Sports News-March 18, 2013

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Top overall seed Louisville, Kansas, Indiana and Gonzaga earned the top seeds for NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament.  Defending national champion Kentucky won't even get a chance to defend its title as the 21-11 Wildcats are the 20th national champion to not make the NCAA field the next season and instead will play Robert Morris in the National Invitation Tournament opener Tuesday night.  The 68-team NCAA tournament starts Tuesday with a pair of first-round games.  Liberty takes its 15-20 mark against North Carolina A&T and Middle Tennessee State tackles Saint Mary's of California as the tourney tips off in Dayton.
 
The Creighton men’s basketball team will play Cincinnati to open the NCAA Tournament on Friday at 1:45 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  The 27-7 Bluejays are the seven seed in the Midwest Region after sweeping the regular-season and postseason Missouri Valley Conference championship.  The Bearcats are the ten seed after losing to Georgetown in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.  Cincinnati is 22-11 on the season.  Creighton is 0-2 all-time against the Bearcats falling in 1962 & 1989.  The winner will advance to play Duke or Albany on Sunday.

The NBA's defending champs have matched the second-longest winning streak in league history.  LeBron James had 22 points, twelve rebounds and eight assists as Miami made it 22 wins in a row with a 108-91 victory at Toronto.  Dwyane Wade contributed 24 points and nine assists.  Ray Allen scored 16 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to help the Heat take control of what was a close game.  Miami can break a tie with the 2007-2008 Houston Rockets by beating the Celtics in Boston tonight, but they'd still be ten shy of the league record for consecutive wins set by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

Matt Leitner had a goal and an assist as Minnesota State-Mankato beat Nebraska-Omaha 3-1 yesterday to advance in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs.  MSU won the series 2-1.  Dominic Zombo's twelfth goal of the season was the only score for the Mavericks, which lost six of its last seven games.  UNO finishes their season with a 19-18-2 record.  They will move to the National Collegiate Hockey Association next season.  Minnesota State-Mankato improves to 24-12-3 and moves on to the WCHA Final Five.

The Wayne State baseball team concluded non-conference play yesterday with a split against Morningside College at Omaha Westside High School.  The Wildcats won the opener 8-2 but fell in the second game 5-4.  Wayne State is now 8-6 on the season with Morningside sporting an 8-12 mark.

The NJCAA 15th ranked Northeast Hawks women’s basketball team will take on 16th ranked Weatherford College of Texas in the opening round of the NJCAA National Tournament in Salina, Kansas this morning at 10:00.  The Hawks are 28-4 on the season while the Lady Coyotes at 24-5.  Both teams enter the tournament coming off losses.  Northeast dropped a 75-70 decision to Crowder College of Missouri in the District ‘K’ Championship nine days ago in Neosho, Missouri.  Weatherford lost their most recent game to Midland College of Texas at the Region V Tournament nine days ago 79-74.  The winner will play top ranked 32-1 Trinity Valley of Athens, Texas in the second round tomorrow at 2:00.  It’s the first time that the Hawks have qualified for the NJCAA National Tournament in women’s basketball since 1977 where they went 1-2.  Today’s game can be heard on Newstalk WJAG 780 AM, 105.9 FM, & WJAG.com starting at 9:40 AM.

Local Schedule:  Nebraska-Omaha Vs. Iowa at Wichita, KS (Bsbl-10:00).

Local Scores:  (25) UC Irvine 2 Nebraska 0 (Bsbl); Creighton 5 Pacific 2 (Bsbl); Iowa 4 Nebraska-Omaha 1 (Bsbl); WSC 8-4 Morningside 2-5 (Bsbl DH).

     NATIONAL  BASKETBALL  ASSOCIATION
    
      Final    Miami                    108    Toronto              91
      Final    Milwaukee            115    Orlando            109
      Final    L-A  Clippers        93    New  York            80
      Final    Golden  State      108    Houston              78
      Final    Minnesota              97    New  Orleans      95
      Final    Oklahoma  City    107    Dallas              101
      Final    Atlanta                105    Brooklyn            93
      Final    L-A  Lakers          113    Sacramento      102
    
    
          NATIONAL  HOCKEY  LEAGUE
    
      Final    Pittsburgh      2    Boston            1
      Final    Ottawa              4    Winnipeg        1
      Final    Washington      5    Buffalo          3
      Final    Edmonton          3    Nashville      2
    
    
          TOP-25  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (  9)  Miami                  87              North  Carolina      77
      Final    (10)  Ohio  St.            50    (22)  Wisconsin                43
      Final              Mississippi      66    (13)  Florida                    63
      Final    (16)  Saint  Louis      62    (25)  VCU                            56
    
    
          TOP-25  WOMEN'S  COLLEGE  BASKETBALL
    
      Final    (15)  Delaware        59    Drexel                            56
      Final    (20)  Green  Bay      54    Loyola  of  Chicago      38

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