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Creighton Coach Unhappy With No. 8 Seed

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March 12th, 2012 by Jim Field

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton coach Greg McDermott says his Bluejays deserved a fifth or sixth seed in the NCAA tournament.

Instead, the selection committee made Creighton a No. 8 seed in the Midwest Regional. If the Bluejays beat No. 9 Alabama on Friday in Greensboro, N.C., and top-seeded North Carolina wins its game against either Lamar or Vermont, a Doug McDermott-Harrison Barnes matchup will be set for Sunday.

Doug McDermott, the Creighton star, and the Tar Heels’ Barnes were teammates on the powerful Ames (Iowa) High team that won 53 straight games and made national headlines when Barnes was the nation’s top recruit in 2010.

The 19th-ranked Bluejays (28-5) won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament for the league’s automatic NCAA bid.

Iowa to Host Dayton in NIT

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March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa will host Dayton in the National Invitational Tournament on Tuesday at 6:30, the first postseason trip for the Hawkeyes since 2006. The Hawkeyes (17-16) earned a No. 7 seed to the NIT, while the Flyers (20-12) are seeded second. But the Flyers won’t have their home court available because it’s being used to host the first round of the NCAA tournament. Iowa’s last trip to the postseason came six years ago when it was stunned by Northwestern State in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Dayton, which plays in the Atlantic-10, fell to Xavier in the conference tournament. The Hawkeyes got beat by eventual Big Ten tournament champion Michigan State 92-75 in Indianapolis on Thursday. The winner will face either LSU or Oregon in the second round.

Northern Iowa also made the NIT field.  The Panthers (19-13) will play at St. Joseph’s (20-13) in a first round game Wednesday night at 6:15.

Iowa State Earns 1st NCAA Bid Since 2005

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March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State earned a No. 8 seed for the NCAA tournament and will play ninth-seeded Connecticut in Louisville on Thursday. It’s the first NCAA tournament bid in seven years for the Cyclones (22-10), who were knocked out of the Big 12 tournament by Texas. The Cyclones have never faced Connecticut, which won the NCAA title last season. The winner of that game would likely face top-seeded Kentucky on Saturday. Iowa State celebrated its selection to the tournament with a watch party at Hilton Coliseum. A crowd of roughly 1,500 cheered wildly when the Cyclones seed was shown on the scoreboard hanging over center court.  Tipoff versus Connecticut on Thursday will be at approximately 8:20pm CT and will be televised on TBS with Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, and Lesley Visser as the broadcast team.

Creighton Beats Drake 53-38 in MVC Women’s Final

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March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) – Carli Tritz scored eight of her 19 points in Creighton’s 14-2 finishing run in a 53-38 victory over Drake in the Missouri Valley Conference women’s tournament final on Sunday. Sarah Nelson and McKenzie Fujan added 12 points apiece as the third-seeded Bluejays (20-12) prevailed in a matchup of underdogs and earned their first NCAA tournament berth since 2002 and fourth overall. Creighton also won won the men’s conference tournament last week in St. Louis. Rachael Hackbarth had 15 points and 14 rebounds for seventh-seeded Drake (18-15), the 25th double double of the season for the league’s player of the year. Hackbarth totaled 65 points and 45 rebounds in four tournament games and Morgan Reid added 10 points for the Bulldogs, who beat Creighton in both regular season meetings.

Iowa City West Rolls to Class 4A Title in Boys High School Basketball Tournament

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March 11th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Junior Jeremy Morgan had 26 points and Iowa City West capped an undefeated season by blasting Sioux City East 67-52 in the Class 4A title game. Dondre Alexander scored 14 for the Trojans (26-0), who became just the fourth school in Iowa to have its boys and girls teams win state crowns in the same year. Iowa City West rolled out to a 37-15 lead and cruised from there, winning its fourth state title and first since 2000. Highly-touted Iowa recruit Adam Woodbury had 16 points and nine rebounds for Sioux City East (21-4). The Trojans dealt with Woodbury by shooting around him, hitting 43 percent of their shots and shooting 8 of 17 from 3-point range.

Mount Pleasant Takes 3A Title in Double OT

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March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Jordan Ashton scored 20 points and Mount Pleasant hung on for an epic 66-62 win in double overtime over Epworth, Western Dubuque in the Class 3A title game Saturday night. Blake Vandenberg added 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Panthers (26-1), who blew a 10-point lead but rallied in double-OT after Ashton had fouled out. Western Dubuque star TJ Lake missed two free throws with 12 seconds left in the first overtime that would have iced the game. Dalton Conrad’s 3 seven seconds later pushed the game into double overtime. Vandenberg scored five quick points after that, and Mount Pleasant hit their free throws en route to their first state title since 1918. Lake had 20 points and Cameron James scored 19 for Western Dubuque (24-3).

Iowa Boys State Basketball Tournament Consolation Results

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March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

3A State Tournament
Consolation Final

Sioux City Heelan 69, Grinnell 54

4A State Tournament
Consolation Final

Ankeny 66, Linn-Mar 49

Cardinals’ Carpenter to miss start with stiff neck

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March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

 JUPITER, Fla. (AP) – St. Louis Cardinals ace Chris Carpenter will miss his next scheduled spring training start because of stiffness in his neck. Carpenter left Friday’s practice session with a sore neck. He was supposed to pitch Monday, but has been scratched. The Cardinals didn’t provide any additional update on Carpenter’s condition Saturday. Carpenter turns 37 next month. He was 11-9 last year, then went 4-0 in the postseason, including a win over Texas in Game 7 of the World Series.

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Iowa Boys State Basketball Tournament: Scores from Fri., March 9th 2012

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March 10th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

1A State Tournament
Consolation Final

Storm Lake St. Mary’s 81, Nodaway Valley 46

State Championship

Boyden-Hull 63, Danville 45

2A State Tournament
Consolation Final

Clarinda 69, MFL-Mar-Mac 52

State Championship

Mount Vernon 48, Fort Dodge St. Edmond 45

4A State Tournament
Semifinal

Iowa City West 71, Linn-Mar 51

Sioux City East 60, Ankeny 56, 2OT