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AP Top 25 College Basketball Polls
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 AM

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The top 25 teams in The Associated Press' men's and women's college basketball polls, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through March 9, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote and last week's ranking:


Record Pts Prv

1. Florida (50) 29-2 1,610 1

2. Wichita St. (15) 34-0 1,574 2

3. Villanova 28-3 1,454 6

4. Arizona 28-3 1,435 3

5. Louisville 26-5 1,237 11

6. Virginia 25-6 1,186 5

7. Duke 24-7 1,185 4

8. Michigan 23-7 1,143 12

8. San Diego St. 27-3 1,143 10

10. Kansas 23-8 1,087 8

NBA Capsules
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 AM

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NEW YORK — Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 28 points as the New York Knicks defeated Philadelphia 123-110 on Monday night, sending the 76ers to their 17th straight loss.

Amare Stoudemire added 23 points and J.R. Smith and Carmelo Anthony each had 22 as the Knicks won their fourth game in a row.

Michael Carter-Williams recorded a triple-double with 23 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, while Tony Wroten also had 23 points for the struggling 76ers.

The Knicks, who trailed by 12 points in the first quarter, took their biggest lead of the game, 110-89, on the fourth of Hardaway Jr's five 3-pointers with 7:37 left and never led by less than 12 the rest of the way.

Jackets-Stars called off when Peverley falls ill
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Tuesday, March 11, 2014 12:00 AM


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DALLAS — When the pounding of their sticks on the boards didn't get the attention of the officials, Dallas Stars players jumped off the bench and onto the ice while the game was going on.

Their teammate, Rich Peverley, had collapsed and Stars coach Lindy Ruff was among those trying frantically to carry him into a nearby tunnel.

After the game stopped and the chaotic scene played out, Peverley was stabilized, transported to a hospital and in good condition Monday night.

But for several anxious minutes on the ice, the Stars stood in stunned silence, clearly in distress, unsure what had happened to a player just six months removed from undergoing a procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Buckeyes score last 4 in 69-67 win over No. 22 MSU
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Monday, March 10, 2014 12:00 AM


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COLUMBUS — This was a fitting way for Aaron Craft to close out his final home game.

The hard-nosed point guard led Ohio State's voracious defense down the stretch — even diving for a big rebound in the final 25 seconds — helping the Buckeyes rally past No. 22 Michigan State 69-67 on Sunday.

"Probably the poetic justice way to end the game was the way he did it," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. "I give him a lot of credit for that."

State Tournament pairings, ticket info
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Sunday, March 09, 2014 9:00 PM

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Of the 800 high schools in Ohio that play girls basketball, 16 are still practicing as state tournament qualifiers in the 39th annual OHSAA Girls Basketball State Tournament, which tips off Thursday afternoon at Value City Arena inside the Jerome Schottenstein Center.

This year marks the 14th year that the state tournament has been held at Value City Arena, the home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. The divisional order of play in 2014 is II, IV, III and I. The Division II and IV semifinals are Thursday, followed by the Division III and I semifinals on Friday. The semifinals are played as doubleheader sessions beginning at 1 p.m. or 6 p.m., while the championship games on Saturday are separate sessions, with tip times at 10:45 a.m., 2 p.m., 5:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.