MIDWEST REGIONAL: Kansas 85 Portland State 61
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Brandon Rush scored 18 points, and top-seeded
Kansas romped to an 85-61 victory over a Portland State team that
got quite a hazing in its first NCAA tournament appearance.
The Jayhawks' five seniors and Rush, a junior star who might be
headed to the NBA, are determined to go out in style after some
bitter disappointments in the tournament.
Next up for Kansas is a date with UNLV.
MIDWEST REGIONAL: UNLV 71 Kent St. 58
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Joe Darger made four 3-pointers and led UNLV
with 18 points, Wink Adams added 17 and the Runnin' Rebels held
Kent State to just 10 points in the first half of a 71-58 victory
in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
MIDWEST REGIONAL: Kansas State 80 Southern California 67
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Kansas State's Kiddie Corps moved on in the
NCAA tournament, beating O.J. Mayo-led USC 80-67 in the opening
round. Michael Beasley led the Wildcats with 23 points and 11
rebounds for his 27th double-double of the season.
Redshirt freshman Bill Walker scored 22 points, true freshmen
Jacob Pullen and Ron Anderson also reached double figures.
O.J. Mayo scored 20 for the Trojans on 6-of-16 shootings.
MIDWEST REGIONAL: Wisconsin 71 Cal State Fullerton 56
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- Wisconsin couldn't shake the 14th-seeded Cal
State Fullertin until deep into the second half before winning
71-56 in the first round of the NCAA tournament. The Badgers move
to a Saturday game against Kansas State in the second round of the
The Badgers shot 42 percent and committed 17 turnovers, but they
blocked seven shots and outrebounded the Titans 50-to-27.
That was enough to overcome a career-high 31-point night by
Fullerton's Josh Akognon.
Brian Butch scored 14 points and Joe Krabbenhoft and Jason
Bohannon 13 apiece for the Badgers (29-4), who won for the 24th
time in 26 games.