

Commentary: Handicapping the Final Four

From now on, picking all four No. 1 seeds to advance to the Final Four in your NCAA bracket isn't foolishness. San Antonio is playing host to history, as all the top seeds - North Carolina, UCLA, Memphis and Kansas - advanced to the semifinals for the first time.

Parker rescues Lady Vols

Candace Parker sensed her team was in distress and rushed in for a Rocky Top rescue.

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Gant sits 2nd half, but A&M still rolls

Danielle Gant was dehydrated and out of the game, and Texas A&M coach Gary Blair was sick about it. The rest of the Aggies made them feel better by advancing to their first regional final.

Guard play lifts KU past Rebels

Kansas University's basketball players towered over their Nevada-Las Vegas counterparts.

Kansas basketball notebook

Sasha Kaun tossed and turned all night. "I couldn't fall asleep. I was so excited for the game I couldn't calm myself down to go to bed. I finally fell asleep at 3 a.m.," Kaun, Kansas University's senior from Tomsk, Russia, said of Saturday night slumber time leading up to Sunday's Elite Eight game against Davidson.

Davidson's last gasp goes awry

One of college basketball's most lethal shooters didn't get the last chance to kill Kansas University. Davidson College phenom Stephen Curry had to defer the final shot to teammate Jason Richards.