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THE DISPATCH
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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010
 
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SPORTS EDITOR
Adam Minichino: 327-1297
TOLL FREE SPORTS LINE
Mississippi: 662-241-5000Alabama: 888-477-1555
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLCOLLEGE BASEBALLWOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
Winslow Townson/AP
Ohio’s DeVaughnWashington and D.J.Cooper exchange a handslap.
FROM WIRE REPORTS
PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The MAC champion OhioBobcats, who had a losinrecord in conference play,have found their way iMarch and now boast a NCAA tournament win fothe first time in 27 years. Armon Bassett scored32 points to lead the 14thseeded Bobcats to a con vincing 97-83 win over No.3seed Georgetown in theMidwest Regional.In early March, no oneexpected Ohio (22-14) tobe in this position. Theteam had just finished a 7-9season in Mid-America Conference play andentered the conferencetournament as the ninthseed.Four wins later, Ohio was in the 65-team field.Forty minutes later,theBobcats are in the secondround.Ohio seized the leadearly on its 3-point shoot 
Dispatch File
MSU’s John Cohen
BY DAVID MILLER
dmiller@cdispatch.com
STARKVILLE — Asississippi State coach JohnCohen sees it, there’s nothingthat compares to league play intheSoutheastern Conference.Coming offamid-week rout ofMississippi Valley State, theBulldogs begin SEC play today atFlorida.Cohen is steadfast in hiselief that there are no off week-ends in the SEC and he’s hope-ful last weekend’s games against UCLA, Oklahoma and Texas A&M Corpus Christi in the Whataburger Classic in CorpusChristi, Texas, have given theBulldogs ample warmup for thethree-game series against theGators.Mississippi State went 1-4 at the Whataburger Classic, beat-ing Texas A&M-Corpus Christi4-2 in extra innings on the finalday.Prior to the classic, theBulldogs had won five straight games after unexpectedly drop-ping three straight at home toSoutheast Louisiana. That kind of up-and-downnon-conference performance was to be expected with a youngsquad, Cohen said Thursday.“We just need to hit that tip-ping point,” Cohen said. “Right now,we’reexperiencing a lot othings for the first time. Our kids are doing a great job inpractice, but we’reexperiencingalot of things for the first time. The game demands repetitionand it’sthe biggest thing we’relacking right now.” Though the Bulldogs enter todays6p.m. start inGainesville with an 11-6 record,
BY ADAM MINICHINO
aminichino@cdispatch.com
RickInsell isn’t coy.Heknows his team’sstrengths and that histeam will try to pressopponents on one endandlight them up with 3-point barrage on theother.Oh, senior forwardAlysha Clark, the nation’seading scorer,probablwill score a few points,too.Now that everyonenows his team’s strate-gyfor its game at 1:30p.m. Sunday against sev-enth-seeded MississippiState (19-12) in the first roundof the NCAA tour-nament, the Middle Tennessee State coach won’t change a thing.“If you know anythingabout Middle Tennesseethose are two things youknow about us,” Insellsaid of his team’s use of pressure defense and its3-point shooting ability.“If you try to keep Alysha Clark from getting 40, wedon’t mind. We’re goingto warm it up and shoot the three. If a player pass-es up a shot, they will get 
SPECIAL TO THE DISPATCH
BIRMINGHAM, Ala.–– Savannah Hill made a layup with 5 seconds left  Thursday to lift Samfordpast Ole Miss 66-65 inthe first round of the WNIT.Ole Miss’ Kayla Melson took the ensuinginbounds pass and shot a  jumper just inside thefree throw line, but her attempt hit offthe front of the rim and bouncedtwice before falling to thefloor as time expired.Senior ElizabethRobertson gave Ole Missa57-54 lead with 5:22 left to play following an oldfashioned three-point play.One minute later,she put the Lady Rebelsahead 59-54 with a jumpshot from the wing to capa7-0 run. Alex Crow cuSamford’s deficit 59-56after making a pair ofree throws, but ShantellBlack scored on OleMiss’ following possession to push the leadback to 61-56 with 3:23remaining.Hill knocked dow two free throws for theLady Bulldogs on thenext trip down the floor,and Monica Maxwellbrought Samford to within 61-60 on a layup follow-
Contributed
Rick Insell has led Middle Tennessee to a 25-5 record.
Lady Rebels unableto hold off Samford
Samford 66, Ole Miss 65
FROMSPECIAL REPORTS
HUTCHINSON, Kan. –– TheEast Mississippi Community College men’s basketball teamaditsseason come to an end Thursday with its second-consec-utive setback in the NJCAA Division I Championship.East Mississippi (27-7) wasedged 77-75 by Northwest Florida State in a consolationgame to be eliminated from thetournament.Northwest Florida Statescored the winning basket with12.6 seconds remaining on a shot by Latraius Mosley.
EMCCeliminated by Northwest Florida State
Northwest Florida State 77,EMCC 75
Rogelio V.Solis/AP
Dee Bost leads MSU against North Carolina in the NIT.
