Wednesday, February 28, 2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Nevada (101) vs. UNLV (75) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Nevada (101) vs. UNLV (75) - Date: 2/28/2018 Mar 01, 2018 LAS VEGAS Cody Martin scored 26 and Jordan Caroline added 22 to lead No. 21 Nevada to an easy 101-75 victory over UNLV on Wednesday night.Martin, who was 10 of 18 from the field, also had nine rebounds, seven assists, and three steals as the rivals split their regular season meetings.Caleb Martin added 19 points for the Wolf Pack, who converted nine of their first 13 three-point attempts to pull away early on the Rebels' Senior Night.Nevada (26-5, 15-2 Mountain West Conference) had clinched the conference regular season title outright on Tuesday when second-place Boise State lost at San Diego State.Kendall Stephens had 14 points and Josh Hall had 10 points for the winners, who have won the conference for the second straight year.Brandon McCoy led UNLV (19-11, 8-9) with 19 points and 17 rebounds, while Shakur Juiston added 14 points and 14 rebounds.N evada took the lead for good on Hall's jumper with 15:35 until halftime and the rout was on. NBC Sports Picks. That basket started a 20-6 spurt that turned into a 41-11 run. Nevada built its largest first-half lead at 52-22 with 3:06 until intermission and eventually led 54-28 at halftime.UNLV cut the lead to 74-54 with 12:35 to go, but got no closer.UP NEXT:Nevada: The Wolf Pack finish the regular season at San Diego State on Saturday.UNLV: The Rebels will travel to Utah State to end the regular season on Saturday.

NHL Game Recap: New York Rangers (6) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5) - 2/28/2018

NHL Game Recap: New York Rangers (6) vs. Vancouver Canucks (5) - Date: 2/28/2018 / VANCOUVER, British Columbia John Gilmour scored from a sharp angle 1:22 into overtime and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist made a season-high 50 saves to help the New York Rangers beat the Vancouver Canucks 6-5 on Wednesday night. Vancouver's Brock Boeser forced overtime when he scored his second goal of the night with 45.9 seconds left. Number #1 Sports Handicapping Service. The Canucks had pulled their goaltender for an extra attacker. Mika Zibanejad had given New York a 5-4 lead less than five minutes earlier. Kevin Hayes scored twice for the Rangers (28-30-6), who snapped a seven-game losing streak. Vladislav Namestnikov, obtained in a multi-player trade from Tampa Bay on Monday, had a goal and an assist. Jimmy Vesey had the other New York goal while Ryan Spooner had three assists. B o Horvat had a goal and two assists while Daniel Sedin had a goal and assist each for Vancouver (24-32-8). Nikolay Goldobin also scored for the Canucks, who are (3-8-2) in their last 13 games. Brendan Leipsic, obtained Monday in a trade from Las Vegas, had two assists. Sports Handicap. The Rangers led 3-0 midway through the first period but the Canucks, who outshot New York 55-27 refused to quit. Vancouver tied the game three times. Vancouver goaltender Jacob Markstrom was replaced early in the first period after allowing three goals on five shots. His replacement, Anders Nilsson, stopped 19 of 22 shots. Namestnikov's first goal as a Ranger at 14:48 of the second made the score 4-3 heading into the third period. Free Sports Picks. The smooth-skating Russian stripped the puck from Henrik Sedin at the Canuck blue line, then scored his 21st of the season on a breakaway. Daniel Sedin had tied the game at 11:01 with his 20th of the season. He picked up a puck that was tipped in the high slot and let go a shot through traffic for his fifth goal in four games. The Rangers scored goals 43 second apart with just 2:05 gone in the game. The Canucks battled back with two goals before the period ended. Hayes scored on the Rangers' first shot. He took a loose puck from behind the Canucks net and jammed it past Markstrom. Vesey made it 2-0 when Neal Pionk's shot deflected off his leg and into the net. Hayes' second goal made it 3-0 at 12:29. He deflected Pionk's shot from the blue line into the net, ending Markstrom's night. The Canucks scored their first goal at 14:12 when Horvat sent a seeing-eye-pass through traffic to Boeser at the side of the net. Horvat made it 3-2 on a power play at 19:13, scoring his 17th of the season off the rebound of a Daniel Sedin shot. That goal came just after Nilsson stopped Haye s on a shorthanded breakaway. NOTES: Forward Jussi Jokinen, who came to Vancouver from Columbus as part of the Motte deal, was a healthy scratch. ... The Canucks signed defenseman Alex Biega to a two-year contract extension worth an average annual value of $825,000. ... The NHL announced Wednesday that Vancouver will host the 2019 draft. ... Vancouver outshot New York 34-17 over two periods. ... Daniel Sedin has scored 20 or more goals 11 times in his career. UP NEXT:Rangers: At Calgary on Friday night. Canucks: Hosts Predators on Friday night

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (105) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (92) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Houston Rockets (105) vs. Los Angeles Clippers (92) - Date: 2/28/2018 Mar 01, 2018 LOS ANGELES James Harden scored 17 of his 25 points in Houston's dominant first quarter, and the Rockets rolled past the Los Angeles Clippers 105-92 on Wednesday night for their 14th consecutive victory.The Rockets (48-13) matched their longest winning streak of the season and remained a half-game ahead of Golden State for the NBA's best record.Clint Capela and Eric Gordon each scored 22 points for the Rockets, who made 13 3-pointers.Tobias Harris led the Clippers with 24 points, with Montrezl Harrell added 22. Lou Williams and Milos Teodosic each scored 13.The Clippers played the previous night in Denver and looked it.They missed 16 of their first 19 shots, had 11 turnovers and trailed by as many as 27 points in the first quarter. Harden faked Wesley Johnson so badly on one move that Johnson fell to the floor. Harden star ed at him as Johnson got back up, then sunk a 3-pointer for a 31-7 lead.The Clippers shot 22.7 percent (5 of 22) for the period and trailed 34-12 at the end of the quarter.The Clippers overcame a 19-point deficit to win in Denver on Tuesday, but never got closer than eight against the Rockets.TIP-INSRockets: Gordon returned after missing four games, one to a sore knee and the last three due to an illness. . Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni, on any spillover of hard feelings from the chippy Jan. 15 meeting with the Clippers, when several Rockets tried to enter the Clippers' locker room from a back corridor that resulted in two-game suspensions for Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green: ''That doesn't play any part in it. Sports Handicapper Records. They're all grown men. What is Sports Handicapping. They know better.'' Clippers: Coach Doc Rivers made light of the previous meeting, saying: ''We've kind of barricaded all the secret passageways. . We're going to build a wall. And I'm not paying for it, Houston is going to pay for it.'' . F Danilo Gallinari missed his third consecutive game with a bruised right hand. . G C. J. Williams was called up from the G-League. He last played with the Clippers on Jan. 10. Sports Predictions. Tyrone Wallace went back down.UP NEXTRockets: Return home on Saturday to play Boston.Clippers: Remain at home to meet New York on Friday.---More NBA: www.apnews.com/tags/NBAbasketball

NCAAB Game Recap: Utah State (62) vs. San Jose State (64) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Utah State (62) vs. San Jose State (64) - Date: 2/28/2018 Mar 01, 2018 SAN JOSE, Calif. Jaycee Hillsman scored 19 points and grabbed five rebounds and San Jose State picked up its first conference win, edging Utah State 64-62 on Wednesday night, snapping a 16-game losing streak.Ryan Welage added 16 points and six rebounds for the Spartans (4-24, 1-16 Mountain West Conference), who close out their season at Air Force on Saturday. Oumar Barry had nine points and six rebounds and Keith Fisher III had eight points and led the team with nine rebounds.San Jose State shot 46 percent from the field compared to 36.5 percent for Utah State.The teams were tied 37-all at the break and Jalen James and Welage made 3-pointers early in the second half to help give the Spartans a 52-49 advantage with 11:43 to play. A jumper by Hillsman gave the Spartans the lead for good, 60-58, with 5:38 left and they held on for the win.Sam Merrill scored 26 points to lead the Aggies (14-16, 7-10) who have lost four straight. Daron Henson added 11.

NCAAB Game Recap: CS Fullerton (102) vs. CS Northridge (76) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: CS Fullerton (102) vs. CS Northridge (76) - Date: 2/28/2018 Mar 01, 2018 LOS ANGELES Kyle Allman finished with 23 points and Cal State Fullerton scored a season-best 53 in the first half and rolled to a 102-76 victory over Cal State Northridge on Wednesday night.Cal State Fullerton (17-10, 10-5 Big West Conference) shot 62.5 percent (20 of 32) and built a 23-point halftime advantage. Allman had 18 first-half points and surpassed 1,000 in his career. Sports Betting Profit. The Titans had four in double-figure scoring, shot 57 percent overall and outrebounded Cal State Northridge 47-23. Arkim Robertson led with eight boards and chipped in 12 points.Cal State Fullerton moved a game back of conference leader UC Irvine (11-4), and concludes its regular season on Saturday against Hawaii.Lyrik Shreiner scored 20 points and Terrell Gomez added 16 for Cal Sta te Northridge (6-24, 3-13). Sports Handicapping. The Matadors finish their regular season on a five-game losing streak.

NCAAB Game Recap: New Mexico (108) vs. Colorado State (87) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: New Mexico (108) vs. Colorado State (87) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 FORT COLLINS, Colo. Joe Furstinger scored 22 points and led seven New Mexico players in double-digit scoring and the Lobos throttled faltering Colorado state 108-87 on Wednesday and topped the century mark for the sixth time this season.New Mexico (16-14, 11-6 Mountain West) built a 21-5 lead on 7-of-8 shooting as Anthony Mathis buried a pair of 3-pointers and Chris McNeal and Troy Simons each added 3s. Sports Bettors Email Leads. The Lobos, who never trailed, went to halftime ahead 58-32 and led by double figures the entire second half.The Lobos entered the game with 325 made 3s, breaking the previous single-season record in program history of 301. Against Colorado State (11-20, 4-14), the Lobos shot 10 of 30 from distance. New Mexico finished 37-of-61 (61 percent) shooting and 24 of 29 (83) from the foul line. Antino Jackson scored 13 points with nine assists and collected four of New Mexico's 12 steals.Prentiss Nixon led the Rams with 27 points, Raquan Mitchell scored 21 and Nico Carvacho grabbed 11 rebounds. Free Sports Picks Forum. The Rams ended the regular season 1-11 in their last 12 games and will be the No. 10 seed in the conference tournament.

