INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS BASKETBALL SEMI-STATE

Elkhart (North Side Gym)
Class 2A | Blackford (25-4) vs. Fort Wayne Blackhawk Christian (26-3) | 1 pm ET
Class 3A | Leo (23-4) vs. South Bend St. Joseph (21-4) | 4 pm ET

Lafayette Jefferson (Crawley Center)
Class A | Southwood (17-10) vs. Kouts (28-2) | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Carmel (24-2) vs. Gary West Side (22-4) | 3:45 pm ET

Seymour (Lloyd E. Scott Gymnasium)
Class 3A | Silver Creek (23-4) vs. Guerin Catholic (21-3) | 1 pm ET
Class 4A | Bloomington South (25-4) vs. Lawrence North (27-2) | 4 pm ET

Washington (Hatchet House)
Class A | Barr-Reeve (27-2) vs. Tindley (19-9) | 2 pm ET
Class 2A | Southridge (17-10) vs. Parke Heritage (26-3) | 4:30 pm ET

NBA SCOREBOARD

Milwaukee 133 Washington 122

Charlotte 122 Sacramento 116

San Antonio 109 Detroit 99

Brooklyn 117, New York 112

LA Clippers 109 Dallas 99

Denver 121 Indiana 106

Phoenix 122 Memphis 99…DESMOND BANE 0PTS, 1REB, 1ASST

LA Lakers 128 Golden State 97

NHL SCOREBOARD

Nashville 4 Tampa Bay 1

Philadelphia 5 NY Rangers 4

Pittsburgh 4 Boston 1

Florida 6 Chicago 3

Vancouver 3 Ottawa 2

Washington 6 Buffalo 0

Montréal 4 Winnipeg 2

Calgary 4 Edmonton 3

Vegas 2 San Jose 1

MLB SCOREBOARD-SPRING TRAINING

Chicago Cubs 4 Chicago White Sox 4

Cleveland 7 Oakland 3

Kansas City 6 San Francisco 1

Cincinnati 7 LA Angels 3

San Diego 13 Milwaukee 3

Arizona 6 Seattle 2

LA Dodgers 12 Colorado 5

Baltimore, 12 Pittsburgh 3

Toronto 4 Detroit 0

NY Yankees 4 Philadelphia 2

Atlanta 5 Minnesota 1

Miami 6 Houston 5

St. Louis 4 Washington 2

Tampa Bay 3 Boston 2

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: 2021 NCAA women’s basketball bracket

Alamo Region (top left)

No. 1 Stanford vs. No. 16 Utah Valley

No. 8 Oklahoma State vs. No. 9 Wake Forest

No. 5 Missouri State vs. No. 12 UC Davis

No. 4 Arkansas vs. No. 13 Wright State

No. 6 Oregon vs. No. 11 South Dakota

No. 3 Georgia vs. No. 14 Drexel

No. 7 Northwestern vs. No. 10 UCF

No. 2 Louisville vs. No. 15 Marist

Hemisfair Region (bottom left)

No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 16 Mercer

No. 8 Oregon State vs. No. 9 Florida State

No. 5 Georgia Tech vs. No. 12 Stephen F. Austin

No. 4 West Virginia vs. No. 13 Lehigh

No. 6 Texas vs. No. 11 Bradley

No. 3 UCLA vs. No. 14 Wyoming

No. 7 Alabama vs. No. 10 North Carolina

No. 2 Maryland vs. No. 15 Mount St. Mary’s

River Walk Region (top right)

No. 1 UConn vs. No. 16 High Point

No. 8 Syracuse vs. No. 9 South Dakota State

No. 5 Iowa vs. No. 12 Central Michigan

No. 4 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Idaho State

No. 6 Michigan vs. No. 11 Florida Gulf Coast

No. 3 Tennessee vs. No. 14 Middle Tennessee

No. 7 Virginia Tech vs. No. 10 Marquette

No. 2 Baylor vs. No. 15 Jackson State

Mercado Region (bottom right)

No. 1 NC State vs. No. 16 North Carolina A&T

No. 8 South Florida vs. No. 9 Washington State

No. 5 Gonzaga vs. No. 12 Belmont

No. 4 Indiana vs. No. 13 VCU

No. 6 Rutgers vs. No. 11 BYU

No. 3 Arizona vs. No. 14 Stony Brook

No. 7 Iowa State vs. No. 10 Michigan State

No. 2 Texas A&M vs. No. 15 Troy

2021 NCAA women’s tournament schedule

(All games held in the San Antonio area)

Round   Dates

First Round (Round of 64)            March 21 and 22

Second Round (Round of 32)      March 23 and 24

Sweet 16                                              March 27 and 28

Elite Eight                                            March 29 and 30

Final Four (national semifinals) April 2

Championship                                  April 4

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLS/RANKINGS

(AP)

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 26-01500 (60)1
2Illinois 23-614153
3Baylor 22-213972
4Michigan 20-412804
5Alabama 24-612426
6Houston 24-311457
7Ohio State 21-911389
8Iowa 21-811325
9Texas 19-799313
10Arkansas 22-68958
11Oklahoma State 20-889112
12Kansas 20-880311
13West Virginia 18-974510
14Florida State 16-665115
15Virginia 18-658416
16San Diego State 23-452119
17Loyola Chicago 24-451318
18Villanova 16-649014
19Creighton 20-841117
20Purdue 18-938220
21Texas Tech 17-1027120
22Colorado 22-824323
23BYU 20-6125NR
23USC 22-712524
25Virginia Tech 15-611822

COACHES POLL

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 26-0800 (32)1
2Illinois 23-67453
3Baylor 22-27372
4Michigan 20-46764
5Alabama 24-66685
6Houston 24-35877
7Ohio State 21-958610
8Iowa 21-85496
9Texas 19-748816
10Arkansas 22-64728
11Kansas 20-843312
12Oklahoma State 20-840214
13West Virginia 18-93959
14Florida State 16-639113
15Virginia 18-634715
16Loyola Chicago 24-431218
17Villanova 16-628911
18San Diego State 23-427319
19Creighton 20-824517
20Purdue 18-920619
21Texas Tech 17-1013222
22Colorado 22-8127NR
23USC 22-710423
24Virginia Tech 15-610121
25Oregon 20-67325

RPI RANKINGS

RankSchoolRPIPrev
1Gonzaga 26-00.66721
2Alabama 24-60.63762
3Houston 24-30.63344
4Baylor 22-20.63273
5Michigan 20-40.62825
6BYU 20-60.62746
7San Diego State 23-40.62677
8Oklahoma State 20-80.62628
9Illinois 23-60.619511
10St. Bonaventure 16-40.619412
11Colgate 14-10.61499
12Arkansas 22-60.614110
13Kansas 20-80.609113
14West Virginia 18-90.607016
15Ohio State 21-90.606513
16USC 22-70.606017
17Texas 19-70.605618
18Loyola Chicago 24-40.604920
19LSU 18-90.603815
20VCU 19-70.602119
21Clemson 16-70.600021
22Virginia 18-60.599522
23Villanova 16-60.598923
24Colorado 22-80.598424
25Missouri 16-90.597225

NET RANKINGS

RankSchoolVotesPrev
1Gonzaga 26-0()1
2Baylor 22-2()2
3Illinois 23-6()3
4Michigan 20-4()4
5Houston 24-3()5
6Iowa 21-8()6
7Alabama 24-6()7
8Ohio State 21-9()8
9Colgate 14-1()9
10Loyola Chicago 24-4()10
11Kansas 20-8()11
12Virginia 18-6()12
13Tennessee 18-8()13
14Arkansas 22-6()14
15Colorado 22-8()15
16Texas Tech 17-10()17
17Villanova 16-6()16
18San Diego State 23-4()18
19USC 22-7()19
20BYU 20-6()20
21Texas 19-7()21
22Purdue 18-9()22
23St. Bonaventure 16-4()NR
24West Virginia 18-9()23
25Florida State 16-6()24

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL RANKINGS/POLLS

AP

1. UConn (23)                    24-1       742         1

2. Stanford (5)                   25-2       704         2

3. NC State (2)                   20-2       697         3

4. Texas A&M                    23-2       625         4

5. Baylor                              25-2       623         6

6. South Carolina              22-4       616         5

7. Maryland                        24-2       582         7

8. Louisville                         23-3       571         7

9. UCLA                                16-5       500         10

10. Georgia                         20-6       447         12

11. Arizona                         16-5       440         11

12. Indiana                         18-5       432         9

13. Tennessee                   16-7       354         14

14. Gonzaga                       23-3       294         16

15. Arkansas                      19-8       287         15

16. Michigan                      14-5       283         13

17. West Virginia              21-6       260         17

18. Kentucky                      17-8       252         18

19. South Florida              18-3       233         20

20. Missouri St.                 21-2       191         21

21. Rutgers                         14-4       188         19

22. Ohio St.                         13-7       75           22

23. Oregon                         13-8       70           23

24. Florida Gulf Coast     26-2       68           24

25. South Dakota St.       21-3       50           25

Others receiving votes: Iowa 43, Stephen F Austin 35, Marquette 27, Oregon St. 21, Virginia Tech 9, Northwestern 9, Georgia Tech 9, Oklahoma St. 8, DePaul 2, South Dakota 1, UCF 1, Cal Baptist 1.

COACHES POLL

1              UConn                                  24-1       795 (27)              

2              Stanford                               25-2       773 (5)                 

3              North Carolina State       20-2       729                        

4              Texas A&M                         23-2      678        

5              South Carolina                   22-4      664        

6              Baylor                                   25-2       654        

7              Louisville                              23-3      607        

8              Maryland                             24-2       604        

9              UCLA                                     16-5       525        

10           Indiana                                 18-5       474        

11           Arizona                                 16-5       465        

12           Georgia                                20-6       433        

13           Gonzaga                               23-3       376        

14           Michigan                              14-5       340        

15           Tennessee                          16-7       337        

16           Arkansas                              19-8       290        

17           Missouri State                   21-2       287        

18           South Florida                     18-3       272        

19           Kentucky                             17-8       226        

20           West Virginia                     21-6       205        

21           FGCU                                     26-2       174        

22           Oregon                                 13-8       111        

23           Rutgers                                 14-4       102        

24           Ohio State                           13-7       76          

25           South Dakota State         21-3      74          

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Indiana fires Miller, raises private money to cover buyout

(AP) — Archie Miller’s $10.3 million buyout was one of college basketball’s priciest.

Indiana athletic director Scott Dolson decided keeping Miller would prove even more costly to the storied program.

Dolson fired Miller on Monday, armed with enough cash from private donations to cover the buyout and ready to answer a fan base angered by four straight mediocre seasons.

“Indiana basketball has a long, rich history of success that dates back generation,” Dolson said in a statement announcing the decision. “Our five national championships and 22 Big Ten titles make us one of the most accomplished programs in college basketball history. I have high expectations for our program, and we have not competed at a level within the conference or nationally that I believe we should.”

That was the case even before Miller arrived in Bloomington.

The Hoosiers haven’t been to the NCAA Tournament since 2016, haven’t been to the Elite Eight since 2002 and haven’t won a national championship since 1987 – the longest drought between titles in school history. Indiana has won just three Big Ten titles since 1993 and it’s now had five consecutive non-winning seasons in Big Ten play for the first time since 1911-19.

Miller was 67-58 with the Hoosiers and never made the NCAA Tournament though many believed Indiana would have received a bid in 2020 – had the tourney not been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miller never beat rival Purdue, going 0-7. The Boilermakers have now matched their second-longest winning streak in series history at nine. Those numbers put Miller in historically bad territory and were of great concern to Dolson, fans and alumni.

By making the decision before April 2022, Indiana was on the hook for the $10.3 million. If Dolson had waited another year, the cost would have dropped to $3.5 million for a university that has lost millions in revenue, cut salaries for coaches and administrators, and put department-wide furloughs in place.

Dolson knew how it would look to pay that much money to fire a coach. The private donations made the decision more palatable.

“In the days following the completion of our season in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, I have spent a great deal of time evaluating our recruiting, student-athlete development, leadership development, and playing philosophy and strategy,” Dolson said. “That review, combined with the on-court results, ultimately led me to conclude that a change in leadership of our program is warranted at this time.”

Miller successfully recruited some of the state’s best talent including three straight Indiana Mr. Basketball Award winners — Romeo Langford, Trayce Jackson-Davis and Anthony Leal.

But their arrivals didn’t correlate into consistent success.

Indiana went 19-16 and reached the NIT quarterfinals in 2018-19, Langford’s only season before he declared for the NBA draft. Jackson-Davis arrived the next season and led the Hoosiers to a 20-12 mark that had them on the cusp of an NCAA tourney breakthrough.

Leal played sparingly this past season as a freshman though Jackson-Davis appeared to have the Hoosiers in prime position for a tourney run as recently as mid-February. But the Hoosiers lost their final six games, capped by a Big Ten Tournament second-round loss to Rutgers. Indiana finished 12-15 and out of postseason play for the third time under Miller.

Miller went 139-63 in six seasons at Dayton before taking the Indiana job, leading the Flyers to an NIT appearance in his first season as coach and NCAA Tournament appearances in each of his final four seasons including a run to the Elite Eight in 2013-14.

Miller’s brother, Sean, is the head coach at Arizona.

Statement from Indiana University Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Scott Dolson:

“As the Director of Athletics, I wanted to wait until the conclusion of the season before evaluating the leadership of our men’s basketball program. In the days following the completion of our season in the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament, I have spent a great deal of time evaluating our recruiting, student-athlete development, leadership development, and playing philosophy and strategy. That review, combined with the on-court results, ultimately led me to conclude that a change in leadership of our program is warranted at this time. I shared my assessment with Indiana University President Michael McRobbie, and he accepted my recommendation.

I want to thank Archie Miller, his staff, and their families for their service and commitment to IU and for his unwavering commitment to our student-athletes, the men’s basketball program and Indiana University. We wish Archie and his family all the best in the next steps of their journey.

Given the university’s very tight financial situation in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, private philanthropic funding has been obtained for all transition costs and obligations related to the change in leadership. We worked to secure the necessary private support following my recommendation to President McRobbie, ensuring that there would be no charges to the university budget.

Indiana Basketball has a long, rich history of success that dates back generations. Our five national championships and 22 Big Ten titles make us one of the most accomplished programs in college basketball history. I have high expectations for our program, and we have not competed at a level within the conference or nationally that I believe we should.

While I will not establish a formal search committee, I will consult within the University and with trusted experts in the state and around the country as I seek out and recruit a new coach. The work to find the next leader of Indiana Basketball will begin immediately, and I will seek a chief executive that I can partner with to reestablish the brand and national presence of Indiana Basketball.”

Sources: Penn State basketball to hire Micah Shrewsberry as new head coach

Penn State is expected to hire Purdue assistant Micah Shrewsberry as its next head basketball coach, sources told ESPN.

Pat Chambers, who had been the Nittany Lions’ head coach since 2011, resigned in October after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct. Jim Ferry took charge this past season on an interim basis.

Shrewsberry is a longtime assistant coach under Brad Stevens and Matt Painter at the college and NBA levels. The Indianapolis native spent three seasons under Stevens at Butler — helping lead the Bulldogs to back-to-back national championship game appearances. He then went to Purdue for two seasons as an assistant coach under Painter before reuniting with Stevens for six years with the Boston Celtics.

Shrewsberry returned to the college game in 2019 as the associate head coach under Painter at Purdue.

With the Celtics, Shrewsberry worked with and aided in the development of young stars Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown. He’s also been tasked with running Purdue’s offense the past couple of seasons; the Boilermakers rank in the top 25 nationally in offensive efficiency this season.

INDIANA STATE BASKETBALL: Indiana State is hiring Josh Schertz from NCAA Division II power Lincoln Memorial as its next head coach, sources told ESPN.

An official announcement is expected later this week.

At the Division II level, Schertz has led Lincoln Memorial to two Final Four appearances and an 83% winning percentage during his 13 seasons at the helm. The four-time national coach of the year led the Railsplitters to eight regular-season conference titles and five conference tournament championships.

Schertz replaces Greg Lansing, who was informed after the season he wouldn’t be brought back for another season. Lansing had been at Indiana State since 2006 and was the head coach since 2010. The Sycamores went 11-7 in the Missouri Valley in each of the past two seasons.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Hawkeyes extending Fran McCaffery’s contract through 2028

(AP) Iowa coach Fran McCaffery signed a four-year contract extension through 2027-28 on Monday after leading the eighth-ranked Hawkeyes to the Big Ten Tournament semifinals and their highest NCAA Tournament seeding since 1987.

The Hawkeyes are 21-8 and finished third in the Big Ten regular season at 14-6. They’ve been ranked in the top 15 every week this season and peaked at No. 5 last week. The team is a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament and will play Grand Canyon on Friday in Indianapolis.

McCaffery’s annual base salary of $2.3 million for the next two seasons will remain unchanged. He took a 15% pay cut for this year to help the athletic department offset shortfalls caused by the pandemic. He is on track to receive longevity bonuses at the end of the next two seasons.

His annual salary will increase each of the last five years. Those increases were not announced.

“I am excited to announce the extension of Fran’s contract,” athletic director Gary Barta said. “He’s earned it. He’s built a strong foundation upon which we can continue to build for years to come. We originally planned to provide the extension at the end of last season, but paused due to the pandemic. I’ve appreciated Fran’s patience through it all.”

Iowa has finished in the upper half of the Big Ten in eight of McCaffery’s 11 seasons and has won at least 20 games seven times. The Hawks are in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2014 and feature national player of the year candidate and school career scoring leader Luka Garza.

McCaffery is Iowa’s second all-time winningest coach with 215 overall wins and 103 Big Ten victories.

“I am grateful to Gary Barta and President Bruce Harreld for their continued support,” McCaffery said. “I am proud of what our team accomplished during the regular season, and we are eager to compete for a national championship this month.”

Minnesota fires coach Richard Pitino after 8 seasons

(AP) Minnesota fired Richard Pitino on Monday after the coach compiled a 54-96 regular-season record over eight years in the Big Ten and had only three conference finishes higher than 10th place.

The Gophers went 14-15 this season, dropping 11 of their last 14 games. They were 0-10 on the road, one of only three major conference teams in the country without a road win.

Athletic director Mark Coyle was scheduled to address reporters on Tuesday morning. He called Pitino “a tremendous person and coach” in a statement distributed by the university.