FROM SPECIAL REPORTS
OXFORD –– The Oleissmen’s basketballteam will play Memphisorthefirsttime since2006whenthe teams meet inthe second round of theITtonight. Thegame between No.2-seed Ole Miss (22-10)andNo. 3-seed Memphis(24-9) isscheduledtotip off a5:30p.m. at ad SmithColiseuminOxfordandwillbe televised onESPN2. The winner advances toplay in next week’s quar-terfinals against the Texasech-Jacksonville winner.IfOle Miss prevailstonight, it will host that quarterfinal game onuesday or Wednesday.Ole Miss advanced tothesecond round by beat-ingTroy 84-65 onWednesday. The Rebels are makingtheirninth appearance inthe NIT and first since
MTSU noted for itspressure, shooting
Ohio beatsGeorgetownin big upset
BYDAVID MILLER
dmiller@cdispatch.com
STARKVILLE — DeeBost is looking forward toMississippi State’s gameagainst North Carolina inthe second round of theNIT. The sophomore point guard, of Concord, N.C.,believes he has some-thing to prove whenMississippi State (24-11)hosts North Carolina (17-16) at Humphrey Coliseum at 11 a.m.Saturday. The 6-foot-2 Bost wasthe Class 3A Player of the Year in North Carolina and he wants to play wellagainst the Tar Heelsbecause of what he per-ceived to be a lack of attention from NorthCarolina coach Roy  Williams and his staff  when he was beingrecruited.“It’sjust another game,but I would like to show them why they shouldhave recruited me a littleharder,” Bost said.North Carolina will bean esteemed guest of Mississippi State’s nomatter the recordor tour-nament. When the game tipsoff, one of college basket-ball’s most storied pro-grams will take the floor at Humphrey Coliseum.Usually that storiedprogram is Kentucky, but North Carolina’s sixnational championshipsshould make for addedexcitement, no matter how much of a down year  Williams’ squad is goingthrough. The Tar Heels, onepoint losers of 10 of 12games, missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2003. Williamshadn’t missed the BigDance since 1989, hisfirst season at Kansas.So why the big deal for asecond-round NIgame?For one, the Tar Heels won the national title last season and have an all-time NCAA tournament record of 102-39. No teamoutside of Kentucky has visited Humphrey Coliseum with as muchhistorical prominence asNorth Carolina.Former Mississippi
MSU’s Bost motivatedto play North Carolina
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Mississippi State vs.Middle Tennessee inNCAA Tournament atPittsburgh, 1:30 p.m.
Ole MisshostingMemphis
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Memphisat Ole Miss,5:30 p.m.(ESPN2)
Bulldogs begin SEC playat Florida
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HOSTING NIT GAMES
See NCAA, 2BSee MSU MEN, 3BSee OLE MISS MEN, 3BSee EMCC, 3BSee OLE MISS WOMEN, 3BSee MTSU, 3BSee MSU BASEBALL, 3B
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From Wire Reports
Baseball
College Scores
Thursday’s Scores
EAST
Old Westbury 13, Lehman 2
SOUTH
Carson-Newman 13, Anderson, S.C.8Erskine 13, Augusta St. 8Hampden-Sydney 10, Franklin &Marshall 10, 11 innings, tieIllinois Wesleyan 14, ChristianBrothers 8Indianapolis 19-20, Kentucky St. 4-2Kentucky Wesleyan 8-2, Asbury 2-0King, Tenn. 12, Bluefield St. 0Lee 14, Tenn. Temple 1Mount Olive 23, Fairmont St. 2Mount St. Vincent 12, Bethany,W.Va. 2N. Kentucky 11-11, Lake Erie 10-4Rutgers-Camden 20, St. Scholastica9
MIDWEST
UMBC 16, N. Dakota St. 10
SOUTHWEST
Oklahoma Baptist 6, Mid-AmChristian 3Oklahoma City 33, NW Oklahoma 7
MLBSpring Training
AMERICAN LEAGUE
WLPctTampa Bay114.733Cleveland84.667Toronto85.615Detroit97.563Boston87.533Kansas City66.500Oakland77.500New York78.467Chicago67.462Minnesota68.429Texas68.429Seattle59.357Baltimore510.333Los Angeles39.250
NATIONALLEAGUE
WLPctAtlanta115.688Philadelphia84.667San Francisco116.647New York106.625Chicago96.600Milwaukee107.588Arizona97.563Colorado108.556Florida88.500Houston77.500Cincinnati67.462Los Angeles56.455St. Louis58.385San Diego59.357Pittsburgh410.286Washington212.143
NOTE:
Split-squad games count inthe standings; games against non-major league teams do not.
Thursday’sGames
Detroit 5, Houston 4Minnesota 5, Pittsburgh 4Toronto 13, Baltimore 3Atlanta 5, St. Louis 3Colorado 9, Seattle 2Cleveland 6, Cincinnati 2L.A. Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 3Oakland 7, Arizona 3N.Y. Mets 5, Florida 2N.Y. Yankees 6, Tampa Bay 4Texas 6, Milwaukee 4
Friday’s Games
St. Louis (ss) vs Florida at Jupiter,Fla., 12:05 p.m.Boston vs Pittsburgh at Bradenton,Fla., 12:05 p.m.Toronto vs Houston at Kissimmee,Fla., 12:05 p.m.Detroit (ss) vs N.Y. Yankees (ss) atTampa, Fla., 12:05 p.m.Minnesota vs N.Y. Mets at Port St.Lucie, Fla., 12:10 p.m.Kansas City vs Arizona at Tucson,Ariz., 3:05 p.m.Cleveland (ss) vs Texas at Surprise,Ariz., 3:05 p.m.Cleveland (ss) vs San Francisco atScottsdale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.Chicago Cubs vs Chicago White Soxat Glendale, Ariz., 3:05 p.m.L.A. Angels vs Milwaukee atPhoenix, 3:05 p.m.Oakland vs Colorado at Tucson,Ariz., 3:10 p.m.Detroit (ss) vs Atlanta at Kissimmee,Fla., 5:05 p.m.N.Y.Yankees (ss) vs Tampa Bay atPort Charlotte, Fla., 6:05 p.m.Baltimore vs Philadelphia atClearwater,Fla., 6:05 p.m.St. Louis (ss) vs Washington atViera, Fla., 6:05 p.m.Seattle vs Cincinnati at Goodyear,Ariz., 9:05 p.m.L.A. Dodgers vs San Diego atPeoria, Ariz., 9:05 p.m.
Basketball
Men’s NCAATournament
Opening RoundTuesday, March 16At UD ArenaDayton, Ohio
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61, Winthrop 44
EAST REGIONALFirst RoundThursday, March 18At New Orleans ArenaNew Orleans
Kentucky 100, ETSU 71Wake Forest 81, Texas 80, OT
At HPPavilionSan Jose, Calif.
Washington 80, Marquette 78New Mexico 62, Montana 57
Today, March 19At HSBC ArenaBuffalo, N.Y.