NCAAB Game Recap: Eastern Illinois (73) vs. Tennessee State (71) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Eastern Illinois (73) vs. Tennessee State (71) - Date: 2/28/2018 Mar 01, 2018 EVANSVILLE, Ind. Ray Crossland missed one chance to clinch Eastern Illinois' first-round upset of Tennessee State in a first-round Ohio Valley Conference tournament game, but he redeemed himself by blocking a 3-point try by Delano Spencer with a second left to preserve a 73-71 win Wednesday night.The No. 7 seed, Eastern Illinois advances to face No. 3 Austin Peay in a quarterfinal battle Thursday.After hitting 3 of 4 free throws in the final minute, Crossland stepped to the line with four seconds left with the chance to turn a two-point lead into a two-possession advantage. But he missed both free throws. Free MMA Picks. The Tigers got the ball to Spencer, who hit two layups and a 3-pointer in the final :21 seconds to get Tennessee State within two points, but Crossland got a hand on his 3-point try.Eastern Illinois held an 11-point advantage with just over five minutes to play after Montell Goodwin hit a jumper. Darreon Reddick hit a 3-pointer, Spencer turned a 3-point play, Armani Chaney and Stokley Chaffee Jr. both hit 3s and Tennessee State, the No. 6 seed, had cut its deficit to just three, 65-62.Mack Smith answered with a 3 with 1:04 left and Crossland hit the first of two free throws to push the lead to 69-62 with :43 left. Spenser was fouled behind the arc and hit 2 of 3 from the line to make it 69-64, but DeVantae' Price added a free throw with :34 left.Crossland finished with 11 points, seven rebounds, four assists, two steals and two blocks. Goodwin finished with 20 points to lead the Panthers (12-18) and Mack Smith added 15 points.Spencer had 17 points to lead Tennessee State (15-15). Christian Mekowulu scored 15 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Chaney added 15 points.

NHL Game Recap: Calgary Flames (2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (5) - 2/28/2018

NHL Game Recap: Calgary Flames (2) vs. Colorado Avalanche (5) - Date: 2/28/2018 / DENVER - Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist in the Colorado Avalanche's 5-2 victory over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night. Matt Nieto and Nikita Zadorov also scored, and Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves. Best Bets of the Day. The Avalanche have won 11 of 12 home games to tighten the Western Conference playoff race. Colorado tied Calgary with 73 points and moved within a point of Anaheim and St. Louis for the second wild card. Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik scored, and David Rittich stopped 29 shots for Calgary, which couldn't rally with its leading scorer out for the last 11:55. Johnny Gaudreau was tossed after drawing a high-sticking penalty on Colorado's Blake Comeau. Gaudreau was given an unsportsmanlike minor penalty on the play and the n assessed a game misconduct after arguing with the officials from the penalty box. Colorado took control with a four-goal flurry in the second period that turned a 2-0 deficit into a two-goal lead. MacKinnon's 29th midway through the period started it, Zadorov tied it 1:08 later, and Barrie gave Barrie gave the Avs a 3-2 lead with his seventh goal at 12:41. Nieto made it 4-2 with 1:18 to go when Carl Soderberg threaded a pass through two defensemen to the front of the net for an easy tap-in. Duncan Siemens sealed it when he scored into an empty net with 17 seconds left in the game for his first NHL goal. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Flames capitalized on a pair of Colorado turnovers to take an early two-goal. Backlund scored a short-handed goal at 14:19 of the first, and Frolik made it 2-0 with his 10th goal 2:41 into the second. NOTES: Colorado was 1 of 7 on the power play. ... Flames D Ni ck Shore, acquired from Ottawa on Monday, was scratched due to illness. ... Sports Touts. The Avalanche recalled G Spencer Martin from the AHL to serve as Varlamov's backup. Jonathan Bernier and Andrew Hammond are in the concussion protocol. ... Calgary is 6-4-1 on the second night of back-to-back games. ... Comeau and Soderberg had two assists each for Colorado. UP NEXTFlames: Host the New York Rangers on Friday night. Avalanche: Host Minnesota on Friday night.

NCAAB Game Recap: Butler (68) vs. St Johns (75) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Butler (68) vs. St Johns (75) - Date: 2/28/2018 Mar 01, 2018 NEW YORK Justin Simon turned three takeaways in the last minute - a steal and two defensive rebounds - into five points at the other end and St. John's defeated Butler 72-68 in double overtime on Wednesday night.Simon, a transfer from Arizona, led St. John's (15-15, 4-13 Big East) with 24 points, 10 rebounds, four steals and five assists. Marvin Clark II, who sank a pair of insurance free throws at the very end, added 20 points and two blocked shots, Bashir Ahmed tossed in 22 points.And the resurgent Red Storm did it without sophomore sensation Shamorie Ponds, who did not play due to an abdominal strain and is listed as day-to-day. Since shocking then No. 4 Duke, St. John's reeled off four straight and now has won five of its last seven.Butler, a No. 4 seed to the NCAA Tournament last season, advancing to the Elite Eight, has lost four of six. Winning Sports Handicappers. The Bulldogs have been mentioned as a possible bubble team to the upcoming NCAA Tournament.Paul Jorgenson and Kelan Martin scored 17 points each for the Bulldogs (19-11, 9-8).The win lifts St. John's into ninth place in the Big East and is the first overtime (and double overtime) win since March 8, 2014.

NCAAB Game Recap: Rutgers (65) vs. Minnesota (54) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Rutgers (65) vs. Minnesota (54) - Date: 2/28/2018 Mar 01, 2018 NEW YORK The home team in the first Big Ten Tournament in Madison Square Garden will play at least one more game.Corey Sanders scored 23 points and last-place Rutgers won a Big Ten Tournament game for the second straight season, beating Minnesota 65-54 on Wednesday night.The 14th seed Scarlet Knights (14-18) play sixth-seeded Indiana on Thursday night. Rutgers upset Ohio State as the 14th seed in last year's Big Ten Tournament.''That 14 doesn't represent the team that we are,'' said Sanders, the team's best player and a junior who could leave early for the NBA.Four seasons in the Big Ten have produced four last-place finishes for the Scarlet Knights, but second-year coach Steve Pikiell can claim a rare accomplishment for the program. Free Sports Picks. The last time Rutgers won conference tournament games in consecutive seasons was 2005 and '06, back when the Scarlet Knights were coming to the Garden as a member of the Big East. In 18 seasons in the Big East, Rutgers won a total of seven conference tournament games and only once, in 1998, did the Scarlet Knights win two in a single tournament.''It's not been easy, but it's never easy when you're building something,'' Pikiell said. ''And you've got to go through these times to enjoy the good times.'' Minnesota (15-17) ended an awful season, filled with off-court issues and injuries, by losing 14 of its final 16 games. Isaiah Washington, a freshman from Harlem, led the Gophers with 18 points. Minnesota got manhandled on the boards by Rutgers, 49-28, and second-leading scorer Nate Mason was 4 for 14 from the field while fighting flu-like symptoms and good defense by Sanders.''(Mason) was cramping up,'' Minnesota coac h Richard Pitino said. ''And Corey was playing really good one-on-one basketball.'' The Big Ten brought its basketball tournament to New York for the first time this season, allowing Rutgers to be the home team of sorts. Playing about 35 miles from their campus in East Brunswick, New Jersey, the Scarlet Knights did not exactly pack the house, but their fans were easily the most prominent and noisy in the Garden's lower bowl.Sanders made a 3 with 6:15 left in the second half to give Rutgers a 52-47 lead, and put Rutgers up by six a few minutes later with another jumper. Sports Handicapper Records. The Scarlet Knights, the worst free-throw shooting team in the Big Ten, made 7 of 8 from the line down the stretch to seal it.BIG PICTURERutgers: Pikiell is no stranger to conference tournament success at the Garden. He was a point guard for Connecticut in 1990 when the Huskies won their first Big East Tournament championship here.''I love Madison Square Garden. No better place. No better venue,'' Pikiell said.Minnesota: The Gophers finish what had to qualify as one of the most disappointing seasons any team in college basketball had this season. Minnesota started the season ranked 15th in the country, expected to be a Big Ten contender and coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance. At one point they were ranked 12th in the nation. Pitino's fifth season turned out to be a wreck. Star senior Reggie Lynch was expelled from school for sexual assault. Amir Coffey, another double-figure scorer, missed much of the season with a shoulder injury.''I think there's a reason why we struggled,'' Pitino said. ''So I think when their expectations were high, we had a full roster. When we lost players, obviously it changed.'' UP NEXTRutgers: The Scarlet Knights lost to Indiana in the regular season by 22.Minnesota: The Gophers can h ope for a better next season.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www. Sports Bettors Email Leads. Twitter.com/ralphDrusso---More college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Villanova (69) vs. Seton Hall (68) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Villanova (69) vs. Seton Hall (68) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 NEWARK, N. J. Mikal Bridges scored 23 points, Jalen Brunson made big plays down the stretch and No. 4 Villanova avoided consecutive losses for the first time since the 2012-13 season with a hard-fought 69-68 overtime victory over Seton Hall on Wednesday night.Brunson, who was 1 of 8 from the field midway through the second half, finished with 14 points, including two free throws in the waning seconds of overtime to give Villanova (26-4, 13-4 Big East) a 69-66 lead.Khadeen Carrington closed out the scoring with two free throws with a second to play to finish off a 23-point night for Seton Hall (20-10, 9-8), However, he also missed a free throw with 11.6 seconds left in regulation that could have given the Pirates a late one-point lead.Villanova never trailed in the overtime after Phil Booth and Brunson sandwiched 3-pointers around a free throw by Angel Delgado for a 60-55 lead.Miles Powell added 14 points for Seton Hall, which played without leading scorer Desi Rodriguez (ankle) for the second straight game and saw its three-game winning streak snapped.Carrington had a chance to give Seton Hall the lead when he went to the line for two free throws with the Pirates trailing 52-51 with 11.6 seconds to play. He missed the first and made the second.Villanova called time out with 9.1 seconds to play in regulation to set up a final shot but Seton Hall denied Brunson the ball and Donte DiVincenzo's 3-pointer just before the buzzer never looked good.The Wildcats seemingly had the game within their grasp when Brunson hit a short jumper in the lane for a 50-49 lead and Bridges scored on a layup seconds later after Miles Cale turned the ball over with 44 seconds to play.Carrington closed the gap to a point with two free throws with 36 seconds to go. Sport Handicapping.& nbsp;The Pirates were then forced to foul four times to get Nova into a 1-and-1 situation and Brunson made the plan work out, missing his free throw with 23.6 seconds to go.Carrington had a chance to end the Wildcats streak but missed his opportunity.Trailing 36-25 with 12:45 left in the second half, Powell hit two 3-pointers to cap a personal 8-0 run that got the Pirates within 36-33 with 10:55 to play.After Bridges hit a reverse layup, Seton Hall continued its 14-2 spurt that Carrington capped for a 39-38 lead. Baseball Predictions. The game seesawed the rest of the way.BIG PICTUREVillanova: Still have a chance to tie for regular-season Big East title, but Xavier would have to loss to DePaulSeton Hall: Need to win Saturday to avoid slipping into the bottom four in the league.UP NEXTVillanova: Host Georgetown on Saturday afternoon in regular-season finaleSeton Hall: Host Butler on Saturday night in the s eniors' final home game.---More college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Air Force (54) vs. Wyoming (66) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Air Force (54) vs. Wyoming (66) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 LARAMIE, Wyo. Justin James scored 18 points and Wyoming beat Air Force 66-54 on Wednesday night.Louis Adams and Hayden Dalton added 12 points and eight rebounds apiece for the Cowboys (19-11, 10-7 Mountain West Conference) who close out the regular season at Boise State on Saturday and are still in contention for a first-round bye in the upcoming conference tournament.Wyoming led by three at the break and Adams hit two 3-pointers and a dunk early in the second half to help extend it to 51-45 with 9:22 to go. Air Force closed to 54-51 with 5:53 remaining but a 9-0 Wyoming surge followed, capped by an Alexander Aka Gorski 3, to give the Cowboys a 63-51 advantage with 2:28 left and they led by double figures the rest of the way.Ryan Swan scored 13 points with seven rebounds and Caleb Morris added 11 points with 11 rebounds for the Falcons (11-18, 5-12 ).

