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TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Tar Heels survive ejection, big rally, beat ’21 champ Baylor

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) So much for the idea that North Carolina is soft against top-tier competition. These Tar Heels are going to the Sweet 16 after knocking off the defending champions.

No, it wasn’t easy. The Tar Heels blew a 25-point second-half lead after Brady Manek was ejected for a wild elbow and starting guard Caleb Love fouled out, and they had some issues when top-seeded Baylor turned up the full-court pressure. But they never fell behind, played with poise in overtime and pulled out a 93-86 victory Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“All year we’ve just been hearing different things about us, how we’re a soft team, how we don’t like to fight,” All-Atlantic Coast Conference power forward Armando Bacot said. “Today, I think we really showed that we can fight. To persevere in a moment like that and just come together, I’m just so proud of everyone.”

RJ Davis scored a career-high 30 points with a nifty layup while being fouled in overtime, when Bacot made the tiebreaking free throws after missing three in the final 38 seconds of regulation. Bacot had 15 points and 16 rebounds, along with three blocked shots.

Martin, Kansas hold off Creighton 79-72 for another Sweet 16

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Remy Martin hadn’t led Kansas in scoring all season coming into the NCAA Tournament.

The fifth-year senior transfer from Arizona State is 2 for 2 on the big stage.

Martin scored 20 points, Ochai Agbaji put the Jayhawks ahead for good with his first basket early in the second half, and Kansas held off Creighton 79-72 on Saturday to advance to the Sweet 16.

A sore knee had Martin in and out of the lineup before he missed almost a month during Big 12 play. His first two double-figure games since December came in the Big 12 Tournament, helping the Jayhawks (30-6) win that title.

Now he’s led them to their 32nd Sweet 16. Kansas will face Providence, which advanced by beating Richmond, in the Midwest Region semifinals Friday in Chicago.

“With the guys and my family, the group, they’re a pretty tight-knit group,” Martin said. “They keep my confidence going. They keep my mental going. I always felt like I had something in me, but there’s nothing to it. I just keep it simple.”

Michigan in Sweet 16 again as Brooks puts away Vols late

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Eli Brooks returned for one final college season with the goal of helping Michigan reach the Final Four.

Defying expectations, the Wolverines are halfway there.

Brooks scored seven of his 23 points in the final 3 1/2 minutes and the 11th-seeded Wolverines booked the most surprising of their five straight Sweet 16 appearances, beating third-seeded Tennessee 78-68 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

“I’m just trying to live in the moment right now and cherish the time we have with the people in my life right now at Michigan and enjoy the process of going through this tournament again and having that chance of getting our last goal,” said Brooks, a fifth-year senior.

Michigan’s five straight trips to the regional semifinals is the second-longest streak in the nation behind Gonzaga’s. The Bulldogs beat Memphis on Sunday night to make their seventh consecutive Sweet 16.

It wasn’t clear late in the season whether the Wolverines would be in the tournament, much less have a chance for a deep run.

Hardly a conventional Cinderella given its resources and pedigree, Michigan (19-14) has the worst record of any team left in the field and did the bare minimum to secure an at-large berth. The Wolverines hadn’t won two straight games since mid-February.

Providence routs Richmond to get to 1st Sweet 16 in 25 years

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) As the clock ticked down on Providence’s best performance of the season, Friars fans behind the bench were chanting coach Ed Cooley’s name.

The hometown hero who grew up dreaming of an opportunity to be part of Providence basketball is taking the Friars to their first Sweet 16 in 25 years.

“I just can’t tell you how grateful I feel for our players, our college, our city,” Cooley said. “It’s hard to get to this point. We’re just a little school that everybody says, oh, it’s Providence. Well, Providence is in the damn building.”

Noah Horchler had 16 points and 14 rebounds and the hot-shooting Friars routed 12th-seeded Richmond 79-51 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Providence had five players score in double figures and held the Spiders to 1 of 22 on 3-pointers.

“We have a lot of threats on this team both on the offensive end and on the defensive end, and when we play like this, I feel like we’re the best team in the country,” A.J. Reeves said.

The fourth-seeded Friars (27-5) will face Kansas, the top seed in the Midwest Region, in Chicago next week.

UCLA turns away Saint Mary’s 72-56, returns to Sweet 16

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Tyger Campbell scored 16 points and fourth-seeded UCLA completed a more conventional path to the Sweet 16, beating fifth-seeded Saint Mary’s 72-56 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday.

UCLA (27-7), which went all the way from the First Four to the Final Four last season, will face eighth-seeded North Carolina on Friday in the East Region semifinals in Philadelphia. The Tar Heels are the more surprising half of that blueblood pair after they beat defending champion Baylor earlier Saturday.

“We love to go out there and compete and we’re just playing to win,” Johnny Juzang said. “It’s the best feeling, especially in March, man. We have so much fun.”