West Virginia (27-6) vs. MorganState (27-9), 11:15 a.m.Clemson (21-10) vs. Missouri(22-10), 30 minutes following
At Jacksonville VeteransMemorial ArenaJacksonville, Fla.
Temple (29-5) vs. Cornell (27-4),11:30 a.m.Wisconsin (23-8) vs. Wofford (26-8),30 minutes following
SOUTH REGIONALFirst RoundThursday, March 18At Dunkin’Donuts CenterProvidence, R.I.
Villanova 73, Robert Morris 70, OTSaint Mary’s, Calif. 80, Richmond 71
At New Orleans ArenaNew Orleans
Old Dominion 51, Notre Dame 50Baylor 68, Sam Houston State 59
Today, March 19At Jacksonville VeteransMemorial ArenaJacksonville, Fla.
Duke (29-5) vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff(18-15), 6:25 p.m.California (23-10) vs. Louisville (20-12), 30 minutes following
At Spokane ArenaSpokane, Wash.
Purdue (27-5) vs. Siena (27-6),1:30 p.m.Texas A&M (23-9) vs. Utah State(27-7), 30 minutes following
MIDWEST REGIONALFirst RoundThursday,March 18At Dunkin’Donuts CenterProvidence, R.I.
Ohio 97, Georgetown 83Tennessee 62, San Diego State 59
At The Ford CenterOklahoma City
Northern Iowa 69, UNLV66Kansas 90 Lehigh 74
Today,March 19At The Bradley CenterMilwaukee
Oklahoma State (22-10) vs. GeorgiaTech (22-12), 6:15 p.m.Ohio State (27-7) vs. UC SantaBarbara (20-9), 30 minutes following
At Spokane ArenaSpokane, Wash.
Michigan State (24-8) vs. NewMexico State (22-11), 6:20 p.m.Maryland (23-8) vs. Houston (19-15),30 minutes following
WEST REGIONALFirst RoundThursday, March 18At The Ford CenterOklahoma City
BYU 99, Florida 92, 2OTKansas State 82, North Texas 62
At HPPavilionSan Jose, Calif.
Murray State 66, Vanderbilt 65Butler 77, UTEP59
Today, March 19At HSBC ArenaBuffalo, N.Y.
Gonzaga (26-6) vs. Florida State(22-9), 6:10 p.m.Syracuse (28-4) vs. Vermont (25-9),30 minutes following
At The Bradley CenterMilwaukee
Xavier (24-8) vs. Minnesota (21-13),11:25 a.m.Pittsburgh (24-8) vs. Oakland, Mich.(26-8), 30 minutes following
Men’s NIT
First RoundTuesday, March 16
Connecticut 59, Northeastern 57N.C. State 58, South Florida 57UAB 65, Coastal Carolina 49Texas Tech 87, Seton Hall 69North Carolina 80, William & Mary 72Mississippi State 81, Jackson State67Jacksonville 67, Arizona State 66
Wednesday,March 17
Kent State 75, Tulsa 74Dayton 63, Illinois State 42Cincinnati 76, Weber State 62Virginia Tech 81, Quinnipiac 61Rhode Island 76, Northwestern 64Mississippi 84, Troy 65Nevada 74, Wichita State 70Illinois 76, Stony Brook 66Memphis 73, St. John’s71
Second RoundToday, March 19
Memphis (24-9) at Ole Miss (22-10),5:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 20
North Carolina (17-16) at MississippiState (24-11), 11 a.m.Jacksonville (20-12) at Texas Tech(18-15), 3 p.m.N.C. State (20-15) at UAB (24-8),4p.m.
Monday,March 22
Nevada (21-12) at Rhode Island(24-9), 5 p.m.Connecticut (18-15) at Virginia Tech(24-8), 6 p.m.Kent State (24-9) at Illinois (20-14),7p.m.Dayton (21-12) at Cincinnati (19-15),8p.m.
Men’s CIT
First RoundTuesday,March 16
Fairfield 101, George Mason 96, OTMarshall 90, Western Carolina 88Creighton 89, South Dakota 78
Wednesday, March 17
Appalachian State 93, Harvard 71Missouri State 87, Middle TennesseeState 79Northern Colorado 81, Portland 73Pacific 63, Loyola Marymount 52
Thursday,March 18
Louisiana Tech 66, SouthernMississippi 57
QuarterfinalsMonday, March 22
Appalchian State (23-10) at Marshall(24-9), 6 p.m.Fairfield (23-10) at Creighton (17-15), 7:05 p.m.Pacific (21-11) at Northern Colorado(25-7), 8:05 p.m.Louisiana Tech (24-10) vs. MissouriState (21-12), TBA
CITBoxscore
Louisiana Tech 66, So, Miss 57
SOUTHERN MISS (20-14) ––
Pelham 2-6 0-0 5, Bolden 3-10 1-2 7,Stone 4-6 2-2 10, Horton 4-11 2-210, Johnson 4-112-3 12, Ayarza 4-12 1-5 9, Ortiz 0-0 0-0 0, Pennington0-0 0-0 0, Awaji 0-3 0-0 0, Stephens2-5 0-0 4. Totals 23-64 8-14 57.
LOUISIANATECH (24-10) ––
Ashaolu 8-11 2-7 18, Jackson 2-7 1-46, Guyton 5-9 3-3 15, Brown 3-7 0-06, Bartlett 2-5 0-0 4, Redding 6-9 1-213, Hall 2-2 0-0 4, Oliverson 0-0 0-00. Totals 28-50 7-16 66.