NCAAB Game Recap: Houston (69) vs. SMU (56) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Houston (69) vs. SMU (56) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 DALLAS Rob Gray had 19 points and nine assists and Corey Davis Jr. added 17 points to lead No. 25 Houston to a 69-56 win over SMU on Wednesday night.The Cougars (23-6, 13-4 American) have won seven of eight games and are a half game behind second-place Wichita State, which will visit UCF on Thursday.SMU (16-14, 6-11) has lost seven of eight games since leading scorer Shake Milton was sidelined with a hand injury.Jahmal McMurray scored 13 of his 17 points in the first half to lead the Mustangs. He was the only SMU player to score during the first 9 1/2 minutes.Houston outscored SMU 17-4 in points off turnovers and 28-16 in points in the paint.The Cougars' largest lead was 18 points late in the second half after leading 36-24 at halftime. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Mustangs missed 11 co nsecutive field-goal attempts during the first half.Cougars senior guard Wes Van Beck, who has made seven starts this season, missed his second consecutive game with an injured hand.Houston leads the all-time series 49-32 with games played as non-conference opponents and as members of the Southwest Conference, Conference USA and the American.BIG PICTUREHouston: With the Cougars headed to the NCAA Tournament. coach Kelvin Sampson will have taken each of the NCAA Division I schools that he has coached to the tournament - Washington State, Oklahoma, Indiana and Houston.SMU: The Mustangs went 13-5 at Moody Coliseum during the regular season. Free Sports Picks Forum. They were 68-4 at home during the past four seasons.UP NEXTHouston will end its regular season at home vs. Connecticut.SMU will visit South Florida on Sunday

NCAAB Game Recap: Syracuse (70) vs. Boston College (85) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Syracuse (70) vs. Boston College (85) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 BOSTON Ky Bowman scored 23 points, Jerome Robinson had 22 and Boston College snapped a three-game losing streak by dealing Syracuse's NCAA tournament hopes a serious blow with an 85-70 victory on Wednesday night.Jordan Chatman added 18 points for the Eagles (17-13, 7-10 Atlantic Coast Conference). BC went 14 of 27 on 3-point attempts.Tyus Battle paced the Orange (18-12, 7-10) with 29 points. Oshae Brissett had 18 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse, which lost its third straight.The Eagles had opened a 58-45 lead on Robinson's steal and breakaway jam with just under 12 minutes to play, but the Orange sliced it to 58-51 on Battle's 3-point play.The Eagles then took charge by scoring 15 of the next 21 points. Robinson and Bowman combined for 10.In the opening half, BC moved the ball well, finding open shots outside Syracuse's 2-3 zone. Sports Handicapping Services. The Eagles went 9 for 17 on 3-point attempts in the half en route to a 40-37 edge at the break.Like usual when Syracuse visits BC, a large contingent of fans were dressed in Orange. A handful of times during the game they broke into chants of `Let's Go Orange!'They didn't have much to cheer for in the opening 14 minutes when Syracuse fell behind by double digits. But the Orange went on an 11-0 run late in the half to slice their deficit to three at halftime.BIG PICTURESyracuse: The Orange were coming off consecutive losses against ranked teams - North Carolina and Duke - but this one could be the resume-killer in their bid for an NCAA tournament berth.Boston College: The Eagles continue to show growth in the ACC. Football Predictions. They surpassed their combined total of six regular-season wi ns for the previous three seasons. . Freshman Steffon Mitchell injured his left hamstring, went to the locker room and came back on crutches.MAGIC TOUCHBC student Joseph Landry, a freshman, won $2,100 during a timeout in the opening half. He had to hit a layup, free throw, 3-pointer and half-court shot in 30 seconds for the progressive pot that's carried over without a winner all season.He did it in five shots, missing only one half-court attempt before swishing the prize winner.LINEUP CHANGEBC started Johncarlos Reyes in place of Nik Popovic.UP NEXTSyracuse: Hosts No. 18 Clemson in its regular season finale on Saturday.Boston College: Closes its regular season at Florida State on Saturday.

NCAAB Game Recap: Florida State (63) vs. Clemson (76) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Florida State (63) vs. Clemson (76) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 CLEMSON, S. C. Marcquise Reed scored 22 points and No. 18 Clemson won a program-record 11th Atlantic Coast Conference game with a 76-63 victory over Florida State on Wednesday night.The Tigers (22-7, 11-6) had won 10 league games six times in 64 years as ACC members, but have never before won this many conference games in a regular season. And they did it with late rallies in both halves.Clemson trailed 24-16 in the opening half before closing the period on a 21-8 charge. Florida State clawed back to lead 45-42 midway through the second half before the Tigers took over and outscored the Seminoles 34-18 the rest of the way.Florida State (19-10, 8-9) closed to 64-61 on Phil Cofer's 3-pointer with 2:58 remaining, but got no closer.Gabe DeVoe had 13 points while Shelton Mitchell and Elijah Thomas had 11 points each for the Tigers, who took anot her step toward earning a top four seed in next week's ACC Tournament. Clemson came into the game tied for fourth with North Carolina State. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. The Wolfpack play at Georgia Tech on Thursday night.Cofer led the Seminoles with 21 points. Florida State's leading scorer, Terance Mann, had an awful shooting night as he went 1 of 9 from the field for three points, 10 fewer than his average.Reed had 13 points in the second half to rally the Tigers. He also added seven rebounds and five assists.BIG PICTUREFlorida State: The Seminoles are long, strong and athletic, but struggled to get rebounds with only 12 in the opening 20 minutes. Florida State has a 3.8 rebounding margin this season, but got outrebounded 20-12 by the Tigers. Only Trent Forrest and Braian Angola had more than one board for the Seminoles. Game Fixing.  The Tigers wound up winning the battle of the boards, 39-30. Hot Sports Handicappers. That must improve if Florida State hopes to make noise in the postseason.Clemson: It may be a simplification of things for the Tigers, but when they make shots they can beat anybody. When they miss, they can lose to anyone. That was on display against Florida State as Clemson shot just 8 of 24 and fell behind 24-16. Over the final 6 minutes of the opening half, they went 4 of 7 as part of 21-8 run to lead 35-32 at the break. Clemson made 11 of 26 field goals in the second half to crawl past 40 percent shooting for the game.UP NEXTFlorida State closes the regular season at home against Boston College on Saturday.Clemson travels to Syracuse on Saturday.---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NBA Game Recap: New Orleans Pelicans (121) vs. San Antonio Spurs (116) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: New Orleans Pelicans (121) vs. San Antonio Spurs (116) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 SAN ANTONIO Anthony Davis had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans rallied in the final two minutes to beat San Antonio 121-116 on Wednesday night, adding to the Spurs' misery after losing LaMarcus Aldridge to an injury in the first half.New Orleans won its seventh straight after trailing by as many as 15 points.San Antonio, which has been without superstar forward Kawhi Leonard for all but nine games this season, lost Aldridge to a sprained right ankle late in the first half. Aldridge landed awkwardly while defending a driving hook shot by Davis with three minutes left in the second quarter.The injury would prove critical down the stretch for the Spurs, who've lost five of their past six. Football Handicappers. The team did not immediately di sclose how long Aldridge will be out.Jrue Holiday finished with 25 points and Rajon Rondo added 13 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans.San Antonio had six players in double figures, including 19 from Rudy Gay and 18 from Dejounte Murray.The Pelicans pulled within 105-102 with eight minutes remaining on a 3-pointer by Darius Miller. Davis' alley-oop dunk gave New Orleans its first lead at 114-113 with just under two minutes left.After Murray and the Pelicans' E'Twaun Moore exchanged 3-pointers, Holiday collected a turnover by Patty Mills. Holiday was fouled and missed the ensuing free throws, but Davis fought through the smaller Spurs and was fouled while collecting the miss. Davis made two free throws to give New Orleans a 119-116 lead.Mills and Gay both missed 3-pointers on the Spurs' final possession.Coming off a feel-good victory at Cleveland on Sunday, the Spurs led throughout the game but lost their momentum with Aldridge in the locker room.Aldridge f inished with eight points, snapping a 59-game streak of scoring in double figures.TIP-INSPelicans: The Pelicans are 18-14 on the road this season, one of only five teams in the West with a winning record away from home. ... Emeka Okafor went scoreless and had one rebound in four minutes in his eighth game with the Pelicans. ... New Orleans had lost five straight in San Antonio. Free Guaranteed Sports Picks. The Pelicans' last victory at the AT&T Center was Nov. 8, 2014.Spurs: After missing the first 27 games of the season, Leonard has missed 17 games since returning to the sidelines following a nine-game return. ... Pau Gasol (bruised left knee bone) did not play. . Davis Bertans started his eighth game of the season. ... Gambling Profit. Tony Parker passed Tim Duncan for fourth in Spurs history in steals with 1,026.UP NEXTPelicans: Visit Dallas on Sunday night.Spurs: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NBA Game Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (111) vs. Dallas Mavericks (110) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Oklahoma City Thunder (111) vs. Dallas Mavericks (110) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 DALLAS Russell Westbrook scored 30 points, including the go-ahead three-point play in the final minute of overtime, and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-110 on Wednesday night.Westbrook, who had 11 rebounds and seven assists, drove for the tying layup and made the free throw with 38 seconds left in OT to help the playoff-contending Thunder salvage a four-game split of the season series against a one-time postseason rival now among the NBA's worst teams.Dwight Powell forced overtime at 100-all with a follow shot at the buzzer to match his career high with 21 points. It was the first points for Dallas since Powell's alley-oop dunk with 4 minutes remaining. Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 26 points.The Mavericks had a chance to win in overtime, but could only get a desperation jumper from rook ie Dennis Smith Jr. at the buzzer.The Mavericks almost turned it over on the final possession of regulation but Wesley Matthews kept the play alive before missing a wild layup, with Powell grabbing the rebound on the other side of the basket and laying it in.Carmelo Anthony had put the Thunder ahead with 1:23 to go on a layup after three offensive rebounds on the same possession, including two from Steven Adams.Paul George had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Adams had nine points and 12 boards.Smith had eight of his 17 points in the fourth quarter and overtime.TIP-INSThunder: F Jerami Grant was called for a flagrant foul for a swipe at the head when Powell made a layup in the first half. ... Profitable Sports Handicappers. The Thunder outrebounded the Mavericks 56-36, including a 19-8 edge on offensive rebounds.Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, who is sixth on the NBA scoring list, reached 31,000 points with his patented on e-legged fadeway in the middle of the second quarter. NFL Handicappers. The 39-year-old German, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, finished with 12 points. ... Powell led Dallas with eight rebounds.NOEL RETURNSDallas center Nerlens Noel had four points, three rebounds and four fouls in 16 minutes in his return after missing 42 games following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was rusty, failing to get off a shot on two alley-oops and missing another attempt. He led Dallas with three first-half turnovers, but had a highlight in the second half with a block on a soaring Westbrook going for a layup.Before the injury was announced in December, Noel had appeared to fall out of favor with coach Rick Carlisle. Selections. The first six of those 42 missed games were listed as coaching decisions. He's playing on a one-year contract after he couldn't agree on a long-term deal with the Mavericks, who acquired him at the trading deadline last season.UP NEXTThunder: At Phoenix on Friday.Mavericks: At Chicago on Friday, the only road game in a stretch of seven games.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NHL Game Recap: Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (2) - 2/28/2018