“Decisions like this are never easy, but after evaluating this season and the previous eight years of our program under Richard, it is clear to me that new leadership is needed,” Coyle said. “We have one of the best practice facilities in the nation, a historic competition venue and a state that produces top-caliber talent. This is an extremely attractive job.”

Pitino wasn’t available for comment, but he posted a thank-you message to Minnesota on Twitter on Monday night with a picture of him and his kids at Williams Arena.

“Always wanted to represent Minnesota the right way on a daily basis with class and integrity,” Pitino tweeted. “Fired up for what the future holds!”

According an Albuquerque Journal report, Pitino was among the finalists for the head coach vacancy at New Mexico. If he’s hired elsewhere, Minnesota would be off the hook for a $1.7 million buyout, according to the language in his contract that had three years remaining. Payments will stop when Pitino gains “comparable employment,” which is defined in the deal as an NCAA Division I head coach, a head or assistant coach of a professional team, administrator or director of an NCAA Division I program or a commentator for a national broadcasting company.

Coyle ought to have plenty of strong candidates to consider. Two sons of former Gophers head coaches, Eric Musselman (Arkansas) and Brian Dutcher (San Diego State), are proven program-builders with teams currently in the NCAA Tournament. Craig Smith (Utah State) and Niko Medved (Colorado State) are Minnesota natives currently having success running mid-major programs. Then there’s Gophers alum Ryan Saunders, who was fired last month as coach of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

Prohm out at Iowa State after 2-win season, worst since 1925

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State and men’s basketball coach Steve Prohm have agreed to part ways after one of the worst seasons in the history of the program, athletic director Jamie Pollard announced.

The school said in a statement that Pollard and Prohm met in person Monday night and that Pollard would have additional comment Tuesday.

The Cyclones were 2-22 overall, 0-18 in the Big 12. They lost their last 18 games.

Iowa State hadn’t won so few games since 1924-25 and hadn’t gone winless in conference play since 1936-37.

Prohm was a celebrated hire from Murray State in 2015 and went 97-95 in six seasons with three NCAA Tournament appearances. His first Iowa State team reached the Sweet 16, losing to Virginia as a No. 4 seed.

Prohm’s 17 wins against Top 25 teams are third-most in school history. His five road wins over ranked opponents are a school record, and no Big 12 team has had more NBA draft picks than Iowa State’s six the last five years.

Iowa State hired Prohm away from Murray State after the popular Fred Hoiberg left to coach the Chicago Bulls. Prohm had a school-record .782 winning percentage in four years with the Racers and won two Ohio Valley Conference titles.

Prohm continued the momentum Hoiberg created, winning 23 games and reaching No. 4 in the AP poll in his first season. Players such as Georges Niang, Monte Morris and Tyrese Haliburton kept Hilton Coliseum rocking.

But after winning the 2019 Big 12 Tournament, the program’s fortunes turned. Iowa State went 12-20 last season, and the bottom fell out this season with a run of injuries.

Iowa State’s only wins were against Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Jackson State. The Cyclones didn’t win a game after Dec. 20.

Counting Big 12 Tournament games, Iowa State has lost 23 straight to Big 12 opponents.

Stanford tops NCAA women’s field; NC State gets No. 1 seed

(AP) — UConn is in its normal spot with a No. 1 seed for the women’s NCAA Tournament. Familiar territory for Stanford and South Carolina, too.

It’s a brand new day for North Carolina State. And the Huskies, while used to their position in the bracket, are facing some uncertainty after coach Geno Auriemma tested positive for the coronavirus.

N.C. State is a No. 1 seed for the first time, joining Stanford, South Carolina and Connecticut on the top lines for the San Antonio-themed regions for the women’s tourney. The Cardinal earned the overall No. 1 when the field was revealed Monday night.

“The No. 1 seed is a is a great honor, obviously,” N.C. State coach Wes Moore said. “Y’all know me, I’d rather just stayed a No. 2 and laid low.”

Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer downplayed being the top choice.

“What I really tell our team is seeds do not matter,” she said. “It’s not like you get any extra points when you show up at the gym.”

VanDerveer said being healthy and excited to play was most important. Teams basically will be locked down in hotels except to head to practice or games as part of the stringent COVID-19 safety protocols.

Auriemma’s Texas arrival will be delayed. He will remain in isolation for 10 days and can rejoin the team on March 24. The other members of UConn’s travel party have tested negative for COVID-19.

Auriemma will miss the Huskies’ opening game against High Point – one of four first-timers in the NCAAs – and a potential second-round matchup against either Syracuse or South Dakota State.

“I’m an innocent bystander right now. I’m going to sit back and watch them do their thing,” he said. “(Assistant coach Chris Dailey) is undefeated in tournament play. I don’t think you can get a coach who has a better record in the tournament than she does.”

While the coronavirus caused many disruptions to the schedule throughout the regular season, it looks as if most of the teams in the field made it to the tournament healthy.

Stanford, which will open against Utah Valley, had quite the odyssey this season because of the coronavirus. It had to play on the road for nine weeks after Santa Clara County health officials announced they were prohibiting all contact sports in late November.

The Cardinal, who are looking for their third national championship, are the top seed in the Alamo region. The Hemisfair, Mercado and River Walk are the other region names.

For the past few years, earning one of the top 16 seeds would put a team at home in the tournament’s first two rounds, but that’s not the case this March. Every game will be played in the San Antonio area because of the pandemic, with the last four rounds tipping off at the Alamodome.

This could be one of the most wide-open tournaments, with a dozen teams capable of winning the title. There were five No. 1 teams in The Associated Press women’s basketball poll this year, including the Huskies, who finished the season at No. 1.

The national semifinals take place on April 2, and the championship game will be held April 4.

Tennessee continued its streak of making the NCAA Tournament all 39 years. Joining High Point as NCAA rookies are Stony Brook, Utah Valley and Bradley.

Notre Dame’s run of 24 straight NCAA appearances came to an end. The Irish were one of the first four teams out of the tournament. They were joined just outside the field by Houston, DePaul and Oklahoma.

Even without Notre Dame, the ACC is well represented with eight teams. The SEC and the Big Ten each had seven schools. The Pac-12 had six, and the Big 12 had five.

With no tournament played last season because of the virus, Baylor is still the defending champion. Coach Kim Mulkey’s team is very different from the one that won the title, but still is quite talented, winning the Big 12 regular season and conference tournaments.

The Lady Bears are a No. 2 seed in UConn’s region.

Like Baylor, the other three two seeds – Louisville, Texas A&M and Maryland – at some point were in consideration for the one line.

“We did have a lot of teams, a lot of discussion around who are the four who were just right for the one line,” NCAA selection committee chair Nina King said.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Gonzaga clear-cut betting favorite for NCAA tournament, but Michigan biggest liability at sportsbooks

Undefeated Gonzaga is the clear-cut favorite to win the NCAA tournament, but sportsbooks are more concerned about another No. 1 seed: Michigan.

Gonzaga is 2-1 to win the tournament at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill, followed by Baylor at 5-1 and Illinois and Michigan, which are each 6-1.

In early December, the Wolverines were as high as 125-1 to win the national championship at William Hill, but they won their first 11 games and quickly garnered attention from bettors.

Multiple sportsbooks pointed to Michigan as their biggest liability in their odds to win the tournament, including William Hill, which reported taking a pair of $30,000 bets on the Wolverines to win it all in February from a customer in Illinois.

“We’ve got a huge liability on Michigan,” Nick Bogdanovich, William Hill U.S. director of trading, said in a company release. “Michigan would be the worst result for us out of any team.”

Gonzaga enters the tournament at 26-0 and is looking to become the first team to complete an undefeated season since the  Indiana Hoosiers in 1976. The Zags have attracted 20% of the money wagered on William Hill’s odds to win the NCAA tournament, by far the most of any team.

Michigan has drawn the second-most money at William Hill sportsbooks, followed by Baylor and Illinois.

There’s also some bookmaker paranoia about upstart Georgetown, which saw its odds to win the national championship improve dramatically after winning the Big East tournament over the weekend. Georgetown went from 2,500-1 to 200-1 at William Hill last week.

“People were jumping on their big odds as they progressed in the Big East tournament,” Adam Pullen, assistant director of trading for William Hill, told ESPN. “Georgetown is certainly playing well at the right time, so their odds were very attractive, and that liability quickly adds up.”

Creighton, which lost to Georgetown 73-48 in Saturday’s Big East tournament championship game, had attracted the largest reported national championship bet at sportsbook PointsBet, a $10,000 wager on the Bluejays at 20-1 odds.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: What to watch the first week of the NCAA Tournament

(AP) The 2020 NCAA Tournament was wiped out by the coronavirus, robbing the sports world of one of its greatest spectacles.

After a chaotic season through a pandemic, March Madness is back.

You know the players are ready. So are the coaches. The fans, too.

This year’s bracket will be like no other, played entirely in Indiana over a span of three weeks.

There’s no Duke, no Kentucky, but plenty of new favorites and upstarts who have waited a long time for their chance.

To get you ready, we’ve got a rundown of the teams, players and games to watch for when the bracket fires up with the First Four Thursday in Bloomington:

THE FAVORITES

Gonzaga. Wire-to-wire No. 1 pursuing the perfect 1976 Indiana Hoosiers.

Illinois. Tough, talented, loaded. Ayo and Kofi may be the bracket’s best 1-2 punch.

Baylor. Shooters everywhere, tenacious on D, lost once all year.

Michigan. Wolverines have done great things in a short period under Juwan Howard. Hopefully Isaiah Livers’ foot injury won’t cause them problems.

Iowa. Hawkeyes can light it up when they’re on and have one of the nation’s best players in Luka Garza.

NEW FACES

Hartford. The Hawks are in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in 27 years as a Division I program after winning the America East Tournament.

Grand Canyon. Bryce Drew worked some quick magic in the desert, needing one season to lead the Antelopes to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in eight years in DI.

Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights had their dreams crushed last season when the NCAA Tournament was canceled. They got a second chance and made the most of it, playing their way into the bracket for the first time since 1991.

Drexel. The Dragons won 12 games all season, but three of those were in the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament, putting them in the bracket for the first time in 25 years.

STAR PLAYERS

Luka Garza, Iowa. Big Ten beast ready to bull through the bracket.

Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois. Athletic, clutch, poised to become the latest one-name NCAA Tournament star.

Corey Kispert, Gonzaga. The sharpshooter makes the Zags go.

Jared Butler, Baylor. Shoots, leads and plays D, too.

Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State. Potential No. 1 pick in the NBA draft is a scorer, distributor, dominator.

TOP GAMES

Colgate vs. Arkansas, South Region, Friday. Leave the couch for a minute and you might miss a basket — or 10. And take the over, whatever it is.

Michigan State vs. UCLA, First Four, Thursday. Two of college basketball’s storied programs will help kick off the tournament right.

Texas Tech vs. Utah State, South Region, Friday. Baskets will be hard to come by between these two defensive-oriented teams.

Loyola Chicago vs. Georgia Tech, Midwest Region, Friday. Ramblers are back for the first time since their 2018 Final Four run. Georgia Tech was the surprise ACC Tournament champ. And hopefully Sister Jean gets a chance to go to Indy.

Oregon vs. Virginia Commonwealth, West Region, Saturday. VCU plays stifling defense. Oregon can light up the scoreboard. Strength v strength.

UPSET POTENTIAL

No. 12 UC Santa Barbara over No. 5 Creighton, West Region. There’s a chance the Bluejays could shoot the Gauchos out of the gym. If they’re off, watch out for UCSB, which has lost once in the new year.

No. 12 Winthrop over No. 5 Villanova, East Region. The Wildcats are without point guard Collin Gillespie for the rest of the season. The Eagles have lost once all season.

No. 10 Rutgers over No. 7 Clemson, Midwest Region, Friday. The Scarlet Knights may not have been here for a long time, but oddsmakers made them a favorite over the Tigers.

No. 12 Georgetown over No. 5 Colorado, East Region, Saturday. Workers at Madison Square Garden finally figured out who Patrick Ewing is after Hoyas won the Big East title. The Buffaloes may find out, too.

No. 13 Ohio over No. 4 Virginia, West Region, Saturday. The Cavaliers had to bow out of the ACC Tournament due to a positive COVID-19 test and have been bounced early before. The Bobcats have some upset history, too, beating Michigan on the way to the 2012 Sweet 16.

MID-MAJOR MONSTERS

Max Abmas, Oral Roberts. Led the nation with 24.2 points per game and shot 43% from 3 while majoring in biomedical chemistry. He’s going to be all right after the tournament no matter what happens.

Jason Preston, Ohio. Might be the best player non-diehard college hoops fans don’t know. Averaged 17.1 points, 6.9 assists and 6.7 rebounds.

Neemias Queta, Utah State. Absolutely dominating force inside at both ends.

Camron Krutwig, Loyola Chicago. The beefy, agile-footed, deft passing center of the Ramblers’ Final Four is still playing.

Isaiah Miller, UNC Greensboro. Can hurt with his scoring (19.3 ppg) and will get up in your grill on D.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT OPENING ROUND

First Four

16 Norfolk State vs. 16 Appalachian State
11 Wichita State vs. 11 Drake
16 Mount St. Mary’s vs. 16 Texas Southern
11 Michigan State vs. 11 UCLA

West Region

1 Gonzaga vs. 16 Norfolk State/Appalachian State – March 20
8 Oklahoma vs. 9 Missouri – March 20
5 Creighton vs. 12 UC Santa Barbara – March 20
4 Virginia vs. 13 Ohio – March 20
6 USC vs. 11 Wichita State/Drake – March 20
3 Kansas vs. 14 Eastern Washington – March 20
7 Oregon vs. 10 VCU – March 20
2 Iowa vs. 15 Grand Canyon – March 20

South Region

Baylor vs. 16 Hartford – March 19
North Carolina vs. Wisconsin – March 19
Villanova vs. 12 Winthrop – March 19
Purdue vs. 13 North Texas – March 19
6 Texas Tech vs. 11 Utah State – March 19
3 Arkansas vs. 14 Colgate – March 19
Florida vs. 10 Virginia Tech – March 19
Ohio State vs. 15 Oral Roberts – March 19

Midwest Region

Illinois vs. 16 Drexel – March 19
8 Loyola Chicago vs. 9 Georgia Tech – March 19
5 Tennessee vs. 12 Oregon State – March 19
Oklahoma State vs. 13 Liberty – March 19
San Diego State vs. 11 Syracuse – March 19
3 West Virginia vs. 14 Morehead State – March 19
7 Clemson vs. 10 Rutgers – March 19
2 Houston vs. 15 Cleveland State – March 19

East Region

Michigan vs. 16 Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern – March 20
8 LSU vs. 9 St. Bonaventure – March 20
5 Colorado vs. 12 Georgetown – March 20
4 Florida State vs. 13 UNC Greensboro – March 20
6 BYU vs. 11 Michigan State/UCLA – March 20
3 Texas vs. 14 Abilene Christian – March 20
7 UConn vs. 10 Maryland – March 20
2 Alabama vs. 15 Iona – March 20

HOW TO WATCH THE FIRST ROUND OF MEN’S NCAA TOURNEY

Texas Southern vs. Mount St. Mary’s, 5:10 p.m. Thursday in Bloomington, Ind., TruTV

Drake vs. Wichita State, 6:27 p.m. Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., TBS

Appalachian State vs. Norfolk State, 8:40 p.m. Thursday in Bloomington, Ind., TruTV

UCLA vs. Michigan State, 9:57 p.m. Thursday in West Lafayette, Ind., TBS

1 Michigan (20-4) vs. 16 Mt. St. Mary’s/Texas Southern winner, 3 p.m. Saturday at West Lafayette, CBS

8 LSU (18-9) vs. 9 St. Bonaventure (16-4), 1:45 p.m. Saturday at Bloomington, TNT

5 Colorado (22-8) vs. 12 Georgetown (13-12), 12:15 p.m. Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS

4 Florida State (16-6) vs. 13 UNC Greensboro (21-8), 12:45 p.m. Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, TruTV

6 BYU (20-6) vs. 11 Michigan State/UCLA winner, 9:40 p.m. Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS

3 Texas (19-7) vs. 14 Abilene Christian (23-4), 9:50 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV

7 UConn (15-7) vs. 10 Maryland (16-13), 7:10 p.m. Saturday at West Lafayette, Ind., CBS

2 Alabama (24-6) vs. 15 Iona (12-5), 4 p.m. Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, TBS

1 Illinois (23-6) vs. 16 Drexel (12-7), 1:15 p.m. Friday at Farmers Coliseum, TBS

8 Loyola Chicago (24-4) vs. 9 Georgia Tech (17-8), 4 p.m. Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, TBS

5 Tennessee (18-8) vs. 12 Oregon State (17-12), 4:30 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, TNT

4 Oklahoma State (20-8) vs. 13 Liberty (23-5), 6:25 p.m. Friday at Farmers Coliseum, TBS

6 San Diego State (23-4) vs. 11 Syracuse (16-9), 9:40 p.m. Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS

3 West Virginia (18-9) vs. 14 Morehead State (23-7), 9:50 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV

7 Clemson (16-7) vs. 10 Rutgers (15-11), 9:20 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, CBS

2 Houston (24-3) vs. 15 Cleveland State (19-7), 7:15 p.m. Friday at Bloomington, Ind., TruTV

1 Baylor (22-2) vs. 16 Hartford (15-8), 3:30 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV

8 North Carolina (18-10) vs. 9 Wisconsin (17-12), 7:10 p.m. Friday at West Lafayette, Ind., CBS

5 Villanova (16-6) vs. 12 Winthrop (23-1), 9:57 p.m. Friday at Farmers Coliseum, TNT

4 Purdue (18-9) vs. 13 North Texas  (17-9), 7:25 p.m. Friday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TNT

6 Texas Tech (17-10) vs. 11 Utah State (20-8), 1:45 p.m. Friday at Bloomington, Ind., TNT

3 Arkansas (22-6) vs. 14 Colgate (14-1), 12:45 p.m. Friday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, TruTV

7 Florida (14-9) vs. 10 Virginia Tech (15-6), 12:15 p.m. Friday at Hinkle Fieldhouse, CBS

2 Ohio State (21-9) vs. 15 Oral Roberts (16-10), 3 p.m. Friday at West Lafayette, Ind., CBS

Gonzaga leads the West region and will play winner of Norfolk State/Appalachian State winner. Those two schools will play in the ‘First Four.”

8 Oklahoma (15-10) vs. 9 Missouri (16-9), 7:25 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TNT

5 Creighton (20-8) vs. 12 UC Santa Barbara (22-4), 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, TruTV

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NCAA Tournament Capsules

Gonzaga

Spokane, Wash. 26-0.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Mark Few.

