Sports News-March 17, 2014

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Doug McDermott and the Creighton Bluejays have earned the three seed in the West region and will face 14th-seeded Louisiana-Lafayette on Friday at 2:05 in San Antonio.  McDermott leads the nation in scoring at 26.9 points and was the unanimous Big East Conference Player of the Year.  However, the 26-7 Bluejays were upset by Providence in the conference tournament final.  McDermott has 3,105 points, fifth on the all-time scoring list.  He is trying to become the eleventh player to be a three-time All-America and the first since Patrick Ewing of Georgetown and Wayman Tisdale of Oklahoma in 1985.  The 23-11 Ragin' Cajuns earned an automatic bid as Sun Belt champions and are making their first NCAA appearance since 2005.  They're led by Elfrid Payton's 19.1 points and Shawn Long's 18.7 points & 10.5 rebounds.

The Nebraska basketball team will make its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998, as the Huskers received an at-large bid to the 2014 NCAA Tournament yesterday.  The team watched the NCAA Selection Show in front of fans and supporters at Pinnacle Bank Arena.  The Huskers received the eleven seed in the West Region and will take on sixth-seeded 24-11 Baylor in the Second Round on Friday in San Antonio.  Friday's game will tip-off at 11:40.  It is the seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in program history and the 24th postseason appearance in program history.  Nebraska is looking for its first NCAA Tournament victory.  If Nebraska would win their opening round game they would likely play Creighton on Sunday.  Big Ten Coach of the Year Tim Miles guided the Huskers to a 19-12 record and a fourth-place finish in the Big Ten this season.

Nebraska's selection to the NCAA men's basketball tournament is worth an extra $150,000 for coach Tim Miles.  The bonus is one of several that are spelled out in Miles' contract based on his team's performance.  Miles already had secured a $50,000 bonus for finishing fourth in the Big Ten regular season.  If the 19-12 Huskers beat Baylor on Friday, Miles' contract calls for him to receive an extra $75,000 for having a 20-win season.

Florida heads the list of top seeds in the NCAA men's basketball tournament.  The top-ranked Gators have earned the first overall seed after winning the SEC tournament, running the table on their conference schedule and winning their last 26 games.  Sixth-ranked Virginia is the top seed in the East, Florida tops the South, second-ranked Wichita State heads the Midwest and fourth ranked Arizona leads the West.

The Nebraska-Omaha men's basketball team's first Division I postseason matchup has been set, as the Mavericks will host North Dakota in the 2014 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament on Wednesday at 7:05 at Ralston Arena.  The Mavericks are in their third year as a reclassified Division I program, enters the first round of the CIT with a record of 16-14 record.  They are led by a pair of All-Summit Honorable Mention selections in junior guard CJ Carter and senior center John Karhoff. Carter paced the Mavericks with 13.9 points per game this season, while Karhoff came in at 13.1 points per contest.  North Dakota brings a record of 17-16 after falling 88-67 to top-seeded Weber State at the Big Sky Championship Game on Saturday.  Troy Huff leads UND, averaging 19.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have posted its final high school basketball rankings.  In the Omaha World Herald, Class 'A' champion Bellevue West is the new number one in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & Class 'A'.  Norfolk High moves up from tenth to seventh in the 'Nebraska Top 10' and jumps from ninth to seventh in Class 'A'.  Class 'B' champion Omaha Skutt is the new number one in their class.  In Class 'C-1', champion Bishop Neumann remains first, Columbus Scotus jumps from third to second, Wayne slips from second to fourth, Boone Central/Newman Grove drops from sixth to seventh, Norfolk Catholic enters the rankings at number eight, and Columbus Lakeview is once again ninth.  In Class 'C-2', champion Archbishop Bergan stays at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains fourth, and Winnebago is once again eighth.  In Class 'D-1', champion Randolph is the new number one after moving up from fourth, Howells/Dodge falls from third to sixth, Clearwater/Orchard is once again fifth, and O'Neill St. Mary's remains eighth.  In Class 'D-2', champion Bancroft/Rosalie is the new number one after moving up from fifth, Wynot remains sixth, and Wausa jumps from ninth to seventh.  In the Lincoln Journal Star, champion Bellevue West is the new number one and Norfolk High jumps from ninth to fourth in Class 'A'.  Class 'B' champion Omaha Skutt is the new number one in their class.  In Class 'C-1', champion Bishop Neumann is the new number one, Columbus Scotus remains third, Wayne moves up from sixth to fourth, Boone Central/Newman Grove drops from first to seventh, and Columbus Lakeview moves up from ninth to eighth.  In Class 'C-2', champion Archbishop Bergan stays at number one, Hartington Cedar Catholic remains fourth, and Winnebago falls from sixth to eighth.  In Class 'D-1', champion Randolph is the new number one after moving up from seventh, Howells/Dodge falls from first to third, Clearwater/Orchard enters the rankings at number four, and O'Neill St. Mary's slips from fourth to eighth.  In Class 'D-2', champion Bancroft/Rosalie is the new number one after moving up from fourth, Wynot remains sixth, and Wausa enters the rankings at number ten.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have posted its final high school boys basketball rankings.  Norfolk High jumps from tenth to seventh in the 'Nebraska Top 10' & from ninth to seventh in Class 'A' in the Omaha World Herald.  They move up from ninth to fourth in Class 'A' in the Lincoln Journal Star.  The Panthers finished 21-7 on the year after placing fourth in the state in their class.  The Panthers upset top ranked Omaha South 70-66 in triple overtime last Thursday in the opening round, lost to eventual champion Bellevue West 60-49 in the semifinals on Friday, and then dropped the consolation game to Omaha Benson on Saturday 67-62.  Norfolk Catholic entered the Omaha World Herald rankings at number eight in Class 'C-1' after a 14-11 season.

Local Scores:  South Dakota St. At Creighton (Bsbl-Ppd).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final          Charlotte          101    Milwaukee              92
      Final          Phoenix              121    Toronto                113
      Final          Miami                  113    Houston                104
      Final  OT    New  Orleans      121    Boston                  120
      Final          Dallas                109    Oklahoma  City      86
      Final          Minnesota          104    Sacramento          102
      Final          San  Antonio      122    Utah                      104
      Final          Golden  State    113    Portland              112
      Final          L-A  Clippers    102    Cleveland              80
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final            Edmonton              2    Carolina            1
      Final            Washington          4    Toronto              2
      Final  2OT    Vancouver            4    Florida              3  (SO  Vancouver  1-0)
      Final            San  Jose              1    N-Y  Rangers      0
      Final            Colorado              3    Ottawa                1
      Final            Montreal              2    Buffalo              0
      Final            Chicago                4    Detroit              1
      Final            Philadelphia      4    Pittsburgh        3
      Final            Winnipeg              7    Dallas                2
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  1)  Florida                    61              Kentucky      60
      Final    (  6)  Virginia                  72    (  7)  Duke              63
      Final    (22)  Michigan  St.          69    (  8)  Michigan      55
      Final              Saint  Joseph's      65    (23)  VCU                61

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