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No. 3 Baylor looks for home win vs No. 18 Texas Tech

No. 18 Texas Tech (17-8, 9-7) vs. No. 3 Baylor (20-1, 12-1) Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas; Sunday, 4 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 3 Baylor looks for its fifth straight win over No. 18 Texas Tech at Ferrell Center. The last victory for the Red Raiders at Baylor was an 84-66 win on Feb. 13, 2016. TEAM LEADERSHIP: Baylor's Jared Butler has averaged 17.1 points, five assists and 2.2 steals while Davion Mitchell has put up 13.6 points, 5.6 assists and two steals. For the Red Raiders, Mac McClung has averaged 16.4 points while Terrence Shannon Jr. has put up 12 points and 4.1 rebounds.MIGHTY MAC:

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NBA-PISTONS-GRIFFIN AP source: Blake Griffin, Detroit Pistons agree to buyout DETROIT (AP) — Blake Griffin’s time in Detroit is over. A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Griffin and the Pistons have agreed to a contract buyout. The Pistons announced last month that they would keep Griffin out of the lineup while resolving his future. His exit is another significant step in a rebuilding process that has Detroit at the bottom of the Eastern Conference with a 10-26 record. Detroit traded Derrick Rose to the Knicks last month. Griffin, who turns 32 later

Cincy, ECU meet in conference play

Cincinnati (9-10, 7-6) vs. East Carolina (8-9, 2-9) Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum, Greenville, North Carolina; Sunday, 1 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: AAC foes meet as Cincinnati matches up against East Carolina. Each team is coming off of a home loss this past Thursday. East Carolina lost 64-60 to Central Florida, while Cincinnati fell 78-64 to Vanderbilt. LEADING THE CHARGE: East Carolina's Jayden Gardner has averaged 18.1 points and 8.5 rebounds while Brandon Suggs has put up 8.5 points and four rebounds. For the Bearcats, Keith Williams has averaged 14.9 points while Jeremiah Davenport has

No. 25 Wisconsin looks to knock off No. 5 Iowa

No. 25 Wisconsin (16-10, 10-9) vs. No. 5 Iowa (19-7, 13-6) Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Sunday, 12:37 a.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: No. 5 Iowa looks to give No. 25 Wisconsin its eighth straight loss against ranked opponents. Wisconsin's last win vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 21 Minnesota Golden Gophers 71-59 on Dec. 31, 2020. Iowa is coming off a 102-64 win at home over Nebraska on Thursday. PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Both of these teams have depended heavily on their seniors this year. Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Jordan Bohannon have combined to account for 58 percent of

Northwestern looks for home win vs Nebraska

Nebraska (7-18, 3-15) vs. Northwestern (8-14, 5-13) Welsh-Ryan Arena, Evanston, Illinois; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Northwestern looks for its fourth straight win over Nebraska at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The last victory for the Cornhuskers at Northwestern was a 53-49 win on Feb. 8, 2014. LEADING THE CHARGE: Northwestern's Pete Nance has averaged 11.2 points and 6.6 rebounds while Chase Audige has put up 12.5 points. For the Cornhuskers, Dalano Banton has averaged 9.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and four assists while Trey McGowens has put up 10.5 points.DOMINANT DALANO: Banton has connected on

Tennessee looks for home win vs Florida

Florida (13-7, 9-6) vs. Tennessee (16-7, 9-7) Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Sunday, 12 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Tennessee looks for its fifth straight win over Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena. The last victory for the Gators at Tennessee was a 67-58 win on Feb. 11, 2014. TEAM LEADERS: Tre Mann is averaging 15 points and 5.7 rebounds to lead the charge for the Gators. Colin Castleton is also a big contributor, accounting for 12.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game. The Volunteers have been led by Jaden Springer, who is averaging 11.7 points.MIGHTY MANN: Mann has

Memphis looks to extend streak vs No. 9 Houston

Memphis (15-6, 11-3) vs. No. 9 Houston (20-3, 13-3) Fertitta Center, Houston; Sunday, 12 a.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Memphis looks for its seventh straight conference win against No. 9 Houston. Memphis' last AAC loss came against the SMU Mustangs 67-65 on Jan. 28. Houston has moved up to No. 9 in the latest AP rankings following wins over Western Kentucky and South Florida last week. SUPER SENIORS: Houston's Quentin Grimes, DeJon Jarreau and Justin Gorham have collectively accounted for 44 percent of the team's scoring this season, including 55 percent of all Cougars points over the last five

Campbell meets Winthrop in Big South finals

No. 3 seed Campbell (17-9, 13-6) vs. No. 1 seed Winthrop (22-1, 19-1) Big South Conference Tourney Championship, Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Sunday, 12 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Campbell and Winthrop are set to do battle in the Championship of the Big South tournament. Winthrop won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last played each other on Dec. 31, when the Eagles shot 58.7 percent from the field while holding Campbell to just 44.2 percent en route to the 18-point victory. SENIOR STUDS: Winthrop has relied heavily on its seniors this year.

