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BC-Tennessee Sports Digest

March 22, 2019

Here’s a look at how AP’s sports coverage is shaping up in Tennessee. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Nashville bureau at (615) 373-9988 or apnashville(at)ap.org. Beth Campbell is on the desk. News editor Scott Stroud can be reached at sstroud@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. All times are Central.

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ORLANDO, Fla. _ The Orlando Magic, who’ve won three in a row, try to keep pace in the Eastern Conference playoff race when they host the Memphis Grizzlies. By Bill Fay. UPCOMING: Developing from 6 p.m. game; 600 words, photos.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. _ The worst season in the history of Vanderbilt men’s basketball has cost coach Bryce Drew his job. Vanderbilt went 9-23 and was the first team in 65 years to go winless in the Southeastern Conference. Drew had a 40-59 record in his three seasons with the Commodores. The announcement by new athletic director Malcolm Turner comes a week after the Commodores ended a season with their most losses. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 740 words, photos.


UNDATED _ The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke. Along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games Friday. But there won’t be more attention on anybody than the Blue Devils’ star freshman, who gets to open against North Dakota State in his home state of South Carolina. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 1050 words, photos.


COLUMBUS, Ohio _ Tennessee will try to rebound from a loss to Auburn in the SEC Tournament. The Volunteers begin NCAA Tournament play as No. 2 seed against No. 15 seed Colgate, making its first appearance in the tournament since 1996. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: Developing from approximately 1:45 p.m. game; 650 words, photos.



NEW YORK _ It’s going to be tough to top last season’s NCAA women’s tournament after one of the most exciting Final Fours in the sport’s history. Yet if the regular season is any indication, this could be a wild three weeks. Last year had six upsets by double-digit seeds in the opening round. This could be the season that a 14 or 15 seed breaks through and wins for the first time in the NCAAs, and there are several teams with legit chances to win it all. By Basketball Writer Doug Feinberg. SENT: 710 words, photos.


CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The No. 4 seed South Carolina Gamecocks looks to put an early exit in the SEC Tournament behind them when they face 13th-seeded Belmont. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING: Developing from 12:45 p.m. game; 600 words, photos.


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