Conference: West Coast. Bid: Automatic.

Region: West. Seed: No. 1

Tournament History: 34-22, 1 Final Four in 22 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Texas Tech in the Elite Eight.

Season Stats

Scoring: 92.1 points per game; 55.1 fg pct; 36.5 3-pt pct; 72.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Corey Kispert 19.2; Drew Timme 18.7; Jalen Suggs 14.3.

Rebounds: Timme 7.1; Joel Ayayi 7.0; Avg team margin (plus-7.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.51): Suggs (4.5/2.8), 108 assists.

Last 10 Games: 10-0.

Best Win: 99-88 vs. Iowa on Dec. 19.

Worst Loss: N/A.

Norfolk State

Norfolk, Va. 16-7.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Robert Jones.

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic. Bid: Automatic.

Region: West. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament History: 1-1 in 1 appearance.

Last appearance: 2012, lost to Florida in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 75.2 points per game; 43.6 fg pct; 36.8 3-pt pct; 70.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Devante Carter 15.5; Joe Bryant Jr. 11.6; Jalen Hawkins 9.4.

Rebounds: Carter 5.3; J.J. Matthews 4.8; Avg team margin (minus-0.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.94): Carter (4.0/2.4), 93 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 68-65 at George Mason on Dec. 26.

Worst Loss: 64-74 at home to Coppin St. on Feb. 8.

Appalachian State

Boone, N.C. 17-11.

Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Dustin Kerns.

Conference: Sun Belt. Bid: Automatic.

Region: West. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament History: 0-2 in 2 appearances.

Last appearance: 2000, lost to Ohio St. in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 70.9 points per game; 41.5 fg pct; 32.4 3-pt pct; 73.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Adrian Delph 13.2; Justin Forrest 10.0; Michael Almonacy 12.9.

Rebounds: Donovan Gregory 6.0; James Lewis Jr. 5.1; Avg team margin (plus-0.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.01): Almonacy (2.9/1.6), 82 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 80-73 vs. Georgia St. on Mar. 8.

Worst Loss: 56-69 at home to Troy on Jan. 1.

Oklahoma

Norman, Okla. 15-10.

Nickname: Sooners. Coach: Lon Kruger.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament History: 42-32, 5 Final Fours in 32 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Virginia in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 74.8 points per game; 44.2 fg pct; 33.8 3-pt pct; 74.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Austin Reaves 17.7; De’Vion Harmon 12.9; Brady Manek 10.8.

Rebounds: Reaves 5.7; Manek 5.1; Avg team margin (0.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.21): Reaves (4.7/2.9), 108 assists.

Last 10 Games: 4-6.

Best Win: 66-61 at home to Alabama on 66-61.

Worst Loss: 57-62 at Kansas St. on Feb. 23.

Missouri

Columbia, Mo. 16-9.

Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Cuonzo Martin.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament History: 19-26 in 26 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Florida St. in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 73.6 points per game; 44.9 fg pct; 32.0 3-pt pct; 69.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Xavier Pinson 14.1; Dru Smith 14.1; Jeremiah Tilmon 12.3.

Rebounds: Tilmon 7.0; Kobe Brown 6.3; Avg team margin (plus-0.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.98): Smith (3.9/2.4), 97 assists.

Last 10 Games: 4-6.

Best Win: 81-78 at home to Illinois on Dec. 12.

Worst Loss: 70-80 at Georgia on Feb. 16.

Creighton

Omaha, Neb. 20-8.

Nickname: Bluejays. Coach: Greg McDermott.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament History: 12-22 in 21 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Kansas St. in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 77.0 points per game; 47.6 fg pct; 36.7 3-pt pct; 64.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Marcus Zegarowski 15.5; Denzel Mahoney 12.5; Damien Jefferson 12.1.

Rebounds: Bishop 5.9; Jefferson 5.5; Avg team margin (minus-0.4).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.42): Zegarowski (4.3/2.0), 113 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 86-70 at home to Villanova on Feb. 13.

Worst Loss: 66-70 at Butler on Jan. 16.

UC Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, Calif. 22-4.

Nickname: Gauchos. Coach: Joe Pasternack.

Conference: Big West. Bid: Automatic.

Region: West. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament History: 1-5 in 5 appearances.

Last appearance: 2011, lost to Florida in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 76.5 points per game; 48.5 fg pct; 35.1 3-pt pct; 75.0 ft pct.

Top Scorers: JaQuori McLaughlin 16.2; Amadou Sow 13.7; Ajare Sanni 11.2.

Rebounds: Sow 7.6; Miles Norris 4.5; Avg team margin (plus-5.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.48): McLaughlin (5.2/2.0), 129 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 69-58 at home to Loyola Marymount on Dec. 7.

Worst Loss: 52-68 at UC Riverside on Feb. 27.

Virginia

Charlottesville, Va. 18-6.

Nickname: Cavaliers. Coach: Tony Bennett.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament History: 35-22, 3 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 23 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, beat Texas Tech in the National Championship.

Season Stats

Scoring: 68.6 points per game; 48.0 fg pct; 38.1 3-pt pct; 81.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Sam Hauser 16.0; Jay Huff 13.1; Trey Murphy III 11.3.

Rebounds: Huff 7.1; Hauser 6.7; Avg team margin (plus-2.6).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.48): Kihei Clark (4.6/2.2), 110 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 60-48 at home to North Carolina on Feb. 13.

Worst Loss: 60-61 vs. San Francisco on Nov. 27.

Ohio

Athens, Ohio. 16-7.

Nickname: Bobcats. Coach: Jeff Boals.

Conference: Mid-American. Bid: Automatic.

Region: West. Seed: No. 13

Tournament History: 7-14 in 13 appearances.

Last appearance: 2012, lost to North Carolina in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 80.9 points per game; 48.9 fg pct; 36.1 3-pt pct; 70.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jason Preston 16.6; Dwight Wilson III 14.9; Ben Vander Plas 12.8.

Rebounds: Wilson III 7.5; Preston 6.8; Avg team margin (plus-1.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.49): Preston (7.2/2.9), 130 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 87-80 vs. Toledo on Mar. 12.

Worst Loss: 75-83 at home to Bowling Green on Dec. 30.

USC

Los Angeles. 22-7.

Nickname: Trojans. Coach: Andy Enfield.

Conference: Pacific 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament History: 14-19, 2 Final Fours in 17 appearances.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Baylor in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 74.8 points per game; 46.7 fg pct; 34.8 3-pt pct; 64.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Evan Mobley 16.8; Tahj Eaddy 13.7; Drew Peterson 9.9.

Rebounds: Mobley 8.6; Isaiah Mobley 7.4; Avg team margin (plus-7.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.10): Ethan Anderson (3.0/1.6), 63 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 79-53 vs. BYU on Dec. 1.

Worst Loss: 56-58 at Oregon St. on Jan 19.

Wichita State

Wichita, Kan. 16-5.

Nickname: Shockers. Coach: Isaac Brown.

Conference: American Athletic. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 18-16, 2 Final Fours in 15 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Marshall in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 72.4 points per game; 40.8 fg pct; 34.2 3-pt pct; 68.9 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Tyson Etienne 17.0; Alterique Gilbert 10.3; Morris Udeze 9.8.

Rebounds: Trey Wade 5.6; Udeze 4.7; Avg team margin (minus-1.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.17): Gilbert (4.1/2.2), 87 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 68-63 at home to Houston on Feb. 18.

Worst Loss: 59-60 vs. Cincinnati on Mar. 3.

Drake

Des Moines. 25-4.

Nickname: Bulldogs. Coach: Darian DeVries.

Conference: Missouri Valley. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 5-4, 1 Final Four in 4 appearances.

Last appearance: 2008, lost to W. Kentucky in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 77.4 points per game; 49.4 fg pct; 37.0 3-pt pct; 71.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: ShanQuan Hemphill 14.1; Joseph Yesufu 12.1; Roman Penn 11.2.

Rebounds: Darnell Brodie 7.2; Hemphill 6.3; Avg team margin (plus-5.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.33): Penn (5.5/2.3), 131 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 51-50 at home to Loyola-Chicago on Feb. 14.

Worst Loss: 57-74 at Valparaiso on Feb. 7.

Kansas

Lawrence, Kan. 20-8.

Nickname: Jayhawks. Coach: Bill Self.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament History: 107-49, 15 Final Fours, and 3 National Championships in 48 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Auburn in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 73.1 points per game; 44.0 fg pct; 34.4 3-pt pct; 71.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Ochai Agbaji 14.2; David McCormack 13.4; Jalen Wilson 12.1.

Rebounds: Wilson 8.2; McCormack 6.1; Avg team margin (plus-3.6).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.11): Marcus Garrett (3.7/2.0), 99 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 71-58 at home to Baylor on Feb. 27.

Worst Loss: 68-75 at Oklahoma on Jan 23.

Eastern Washington

Cheney, Wash. 16-7.

Nickname: Eagles. Coach: Shantay Legans.

Conference: Big Sky. Bid: Automatic.

Region: West. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament History: 0-2 in 2 appearances.

Last appearance: 2015, lost to Georgetown in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 78.0 points per game; 46.7 fg pct; 35.4 3-pt pct; 78.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Tanner Groves 16.4; Kim Aiken Jr. 11.7; Tyler Robertson 11.3.

Rebounds: Aiken Jr. 8.5; Groves 8.1; Avg team margin (plus-1.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.31): Robertson (3.0/1.4), 67 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 75-63 at home to Southern Utah on Jan. 14.

Worst Loss: 63-68 at home to Idaho St. on Mar. 3.

Oregon

Eugene, Ore. 20-6.

Nickname: Ducks. Coach: Dana Altman.

Conference: Pac-12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament History: 25-15, 2 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 16 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Virginia in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 74.4 points per game; 47.2 fg pct; 37.9 3-pt pct; 70.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Chris Duarte 16.7; Eugene Omoruyi 16.7; LJ Figueroa 12.3.

Rebounds: Figueroa 6.1; Eric Williams Jr. 6.1; Avg team margin (plus-1.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.18): Will Richardson (3.6/2.5), 51 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 60-56 at home to Colorado on Feb. 18.

Worst Loss: 71-74 at home to Washington St. on Feb. 4.

VCU

Richmond, Va. 19-7.

Nickname: Rams. Coach: Mike Rhoades.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament History: 13-17, 1 Final Four in 17 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to UCF in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 72.0 points per game; 45.3 fg pct; 32.9 3-pt pct; 76.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Nah’Shon Hyland 19.4; Vince Williams Jr. 10.6; Jamir Watkins 7.4.

Rebounds: Hason Ward 5.2; Williams Jr. 5.1; Avg team margin (minus-0.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.91): Adrian Baldwin Jr. (4.4/2.4), 111 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 67-64 at home to St. Bonaventure on Feb. 12.

Worst Loss: 76-79 OT at home to George Mason on Feb. 20.

Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa. 21-8.

Nickname: Hawkeyes. Coach: Fran McCaffery.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: West. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament History: 30-28, 3 Final Fours in 26 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Tennessee in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 83.8 points per game; 46.9 fg pct; 38.6 3-pt pct; 71.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Luka Garza 23.7; Joe Wieskamp 14.7; Jordan Bohannon 10.9.

Rebounds: Garza 8.8; Wieskamp 6.6; Avg team margin (plus-3.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (2.01): Bohannon (4.5/1.4), 130 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 73-57 at Ohio St. on Feb. 28.

Grand Canyon

Phoenix. 17-6.

Nickname: Antelopes. Coach: Bryce Drew.

Conference: Western Athletic. Bid: Automatic.

Region: West. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament History: N/A.

Last appearance: N/A.

Season Stats

Scoring: 75.6 points per game; 49.2 fg pct; 33.2 3-pt pct; 68.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Asbjorn Midtgaard 14.0; Alessandro Lever 13.3; Jovan Blacksher Jr. 11.9.

Rebounds: Midtgaard 9.7; Lever 5.3; Avg team margin (plus-9.9).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.23): Blacksher Jr. (5.2/2.3), 120 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 87-77 at home to Nevada on Dec. 11.

Worst Loss: 62-65 at home to California Baptist on Feb. 20.

Michigan

Ann Arbor, Mich. 20-4.

Nickname: Wolverines. Coach: Juwan Howard.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament History: 53-24, 6 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 26 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Texas Tech in Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Scoring: 76.2 points per game; 48.3 fg pct; 38.7 3-pt pct; 77.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Hunter Dickinson 14.2; Isaiah Livers 13.1; Franz Wagner 12.8.

Rebounds: Dickinson 7.6; Wagner 6.2; Avg team margin (plus-6.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.39): Mike Smith (5.4/2.1), 130 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 79-57 at home to Iowa on Feb. 25.

Worst Loss: 57-75 at Minnesota on Jan. 16.

Mount St. Mary’s

Emmitsburg, Md. 12-10.

Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Dan Engelstad.

Conference: Northeast. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament History: 2-5 in 2 appearances.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Villanova in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 63.7 points per game; 42.6 fg pct; 33.7 3-pt pct; 67.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Damian Chong Qui 15.1; Jalen Gibbs; Nana Opoku 10.3.

Rebounds: Malik Jefferson 8.0; Opoku 7.0; Avg team margin (plus-5.4).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.89): Chong Qui (5.5/2.8), 120 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 73-68 at home to Bryant on Mar. 9.

Worst Loss: 64-65 at C. Connecticut.

Texas Southern

Houston. 16-8.

Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Johnny Jones.

Conference: Southwestern Athletic. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament History: 1-8 in 8 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Xavier in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 74.8 points per game; 45.0 fg pct; 27.6 3-pt pct; 69.9 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Michael Weathers 16.5; John Walker III 11.9; Joirdon Karl Nichols 11.3.

Rebounds: Karl Nichols 7.0; Walker III 5.4; Avg team margin (plus-6.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.78): Weathers (3.5/3.4), 77 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 76-74 at Wyoming on Nov. 30.

Worst Loss: 72-78 at home to Grambling St. on Jan. 16.

LSU

Baton Rouge, La. 18-9.

Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Will Wade.

Conference: Southwestern Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament History: 26-25, 4 Final Fours in 22 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 82.2 points per game; 46.6 fg pct; 34.9 3-pt pct; 74.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Cameron Thomas 22.8; Trendon Watford 16.2; Javonte Smart 15.7.

Rebounds: Darius Days 7.7; Watford 7.4; Avg team margin (plus-0.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.03): Smart (4.0/2.8), 99 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 78-65 at home to Tennessee on Feb. 13.

Worst Loss: 78-91 at Georgia on Feb. 23.

St. Bonaventure

St. Bonaventure, N.Y. 16-4.

Nickname: Bonnies. Coach: Mark Schmidt.

Conference: Atlantic 10. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament History: 7-9, 1 Final Four in 7 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Florida in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 70.3 points per game; 45.1 fg pct; 35.0 3-pt pct; 72.9 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Kyle Lofton 14.2; Jaren Holmes 13.8; Jalen Adaway 12.4.

Rebounds: Osun Osunniyi 9.3; Dominick Welch 6.2; Avg team margin (plus-4.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.35): Lofton (5.5/2.6), 104 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 74-65 vs. VCU on Mar. 14.

Worst Loss: 57-63 at Rhode Island on Dec. 30.

Colorado

Boulder, Colo. 22-8.

Nickname: Buffaloes. Coach: Tad Boyle.

Conference: Pac-12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament History: 10-16, 2 Final Fours in 14 appearances.

Last appearance: 2016, lost to UConn in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 73.0 points per game; 45.4 fg pct; 36.7 3-pt pct; 82.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: McKinley Wright IV 15.5; Jeriah Horne 11.4; Evan Battey 10.2.

Rebounds: Horne 5.8; Battey 5.4; Avg team margin (plus-4.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.19): Wright IV (5.6/2.1), 168 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 72-70 vs. Southern Cal on Mar 12.

Worst Loss: 80-84 at Washington on Jan. 20.

Georgetown

Washington, D.C. 13-12.

Nickname: Hoyas. Coach: Patrick Ewing.

Conference: Big East. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament History: 47-29, 5 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 30 appearances.

Last appearance: 2015, lost to Utah in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 71.4 points per game; 42.4 fg pct; 36.6 3-pt pct; 75.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jahvon Blair 15.8; Qudus Wahab 12.4; Jamorka Pickett 12.3.

Rebounds: Wahab 8.0; Pickett 7.4; Avg team margin (plus-5.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.84): Blair (3.7/2.6), 89 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 72-71 vs. Villanova on Mar. 11.

Worst Loss: 55-63 at Butler on Jan. 6.

Florida State

Tallahassee, Fla. 16-6.

Nickname: Seminoles. Coach: Leonard Hamilton.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament History: 21-17, 1 Final Four in 17 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Gonzaga in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 78.9 points per game; 47.4 fg pct; 39.0 3-pt pct; 73.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: M.J. Walker 13.0; RaiQuan Gray 12.0; Scottie Barnes 11.0.

Rebounds: Gray 6.5; Balsa Koprivica 5.9; Avg team margin (plus-4.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.02): Barnes (4.2/2.3), 89 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 81-60 at home to Virginia on Feb. 15.

Worst Loss: 74-86 at home to UCF on Dec. 19.

UNC-Greensboro

Greensboro, N.C. 21-8.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Wes Miller.

Conference: Southern. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament History: 0-3 in 3 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Gonzaga in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 73.6 points per game; 42.4 fg pct; 30.0 3-pt pct; 68.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Isaiah Miller 19.3; Keyshaun Langley 9.8; Kaleb Hunter 8.7.

Rebounds: Mohammed Abdulsalam 7.0; Miller 6.9; Avg team margin (plus-3.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.12): Miller (4.0/3.0), 112 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 64-58 at home to Furman on Feb. 10.

Worst Loss: 80-85 at Coppin St. on Dec. 10.

BYU

Provo, Utah. 20-6.

Nickname: Cougars. Coach: Mark Pope.

Conference: West Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament History: 15-32 in 29 appearances.

Last appearance: 2015, lost to Mississippi in the Opening Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 78.7 points per game; 48.2 fg pct; 37.8 3-pt pct; 73.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Alex Barcello 15.9; Brandon Averette 11.5; Matt Haarms 11.3.

Rebounds: Caleb Lohner 7.0; Haarms 4.8; Avg team margin (plus-6.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.25): Barcello (4.5/2.0), 116 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 72-62 at San Diego St. on Dec. 18.

