Stories for March 20, 2010


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FINAL: Northern Iowa shocks Kansas, 69-67

The Jayhawks' furious rally came up short, as Ali Farokhmanesh hit two free throws with four seconds left to knock the top-seeded Jayhawks out of the tournament.

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Pullen rallies K-State past BYU, Fredette

BYU's Jimmer Fredette got smacked in the face, whacked on the head and then sent home from the NCAA tournament. Jacob Pullen and Kansas State are moving on, thanks to a physical brand of basketball that was too much for even Fredette's prison-toughened game.

Top-seeded Kentucky routs Wake Forest 90-60

Two games, two blowouts. John Calipari's top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats are young and inexperienced, but no longer unproven in the NCAA tournament, during which their average margin of victory now stands at 29.5 points after two rounds.

KU bus making way back to Lawrence, no plan for fans

The bus carrying the KU men's basketball team is on its way back to Lawrence from Oklahoma City.

11th-seeded Washington rolls past New Mexico

Quincy Pondexter and Isaiah Thomas danced to Washington's timeout huddle after finishing yet another second-half fast break with a basket and a bellowing vocal flourish.

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Aldrich, Xavier Henry not yet decided on NBA

Collins: 'I'm definitely for sure it's Cole's last game'

Several Kansas University basketball players were asked about their futures in a gloomy KU locker room Saturday.

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Baylor beats Old Dominion 76-68 in 2nd round

With its first NCAA tournament victory in 60 years out of the way, Baylor has now earned an extended stay.

Butler holds off underdog Murray State 54-52

Murray State got awfully close to a second straight bracket-busting upset before Butler reminded the Racers which small school almost always plays big in March.

Tennessee Waltz: Vols in Sweet 16 again

J.P. Prince scored 18 points, and Brian Williams and Wayne Chism had 12 rebounds apiece on Saturday to lead sixth-seeded Tennessee to an 83-68 victory over No. 14 seed Ohio on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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Saint Mary's stuns 'Nova to advance to Sweet 16

Omar Samhan was an unstoppable Gael force and played the game of his career, finishing with 32 points and seven rebounds to lead 10th-seeded Saint Mary's past Villanova 75-68 on Saturday and improbably into the NCAA tournament's round of 16.

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FINAL: Northern Iowa shocks Kansas, 69-67

The Jayhawks' furious rally came up short, as Ali Farokhmanesh hit two free throws with four seconds left to knock the top-seeded Jayhawks out of the tournament.

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Teahan flirts with football future

Conner Teahan, a junior walk-on on the Kansas basketball team who was highly recruited as a quarterback out of Rockhurst High, said once the basketball season ends, he’ll give thought to whether he wants to resume his football career.

KU swimmer Kuzhil places ninth

Kansas University junior Iuliia Kuzhil took ninth place in the 100-yard backstroke on the second day of the NCAA swimming and diving championships. The swimmer from Cherkasy, Ukraine, finished with a finals time of 52.02 seconds, the fourth-fastest of the competition.

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Panther coach Ben Jacobson unconventional

The Panthers give up the second-fewest points per game in the NCAA this season (54.3) and, according to, are 21-1 this season when their defensive OER is below 1.

Kansas softball team splits

The Kansas University softball team defeated Harvard, 9-1 in five innings, and lost to San Diego State, 10-2, on Friday in the San Diego Classic.

Barbee, Waite lead KU golf team into third

Nate Barbee and Dan Waite fired rounds of 67 to propel the Kansas University men’s golf team to third place entering the final round at the Desert Shootout at Palm Valley Golf Course.

KU football strengthens connections in Florida

Don’t look now but the Kansas University football team has made huge advances toward recruiting the state of Florida.

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette tough

His mother is Catholic. His brother is a rapper. He honed his game in prison playing against inmates. He scored 37 points in an opening-round NCAA Tournament double-overtime thriller against a school that won national titles in back-to-back years. And he was recruited to play football for Penn State.

Baker to hire KU aide Ballard

The Journal-World has learned that Brett Ballard will be Baker University’s next basketball coach. An announcement is expected early next week.

Maryland beats Houston 89-77 in first round

On a night when ACC player of the year Greivis Vasquez was having trouble scoring, Maryland turned to freshman forward Jordan Williams.

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Center stage: Big men Eglseder, Aldrich ready for battle

Underpublicized University of Northern Iowa center Jordan Eglseder knows all there is to know about renowned Kansas University big man Cole Aldrich.

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Morrises relish twindom

If Philadelphia hadn’t already been coined the City of Brotherly Love, someone familiar with the city’s basketball-playing Morris twins might have thought to name it that.