Sports News-March 25, 2013

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Rasheed Sulaimon scored 21 points and had five rebounds, Seth Curry scored 17 points and two steals and second seed Duke held off seventh-seeded Creighton 66-50 last night to advance to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in five years.  A year after they lost their NCAA tournament opener, the Blue Devils are back in the regional semifinal for the 23rd time.  They'll play three seed 27-8 Michigan State in the regional semifinal Friday in Indianapolis.  Mason Plumlee, Josh Hairston and Ryan Kelly battled foul trouble all game long that could have doomed the Blue Devils.  Creighton went cold and never made a serious run in the second half.  Doug McDermott scored 21 points and had nine rebounds but made only four baskets.  With McDermott slumping, Creighton was knocked out in the third round by an ACC team for the second straight season.  The Bluejays’ season ends at 28-8 while Duke is now 29-5.  In other news, McDermott was named a finalist for the Naismith Award.  He is joined by Michigan’s Trey Burke, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, and Georgetown’s Otto Porter Jr.  The winner will be revealed on April 7 in Atlanta.

The NCAA regional semifinals will include 15th seed Florida Golf Coast and 13th seed La Salle.  Bernard Thompson scored 23 points and Sherwood Brown added 17 as Florida Gulf Coast beat San Diego State 81-71 to become the first 15 seed to advance this far in the tournament.  The Explorers pulled out a 76-74 win against Mississippi on Tyrone Garland's layup with two seconds left.

LeBron James almost had a triple-double while the Miami Heat picked up their 26th consecutive win, a 109-77 pounding of Charlotte.  James finished with 32 points, ten assists and eight rebounds while the Heat played without Dwyane Wade because of a sore right knee.

Texas A&M has moved on to the Southeastern Conference, and Nebraska is a part of the Big 10.  The 25-9 Aggies and 24-8 Cornhuskers will hold a Big XII reunion tonight at 8:30 when the former conference foes meet in the second round of the Women’s NCAA tournament at College Station, Texas.  Nebraska and A&M competed against each other for years in the Big XII before the Cornhuskers made the jump to the Big 10 in 2011.  The Aggies left the conference for the SEC this season.  Third seeded Texas A&M beat Wichita State in the first round and sixth-seeded Nebraska rallied to knock off Chattanooga.  The Aggies won the national title in 2011, and advanced to the round of 16 last season.  Nebraska is looking to get there for first time since 2010.

Creighton's ability to shoot three-pointers will be a major test for Tennessee's defense when the programs face off for the first time tonight at Knoxville, Tennessee at 6:00 in the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.  The 25-7 Bluejays rank second nationally with 9.3 made shots from three-point range per game.  Just over 45% of tenth-seeded Creighton's shots this season have been from beyond the arc.  The Jays shot 11-36 from three-point range Saturday to beat Syracuse 61-56 in the first round of the Oklahoma City Regional.  Tennessee's only previous opponent that relied heavily on three-pointers was Missouri, the lone non-NCAA tournament team to beat the second-seeded Lady Vols this season. 25-7 Tennessee trounced Missouri 84-39 on Jan. 10, but Missouri surprised the Lady Vols 80-63 by shooting 11-24 from three-point range Feb. 3 at Columbia.

The Southwest Minnesota State at Wayne State NSIC baseball doubleheader scheduled for today in Wayne has been canceled due to cold weather/field conditions.  The two teams will try and play a doubleheader tomorrow in Omaha or in Wayne.  A final decision will be made today.  Wayne State has also announced several schedule changes for softball games this week.  Today's games in St. Joseph, Missouri with WSC playing Central Missouri and Missouri Western have been canceled.  Tomorrow's NSIC doubleheader with Wayne State at Augustana has been postponed one day and will now be played on Wednesday at 3:00 in Sioux Falls and this weekend's NSIC games with WSC vs. MSU Moorhead and Northern State will now be moved to Wayne due to field conditions/snow in Aberdeen and Moorhead.  Friday's MSU Moorhead/WSC doubleheader will be played at 2:00 in Wayne with Saturday's Northern State/WSC doubleheader scheduled for 12:00 at the Pete Chapman Softball Complex.  Also, today’s golf dual with Twin River at Lutheran High Northeast has been postponed.

The Omaha World Herald & Lincoln Journal Star have announced their All State Boys & Girls Basketball Teams.  Norfolk High’s Jaycee Bradley was named to the Class “A” Second Team in both media.  Norfolk Catholic’s Michaela Barry reached the Class “C-1” First Team for both newspapers.  Lutheran High Northeast’s Mitch Knobbe was named to the Class “C-2” Second Team in both media.

Local Schedule:  Twin River at LHNE (BG Dual-Ppd.).

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tourn:  Ohio St. 78 Iowa St. 75; Indiana 58 Temple 52; Kansas 70 North Carolina 58; Florida 78 Minnesota 64; Florida Gulf Coast 81 San Diego St. 71; La Salle 76 Ole Miss 74; Miami 63 Illinois 59; Duke 66 Creighton 50.

      Final    Atlanta                104    Milwaukee          99
      Final    Miami                    109    Charlotte          77
      Final    Chicago                104    Minnesota          97
      Final    Oklahoma  City    103    Portland            83
      Final    Houston                  96    San  Antonio      95
      Final    Dallas                  113    Utah                  108
      Final    Brooklyn              102    Phoenix            100
      Final    Philadelphia      117    Sacramento      103
      Final            N-Y  Islanders      3    Florida                0
      Final  OT      Pittsburgh            2    Philadelphia      1
      Final  2OT    Washington            3    N-Y  Rangers        2
      Final            Detroit                  2    Anaheim                1
      Final            Calgary                  3    St.  Louis            2
      Final            Winnipeg                3    Tampa  Bay            2
      Final            Vancouver              3    Colorado              2 

          First  Round
          at  Bob  Carpenter  Center  Acierno  Arena
      Final            Delaware                  66    West  Virginia                  53
      Final            North  Carolina      59    Albany  (NY)                      54
          at  Cameron  Indoor  Stadium
      Final            Duke                          67    Hampton                              51
      Final            Oklahoma  St.          73    DePaul                                56
          at  Carnesecca  Arena
      Final            Kentucky                  61    Navy                                    41
      Final  2OT    Dayton                      96    St.  John's                        90
          at  Carver-Hawkeye  Arena
      Final            Notre  Dame              97    UT-Martin                          64
      Final            Iowa                          69    Miami                                  53
          at  Ferrell  Center
      Final            Florida  St.            60    Princeton                          44
      Final            Baylor                      82    Prairie  View                    40
          at  KFC  Yum!  Center
      Final            Purdue                      77    Liberty                              43
      Final            Louisville              74    Middle  Tennessee            49
          at  Maples  Pavilion
      Final            Stanford                  72    Tulsa                                  56
      Final            Michigan                  60    Villanova                          52
          at  Pete  Maravich  Assembly  Center
      Final            Penn  St.                  85    Cal  Poly                            55
      Final            LSU                            75    Green  Bay                          71

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