UPDATED: March 20, 2015 8:10 p.m.
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dez Wells converted an offensive rebound into a three-point play with 1:44 left and Varun Ram stripped away Valparaiso’s last chance as Maryland held off the determined Crusaders 65-62 on Friday to move on in the NCAA Tournament.
The fourth-seeded Terrapins (27-6), in the tournament for the first time since 2010, advanced to face West Virginia in Midwest Regional on Sunday.
Alec Peters led 13th-seeded Valpo (28-6) with 18 points.
The Crusaders were down 3 with one last chance for coach Bryce Drew to draw up a winning play. He didn’t need a length of the court pass as he did when he made the most famous shot in school history back in the 1998 tournament, but Valpo did need a 3.
Keith Carter went up for one in the corner, but Ram reached in and swiped the ball away — maybe getting…
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They can see Kentucky from Cincinnati, right across the Ohio River, and get there in a blink, just a quick trip over the suspension bridge that separates Bearcats from Wildcats.
“We see the fans and all the blue when we go over to Kentucky to a movie theater (or) restaurants,” Cincinnati forward Gary Clark said. “We see the fans all the time.”
But the two ‘Cats – longtime sort-of rivals – haven’t actually seen each other on a basketball court since the 2005 NCAA Tournament. That changes Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center, where eighth-seeded Cincinnati (23-10) takes its shot at undefeated No. 1 seed Kentucky (35-0) for a spot in the Sweet 16.
Proximity is one thing, but disrespect is another, and the Bearcats opened as 18 ½-point underdogs in this one.
“To be not appreciated,” Clark said, “it definitely puts a fire behind you to show the…
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SEATTLE, Washington – In a match-up of contrasting styles, and size, taller Iowa is mostly having its way with Davidson. Hawks lead 38-29 at the break.
The Wildcats start four guards and shoot many threes, but the Hawkeyes’ length disrupted the Davidson rhythm.
All-Big Ten player Aaron White leads Iowa with 9 points. Adam Woodbury pitched in 8, including a big follow dunk that brought Hawkeye fans to their feet in Seattle, and living rooms across Iowa.
PITTSBURGH (WISH) — Notre Dame and Butler are gearing up for a huge battle for bragging rights in the Hoosier state and a spot in the Sweet 16.
While these two have met more than 100 times over the years, this is the first time they’ll meet in the NCAA tournament.
The two hit the practice floor in Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon for a closed practice. Each expect a close, tough battle.
“They’re a terrific team,” said Butler head coach Chris Holtmann. “I think they’re the best offensive team that we will have played this year.”
“These are two good teams going at it. Two confident teams,” said Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey.
Butler guard Roosevelt Jones will start Saturday night despite a sprained knee suffered against Texas.
FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — It looks as if Rusney Castillo is feeling much better.
Castillo hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat of spring training, but the Boston Red Sox lost 11-5 to the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.
Castillo signed a $72.5 million, seven-year contract with Boston last August, and then hit .333 with two homers in 10 games for the Red Sox. The Cuban outfielder had been sidelined this spring due to a left oblique strain.
Castillo’s drive off a 2-1 fastball from Steve Johnson hit to the right of a yellow line on the wall separating doubles from homers.
“He made a pretty good impression,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said.
Castillo is scheduled to make his first start of the spring on Saturday when the Red Sox play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Bradenton.
It had been a long wait for Castillo to play in a game. The Red Sox opened…
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OAKLAND (KCBS)— Oakland City Council members unanimously voted to approve an exclusive negotiating agreement to build the proposed Coliseum City project. It’s seen as a major step towards sealing the deal that would keep the Raiders, A’s and possibly the Warriors in the East Bay.
Friday’s vote was part of a special meeting in which it was decided that New City Development would enter the agreement along with the City of Oakland and Alameda County. The city and the county jointly own and manage the Coliseum site where O.Co Coliseum and Oracle Arena stand.
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“This is a necessary step to do what we can do to keep the Raiders and the A’s here in our great city and I’m not giving up on the Warriors either,” Oakland City Councilman, Dan Kalb said.
The project would cover approximately 800 acres and provide enough space for three…
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