The Bruins lost star Jaime Jaquez Jr. to a right ankle injury with 6:58 in the game. He winced as he was helped off the court by teammates and later returned to the bench with his ankle wrapped in ice. Jaquez finished with 15 points, all in the first half.

“We’ve got until Friday until we play,” coach Mick Cronin said. “Jaime, if he can walk, he’ll play.”

Logan Johnson scored 18 points for Saint Mary’s (26-8), the only team in the West Coast Conference to beat No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga this season.

Saint Peter’s is 3rd 15 seed in Sweet 16, beats Murray State

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Undersized in every way, Saint Peter’s became the latest NCAA Tournament darling that only the most ardent hoops fans had heard of before it stepped onto a court with a March Madness logo.

These proud Peacocks from Jersey City, New Jersey, became the third No. 15 seed to advance to the Sweet 16, first tossing eight-time national champion Kentucky out of the bracket and then taking care of Murray State in a workmanlike 70-60 win on Saturday night.

Even mid-major Murray State was taller and beefier than the Peacocks, but that didn’t bother coach Shaheen Holloway or his 6-foot-7, 195-pound power forward, KC Ndefo, who had 17 points and 10 rebounds and played bruising defense at the rim.

“I’m going to say this. It’s going to come off a little crazy. I got guys from New Jersey and New York City,” Holloway said. “You think we’re scared of anything? You think we’re worried about guys trying to muscle us and tough us out?”

Yep, the Jesuit school with an enrollment of 3,000 has a big Jersey attitude.

Razorbacks return to Sweet 16 with 53-48 win over Aggies

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) Arkansas’ Eric Musselman leaned heavily on his NBA coaching days of having to defend Kobe Bryant in devising a plan for how to keep New Mexico State’s Teddy “Buckets” Allen in check.

And it was only fitting to Musselman that swingman Au’Diese Toney – the player he counted on most to contain Allen – capped the decisive run with a one-handed, fast-break dunk with about six minutes left to launch the fourth-seeded Razorbacks (27-8) into the Sweet 16 for a second consecutive year following a 53-48 win over the No. 12-seeded Aggies on Saturday night.

“That was perfect,” Musselman said of Toney converting Davonte Davis’ long pass with a soaring slam to put Arkansas up 41-33 in a tightly contested defensive struggle. “For him to be rewarded with basically the exclamation point after everything that he had done defensively.”

In scoring just seven points, Toney was pleased to do his part on defense. Allen finished 5 of 16 for 12 points, two days after scoring 37 in the Aggies’ first-round win over No. 5 seed Connecticut.

Top-seeded Gonzaga rallies in 2nd half to beat Memphis 82-78

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) Drew Timme gathered his Gonzaga teammates at midcourt, pointed at the scoreboard showing a 10-point halftime deficit for the top overall seed and expressed a few choice words.

Timme’s goal was to spark his teammates with words. He did it with his play on the court, too.

Or as Memphis coach Penny Hardaway said, “the Drew Timme effect came into play.”

Timme scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, and Gonzaga rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat No. 9 seed Memphis 82-78 on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Trailing at the half for only the fourth time this season, Gonzaga leaned on its star junior to reach its seventh straight Sweet 16. The Bulldogs (28-3) will face No. 4 seed Arkansas in the West Region semifinals on Thursday in San Francisco.

“What I said was, no matter what happens, no matter what the score is, win or lose, this could very well be the last 20 minutes of basketball you ever play, and go out with no regrets,” Timme recalled.

Former Arizona coach Sean Miller returning to Xavier

CINCINNATI (AP) Former Arizona basketball coach Sean Miller returned to Xavier on Saturday, less than a year after the Wildcats fired him amid an ongoing NCAA investigation that’s stretched nearly five years.

Miller replaces Travis Steele, his former assistant who was fired Wednesday after four seasons.

“Xavier is thrilled to welcome Sean Miller and his family back to Victory Parkway,” Xavier athletic director Greg Christopher said. “Sean is an elite college basketball coach and a proven winner who understands the expectations, traditions and values of Xavier and the Big East Conference. He will bring a high level of energy and excitement to our program and he will do it the right way.”

Miller went 120-47 at Xavier from 2004-09, leading the Musketeers to the NCAA Tournament his final four seasons before being hired at Arizona. He had success in the desert, leading the Wildcats to five Pac-12 regular-season titles, but was embroiled in the investigation his final three years.

“Amy and I are humbled to be returning to Xavier,” Miller said in a statement. “Xavier and the Big East Conference both hold special places in my heart. I enjoyed my experience competing at the highest level in the Big East as a player and have always dreamed of being a head coach in the best basketball league in the country. Xavier has always done things the right way.”

James passes Malone, but Lakers blow lead in loss to Wizards

WASHINGTON (AP) LeBron James passed Karl Malone on the career scoring list, leaving only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar still to catch.

Then the Los Angeles Lakers wasted another stellar performance by their star.

James came into the night needing 19 points to tie Malone. He ended up scoring double that, but the Washington Wizards rallied from a 16-point deficit to win 127-119 on Saturday night.