Halftime—
Tied 30-30. 3-PointGoals—Southern Miss. 3-16(Johnson 2-6, Pelham 1-2, Horton 0-1, Ayarza 0-1, Awaji 0-2, Bolden 0-4),Louisiana Tech 3-11 (Guyton 2-5,Jackson 1-4, Brown 0-2). FouledOut—None. Rebounds—SouthernMiss. 40 (Bolden 12), Louisiana Tech33 (Ashaolu 10). Assists—SouthernMiss. 5 (Johnson 2), Louisiana Tech11 (Brown 5). Total Fouls—SouthernMiss. 15, Louisiana Tech 17. A—1,873. 185217
NBA
Thursday’s Games
Orlando 108, Miami 102, OTDenver 93, New Orleans 80Today’s GamesDetroit at Indiana, 6 p.m.Oklahoma City at Toronto, 6 p.m.Charlotte at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m.Philadelphia at New York, 6:30 p.m.Cleveland at Chicago, 7 p.m.Boston at Houston, 7:30 p.m.Golden State at San Antonio,7:30 p.m.Milwaukee at Sacramento, 9 p.m.Washington at Portland, 9 p.m.Utah at Phoenix, 9 p.m.Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m.
Roll Call
 Transactions
BASEBALLMajor League BaseballAmerican LeagueBOSTON RED SOX—
Acquired RHPMiguel Celestino from Seattle tocomplete an earlier trade.
DETROIT TIGERS—
Optioned RHPArmando Galarraga and RHPJaySborz to Toledo (IL) and RHPJacobTurner to West Michigan (MWL).
MINNESOTATWINS—
OptionedRHPRob Delaney and RHPAlexBurnett to Rochester (IL).
OAKLAND ATHLETICS—
OptionedRHPJustin Souza to Midland(Texas).
SEATTLE MARINERS—
OptionedOF Michael Saunders to Tacoma(PCL). Reassigned RHPMikeKoplove and RHPLevale Speignerto their minor league camp.
National LeagueARIZONADIAMONDBACKS
Agreed to terms with 3B MarkReynolds on a three-year contract.CINCINNATI REDS—Optioned INFYonder Alonso, LHPBill Bray,RHPEnerio Del Rosario, RHPSamLeCure, IF Chris Valaika and LHPPedro Viola to Louisville (IL) andRHPJordan Smith and LHPPhilippeValiquette to Carolina (SL). AssignedRHPJon Adkins, OF Josh Anderson,CDevin Mesoraco and LHPBenJukich to Louisville.
ST.LOUIS CARDINALS
Announced LHPBen Jukich, a Rule5draft pick, has cleared waivers andis being assigned back to Cincinnati(NL).
WASHINGTONNATIONALS—
Announced that RHPZech Zinicola,aRule 5 draft pick, was returned tothe team by Toronto, and wasassigned to their minor league camp.
BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationWASHINGTON WIZARDS—
SignedG-F Alonzo Gee to a second 10-daycontract.
COLLEGE CALENDAR
MSU
Golfers in Furman Intercollegiate
STARKVILLE ––TheMississippi Statemen’s golf team iscomingoff one of itsbest rounds of the sea-sonin the final roundoftheSeminoleIntercollegiate, whereittallied a 283.MSUwas fivestrokes better thananyother team amongthe 14-team field. TheBulldogs look to carry that momentum intothe 41st-annualFurman Intercollegiatethis weekend, whichwillbeplayed at thepar-72 FurmanUniversity Golf CourseinGreenville, S.C.Mississippi State isled by true freshmanRobi Calvesbert whohasbeen the Bulldogstop finisher in the pre-vious four tourna-ments.
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Copeland receivesAll-American honor:
Senior Wendy Copeland was chosenanindoor track andfield All-American by the USTFCCCA onWednesday. TheTupelo native is only the fourth Lady Bulldog to receive thishonor.Copeland earnedthe accolade after competing at theNCAAIndooChampionships onMarch 12. She fin-ishedin 16th placeafter jumping 19 feet,10?inches. However,she jumped 20-9 ? ear-lierin the season tomove to second all-timein MSU history.
Alabama
Saban to throw out first pitch
 TUSCALOOSA, Ala.Alabama head foot-ballcoach Nick Sabanwillthrow out the cer-emonialfirst pitch at the Crimson Tide’sSoutheasternConference seriesopeneragainst theVanderbilt Commodores tonight atSewell-ThomasStadium. The Crimson TideandCommodores willmeet at 6:35 p.m.
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Softball teamedges Florida International:
 At Tuscaloosa, Ala., after giving up an unearnedrun in the top of thefifth inning, the No. 5Alabama softball teamstruck back in the bot-tom frame of theinning with a combina-tion of the long ballandsmall ball, scoringtwo runs to defeat Florida International 2-1Thursday night. The win improvesthe Lady CrimsonTide to 19-7, whiledropping the Lady GoldenPanthers to 18-8r. Amanda Lockeended Alabama’sstruggles at the platewith a solo home runripped over the center field wall tying thegame at 1-1.
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Myneni nominat-edfor McWhortescholarship:
Men’stennis senior SakethMyneni was nominat-edThursday for the H.BoydMcWhorter Scholar-AthletePostgraduateScholarship.Myneni currently holds a 3.79 gradepoint average and ismajoring in financeandeconomics.
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Price nominatedfor McWhorter scholarship:
Senior gymnast Kassi Pricehasbeen nominatedfor the H. BoydMcWhorter Scholar-Athlete PostgraduateScholarship theSoutheasternConference officeannouncedThursday. The Plantation, Fla.,native carries a 4.00grade point average,while undertaking a double major inMarketing andAdvertising.
Special Reports
High School Baseball
 Today
Escambia Academy at Pickens Academy, 1 p.m.Lamar County at Pickens County, 5 p.m.
Saltillo TournamentAtSaltillo
West Point vs. Booneville, 2 p.m.New Hope vs. Houston, 4 p.m.
Starkville Academy TournamentAtVolunteer Field, Starkville
Starkville Academy vs. Lamar School, 3:30 p.m.Starkville Academy vs. Oak Hill Academy, 6 p.m.
Winona Christian Spring Break TournamentAtWinona
Hebron Christian vs. Strider, 5 p.m.
Tri-County ClassicAtFayette, Ala.
South Lamar vs. Gordo, 10 a.m.South Lamar vs. Priceville, 12:30 p.m.
Saturday
Immanuel at Russell Christian, 2 p.m.
Tri-County ClassicAt Millport, Ala.
Gordo vs. Northside, noonSouth Lamar vs. Northside, 2:30 p.m.South Lamar vs. Fayette County, 5 p.m.
