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Archive for Friday, March 21, 2008

Vikings sent packing; UNLV next

Kansas University students Brandon Blakely, from left, Dustin Allen and Josh Spradlin applaud the Jayhawks following their 85-61 victory Thursday over Portland State in Omaha, Nebraska. The Jayhawks will meet UNLV Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Kansas University students Brandon Blakely, from left, Dustin Allen and Josh Spradlin applaud the Jayhawks following their 85-61 victory Thursday over Portland State in Omaha, Nebraska. The Jayhawks will meet UNLV Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

March 21, 2008

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— One down. And this one was a clinic in superiority.

Kansas University's men's basketball team started its quest for a national championship exactly how it was expected to: by dispatching 16th-seeded Portland State, 85-61, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at the Qwest Center.

In front of a largely pro-KU crowd that included Chancellor Robert Hemenway and football coach Mark Mangino, the top-seeded Jayhawks (32-3) athletically overwhelmed Portland State, racing to a 14-3 lead early and keeping the Vikings a safe distance away throughout the game.

Portland State tried to stop Kansas inside and hoped the Jayhawks would be off the mark shooting. Instead, KU was 8-of-13 from three-point range in the first half and drained 12 three-pointers total in the game. The Vikings (23-10) never had much of a chance.

Brandon Rush led all scorers with 18 points. Darrell Arthur had 17 and Mario Chalmers added 16.

Afterward, Kansas stayed and watched the opening half of the first-round game between No. 8 Nevada-Las Vegas and No. 9 Kent State. UNLV won, 71-58, and will play Kansas around 5:50 p.m. Saturday.

The winner will advance to the Sweet 16 and head to Detroit for next week's regional semifinals.

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