James said he couldn’t appreciate the milestone as much in a loss.

“Obviously at some point I’ll be able to look back at this moment, but right now the feeling I have – I can’t separate it,” James said. “We had a great opportunity to pick up some more momentum.”

In addition to James’ 38 points, Russell Westbrook scored 22 in his return to Washington, but the Lakers’ small lineups couldn’t stop 7-foot-3 Kristaps Porzingis, who scored 16 of his 27 points in the final quarter.

Porzingis connected on a 3-pointer with 38 seconds left to put the Wizards up by six, and James couldn’t answer at the other end. Washington outscored the Lakers 34-20 in the fourth quarter.

The Lakers, who won at Toronto on Friday night in overtime, haven’t earned back-to-back victories since a four-game winning streak from Dec. 31 to Jan. 7.

Malone scored 36,928 points. Abdul-Jabbar’s record of 38,387 is in reach if James stays healthy.

Stafford gets contract extension through 2026 with Rams

LOS ANGELES (AP) Quarterback Matthew Stafford has agreed to a four-year contract extension through 2026 with the Los Angeles Rams after winning the Super Bowl in his first season with the team.

The deal signed by Stafford on Saturday is worth $160 million, with $135 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.

Stafford is cashing in on his spectacular debut season with the Rams after 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, who traded the 2009 No. 1 overall pick to Los Angeles a year ago. Stafford would be 38 years old in the final season of the extension.

Stafford is headed into the final year of his previous five-year, $135 million deal signed in Detroit, but he repeatedly said he had no interest in going anywhere.

His new deal also is clearly calculated to allow the Rams to retain more of their championship core while adding new pieces, since Stafford almost certainly could have received more money at the top of the quarterback market. Aaron Rodgers’ new deal with the Packers is essentially a three-year, $150 million contract.

Stafford never won a playoff game in 12 seasons with the Lions, but he realized his enormous potential immediately after joining coach Sean McVay and a talented offense including Cooper Kupp, who became the NFL’s receiving leader in the first year of their partnership.

AP source: Marlins, Soler agree on $36 million, 3-year deal

MIAMI (AP) The Miami Marlins have been seeking a big bat, and they’re hoping reigning World Series MVP Jorge Soler fits the bill.

A person with direct knowledge of the situation said Saturday the Marlins and Soler have agreed on a three-year, $36 million contract. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical and had not been announced.

Soler can opt out of the contract after 2022 and 2023.

MLB.com was first to report the sides had an agreement in place.

Soler is a two-time World Series winner, after helping the Chicago Cubs win the 2016 title and then making a major splash last fall when the Atlanta Braves captured the crown.

He batted .300 in Atlanta’s six-game win over Houston with three home runs, all of them memorable. He led off the World Series with a homer, the first player in 117 editions of the Fall Classic to pull off that feat. A pinch-hit drive in Game 4 broke a tie and put Atlanta one win from the championship, and in the clinching Game 6 his three-run shot in the third inning broke a scoreless tie and put the Braves ahead for good.

Marlins general manager Kim Ng said as Miami opened camp that the team had two needs: an outfielder – particularly a center fielder, which Soler hasn’t been, as he’s primarily played right – and offense.

Soler does fit that bill.

All-purpose star Cordarrelle Patterson re-signs with Falcons

ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons addressed one of their biggest offseason priorities by agreeing to terms on a new contract Saturday with all-purpose standout Cordarrelle Patterson.

The 31-year-old Patterson confirmed the deal on his Twitter account, saying money was not his primary concern.

“Atl was (where) I wanted to be at the end of the day!!!” Patterson tweeted.

ESPN reported that Patterson agreed to a two-year, $10.5 million deal.

The re-signing of Patterson was a bit of good news for the Falcons after their pursuit of quarterback Deshaun Watson ended with him choosing a trade to the Cleveland Browns rather than joining his hometown team.

Losing out on Watson will force the Falcons to patch up their relationship with longtime starter Matt Ryan, the 2016 NFL MVP who had seemed headed for a trade.

TOP INDIANA SPORTS NEWS/RELEASES

Hoosiers Cruise in NCAA Opener Over Charlotte

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – 3-seed Indiana posted its largest NCAA Tournament win in school history as it trounced 14-seed Charlotte, 85-51, in the first round on Saturday inside Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall.

KEY MOMENTS

Indiana (23-8) got out to a 7-3 lead early but after the 49ers tied the game at 11-all, Indiana opened the game up on a 9-0 run which featured five points from Moore-McNeil on a triple and a fast-break opportunity.

It helped the IU take a 22-12 lead at the end of the first, including a Berger jumper to beat the clock as time expired on the frame.

The Hoosiers run extended mid-way through the second as they gained separation on a 22-2 run, taking its largest lead in the half of 20 on three separate occasions including a Gulbe 3-pointer, who had eight points in the second quarter, with three minutes to play.

