Arron Afflalo scored 18 points and Tobias Harris and Maurice Harkless added 17 apiece to lead the Orlando Magic to a 100-92 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves. Rookie Victor Oladipo contributed 16 points and six assists to help Orlando snap a three-game losing streak. Kyle O’Quinn had 14 points and 13 rebounds.
DeAndre Daniels had 20 points and 10 rebounds to help UConn snap Florida’s 30-game win streak.
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Dante Cunningham rejoined the team on Saturday, two days after he was arrested and later charged with felony domestic assault for allegedly choking his girlfriend during an argument.
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Kevin Love had 24 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists for his third career triple-double and the Minnesota Timberwolves dealt the Memphis Grizzlies a loss they could ill afford in a 102-88 victory on Wednesday night. Ricky Rubio had 14 points, seven assists and three steals and Kevin Martin scored 21 points for the Timberwolves, who are trying to play spoiler down the stretch of what has been a disappointing season.
With two famous names on the sideline, the NIT championship has a New York feel. One coach is a rising young star, the other is in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. Both with boyhood ties to the Big Apple.
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Darren Collison had 28 points and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers didn’t miss a beat with Blake Griffin out with a back injury in a 114-104 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday night. Chris Paul had 22 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and Matt Barnes scored 19 points for the Clippers (53-22). Griffin, the team’s leading scorer, warmed up before the game but wasn’t quite ready after being injured on Saturday night against Houston.
Frank Kaminsky had 28 points and 11 rebounds for Wisconsin, rallying the Badgers to a 64-63 overtime victory against Arizona to advance to the Final Four.
Scottie Wilbekin scored 14 of his 23 points in the first half as Florida became the first team to advance to the Final Four with a 62-52 win over the 11th-seeded Dayton Flyers.
Aaron Harrison hit a 3-pointer for the go-ahead score with 39 seconds left and Julius Randle made a pair of clutch free throws to lift Kentucky to a 74-69 victory over their in-state rivals.
Branden Dawson had 24 points and 10 rebounds as Michigan State beat top-seeded Virginia 61-59 to advance to East Regional final.
It’s state tournament time, so there’s a pretty good chance Dan Westby and the Marshall Tigers are participating. Coach Westby’s philosophy is to start working with his girls’ basketball and volleyball teams early. “The thing I like about our kids is we get them in the fourth grade. They’re with us all the way through,” Westby said. “Our kids are extremely committed, and we feel pretty fortunate that way.”
The University of Minnesota has relieved women’s basketball coach Pam Borton of her duties. Assistant coach Kelly Roysland was named interim women’s head basketball coach.
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