NHL Game Recap: Detroit Red Wings (1) vs. St. Louis Blues (2) - Date: 2/28/2018 / ST. LOUIS Carter Hutton made 35 saves, Scottie Upshall and Alex Pietrangelo scored and the St. Louis Blues snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night. Sports Handicapper Reviews. The Blues won for the first time since beating Winnipeg 5-2 on Feb. 9. Hutton improved to 6-2-1 in his last nine starts and 16-7-2 overall, allowing only Andreas Athanasiou's goal with 1:45 left. Upshall scored for the first time since Dec. 30, beating Jimmy Howard off Colton Parayko's rebound at 1:12 of the second period. Pietrangelo scored on a blast from the faceoff circle with 5:23 left in the third period. Minutes earlier, Hutton robbed Henrik Zetterberg from close range. Handicappers Free Pic ks. The Blues were outscored 29-10 during the seven-game skid, their longest since they dropped seven in a row from Dec. 26, 2009, to Jan. 7, 2010. FREE FALLINGOn Dec. 10, the Blues were 21-8-2 and tied with Tampa Bay for the most points in the NHL at 44. NOTES: Howard made 24 saves. ... St. Louis C Patrik Berglund was a healthy scratch for the first time since March 12, 2015. ... Pietrangelo played in 600th career game, all with St. Louis. .. . Zetterberg has 68 points in 67 career games against St. Louis. UP NEXTRed Wings: At Winnipeg on Friday night. Blues: At Dallas on Saturday night.

NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (110) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (102) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Phoenix Suns (110) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (102) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 MEMPHIS, Tenn. Devin Booker scored 34 points, Josh Jackson added a career-best 29 and the Phoenix Suns snapped a 10-game losing streak beating the Memphis Grizzlies 110-102 on Wednesday night.Elfrid Payton had 19 points and 10 assists for Phoenix, which won for the first time since defeating the Dallas Mavericks 102-88 on Jan. 31.While the Suns snapped their losing streak, the misery continued for Memphis, which lost its 11th straight as the Grizzlies were winless in February.Marc Gasol led the Grizzlies with 22 points and 13 rebounds, while Andrew Harrison scored 20 points. Jarell Martin finished with 16 points.The game featured two of the worst teams in the league, both entering with 10-game losing streaks and looking more at their draft position than any long-lost hope of the postseason.The Suns already held a 10-point lead at the e nd of the third. Memphis made a couple of runs in the fourth, the last getting the Grizzlies within single digits in the closing minutes. But Phoenix never let the Grizzlies take the lead.Memphis committed 20 turnovers and shot 38 percent for the game, while the Suns had 16 miscues and connected on 46 percent.During a sloppy first half, Memphis used 19 points from Gasol to build a 12-point lead, but Phoenix was able to erase the advantage.Booker and Jackson had 17 points each, and Jackson's 3-point bank shot at the horn gave the Suns a 57-54 lead at intermission.At that point, the teams had combined for 23 turnovers and 30 fouls.TIP-INSSuns: Veteran C Tyson Chandler sat out with back spasms, missing his sixth game in the last seven. . Jackson's previous season-high was 23 against Charlotte on Feb. 4. . Booker got his points despite going 1 of 6 from outside the arc.Grizzlies: Last win was the Jan. 29, 120-109 victory over Phoenix. ... Matched their season-high 11 str aight losses, the first time from Nov. 11-Dec. 2 . ... JaMychal Green recorded his fourth straight double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. ... Expert Sports Picks. The last time the Grizzlies recorded a winless full calendar month was when the Vancouver Grizzlies lost all 17 of their contests in March 1996 during the franchise's inaugural season.UP NEXTSuns: Host Oklahoma City on FridayGrizzlies: Entertain the Denver Nuggets on Friday---For more NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NBA Game Recap: Indiana Pacers (102) vs. Atlanta Hawks (107) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Indiana Pacers (102) vs. Atlanta Hawks (107) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 ATLANTA Dennis Schroder scored seven of Atlanta's final eight points to finish with 14, and the Hawks held off a late Indiana comeback to beat the Pacers 107-102 on Wednesday night.John Collins had 16 points for the Hawks, who led by 23 before holding on late to end their four-game losing streak.Bojan Bogdanovic led Indiana with 26 points while making four 3-pointers in the final period. His third 3 of the period cut the Atlanta lead to 97-91. A follow shot by Domantas Sabonis, who had 14 points, pulled the Pacers to 101-99.Schroder answered with a layup with 44 seconds remaining, and then added another driving layup following an Indiana turnover.Taurean Prince had 15 points, all in the first half, and Dewayne Dedmon also scored 15 for Atlanta.Atlanta led 55-50 at halftime before outscoring the Pacers 30-15 in the third quarter to ex tend the lead to 85-65.Victor Oladipo had 22 points for the Pacers, who began the night fifth in the Eastern Conference playoff standings.The Hawks opened the second half with 10 straight points for a 65-50 lead. Oladipo ended the run with a short jumper.Atlanta led 87-65 early in the final period before Lance Stephenson, who had 18 points, and Sabonis made back-to-back 3-pointers to start the Pacers' comeback.TIP-INSPacers: Indiana will host Atlanta on March 9 to complete the four-game season series. ... freepick. The Pacers are 13-16 on the road. Sports Handicapping Service Units Gained. They finished 13-28 away from home last season. ... Indiana had a season-high 57 rebounds in a 116-93 home win over Atlanta on Friday, part of a streak of five straight games with at least 50 rebounds. Baseball Handi cappers. This time, the Pacers were outrebounded 49-43.Hawks: Isaiah Taylor had 13 points. ... After signing a 10-day contract earlier in the day, G Jaylen Morris entered the game with 4 minutes remaining in the first period and quickly scored his first NBA points on his follow-up of a miss by Miles Plumlee. Morris was averaging 12.6 points with the Hawks' G League Erie affiliate. ... G Malcolm Delaney (right knee strain) had four points in his return after missing two games. ... F DeAndre Bembry (abdominal strain) missed his second straight game.BOOK ITVeteran forward Trevor Booker indicated on his Twitter account that he's headed to the Pacers - even if the team is not yet ready to announce a deal. Booker was expected to sign with Indiana when he clears waivers after being released by the Philadelphia 76ers, who needed to clear a roster spot for former Hawks forward-center Ersan Ilyasova. Booker tweeted ''Indy, let's work!!!!'' on Wedne sday afternoon.Asked about Booker, Pacers coach Nate McMillan said, ''I can't talk about it.'' UP NEXTPacers: Visit Bucks on FridayHawks: Host Warriors on Friday---More NBA: apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (109) vs. Washington Wizards (101) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Golden State Warriors (109) vs. Washington Wizards (101) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 WASHINGTON A day after taking schoolkids to a museum instead of visiting President Donald Trump at the White House, the Golden State Warriors won for the seventh time in eight games by beating the Washington Wizards 109-101 as Kevin Durant scored 32 points, Stephen Curry added 25, and Klay Thompson limited Bradley Beal to eight Wednesday night.Durant shot 12 for 20, Thompson scored 13, and Draymond Green contributed 11 points and 11 assists.Otto Porter Jr. led Washington with 29 points and 10 rebounds, and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 17 on 4-of-16 shooting. Beal came in averaging a team-leading 23.7 points but he missed his first nine shots and had zero points at halftime. His first basket came with under 5 1/2 minutes left in the third quarter.The Wizards were again without All-Star point guard John Wall, who sat out his 14th gam e in a row after surgery on his left knee, but they trailed only 58-56 after two quarters Wednesday. Golden State tends to dominate third quarters, though, and this evening was no exception: It opened that period with a 16-4 run that made it 74-60 and was in control from there.Washington was playing on the second half of a back-to-back after winning at Milwaukee on Tuesday night, and a bit of lethargy showed early on. Five early turnovers led to 11 points for the Warriors, including a Curry-to-Durant alley-oop dunk that put Golden State up 32-21 and prompted a timeout for the hosts with 42 seconds left in the first quarter.The Warriors, meanwhile, were well-rested after getting Tuesday off. Fighting Predictions. They dispensed with the reigning NBA champs' traditional White House visit while in town, opting to spend the day touring the National Museum of African American History and Culture with stude nts from Durant's nearby hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland.''We left it up to the players - what they decided to do, what they wanted to do. And this is what they decided to do, and it was a wonderful day yesterday,'' Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. ''I think everybody enjoyed it.'' In September, Curry said he would not visit the White House if invited; Trump then announced on Twitter that the ''invitation is withdrawn!''TIP-INSWarriors: Improved to 21-3 against Eastern Conference opponents this season, including 12-1 on the road. ... Golden State entered the day tied with the Rockets for the most wins in the NBA this season with 47.Wizards: Beal scored only four points, his season-low, in 15 minutes before getting ejected from the teams' first meeting back on Oct. 27, a 120-117 home victory for Golden State. ... Porter had an X-ray on his sore right elbow after Tuesday's loss at Milwaukee, and coach Scott Br ooks said everything checked out OK. ... Washington has scored at least 100 points in 15 consecutive games dating to Jan. 25, the longest current such streak in the East.GOTTA BE THE SHOESYou can own a pair of shoes worn in a game by Curry - and support a cause, to boot. Curry posted on Instagram that he'll be auctioning off the sneakers he wore Wednesday to raise money for My Brother's Keeper Alliance. He says the effort ''was created to reduce barriers and expand opportunity'' in support of ''young men and boys of color in their pursuit of achievement and higher success in life.'' UP NEXT:Warriors: Close a three-game road trip at Atlanta on Friday.Wizards: Host East-leading Toronto on Friday, the second part of a four-game homestand.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich---More NBA coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NCAAB Game Recap: Mississippi (78) vs. Kentucky (96) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Mississippi (78) vs. Kentucky (96) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 LEXINGTON, Ky. Kevin Knox had 22 points and Quade Green added 18, including eight during a 15-5 second-half run that helped No. 23 Kentucky pull away from Mississippi for a 96-78 victory Wednesday night.Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 17 points, Wenyen Gabriel 15 and PJ Washington 10 as the Wildcats (21-9, 10-7 Southeastern Conference) won their fourth consecutive game and home finale, the first without departing seniors under coach John Calipari. Green had two 3-pointers and a layup during the run that provided an 82-69 lead with 6:40 remaining.Kentucky shot 56 percent after halftime and 50 percent overall in a game that was chippy at times, resulting in five technical foul calls and the quick ejection of Ole Miss senior forward Marcanvis Hymon after just 3 1/2 minutes.Terence Davis had 26 points and Breein Tyree and Bruce Stevens 13 each for the R ebels (12-18, 5-12), who lost for the ninth time in 11 games.BIG PICTUREMississippi: Losing Hymon to two quick technicals seemed to inspire the Rebels just as they were about to trail by double digits, responding to outscore the Wildcats 21-12 over 8:06 for a 25-24 lead. Ole Miss got within a basket several times after that but couldn't catch Kentucky, which strung together baskets and got the rebounds needed to stay ahead and gain some distance late.Kentucky: The Wildcats took a little longer to get rolling, but their second-half run arrived on time and showcased the things that Calipari has stressed. Besides outrebounding the Rebels 43-35, they shared the ball (19 assists) and knocked down shots resulting from those good looks. Sports Picking Services. The Wildcats also thrived at the line, making 16 of 19 attempts in the first half alone en route to finishing 26 of 35.EARLY EXITRebels se nior forward Marcanvis Hymon was gone before the first media timeout, ejected after drawing his second technical foul for dead ball contact with 16:36 remaining in the first half. Officials took several minutes reviewing replays of a skirmish under Kentucky's basket in which Wildcats forward Nick Richards received a non-contact technical foul and Bruce Stevens a personal foul. Hymon drew an earlier technical foul after Ole Miss' opening basket 1:13 in.UP NEXTOle Miss hosts Vanderbilt in the regular season finale Saturday night.Kentucky concludes the regular season on Saturday at Florida, which escaped with a 66-64 upset win at Rupp on Jan. 20.---For more college basketball coverage: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Massachusetts (65) vs. Richmond (90) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Massachusetts (65) vs. Richmond (90) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. Grant Golden scored 26 points with a career-high 11 rebounds for his ninth 20-point game of the season, Nick Sherod added 19 points, and Richmond ran away from Massachusetts 90-65 on Wednesday night to end a five-game skid and sweep the season series.Jacob Gilyard scored 13 points with three steals to become the first freshman with 80 steals in a season in Division I since Marcus Smart (2012-13.) Gilyard also made six assists, setting the school freshman assist record with 116, the most since current Brooklyn Nets coach Kenny Atkinson (1987).De'Monte Buckingham also scored 13 points for Richmond (10-19, 8-9 Atlantic 10 Conference), which led 40-32 at halftime after shooting 57.6 percent from the field behind Golden's 18 points and eight rebounds.Richmond opened the second half with an 18-6 run for a 58-38 lead, then led b y 29 points after a 15-5 run capped by Gilyard's 3 with 4:52 left.C. J. Anderson scored 22 points, Luwane Pipkins added 14 and Carl Pierre had 11 for Massachusetts (11-19, 4-13), which has lost six straight.