IU would take the 42-24 lead at the break behind double figure efforts from Berger (12) and Gulbe (11).

Shooting lights out in the second half, the Hoosiers went 58.8 and 62.5 percent in the final 20 minutes to outscored the 49ers, 43-27.

Junior forward Mackenzie Holmes paced her squad in the second half with 15-points to lead IU in the win with 19 total along with eight rebounds.

NOTABLE

With Saturday’s victory the Hoosiers move on to the second round of the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament.

When the game was tied at 11-11, the Hoosiers used a 22-2 run in the first and second quarter to take the lead and never looked back.

Indiana’s largest lead of the contest came in the third quarter where the Hoosiers jumped out to a 31-point lead, 64-33.

Junior Mackenzie Holmes led the way in scoring with 19 points. She also had a team-leading eight rebounds with two assists.

Senior Grace Berger saw a double-digit scoring effort with 18. Berger grabbed six rebounds and four assists.  

Senior Aleksa Gulbe put up 15 points, seven rebounds, and three steals against the 49ers.

Nicole Cardaño-Hillary scored 11 points with seven boards and two assists. Freshman Kaitlin Peterson saw her first career game action in the NCAA tournament on Saturday afternoon. She tallied two points in five minutes of action.

Freshman forward Mona Zaric scored her first career bucket in an Indiana uniform.

The 85 points scored by the Hoosiers is the second-most in a tournament game in school history (87 vs. Kentucky, 1983).

IU’s 23 assists set a team NCAA program record while eight steals tied the current record.

Shooting 54.7 percent on the afternoon, Indiana recorded its second-best field goal percentage in a tournament game in its history.

Indiana recorded 37 boards compared to Charlotte’s 32.

 UP NEXT

Indiana will face the winner of 6-seed Kentucky and 11-seed Princeton on Monday. Time and TV are TBD.

Purdue Battles Texas for Spot in Sweet 16

GAMEDAY INFORMATION – NCAA SECOND ROUND

[3] Purdue (28-7) vs. [6] Texas (22-11)

Sunday, March 20 | 8:40 p.m. ET | Fiserv Forum

TBS (Spero Dedes, Debbie Antonelli, A.J. Ross)

THE NOTES TO KNOW

• Purdue advanced to the NCAA Tournament second round with a 78-56 win over No. 14-seed Yale on Friday afternoon at the Fiserv Forum.

• Matt Painter improved to 10-3 in first-round contests in the NCAA Tournament while at Purdue.

• Purdue improved to 43-32 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 16-13 under head coach Matt Painter.

• Purdue’s 28 wins are now tied for the fifth most in a season in school history.

• Since the 2017 NCAA Tournament, Purdue is now 8-4 in March Madness.

• Purdue now has three wins in the NCAA Tournament by at least 22 points since 2018, tied for the most in the country with Duke and Villanova.

• Purdue’s 10-win improvement from last year (18) to this year (28) is tied for the fifth-best improvement in school history.

• Purdue is now 5-0 all-time in NCAA Tournament games played in Wisconsin, including 3-0 in Milwaukee. The Boilermakers advanced to the 2017 Sweet 16 out of Milwaukee, defeating another Big 12 team — Iowa State (80-76).

• Yale’s 56 points were the fewest allowed to an opponent since Butler scored 48 on Dec. 18.

• Purdue’s 27 made free throws were the most in an NCAA Tournament for Purdue since March 13, 1987, vs. Northeastern (31).

• Purdue’s big three of Jaden Ivey, Zach Edey and Trevion Williams combined for 46 points, 23 rebounds and six assists.

• Jaden Ivey scored 22 points to become the first Purdue player since Glenn Robinson (1993 and 1994) to score at least 20 points in his first two NCAA Tournament games. He had 26 points in last year’s contest with North Texas.

• Ivey needs three points to become the seventh Big Ten player in the last 30 years to have 600 points, 150 rebounds, 100 assists and 30 steals in the same season. He needs just three points to become Purdue’s third 600-150-100 player in school history (Caleb Swanigan, E’Twaun Moore).

• In 10 games played in March, Jaden Ivey is averaging 19.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. In two NCAA Tournament games, Ivey is averaging 24.0 points per game.

• Trevion Williams moved into fourth place on Purdue’s career rebounds list, now with 890 rebounds (Joe Barry Carroll – 1,148; Terry Dischinger – 958; A.J. Hammons – 930; Trevion Williams – 890). 

• Trevion Williams has 108 assists on the season, the third most for a Big Ten player in league history that stands 6-10 or taller.

• Trevion Williams is one of two players in Purdue history with 1,300 points, 850 rebounds and 200 assists (Walter Jordan). Should he reach 900 rebounds (needs 10), he’d be first Purdue player with 1,300 points, 900 rebounds and 200 assists.

• Zach Edey is second nationally in field goal percentage (.653). He is one of four players in the last 30 years to average 14.5 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.0 blocks in under 25.0 minutes per game.

