GONZAGA VS.  SOUTHERN
3:10 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City • TBS
Coach: Mark Few.
Entry: WCC champion.
Player to watch: Elias Harris (14.9 ppg, 7.4 rpg).
Notable: Center Kelly Olynyk has taken his game to another level, one year after redshirting because there weren’t going to be enough minutes for him.
Coach: Roman Banks.
Entry: SWAC champion.
Player to watch: Malcolm Miller (15.8 ppg, 6.0 rpg).
Notable: Southern, only one year removed from scandal and NCAA sanctions, were ranked 261st out of the 345 Division I teams in assists.
 PITTSBURGH VS.  WICHITA STATE
12:40 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City • TBS
Coach: Jamie Dixon.
Entry: Big East at-large.
Player to watch: Travon Woodall (11.8 ppg, 5.2 apg).
Notable: They shoot well but there isn’t much depth; Dixon is pretty reliant on his starters, so injuries can be pretty costly in the NCAA’s format.
Coach: Gregg Marshall.
Entry: MVC at-large.
Player to watch: Cleanthony Early (13.6 ppg, 5.1 rpg).
Notable: The Shockers head into the NCAA tournament having lost three of their last five games, but against nonconference foes they are 12-1.
 WISCONSIN VS.  MISSISSIPPI
11:40 a.m. Friday in Kansas City, Mo. • truTV
Coach: Bo Ryan.
Entry: Big Ten at-large.
Player to watch: Ryan Evans (10.4 ppg, 7.5 rpg).
Notable: The Badgers will frustrate opponents with their deliberate style and a smothering defense that gave up only 55.9 points per game.
Coach: Andy Kennedy
Entry: SEC champion.
Player to watch: Marshall Henderson (20.1 ppg).
Notable: After going through a 1-4 stretch, Ole Miss won five of its final seven regular-season games and claimed the SEC tournament title.
 KANSAS STATE VS.  BOISE ST./LA SALLE
2:10 p.m. Friday in Kansas City, Mo. • truTV
Coach: Bruce Weber.
Entry: Big 12 at-large.
Player to watch: Rodney McGruder (15.7 ppg, 5.4 rpg).
Notable: The Wildcats, in their first year under Weber, got a share of their first conference title since 1977 but fell to rival Kansas in the title game.
Coach: Leon Rice
Entry: Mountain West at-large.
Coach: John Giannini.
Entry: Atlantic 10 at-large.
 OHIO STATE VS.  IONA
6:15 p.m. Thursday in Dayton, Ohio • Ch. 4
Coach: Thad Matta.
Entry: Big Ten champion.
Player to watch: Deshaun Thomas (19.6 ppg, 6.2 rpg).
Notable: In winning the Big Ten title, the Buckeyes won 25 games for the 11th time in school history and for the sixth time in nine seasons under Matta.
Coach: Tim Cluess.
Entry: MAAC champion.
Player to watch: Lamont Jones (23.0 ppg, 3.5 apg).
Notable: The Gaels finished in the top 20 in the nation in points (80.7), free-throw percentage and three-point baskets (8.4).
 NOTRE DAME VS.  IOWA STATE
8:45 p.m.Thursday in Dayton, Ohio • Ch. 4
FIGHTING IRISH (25-9)
Coach: Mike Brey.
Entry: Big East at-large.
Player to watch: Jack Cooley (13.1 ppg, 10.3 rpg).
Notable: The Irish have one of the nation’s best guard tandems in Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins, who both are in the top 40 nationally in assists.
Coach: Fred Hoiberg.
Entry: Big 12 at-large.
Player to watch: Will Clyburn (15.0 ppg, 7.1 rpg).
Notable: Clyburn is the Big 12 newcomer of the year after transferring from Utah, while Tyrus McGee was named the conference’s best sixth man.
 ARIZONA VS.  BELMONT
6:20 p.m. Thursday in Salt Lake City • TNT
Coach: Sean Miller.
Entry: Pac-12 at-large.
Player to watch: Solomon Hill (13.4 ppg, 5.3 rpg).
Notable: Arizona, which began the season 14-0, was second in the Pac-12 in scoring offense (73.3) and fourth in scoring defense (63.7).
Coach: Rick Byrd.
Entry: Ohio Valley champion.
Player to watch: Ian Clark (18.2 ppg, 2.5 apg).
|Houston||7||Bottom 9th Inning|
|NY Mets||7||Bottom 9th Inning|
|Boston - WP: M. Ott||4||FINAL|
|Minnesota - LP: M. Hoffman||3|
|Cincinnati||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Kansas City||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Seattle||0||Top 1st Inning|
|San Francisco||8:05 PM|
|LA Lakers||8:30 PM|
|San Jose||6:00 PM|
|NY Rangers||7:00 PM|
|Purdue||54||2nd Half 3:23|
|Fordham||67||2nd Half 2:20|
|St Johns||46||2nd Half 6:22|
|Wake Forest||43||2nd Half 7:56|
|Utah||17||2nd Half 12:39|
|Cal Poly||48||2nd Half 12:47|
|UC Santa Barbara||31|
|Oklahoma State||36||2nd Half 14:11|
|Utah State||25||2nd Half 12:14|
|San Diego St||59|
|TX-Pan American||39||2nd Half 14:08|
|Utah Valley U||58|
|Rutgers||16||1st Half 2:02|
|Sacramento St||13||1st Half 11:50|
|South Carolina||0||1st Half 18:00|
|Old Dominion||3:30 PM|
|Cal State Fullerton||4:30 PM|
|Long Beach State|
|Florida A&M||5:00 PM|
|Penn State||5:30 PM|
|Northern Colorado||5:30 PM|
|Savannah State||7:00 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||7:00 PM|
|Oral Roberts||7:30 PM|
|Sam Houston St|
|Alabama A&M||8:00 PM|
|Eastern Mich||8:00 PM|
|UC Riverside||8:00 PM|
|Georgia Tech||8:00 PM|
|Rhode Island||8:00 PM|
|Portland State||8:00 PM|
|Fresno State||8:00 PM|
|Miss State||8:25 PM|
|West Virginia||8:30 PM|
|Boise State||10:30 PM|
|New Mexico St|
|Miss Valley St||68||FINAL|
|(22) Middle Tennessee||69|
|William & Mary||65|
|Savannah State||82||2nd Half 1:16|
|Sacramento St||24||1st Half 7:25|
|Montana State||5:00 PM|
|Alabama State||5:30 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||6:00 PM|
|Southern Ill||7:07 PM|
|Idaho State||7:30 PM|
|Old Dominion||8:30 PM|
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