NBA Game Recap: Toronto Raptors (117) vs. Orlando Magic (104) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Toronto Raptors (117) vs. Orlando Magic (104) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 ORLANDO, Fla. DeMar DeRozan scored 21 points and Kyle Lowry added 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to lead the Toronto Raptors to a 117-104 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.Pascal Siakam had 14 points, including 10 in the final five minutes as the Raptors pulled away for their 11th win in 13 games. Jakob Poeltl added 13 points and Fred Van Fleet had 12.Evan Fournier and Mario Hezonja scored 17 apiece for Orlando, which has lost seven straight games. Nikola Vucevic added 14 points and Aaron Gordon had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Magic.Both teams struggled to get defensive stops the entire game, but the Raptors finally dug in and defended for a five-minute window of the fourth quarter that put them in charge. Leading 97-96, Toronto got stops on seven straight possessions, including two turnovers and a blocke d shot, and outscored the Magic 13-2 in the run.Siakam's layup gave the Raptors a 110-98 lead with 3:20 left. It was one of four fast-break layups or dunks the Raptors had in that run.Orlando never got closer than nine points the rest of the game.The Raptors, who shot 63.4 percent in building a 69-63 halftime lead, went cold to start the third quarter and the Magic finally caught them when Jonathon Simmons buried a 3-pointer to put Orlando up 75-74.Toronto finally got a field goal when Lowry drained a 3-pointer at the 8:34 mark and the teams played even the rest of the quarter. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Hezonja and Shelvin Mack in the final 40 seconds brought Orlando within 90-89 at the end of the period.The first half was an offensive track meet and defense was an afterthought for both teams. Sports Experts. Toronto held a 69-63 halftime edge, despite allowing Orlando to shoot 58 percent (25 of 43) from the fie ld, including eight 3-pointers.TIP-INSRaptors: F OG Anunoby sprained his ankle in the second quarter and didn't return. . Free Winning Sports Picks. The Raptors made their first five 3-pointers and had two four-point opportunities in the first 13 minutes of the game. . PF Serge Ibaka played his first game in Orlando since being traded to Toronto just before the trade deadline last season. . C Jakob Poeltl has blocked a shot in 10 straight games. . Lowry, an 86.3 percent free throw shooter, missed his first four free throw attempts.Magic: Orlando shot 76.2 percent (16 of 21) in the first quarter, including 5 of 7 on 3-pointers and still trailed 42-37. . Sports Handicapping Service Winning Streaks. The Magic have given up an average of 113 points (678) during the seven-game losing streak. . C Marreese Speights returned after missing two games for person al reasons, but did not play.UP NEXTRaptors: Visit Washington on Friday.Magic: Host former coach Stan Van Gundy and the Detroit Pistons on Friday.---This story has been corrected to Poeltl in 2nd paragraph.

NCAAB Game Recap: Temple (66) vs. Connecticut (72) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Temple (66) vs. Connecticut (72) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 STORRS, Conn. Jalen Adams scored 25 points and dished out eight assists as UConn upset Temple 72-66 in the Huskies final home game of the season on Wednesday night.Terry Larrier added 13 points for Connecticut (14-16, 7-10 American), which shot 37 percent from the floor, but made 11 3-pointers.Obi Enechionyia had 15 points to lead Temple (16-13, 8-9), which has lost three of its last four to fall a half game behind UCF into seventh place in the conference standings. Shizz Alston had 13 points, but made five of his 15 attempts from the floor. Quinton Rose was 5 of 20 and had 11 points.Temple led by two points at halftime, but UConn opened the second half with a 10-0 run to lead 42-34.Temple, which shot 36 percent for the game, made just four of their first 20 shots after intermission.The Owls trailed 51-42, before going on a run of their own. A la yup by Nate Pierre-Louis tied the game at 56 with just over four minutes to play. But UConn did not relinquish the lead.A layup from Adams put the Huskies up 68-62 with 34 seconds to play. Top Rated Sports Handicappers. That forced Temple to foul the rest of the way and UConn made their free throws.BIG PICTURETemple: The Owls are 8-4 over their last 12 games, but their only losses prior to Wednesday had come to No. 9 Cincinnati, No. 16 Wichita State and a 22-win Houston team.UConn: It was the final home game for five players, including Larrier, a transfer from VCU who still has a year of eligibility remaining after missing most of last season with a knee injury. Larrier, who played without the mask that had protected a broken sinus wall for the last eight games, says he's not coming back and will try to play professionally next season.UP NEXTTemple: The Owls close the regular season on Sunday a t Tulsa.UConn: The Huskies end the regular season on Sunday at No. 25 Houston.

NCAAB Game Recap: SIU Edwardsville (51) vs. Tennessee Tech (60) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: SIU Edwardsville (51) vs. Tennessee Tech (60) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 EVANSVILLE, Ind. Mason Ramsey scored 19 points and fifth-seeded Tennessee Tech posted a 60-51 victory over SIU-Edwardsville in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Wednesday night.The Golden Eagles advance to play No. 4 seed Jacksonville State Thursday night in a tournament quarterfinal.The Cougars trailed by five points at intermission, but Jalen Henry scored with 18:36 left to get them within three, 29-26. Make Money Betting Sports. Tennessee Tech responded with an 8-0 run capped by back-to-back dunks by Courtney Alexander II and Shaq Calhoun, pushing the lead into double digits.Kajon Mack scored 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Tennessee Tech (19-13). Alexander finished with seven points and 10 rebounds. Sports Handicapping Services. The Eagles were outrebounded, 49-41, but made up for it at the free-throw line, where they converted 18 of 27 attempts.Henry scored 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds for SIUE (9-21). NBC Sports Picks. The Cougars were 8 of 9 from the line, but just 3 of 25 from beyond the 3-point arc.

