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March 15, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — One day after their stunning win over seventh-ranked Texas Tech, West Virginia will try to advance to the Big 12 championship game. Emmitt Mathews scored a career-high 28 points as the 10th-seeded Mountaineers surprised the Red Raiders, 79-74. West Virginia will face 17th-ranked Kansas in the semifinals today after No. 15 Kansas State takes on Iowa State.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Third-ranked North Carolina will have to contend with Zion Williamson when the Tar Heels face No. 5 Duke in the ACC semifinals today. Williamson scored 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting in last night’s win over Syracuse after missing six games with a knee injury suffered against North Carolina. The second ACC semifinal of the day will have second-ranked Virginia taking on No. 12 Florida State.

UNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten and SEC tournaments move into the quarterfinals today. Big Ten action starts with sixth-ranked Michigan State against Ohio State before Wisconsin plays Nebraska, followed by 13th-ranked Purdue versus Minnesota and No. 10 Michigan against Iowa. The SEC schedule has ninth-ranked LSU against Florida, No. 22 Auburn versus South Carolina, fourth-rated Kentucky taking on Alabama and No. 8 Tennessee facing Mississippi State.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The second round of The Players Championship is underway as Tiger Woods hopes to make up five strokes on the leaders. Keegan Bradley and Tommy Fleetwood opened with 7-under 65s for a one-shot edge over Brian Harman and Byeong Hun An. Yesterday’s play included a mixed bag of fortune that included 23 eagles and 50 players with a double-bogey or worse.

UNDATED (AP) — Tonight’s eight-game NBA schedule includes the Milwaukee Bucks at Miami, the Houston Rockets hosting Phoenix and the Philadelphia 76ers at home against Sacramento. The Bucks own the league’s best record at 51-17, 2 ½ games better than Toronto and 4 ½ games in front of Golden State. The Rockets are third in the Western Conference by a half-game over Portland and Oklahoma City, while the 76ers are a half-game behind third-place Indiana in the East.