Sports News-March 6, 2014
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Mike Krzyzewski may have poured too much emotion into fourth ranked Duke's 82-72 loss to Wake Forest last night. Coach K experienced enough dizziness and light-headedness to force him to kneel during a late timeout and skip his postgame news conference, although an assistant says he expects the Hall of Fame coach to make a full recovery.
Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields each scored 17 points last night, and Nebraska's defense held off Indiana's second-half rally for a 70-60 victory. The Cornhuskers have won seven of eight and this one strengthened their resume for the NCAA's selection committee. It's also the first time in six tries Nebraska has won in Bloomington. Pitchford also added nine rebounds. Indiana was led by Troy Williams with 18 points and Will Sheehey with 13 but it wasn't enough to avoid a second straight Senior Night loss. The Hoosiers never led, but they had chances after rallying to tie the score at 52 with 10:06 left. They missed all five shots that would have given them the lead. The Cornhuskers capitalized with a 7-3 run that gave it a 59-55 lead and made it hold up. Nebraska improves to 18-11 overall and 10-7 in the Big Ten while Indiana drops to 17-13 overall and 7-10 in the conference.
Creighton sophomore Marissa Janning was named the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Player of the Year, while seniors McKenzie Fujan and Sarah Nelson earned second team honors. Janning finished the regular season as the BIG EAST scoring champion, at 18.3 points per game. Janning also led the conference in freethrow percentage, was second overall in three-pointers made with 76 and eighth in the league in assists at 3.8. The sophomore guard was one of eight BIG EAST players to eclipse the 30-point mark this season and one of just four to do it on multiple occasions. Janning, Fujan and Nelson will lead Creighton into the BIG EAST Women's Basketball Tournament on Sunday as the third seeded Bluejays take on the sixth seed Butler at 2:30.
Wayne State stayed fourth in the third and final regular season NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Central Regional Rankings released by the NCAA office in Indianapolis, Indiana. The Central Region is made up of teams from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, Great American Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association. The Wildcats are 27-4 overall and have a 25-4 record against NCAA Division II teams and a 24-4 record within the Central Region. Wayne State, the NSIC regular season champion for the third time in the last four seasons, is tied for eleventh in this week's Division II Top 25 Coaches Poll with a 27-4 record and awaits word on an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament with the selection show slated for Sunday evening at 9:00.
The NSAA has posted the Boys State Basketball Pairings. On Thursday, March 13, in Class 'A', the seventh-seeded Norfolk Panthers will face Omaha South at Pinnacle Bank Arena at 7:00. In Class 'C-1', at the Devaney Sports Center, two seed Wayne plays Cozad at 9:00 AM, top seed Columbus Scotus meets Kearney Catholic at 2:00, and five seed Boone Central/Newman Grove takes on Bishop Neumann at 3:45. In Class 'C-2', at Lincoln Southeast High School, eight seed Battle Creek faces Ainsworth at 2:00. In Class 'D-1', at Lincoln East High School, seven seed Clearwater/Orchard meets North Platte St. Patrick's at 9:00 AM, six seed Randolph battles Elm Creek at 10:45, top seed Howells/Dodge plays eight seed Fullerton at 2:00. In Class 'D-2', at Lincoln Southeast High School, three seed Bancroft/Rosalie faces Hitchcock County at 9:00 AM.
The Girls State Basketball Tournament gets underway today at various sites in Lincoln. In Class 'C-1' at the Devaney Center, in a game that can be heard on Lite Rock 97.5 & Literock97.com, Pierce faces Chadron at 2:00. Pregame coverage at 1:40. In Class 'C-2', at Lincoln Southwest, Pender meets Homer at 3:45, West Point Guardian Angels tangles with Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family at 7:00, and Crofton faces Sutherland at 8:45 PM. In Class 'D-1' at Lincoln North Star, in a game that can be heard on 106 KIX & 106KIX.com, Humphrey St. Francis plays Boyd County at 3:45. Pregame coverage at 3:25. Also, O'Neill St. Mary's meets Emerson/Hubbard at 2:00. In Class 'D-2', Wynot battles Bancroft/Rosalie at Lincoln Southwest at 10:45 and Stuart plays Sterling at Lincoln North Star at 8:45 PM.
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Houston 101 Orlando 89
Final Charlotte 109 Indiana 87
Final Washington 104 Utah 91
Final Chicago 105 Detroit 94
Final Golden State 108 Boston 88
Final Brooklyn 103 Memphis 94
Final Denver 115 Dallas 110
Final New York 118 Minnesota 106
Final Sacramento 116 Milwaukee 102
Final Portland 102 Atlanta 78
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final OT Toronto 3 N-Y Rangers 2
Final Philadelphia 6 Washington 4
Final Calgary 4 Ottawa 1
Final 2OT Montreal 4 Anaheim 3
TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final ( 3) Arizona 74 Oregon St. 69
Final Wake Forest 82 ( 4) Duke 72
Final ( 8) Kansas 82 Texas Tech 57
Final ( 9) Wisconsin 76 Purdue 70
Final (10) San Diego St. 73 UNLV 64
Final (11) Louisville 84 (18) SMU 71
Final Dayton 72 (17) Saint Louis 67
Final (19) UConn 69 Rutgers 63
Final (21) New Mexico 80 Air Force 52
Final (23) Oklahoma 72 West Virginia 62
TOP-25 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Final (22) Middle Tennessee 64 Tulane 52