• Per 40 minutes, Zach Edey is averaging 30.5 points and 16.3 rebounds.

• Eric Hunter Jr., has made 27 of his last 46 attempts from long distance (.587), spanning 20 games.

• Sasha Stefanovic moved into Purdue’s single-season top-10 list for 3-pointers made (84), making a pair against Yale.

• Purdue has three players with 100 assists this season, the first time since 2018 that Purdue has had three players with 100 assists. Purdue, Duke and Furman are only schools nationally with three players with 100 assists.

• Purdue is looking for its fourth Sweet 16 appearance in its last five tournament appearances, making the Sweet 16 in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Only Gonzaga (4) and Michigan (4) have made each of the last four second-weekend appearances.

• Purdue is 25-0 when scoring 70 or more points this season. When held under 70 points, Purdue is 3-7 on the season.

• Purdue has made 203 more free throws (523 to 320) than its opponent, the third-best margin nationally (Oakland, Arizona).

• Purdue has had 30 runs of 10-0 or longer, compared to 11 by its opponents.

• Purdue has won 30 straight games when leading at halftime.

• Purdue is 146-12 under Painter when scoring 80 or more points, including 60-2 since the start of the 2017-18 season. Purdue has won 38 straight games when scoring 80 or more points.

• Purdue’s 171 wins since the start of the 2015-16 season are the 11th most nationally.

• Matt Painter is looking for his sixth Sweet 16 appearance — would rank 11th among active coaches.

IRISH ADVANCE TO SECOND ROUND WITH 89-78 WIN OVER UMASS

NORMAN, Okla. – Karen & Kevin Keyes Family Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach Niele Ivey earned her first NCAA Tournament victory at the helm of the program on Saturday night, advancing past 12th-seeded UMass, 89-78. The Fighting Irish had four players in double figures, highlighted by Olivia Miles’ triple-double in her NCAA Tournament debut.

Miles recorded a statline of 12 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists – the 18th triple-double ever in a women’s NCAA tourney and second from an Irish player (Skylar Diggins-Smith achieved the feat versus Maryland back in 2012). Miles also became the third Irish player to record multiple triple-doubles and joined Jackie Young in doing so in the same season.

Dara Mabrey went 5-of-8 from three to tally 18 points. Maddy Westbeld poured in a team high 19 points on 8-of-11 shooting, while fellow post player Maya Dodson added 18 of her own. All-in-all, the Irish totaled 50 points in the paint and shot 64.3 percent from two.

IUPUI COMES UP SHORT AGAINST NO. 4 OKLAHOMA, 78-72

NORMAN, Okla. – Having already made school history by appearing in the NCAA Tournament, the No. 13 seed IUPUI Jaguars tried to go even further and win their first-ever game at the Big Dance. They came within six points of doing so.

Ultimately, the No. 4 seed Oklahoma Sooners escaped with a 78-72 home court victory at Lloyd Noble Center. In so doing, Oklahoma propelled the Big 12 to a 12-0 March Madness start. No other conference has ever opened an NCAA Tournament in such a dominant manner.

A 22-2 edge in fast-break points proved critical for the Sooners in what was otherwise a hard-fought matchup. Oklahoma head coach Jennie Baranczyk respected for the Jaguars postgame.

“I can promise you I’ve been on the bad side of seeding and I think IUPUI is a little bit better than a 13 seed,” Baranczyk said. “They are a very good basketball team.”

Oklahoma’s All-Big 12 First Team players, Taylor Robertson and Madi Williams, helped make possible its first March Madness win since 2017. Robertson scored a game-high 22 points, adding four rebounds and four assists. She also went 8-of-9 at the charity stripe to seal a win for her team. Williams notched 21 points and six boards of her own.

For IUPUI: Macee Williams, the four-time Horizon League Player of the Year, scored 17 points, 13 rebounds and six assists in defeat (an effort that will likely help her WNBA aspirations). Rachel McLimore added 18 points and five boards, while Anna Mortag contributed 14 points—nine in the final quarter.

“I was proud of our players,” said Jaguar head coach Austin Parkinson. “We’re the No. 1 three-point shooting team in our league. We got so many open looks and missed shots and in a game like this, that sometimes can be the difference. But I’m proud of this group. We were right there and a couple shots away from potentially being a different result.”

Macee flexed her muscles early, scoring 10 of IUPUI’s 17 first-quarter points. The Sooners were buoyed by Skylar Vann, who played despite injuring her knee in her team’s Big 12 semifinal loss to Baylor. Vann made her first two shots and capitalized on a late Jaguar turnover, laying one in as time expired to give Oklahoma an 18-17 lead after one frame.

Two 3-pointers from Nevaeh Tot and a pretty driving layup from Liz Scott established an eight-point Sooner lead midway through the second quarter. Perkins 3-pointer drew the Jaguars back within three, but Oklahoma took a 41-37 advantage into halftime. Both teams floundered offensively to end the half, with IUPUI going 1-of-7 and the Sooners going 0-of-4.