High School Softball
 Today
Escambia Academy at Pickens Academy (DH), 1 p.m.
Hamilton TournamentAtHamilton, Ala.
Lamar County vs. Hamilton, 3 p.m.Lamar County vs. Brilliant, 4:20 p.m.South Lamar vs. Addison, 7 p.m.South Lamar vs. Phil Campbell, 8:20 p.m.
Saturday
Pickens Academy at Bessemer Academy, noon
Clarkdale TournamentAtClarkdale Attendance Center,Meridian
New Hope vs. Poplarville, 10 a.m.New Hope vs. Northwest Rankin, 1 p.m.New Hope vs. Lewisburg, 4 p.m.
Hamilton TournamentAtHamilton, Ala.
South Lamar vs. TBDLamar County vs. TBD
Mississippi State
Today
Men’s Golf in Furman Intercollegiate atGreenville, S.C., 8 a.m.Baseball at Florida, 5:30 p.m.
Ole Miss
Today
Men’s Golf in Chris Schenkel Invitational atStatesboro, Ga., 8 a.m.Men’s Tennis at College of Charleston, 1 p.m.Baseball at Kentucky, 5:30 p.m.Men’s Basketball vs. Memphis in NIT, 5:30 p.m.
 Alabama
Today
Men’s Golf in Chris Schenkel Invitational atStatesboro, Ga., 8 a.m.Baseball vs. Vanderbilt, 6:35 p.m.Gymnastics vs. Michigan, 7:30 p.m.
Itawamba CC
Today
Softball vs. Marion MilitaryInstitute, 1 p.m.Men’s Tennis vs. Oxford College at Atlanta, 2p.m.
 Television
 Today
11 a.m. ––
Men’s College Basketball: NCAATournament first round game, WCBI
2p.m. –
ATP/WTA Tennis: BNP Paribas Open,FSN.
5:30 p.m. ––
Men’s College Basketball: NIT,
6p.m. –
Men’s College Basketball: NCAATournament first round game, WCBI
9p.m. –
Boxing: Middleweights, SechewPowell (25-2-0) vs. Deandre Latimore (20-2-0),ESPN2
9:30 p.m. ––
ATP/WTA Tennis: BNP ParibasOpen, FSN
Saturday
10 a.m. ––
Men’s College Basketball: NIT sec-ond round game, ESPN
11 a.m. ––
Women’s College Basketball: NCAATournament first round game, ESPN2
Noon ––
Men’s College Basketball: NCAATournament second round game, WCBI
1p.m. –
Women’s College Basketball: NCAATournament first round game, ESPN2
1:30 p.m. ––
Auto Racing: Scotts Turf Builder300, WKDH
2p.m. –
PGA Golf: Transitions Championship,WTVA
2p.m. –
ATP/WTA Tennis: BNP Paribas Open,FSN.
3p.m. –
Major League Baseball: Preseason,Chicago White Sox vs. San Diego, at Glendale,Ariz., WGN
4:30 p.m. ––
Auto Racing: Exhibition, SaturdayNight Showdown (retired drivers), ESPN2
6p.m. –
NBA: Chicago at Philadelphia, WGN
6:30 p.m. ––
College Wrestling: NCAA Division Ichampionship match, ESPN
7p.m. –
Women’s College Basketball: NCAATournament first round game, ESPN2
9p.m. –
Women’s College Basketball: NCAATournament first round game, ESPN2
9p.m. –
Boxing: CardTBA, at Key West, Fla.,FSN
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BYJOHN ROGERS
 The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES — A former porn actress says she may revealmore potentially embarrassinginformation about Tiger Woodsafter releasing sexually graphictext messages that she claimsprove her affair with the golfer. Joslyn James told The Associated Press on Thursday that she disclosed the messagesbecause she wants people torealize that she was honest whenshe came forth earlier this year and said Woods had avidly pur-sued her.“I just wanted the public toknow and the truth to be out there for me to have people see what I was being told and not  just judge me for being with a married guy,” she said. James posted more than 100texts on her Web site Thursday,including some in whicharrangements were made for her to meet with Woods at hotels where he was staying. Othersstated a desire for rough sex,including messages dated Aug.29 in which a person James saysis Woods tells her he wants toslap her and that she should begthe next time he sees her. James, whose real name is Veronica Siwik-Daniels, said shemet Woods when she was work-ing at a Las Vegas nightclub hefrequented. She said he led her to believe she was the only  woman in his life other than his wife.“If I would have known every-thing that was going on, and was-n’t being lied to, I would havedone things differently,” shesaid. Arequest for comment from a  Woods spokesman was not immediately returned.She has saved more than1,000 texts Woods sent her, James said, and plans to releasemore in the days ahead.She posted the first batch just two days after Woods announcedhewas ending his four-month,self-imposed exile to play at theMasters at Augusta National inGeorgia. They could be a distrac-tion to golf’s greatest player asheprepares for his comeback. The final three texts Jamereleased Thursday were dateOct. 4 and indicate the sendebecame enraged with her, appar ently after their relationship wa nearly discovered.“Don’t ... talk to me,” the fina one said. “You almost just ruinedmy whole life. If my agent andthese guys would have seen youthere ... “She said the relationship didn’t end, however, until severa  weeks later. James is only posting messages she says are from Woodand none from herself to thgolfer. She said that’s becausher cell phone quickly over  writes outgoing texts and sh wasn’t able to save them.
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ing and never had a serious letdown the resof the way. The heavily favored Hoyas (23-11)made a small run in the second half that cut 19-point deficit to seven, but they couldn’overcome the Bobcats.Chris Wright led the Hoyas with 28 points.
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No. 6 Tennessee 62, No. 11 Sa Diego State 59:
 At Providence, R.I., —Melvin Goins made his fourth 3-pointer wit 19 seconds left after San Diego State cut thedeficit to one, and Tennessee held off the Aztecs to advance to the second round of theNCAA tournament’s Midwest Regional.