Worst Loss: 73-76 at Pepperdine on Jan. 27.

Michigan State

East Lansing, Mich. 15-12.

Nickname: Spartans. Coach: Tom Izzo.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 69-32, 10 Final Fours, and 2 National Championships in 33 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Texas Tech in the Final Four.

Season Stats

Scoring: 69.0 points per game; 42.4 fg pct; 32.0 3-pt pct; 72.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Aaron Henry 15.3; Joey Hauser 9.7; Joshua Langford 9.6.

Rebounds: Hauser 5.7; Henry 5.7; Avg team margin (plus-3.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.22): Henry (3.5/2.8), 94 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 70-64 at home to Michigan on Mar. 7.

Worst Loss: 65-79 at Northwestern on Dec. 20.

UCLA

Los Angeles. 17-9.

Nickname: Bruins. Coach: Mick Cronin.

Conference: Pacific 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 100-40, 17 Final Fours, and 11 National Championships in 47 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to St. Bonaventure in the Opening Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 72.8 points per game; 46.2 fg pct; 36.7 3-pt pct; 72.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Johnny Juzang 14.0; Chris Smith 12.6; Jaime Jaquez Jr. 11.7.

Rebounds: Smith 6.4; Jaquez Jr. 6.0; Avg team margin (plus-4.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.21): Tyger Campbell (5.6/2.0), 145 assists.

Last 10 Games: 4-6.

Best Win: 65-62 at home to Colorado on Jan. 2.

Worst Loss: 73-81 at Washington St. on Feb. 11.

Texas

Austin, Texas. 19-7.

Nickname: Longhorns. Coach: Shaka Smart.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament History: 35-37, 3 Final Four in 34 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Nevada in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 75.2 points per game; 45.4 fg pct; 35.6 3-pt pct; 70.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Andrew Jones 14.6; Mat Coleman III 13.3; Courtney Ramey 12.6.

Rebounds: Jericho Sims 7.1; Greg Brown 6.4; Avg team margin (plus-4.4).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.92): Coleman III (4.1/2.4), 107 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 84-59 at home to Kansas on Jan. 2.

Worst Loss: 79-80 at home to Oklahoma on Jan. 26.

Abilene Christian

Abilene, Texas. 23-4.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Joe Golding.

Conference: Southland. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament History: 0-1 in 1 appearance.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Kentucky in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 77.6 points per game; 46.0 fg pct; 35.3 3-pt pct; 67.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Kolton Kohl 12.3; Joe Pleasant 10.8; Coryon Mason 10.7.

Rebounds: Pleasant 5.4; Kohl 4.8; Avg team margin (plus-2.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.31): Reggie Miller (4.4/1.8), 118 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 70-47 vs. East Tennessee St. on Nov. 25.

Worst Loss: 82-84 at Cent. Arkansas on Feb. 27.

UConn

Storrs, Conn. 15-7.

Nickname: Huskies. Coach: Dan Hurley.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament History: 57-29, 5 Final Fours, and 4 National Championships in 32 appearances.

Last appearance: 2016, lost to Kansas in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 72.5 points per game; 43.9 fg pct; 33.6 3-pt pct; 73.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: James Bouknight 19.0; R.J. Cole 12.3; Tyrese Martin 10.7.

Rebounds: Martin 7.3; Isaiah Whaley 6.1; Avg team margin (plus-4.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.11): Cole (4.4/1.8), 96 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 61-58 vs. Southern Cal on Dec. 3.

Worst Loss: 59-70 at Providence on Feb. 10.

Maryland

College Park, Md. 16-13.

Nickname: Terrapins. Coach: Mark Turgeon.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: East. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament History: 41-26, 2 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 27 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to LSU in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 68.8 points per game; 45.6 fg pct; 35.3 3-pt pct; 70.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Eric Ayala 14.9; Aaron Wiggins 14.0; Donta Scott 10.9.

Rebounds: Scott 6.1; Wiggins 5.9; Avg team margin (minus-0.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.19): Darryl Morsell (2.8/2.1), 78 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 66-63 at Illinois on Jan. 10.

Worst Loss: 55-60 at Northwestern on Mar. 3.

Alabama

Tuscaloosa, Ala. 24-6.

Nickname: Crimson Tide. Coach: Nate Oats.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament History: 19-20 in 20 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Villanova in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 79.6 points per game; 43.0 fg pct; 35.2 3-pt pct; 72.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jaden Shackelford 14.0; John Petty Jr. 12.6; Jahvon Quinerly 12.6.

Rebounds: Herbert Jones 6.4; Petty Jr. 5.0; Avg team margin (plus-1.4).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.00): Jones (3.3/2.7), 96 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 71-63 at Tennessee on Jan. 2.

Worst Loss: 71-73 at home to W. Kentucky on Dec. 19.

Iona

New Rochelle, N.Y. 12-5.

Nickname: Gaels. Coach: Rick Pitino.

Conference: Metro Atlantic. Bid: Automatic.

Region: East. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament History: 0-13 in 13 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to North Carolina in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 72.2 points per game; 44.5 fg pct; 35.5 3-pt pct; 74.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Isaiah Ross 18.4; Asante Gist 13.3; Nelly Junior Joseph 11.4.

Rebounds: Junior Joseph 7.6; Dylan Van Eyck 6.5; Avg team margin (plus-5.9).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.89): Gist (3.7/2.5), 55 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 55-52 vs. Siena on Mar. 10.

Worst Loss: 70-77 at home to Manhattan on Feb. 13.

Illinois

Champaign, Ill. 23-6.

Nickname: Fighting Illini. Coach: Brad Underwood.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament History: 40-31, 5 Final Fours in 30 appearances.

Last appearance: 2013, lost to Miami in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 81.1 points per game; 50.0 fg pct; 37.4 3-pt pct; 68.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Ayo Dosunmu 20.9; Kofi Cockburn 17.6; Trent Frazier 10.4.

Rebounds: Cockburn 9.6; Dosunmu 6.2; Avg team margin (plus-10.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.23): Dosunmu (5.4/3.3), 135 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 76-53 at Michigan on Mar. 2.

Worst Loss: 72-81 at Michigan St. on Feb. 23.

Drexel

Philadelphia, Pa. 12-7.

Nickname: Dragons. Coach: Zach Spiker.

Conference: Colonial. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament History: 1-4 in 4 appearances.

Last appearance: 1996, lost to Syracuse in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 71.5 points per game; 47.7 fg pct; 37.2 3-pt pct; 77.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Camren Wynter 16.8; James Butler 12.9; T.J. Bickerstaff 10.6.

Rebounds: Butler 9.2; Bickerstaff 5.4; Avg team margin (plus-4.7).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.18): Wynter (5.3/2.9), 101 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 84-78 at James Madison on Feb. 26.

Worst Loss: 64-69 at home to William & Mary on Jan. 17.

Loyola

Chicago. 24-4.

Nickname: Ramblers. Coach: Porter Moser.

Conference: Missouri Valley. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament History: 13-5, 2 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 6 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Michigan in the Final Four.

Season Stats

Scoring: 71.5 points per game; 50.5 fg pct; 36.8 3-pt pct; 72.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Cameron Krutwig 15.0; Lucas Williamson 8.2; Marquise Kennedy 8.1.

Rebounds: Krutwig 6.7; Aher Uguak 4.1; Avg team margin (plus-5.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.32): Krutwig (3.0/2.2), 82 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 81-54 at Drake on Feb. 13.

Worst Loss: 71-76 at Indiana St. on Jan. 10.

Georgia Tech

Atlanta. 17-8.

Nickname: Yellow Jackets. Coach: Josh Pastner.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament History: 23-16, 2 Final Fours in 16 appearances.

Last appearance: 2010, lost to Ohio St. in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 75.5 points per game; 47.4 fg pct; 34.9 3-pt pct; 72.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Moses Wright 17.4; Jose Alvarado 15.3; Michael Devoe 15.1.

Rebounds: Wright 8.0; Devoe 4.3; Avg team margin (minus-3.6).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.45): Alvarado (4.1/2.0),103 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 80-75 vs. Florida St. on Mar. 13.

Worst Loss: 120-123 4OT at home to Georgia St. on Nov. 25.

Tennessee

Knoxville, Tenn. 18-8.

Nickname: Volunteers. Coach: Rick Barnes.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament History: 22-23 in 22 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Purdue in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Scoring: 72.5 points per game; 44.3 fg pct; 33.7 3-pt pct; 74.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jaden Springer 12.5; Keon Johnson 11.2; Victor Bailey Jr. 11.0.

Rebounds: Josiah-Jordan James 6.2; John Fulkerson 5.5; Avg team margin (plus-2.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.20): Santiago Vescovi (3.2/1.9), 83 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 80-61 at home to Kansas on Jan. 30.

Worst Loss: 72-77 at Auburn on Feb. 27.

Oregon St.

Corvallis, Ore. 17-12.

Nickname: Beavers. Coach: Wayne Tinkle.

Conference: Pac-12. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament History: 10-17, 2 Final Fours in 14 appearances.

Last appearance: 2016, lost to VCU in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 70.7 points per game; 43.5 fg pct; 35.3 3-pt pct; 75.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Ethan Thompson 15.3; Jarod Lucas 12.9; Warith Alatishe 9.9.

Rebounds: Alatishe 8.5; Rodrigue Andela 4.6; Avg team margin (plus-0.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.30): Thompson (3.9/2.6), 112 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 70-68 vs. Colorado on Mar. 13.

Worst Loss: 86-87 OT at home to Portland on Dec. 10.

Oklahoma St.

Stillwater, Okla. 20-8.

Nickname: Cowboys. Coach: Mike Boynton.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament History: 38-27, 6 Final Fours, and 2 National Championships in 28 appearances.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Michigan in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 77.1 points per game; 46.7 fg pct; 33.8 3-pt pct; 71.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Cade Cunningham 20.2; Avery Anderson III 11.7; Kalib Boone 9.8.

Rebounds: Isaac Likekele 6.7; Cunningham 6.3; Avg team margin (plus-3.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.83): Likeleke (3.7/2.2), 81 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 83-74 vs. Baylor on Mar. 12.

Worst Loss: 76-77 at home to TCU on Dec. 16.

Liberty

Lynchburg, Va. 23-5.

Nickname: Flames. Coach: Ritchie McKay.

Conference: Atlantic Sun. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament History: 1-4 in 4 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Virginia Tech in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 74.9 points per game; 49.1 fg pct; 39.1 3-pt pct; 77.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Darius McGhee 15.6, Chris Parker 10.3; Elijah Cuffee 9.6.

Rebounds: Blake Preston 6.4; McGhee 4.4; Avg team margin (plus-3.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.65): Parker (3.5/2.0), 97 assists.

Last 10 Games: 10-0.

Best Win: 84-73 vs. Mississippi St. on Bov. 26.

Worst Loss: 59-65 at Stetson on Jan. 15.

San Diego St.

San Diego. 23-4.

Nickname: Aztecs. Coach: Brian Dutcher.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament History: 6-12 in 12 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Houston in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 74.1 points per game; 45.5 fg pct; 37.5 3-pt pct; 72.3 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Matt Mitchell 15.4; Jordan Schakel 14.3; Nathan Mensah 8.8.

Rebounds: Mensah 6.1; Mitchell 5.5; Avg team margin (plus-4.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.23): Tyler Pulliam (3.4/1.5), 93 assists.

Last 10 Games: 10-0.

Best Win: 68-57 vs. Utah St. on Mar. 13.

Worst Loss: 67-70 at home to Colorado St. on Jan. 2.

Syracuse

Syracuse, N.Y. 16-9.

Nickname: Orange. Coach: Jim Boeheim.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 64-36, 6 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 36 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Baylor in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 75.8 points per game; 44.1 fg pct; 33.9 3-pt pct; 78.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Buddy Boeheim 17.1; Alan Griffin 14.7; Quincy Guerrier 14.4.

Rebounds: Guerrier 8.8; Griffin 6.5; Avg team margin (minus-2.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.37): Joseph Girard III (3.4/2.0), 84 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 72-70 at home to North Carolina on Mar. 1.

Worst Loss: 60-63 at home to Pittsburgh on Jan. 6.

West Virginia

Morgantown, W.V. 18-9.

Nickname: Mountaineers. Coach: Bob Huggins.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament History: 31-29, 2 Final Fours in 29 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Villanova in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Scoring: 77.3 points per game; 42.8 fg pct; 35.7 3-pt pct; 71.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Miles McBride 15.5; Derek Culver 14.6; Taz Sherman 13.6.

Rebounds: Culver 9.8; Oscar Tshiebwe 7.8; Avg team margin (plus-2.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.14): McBride (4.7/1.8), 127 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 91-79 at home to Kansas Feb. 6.

Worst Loss: 90-91 at home to Oklahoma Feb. 13.

Morehead St.

Morehead, Ky. 23-7.

Nickname: Eagles. Coach: Preston Spradlin.

Conference: Ohio Valley. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament History: 6-8 in 7 appearances.

Last appearance: 2011, lost to Richmond the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 68.8; points per game; 46.1 fg pct; 35.1 3-pt pct, 68.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Johni Broome 13.9; Devon Cooper 12.2; Skyelar Potter 11.8.

Rebounds: Broome 9.0; Potter 5.8; Avg team margin (plus-6.6).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.83): Ta’lon Cooper (3.6/1.8), 107 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 86-71 vs. Belmont on Mar. 6.

Worst Loss: 65-69 at home to SIU-Edwardsville on Dec. 18.

Clemson

Clemson, S.C. 16-7.

Nickname: Tigers. Coach: Brad Brownell.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 7.

Tournament History: 9-11 in 11 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Kansas in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Scoring: 65.3 points per game; 42.8 fg pct; 34.6 3-pt pct; 76.5 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Aamir Simms 13.3; Al-Amir Dawes 9.0; Nick Honor 8.4.

Rebounds: Simms 6.2; Clyde Trapp 5.4; Avg team margin (plus-0.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.04): Simms (2.7/2.5), 62 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 64-56 vs. Alabama on Dec. 12.

Worst Loss: 64-67 vs. Miami on Mar. 10.

Rutgers

Piscataway, N.J. 15-11.

Nickname: Scarlet Knights. Coach: Steve Pikiell.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament History: 5-7, 1 Final Four in 6 appearances.

Last appearance: 1991, lost to Arizona State in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 70.0 points per game; 45.1 fg pct; 31.1 3-pt pct; 63.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Ron Harper Jr. 15.4; Jacob Young 14.4; Geo Baker 10.1.

Rebounds: Myles Johnson 8.7; Harper Jr. 5.0; Avg team margin (minus-1.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.22): Young (3.5/3.0), 90 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 91-88 at home to Illinois on Dec. 20.

Worst Loss: 51-72 at Nebraska on Mar. 1.

Houston

Houston. 24-3.

Nickname: Cougars. Coach: Kelvin Sampson.

Conference: American Athletic. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament History: 29-26, 5 Final Fours in 21 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Kentucky in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 77.1 points per game; 43.9 fg pct; 35.7 3-pt pct; 73.9 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Quentin Grimes 17.9; Marcus Sasser 13.6; DeJon Jarreau 11.1.

Rebounds: Justin Gorham 9.2; Grimes 6.1; Avg team margin (plus-9.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.24): Jarreau (4.3/2.4), 107 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 64-53 vs. Texas Tech on Nov. 29.

Worst Loss: 73-81 at East Carolina on Feb. 3.

Cleveland St.

Cleveland, Ohio. 19-7.

Nickname: Vikings. Coach: Dennis Gates.

Conference: Horizon. Bid: Automatic.

Region: Midwest. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament History: 3-2 in 2 appearances.

Last appearance: 2009, lost to Arizona in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 71.5 points per game; 45.2 fg pct; 31.9 3-pt pct; 66.9 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Torrey Patton 14.9; D’Moi Hodge; Tre Gomillion 10.5.

Rebounds: Patton 8.1; Deante Johnson 5.4; Avg team margin (minus-0.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.08): Craig Beaudion (3.3/2.0), 87 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 66-64 at Wright St. on Jan. 15.

Worst Loss: 68-75 at Fort Wayne on Feb. 19.

BAYLOR

Waco, Texas, 22-2.

Nickname: Bears. Coach: Scott Drew.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 1.

Tournament History: 14-12, 2 Final Fours in 12 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Gonzaga in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 84.4 points per game; 49.3 fg pct; 41.8 3-pt pct; 69.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jared Butler 17.1; MaCio Teague 16.2; Davion Mitchell 14.1.

Rebounds: Mark Vital 6.8; Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua 5.3; Avg team margin (plus-4.4).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.37): Mitchell (5.4/2.6), 130 assists.

Last 10 Games: 8-2.

Best Win: 82-69 vs. Illinois on Dec. 2.

Worst Loss: 74-83 vs. Oklahoma St. on Mar. 12.

HARTFORD

Hartford, Conn., 15-8.

Nickname: Hawks. Coach: John Gallagher.

Conference: America East. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 16.

Tournament History: N/A.

Last appearance: N/A.

Season Stats

Scoring: 65.9 points per game; 43.4 fg pct; 32.6 3-pt pct; 71.2 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Austin Williams 13.7; Traci Carter 11.8; Moses Flowers 11.6.

Rebounds: Williams 6.2; Hunter Marks 5.9; Avg team margin (minus-1.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.87): Carter (3.4/2.4), 79 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 71-65 at Vermont on Mar. 6.

Worst Loss: 57-67 at home to NJIT on Feb. 13.

NORTH CAROLINA

Chapel Hill, N.C., 18-10.

Nickname: Tar Heels. Coach: Roy Williams.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 8.

Tournament History: 125-46, 20 Final Fours, and 6 national championships in 50 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Auburn in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Scoring: 75.7 points per game; 44.1 fg pct; 31.7 3-pt pct; 66.8 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Armando Bacot 12.2; Caleb Love 10.5; Garrison Brooks 10.2.

Rebounds: Bacot 8.0; Day<

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.05): Love (3.6/3.2), 101 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 78-70 at home to Florida St. on Feb. 27.

Worst Loss: 70-83 at Marquette on Feb. 24.

WISCONSIN

Madison, Wis., 17-12.

Nickname: Badgers. Coach: Greg Gard.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 9.

Tournament History: 38-23, 4 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 24 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Oregon in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 69.6 points per game; 42.1 fg pct; 35.9 3-pt pct; 76.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: D<

Rebounds: Potter 5.9; Tyler Wahl 4.5; Avg team margin (minus-1.7).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.49): Trice (4.0/1.7), 116 assists.