The Jaguars continued to struggle, shooting 0-of-11 to begin the third quarter. Robertson took advantage of that four-minute scoring drought, eclipsing 440 career 3-pointers as she pushed the Sooners to a 10-point lead. Natalie Andersen finally ended IUPUI’s drought, and a Morgan Allen post hook briefly cut the deficit to single-digits. Yet, a Madi Williams buzzer-beater took Oklahoma to the fourth frame up 59-49.

IUPUI trailed by as many as 18 during their December upset of Iowa, and fans were hoping their team could recreate that comeback magic tonight. It didn’t look good at first, with the Sooners widening their lead to 14. Then McLimore hit the first Jaguar deep ball of the second half (after 12 prior misses as a team) at 3:51 of the fourth quarter. Mortag surged from there, draining a 3-pointer of her own to make it 74-70 with 24.8 seconds on the clock. Yet the Sooners were just too far ahead, and with IUPUI forced to foul, Robertson’s calm work at the free throw line iced the game.

“I was just proud of my team for [how] we fought back,” said McLimore. “A lot of teams that miss that many shots in a row would just fold and lose by 20, and we made it a game. So that’s one thing about us; we are not going to give up and we are going to fight until the end.”

IUPUI finished shooting 36 percent from the floor and just 21 percent from beyond the arc. The Jaguars actually out-rebounded Oklahoma 45-42, including a 15-9 edge in offensive rebounds. In comparison, the Sooners shot at a 43 percent clip, including 35 percent from beyond the arc. Vann ended up with 13 points and five rebounds, and Tot (at 5-foot-2) notched 10 points and eight boards.

Oklahoma will on Monday night face No. 5 seed Notre Dame in the second round of the women’s NCAA Tournament.

Meanwhile, IUPUI is headed home. The Jaguars might be disappointed at tonight’s outcome, but they can be proud of the ground they broke this season. After all, a team that finished eighth in the Women’s Mid-Major Top 25 poll has shown once again that it can hang with the best in the country.

“Our kids I think represented IUPUI really well,” Parkinson said. “Finally—after having the tournament canceled two years ago—to be able to play on a national stage and have people tuning in at nine, ten o’clock tonight, and see what these kids are capable of, I think was really neat.”

USL Championship Recap:Tampa Bay Rowdies  2 : 0  Indy Eleven

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Saturday, March 19, 2022) – Indy Eleven fell victim to early goals in each half by the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the Florida side’s home opener, leading to a 0-2 defeat at Al Lang Stadium. Despite four saves from goalkeeper Elliot Panicco, Indiana’s Team could not overcome the pair of concessions, a task made tougher when midfielder Raul Aguilera’s second yellow card of the match near the hour mark put the Eleven down a man for the last half hour of the contest. 

Indy Eleven Head Coach Mark Lowry made four changes to his side’s starting XI following last weekend’s season opener at Loudoun United FC, inserting Karl Ouimette – the first player to earn 100 starts in club history with the placement – and Jared Timmer onto the backline and Aguilera and Jonas Fjeldberg into the midfield. However, no roster shuffling could have prepared the Eleven for a shock of an opener from the Rowdies 35 seconds in, when Juan Tejada sliced through the area to accept Sebastian Guenzatti’s square ball before slamming home from just inside the six to give the home side a dream start. Guenzatti nearly had one of his own in the ninth minute, but Panicco did well to guard his near post from close range to keep the early deficit at 0-1.

After stemming the tide through the remainder of the opening half hour, the Eleven found its first true threat through Aguilera, who took forward Noah Powder’s inch-perfect through ball and slotted a low shot through the six that beat Tampa Bay ‘keeper C.J. Cochran but slipped just inches wide of the far left post. It was Panicco collaborating with his left post to keep Guenzatti off the board once again in the 37th minute, the Indy netminder doing well to get low and tip a clever backheel shot from the doorstep off the woodwork before pouncing on the rebound, allowing the Eleven to stay within arm’s reach going into halftime.

It was another early-half tally for Tampa Bay that doubled the advantage in the 51st minute, with Tejada playing set up man this time around by nodding down Leo Fernandes’ far post cross back across frame for Jake LaCava, who swept home from eight yards to lift the Rowdies up 2-0.

Indy Eleven’s comeback bid got tougher just shy of the hour mark, when Aguilera received his second yellow card for a high boot on a 50-50 challenge that saw Lewis Hilton duck his head into the challenge. After not seeing a player ejected for 39 matches dating back to August 2020, Augilera’s red was the second shown to an Eleven player in as many matches to start the 2022 campaign, following on the heels of Alex McQueen’s 90th minute red card received at Loudoun last weekend.

Despite going down to ten men for the duration, Indiana’s Team found solid chances on goal across the final ten minutes, starting in the 84th when Fjeldberg forced Cochran into his first save of the night with a first time effort from 12 yards out. In the 88th minute, substitute midfielder Justin Ingram’s corner to the back post found Timmer at the six, but the Butler alum’s snap header from the six was snared by Cochran on his line, which marked the last threat for either side.