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No. 1 Kansas 90, No. 16 Lehigh 74:
 At Oklahoma City, top-seeded Kansas pulledaway from scrappy Lehigh in the second half,avoiding a monumental upset in the MidwesRegional.
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No. 9 Northern Iowa 69, No. 8 UNL 66:
 At Oklahoma City, Ali Farokhmanesh hia 3-pointer from the left wing with 4.9 seconds left to lift ninth-seeded Northern Iow past No. 8 seed UNLV.
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No. 13 Murray State 66, No. Vanderbilt 65:
 At San Jose, Calif., Danero Thomas hit a 15-footer as the buzzer soundedand 13th-seeded Murray State stunned No. 4seed Vanderbilt.
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No. 5 Butler 77, No. 12 UTEP 59:
 A San Jose, Calif., Shelvin Mack hit a career high seven 3-pointers and scored 18 of his 25points after halftime to lead the fifth-seededBulldogs.
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No. 7 BYU 99, No. 10 Florida 92,2OT:
 At Oklahoma City, Jimmer Fredettescored 37 points, including two 3-pointers idouble overtime, to seal the Cougars’thrilling win over 10th-seeded Florida.
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No. 2 Kansas State 82, No. 15 Nort  Texas 62:
 At Oklahoma City, DenisClemente had 17 points and six assists, andthe second-seeded Wildcats had a 46-21advantage inside to avoid becoming an opening-day upset victim.
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No. 2 Villanova 73, No. 15 Rober Morris 70, OT:
 At Providence, R.I., ScottieReynolds responded to his benching withclutch performance at the foul line in the finalminutes of regulation to help the Wildcatssurvive a serious scare after trailing most othe way.
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No. 10 Saint Mary’s 80, No. 7Richmond 71:
 At Providence, R.I., Oma Samhan had 29 points and 12 reboundsdespite spending most of the game in foultrouble, and Saint Mary’s pulled away to wian NCAA tournament game for the first timein six tries since 1959.
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No. 11 Old Dominion 51, No. 6 Notr Dame 50:
 At New Orleans, Carleton Scott’s3-pointer rattled out in the closing seconds,and 11th-seeded Old Dominion stunned theIrish and star Luke Harangody.Mississippi State transfer BeHansbrough scored 17 points to lead theIrish (23-12).
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No. 3 Baylor 68, No. 14 Sam HoustoState 59:
 At New Orleans, Ekpe Udoh had20 points and 13 rebounds, and LaceDariusDunn scored 13 to help the third-seededBears win an NCAA tournament game for thefirst time in 60 years.
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No. 1 Kentucky 100, No. 16 Eas Tennessee State 71:
 At New Orleans, EriBledsoe’s eight 3-pointers set a Kentucky record for an NCAA tournament game, andthe top-seeded Wildcats dominated throughout in a victory over East Tennessee State.Scoring 29 points in all, Bledsoe started 8of 8 on 3s before finally missing his first fromlong range late in the second half and finishing 8 of 9. Still, he surpassed Tony Delk’s pre vious school record of seven 3s in the 1996championship game against Syracuse.
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No. 9 Wake Forest 81, No. 8 Texas80, OT:
 At New Orleans, Ishmael Smith’spull-up jumper from about 17 feet out with 1.3seconds remaining in overtime gave ninthseeded Wake Forest a win over eighth-seeded Texas.Smith finished with 19 points, 12rebounds, seven assists and eight turnovers.
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No. 11 Washington 80, No.Marquette 78:
 At San Jose, Calif., Quincy Pondexter drove for a tiebreaking bank sho with 1.7 seconds left, and 11th-seeded Washington extended its remarkable late-sea son run into the NCAA tournament with a victory over Marquette.Marquette’s loss completed an ugly 1-3opening day for the mighty Big East, whichput eight teams in the NCAA tournament,most of any conference.
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No. 3 New Mexico 62, No. 1Montana 57:
 At San Jose, Calif., Roma Martinez had 19 points, six rebounds andfour assists, and third-seeded New Mexicoovercame a shaky start to beat 14th-seededMontana.Darington Hobson added 11 points, 11rebounds and six assists while playing withsprained left wrist for the Lobos (30-4).
 
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008 when they made it toheFinal Four at New ork City’s MadisonSquare Garden.Memphis has a 27-11ead in the all-time series,hile Ole Miss enjoys a 7-edge in games played in xford. Tonight’s game will behe 39th meeting betweenheregional rivals in a series that dates back 100 years to the first meetingin January of 1910. This will be the first ever post-season meeting betweenthe two teams. The teams have not met since December of 2006 when 16th-rankedMemphis prevailed 82-70at the FedEx Forum inMemphis, Tenn. The last Ole Miss wincame in 2004 at the FedExForum when TommieEddie scored 18 pointsand grabbed ninerebounds in a 65-53 victo-ry.Ole Miss cruised past  Troy behind Terrico White’s 27 points and animpressive all-aroundeffort. The Rebels eclipsed 80points for the 14th timethis season and out-rebounded the Trojans 47-32. Ole Miss dished out 18assists, while committingonly seven turnovers.Meanwhile, Wesley  Witherspoon made a layup as time expired tolead Memphis past St. John’s 73-71 in the open-ing round.In his first season ashead coach, Josh Pastner has led Memphis to theNIT. Memphis finishedsecond in ConferenceUSA with a 13-3 leaguerecord after going a per-fect 16-0 and 33-4 overalllast season under depart-ed coach John Calipari, who is now Kentucky’scoach.Duke transfer Ellio Williams leads four Tigersaveraging double figures with an 18.2 scoring aver age to go with 4.1rebounds and 3.8 assistsper game. Witherspoon averages12.5 points, Roburt Sallieaverages 10.7 and DonealMack averages 10.4.
