Matt Guerrier might get the first shot at closing for the Twins. Or Jon Rauch. Or Pat Neshek. Or Jesse Crain. Or Jose Mijares.

Baylor and Duke might be playing for a Final Four berth -- just like on Sunday.


Butler and Michigan State are the sixth and seventh No. 5 seeds to advance to the Final Four since the NCAA began seeding in 1979. The other five, and how they did:

2005: Michigan State, lost in semifinal to North Carolina

2002: Indiana, lost in final to Maryland

2000: Florida, lost in final to Michigan State

1996: Mississippi State, lost in semifinal to Syracuse

1980: Iowa, lost in semifinal to Louisville

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"There was a lot of wear and tear on our guys' bodies, mentally and physically. I think, a little bit at the end, it took its toll."

-- Bemidji State men's hockey coach Tom Serratore, after the Beavers, ranked No.4 in December, lost 5-1 to Michigan in its NCAA tournament opener Saturday.