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Down go the champs

In the end, a two-deep Kansas basketball team proved too shallow to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament.

Lucas 'got lucky'

Guard carries Spartans late

Kalin Lucas wasn’t planning his move. With the game tied, a minute left, and the shot clock winding down, he instead turned to instinct.

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Gary Bedore's KU Basketball Notebook

Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich addressed the NBA question numerous times after Friday’s season-ending loss to Michigan State.

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Bitter sweet 16

Michigan State 67, Kansas 62

Sherron Collins spoke in hushed tones, his eyes staring holes in the carpet in a somber Lucas Oil Stadium locker room.

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Jayhawks two deep, too shallow

Pin it on Sherron Collins. That’s the easy way to go. He even begged for it in the wake of Michigan State’s come-from-behind, 67-62 Friday night knockout punch of Kansas University in Lucas Oil Stadium. “I don’t want to hear anybody talking about the young fellas, putting anything on them,” Collins said from a seat in front of his locker. “I can take whatever anybody wants to give me, but don’t dish it on them. Dish it all on me.”

North Carolina rolls past Gonzaga 98-77

Ty Lawson sat on the sideline with both feet propped up on a chair, shooting an occasional glance toward the court as his left ankle was re-taped. He went back in the game a few moments later, but there was no rush. North Carolina had this one well under control.

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Oklahoma downs Syracuse 84-71, advances to final

Blake Griffin saw 6-foot Jonny Flynn plant his feet near the basket, trying to draw a charge near the end of the first half. So Oklahoma's bullish power forward changed his plans. Oh, he still drove through Flynn, flattening the point guard. The change came as Griffin switched from another thundering dunk to a simple layup — and when a blocking foul was called, he got the added bonus of a free throw.

Louisville dominates Arizona in 103-64 victory

Rick Pitino enjoyed watching Friday night's game almost as much as his Louisville players enjoyed celebrating. Fun-loving forward Terrence Williams danced on the sideline. Guard Edgar Sosa posed for the television camera. Even backup Kyle Kuric dunked. For the top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, this was more fun than a team scrimmage or a pickup game.

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FINAL: Michigan State uses late comeback to take down KU, 67-62

The Spartans finished the game on a 12-2 run, ending the Jayhawks' season in the Sweet 16.

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Collins keeping Spartan up at night

For a typical game, Travis Walton watches three full game tapes of the player he’s defending. This week, he’s says he’s going to make it to five.

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Gary Bedore’s Kansas basketball notebook

Kansas University guard Brady Morningstar enters having hit nine of his last 35 shots over seven games, including six of 25 threes.

KU likes Indy stadium

Lucas Oil Stadium, which has a seating capacity of 63,000 for football, just under 40,000 for hoops, has an elevated basketball court in the center of the massive facility.

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Ready for rematch

Jayhawks expecting physical matchup

Kansas University basketball big-man coach Danny Manning met with walk-on center Matt Kleinmann prior to Tuesday’s practice in Allen Fieldhouse.

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Supporting actors need to step up

The talk du jour around the Kansas basketball team centers on the need for better performances from supporting actors, none of whom joined Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich in producing a double-figures scoring effort in either of the victories in the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament played in Minneapolis.

Villanova knocks Duke from NCAA tournament 77-54

No team has erased more chalk from the NCAA tournament than Villanova. The third-seeded Wildcats beat Duke for the first time in more than 50 years on Thursday night, getting 14 points and 11 rebounds from Dante Cunningham to win 77-54 and advance to the East regional final. It was Villanova's 14th NCAA victory over a higher-seeded team — the most in tournament history.