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (106) vs. Boston Celtics (134) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Charlotte Hornets (106) vs. Boston Celtics (134) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 BOSTON Kyrie Irving scored 34 points in the first three quarters, and then sat out the fourth with the rest of Boston's starters as the Celtics routed the Charlotte Hornets 134-106 on Wednesday night.Aron Baynes had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Jaylen Brown scored 15, including nine in the third quarter as the Celtics shot 60 percent and turned the game into a blowout. Basketball Handicappers. Terry Rozier and Greg Monroe scored 14 points apiece for the Celtics, who won their fourth straight and ended Charlotte's five-game winning streak.Kemba Walker made his first eight shots and led Charlotte with 23 points. Dwight Howard had 21 points for the Hornets, who were coming off a victory over Chicago on Tuesday night and couldn't keep up with the Celtics after halfti me.Boston led 67-59 at halftime and opened the third quarter on a 12-3 run, followed by an 8-0 spurt a few minutes later as the Hornets continued to wilt. Charlotte didn't have much luck, either, in the period. Irving barely beat the shot-clock buzzer with a turnaround jumper that put Boston up 86-67 with 6:29 left in the third, and bounces continued to fall for the Celtics.Brown missed an opportunity for a three-point play with 4:45 left in the third, but got a second chance at the free throw when Charlotte was called for a lane violation. Brown hit the second attempt and Boston's lead was 94-67.Marcus Morris scored 15 and Marcus Smart had 10 points as seven Boston players scored in double figures.Frank Kaminsky scored 16 points, Michael Carter-Williams scored 14 and Jeremy Lamb added 10 points for the Hornets, who also rested their starters in the fourth quarter as they began a three-game trip.TIP-INSHornets: Entered the game on their longest winning streak since w inning seven straight in March of 2016. ... Charlotte's last four wins have all been by 15 points or more, including Tuesday night's 118-103 home victory over Chicago. ... Walker scored 11 of Charlotte's first 13 points.Celtics: Improved to 32-8 when scoring 100 points or more this season. ... Boston led 37-31 after the first quarter and out-rebounded the Hornets 14-7 in the opening period. ... Irving scored 16 in the first quarter. ... F Daniel Theis was out with a sore right hamstring.UP NEXTHornets: At Philadelphia on Friday.Celtics: At Houston on Saturday night.---More NBA basketball: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

NBA Game Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (87) vs. Detroit Pistons (110) - 2/28/2018

NBA Game Recap: Milwaukee Bucks (87) vs. Detroit Pistons (110) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 DETROIT Andre Drummond had 15 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons dominated inside in a 110-87 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.The Pistons outscored Milwaukee 56-34 in the paint and had 15 offensive rebounds in the first half alone. Blake Griffin had eight points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Detroit, which won for only the second time in eight games.Eric Bledsoe scored 19 points for the Bucks, who have lost three straight. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo left with 10:08 remaining in the game with an apparent injury around his right eye. He eventually walked toward the locker room.Reggie Bullock scored 12 of his 16 points in the first quarter for the Pistons. It was tied at 32 after one, then Detroit held Milwaukee to 12 points in the second and led 53-44 at halftime.The Pistons led by as man y as 20 in the third and weren't seriously threatened down the stretch. Milwaukee missed its first 11 shots from the field in the fourth.Detroit finished with a 57-35 edge on the boards. Sports Free Picks. The Pistons had 22 offensive rebounds, including 10 by Drummond. It was his 18th career game with at least 10 offensive rebounds, the most among active players.The Detroit bench, an area of weakness lately, outscored Milwaukee's reserves 63-30. Stanley Johnson, who was replaced by James Ennis in the starting lineup, had 19 points.Jabari Parker, who set season highs in scoring in each of the previous two games for the Bucks, was held to only seven points after scoring 19 on Tuesday against Washington.TIP-INSBucks: G Tony Snell (right thigh) missed the game. ... Milwaukee fell to 9-4 in the second game of back-to-backs.Pistons: Coach Stan Van Gundy said F Jon Leuer (left ankle surgery) is making progress. & #39;'He's doing stuff,'' Van Gundy said. ''We're optimistic that he'll get a full offseason and be ready to go.'' DELAYThe start of the game was delayed about 12 minutes because of debris from a pregame entertainment act. Good Return on Investment. The court was cleaned off, and the teams were eventually able to warm up and play.UP NEXTBucks: Host the Indiana Pacers on Friday night.Pistons: Visit the Orlando Magic on Friday night.---More NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball---Follow Noah Trister at www. Sports Handicappers. Twitter.com/noahtrister

NHL Game Recap: Buffalo Sabres (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (1) - 2/28/2018

NHL Game Recap: Buffalo Sabres (2) vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (1) - Date: 2/28/2018 / TAMPA, Fla. Jason Pominville scored on a power play at 1:26 of overtime to give the Buffalo Sabres a 2-1 victory over the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday night. Pominville beat Andrei Vasilevskiy with a one-timer from the left circle to give the Sabres their second straight victory over the Lightning. Evan Rodrigues tied it for Buffalo in the third, and Chad Johnson stopped 21 shots. Cory Conacher scored for Tampa Bay, and Vasilevskiy made 32 saves. With a point in the standings for the overtime loss, the Lightning became the first team to reach 90 points this season. J. Football Predictions. T. Miller, acquired from the New York Rangers on Monday, played 17:40 in his Lightning debut. With NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov out with an undisclosed upper-body inju ry, the Lightning struggled to generate offensive chances and finished with 17 shots on goal while at even strength. Make Money Betting Sports. Tampa Bay opened the scoring with 1:57 left in the first period. NHL Handicappers. The puck deflected off the stick of Conacher in front right in to Johnson, but Conacher quickly recovered the rebound and pulled the puck back to his forehand to find the vacated side of the netRodrigues tied it with 8:13 left in regulation. After Andrej Sustr fumbled the puck in the corner and lost it to Jason Pominville before he fed Rodrigues, who lifted the puck over Vasilevskiy. NOTES: The U. S. women's Olympic champion hockey team was honored before the game. The team held residency camp in nearby Wesley Chapel. ... Buffalo RW Kyle Okposo missed the game to be with his wife while she gave birth to a daughter Tuesday. Okpos o is expected to join the team in time for Friday's game at Florida. ... The Sabres called up C Seth Griffin from Rochester of the American Hockey League. ... Tampa Bay recalled RW Michael Bournival from Syracuse of the AHL. UP NEXTLightning: At Dallas on Thursday nightSabres: At Florida on Friday night.

NCAAB Game Recap: Central Conn (61) vs. Wagner (73) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Central Conn (61) vs. Wagner (73) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 NEW YORK JoJo Cooper scored 20 points, Romone Saunders had 18 points and 10 rebounds and top-seeded Wagner beat No. 8 seed Central Connecticut 73-61 on Wednesday night in a Northeast Conference quarterfinal.Wagner (22-8) will host a semifinal on Saturday against No. 7 seed Robert Morris (16-16), which upset second-seeded Mount Saint Mary's 60-56.Cooper was 7-of-9 shooting and had seven assists. Saunders was 5 of 10 from the field and made three 3-pointers. Blake Francis added 17 points for the Seahawks, who have won four of their last five games.Joe Hugley scored 22 points, Tyler Kohl added 15 points and Austin Nehls had 10 for Central Connecticut.Francis and Elijah Davis made back-to-back 3-pointers to stretch Wagner's lead to 59-41 with 9:30 to play. Winning Sports Handicappers.&nb sp;The Blue Devils pulled to 64-58 with three minutes remaining, but Cooper scored five points and Saunders added four as the Seahawks closed the game on a 9-3 spurt.

NCAAB Game Recap: Dayton (53) vs. La Salle (71) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Dayton (53) vs. La Salle (71) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 PHILADELPHIA B. J. Johnson made his final start at home memorable, pumping in 27 points to lead La Salle to a 71-53 frolic over Dayton in the penultimate Atlantic 10 Conference game of the regular season Wednesday night.The loss knocked the Flyers out of a tie with Richmond for the No. 8 seed and into a tie for the No. 9 seed with George Washington, Duquesne and LaSalle.The Explorers honored four seniors in their final home game and each played a key role in the win. Sports Handicapping Software. Tony Washington scored 14 points, Johnnie Shuler dished 11 assists and Amar Stukes added seven assists and made four steals.La Salle (13-17, 7-10) took a 10-point lead in the first half, holding a 33-23 advantage at intermission, then opened the second half with a 13-5 run.Trey Landers scored 17 poin ts and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead Dayton (13-16, 7-10), with Josh Cunningham and Jalen Crutcher each adding another 10 points.

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (3) - 2/28/2018

NHL Game Recap: New York Islanders (1) vs. Montreal Canadiens (3) - Date: 2/28/2018 / MONTREAL Jonathan Drouin and Nikita Scherbak scored in the second period and the Montreal Canadiens beat the New York Islanders 3-1 on Wednesday night to extend their points streak to five games. Paul Byron also scored and Antti Niemi made 27 saves to help the Canadiens improve to 2-0-3 in their last five. Mathew Barzal scored his 18th of the season for the Islanders. Winning Picks. They are winless in last four games and 4-8-2 in their last 14. It was wide open in the first period, with the teams trading chances and each coming up with a goal. Sports Handicapper Leaderboard. The highlight was the Islanders getting three breakaways while killing a penalty, although they failed to score on them. Barzal took a pass at the Mont real blue line, blew past rookie defenseman Noah Juulsen and beat Niemi with a deke to the backhand at 3:50. Bryan tied it with 8:58 left in the period, beating Jaroslav Halak to the top corner off an assist from Drouin. Drouin gave the Canadiens the lead on a power play at 8:29 of the second. He moved into the left circle to take a feed from Jeff Petry and put a shot inside the far post. Scherbak scored with 6:23 to go in the period. NOTES: Canadiens coach Claude Julien said goalie Carey Price, who is recovering from a concussion, will not accompany the team for the rematch in New York on Friday night. Newly acquired defenseman Mike Reilly made his Canadiens debut. ... Best Sports Handicappers. The Islanders used their two trade deadline acquisitions - defenceman Brandon Davidson and forward Chris Wagner. UP NEXT:The teams meet again Friday night in Brooklyn.

NCAAB Game Recap: George Mason (81) vs. VCU (80) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: George Mason (81) vs. VCU (80) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 RICHMOND, Va. Ian Boyd's tip-in with a second left capped George Mason's late rally and the Patriots downed Virginia Commonwealth 81-80 on Wednesday night.Goanar Mar and Otis Livingston each scored 26 points for George Mason (15-15, 9-8 Atlantic 10). Mar shot 8 of 12 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point range and 6 of 8 from the foul line. Livingston had the same scoring line as Mar except he made half of his 16 shots.Issac Vann's 3 put VCU (16-14, 8-9) ahead 78-69 with 4:15 left before George Mason used a 12-2 run to end it. Livingston made a pair of free throws with 21 seconds remaining to reduce George Mason's deficit to 80-79.After VCU called timeout, Sean Mobley turned it over. Working the clock for a final shot, Livingston missed a 3 but Boyd was there for the tip. Jaire Grayer scored 12 and Boyd finished with 11. Geor ge Mason is a three-way tie for fourth place in conference with St. Louis and Saint Joseph's.Mike'l Simms lead VCU with 20 points and Vann scored 18.