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Cohen believes theteam’s progression is onparwithwherehehought it would be enter-ng the season. Heelieves the team’sskillevel has improved, but heteam’stogetherness,specially in the middlenfield where junior col-ege transfers Nickickerson and Jonathangden have taken their umps,haselevated. Asthe Bulldogs gainexperience by the game,Cohen is hopeful the com-petitiveness will carry them in league play, wherethey finished 9-20last season. That leaguemark is identical to theBulldogs’ SEC finish in2008.Mississippi Statebegan league competitionat South Carolina last sea-son and took two of threefrom the Gamecocks. The Gators (13-3),however, won two of three on the road against Miami and went to anNCAA Super Regionallast season.Theyreatop SECteam — they have upper-classmen sprinkled with young guys who are tal-ented,” Cohen said.“They don’t have a glar-ing weakness. They might not be as strong onthe mound after losing a couple of arms, but they are still a strong team.”Florida announcedtoday’sand Saturday’sstarters, freshman AlexPanteliodis (4-0, 1.10ERA) and sophomoreBrian Johnson (1-1, 5.52ERA), to match up withMSU freshmen KendallGraveman (1-0, 3.78 ERA)and Chris Stratton (2-2,2.95 ERA).Mississippi State’s nor-mal Friday starter, sopho-moreNick Routt, hasbeen bumped to Sunday after giving up 25 hits infive starts this season.Last season’s bright spot in an otherwise anemicstarting rotation, has anERA over seven and was viewed as this year’sstan-dard for the team’s ninefreshman or JUCO arms.“We’re just rewardingguys for pitching well,”Cohen said of the shake-up. “One area of our team we feel is much improvedis our bullpen. We hav guys we can go to this year and we’ve takenlarge portion of our bettearms for late in the game The starting guys ar groomed in that way,too.“Wefeel like Nicpitched well yesterda (Wednesday versusMississippi Valley State)to an extent and he’s working to get back to where he was.”
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inganOle Missurnover.Melson upped Oleiss lead to 62-60 by making 1-of-2 freethrows, but the Lady Bulldogs once againresponded with two freethrows to even the scoreat62-62 with just over a minute to play. After forcing Ole Missinto a missed 3-pointer,Samfordwent back to thefree throw line followingafoul and Megan Wilderotter made a pair to put the Lady Bulldogsahead 64-62 with 34 sec-onds to play. The Lady Rebels tookan 65-64 lead with 25 sec-onds to go whenLaKendra Phillips con- verted an old fashionedthree-point play when shehit a layup while drawingafoul.Maxwell then hit Hillon a back door cut for thegame-winning layup.Emily London led theLady Bulldogs with 21points and hit a team-highthree 3-pointers.Hill fin-ished with 19 points andfour assists, while Crow grabbed a team-high sixrebounds. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs made 19-of-21free throws and hit their final 15.Ole Miss All-America candidate Bianca Thomasfinished with 22 pointsand hit five 3-pointers toup her season total to.She moved into fifthplace all-time on theSEC’ssingle season list.Robertson scored 12points and grabbed four rebounds, while Melsonhad 10 points, nineassists and four steals.Ole Miss held a 37-23edge in rebounds andheld a 14-2 advantage insecond chance points, but Samford forced the LadRebels into 17 turnoversand turned those mistakes into 18 points. The Lady Rebels ledby eight points followina3-pointer from Thomasat the 3:39 mark of thfirst half, but the LadBulldogs closed the period on a 7-0 run to trail 2726 at the break.
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taken out of the game.” Tenth-seeded MTSU(25-5), which defeated theniversity of Arkansas at Little Rock 70-68 in over-timeto win the Sun Belt Conference’sautomaticidtotheNCAA tourna-ment, comes into itsmatchup against MSU ona16-game winning streak.heBlue Raiders haveour senior starters, four players who have morethan 1,000 career points,and are ranked No. 24 inthis week’s USA oday/ESPN Top 25 poll.hey areNo. 27 in theAssociated Press poll.Clark leads the nationinscoringat 28.7 pointspergame.She also isourth in the country inrebounding and sixth inthe nation in field goalpercentage (62.2 per-cent).Brandi Brown, a 6-foot-3forward, ChelsiLymon, a 5-5 senior guard, and Jackie Pickel,a5-10 senior guard,eclipsed 1,000 career pointsthisseason, mak-ingMTSUjustthesixthprogram in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Junior Anne MarieLanning (8.3 ppg.) is clos-ing in that milestone as well.Of those five players,Clark has the fewest 3-pointers (17). Pickel (80),Brown (71), Lanning(61), and Lymon (60) arethe 3-point leaders on a team that is second in thecountry with 10 treys per game. That long-rangemarksmanship translatesto a team that is third inthe country in scoring(81.4 ppg.), eighth inscoring margin (17.3ppg), eighth in field goalpercentage (46.3 per-cent), and eighth inassists per game (17.8).“Are we great athletes?No,” Insell said. “Do wehave great lateral quick-ness? No. Are we able togo up and dominate theboards? No. What we do we do well. We have hadsuccess doing that and wepass ball well, we sharethe ball, and we run thefloor and knock downthrees and Alysha Clarkfinishes inside.”Insell said his playerstypically have the greenlight to shoot 3-pointers,and therereally isn’ttime when his playersaren’tallowed to shoot it.“You have to guardthethree ball,” Tennesseecoach Pat Summitt said.“They can light it up. Youhave to close out short and you have to close out long, and you have tohave high hands and youreally have to try to get into their space. I know  when we played them it took a while for us to do what we needed to do anddefend them the way weneeded to defend. If peo-ple haven’t played thembeforehand they are a team that can really be very, very successful.”MTSU last lost on Jan.9(63-43 at UALR). It hasplayed a tough non-con-ference schedule that includes several commonopponents with MSU,including losses to LSU(61-40 on Nov. 18), Tennessee (69-52 on Nov.25), and Xavier (80-63 onDec. 3). The Blue Raidersdefeated Kentucky, a team that beat MSUtwice, 57-51 on Dec. 28.Kentucky coachMatthew Mitchell, whoseteam beat MSU in theSEC Tournament semifi-nals before losing to Tennessee, feels MSUmatches up well withMTSU.