Indy Eleven (0W-2L-0D, 0 pts.) will end its three-game road trip to start its 2022 regular season next Saturday, March 26, when it kicks off this year’s Louisville-Indianapolis Proximity Association Football Contest rivalry series with Louisville City FC at Lynn Family Stadium at 7:30 p.m. ET (live streaming video on ESPN+).

TV SUNDAY

COLLEGE BASKETBALL – MENTIME ETTV
NCAA SECOND ROUND:(4)ILLINOIS VS. (5)HOUSTON12:10PMCBS
NIT SECOND ROUND: FLORIDA AT XAVIER1:00PMESPN
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (2)VILLANOVA VS. (7)OHIO STATE2:40PMCBS
NIT SECOND ROUND: DAYTON AT VANDERBILT3:00PMESPN2
NIT SECOND ROUND: WASHINGTON STATE AT SMU3:00PMESPN+
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (2)DUKE VS. (7)MICHIGAN STATE5:15PMCBS
NIT SECOND ROUND: VIRGINIA AT NORTH TEXAS6:00PMESPN+
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (3)WISCONSIN VS. (11)IOWA STATE6:10PMTNT
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (3)TEXAS TECH VS. (11)NOTRE DAME7:10PMTBS
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (2)AUBURN VS. (10)MIAMI7:45PMTRUTV
NIT SECOND ROUND: ST. BONAVENTURE AT OKLAHOMA8:00PMESPNU
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (3)PURDUE VS. (6)TEXAS8:40PMTNT
NCAA SECOND ROUND: (1)ARIZONA VS. (9)TCU9:40PMTBS
COLLEGE BASKETBALL – WOMENTIME ETTV
CREIGHTON AT IOWA1:00PMABC
FGCU AT MARYLAND31:00PMESPN
MIAMI AT SOUTH CAROLINA3:00PMABC
UTAH AT TEXAS5:00PMESPN
SOUTH DAKOTA AT BAYLOR6:00PMESPN2
GONZAGA AT LOUISVILLE7:00PMESPN
GEORGIA AT IOWA STATE8:00PMESPN2
KANSAS AT STANFORD9:00PMESPN
COLLEGE BASEBALLTIME ETTV
MISSISSIPPI STATE AT GEORGIA12:00PMSECN
INCARNATE WORD AT TEXAS2:00PMLHN
TEXAS A&M AT LSU3:00PMSECN
COLLEGE SOFTBALLTIME ETTV
CAMPBELL AT SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE10:00AMESPNU
VIRGINIA AT NC STATE12:00PMACCN
CLEMSON AT DUKE2:00PMACCN
FISHINGTIME ETTV
BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES7:00AMFS1
GOLFTIME ETTV
PGA TOUR: VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP12:00PMGOLF
PGA TOUR: VALSPAR CHAMPIONSHIP2:00PMNBC
MOTORSPORTSTIME ETTV
FORMULA ONE: BAHRAIN GRAND PRIX11:00AMESPN
INDYCAR: XPEL 37512:30PMNBC
NASCAR CUP: QUIKTRIP 5003:00PMFOX
NBATIME ETTV
MEMPHIS AT HOUSTON3:30PMATTSN-SW
BALLY SPORTS
PORTLAND AT INDIANA3:30PMROOT SPORTS
BALLY SPORTS
OKLAHOMA CITY AT ORLANDO6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
PHOENIX AT SACRAMENTO6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
NEW ORLEANS AT ATLANTA6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
UTAH AT NEW YORK7:30PMATTSN-RM
MSG
BOSTON AT DENVER8:00PMNBCS-BOS
ALT
TORONTO AT PHILADELPHIA8:30PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-PHI
SAN ANTONIO AT GOLDEN STATE8:30PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-BAY
NHLTIME ETTV
NY ISLANDERS AT PHILADELPHIA2:00PMTNT
DALLAS AT WASHINGTON5:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-WSH
NY RANGERS AT CAROLINA6:00PMBALLY SPORTS
MSG+
ARIZONA AT SAN JOSE7:00PMBALLY SPORTS
NBCS-CA
WINNIPEG AT CHICAGO7:00PMSPORTSNET
NBCS-CHI
BUFFALO AT VANCOUVER10:00PMMSG-BUF
SPORTSNET
RUGBYTIME ETTV
MLR: OLD GLORY DC AT RUGBY ATL6:00PMFS1

