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Next stop, Kansas City

Cal Bruton (left) and Cheese Johnson on their way to Denton, Texas for the 1976 NCAA Tournament. Wichita Eagle photo

The Shockers practiced early Sunday morning before watching film and then leaving for Kansas City. Demetric Williams practiced for the third straight day after easing into the routine on Friday. He appears to move around fine on his (recovering) sprained left ankle. He will play against Pitt on Monday.You can read the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s coverage of the Panthers here. Pitt found out Friday that guard Jermaine Dixon, its lone returning starter, will miss several more weeks with a foot injury.The Iowa City Press-Citizen covers Iowa at HawkCentral.com. The Cedar Rapids Gazette also covers the Hawkeyes. Iowa won its first game of the season on Friday by beating Bowling Green. The 0-2 start, with both losses at home, put coach Todd Lickliter in a bad spot. Lickliter attributes losses to Texas-San Antonio and Duquesne to youth. The Hawkeyes start three sophomores, a junior and a freshman. Their top reserve is a freshman."We've been together about 25 practices and it shows," he said. "We're very capable of shooting it well, but we haven't shown it in games."Texas is the heavy favorite in the CBE. The Austin American-Statesman covers the Longhorns here. I’m most interested to see freshman guard Avery Bradley, considered by some the top recruit in the nation. Texas is in such good shape, coach Rick Barnes can worry his star freshman playing too unselfishly. Bradley is averaging 7.0 points as a reserve. Barnes, and everybody else, expects more from the McDonald's All-American. Barnes liked the fact Bradley respects the seniors. He is too talented to defer too often. Barnes told him it was time to "Do what you do." "He's trying to fit in too much," Barnes said. "He needs to let it go."

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