“State is so athletic andthey are able to bringsome size to Alysha Clark with (senior center Chanel) Mokango,”Mitchell said. “She makesit difficult to scoreoveher, and just the athleti-cism of their guards is soimpressive. I think withsenior forward) Tysheka (Grimes) back and play-ing Mississippi State is anextremely dangerousteam in this tournament.”Insell said his teamneeds to do a better jobon defense. He said histeam’s efficiency onoffense often causes it not to play the same way ondefense, but he has triedin the last week to changethat. Playing MSU in thefirst round has served asexcellent motivation.“I think MississippiState has the second best talent in the(Southeastern) confer-ence,” Insell said. “I havebeen in the businessmore than 30 years and Ihave seen several filmson them. Their point guard (senior ArmelieLumanu) is long andrangy and pushes the balland shoots the ball wellenough. (Senior guard Alexis) Rack is a great shooter who pushes ball.No. 33 (junior guardMary Kathryn Govero) is just a great shooter.“What they have got isalot of slashers. I thinkone of their best playersis (senior forward Tysheka) Grimes. She isrugged and big and goesto the boards well. They have a big kid inside in(senior center Chanel)Mokango, and she is a shot blocker who has lat-eral quickness and goesto the board well. They have good ingredients.”MSU coach SharonFanning-Otis was equallexpansive in her praise othe Blue Raiders.“They areone of thtop teams in terms oscoring and 3-pointersand they have kids whoplay exceptionally hardand with a tremendousamount of experience,Fanning-Otis said. “Wit that in mind we have toplay our best ball. Thebeat Kentucky. They are very, very, very good basketball team. I hope outeam is ready to play fo40 minutes. That is wha  we have been focusinon.”Insell said the BluRaiders will try to pusthe tempo and he imagines MSU will try to dothe same. He knows fro watching tape of MSU’s victory against Georgia ithe SEC Tournament tha the Lady Bulldogs can gehot quickly and changthe momentum of a game,so he said his players wilhave to be focused to 4minutes.
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 Alast second 3-poinattempt by EMCC rimmedoutas time expired to sendtheLions home with a 1-2record in their first NJCAA Division I Championshipappearance.EMCC beat Brunswick(N.C.) in its tournament penerTuesday beforeosing to Navarro (Texas)ollege on Wednesday andNorthwest Florida State.EMCC sophomoreCoco Ware, of Starkville,tied the score 75-75 on a 3-pointer before Mosley made the winning shot. The game was tied 39-39athalftime and wasclose throughout.Northwest Florida Statetook the lead for the first time early in the secondhalf at 45-44 on a basket by Brandon Crawford. The game featured twoof the biggest names in thetournament so far, Wareand Northwest Florida State’sBrian Bryant. Ware led EMCC with 22points and Mosley was theleading scorerfoNorthwest Florida State with 23 points. Also scoring in doublefigures for EMCC wereDeonte Alexander with 20points and John Harris with 13. Also in double figuresfor Northwest Florida State were Bryant with 16points, Brandon Crawford with 14 and Kahlil Owens with 10.EMCC was outrebound-ed 45-42. The leadingrebounders for the Lions were Harris and RichardDixon with six reboundseach, while Crawford had11 rebounds and Owenshad 10 for the Raiders. The Lions had 14assists, led by Ware and Terence Bennett with four each.EMCC made just 17-of-45 shots for 38 percent, while Northwest FloridState made 20-of-40 shotsfor 50 percent. The Lionsmade 11-of-26 3-pointersfor 42 percent and thRaiders were 7 of 18 frombeyond the arcfor 39 per cent.EMCC was outscored16-8 at the free throw line.
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State great Bailey Howell,whois the the only Bulldog to have his num-erretired, is anxious tosee the matchup becauseofthe historical signifi-cance.“When I played, theonly team in the Souththat was highly competi-tive on the national levelwas Kentucky,” Howellsaid. “You had Murray State and Memphis Stateack then, which we bothplayed, but you didn’t really have teams likeKentucky, UCLA or Seattle University comingtoStarkville. Besides, weonly played 25 gamesback then.“Playing NorthCarolina is good for bas-ketball, period. It’s espe-cially good for MSU tocompete against a teamthat’s so highly regard-ed.”Howell’s assessment of the current college bas-ketball landscape doesn’t differ that much from thelate 1950s and early 1960s when he was an all-Southeastern Conferenceplayer before becomingan NBA All-Star:“In the world of basket-ball, people don’t regardthe SEC as high as wethink they should,”Howell said. “All thoseteams in the East, they think that’s basketballheaven up there and it’salways been that way.” While the stage won’t be as grand as the NCAA,MSU coach RickStansbury admits theNorth Carolina contest isspecial because of the Tar Heels’ history. Add in thefact the Bulldogs will haveadded juice to go with thechip on their shoulder from being snubbed fromthe NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs haven’t played a team with NorthCarolina’s history, outsideofKentucky, since facingDuke in the 2005 NCAA tournament. Ironically,the Bulldogs’ 63-55 lossgave Duke coach MikeKrzyzewski his 66thNCAA tournament winand put him No. 1 on theall-time list past former North Carolina coachDean Smith.“Just the tradition of North Carolina, you bet-ter respect that,”Stansbury said. “They’renot coming to Starkville very often. That doesn’t happen much.“People always ask,‘Why don’t you ever schedule Duke or NorthCarolina?’ Well, not just them, UCLA or Kansas,those teams don’t come toStarkville, that’s just the way it is.” And while the Bulldogsenter the game asfavorites with a No. 1 seedcompared to NorthCarolina’s No. 4,Stansbury warned of over-looking a team that’s dis-appointed compared toUNC teams of the past.“Here’s the first thingabout UNC, you look at their record and thinkthey’re not very good, buit’s North Carolina and(Williams) has got thmost talent of everyon we’ll play against,Stansbury said. “SeveMcDonald’s All Americans on that roster.
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NOTES:
MSU senioguard Barry Stewart wilstart the game after x-rayson his foot came bacnegative. Stewart hadchecked himself out o Tuesday's game agains Jackson State in the firsround of the NIT.

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