Last 10 Games: 3-7.

Best Win: 77-63 at home to Loyola-Chicago on Dec. 15.

Worst Loss: 65-67 at Marquette on Dec. 4.

VILLANOVA

Villanova, Pa., 16-6.

Nickname: Wildcats. Coach: Jay Wright.

Conference: Big East. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 5.

Tournament History: 61-36, 5 Final Fours, and 3 National Championships in 38 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Purdue in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 75.5 points per game; 45.0 fg pct; 35.2 3-pt pct; 76.5 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl 15.7; Collin Gillepsie 14.0; Justin Moore 12.6.

Rebounds: Robinson-Earl 8.3; Jermaine Samuels 6.3; Avg team margin (plus-1.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.69): Gillespie (4.6/1.6), 92 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 72-60 at home to Creighton on Mar. 3.

Worst Loss: 61-73 at Butler on Feb. 28.

WINTHROP

Rock Hill, S.C., 23-1.

Nickname: Eagles. Coach: Pat Kelsey.

Conference: Big South. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 12.

Tournament History: 1-10 in 10 appearances.

Last appearance: 2017, lost to Butler in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 79.5 points per game; 46.1 fg pct; 35.3 3-pt pct; 68.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Chandler Vaudrin 12.2; Adonis Arms 10.5; Charles Falden 10.1.

Rebounds: Vaudrin 7.2; Arms 4.8; Avg team margin (plus-9.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.06): Vaudrin (6.9/3.4), 166 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 87-71 at home to Furman on Dec. 19.

Worst Loss: 55-57 at home to UNC-Asheville on Jan 29.

PURDUE

West Lafayette, Ind., 18-9.

Nickname: Boilermakers. Coach: Matt Painter.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 4.

Tournament History: 41-30, 2 Final Fours in 30 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Virginia in the Elite Eight.

Season Stats

Scoring: 71.1 points per game; 45.1 fg pct; 33.5 3-pt pct; 71.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Trevion Williams 15.6; Jaden Ivey 10.5; Sasha Stefanovic 9.3.

Rebounds: Williams 9.0; Aaron Wheeler 4.6; Avg team margin (plus-6.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.14): Eric Hunter Jr. (2.8/1.7), 64 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 67-65 at Ohio St. on Jan. 19.

Worst Loss: 54-58 at Miami on Dec. 8.

NORTH TEXAS

Denton, Texas, 17-9.

Nickname: Mean Green. Coach: Grant McCasland.

Conference: Conference USA. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 13.

Tournament History: 0-3 in 3 appearances.

Last appearance: 2010, lost to Kansas St. in the First Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 69.8 points per game; 47.5 fg pct; 37.6 3-pt pct; 73.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Javion Hamlet 15.0; James Reese 10.8; Thomas Bell 10.3.

Rebounds: Zachary Simmons 6.2; Bell 5.7; Avg team margin (plus-2.5).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.02): Hamlet (4.5/2.5), 118 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 54-48 vs. Louisiana Tech on Mar. 12.

Worst Loss: 69-77 at UTSA on Jan. 9.

TEXAS TECH

Lubbock, Texas, 17-10.

Nickname: Red Raiders. Coach: Chris Beard.

Conference: Big 12. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 6.

Tournament History: 14-17, 1 Final Four in 16 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Virginia in the National Championship.

Season Stats

Scoring: 73.0 points per game; 44.3 fg pct; 34.6 3-pt pct; 71.1 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Mac McClung 15.7; Terrence Shannon Jr. 12.7; Kevin McCullar 10.1.

Rebounds: Marcus Santos-Silva 6.5; McCullar 6.1; Avg team margin (plus-2.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.19): Kyler Edwards (2.7/1.2), 72 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 79-77 at Texas on Jan 13.

Worst Loss: 77-82 at home to Oklahoma St. on Jan 2.

UTAH STATE

Logan, Utah, 20-8.

Nickname: Aggies. Coach: Craig Smith.

Conference: Mountain West. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 11.

Tournament History: 6-23 in 21 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Washington in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 73.3 points per game; 44.6 fg pct; 33.6 3-pt pct; 72.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Neemias Queta 15.1; Justin Bean 11.3; Marco Anthony 10.0.

Rebounds: Quetta 10.0; Bean 7.7; Avg team margin (plus-10.3).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.20): Rollie Worster (3.6/2.4), 91 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3.

Best Win: 64-59 at home to San Diego St. on Jan. 16.

Worst Loss: 56-59 at UNLV on Jan. 25.

ARKANSAS

Fayetteville, Ark., 22-6.

Nickname: Razorbacks. Coach: Eric Musselman.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 3.

Tournament History: 42-32, 6 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 32 appearances.

Last appearance: 2018, lost to Butler in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 82.4 points per game; 45.5 fg pct; 33.9 3-pt pct; 73.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Moses Moody 17.4; JD Notae 13.3; Justin Smith 13.0.

Rebounds: Smith 6.9; Moody 5.9; Avg team margin (plus-4.2).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.14): Jalen Tate (3.9/2.6), 109 assists.

Last 10 Games: 9-1.

Best Win: 81-66 at home to Alabama on Feb. 24.

Worst Loss: 68-81 at home to Missouri on Jan 2.

COLGATE

Hamilton, N.Y., 14-1.

Nickname: Raiders. Coach: Matt Langel.

Conference: Patriot League. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 14.

Tournament History: 0-3 in 3 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Tennessee in the first round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 86.4 points per game; 49.7 fg pct; 38.5 3-pt pct; 73.6 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Jordan Burns 17.1; Nelly Cummings 12.4; Jack Ferguson 12.4.

Rebounds: Keegan Records 7.1; Tucker Richardson 6.0; Avg team margin (plus-5.6).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.73): Burns (5.5/2.7), 77 assists.

Last 10 Games: 10-0.

Best Win: 92-83 at Army on Feb. 14.

Worst Loss: 73-75 at home to Army on Jan. 3.

FLORIDA

Gainesville, Fla., 14-9.

Nickname: Gators. Coach: Mike White.

Conference: Southeastern. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament History: 44-18, 5 Final Fours, and 2 National Championships in 20 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Michigan in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 74.0 points per game; 46.4 fg pct; 35.7 3-pt pct; 75.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Tre Mann 16.0; Keyontae Johnson 16.0; Colin Castleton 12.0.

Rebounds: Castleton 5.9; Mann 5.7; Avg team margin (plus-1.0).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (0.81): Mann (3.4/2.7), 75 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 75-49 at home to Tennessee on Jan. 19.

Worst Loss: 66-72 at home to South Carolina on Feb. 3.

VIRGINIA TECH

Blacksburg, Va., 15-6.

Nickname: Hokies. Coach: Mike Young.

Conference: Atlantic Coast. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 10.

Tournament History: 8-11 in 11 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Duke in the Sweet Sixteen.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 72.1 points per game; 45.1 fg pct; 35.7 3-pt pct; 69.7 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Keve Aluma 15.6; Tyrece Raford 11.9; Nahiem Alleyne 10.3.

Rebounds: Aluma 8.0; Justyn Mutts 6.5; Avg team margin (plus-3.1).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.24): Wabissa Bebe (3.2/1.3), 68 assists.

Last 10 Games: 6-4.

Best Win: 65-51 at home to Virginia on Jan. 30.

Worst Loss: 72-83 at Pittsburgh on Feb. 3.

OHIO STATE

Columbus, Ohio, 21-9.

Nickname: Buckeyes. Coach: Chris Holtmann.

Conference: Big Ten. Bid: At-Large.

Region: South. Seed: No. 2.

Tournament History: 51-28, 10 Final Fours, and 1 National Championship in 29 appearances.

Last appearance: 2019, lost to Houston in the Second Round.

Season Stats

Scoring: 77.0 points per game; 46.0 fg pct; 36.7 3-pt pct; 76.5 ft pct.

Top Scorers: E.J. Liddell 16.1; Duane Washington Jr. 15.8; Justice Sueing 10.5.

Rebounds: Liddell 6.4; Sueing 5.7; Avg team margin (plus-2.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.25): CJ Walker (4.4/2.1), 109 assists.

Last 10 Games: 5-5.

Best Win: 87-81 at Illinois on Jan. 16.

Worst Loss: 70-71 at home to Northwestern on Dec. 26.

ORAL ROBERTS

Tulsa, Okla., 16-10.

Nickname: Golden Eagles. Coach: Paul Mills.

Conference: Summit League. Bid: Automatic.

Region: South. Seed: No. 15.

Tournament History: 2-5 in 5 appearances.

Last appearance: 2008, lost to Pittsburgh in the First Round.

Season Stats

Team Scoring: 81.8 points per game; 45.4 fg pct; 39.0 3-pt pct; 82.4 ft pct.

Top Scorers: Max Abrams 24.2; Kevin Obanor 18.2; RJ Glasper 11.0.

Rebounds: Obanor 9.5; Kareem Thompson 3.7; Avg team margin (minus-3.8).

Assist/Turnover Ratio (1.10): Abrams (3.8/2.2), 94 assists.

Last 10 Games: 7-3

Best Win: 90-88 vs. S. Dakota St. on Mar. 8.

Worst Loss: 71-72 at home to North Dakota on Jan. 8.

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNEY ODDS

Gonzaga 2/1
Illinois 5/1
Baylor 6/1
Michigan 8/1
Houston 16/1
Iowa 20/1
Alabama 20/1
Texas 20/1
Ohio State 25/1
Texas Tech 40/1
Kansas 40/1
Oklahoma State 40/1
Purdue 50/1
West Virginia 50/1
Florida State 50/1
Arkansas 60/1
Virginia 60/1
Tennessee 60/1
North Carolina 80/1
Creighton 80/1
Oregon 80/1
Loyola Chicago 80/1
LSU 80/1
Villanova 100/1
Wisconsin 100/1
USC 100/1
Oklahoma 100/1
San Diego State 100/1
Georgia Tech 100/1
Syracuse 100/1
Colorado 100/1
BYU 100/1
UConn 100/1
Florida 200/1
Virginia Tech 200/1
Missouri 200/1
Rutgers 200/1
Maryland 200/1
Michigan State 200/1
UCLA 200/1
Clemson 300/1
St. Bonaventure 300/1
Georgetown 300/1
Utah State 500/1
VCU 500/1
Wichita State 1000/1
Drake 1000/1
Ohio 1000/1
Oregon State 1000/1
Winthrop 2000/1
North Texas 2000/1
Colgate 2000/1
Oral Roberts 2000/1
UCSB 2000/1
E. Washington 2000/1
Liberty 2000/1
Morehead State 2000/1
UNC Greensboro 2000/1
Abilene Christian 2000/1
Grand Canyon 5000/1
Appalachian State 5000/1
Cleveland State 5000/1
Drexel 5000/1
Iona 5000/1
Hartford 10000/1
Norfolk State 10000/1
Mount St. Mary’s 10000/1
Texas Southern 10000/1

First Four
16 Norfolk State vs. 16 Appalachian State (-2.5, 136)
11 Wichita State vs. 11 Drake (+2.5, 139)
16 Mount St. Mary’s vs. 16 Texas Southern (-1.5, 133.5)
11 Michigan State vs. 11 UCLA (+1, 137.5)

West Region
1 Gonzaga vs. 16 Norfolk State/Appalachian State (N/A)
8 Oklahoma vs. 9 Missouri (+2, 141)
5 Creighton vs. 12 UC Santa Barbara (+7.5, 140.5)
4 Virginia vs. 13 Ohio (+10.5, 132.5)
6 USC vs. 11 Wichita State/Drake (N/A)
3 Kansas vs. 14 Eastern Washington (+11.5, 142.5)
7 Oregon vs. 10 VCU (+5.5, 138)
2 Iowa vs. 15 Grand Canyon (+16, 144)

South Region
1 Baylor vs. 16 Hartford (+25.5, 142)
8 North Carolina vs. 9 Wisconsin (+1.5, 139)
5 Villanova vs. 12 Winthrop (+6.5, 139.5)
4 Purdue vs. 13 North Texas (+7.5, 127.5)
6 Texas Tech vs. 11 Utah State (+4.5, 132)
3 Arkansas vs. 14 Colgate (+10, 157.5)
7 Florida vs. 10 Virginia Tech (+1, 137.5)
2 Ohio State vs. 15 Oral Roberts (+17.5, 154.5)

Midwest Region
1 Illinois vs. 16 Drexel (+22.5, 144.5)
8 Loyola Chicago vs. 9 Georgia Tech (+2.5, 127.5)
5 Tennessee vs. 12 Oregon State (+8.5, 134)
4 Oklahoma State vs. 13 Liberty (+9, 145)
6 San Diego State vs. 11 Syracuse (+2, 138.5)
3 West Virginia vs. 14 Morehead State (+12.5, 138)
7 Clemson vs. 10 Rutgers (-1, 127.5)
2 Houston vs. 15 Cleveland State (+19.5, 135.5)

East Region
1 Michigan vs. 16 Mount St. Mary’s/Texas Southern (N/A)
8 LSU vs. 9 St. Bonaventure (PK, 144.5)
5 Colorado vs. 12 Georgetown (+5, 138.5)
4 Florida State vs. 13 UNC Greensboro (+11, 145.5)
6 BYU vs. 11 Michigan State/UCLA (N/A)
3 Texas vs. 14 Abilene Christian (+8.5, 140)
7 UConn vs. 10 Maryland (+2, 129.5)
2 Alabama vs. 15 Iona (+17, 145.5)

WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: UConn coach Geno Auriemma tests positive for coronavirus

UConn women’s basketball coach Geno Auriemma has tested positive for the coronavirus and is isolating at home, the school announced Monday, hours before it was expected to be named the top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Hall of Famer received a positive result from a COVID-19 test taken on Sunday and is not experiencing any symptoms, the school said.

The team’s head physician said contact tracing protocols revealed that Auriemma did not have close contact with any other team member since Friday. All other Tier 1 members of the team and staff tested negative for the virus on Sunday and Monday, the school said.

“Only household close contacts were identified,” Dr. Deena Casiero said. “Given the fact that we have been doing daily testing for the past seven days, we feel confident that we were able to catch this very early on in the disease process.”

The Huskies are scheduled to leave for the tournament in San Antonio on Tuesday. According to federal and state health guidelines, Auriemma must remain in isolation for 10 days and may rejoin the team on March 24, the school said.

Auriemma, who turns 67 on March 23, received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 10.

“I’m feeling well but disappointed that I will be away from the team for the next several days,” he said. “Fortunately, I have a great coaching staff who will lead us during my absence.”

Auriemma said he was told that the full effect of vaccines does not occur until 14 days after the last inoculation.

The Huskies (24-1) were forced to postpone the start of their season until Dec. 12 because of another positive test within the program and like most teams had several games canceled or postponed because of coronavirus-related issues.

Report: Six top NCAA referees sent home from March Madness

The NCAA has a headache on its hands after six referees were sent home due to a positive COVID-19 test and the resulting contact tracing.

According to Jeff Goodman of Stadium, six officials, including Ted Valentine, will not work the tournament as a result of the test. The referees were to arrive in Indianapolis by Sunday night and were told not to leave their hotel rooms once checked in unless they were going to the arena. However, the officials were told upon arriving that their rooms were not ready, and they were instead allowed to leave to go out to dinner downtown.

The referees then took COVID-19 tests upon returning to the hotel, and one of the six tested positive. The positive result was confirmed with two more positive results on Monday morning. As the six officials ate dinner together without masks, all of them were sent home and will not be allowed to work the tournament.

Along with Valentine, John Higgins and Roger Ayers were among the officials sent home. That trio have worked a combined 17 Final Fours in their careers, with Higgins leading the group with eight.

Valentine didn’t work the 2018 tournament either, but for entirely different reasons. Fans probably won’t be sorry to see him miss out, but hopefully the standard of officiating in the tournament isn’t seriously impacted.

COLLEGE SPORTS NEWS: ACC now allows college athletes to transfer within conference

The ACC eliminated its intraconference transfer rule on Monday in a unanimous decision by its board of directors.

The intraconference transfer rule, created in 1996, required student-athletes without a degree to sit out one year if they were transferring from one ACC school to another. The move does not come as a surprise, considering pending NCAA legislation that would grant student-athletes a one-time transfer with immediate eligibility in all sports.

In January, the NCAA Division I council delayed a vote that would loosen those restrictions but said it remains committed to making changes.

“The time has come for all student-athletes to have the opportunity to transfer and be permitted to compete immediately,” ACC commissioner Jim Phillips said in a statement Monday. “This decision is in the best interest of our student-athletes as it allows greater flexibility during their collegiate career.”

INDIANA PACERS: Pacers 106, Nuggets 121

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After three quarters of play, Indiana (17-21) appeared to be in a prime position to come away with a win over the Denver Nuggets (23-16). However, when the fourth quarter arrived, the Pacers’ play turned as cold as the snowstorm outside Ball Arena.

After climbing back from a 20-point deficit to take a 91-87 lead into the fourth, Indiana scored just two points over the first 7:04 of the final frame. The Nuggets scored 22 in that time period and outscored the Pacers 34-15 in the quarter. The hosts topped the Pacers, 121-106. Potential MVP candidate Nikola Jokic finished with a game-high 32 points and 14 rebounds.

“I think we got away from ourselves a little bit in the fourth quarter,” Brogdon said postgame. “I just think we didn’t get the stops that we got on that run, coming back down from 20 points.”

Five Pacers ended up in double figures, with Malcolm Brogdon leading the way with 24 points on 9-of-16 shooting. Justin Holiday added 19, including five 3-pointers, while Caris LeVert finished with 17. Despite struggling for a portion of the night, Domantas Sabonis narrowly missed a triple-double. The All-Star finished with 10 points, 10 assists, and nine boards.

It was a quiet start for the Blue & Gold on offense. The Nuggets jumped out to an early 19-9 lead, including 11 from eight-year NBA veteran Will Barton, with 6:42 to play. The former Memphis guard recorded the first eight Denver points of the game.

Denver remained in control for the majority of the frame, extending the lead to as many as 12, after Paul Millsap muscled in a layup with 4:58 to go. However, the Pacers’ reserves would fight back.

Three consecutive triples from Edmond Sumner, Justin Holiday, and Doug McDermott in a 54-second span swiftly closed the deficit to 30-29 with 1:12 to go. After Denver quelled the spree with a pair of free throws from P.J. Dozier, McDermott sank his third three of the opening frame to knot the score at 32 heading into the second.