NCAAB Game Recap: Pittsburgh (56) vs. Notre Dame (73) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Pittsburgh (56) vs. Notre Dame (73) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 SOUTH BEND, Ind. Bonzie Colson returned to the Notre Dame lineup Wednesday and almost picked up where he left off with 12 points and nine rebounds in 21 minutes of action as the Irish easily beat Pittsburgh 73-56 on Wednesday night.Colson's fellow seniors also had big nights with Matt Farrell scoring 14 points and Martinas Geben finishing with nine points and 13 rebounds. Best Sports Picks Today. T. J. Gibbs also scored 14 for the Irish (18-12, 8-9 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have won two straight and five of their last seven.Jared Wilson-Frame had a game-high 20 points and Terrell Brown and Shamiel Stevenson had 10 each for Pittsburgh (8-23, 0-18), which concluded its regular season with its 18th straight defeat in ACC play.A preseason Associated Press All-America pick, Colso n played his last game on Dec. 30 against Georgia Tech on a broken bone in his left foot and had his 32nd career double-double. During his time recovering from surgery, Notre Dame, once as high as No. 5 in early December, went 6-9 in the ACC, enduring a seven-game losing streak.Colson played the first 6:45 before taking a breather with the Irish ahead 12-11. Notre Dame opened a 27-13 lead with seven minutes remaining on back-to-back 3-pointers by Farrell and Gibbs before settling for a 39-23 halftime lead. Colson's layup early in the second half made it 45-23 and the Irish cruised from there.BIG PICTUREPittsburgh: The Panthers, who had clinched last place in the 15-school ACC and will play the No. 10 seed in next week's tournament in Brooklyn, started four freshmen - guards Parker Stewart and Khameron Davis and frontliners Brown and Stevenson - with senior guard Jonathan Milligan. Sports Handicapping Services.&nb sp;The Panthers have not won since beating Towson before Christmas. Best Free Sports Picks. The coaching status of Kevin Stallings, in his second year at Pitt and with four years remaining on his contract, is rumored to be very tenuous.Notre Dame: Colson started and played to the first media break 6:45 into the contest. He got the first rebound of the game and had the second rebound stripped from him before diving for the loose ball. He scored eight points on 4-of-6 shooting, had six rebounds, one assist and two blocks in playing 12 minutes in the first half. His presence could help the Irish in next week's ACC Tournament and whatever tournament - NCAA or NIT - that takes the team.UP NEXTPittsburgh: Plays Tuesday afternoon first-round ACC Tournament game in Brooklyn against No. 10 seed yet to be determined.Notre Dame: Visits No. 1 Virginia Saturday afternoon to conclude regular season.

NCAAB Game Recap: St Francis NY (50) vs. Long Island Brooklyn (73) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: St Francis NY (50) vs. Long Island Brooklyn (73) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 NEW YORK Joel Hernandez scored 26 points as No. 4 seed LIU Brooklyn rolled to a 73-50 victory over fifth-seeded St. Francis (Brooklyn) on Wednesday night in a Northeast Conference quarterfinal.LIU Brooklyn (16-16) will host a semifinal matchup Saturday against No. 6 seed Fairleigh Dickinson, which beat St. Francis (Pennsylvania) 84-75.Hernandez was 9 of 17 from the floor and made three 3-pointers. Jashaun Agosto added 12 points and Raiquan Clark 10 for the Blackbirds.Rasheem Dunn scored 10 points for St. Francis (13-18), which shot just 28 percent (16 of 58) from the field and 19 percent (4 of 21) from long range.The Blackbirds built a double-digit lead midway through the first half and led the rest of the way. St. Francis pulled to 43-36, but Hernandez scored 12 points and capped a 17-4 run with back-to-back 3-pointers and LIU Bro oklyn had a 20-point lead with 5:23 left.

NCAAB Game Recap: Fordham (56) vs. George Washington (72) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Fordham (56) vs. George Washington (72) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 WASHINGTON Yuta Watanabe scored a career-high 31 points and George Washington beat Fordham 72-56 on Wednesday night.Watanabe was 11 of 17 from the field and hit all seven of his free throws for the Colonials (14-16, 7-10 Atlantic 10 Conference). Patrick Steeves added 12 points and Bo Zeigler had 10 points and eight rebounds.George Washington shot 50 percent from the field compared to 34 percent for Fordham and had a 41-32 rebounding edge.Watanabe scored 19 points in the first half, leading the Colonials to a 44-25 advantage at the break.Zeigler had a layup and a dunk and Terry Nolan Jr. hit a 3-pointer as part of an 11-6 run to open the second half, pushing George Washington's lead to 55-31 with 13:59 to play and the Colonials cruised from there.Prokop Slanina scored 19 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Rams (9-20, 4-13) who hav e lost five straight.

NCAAB Game Recap: Saint Louis (69) vs. Duquesne (76) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Saint Louis (69) vs. Duquesne (76) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 PITTSBURGH Tydus Verhoeven scored a career-high 21 points, Eric Williams Jr. added 20 and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Duquesne shot a season-high 56.5 percent from the field in beating Saint Louis 76-69 on Wednesday night to end a six-game skid and split the season series.Mike Lewis II scored 10 points for the Dukes (16-14, 7-10 Atlantic 10 Conference), which entered the game in a three-way tie for 10th place and led 32-29 at halftime after shooting 54.2 percent.Jalen Johnson's 3 tied it at 32, but Lewis scored seven straight amid an 11-3 run and the Dukes led 49-39 on Verhoeven's layup. Sports Handicapping Services. The Billikens closed to 53-52 after Johnson hit back-to-back 3s during a 13-4 run, then led 60-57 on Hasahn French's free throw. Williams' go-ahead 3 sparked a 14-4 run for a 73-67 Dukes lead with 30 seconds left and the Billikens got no closer than six from there.Javon Bess scored 20 points with seven rebounds, Johnson added 18 points with five 3-pointers, and Davell Roby and Aaron Hines added 11 points apiece for Saint Louis (16-14, 9-8), which entered in sole possession of fourth place.

NCAAB Game Recap: LSU (74) vs. South Carolina (83) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: LSU (74) vs. South Carolina (83) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 COLUMBIA, S. C. Frank Booker scored 25 points and Wesley Myers added 23 to lead South Carolina to an 83-74 overtime win over LSU on Wednesday night.Hassani Gravett scored all six of his points in the extra period, including a 3-pointer to open the period as the Gamecocks (16-14, 7-10 Southeastern Conference) scored the first nine points of overtime.The Tigers (16-13, 7-10) had two shots blocked, two turnovers and missed two free throws, a 3-pointer and a layup in their opening seven possessions of overtime.South Carolina led 62-47 with 8:08 to go. But LSU finished regulation on a 25-10 run and Tremont Waters' 3-pointer with 3.7 seconds left over 6-foot-10 Maik Kotsar sent the game to overtime tied at 72.The Gamecocks had their own 15-1 run in the middle of the second half.Waters had 19 points and Brandon Rachal added seven points and 13 reboun ds for LSU.Chris Silva scored eight points before fouling out with 19.3 seconds left in regulation.While 10 teams are either projected in the NCAA Tournament or on the bubble in the SEC, these two teams likely need to win the SEC Tournament for an NCAA bid. Right now they are trying to avoid the opening day of the conference tournament and needing to win five games in five days for a title. A win Saturday will likely be enough for either team.BIG PICTURELSU: The Tigers are going to have a winning season with first-year coach Will Wade after being picked to finish last in the SEC before the season started and going 10-21 in 2016-17. But it could have been even better. Free Sports Picks. This isn't the first one LSU has let get away. LSU has now been down double-digits three times in the second half, come back, but not won.South Carolina: Booker and Myers were graduate students brought in to help with a massive d rain of talent from South Carolina's Final Four team last year. Handicapper Return on Investment. They were honored on Senior Day and combined for their best game of the season. Soccer Handicappers. The win also lets the Gamecocks creep closer to the winning season needed for a possible NIT bid.UP NEXTSouth Carolina: The Gamecocks travel Saturday to No. 14 Auburn, where the Tigers need a win to clinch at least a share of the SEC regular season title.LSU: The Tigers finish the regular season hosting Mississippi State on Saturday.---More college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Providence (74) vs. Xavier (84) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Providence (74) vs. Xavier (84) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 CINCINNATI Trevon Bluiett scored 23 points in his final game at the Cintas Center, and No. 3 Xavier never trailed while beating Providence 84-74 on Wednesday night, clinching at least a share of its first Big East championship.The Musketeers (26-4, 14-3) can win it outright by beating DePaul on Saturday and end Villanova's run of four straight regular season titles.Bluiett will leave Xavier as its second all-time scorer. He made the game's first basket on a driving layup, and finished off the Friars with a dunk and a pair of free throws in the final minute. Quentin Goodin added 18 points, one shy of his career high.The league title was another major step in a record-setting season for Xavier. Winning Sports Picks Who You Should Follow. The Musketeers moved up to No. 3 for the firs t time this week. Sports Handicapping Monitor. Their latest win matched the school record for victories in the regular season. And they got the best of one of only three teams to beat them this season.Providence (18-12, 9-8) won 81-77 on Jan. 6 but couldn't pull off the sweep after getting off to a slow start and getting into foul trouble. Baseball Picks. Top scorer Rodney Bullock fouled out with 4:42 left after managing only six points. Maliek White led with 15 points.Xavier opened with a 21-8 run, but wasted chances to build on the fast start, missing eight of their first 10 shots from beyond the arc.Providence made 12 of its last 14 shots in the half, cutting the deficit to 40-37. Xavier found its touch to start the second half and made eight of its first 10, rebuilding the lead to 12 points. Providence never got closer than six the rest of the way.BIG PICTUREProvidence: The Friars have a pair of wins over Top 5 teams this season for only the second time in their history, but couldn't get a third. The Musketeers were No. 5 when they beat them in January. They also knocked off No. 3 Villanova 76-71 at Providence on Feb. 14. The Friars are 2-4 against ranked teams this season.Xavier: The Musketeers' last conference title was 2011 in the Atlantic 10, where it won or shared nine regular season titles. When the buzzer sounded, the team gathered around a championship trophy at midcourt as confetti and streamers were shot off from the rafters. They then cut down the net in front of their bench.UP NEXTProvidence: Friars host St. John's on Saturday. They opened Big East play by beating the Red Storm 94-72 on Dec. 28. The Friars will honor seniors Kyron Cartwright, Bullock, Jalen Lindsey and Tom Planek.Xavier: Musketeers play at DePaul on Saturday. They beat the Blue Demons 77-72 at the Cintas Center on Dec. 30, Xavier's seventh straight win in the series.---More college basketball: https://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/-Top25