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 XY-MIAMI4724.66226-921-1511-230-137-32 W
PHILADELPHIA4326.6233.020-1523-116-826-167-32 W
MILWAUKEE4427.6203.024-1220-159-326-188-21 L
BOSTON4328.6064.024-1219-169-630-168-22 W
CHICAGO4129.5865.525-1016-199-426-172-83 L
CLEVELAND4130.5776.023-1218-189-524-195-52 W
TORONTO3931.5577.517-1622-157-523-196-41 L
BROOKLYN3734.52110.015-1922-159-626-185-51 W
CHARLOTTE3635.50711.018-1718-186-722-226-44 W
10 ATLANTA3535.50011.523-1312-228-621-236-41 W
11 WASHINGTON3040.42916.518-1812-226-722-223-71 W
12 NEW YORK3040.42916.515-1915-214-1015-265-52 W
13 INDIANA2447.33823.015-209-272-1311-344-61 W
14 DETROIT1952.26828.011-238-295-915-294-61 L
15 ORLANDO1853.25429.08-2610-272-1110-354-63 L
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 WLPCTCONF GBHOMEROADDIVCONFLAST 10STREAK
1 X-PHOENIX5714.80330-827-67-433-98-24 W
MEMPHIS4823.6769.024-1024-138-531-147-31 L
GOLDEN STATE4723.6719.529-818-1510-328-164-61 L
UTAH4426.62912.526-1118-1513-129-156-42 W
DALLAS4328.60614.023-1220-1612-230-157-32 L
DENVER4229.59215.020-1322-165-925-196-41 L
MINNESOTA4230.58315.524-1218-1811-428-189-14 W
LA CLIPPERS3637.49322.020-1516-227-721-254-63 L
LA LAKERS3041.42327.020-1710-243-1116-273-71 L
10 NEW ORLEANS2941.41427.516-2013-216-820-235-51 W
11 SAN ANTONIO2744.38030.014-2313-214-817-243-71 L
12 PORTLAND2643.37730.017-189-251-1211-301-93 L
13 SACRAMENTO2547.34732.516-229-255-717-283-72 L
14 OKLAHOMA CITY2050.28636.59-2611-244-814-311-98 L
15 HOUSTON1753.24339.510-247-293-109-352-84 L
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE PLAYOFFS. 

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT,  Y – CLINCHED DIVISION,  Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE

NHL STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
FLORIDA PANTHERS6242146904025418026-6-016-8-67-2-1
CAROLINA HURRICANES6141146884020314623-4-318-10-35-3-2
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS6338169853520516717-9-521-7-47-2-1
TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING6139166843720517419-6-420-10-25-5-0
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS6239185833722918922-7-217-11-35-4-1
NEW YORK RANGERS6239185833518716020-6-319-12-26-4-0
BOSTON BRUINS6238195813618816718-10-220-9-37-2-1
WASHINGTON CAPITALS63351810803121217715-11-520-7-57-2-1
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS6332283672821023418-13-314-15-05-3-2
10 NEW YORK ISLANDERS5926249612516116415-12-411-12-56-3-1
11 DETROIT RED WINGS6225307572217823216-12-49-18-32-7-1
12 BUFFALO SABRES6221338501916421811-16-410-17-45-5-0
13 PHILADELPHIA FLYERS61193111491915421312-15-67-16-54-5-1
14 OTTAWA SENATORS6222355492116220412-19-210-16-33-7-0
15 NEW JERSEY DEVILS6222355492018822614-14-38-21-24-6-0
16 MONTREAL CANADIENS621736943151582359-18-38-18-65-3-2
 
WESTERN CONFERENCE
 GPWLOTLPTSROWGFGAHOMEROADL10
COLORADO AVALANCHE6244135934124117324-3-320-10-26-3-1
CALGARY FLAMES6238168843621514919-5-619-11-26-2-2
ST. LOUIS BLUES6134189773221717320-7-414-11-53-4-3
MINNESOTA WILD6036204763122519619-7-117-13-35-4-1
LOS ANGELES KINGS6434228763118218116-13-318-9-55-4-1
EDMONTON OILERS6235234743221219619-12-016-11-46-3-1
NASHVILLE PREDATORS6236224763420417519-11-017-11-46-4-0
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS6434264723020519418-13-316-13-14-6-0
DALLAS STARS6033243693017618020-8-113-16-25-4-1
10 VANCOUVER CANUCKS6330267672718118314-13-416-13-35-4-1
11 WINNIPEG JETS62282410662719119416-12-212-12-86-3-1
12 ANAHEIM DUCKS64272611652318320416-12-411-14-72-6-2
13 SAN JOSE SHARKS6126278602415919314-14-412-13-43-5-2
14 CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS6222319531916321311-15-511-16-44-5-1
15 ARIZONA COYOTES612037444191602209-21-111-16-37-3-0
16 SEATTLE KRAKEN6319386441716422611-18-38-20-33-5-2
 

EIGHT TEAMS IN EACH CONFERENCE QUALIFY FOR THE DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF FORMAT.  THE TOP THREE TEAMS FROM EACH DIVISION MAKE UP THE FIRST SIX SPOTS.   THE TWO REMAINING TEAMS WITH THE HIGHEST POINTS, REGARDLESS OF DIVISION, QUALIFY FOR THE FINAL TWO WILD CARD SPOTS.  

X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED CONFERENCE