The squads found themselves in a close battle early in the second as the Pacers’ bench continued to execute solidly. With 10:33 to play, Goga Bitadze completed a tough and-one finish in the paint to tie things at 35 apiece. But, that would be the last Indiana bucket for the next 4:21.

Denver then used the long ball to open up some space. The hosts connected on four straight 3-point attempts to start a 17-0 run and leap ahead 52-35 with 6:24 to play. A pair of free throws from All-Star Nikola Jokic pushed Denver’s lead to 57-37 at the 5:23 mark.

But, Indiana began clawing back. The squad posted eight unanswered points over the next 1:16 to trim the deficit to 57-45 and force the Nuggets to call a timeout.

The timeout did little to stop the Blue & Gold, as the Holiday brothers combined to close the gap to 57-49 with 2:22 to go. As time ticked down, Denver threatened to leave the half with a double-digit lead. However, Brogdon drove past his defender for an easy layup to cut the Nuggets lead to 65-56 before the break.

Murray started the third with a trey as Denver appeared prime to start another run. However, Brogdon found LeVert for a baseline triple and took the leftovers from a Myles Turner block coast-to-coast to cut the Nuggets’ lead to 68-61 at the 9:59 mark. Then, Justin Holiday’s fifth 3-pointer of the game completed an 8-0 Pacers run and trimmed the deficit to four.

Indiana earned its first lead of the game, 73-72, at the 6:47 mark of the third. Trailing by two, LeVert picked off Barton’s pass and kicked it to Sabonis. The big man found Brogdon on the left baseline for a wide-open 3-pointer. After Jokic responded with a 15-foot jumper, the Blue & Gold used consecutive snipes from Turner and LeVert to extend their lead to 79-74 with 5:36 remaining.

Later, trailing 85-84, McDermott fired in a trey from the top of the key off a screen to push the Pacers ahead by two. On the ensuring Nuggets possession, Aaron Holiday picked the pocket of Jokic and the ball bounced to Turner. Turner found Holiday sprinting down the court for an easy bucket to extend the lead to 89-85. Despite a wild sequence of events to end the frame, including a sequence of seven consecutive offensive rebounds for Denver, Indiana remained tough and closed the quarter with a 91-87 lead.

However, the squad stumbled to open the fourth, committing four turnovers over the first three minutes. Denver soon capitalized on Indiana’s struggles. Starting with a Green 3-pointer, the hosts scored the first 14 points of the frame. Dozier’s dunk with 8:34 to play pushed the Nuggets’ lead to 101-91. The Pacers’ first bucket of the frame, a putback by Sabonis, came with 7:05 remaining.

The bucket did little to spark the Blue & Gold as the squad remained stuck at 93 points well into the fourth. A Barton 3-pointer and five more points from Jokic soon put the Pacers into a 109-93 hole with 4:56 to go.

From there, the Pacers never contested for the lead again. After Jokic’s turnaround bank shot extended the lead to 119-102 with 1:29 to play, both teams rotated in their deep bench to finish out the game.

Indiana hopes to rebound at home on Wednesday night as LeVert faces his former team, the Brooklyn Nets, for the first time since being traded.

Giannis Antetokounmpo registers triple-double in 3rd straight game

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Milwaukee’s recent hot streak is running parallel to another historic stretch of play by Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Grecian superstar ensured both continued on Monday, snagging his third consecutive triple-double and the Bucks’ fourth straight win on the same night.

Antetokounmpo stuffed the stat sheet for 31 points, 15 rebounds, and 11 assists in Milwaukee’s 133-122 victory over the Wizards. The performance marked the first time a Bucks player has logged triple-doubles three games in a row, besting the previous record of two held by Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

For his career, Antetokounmpo now boasts seven 30-point triple-doubles, a mark that also surpasses Abdul-Jabbar’s Bucks record.

The two-time Kia MVP’s hot streak registered on the NBA’s historic calendar as well. His triple-double against the same Wizards team on Saturday was one of five such performances league-wide, the first time that many triple-doubles were produced on the same day.

Winners of nine of their last 10, the Bucks have seized a healthy four-game lead for third place in the Eastern Conference. They trail first-place Philadelphia by two games.

IU EAST’S CARVAJAL AND GUNTHER TAKE HOME RSC WOMEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY HONORS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East midfielder Priscilla Carvajal and defender Ellie Gunther swept the River States Conference Women’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards for March 8-14. The honors this week are for all games played so far in the spring season.

Carvajal, a senior from Munster, Ind., was the key offensive player in a 4-2 win over Jamestown (N.D.). She had two goals and four points to push the Red Wolves over the top. 

Gunther, a junior from Indianapolis, Ind., was a key part of the IU East backline that gave up only nine shots on goal combined in the three games. The Red Wolves came away with a 1-1-1 record on the week with a 0-0 tie versus DePauw and a 3-0 loss versus No. 3 Marian (Ind.). In the win over Jamestown, Gunther provided the assist on the go-ahead goal, a long pass up ahead. 

IU EAST’S FERRARI, BRESCIA'[S BURGOS PICK UP RSC MEN’S SOCCER WEEKLY AWARDS

MIDDLETOWN, Ohio — Indiana University East midfielder Gustavo Ferrari and Brescia (Ky.) University goalkeeper Ruben Burgos have been named River States Conference Men’s Soccer Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week for March 8-14. The awards were based on all games so far this spring season. 

Ferrari, a sophomore from Alberta, Canada, scored five goals in just three games to nab the award. He had two goals apiece in one-goal losses to Mt. Vernon Nazarene (Ohio) and Lourdes (Ohio). He followed that up with a goal versus Indiana Wesleyan, a 6-2 loss. Ferrari racked up 10 points on the week. 

Burgos, a junior from Madrid, Spain, allowed just one goal in two complete-game efforts. The big performance was 12 saves in a 1-0 shutout over Georgetown (Ky.). Earlier in the week, he had four saves in a tough loss to Missouri Baptist, 1-0. 

HCAC Spring 2021 Baseball Notebook, Week 2

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Riley Willbur (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Outfield | Senior – The senior outfielder electrified the Transylvania offense in sweeps of Manchester and Defiance last weekend. Willbur went 9-for-18 with a .944 slugging percentage with a .500 on-base, while registering two four-hit games against Manchester. Willbur tallied nine RBI and launched two home runs on the weekend. He also scored eight runs and had zero strikeouts Willbur’s most impressive game came in the Pioneers’ 17-2 win over Manchester. The senior started the game by going 3-for-3 with a home run, triple, and a single.
Pitcher of the Week:
Walker Stull (Pendleton, Ind.) Anderson University | Pitcher | Sophomore – Stull earned a win during Game one of Sunday’s doubleheader against Hanover. He struck out 10 batters and allowed just one hit and four walks in six scoreless innings.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Graham Reedy (Yorktown, Ind.) Anderson University | Outfield | Sophomore – Reedy went 10-for-19 with a grand slam, a three-run double, 12 total RBI, five runs scored and three stolen bases for the week. Reedy put up a .526 batting average, a .550 on-base percentage and a .737 slugging percentage. Anderson split doubleheaders with Franklin and Hanover for the week.
  • Tommy Siemer (Liberty Township, Ohio) Bluffton University | Pitcher | Senior – Siemer earned the victory at Earlham on Saturday, allowing just two runs on five hits in seven superb innings of work. He fanned seven and did not issue a free pass as Bluffton handed Earlham its first loss of the season.
  • Cohen Nies (Logansport, Ind.) Defiance College | Pitcher | Senior – Nies started and pitched seven strong innings for the win when Defiance went on the road and beat Mount St. Joseph, 9-2, on Saturday. Nies posted a 2.57 ERA for the week after striking out six and allowing just four hits and two earned runs.
  • Nathan Lancianese (Lexington, Ky.) Earlham College | Outfield | First-Year – Lancianese went 4-for-6 (.667) over Earlham baseball’s only two games last week, a doubleheader against Bluffton. He was 4-for-4 with one run scored and three RBI in Earlham’s 8-1 win over the Beavers in game one of the twin bill, including a two-run triple that keyed a three-run sixth inning for the Quakers. He also had two stolen bases in the game. In game two, Lancianese came on in the seventh inning as a defensive replacement. For the week, he had a 1.000 slugging percentage and a .667 on-base percentage.
  • Joey Gerbus (Liberty Township, Ohio) Earlham College | Pitcher | Junior – In his only start of the week, Joey Gerbus struck out eight Bluffton batters, issued just two walks, and scattered seven hits over eight complete innings on his way to an 8-1 win over the Beavers in game one of the teams’ doubleheader on Saturday. He retired the side in three of his eight innings on the mound and did not allow a Bluffton base runner to get past second base until the fifth inning.
  • Connor Farnsley (Jeffersonville, Ind.) Hanover College | Outfield | First-Year – Farnsley continued his impressive first-year campaign as he wrapped up the weekend with a team-leading .417 batting average. He went 5-for-12 at the dish with three doubles. The first-years appeared to be the difference-maker in the team’s victory over Anderson as he went 3-for-5 with a team-best two RBI.
  • Eli Copner (Zionsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Pitcher | Senior – Copner moved to 2-0 overall on the year after registering his second complete game in the team’s victory over Rose-Hulman. The senior continues to be a top pitcher for the Panthers tallying six strikeouts for a 3.00 ERA.
  • Matt Brankamp (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Catcher | Sophomore – Brankamp led the Lions to a 3-1 weekend, starting at catcher in all four games. He also provided a lift offensively over the weekend going 6-for-15 (.400) at the plate with five RBI, three runs scored, three doubles and two walks.
  • Brandon Shelton (Cincinnati, Ohio) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Senior – Shelton led the Lions to a win over Defiance on Saturday. The right handed pitcher threw 104 pitches over 7.0, allowing only five hits and zero runs, while striking out five in the win.
  • Jacob Petrisko (Elkins Park, Pa.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Senior – Petrisko pitched all eight innings to help Rose-Hulman build a 7-2 lead over Hanover in a game that will complete the 9th inning later this season. Petrisko allowed just seven hits and two walks with six strikeouts, surrendering just two unearned runs in the contest.
  • Jake Schmidt (Dublin, Ohio) Transylvania University | Pitcher | Senior – Schmidt powered the Pioneers to a 17-2 win over Manchester on Saturday. The senior got the start for Transylvania and dealt five strong innings to earn the win in the contest. Over five innings, Schmidt faced 20 batters, struck out eight, while only allowing two runs on four hits. The senior also struck out five consecutive batters between the second and third innings.

HCAC Spring 2021 Men’s Lacrosse Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Sam Sargent (South Weber, Utah) Earlham College | Forward | Sophomore – Sargent scored eight goals with four assists for 12 points for Earlham men’s lacrosse as the Quakers went 1-1 last week. Sargent tallied six goals and three assists for nine points in Earlham’s 16-2 home win over Edgewood College last Tuesday, setting a new Earlham record for points in a single game and tying the mark for goals in a single game. He received credit for the game-winning goal against Edgewood, and also recorded a ground ball and a caused turnover. On Saturday, Sargent notched two goals and one assist for three points in a 13-4 road loss to in-state rival Wabash College, also getting credit for three ground balls during the game.
Defensive:
Michael Webb (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Goalkeeper | Senior – Webb posted a perfect 3-0 record in goal this week as the Pioneers swept DePauw, Birmingham Southern, and Piedmont. The senior tallied 28 total saves with a .509 save percentage and posted a 9.0 goals-against average. Webb’s strongest performance came in the Pioneers 17-7 win over DePauw, where the senior tallied 14 saves and allowed just seven goals.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Ian Kimmins (Dayton, Ohio) Hanover College | Attack | Senior – Kimmins led the Panthers this past week as they took on a pair of tough opponents in Centre and Concordia (Wis.). The senior led the team with two goals and two assists for a team-leading four points.
  • Sean O’Meara (Lexington, Ky.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Despite a 0-2 week, the junior goalkeeper registered an impressive stretch in frame. He tallied 22 saves for a 48.9 save percentage. He saw 120 minutes in net surrendering 23 goals to a pair of tough opponents in Centre and Concordia (Wis.).
  • Bryce Lowe (Louisville, Ky.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Junior – Led the Pioneers to a 3-0 record against a tough schedule that featured DePauw, Birmingham-Southern, and Piedmont. The junior tallied eight goals and two assists for a total of 10 points on the week. Lowe scored a season-high five goals in Transylvania’s 17-7 win over DePauw on Wednesday night. 

HCAC Spring 2021 Women’s Lacrosse Notebook, Week 3

Athletes of the Week:
Offensive:
Courtney Pontious (Caledonia, Mich.) Transylvania University | Midfield | Senior – The senior continued her season-opening streak of hat-tricks in all five games with three more hat-tricks in the Pioneers latest two matches over the week, going 1-1 against nonconference competition from the CCIW. Pontious totaled nine goals over two games, highlighted by a six-goal output on Saturday in a 16-6 victory at North Central (Ill.). Pontious had seven points on the day to go with a team-high eight draw controls, four caused turnovers, and one ground ball. The senior followed that performance with three goals on Sunday in a tight 10-9 loss at Illinois Wesleyan. Pontious added a team-high five caused turnovers, three draw controls, and two ground balls in an all-around effort to nearly complete a four-goal comeback with 15 minutes to go. For the week, Pontious had nine goals and 10 points, was 5-for-8 on free position shots, totaled 11 draw controls, and nine caused turnovers.
Defensive:
Hannah Maroni (Bainbridge Island, Wash.) Transylvania University | Defense | Senior – The senior defender led the Pioneers defense in going 1-1 on the week with a decisive 16-6 win at North Central (Ill.) on Saturday and a narrow 10-9 loss at Illinois Wesleyan on Sunday. In the 16-6 win, Maroni led a steady backline with two ground balls and one caused turnover. Her impact on the Transylvania defense led to the Pioneers doubling up North Central in shots on goal, 28-14; the Cardinals only registered four shots on goal in the second half and were outscored by the Pioneers 10-2 in the final 30 minutes. Maroni tallied a co-team high three ground balls and a caused turnover in Sunday’s back-and-forth tussle at Illinois Wesleyan. After the Titans took a 10-6 lead in the second half, Maroni led a backline in holding the Titans scoreless for over the final 15 minutes of regulation while the Pioneers scored three unanswered goals over that stretch to come up one goal away from tying the match. Despite taking an early lead, the Titans only mustered five shots on goal in the second half and were outshot by Transy in the game in shots on goal as Maroni led a line that minimized second-half opportunities for the Titans. Maroni’s efforts also led to the Titans failing on six clears, compared to just four for the Pioneers on Sunday.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Masi McNally-Henricksen (Zionsville, Ind.) Hanover College | Attack | First-Year – The first-year continues to pace the Panther attack as she finished the week with a team-high four goals and two assists as Hanover took on Bethel (Ind.). She registered an efficient day taking eight shots with six landing on frame. McNally-Henricksen tallied her second career hat trick, posting a perfect 2-fo-2 mark this season.
  • Delaney Benner (Indianapolis, Ind.) Hanover College | Goalkeeper | Junior – Benner got the start in goal for the Panthers as she registered 60 minutes of work. The junior tallied 10 saves and picked up three groundballs as Hanover dropped a hard-fought battle with Bethel (Ind.).

HCAC Spring 2021 Softball Notebook, Week 4

Athletes of the Week:
Hitter of the Week:
Nicole Lang (Fishers, Ind.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Shortstop | Sophomore – Lang batted .538 (7-13) with a 1.308 slugging average and a 1.879 OPS to lead Rose-Hulman to a 3-1 record last week. Lang hit three home runs and one double; scored six runs and had nine RBI; and hit both a grand slam and a three-run home run during Sunday’s doubleheader sweep over Eureka. She had a .571 on-base average and one stolen base on the week.
Pitcher of the Week:
Kamryn McCool (Brookville, Ind.) Mount St. Joseph University | Pitcher | Junior – McCool threw 5.2 innings in relief for the Lions this weekend and was absolutely dominant. For the weekend she allowed only two hits, zero runs and struck out 10 of the 17 outs she recorded. In game two she got the win in relief and game one got the save.
 
Notable Performances:

  • Bobbi Adams (Delaware, Ohio) Bluffton University | Catcher | Sophomore – Adams went 7-of-13 for a .538 batting average as Bluffton went 0-4 against Franklin and Albion over the weekend. She was 5-of-8 against the Britons on Sunday. Adams drove in two runs as well
  • Marissa Roberts (Warren, Ohio) Defiance College | Outfield | Sophomore – Roberts hit .458 (11-for-24) with a double, eight runs scored, two RBIs and a stolen base as Defiance opened its 2021 softball season last week with six games. In 24 plate appearances, she struck out just once. In DC’s doubleheader sweep at Hanover on Sunday, in which the Yellow Jackets outscored the Panthers 17-0, Roberts went 5-for-8 with five runs scored and an RBI.
  • Savannah McCoy (Bettsville, Ohio) Defiance College | Pitcher | First-Year – McCoy made three pitching appearances for Defiance last week and posted a 1-0 record and 0.50 ERA over 14 innings. McCoy allowed just 10 hits and one earned run with four strikeouts. In DC’s 9-0 win at Hanover on Sunday, she tossed all six innings for a complete-game shutout.
  • Natalie Weber (Shelbyville, Ind.) Franklin College | Catcher | Senior – Weber went 5-for-12 at the plate with three doubles, three runs scored and five RBI as Franklin went 2-2 for the week. She knocked in two runs and scored twice in a 9-0 win over Bluffton to open a double header on Saturday and brought in three runs with a pair of doubles in an 8-5 win over the Beavers in game two.
  • Alisha Burch (Coatesville, Ind.) Franklin College | Pitcher | Senior – Burch allowed two earned runs over 12 innings of work in two starts. She suffered a hard-luck loss in her first start of the week against Aurora, giving up two earned runs and striking out four in a complete game effort. Burch recorded her second shutout of the year against Bluffton on Saturday, matching a career-high with seven strikeouts against four hits allowed in a 9-0 Franklin win and saw her ERA for the season dip to 0.81.
  • Alexis Mokos (Cedar Lake, Ind.) Manchester University | Shortstop | Senior – Mokos went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored, and one RBI in Manchester’s opening day split with Alma on Friday, March 12. In the second game of the day in which the Spartans won 3-5, Mokos went 3-for-3 at the dish with two doubles.
  • Page Magner (North Vernon, Ind.) Manchester University | Pitcher | Senior – Magner got the start in Manchester’s 5-3 victory over Alma in Game two of Friday’s doubleheader with the Scots. Earned a no-decision in the contest but slowed Alma’s bats down by scattering four hits and allowing just one ER in 4.0 innings. Also struck out three.
  • Emily Struble (Carrollton, Ill.) Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology | Pitcher | Senior – Struble had a 1-1 record and a 2.52 ERA in two games last week. She pitched 8.1 innings and allowed three earned runs with two strikeouts to lead the Rose-Hulman pitching performance on a 3-1 week.
  • Abby Frazier (Lascassas, Tenn.) Transylvania University | Infielder | Sophomore – Frazier went 9-for-13 at the plate this week as the Pioneers 2-2 against Emory & Henry and No. 4 Cristopher Newport. The sophomore scored five runs, tallied RBI, and hit three home runs over the weekend. Frazier’s best performance came in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Emory & Henry, where the sophomore went 3-for-4 with two solo home runs.

