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POSTED: Monday, March 15, 2010 - 8:15pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 - 3:54pm

Lone Star Stories

It's basketball, football, and Lance Armstrong.

T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL
Kansas No.1 in final poll

UNDATED (AP) - Kansas is the unanimous No. 1 in The Associated
Press' final men's basketball poll of the season.

The Jayhawks were on top of the poll for the 15th week Monday,
matching the most time at the top since Duke went wire to wire in
1991-92.

The overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, Kansas received
all the first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Kentucky, Duke and Syracuse, the other No. 1 seeds, are second,
third and fourth.

Ohio State is fifth.

The other teams to be ranked No. 1 this season were Texas,
Kentucky and Syracuse.

A record 53 teams were ranked during the season, four more than
2007-08.

Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova and Duke were the only teams to be
ranked in the top 10 all season.

Baylor is 19th in the final poll and Texas A&M is 23rd.

NCAA TOURNAMENT-TOUCH CHOICES
NCAA selection chair promises fantastic tournament

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The chairman of the NCAA selection committee
guarantees March Madness will be a "fantastic tournament,"
despite an at-large field that is being roundly criticized as one
of the worst in the event's history.

Dan Guerrero led the panel that created the 65-team bracket,
which includes small-conference teams such as Utah State and UTEP
and left out big-conference teams such as Virginia Tech and
Mississippi State.

Those decisions led to wide criticism of the bracket as a whole.

Guerrero said Monday, however, that teams are evaluated on their
bodies of work, not their conferences, and that he was sure the
tournament would live up to its reputation as one of America's most
popular sporting events.

NCAA TOURNAMENT-BIG 12
Big 12 sets record with 7 NCAA bids

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The Big 12's coaches repeated it all
year: This season is the strongest the conference has ever been.

Turns out they were right.

Earning a conference-record seven NCAA tournament berths, the
Big 12 has moved up to a level usually only reached by powerhouse
conferences like the Big East and ACC.

Perennial power Kansas earned the No. 1 overall seed and will
play in the Midwest regional, starting in Oklahoma City on
Thursday. Kansas State's best season in decades led to its highest
seeding ever at No. 2. The Wildcats will play in Oklahoma, too,
only in the West.

Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas A&M also got
in, surpassing a two-year string of getting six teams into the
tournament.

T25-WOMEN'S BKB POLL

UNDATED (AP) - Connecticut has become just the second women's
basketball team to complete two straight seasons as No. 1.

The unbeaten Huskies are the top choice in The Associated Press
poll for a 43rd straight time after receiving all 40 first-place
votes from the media panel in Monday's final poll. Louisiana Tech
also pulled off the feat from 1980-82.

Only seven teams have run through the poll from start to finish
at No. 1, including four times by UConn. Connecticut was followed
in the poll by Stanford, Tennessee, Nebraska and Xavier.

The Huskies (33-0) have been a unanimous choice in the poll for
35 straight weeks. They will be the No. 1 overall seed when the
NCAA tournament field is announced Monday night.

Texas A&M is 9th in the final poll, with Baylor at No. 14 and
Texas ranked 17th.

UTSA-SCHEDULE
UTSA, Baylor announce 3-game football series

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - UTSA and Baylor will play three times
beginning in 2017 in the first deal with a Football Bowl
Subdivision opponent for the new Roadrunners program.

UTSA announced Monday that the Roadrunners will play at Baylor
in 2017 and 2019, and host the Bears in 2018. Head coach Larry
Coker said he was thrilled to attract a team "of that caliber into
the Alamodome for a home game."

UTSA makes its football debut in 2011. The Roadrunners plan to
play as an independent in the Football Championship Subdivision for
two years, then elevate into FBS, formerly known as Division I.

ARMSTRONG-SAN REMO
Armstrong enters Milan-San Remo classic

MILAN (AP) - Organizers for the Milan-San Remo have confirmed
that seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will take
part in Saturday's race.

RCS Sport said Monday that Armstrong made the commitment in a
phone call with race director Angelo Zomegnan.

The Milan-San Remo is the opening single-day classic of the
cycling season, and at 185 miles it is one of the longest races of
the year.

Armstrong is riding to get in shape for the Tour de France. Last
year, in one of his first races back from retirement, he finished
125th - 8 minutes, 19 seconds behind British winner Mark Cavendish.

Before retiring, Armstrong raced the Milan-San Remo six times
and never won.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)