NCAAB Game Recap: Illinois (87) vs. Iowa (96) - 2/28/2018

NCAAB Game Recap: Illinois (87) vs. Iowa (96) - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 NEW YORK The Big Ten opened a five-day run at Madison Square with Jordan Bohannon leading Iowa past Illinois 96-87 on Wednesday night in the first game of the conference tournament.Bohannon scored 25 points and had six assists, including a bounce pass to Luka Garza for a jam with 34 seconds left to keep the Illini at bay.The 12th-seeded Hawkeyes (14-18) got solid work inside from Tyler Cook (19 points, five rebounds) and Garza (20 and eight) to go with the accurate shooting of Bohannon. MLB Handicappers. The sophomore was 5 for 7 from 3-point range. Iowa will face fifth-seeded Michigan on Thursday.Kipper Nichols scored a career-best 31 points for 13th seed Illinois (14-18) to close out coach Brad Underwood's first season with two wins in its final nine games.The Big Ten planted its flag in New York five years ago when Rutgers was added along with Maryland. Baseball Predictions. The conference opened up an office in Manhattan and started sending a football team to the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium. Bringing the conference hoops tournament to the Big Apple was another move by Commissioner Jim Delany to claim the biggest media market in the country as Big Ten territory.The first Big Ten tournament game ever played at the ''Mecca of Basketball'' featured teams that were a combined 1,665 miles away from their campuses - give or take a few miles.When the Hawkeyes and Illini tipped off at 5:30 p.m. local time there were about 3,000 fans in the lower bowl of the Garden, though it was about double by the end.To get a reservation at the Garden - which will host the Big East next week - the Big Ten needed to tweak its regular-season schedule and take the early bird special, starting its tournament a week before most of the other power leagues will. Leading Handicappers. The Big Ten will crown a champion Sunday, a week before the NCAA Tournament selections.BIG PICTUREIllinois: The Illini have not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2013, but this will be the first season as a head coach that Underwood has not led his team to the NCAAs. He did it each of his three seasons as head coach at Stephen F. Austin and took Oklahoma State there last year, his one and only season with the Cowboys.Iowa: Bohannon dropped in a 3 from the left wing with 5:55 left to give Iowa an 80-70 lead and the Hawkeyes were never in serious trouble from there in a game that got a little bloody. Twice play had to be stopped because a player was bleeding, the second time late in the game when Illinois' Te'Jon Lucas cut his hand and left Garza with streaks of red on his white jersey.UP NEXTIllinois: On to next season for the Illini, who have an early season trip to Hawaii for the Maui Invitational to look forward to.Iowa: The Hawkeyes will try to avoid going 0-3 against Michigan this season.---Follow Ralph D. Russo at www. Twitter.com/ralphDrusso---More college basketball: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://www.twitter.com/-Top25

NBA Game Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - 2/28/2018 - 10:38 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 28, 2018 LOS ANGELES -- The rematch has lost a bit of its luster, yet the Houston Rockets' game with the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday should still provide plenty of added intensity.Blake Griffin won't be on the court for this one, like he was Jan. 15 in Los Angeles when the teams butted heads previously. Sports Experts. The Clippers won that game 115-102, but the battle was far from finished when the final buzzer sounded.On-court clashes spilled into the locker room area and multiple Rockets players reportedly tried to breach the Clippers' inner sanctum. Free Pick. The crux of the intensity appeared to be Chris Paul's return to face a Clippers franchise that he had called his own for six seasons.Griffin has sinc e been traded to the Detroit Pistons, but Paul will still be facing his former team and coach Doc Rivers. And Houston's Trevor Ariza will see plenty of time on the court where he was last seen arguing with injured Clippers guard Austin Rivers, who is back in action again.Also on the court this time? The Rockets' James Harden. Sports Betting Profit. The NBA's leading scorer at 31.4 points per game missed the last matchup with a hamstring injury.Yet it is not all about the side drama. This one will also have the NBA's hottest team facing one in a fight to get back into playoff eligibility.The Rockets (47-13) are blazing hot on their current 13-game winning streak, the latest victory coming Monday at Utah. The Western Conference's top team has also won 17 of its last 18.Houston, which leads Golden State by one-half game for the NBA's best record, also won 14 consecutive during one stretch in No vember and December."You know, realistically, we've got a shot to try to finish first so why wouldn't we?" Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni told the Houston Chronicle. "And the chemistry's really good. There's a lot of reasons they're trying to do the best that they can do. Basically, just great professionals and good guys." The Clippers (32-27) head into the final six weeks of the season thinking that 14 victories in their final 23 regular-season games could be enough to push them into the playoffs. After their spirited 122-120 victory at Denver on Tuesday, they moved passed the Nuggets into the eighth spot in the conference.The Clippers insisted beforehand that they were not looking ahead to Houston on Wednesday."A lot of people are talking about the Rockets game, but they're at the top of the West," Austin Rivers told the Los Angeles Times. "We're not going to catch the Rockets. We're trying to catch the Nu ggets, the Pelicans. These are teams that we are really trying to fight for and beat. So, this is a big game for us." The Clippers were without two starters at Denver in forward Danilo Gallinari (bruised hand) and guard Avery Bradley (groin). Guard Jawun Evans is also out indefinitely with an abdomen injury. Lou Williams played at Denver despite feeling under the weather and scored a team-high 25 points.The Rockets are expected to be without forward/center Brandon Wright (knee) and forward Ryan Anderson (hip) on Wednesday. Center Clint Capela (illness) is questionable, while guard Eric Gordon (illness) is day-to-day.

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NBA Game Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies - 2/28/2018 - 8:08 PM EST

NBA Game Preview: Phoenix Suns vs. Memphis Grizzlies - Date: 2/28/2018 Feb 27, 2018 The Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies hook up in Memphis on Wednesday night in a game that could have major implications in the NBA's jostling for front-row position at this spring's draft lottery.The Suns (18-44) and Grizzlies (18-41) were two of five teams who began play Tuesday tied for the fewest wins in the league. Orlando (18-42), Atlanta (18-43) and Sacramento (18-42) were the others.The Suns have the second-hardest remaining schedule among the five, with their 20 remaining opponents having a cumulative .534 winning percentage. Only the Hawks (.547) have a tougher remaining slate.Among Phoenix's final 20 opponents, however, are all four other members of the 18-win club. Sports Predictions. The Suns will play another -- Atlanta -- on the road Sunday.Not surprisingly, t he Suns and Grizzlies have played three competitive games this season, with the contests having been decided by a total of 15 points. Leading Handicappers. The home team has won all three, with Phoenix holding a 2-1 season-series edge.Season series is not a tiebreaker in determining lottery position. Sports Bettor Leads. Teams split the designated ping pong balls in the case of a tie, with a coin flip used to determine the fate of the one extra ball if necessary.Both teams will take 10-game losing streaks into Wednesday's head-to-head, which is a rematch of the Grizzlies' 120-109 home victory Jan. 29.That happens to be the last time Memphis won a game.The Suns started two recent high draft picks (Dragan Bender and Devin Booker) and played one (Josh Jackson) prominently off the bench in their 125-116 loss at New Orleans on Monday night. They combined for 69 of the 116 points.Another highly regarded prospect, guard Tyler Ulis, has fallen out of favor, having scored a total of two points in his last seven games while fighting a back issue.Suns coach Jay Triano insists the club remains committed to the 22-year-old who has not made a 3-point shot since Feb. 2, a stretch of nine games."The way this game is trending right now, you better be able to make a 3 or you better be a real pest on the defensive end of the floor," Triano assessed of the career 26.1 percent 3-point shooter. "I think he's got the ability to do both of those." The Suns likely will have two first-round picks this June, and possibly three. Other than their own selection, they will get Miami's first-round pick if it falls outside the top seven, and Milwaukee's first-rounder if it lands within picks 11-16.Memphis, which hasn't had a pick higher than No. 12 since taking Hasheem Thabeet in 2009, has already dealt its 2019 fir st-round pick to Boston. So this year's selection carries more weight than most.The Grizzlies also had no first-round pick last June, then plucked Ivan Rabb early in the second round. The 21-year-old played in only four of the team's first 42 games, but has gotten into 14 of the last 17, scoring in double figures three times and recording his first NBA double-double (10 points, 11 rebounds) earlier this month against Atlanta.Interim coach J. B. Bickerstaff assured this week, despite the fact that young guys such as Rabb are getting more playing time, his team hasn't given up on the season."We haven't been a group that's laid down," he boasted after a competitive effort in a 109-98 loss at Boston on Monday night. "We've been a group of guys that have continued to fight."

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NHL Game Preview: Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - 2/28/2018 - 7:08 PM EST

NHL Game Preview: Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay Lightning - Date: 2/28/2018 Time: 7:00 PM EST Venue: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL, 33602 / TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Lightning are aiming for a Stanley Cup while the Buffalo Sabres continue to toil near the bottom of the standings. In the first game after the NHL trade deadline for both teams on Wednesday, their paths could not be any more polar opposite. Soccer Picks. Tampa Bay sits atop the league standings and bolstered its roster at the deadline, acquiring defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J. Leading Handicappers. T. Miller from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Vladislav Namestnikov, two prospects, a first-round pick and a conditional second-round pick. NFL Handicappers. T he two additions to the Lightning roster bolster an already strong roster as Tampa Bay looks for its first Stanley Cup title since 2004. While McDonagh is currently sidelined with an undisclosed upper-body injury and is expected to be out at least another week, Miller is expected to be available to make his Tampa Bay debut." I think we are a better team today than we were prior to making the move," Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said. "We've improved in some areas. J. T. Miller is a different player from Vladdy Namestnikov. We bring in Ryan McDonagh and it's hard to say our defense isn't better." Does that guarantee we are winning the Cup? No, it doesn't but I think it gives us a better chance to be competitive in the playoffs." McDonagh comes in to play top-four minutes in all situations while Miller is versatile enough to play any role in Tampa Bay's top nine forward group, he will help the Lightning in the faceoff circle having won 53-percent of his draws this season." Those guys are going to bring a lot to the team," said Lightning defenseman Dan Girardi, a former Ranger who was paired with McDonagh the past few seasons. "They're really, really good players, and I think it's going to help us in the long run here." The Lightning on Tuesday recalled forward Michael Bournival from Syracuse of the American Hockey League after league-leading scorer Nikita Kucherov left Monday's game in the first period and did not return. In addition, center Tyler Johnson had to be helped back to the locker room late in the third period, although he did return for overtime during a shootout victory against Toronto. The Sabres, meanwhile, have not shown any progress under first-year head coach Phil Housley, sitting in 28th in the overall league standings and once again finding themselves sellers at the trade deadline, having moved out leading goal scorer Evander Kane to San Jose on Monday. It's been another season of frustration, even for first-year general manager Jason Botterill." The group that we have right now is not working," he told The Buffalo Sabres. "It's a difficult situation. We all know exactly where we are. You look at the standings, and we know where we are, and there needs to be a lot of improvement in this organization across the board." Despite the disappointing situation, the Sabres know they need to make a statement in the final month-plus of the season." We need to get better," goaltender Robin Lehner also told The Buffalo News. "Every game is very important to us. It might not be to other people but to us in this room it's important. It's a part of showing you want to be here and that's part of the process right now."

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