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Kansas sweats out victory No. 2,000

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas reached a major milestone, joining two other programs.

There just isn't time for the Jayhawks to enjoy it. Not after struggling against Texas Tech, not with more important goals out there.

Leaning on stars Cole Aldrich and Sherron Collins, No. 1 Kansas became the third team to reach 2,000 wins by pulling out an 80-68 victory over Texas Tech on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

"It means a lot to us right now, but right now we still have a lot of games ahead of us and we don't want to put too much focus on it," Collins said. "It means a lot to people who support us, all the players who played before us and all the people who support the program, so it's more for them than for us."

Kansas (30-2) was upset by Baylor in last year's Big 12 tournament and seemed headed for another with an uneven start. The Jayhawks slogged through the first half and had to withstand a rally in the second before pulling away to reach 30 wins for the ninth time, including three of the past four years.

Aldrich had 12 points, 18 rebounds and altered the game defensively, and Collins had 19 points and six assists despite foul trouble. Markieff Morris provided a lift off the bench with 11 points and nine rebounds, and Xavier Henry added 13 points help Kansas join Kentucky and North Carolina in the 2,000-win club.

The milestone behind them, Kansas has work to do before today's semifinal against Texas A&M, which beat Nebraska.

"We can improve on a lot of things," Kansas coach Bill Self said.

Texas Tech (17-15) all but secured an NIT berth by beating Colorado in the opener.

More Big 12

No. 9 Kansas St. 83, Okla. St. 64: Jamar Samuels scored 21 of his career-high 27 in the first half for the Wildcats (25-6), who had been waiting to play Oklahoma State again since a home loss in January. Kansas State opened the game with a big run and closed the first half with an even bigger one, tying a school season record for wins. "I'm happy because for the first time in my career I get to use a second suit at the Big 12 tournament," coach Frank Martin said.

No. 23 Texas A&M 70, Nebraska 64: Donald Sloan scored 23 and Bryan Davis had a key three-point play as the Aggies (23-8) prevented the Cornhuskers from becoming the conference's first No. 12 seed to win two tournament games.

No. 21 Baylor 86, Texas 67: LaceDarius Dunn, benched with three quick fouls in the first half, rebounded with 17 of his 19 points after intermission and the Bears (25-6) made it three in a row over the Longhorns (24-9). Epke Udoh scored 25 for Baylor. Damion James had 18 points and 12 rebounds for his second straight double double for Texas.

Big Ten first round

N'western 73, Indiana 58: Michael Thompson scored 11 of his 16 during a late run as the Wildcats (20-12) clinched their first 20-win season in Indianapolis. Northwestern plays Purdue today. The Hoosiers have lost 12 of their past 13, and have lost five straight in Big Ten tournament play.

Michigan 59, Iowa 52: Manny Harris had 22 points and nine rebounds for the Wolverines, who play Ohio State today. Hawkeyes freshman Cully Payne scored a season-high 25 and made five 3-pointers. He totaled four points in two previous games.

Minnesota 76, Penn St. 55: Devoe Joseph scored 15 for the Golden Gophers (19-12), who face Michigan State today. The Spartans won both regular-season games against Minnesota by a combined eight points.

Pac-10 quarterfinals

UCLA 75, ARIZONA 69: Reeves Nelson returned after missing four games and had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Bruins, who face Cal today. The Wildcats' nation-best streak of 25 consecutive NCAA appearance appears over.

Cal 90, Oregon 74: Jerome Randle scored 22 without missing a shot in the first half, and the Golden Bears (22-9) won easily.

Stanford 70, Arizona St. 61: Jeremy Green scored 18 as the Cardinal (14-17) upset the Sun Devils (22-10).

Other tournaments

C-USA: Aubrey Coleman made a leaner in the lane with five seconds left as Houston upset four-time defending tournament champion Memphis 66-65 in the quarterfinals in Tulsa, Okla. ... No. 25 UTEP (25-5) beat Central Florida 76-54 for its 15th straight victory. Isaac Sosa scored 10 for the Golden Knights (15-17).

MAC: Carlos Medlock scored 42, second-most in tournament history behind Ron Harper's 45 for Miami (Ohio) in 1985, in Eastern Michigan's 97-89 double-OT quarterfinal loss to Akron.

mwc: Jimmer Fredette set a tournament record with 45 points and No. 14 Brigham Young (29-4) broke its 60-year-old mark for wins in a season with a 95-85 victory over TCU in the quarterfinals in Las Vegas. Utah's Lou Kelly had held the tournament record of 35 points against New Mexico in 2002. … Darrington Hobson's 28 points helped eighth-ranked New Mexico stave off a scare from Air Force for a 75-69 victory in the tournament quarterfinals. The Lobos (29-3) set a school record for wins.

New Calhoun deal

STORRS, Conn. — Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun says he intends to sign a new contract.

ESPN.com reported that Calhoun had reached agreement on a four-year deal, citing a statement released by his agent. Calhoun said he wanted to end any speculation about his future.

The Hall of Fame coach turns 68 in May and has dealt with several health issues the past few years. He missed seven games this season with an undisclosed medical condition.

Women

No. 15 Texas 64, Missouri 59: The Longhorns (23-7) put away the Tigers in the final minute of a first-round Big 12 tournament game in Kansas City, Mo. Fifth-seeded Texas plays fourth-seeded Texas A&M today.

No. 16 Baylor 72, Colorado 65: Reserve Whitney Zachariason scored a career-high 17 for the Bears (23-8) in the Big 12 tournament. Baylor faces Oklahoma today in the return of suspended Sooners star freshman Brittney Griner.

No. 20 Oklahoma State 76, Kansas 69: Andrea Riley scored 37 to break Courtney Paris' Big 12 tournament record for the Cowgirls (22-9). Riley also tied Paris' Big 12 scoring record of 2,729 points while playing in her school-record 129th game and can break the mark in today's quarterfinal against Iowa State.

men

Automatic berths

Schools that have clinched automatic berths in the NCAA Tournament:

Butler Horizon

Cornell Ivy

East Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun

Montana Big Sky

Murray St.Ohio Valley

N. IowaMissouri Valley

North Texas Sun Belt

Oakland (Mich.) Summit

Old Dominion CAA

Robert Morris Northeast

Saint Mary's West Coast

Siena MAAC

Winthrop Big South

Wofford Southern

Women

Automatic berths

Schools that have clinched automatic berths in the NCAA Tournament:

Austin Peay Ohio Valley

Chattanooga Southern

UConn Big East

Duke ACC

East Tenn. St. Atlantic Sun

Gonzaga West Coast

Marist Metro Atlantic

Middle Tenn. St. Sun Belt

Ohio St.Big Ten

Princeton Ivy

South Dakota St. Summit

Tennessee SEC

Xavier Atlantic 10

Kansas sweats out victory No. 2,000 03/11/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 12:34am]

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