Next play: Brees joins NBC Sports after retiring from NFL

(AP) Drew Brees is headed from the Superdome to the Golden Dome.

The quarterback great joined NBC Sports on Monday, a day after announcing his retirement from the NFL. He will serve as an analyst for Notre Dame games as well as work from the studio during “Football Night in America” on Sunday nights.

“I’m excited about that journey. I’m excited to stay very closely connected with the game of football, it’s been such an important part of my life,” Brees said during an appearance on the “Today” show. “And I continue to be able to talk about it and show a passion for it and bring my kids along for the ride there, as well, and let them be part of some of those special moments.”

Brees will also be a part of NBC’s coverage of next year’s Super Bowl as well as have a role in the network’s coverage of other events, including the Olympics. The NFL’s career passing yards leader reportedly agreed to join NBC last year when his playing career concluded.

“We know that Drew will apply the same work ethic and continuously positive attitude to everything he touches at NBC Sports,” NBC Sports chairman Pete Bevacqua said in a statement. “And we know, as his new teammates, he’ll make us better.”

Brees is expected to work the Notre Dame games with Mike Tirico, but that booth could be calling NFL games down the line. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth have been a team since 2009, but Michaels could retire after Super Bowl 56 in Los Angeles in February.

Brees also announced that he plans to remain involved in philanthropic endeavors, especially in New Orleans. Brees, who joined the Saints in 2006 after five seasons with the San Diego Chargers, was named the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2006 and led the franchise to a championship in 2009.

Ryan Fitzpatrick, Washington Football Team agree to free-agent deal, source says

Veteran quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick has reached agreement with the Washington Football Team on a one-year deal worth $10 million that could grow to $12 million with incentives, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.

Fitzpatrick is expected to head to camp as the starter, the source said, with competition from Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.

Washington knew it would struggle to add a long-term solution at quarterback this offseason, but it also realizes it can contend for another NFC East title. Fitzpatrick provides the team with someone who can play at a solid level for a less-expensive contract, allowing WFT to build the rest of its roster on offense.

Washington needs to add more help at wide receiver — one of its primary goals this offseason — and particularly wanted to add more speed at the position.

Fitzpatrick would be the organization’s 32nd starting quarterback since it won the Super Bowl after the 1991 season. Washington started three quarterbacks last season: Allen, Dwayne Haskins and Alex Smith. It released Haskins before the end of the season and earlier this month let go of Smith.

Fitzpatrick, 38, is entering his 17th NFL season. He is the only quarterback in NFL history to start and throw touchdowns with eight different teams. Now, he’ll have a chance to do it for a ninth.

Fitzpatrick is the ultimate journeyman, and he relishes the role — particularly over the past two seasons when he was the bridge starter for the Miami Dolphins. Though he is year to year at this point in his career, Fitzpatrick told ESPN in February that it was a “really easy” decision to return to play in 2021.

He played a huge role in guiding the Dolphins from a rebuilding team to one of the NFL’s best stories in 2020, as Miami made a five-win jump to a 10-6 record. In 2019, Fitzpatrick beat out Josh Rosen in an open competition to become the Dolphins’ starter for a 5-11 season when many considered the team to be tanking early on. In 2020, Fitzpatrick again began the season as the starter as the self-proclaimed “placeholder” and mentor for rookie Tua Tagovailoa.

New Orleans Saints bring back QB Jameis Winston on 1-year deal worth up to $12 million, source says

Quarterback Jameis Winston now has an opportunity to become Drew Brees’ successor with the New Orleans Saints.

Just one day after Brees announced his retirement, Winston and the Saints reached agreement on a one-year deal worth up to $12 million, a league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner spent his first five seasons as a starter with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, before signing a one-year deal in New Orleans last summer to try to revive his career as the Saints’ backup.

Although Winston played sparingly, the Saints were impressed enough to bring him back to compete with Taysom Hill for the starting job this year.

“Who Dat! #NOLA #DreamForever,” Winston  tweeted Monday evening.

Sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the Chicago Bears were serious suitors for Winston in Monday’s free-agency process, before he picked the Saints.

The Saints will have to carve out a bit more salary-cap space before the start of the new league year on Wednesday. They began the offseason nearly $100 million over the cap but had whittled that figure to around $10 million by the start of this week.

Winston, who turned 27 in January, went 28-42 as a starter with Tampa, completing 61.3% of his passes with 19,737 yards, 121 touchdowns and 88 interceptions. He displayed some dynamic highs and lows during that tenure — especially in 2019. That year, he led the league with 5,109 passing yards but also became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw at least 30 touchdown passes and 30 interceptions in the same season.

Titans signing former Steelers pass rusher Bud Dupree to 5-year, $85 million deal

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One of the premier pass rushers in free agency is bound for Tennessee.

The Tennessee Titans are signing former Pittsburgh Steelers edge Bud Dupree, NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport and NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Dupree’s deal is for five years at $16.5 million per season with a max of $85 million and $35 million guaranteed, Rapoport added.

It’s a big pay day for Dupree, 28, coming off a final season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in which he played under the franchise tag before he was lost for the remainder of the year with a torn ACL.

Prior to his injury, Dupree had eight sacks in 11 games. Those numbers came after a career-high 11.5 sacks in 2019.

Heading into Monday, Dupree was tabbed as the No. 3 free agent in Gregg Rosenthal’s Top 101 free agents of 2021 and he’s getting paid as such.

A 2015 first-rounder, Dupree was surrounded by fellow top-round talent in Pittsburgh, but will now take on a lead role of turning around a Titans defense that was subpar last season. He will have some help, though, as the Titans are also signing former Colts defensive lineman Denico Autry to a three-year deal worth $21.5 million, Rapoport and Pelissero reported.

Having produced just 25 sacks in 2020, the Titans sorely needed a burst off the edge and Dupree fills that need provided he can bounce back from his injury.

Source: Las Vegas Raiders, Yannick Ngakoue agree to two-year, $26 million deal

The Las Vegas Raiders and defensive end Yannick Ngakoue have agreed to a two-year, $26 million deal, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Monday.

The deal includes $22 million guaranteed, a source said.

Ngakoue, who turns 26 on March 31, is a highly regarded disruptive pass-rusher who had a hectic 2020 season, receiving the franchise tag from the Jacksonville Jaguars after contract talks broke down before getting traded to the Minnesota Vikings and, later, the Baltimore Ravens.

The move gives the Raiders a bonafide edge rusher as they begin to overhaul their defense. Their rush has struggled mightily overall since the team traded Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in 2018.

This past season, Las Vegas ranked 29th in the NFL with 21 sacks, and it allowed opposing quarterbacks to hold the ball for 2.86 seconds before the pass, the fourth-highest rate in the league.

The agreement also reunites Ngakoue with new Raiders defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, who was his coach in Jacksonville.

Ngakoue is one of four players since 1982 (when sacks became an official stat) to begin his career with five consecutive eight-plus sack seasons, totaling 45.5. He also has 18 forced fumbles, which rank second in the NFL behind Khalil Mack (20) over that same period.

The Ravens thought they were adding the final critical piece to their defense when they traded a 2021 third-round pick and a 2022 conditional fifth-rounder to the Vikings for Ngakoue in October, but he never really clicked in Baltimore, finishing with 11 tackles and three sacks in nine games. Ngakoue only played 20 snaps in the AFC divisional playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills, although coach John Harbaugh said Ngakoue’s role would’ve changed if he returned.

NFL NEWS: Pats focus on defense at unofficial start of free agency

(AP) The Patriots took a step back on defense last season. It’s prompted Bill Belichick to focus a lot of attention – and money – on that side of the ball at the unofficial start of free agency.

A person familiar with the deal said Monday the Patriots have agreed to sign edge rusher Matt Judon to a four-year, $56 million deal – including $32 million guaranteed – for the the former Baltimore Ravens standout who totaled 15 1/2 sacks in earning back-to-back Pro Bowl selections in 2019 and 2020. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced; new contracts can’t be finalized until the start of the new league year on Wednesday.

New England also came to terms with free agent defensive tackle Davon Godchaux on a two-year, $16 million deal with $9 million guaranteed. Defensive back Jalen Mills also is headed to Foxborough for four years and $24 million.

“Foxborough Let’s Run It!!” Mills tweeted.

Belichick didn’t completely ignore his offense, signing former Titans tight end Jonnu Smith in his biggest move to date to fill the void created by the departure of Rob Gronkowski. Smith agreed to a four-year, $50 million deal, his agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed to The Associated Press.

At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Smith has been a consistent presence for Tennessee, appearing in 60 games with 53 starts over the past four years. His improvement has been steady and he is coming off his best season with the Titans, catching 41 passes for 448 yards and eight touchdowns.

The flurry of spending is an atypical move by Belichick. He has been able to get players to sign salary cap-friendly contracts with a handful of exceptions during his tenure in New England, with the lure of joining rosters ready to compete for Super Bowl titles.

He doesn’t have that luxury this year coming off a 7-9 season. But he does have cash to work with, starting the free agency period with about $65 million in cap room.

NFL NEWS: AP sources: Chargers reach deal with Linsley, retain Davis

(AP) The Los Angeles Chargers are taking a huge step toward upgrading their offensive line, agreeing to terms on a five-year contract with All-Pro center Corey Linsley, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press.

NFL Network reported Linsley will become the highest-paid center in the league at $62.5 million. Los Angeles has also agreed to re-sign cornerback Michael Davis for three years.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because teams can’t announce free agent deals until the NFL’s new league year begins Wednesday. Monday began the two-day “legal tampering” period when teams could reach out and start negotiating with unrestricted free agents.

Linsley is expected to upgrade a Chargers offensive line that was one of the worst in the league last season. Los Angeles allowed the fourth-most hurries, putting Offensive Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert under heavy pressure. Linsley allowed a league-low four pressures last season among centers who played 13 or more games, while LA’s Dan Feeney was tied for the most at 33.

Linsley, who spent the past seven seasons with Green Bay after being a fifth-round selection in 2014, will solidify a position in flux the past two seasons. Mike Pouncey signed with the Chargers in 2018 and went to the Pro Bowl before injuries sidelined him five games into 2019. Pouncey was on injured reserve last season and announced his retirement last month.

General manager Tom Telesco and new head coach Brandon Staley still have many needs to address on the line. Right guard Trai Turner was released last week, while left guard Forrest Lamp and left tackle Sam Tevi are slated to be unrestricted free agents. Linsley will be reunited with right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who signed with the Chargers last year but was hampered by injuries.

Retaining Davis became a bigger priority after Casey Hayward Jr. was released last weekend. Davis, going into his fifth season, led the Chargers in interceptions last season with three, including one returned for a touchdown. He started 14 games and had a career-best 63 tackles.

NFL NEWS: AP Source: Lions agree to deal to retain DE Romeo Okwara

(AP) — Defensive end Romeo Okwara has agreed to stay with the Detroit Lions, a person familiar with the situation says.

The person spoke Monday on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the deal. Reports say the unrestricted free agent landed a $39 million, three-year contract.

Okwara had a career-high 10 sacks last season in his third year with the Lions and fifth in the NFL. The former Notre Dame standout played in 16 games for the New York Giants in 2016 as an undrafted rookie. Detroit claimed him off waivers after the Giants cut him in 2018 and he has been a solid and consistent player on shaky defenses.

In his first major moves related to free agency, first-year general manager Brad Holmes decided to keep Okwara after choosing to let Kenny Golladay go instead of using the franchise tag or giving him a long-term deal to retain the 27-year-old receiver.

Okwara has 20 career sacks in five seasons, starting in 28 of 67 games. He bolsters a defense that desperately needs his help. Detroit gave up 519 points and 6,716 yards last season, breaking team records set by its winless team in 2008 and ranking among the worst in NFL history in both categories.

The Lions are rebuilding their entire team, moving on without quarterback Matthew Stafford under center for the first time in 13 years. In January, they agreed to trade Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for quarterback Jared Goff, two future first-round draft picks and a third-round pick.

After getting a longer look at the roster with new coach Dan Campbell, the franchise decided to let one of its rare picks that panned out hit the market. Detroit drafted Golladay out of Northern Illinois in the third round, No. 96 overall, in 2017 and he had 183 receptions for 3,068 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Last season, though, Golladay had 20 catches for 338 yards and two scores in just five games.

The Lions signed Tyrell Williams last week shortly after the Las Vegas Raiders released him following two injury-filed seasons. Williams has 197 catches for 3,181 yards and 23 touchdowns in 69 games.

NFL NEWS: Shaq Barrett stays with Bucs on 4-year, $72 million deal

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Linebacker Shaquil Barrett has agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract to remain with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who are aren’t wasting time doing whatever’s necessary to retain key components of their Super Bowl-winning roster.

Barrett has been one of the NFL’s top pass rushers over the past two seasons and earned $15.8 million in 2020, when he played under the franchise tag after leading the league with 19½ sacks in 2019.

The 28-year-old’s new deal — facilitated by Tom Brady signing an extension that cleared $19 million in salary cap space — includes $36 million guaranteed, agent Drew Rosenhaus confirmed Monday.

It’s the fourth move general manager Jason Licht and coach Bruce Arians have made in a week to ensure key players on the verge of becoming unrestricted free agents would not wind up testing their worth on the open market.

The team placed the franchise tag on wide receiver Chris Godwin and signed linebacker Lavonte David to a salary-cap friendly, two-year deal worth up to $25 million before Brady agreed to an extension that will keep the seven-time Super Bowl champion under contract through 2022.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski, defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, wide receiver Antonio Brown, running back Leonard Fournette and kicker Ryan Succop are among other players the Bucs would like to retain.

Re-signing Barrett, however, was by far the top priority this winter. He followed his 2019 breakthrough season with eight regular-season sacks in 2020 last season and four more during Tampa Bay’s postseason run — three in the NFC championship game and one in the Super Bowl.

Barrett spent the first five seasons of his career primarily as a backup with the Denver Broncos. He signed a one-year, $4 million deal with Tampa Bay in free agency in 2019 and has 27½ sacks in 31 regular-season games since joining the Bucs.

NFL NEWS: Pats add Jonnu Smith in 1st big upgrade since Gronk’s exit

(AP) The Patriots have agreed to sign free agent tight end Jonnu Smith in their biggest move to date to fill the void created by the departure of Rob Gronkowski.

Smith, who was selected by the Titans in the third round of the 2017 draft, agreed Monday to a four-year, $50 million deal, his agent Drew Rosenhaus told The Associated Press. New deals can’t be finalized until the start of the new league year on Wednesday.

At 6-foot-3, 250 pounds, Smith has been a consistent presence for Tennessee, appearing in 60 games with 53 starts over the past four years. His improvement has been steady and he is coming off his best season with the Titans, catching 41 passes for 448 yards and eight touchdowns.

The Patriots have struggled to get production at tight end since Gronkowski initially announced his retirement in 2019.

Gronkowski was a favorite target of Tom Brady and a four-time All-Pro during his nine seasons in New England. But in the past two seasons a group that has included Ben Watson, Devin Asiasi, Ryan Izzo, Matt Lacosse and Dalton Keene combined for just three touchdown catches for the Patriots.

Watson, who came out retirement at age 39 when he signed as a free agent in 2019, produced 17 catches for 173 yards that season. But he retired again that offseason.

The lack of a dependable option at tight end certainly restricted quarterback Cam Newton last season, especially after receiver Julian Edelman went on injured reserve early in the schedule.

Adding Smith to the mix is the first in what is expected to be several moves by coach Bill Belichick this offseason to upgrade options in passing game for Newton, who is currently the front-runner to start again after agreeing to a one-year deal last week.

NFL NEWS: Chiefs, Thuney agree to 5-year deal as O-line rebuild begins

(AP) The cash-strapped Kansas City Chiefs made their first big first move to rebuild their offensive line Monday, agreeing with Joe Thuney on a five-year contract to provide a durable plug-and-play option at one of their interior positions.

The agent for the former Patriots standout, Mike McCartney, tweeted the sides had agreed to the deal on the first day they could discuss contracts with free agents. The deal is worth $80 million and includes some incentives, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been signed.

The earliest it can become official is Wednesday, when free agency officially begins.

Thuney, 28, was among the most coveted offensive linemen on the open market. He was a third-round pick of New England in the 2016 draft, and he has started all 80 games over his first five seasons in the league.

The Chiefs were more than more than $20 million over the salary cap a few weeks ago, but they wiped out most of it when they released left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Fisher is recovering from surgery on a torn Achilles tendon and Schwartz from a back procedure, and there was no guarantee either would be available for training camp.

Still, it left the Chiefs with even more holes along an offensive line decimated by injuries and dominated in the Super Bowl.

The Chiefs expect to get offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and third-round pick Lucas Niang back after they opted out of last season, giving them a jumpstart on the work. The draft also is heavy with offensive line prospects.

“I think people want to play with Pat Mahomes. I think that helps, too,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said recently, when he was asked about free agency. “Players in general are competitive. They love the opportunity to play on big stages, in national TV games. When you have sustained success and you play with a coach like Andy (Reid) and a player like Pat, they know they’ll have a chance to win and also play on the biggest stage with the brightest lights.”

Earlier on Monday, the Chiefs reworked the contracts of tight end Travis Kelce and defensive tackle Chris Jones to create about $20 in additional space, a person familiar with the situation told the AP. That combined with about $17 million the Chiefs saved by converting some of Mahomes’ roster bonus into a signing bonus helps them deal with a salary cap lowered to $182.5 million along with plugging several holes on the roster.

