Stanford turned Kansas’ shooters into doubters and got their attention

With a variety of defensive looks, Stanford planted a seed of doubt with seemingly every Kansas offensive set during the Jayhawks’ 60-57 NCAA Tournament loss Sunday. The outcome came attached with an additional measure of satisfaction for Chasson Randle, the Stanford player whom KU’s Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden said they didn’t know a day ago.

Not a true point guard? Naadir Tharpe must prove critics wrong for KU to go deep in tournament

Naadir Tharpe was bad in Kansas’ win over Eastern Kentucky in the round of 64 on Friday, particularly in the first half, which means another round of the Tharpe-isn’t-good-enough talk. The difference this time, though, is that it starts with an opponent. “Coach was telling us about that,” Stanford junior Anthony Brown says of KU’s first game. “They kind of struggled, not a true point guard.”

Ron Baker embodies spirit of Wichita State’s second March in the national spotlight

About the time he was in eighth grade, Wichita State’s Ron Baker almost died when he suffered an allergic reaction to wheat dust. That bears a certain irony as the sophomore guard from Scott City, Kan., has become an icon of the school with the Wheatshocker mascot. His distinct combination of game, mane and disposition — plus his rise from walk-on status — have made him a cult figure.

When undefeated Wichita State faces Kentucky, who’s David and who’s Goliath?

Who is the behemoth? Wichita State, perfect in the present, or storied Kentucky, whose fans were so energized about the Wildcats in the preseason that T-shirts reading “40-0” and “The Pursuit of Perfection” were printed? Who is the gritty overachiever? The Shockers, who despite coming off a Final Four opened the season ranked outside the top 15? Or Kentucky, which bids for a Sweet 16 spot with an all-freshman starting lineup?

Family, basketball come together for Wiggins brothers during NCAA Tournament

The NCAA Tournament is now the most important thing in Andrew Wiggins’ life outside his family, and wait a minute … this tournament is now about family, too. Along with Nick, a senior reserve on Wichita State, two brothers from Canada have a shot at the Sweet 16 on Sunday. And across the state, their brother Mitch Jr. finished second in the NAIA slam-dunk contest at Municipal Auditorium.

Scouting Kentucky is a challenge for Wichita State

Wichita State associate coach Chris Jans is responsible for the scouting report for the biggest game of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday’s matchup between his top-seeded Shockers and eighth-seeded Kentucky. Scouting Kentucky, however, is less about anticipating plays and stuffing tendencies and more about withstanding the onslaught of taller, stronger athletes.

NCAA bracket buzz: Louisville, Michigan back in the Sweet 16

Louisville roared past Saint Louis 66-51 and the defending national champion has moved to the Sweet 16. Look who is next: Either Wichita State, which was eliminated by the Cardinals in last year’s Final Four, or arch rival Kentucky. The Midwest Region continues in Indianapolis on Friday.

Video: Kansas-Stanford preview

CBS Sports previews Sunday's South Region matchup between No. 10 Stanford and No. 2 Kansas. The Jayhawks took care of Eastern Kentucky in the round of 64 while Stanford upset #7 New Mexico.

Wichita State official would like to see upgrades in St. Louis for Valley tourney

Wichita State senior associate athletic director Darron Boatright said the Missouri Valley is right to check out options for men’s basketball tournament locations, saying St. Louis’ Scottrade Center “is looking a little tired.” St. Louis, Kansas City, Chicago, Indianapolis and Las Vegas received requests for proposals from the Valley, which wants to award the 2016-20 tournaments in June.

Kentucky's Willie Cauley-Stein out for title game

Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein will miss Monday night's national title game against Connecticut because of a lingering ankle injury, while forward Alex Poythress plans to play after tweaking his knee during the Wildcats' semifinal celebration.

Wichita State disrespected? Only the Shockers coach thinks so

Shockers are a No. 1 seed that is ranked second and has been on the cover of major publications and landed players on All-America teams. The Shockers players may not feel overlooked, but much of the disrespect angle come from their bench. “We like to play that us-against-the-world mentality,” says sophomore guard Ron Baker. “That comes from our coach.”