KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Tennessee coach Rick Barnes has faced every team in the Final Four and has a prediction regarding a potential championship game matchup. "I bet you this right now," Barnes said. "If North Carolina and Gonzaga make it to the championship game, I'll bet you the bookies will say it's a pick'em game. If there's a point (spread), it's going to be half a point. They're that close.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Kansas' Republican-controlled Legislature approved an expansion Tuesday of state health coverage to thousands of poor adults under former President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, days after the collapse of GOP leaders' repeal effort in Washington. The bill would expand the state's Medicaid program for the poor, disabled and elderly so that it would cover up to 180,000 additional adults who aren't disabled. It now heads to conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback.
Frank Mason III was a last-minute recruit for Kansas. He turned into the Jayhawks' latest All-American. The senior guard was the only unanimous selection to the 2016-17 AP All-America team Tuesday, receiving all first-team votes from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly AP Top 25.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -- Legislators and advocates in Kansas pushing to expand the state's health coverage for the poor to thousands of adults are buoyed by the failure of Republicans in Washington to repeal former President Barack Obama's signature health care law. The GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature already was more receptive this year to expanding the state's Medicaid program, thanks to elections last year that put more moderates and liberals in office.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Frank Martin never got caught up in wins and losses, the highs and the lows, as he worked to build South Carolina into a contender for conference championships. Gonzaga's Mark Few dismissed questions of whether his Bulldogs would be a failure as long as they failed to get to a Final Four after so many great regular seasons.
LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) -- Frank Mason III and Landen Lucas will be lost to graduation, Josh Jackson is likely headed to the NBA, and very little about Kansas next season will look remotely the same. That only makes things harder. After a frustrating loss to Oregon in the Midwest Regional semifinals ended the Jayhawks' season a week earlier than they had hoped, the only thing they want to do is look to the future.
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Americans who have benefited from the Affordable Care Act are feeling some relief at the failure of Republican efforts to repeal it, but they face new anxieties with President Donald Trump tweeting that "ObamaCare will explode." Premiums have risen and major insurers have backed out of the state markets where people can buy insurance online under Obama's signature health care law.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Tyler Dorsey had just led Oregon to its first Final Four in nearly eight decades when he looked into a TV camera and passed along a very simple message to all those East Coast fans. The ones who are often asleep before the Ducks have even taken the floor. "Wake 'em up," Dorsey said with a grin. "Wake up!" Wide awake, sir.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Landen Lucas buried his head in a towel as time ran out. Devonte' Graham, on the verge of tears, walked off the court with his jersey pulled up over his face. Coach Bill Self fiddled with his tie a bit and stared blankly into the crowd as his players headed toward the locker room. Kansas came up short -- again -- as a No. 1 seed in the Elite Eight.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Oregon lost one of its best players to an injury just before the NCAA Tournament, had to survive two nail-biters to reach the Midwest Regional finals, and then faced a top-seeded Kansas team that had romped to the brink of the Final Four. Of course, the Ducks would rise to the occasion.
The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 11:15 p.m. Two teams from the West Coast will be in the Final Four. The Southeastern Conference hopes to fill the other two spots. Gonzaga trounced Xavier and Oregon upset Kansas in Saturday's regional finals. Sunday's schedule includes a Kentucky-North Carolina matchup in the South Region and an all-SEC showdown between Florida and South Carolina in the East Region.
Either Xavier or Gonzaga is about to earn its first Final Four berth in school history. Gonzaga and Xavier are both making their third appearances in regional finals Saturday, but neither school has ever advanced beyond that stage. They face off Saturday in the West Regional in San Jose, California. Oregon is meanwhile seeking its first Final Four appearance since its 1939 national championship.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kansas coach Bill Self has kicked out the signage on scorer's tables, tossed sweat-stained suit jackets and screamed so loudly at players and officials that his face turned beet red. Good thing he's mellowed over the years. These days, Self merely slams clipboards in frustration, yanks to loosen his tie and his face turns a bit scarlet when his temper starts to flare.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- It's finally time to award the first spots in the Final Four. And for the four teams chasing those tickets Saturday, it's another shot to break through an often frustrating roadblock in the regional finals. Kansas lost in the Elite Eight last year. So did Oregon, which won the first NCAA Tournament in 1939 but hasn't pushed past the final eight since.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Oregon's Dylan Ennis, once called the "unluckiest player in college basketball," was feeling pretty fortunate after the Ducks survived to reach the NCAA Midwest Regional final against top-seeded Kansas on Saturday night. He gets to continue his lengthy college career for at least another day.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Bill Self and Dana Altman first matched wits more than two decades ago, when Self was trying to turn around tiny Oral Roberts and Altman was attempting the same in his first season at Creighton. The young coaches combined to win 17 games that season. My, how far they've come. Both eventually succeeded in their rebuilding jobs, to the point they kept getting bigger and more glamorous offers elsewhere.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- No. 3 seed Oregon (32-5) vs. No. 1 Kansas (31-4) Fourth round, Midwest Region; Kansas City, Missouri; 7:49 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: The top-seeded Jayhawks have rolled into the Elite Eight, winning their first three games by an average of 30 points. That includes a 98-66 rout of No. 5 seed Purdue in the Sweet 16, when they set a school record for a tournament game with 15 3-pointers.
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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -- More than 36,000 registered voters in Kansas are being asked to cast their ballots at new polling stations during the nation's first congressional election since President Donald Trump's November victory, prompting concerns that confusion could suppress turnout. The April 11 special election will fill a vacancy in south-central Kansas' 4th District that was created when Trump chose former Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo as his CIA director.