March 20, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - Brandon Rush scored 18 points, and top-seeded Kansas beat Portland State 85-61 in the opening round of the NCAA tournament Thursday afternoon. The Jayhawks' five seniors and Rush seem to be determined to go out in style after some bitter disappointments in the tournament. Darrell Arthur had 17 points, Mario Chalmers 16 and Darnell Jackson 10 for Kansas. Ten players scored for the Jayhawks. Jeremiah Dominguez led Portland State with 13 points, but Alex Tiefenthaler was his only teammate in double figures with 10. Kansas UNLV Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
March 24, 2008
by Cliff Judy The first weekend of the NCAA Tournament was quite literally a slam dunk for the Kansas Jayhawks. Two wins in three days put the crimson and blue into the Sweet 16. If you go to your local newsstand, though, you'll find a problem. Sports Illustrated's new issue has six different regional cover shots. The issues being sold in Kansas feature the Jayhawks' Brandon Rush. A long-standing superstition shows players and teams featured on the SI cover often quickly run out of luck.
March 30, 2008
by Chris Durden and The Associated Press Kansas advances to the Final Four in San Antonio with a win over Davidson. The final score was 59-57. The Jayhawks will play North Carolina on Saturday, April 5th. UCLA and Memphis will round out the party at the Alamodome. This is the first time that all four number one seeds have made it to the Final Four. After Kansas' Sherron Collins missed with 19 seconds left, the 10th-seeded Wildcats got one last chance. Curry was double-teamed, could not get off a shot and forced to pass to Jason Richards, whose 25-footer from the top of the key thudded off the backboard.
March 16, 2008
KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) - Kansas and Texas have played some memorable games in recent years. This may have been the best of the bunch. Mario Chalmers had a career-high 30 points and eight of Kansas' tournament-record 15 3-pointers, helping the fifth-ranked Jayhawks beat No. 6 Texas 84-74 on Sunday for their third straight Big 12 title over the Longhorns. Brandon Rush hit six 3-pointers for Kansas (31-3), which was 15-for-25 from behind the arc, breaking the tournament record of 14 set by Colorado in 1995 and matched by Missouri in 2001.
April 5, 2008
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) - What Roy Williams needed was a comeback for the ages. What he got was a disappointing dose of payback -- a chance to see what it feels like when Kansas breaks his heart. The Jayhawks left their old coach in the dust Saturday night, getting 25 points and seven rebounds from Brandon Rush to stave off a ferocious comeback by North Carolina for an 84-66 victory in the national semifinals. Trailing 40-12 late in the first half, Tyler Hansbrough, Wayne Ellington and the Tar Heels made a valiant rally, getting as close as five points with nine minutes left, but ran out of steam in their effort to pull off the biggest Final Four comeback ever.
March 22, 2008
(1) Kansas defeats (8) UNLV by a score of 75-56. OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) - Kansas made sure Blowout City lived up to its name one last time. Capping off two days of mismatches in Omaha, the top-seeded Jayhawks pulled away from UNLV in the second half and romped to a 75-56 victory Saturday at the NCAA's Midwest Regional, another emphatic team effort by a deep, talented group out to win the proud program's first national title in 20 years. Mario Chalmers led the way with 17 points, but he had plenty of help.
March 29, 2008
DETROIT, Michigan (AP) - Russell Robinson drove down the left side of the court and tossed the ball off the glass to Brandon Rush, who slammed home the carom. And to think Rush said it was a bad pass. "I wasn't expecting that at all," he said. But even when Kansas is off, its jaw-dropping talent is too much. Rush scored 16 points and Robinson had 15 as the top-seeded Jayhawks toyed with Villanova 72-57 Friday night to earn a spot in the Midwest Regional final. The Jayhawks (34-3)
March 30, 2008
(Sunday, March 30th) Final Score: Kansas 59, Davidson 57 Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Sasha Kaun scored 13 points, and Jason Richards' desperation three-pointer at the buzzer banged off the backboard as top-seeded Kansas survived over 10th-seeded Davidson, 59-57, to win the Midwest Region and advance to the Final Four. Stephen Curry and the Wildcats had a chance, as Sherron Collins' missed three gave Davidson the ball with 16.8 seconds left. Curry took the inbounds pass and slowly made his way up the court, but couldn't get an open look at the basket.
March 28, 2008
by Bryan Holmgren Live from Section 315, Row 21, Seat 5... aka the worst seat in the house - this is live blogging from the NCAA Tournament in Detroit, only on KWCH.com FINAL - KANSAS 72, VILLANOVA 57 On to the Elite Eight! The final is a very poor indicator of how this game went down. KU absolutely dominated. Russell Robinson scores a game-high 15. Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush each add 14. KU shoots 51% and holds Nova to 38, including a frosty 3/17 from three-point range.