NAIA to bring women’s basketball tournament to Independence in 2015-16

The NAIA will bring its Division I women’s basketball tournament to the Independence Events Center in 2015 and 2016, giving the Kansas City area both major NAIA basketball tournaments. The women’s tournament will run concurrently with the Division I men’s tournament, which will continue to be played at Municipal Auditorium.

Missouri could be in tough spot without Jabari Brown

Depending on what junior Jabari Brown learns from his NBA evaluation, there’s a chance he might return to Missouri next season. He left the door open when he decided not to sign with an agent, giving him until April 15 to decide if he wants to return to the Tigers.

Future Jayhawk Cliff Alexander tries to lure Myles Turner to KU

Early on Monday morning, Cliff Alexander and Myles Turner stepped onto the same floor here inside the Quest Multiplex gym on the west side of Chicago, preparing for Wednesday night’s McDonald’s All-American Game at the United Center. Alexander, a Chicago native who signed with Kansas in the fall, is one of the top frontcourt players in the senior class. So is Turner, who has yet to pick his college destination. “I told him: ‘Come be a Jayhawk, Bill Self will get you ready,’” Alexander said.

Central Missouri reaches NCAA Division II championship game

In the 30th anniversary year of its last NCAA Division II basketball championship, Central Missouri will play for another on Saturday. The 20th-ranked Mules stunned No. 1 Metro State (Colo.) in a dramatic finish Thursday night at the Ford Center, winning 71-69 when the Roadrunners’ last-second three-point try clanged off the rim.