The Chiefs, who lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Super Bowl rout, also could be searching for help at wide receiver, pass rush and in the defensive backfield. They allowed tight end Deon Yelder become a free agent rather than tender him an offer, which means they could be in the market for a veteran backup at that position, too.

“Players have to balance things,” Veach said, “and when you have a talented roster sometimes you might not have the flexibility of a rebuilding team, but that’s a good pitch to throw at players: “Come here and play for Andy Reid and with Patrick Mahomes.”

Gronk sticks with Buccaneers for 1 year, $10M

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will re-sign tight end Rob Gronkowski to a one-year contract for $10 million, agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The deal matches what Gronkowski played for in 2020 when he came out of retirement to join quarterback Tom Brady in Tampa.

Gronkowski had one of his quietest seasons with the Buccaneers statistically, though the 31-year-old’s 623 receiving yards still ranked first among free-agent tight ends. The former New England Patriots star also shined in Super Bowl LV, catching two touchdowns to capture his fourth career championship.

Gronkowski said before the Super Bowl he planned to return to the Buccaneers in 2021, but he acknowledged at the onset of the negotiating period he was looking forward to testing the market for the first time in his career.

With 86 career touchdown catches, Gronkowski ranks third all time among tight ends, trailing only Antonio Gates (116) and Tony Gonzalez (111).

The Buccaneers previously struck agreements to bring back Shaq Barrett and Lavonte David, two of their other prominent free agents.

NFL NEWS: AP Source: Chiefs working behind scenes to free up cap space

(AP) The cash-strapped Kansas City Chiefs continued to free up salary-cap space Monday ahead of the start of free agency later this week by restructuring contracts with some of their most high-profile players.

The Chiefs already planned to convert some of quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ roster bonus into a signing bonus to free up about $17 million. Now they are reworking the contracts of tight end Travis Kelce and defensive tackle Chris Jones to create about $20 in additional space, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because such contract matters are rarely disclosed.

Sports Illustrated was first to report that Jones and Kelce were restructuring their contracts. Along with the deal with Mahomes, this helps the Chiefs deal with a salary cap cut by $16 million to $182.5 million this year due to lost revenues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chiefs were more than $20 million over the salary cap a few weeks ago, but they wiped out most of that when they released left tackle Eric Fisher and right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Fisher is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon and Schwartz from a back procedure, and there was no guarantee either would be available for training camp.

Still, the moves left the Chiefs with even more holes along an offensive line in desperate need of a rebuild.

The Chiefs expect to get offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and third-round pick Lucas Niang back after they opted out of last season, giving them a jumpstart on the work. The upcoming draft also is heavy with offensive line prospects, and the money they have freed up should help in free agency, which officially opens Wednesday.

The Chiefs, who lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a Super Bowl rout, also could be searching for help at wide receiver, pass rush and in the defensive backfield. They let tight end Deon Yelder become a free agent rather than tender him an offer, which means they could be in the market for a veteran backup at that position, too.

NFL NEWS: Ravens add veteran guard Kevin Zeitler in 3-year deal

(AP) Guard Kevin Zeitler has agreed to a three-year, $22 million contract with the Baltimore Ravens.

The nine-year veteran was released by the New York Giants last week. Zeitler was scheduled to make $12 million, with a salary-cap hit of $14.2 million in 2021 for New York.

Zeitler, who just turned 31, has played in 135 games with 134 starts for Cincinnati (2012-17), Cleveland (2017-18) and the Giants (2019-20). He also started four playoff games with the Bengals.

The durable guard has started all 16 games in six of his NFL seasons, including five of the past six. He had started 85 straight games before missing a start Dec. 15, 2019, with an ankle injury.

A first-round draft pick in 2012 out of Wisconsin, he left Cincinnati as a free agent to join the Browns and was traded to New York in 2019. The Giants released him to clear cap space, but it didn’t take long for Zeitler to land in Baltimore. The Ravens have had a need at guard since perennial All-Pro Marshal Yanda retired before last season.

NFL NEWS: Linebacker Markus Golden returns to Cardinals on 2-year deal

(AP) The Arizona Cardinals have re-signed linebacker Markus Golden to a two-year deal.

The team on Monday did not disclose financial terms.

The 30-year-old Golden has spent most of his career with the Cardinals after being selected by them in the second round of the 2015 draft. He played with Arizona from 2015-18 before signing with the New York Giants and was then traded back to the Cardinals midway through the 2020 season.

Golden was productive for the Cardinals after his return. He had 25 tackles, three sacks, 15 quarterback hits, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in nine games.

Golden returns to a defense that recently signed three-time NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt to a two-year deal. The Cardinals should also have a healthy Chandler Jones, who had a career-high 19 sacks in 2019 but missed most of last season because of a torn biceps.

Golden has 33 1/2 career sacks, including a career-high 12 1/2 with the Cardinals in 2016.

IU MEN’S SOCCER: No. 23 IUMS Pulls Out Gritty 2-1 Result over Michigan State

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – No. 23 Indiana (4-1-0) rallied back from a first half deficit to top the Michigan State Spartans (2-4-0) by a score of 2-1 at Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium on a rain-soaked Monday evening.

KEY MOMENTS

• Michigan State struck first in the contest off a set piece. Junior midfielder Louis Sala swung in a corner from the left side of goal that sailed over the defensive line of the Hoosiers and found the head of junior defender Luke Morrell. The Plainwell, Mich., native redirected the ball into the upper right corner of the net to give the visitors the 1-0 advantage 25 minutes into the match.

• Indiana created one legitimate chance in the first half when freshman midfielder Emerson Nieto slipped behind the Michigan State defense and threw a shot on frame. Senior keeper Isiah Handspike was up to the challenge, turning back the attempt.

• IU found the equalizer in the 62nd minute courtesy of the right foot of sophomore forward Victor Bezerra. He was on the receiving end of a crossing pass from sophomore midfielder Brett Bebej, gathered the pass, took three quick controlling touches and fired a shot off the Spartan defender from the 18-yard box line just left of frame.

• Redshirt sophomore defender Daniel Munie scored the game-winning tally in the 88th minute. The assist came from a set piece from redshirt senior defender Spencer Glass. He served the ball from nearly midfield into the box, it trickled through the MSU defense, and Munie flicked it into the back of the net.

NOTABLES

• The Hoosiers have won all four games this season in which the team scored a goal. Conversely, this is the first IU win (in two chances) after conceding a tally this season.

• In the program’s last 41 Big Ten regular season matches Indiana holds a record of 30-2-9.

• The goal scored by Munie was his second of the season. It also marked the latest game-winning mark scored by a Hoosier since Jack Maher downed Maryland in the 103rd minute of the 2019 Big Ten Championships semifinal matchup on Nov. 15.

• Bezerra scored his team-leading fifth goal of the season to tie the match at 1-1. He also leads the Big Ten Conference in goals scored.

• Sophomore goalkeeper Roman Celentano earned his 14th-career victory and the fourth of his second season. After allowing one goal with one save, the Naperville, Ill., native has conceded one or fewer goals in 18 of his 19 career starts.

• Glass, the league leader in assists, has aided in five goals this season and 21 for his career.

• Bebej has registered points (two goals at Wisconsin, one assist against Michigan State) in back-to-back matches for the first time in his career.

• Indiana is undefeated (5-0-2) in the last seven matches against Michigan State. Four of the five Hoosier wins have come by one goal.

HOOSIER POINTS

GOALS: Victor Bezerra, Daniel Munie

ASSISTS: Brett Bebej, Spencer Glass

UP NEXT

The Hoosiers are slated to square off with Rutgers at 1 p.m. ET on March 19 in the Garden State. All times, dates, and locations are subject to change.

TODAY IN SPORTS HISTORY-2001

PHOENIX (AP)-On the 17th hole, the only sound was the cooing of a dove in a pine tree. Annika Sorenstam tapped her putter on the ground, lined up the shot, then paced off the 25 feet to the hole and walked to the other side of the green. Ready at last, she stood over the ball and broke the silence by running the putt through a swale to within 8 inches of the cup, setting up a birdie. After a tap-in for par on the final hole, Sorenstam leapt into the arms of her caddie and kissed her husband, celebrating the first 59 in women’s golf.

A day after saying she goes for a birdie on every hole, Sorenstam almost did just that, birdieing her first eight holes and 12 of her first 13 while shooting 13 under in the second round of the Standard Register Ping. “I’m overwhelmed,” she said. “I can’t believe what I just did. It was an incredible day. I had a lot of thoughts in my head. I was trying to stay calm and hit good shots, trying to hit it straight every time.” Her round included 13 birdies, no bogeys and 25 putts on the 6,459-yard Moon Valley Country Club course. She reached every green in regulation and her longest par putt was 31û2 feet.

“You can use all the words you want- impressive, simple,” Sorenstam’s playing partner, Meg Mallon, said. “She had two tap-ins and one putt from about 6 feet. The rest were 10 to 25 feet. She put on a putting display, especially on the front side. She hit the right shots. It was the kind of round everyone dreams of playing.”

On a sunny, warm, windless day, Sorenstam, 30, a native of Sweden, broke every Ladies Professional Golf Association scoring record for one or two rounds. Her 59 was two shots better than the 18- hole record of 61 she shared with Karrie Webb and Se Ri Pak. Her 20-under 124 at the midpoint was three strokes better than the 17 under Webb shot at East Lansing, Mich., last year. Pak’s low round was on a par-71 course, while Webb and Sorenstam shot their 61ís on par-72 courses.

Sorenstam started her round on the back nine and birdied the first eight holes- second-best in L.P.G.A. history behind the nine in a row by Beth Daniel during a tournament in 1999-and finished her first nine in 28 strokes. She birdied the next four before three straight pars and the history- making birdie on No. 8, her 17th hole. She closed with a 31 with a final putt from 6 inches. “It was one of the longest putts I had all day-maybe not distance-wise, but it really felt like it,” she said. “I was trying to count quickly if I counted right, because I didn’t want to jump up and down when I thought it was 59, when it really was 60.”

Either score would have been a record, but Sorenstam wanted to equal the PGA record shared by Al Geiberger, David Duval and Chip Beck. “It shows that we can play,” Sorenstam said.

Sorenstam became the first woman in 58 years to compete in a PGA Tour event when she teed off at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth in 2003.

ALSO:

1910: Barney Oldfield set a speed record of 131.275 miles an hour for the measured mile in a German Blitzen Benz at Daytona, Fla. Oldfield, the speed king of the horseless carriage world who twice raced in the Indy 500 at the end of his career, began driving for Henry Ford in 1902 and helped Ford win financial backing to start his motorcar company.

1970: The N.B.A. expanded from 14 to 17 teams by adding the Cleveland Cavaliers, Buffalo Braves (later moved to San Diego and then Los Angeles as the Clippers) and Portland Trail Blazers. The league also realigned itself into Atlantic, Central, South and Pacific divisions.

1938: The first National Invitation Tournament, invented by the promoter Ned Irish of Madison Square Garden as the first major postseason tourney, ended with Temple University defeating Colorado, 60‚36, in the championship game at the Garden. The N.C.A.A. tournament, which eventually eclipsed the N.I.T., was organized in 1939.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1907       Ty Cobb quarrels with Bungy Cummings, a black groundskeeper who made a friendly gesture toward the Tiger outfielder. When the groundskeeper’s wife intercedes, the ‘Georgia Peach reportedly chokes her, and according to Charlie Schmidt, he allegedly stopped the assault by knocking out his teammate. (Ed. Note: There is speculation this often-told story may not be entirely accurate due to no other witnesses corroborated the attack other than Schmidt, who previously had other disagreements with Cobb during the past year.)

1908       Pirates legend Honus Wagner announces the upcoming season will be his last as a major league player. The 34 year-old Pittsburgh shortstop will lead the National League in batting average, hits, total bases, doubles, triples, RBIs, and stolen bases during his final campaign

1932       Due to the depression, Babe Ruth signs a deal for $75,000, a five-thousand pay cut from last season and 25 percent of the Yankees exhibition games’ net receipts. Legend has it the Bambino signed a blank contract, with the amount filled in later by Yankee owner Jacob Ruppert. (Ed. Note: In 2019, the printed document sold at an auction for nearly $300,000. – LP)

1953       The American League rejects Bill Veeck’s request to shift the Browns to Baltimore, voting 6-2 to keep the failing franchise in St. Louis. The lack of support from his fellow owners, except for Charles Comiskey of the White Sox, is an effort to oust the independent-minded maverick from the Junior Circuit.

1961       The state of New York approves a bond issue for constructing a 55,000-seat stadium on the site of the 1939-40 World’s Fair in the Queens Flushing Meadow area. The ballpark will be named Shea Stadium to honor William Shea, who was instrumental in bringing the National League back to New York.

1994       Former major league starter Eric Show dies of an accidental drug overdose in his room at the Rancho L’Abri Drug and Alcohol treatment center. The 37 year old right-hander finished his 11-year career with Oakland, pitching the first ten years with the Padres, where he established the franchise record for most career wins (100) when he left the team as a free agent in 1990.

2001       Slammin’ Sammy Sosa signs a four-year contract extension keeping the Cub right fielder in the Windy City until 2006. The prolific home run hitter has averaged nearly sixty home runs (179 HRs/3 years) during the last three seasons.

2006       At Angel Stadium in front of 38,284 enthusiastic fans, Oliver Perez and seven relievers combined to lead Mexico to a stunning defeat of Roger Clemens and the United States, 2-1. The second-round loss eliminates Team USA from the inaugural World Baseball Classic.

2006       Roy Halladay (12-4, 2.41) agrees to a $40 million, three-year contract extension which could keep the ‘Doc’ with the Blue Jays through the 2010 season. The 2003 American League Cy Young winner’s season was cut short after getting drilled by a line drive hit by Ranger Kevin Mench, resulting in a broken leg.

2006       At the 5:00 p.m. EST airing of the show Daily News Live!, the Mets begin transmitting Sportsnet New York, which will become better known as SNY. The club modeled the team-owned network after similar regional cable television ventures by the Red Sox (NESN, 1984) and the Yankees (YES, 2002).

2010       The Red Sox announce 19 year-old prospect Ryan Westmoreland has undergone a five-hour surgical procedure to remove a cavernous malformation in his brain. The highly touted minor league outfielder received the diagnosis at Mass General after leaving spring training earlier this month.

2010       Former L.A. outfielder Willie Davis, the team leader in hits, extra-base hits, and runs, is fondly remembered by his family and friends, including many teammates, at a memorial service in Dodger Stadium. The 69 year-old, known as 3 Dog, was found dead in his home last week.

2015       The Grapefruit League game between the Phillies and Twins marks the first time two current Hall of Fame players have managed against each other. Minnesota manager Paul Molitor, enshrined in 2004, opposes Philadelphia skipper Ryne Sandberg, an inductee a season later.

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Philadelphia2712.69217-310-96-220-68-25 W
Brooklyn2613.6671.015-611-74-213-99-14 W
Boston2018.5266.512-58-133-514-116-41 W
New York2019.5137.011-79-121-313-116-41 W
Toronto1722.43610.08-99-133-512-143-75 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee2414.63215-59-98-014-78-23 W
Indiana1720.4596.57-1110-94-210-113-71 W
Chicago1720.4596.58-139-72-28-105-51 W
Cleveland1424.36810.09-105-142-510-114-63 L
Detroit1028.26314.06-104-180-77-172-83 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Miami2118.53811-810-105-412-129-14 W
Charlotte1918.5141.011-88-105-111-96-43 W
Atlanta1920.4872.010-99-113-313-127-35 W
Washington1423.3786.07-127-111-65-164-63 L
Orlando1326.3338.08-135-134-49-152-88 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah2810.73716-212-83-213-65-51 L
Denver2216.5796.09-813-87-114-107-31 L
Portland2216.5796.011-711-93-412-114-61 L
Oklahoma City1722.43611.58-129-102-69-166-41 W
Minnesota930.23119.55-144-163-56-162-81 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix2512.67612-713-54-216-78-21 L
LA Lakers2513.6580.512-813-51-417-84-61 W
LA Clippers2515.6251.513-612-96-215-84-61 L
Golden State2019.5136.013-67-133-510-114-61 W
Sacramento1523.39510.59-126-113-48-113-71 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
San Antonio1916.54310-109-64-612-145-51 L
Dallas2017.54110-810-95-111-117-31 W
Memphis1718.4862.08-129-63-58-124-62 L
New Orleans1722.4364.012-105-124-39-145-52 W
Houston1126.2979.05-116-154-58-130-1016 L

NHL STANDINGS

East
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
New York Islanders2919644217866412-0-27-6-29-0-1
Washington Capitals2818644016100878-3-210-3-29-1-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2818913715938012-2-06-7-18-2-0
Boston Bruins261484321271647-3-17-5-33-5-2
Philadelphia Flyers261493311388877-5-27-4-15-5-0
New York Rangers2711124261076765-6-36-6-15-4-1
New Jersey Devils25813420862822-10-26-3-21-7-2
Buffalo Sabres27617416458942-10-24-7-20-9-1
 
West
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Vegas Golden Knights2619613919855711-2-18-4-08-2-0
Minnesota Wild261781351783649-3-08-5-17-2-1
Colorado Avalanche261682341678609-4-17-4-17-2-1
St. Louis Blues281495331388924-7-310-2-24-3-3
Los Angeles Kings2711106281079784-3-47-7-23-4-3
Arizona Coyotes2812124281070857-7-35-5-14-5-1
San Jose Sharks261112325776913-5-18-7-24-5-1
Anaheim Ducks29815622763954-10-34-5-32-5-3
 
North
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Toronto Maple Leafs30199240191027910-5-19-4-15-5-0
Winnipeg Jets281792361793829-5-18-4-16-3-1
Edmonton Oilers311813036181039110-8-08-5-05-5-0
Montreal Canadiens281387331390765-5-18-3-64-3-3
Calgary Flames2914123311380858-4-16-8-25-3-2
Vancouver Canucks32141623012891029-7-25-9-06-4-0
Ottawa Senators3210202228851276-6-24-14-03-6-1
 
Central
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers281954421899819-3-310-2-17-1-2
Carolina Hurricanes2720614116956810-1-110-5-08-2-0
Tampa Bay Lightning2719624019986410-2-09-4-27-2-1
Chicago Blackhawks3014115331292987-4-27-7-34-5-1
Columbus Blue Jackets3011127291080997-5-54-7-23-5-2
Nashville Predators2912161251071977-7-05-9-14-5-1
Dallas Stars2499624869646-4-43-5-23-5-2
Detroit Red Wings29817420864975-7-33-10-14-5-1