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Jayhawks' Bill Self masterminds epic championship comeback

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In a national championship game nobody at Kansas will soon forget, Bill Self went from the Hall of Fame coach who far too often failed on the big stage to the brilliant mastermind o...

Kansas coach Bill Self seeks second title, place in history

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self finds himself in the same situation that longtime North Carolina coach Dean Smith once did. Both had won national championships at their res...

Kansas cruises to 81-65 win over Villanova in Final Four

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ochai Agbaji followed a celebrating stream of Kansas players off the floor at the Final Four, their shouts of “One more!” echoing all the way up the tunnel of the Superdome and righ...

Villanova-Kansas renew high-stakes history at Final Four

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bill Self was wading through old video of Villanova this week, trying to scout a specific action that the Wildcats use on the offensive end of the floor, when the Hall of Fame Kansa...

Final Four gets experience boost from transfer portal, COVID

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A bunch of one-and-done phenoms brought together by Kentucky coach John Calipari stepped onto the floor into the spotlight of the cavernous Superdome 10 years ago, oozing with the k...

Jayhawks head to Final Four with 2020 still on their minds

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Christian Braun's eyes opened wide when he learned that after Kansas had beaten Miami to return to the Final Four such a raging party had broken out back in Lawrence that authori...

Louisville beats Michigan 62-50 to return to Final Four

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Jeff Walz leaned back alongside Louisville star Hailey Van Lith with his eyes closed, white cap emblazoned with “Wichita Regional Champions” flipped backward on his head and a fre...

Under-the-radar 1 seed? Jayhawks flying high to Final Four

Kansas has only trailed for about 24 minutes through its first four games in the NCAA Tournament, and in both its opener against Texas Southern and its regional final against Miami, the margin of vict...

Duke-Carolina, Kansas-Nova set for epic Final Four showdowns

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski refused to let his players ponder the possibility of facing North Carolina for the first time in the NCAA Tournament after the Blue Devils had punched their Final Four ticke...

Van Lith, Engstler lead Louisville past Lady Vols, 76-64

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Hailey Van Lith and Emily Engstler knew Louisville had allowed far too many leads to slip away in the fourth quarter this season, including the disheartening loss to Miami in the ...

Louisville, Lady Vols to battle for a spot in Elite Eight

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The women's basketball program that Jeff Walz has built at Louisville over the past 15 years resembles in so many ways the juggernaut Pat Summitt built at Tennessee, with one impo...

Busted brackets mark another topsy-turvy NCAA tourney

Fourth-seeded Arkansas used what amounted to a sneak attack to take down No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga, not only knocking the Bulldogs out the NCAA Tournament but taking out a whole lot of fans still hop...

Kansas reunion at Sweet 16 sign of times in college hoops

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There will be quite a reunion when Kansas and Providence join Iowa State and Miami at the Sweet 16 in Chicago this week, and it perfectly demonstrates the transient nature of col...

Missouri turns to Cleveland State's Dennis Gates as coach

Dennis Gates was a young standout at Chicago's Whitney Young High School and mulling college scholarship opportunities when Norm Stewart, late in his coaching career, tried to persuade him to play poi...

K-State hires Baylor assistant Jerome Tang as hoops coach

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State hired Jerome Tang to be its next basketball coach Monday, entrusting a program that's had plenty of recent success but fallen on hard times to one of the architect...