DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Jamarius Burton made a go-ahead jumper with 10 seconds left and Pitt edged Mississippi State 60-59 in a back-and-forth First Four game that featured 21 lead changes — most in the NCAA Tournament in five years. Mississippi State had a great chance to win at the end, but Shakeel Moore missed an open 3-pointer with two seconds remaining off an inbounds play. D.J. Jeffries’ tip-in attempt was off target just before the buzzer. Nelly Cummings led Pitt with 15 points. Greg Elliott scored 13 and Blake Hinson added 12 as the Panthers won an NCAA Tournament game for the first time since 2014. They slotted into the Midwest Region as the 11th seed and advanced to face No. 6 Iowa State on Friday in Greensboro, North Carolina.
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Isaac Mushila had 15 points and 12 rebounds as Texas A&M-Corpus Christi held off Southeast Missouri State 75-71 to earn the first NCAA Tournament win in program history. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi advanced to play top-seeded Alabama in the South Region. The 16th-seeded Islanders, winners of the Southland Conference, returned to the First Four for a second straight season and led for all but 23 seconds. Southeast Missouri State erased a 10-point deficit and tied it at 64 with 3:07 left, but the Redhawks fell short in the opening game of the 2023 NCAA Tournament. Chris Harris scored 23 points before fouling out for No. 16 seed Southeast Missouri State, the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament champion.
UNDATED (AP) — Purdue’s Zach Edey and Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis have given the Big Ten Conference a third straight year with multiple first-team Associated Press All-America picks. Kansas had a second straight first-teamer in Jalen Wilson. The 7-foot-4 Edey appeared on all 58 ballots as a first-team selection from AP Top 25 voters. He was the lone unanimous pick in results released Tuesday. Houston’s Marcus Sasser and Alabama’s Brandon Miller were also first-team picks. The second team included UCLA's Jamie Jaquez Jr., Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe and Gonzaga's Drew Timme. The third team included the Kansas State duo of Markquis Nowell and Keyontae Johnson.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi on Tuesday introduced new basketball coach Chris Beard, who repeatedly declined to discuss specifics regarding his December domestic violence arrest that led to his eventual firing at Texas. Beard’s two-year tenure at alma mater Texas ended abruptly in January, though felony domestic charges were ultimately dismissed on Feb. 15. A prosecutor said his office determined that the charge of assault by strangulation/suffocation-family violence could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time in more than a decade, NCAA and college sports leaders are committed to a serious and thorough examination of expanding March Madness. The tournament generates hundreds of millions in revenue annually for the NCAA and its 1,100 member schools. Making significant changes to the tournament in the near term will be difficult, if not impossible. There are logistical, financial and even political obstacles. A major factor is the role of broadcast partners. The current $8.8 billion contract with CBS and Warner Bros. Discovery runs through 2032.
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — TCU coach Jamie Dixon was in several national TV commercials when growing up in North Hollywood. That doesn't mean he likes watching ads. His Horned Frogs don't know who they'll play in the NCAA Tournament. It will be Arizona State or Nevada, whose First Four game should be going on about the same time TCU has dinner after getting to Denver on Wednesday. While TVs should be on, Dixon doesn't expect the team to sit together and watch the entire game. He says he has trouble watching games with commercials. He prefers the edited game films without ads or insignificant action.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia coach Kirby Smart insists he has not lost control of a program that has produced back-to-back national championships but has been rocked by offseason arrests and a car crash that claimed the lives of a player and a recruiting staffer. Defensive tackle Jalen Carter's NFL draft outlook has been potentially clouded by misdemeanor charges of racing and reckless driving in relation to the January 15 crash that killed teammate Devin Willock and recruiting staffer Chandler LeCroy. Linebacker Jamon Dumas-Johnson also faces charges of racing and reckless drive in a separate incident. Quarterback Stetson Bennett was arrested for public intoxication.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Scottie Scheffler is on a big run at the moment. His win at The Players Championship makes people forget for a moment that Jon Rahm was that player just a few weeks ago. And Rory McIlroy before that. Golf has three top players competing for top billing at the moment. Missing from that conversation is Cameron Smith. It's hard to say if he was on a heater or had staying power because the sample size is too small. Smith walked away from the best competition to take Saudi money and join LIV Golf. Even if he wins, it's hard to measure what it means.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Ryan Redington has won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which his grandfather helped co-found. Redington’s dog team pulled him down Nome’s main street shortly after noon on Tuesday, sliding him under the iconic burled arch finish line. The 40-year-old Redington will pocket about $50,000 for the win. Redington’s grandfather, Joe Redington Sr., helped start the Iditarod, which had its first race in 1973. Ryan Redington, who is Inupiat, becomes the sixth Alaska Native musher to win the world’s most famous sled dog race. This is first Iditarod victory, but he won the Junior Iditarod in both 1999 and 2000.
NCAA First Four
Final Texas A&M-CC 75 SE Missouri 71
Final Pittsburgh 60 Mississippi St. 5
Final UAB 88 Southern Miss. 60
Final Vanderbilt 71 Yale 62
Final Michigan 90 Toledo 80
Final E. Washington 81 Washington St. 74
Final Liberty 62 Villanova 57
Final Wisconsin 81 Bradley 62
Final OT Hofstra 88 Rutgers 86
Final Colorado 65 Seton Hall 64
Final Miami 1 Houston 0
Final Baltimore 7 Pittsburgh 6
Final Cincinnati 5 Kansas City 3
Final Pittsburgh 2 Minnesota 2
Final St. Louis 3 Houston 3
Final Tampa Bay 7 Minnesota 4
Final Detroit 6 Boston 2
Final L.A. Angels 8 Cleveland 6
Final Seattle 8 Kansas City 6
Final Chicago White Sox 5 Oakland 4
Final N.Y. Yankees 10 Toronto 3
Final Washington 5 N.Y. Mets 0
Final Atlanta 15 Philadelphia 5
Final San Francisco 7 Arizona 6
Final Colorado 5 Chicago Cubs 2
NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Final Washington 117 Detroit 97
Final Cleveland 120 Charlotte 104
Final Toronto 125 Denver 110
Final San Antonio 132 Orlando 114
Final L.A. Lakers 123 New Orleans 108
Final Oklahoma City 121 Brooklyn 107
Final New York 123 Portland 107
Final Milwaukee 116 Phoenix 104
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Final Carolina 5 Winnipeg 3
Final Vegas 5 Philadelphia 3
Final Tampa Bay 4 New Jersey 1
Final Montreal 6 Pittsburgh 4
Final N-Y Rangers 5 Washington 3
Final Nashville 2 Detroit 1
Final Chicago 6 Boston 3
Final Edmonton 6 Ottawa 3
Final Vancouver 5 Dallas 2
Final OT Arizona 4 Calgary 3
Final Los Angeles 5 N-Y Islanders 2
Final OT Columbus 6 San Jose 5