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NFL-NEWS AP source: Washington tells Alex Smith he’s being released UNDATED (AP) — Washington has informed Alex Smith the team is releasing the veteran quarterback, according to a person with direct knowledge of the decision. Smith’s release could happen as soon as Friday. It would clear just under $15 million in salary cap space for Washington, which is hoping to figure out its long-term QB situation and fill many holes in the aftermath of a 7-9 season, NFC East title and wild-card round loss. The move was largely expected given the organization’s goal of finding a franchise quarterback

Pacific meets Santa Clara in WCC quarters

Santa Clara (11-7, 5-5) vs. No. 6 seed Pacific (9-8, 6-7) West Coast Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Orleans Arena, Paradise, Nevada; Friday, 12 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Santa Clara is set to take on Pacific in the quarterfinals of the WCC tournament. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Jan. 14, when the Tigers outshot Santa Clara 47.8 percent to 35.2 percent and recorded five fewer turnovers on the way to a 21-point victory. SUPER SENIORS: Pacific's Jeremiah Bailey, Broc Finstuen and Jordan Bell have collectively accounted for 45 percent of the team's scoring this season,

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NBA-SCHEDULE Wizards beat slumping Clippers UNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 33 points and the Washington Wizards pushed ahead with a late run to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 119-117 after All-Star Paul George was a late scratch Thursday night. Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds while Moe Wagner added 12 points as the Wizards snapped a two-game skid. Washington won eight of 11 heading into the All-Star break to move into the fringes of contention in the bunched Eastern Conference. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Patrick Beverley had 17 and Ivica Zubac had 13

Stetson meets Liberty in Atlantic Sun semis

Stetson (11-13, 8-9) vs. Liberty (21-5, 12-2) Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney Semifinals, UNF Arena, Jacksonville, Florida; Friday, 2 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Stetson is ready to face Liberty with a spot in the Atlantic Sun championship game on the line. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last went at it on Jan. 16, when the Flames shot 50.9 percent from the field while limiting Stetson to just 34.3 percent en route to the 68-58 victory. TEAM LEADERSHIP: Darius McGhee is putting up 15.5 points and 4.2 rebounds to lead the charge for the Flames. Chris Parker

S. Illinois meets Loyola-Chicago in MVC quarters

Southern Illinois (12-13, 6-13) vs. No. 1 seed Loyola of Chicago (21-4, 16-2) Missouri Valley Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Enterprise Center, St. Louis; Friday, 12 a.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Southern Illinois and Loyola of Chicago are prepared to match up in the quarterfinals of the MVC tournament. Loyola of Chicago won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last went at it on Feb. 27, when the Ramblers forced 20 Southern Illinois turnovers and turned the ball over just 11 times en route to a seven-point victory. STEPPING UP: Loyola of Chicago's Cameron Krutwig

Belmont meets JSU in OVC quarters

Jacksonville State (18-8, 14-6) vs. No. 1 seed Belmont (25-3, 19-2) Ohio Valley Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana; Friday, 8 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Jacksonville State is set to take on Belmont in the quarterfinals of the OVC tournament. In the regular season, Belmont won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last played each other on Feb. 18, when the Bruins shot 39.3 percent from the field and went 12 for 14 from the free throw line en route to a 63-59 victory. SUPER SENIORS: Jacksonville State's Darian Adams, Brandon Huffman and Kayne Henry have

FGCU, North Alabama meet in Atlantic Sun semis

Florida Gulf Coast (10-7, 5-5) vs. North Alabama (12-10, 8-8) Atlantic Sun Conference Tourney Semifinals, UNF Arena, Jacksonville, Florida; Friday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Florida Gulf Coast is ready to face North Alabama with a spot in the Atlantic Sun championship game up for grabs. In the regular season, Florida Gulf Coast won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 6, when North Alabama made just eight foul shots on 11 attempts while the Eagles hit 19 of 23 en route to a 69-60 victory. SAVVY VETERANS: Senior leadership could play a big role in the

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NBA-SCHEDULE Wizards beat slumping Clippers UNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 33 points and the Washington Wizards pushed ahead with a late run to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 119-117 after All-Star Paul George was a late scratch Thursday night. Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds while Moe Wagner added 12 points as the Wizards snapped a two-game skid. Washington won eight of 11 heading into the All-Star break to move into the fringes of contention in the bunched Eastern Conference. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Patrick Beverley had 17 and Ivica Zubac had 13

Duquesne, SBU meet in A10 quarters

Duquesne (9-8, 8-7) vs. No. 1 seed Saint Bonaventure (13-4, 11-4) Atlantic 10 Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia; Friday, 11 a.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Duquesne is set to match up against Saint Bonaventure in the quarterfinals of the A10 tournament. Saint Bonaventure won both of the regular season matchups earlier this season. The teams last went at it on Jan. 23, when the Bonnies shot 39.3 percent from the field while limiting Duquesne to just 36.7 percent en route to a four-point victory. . FUELING THE OFFENSE: Kyle Lofton has either made or assisted on

Vandy looks to sweep Ole Miss

Vanderbilt (8-14, 3-12) vs. Mississippi (14-10, 9-8) The Pavilion at Ole Miss, Oxford, Mississippi; Saturday, 7 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Mississippi seeks revenge on Vanderbilt after dropping the first matchup in Nashville. The teams last played on Feb. 27, when the Commodores outshot Mississippi from the field 53.1 percent to 43.9 percent and made seven more 3-pointers en route to the 75-70 victory. FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Vanderbilt's Scotty Pippen Jr., Dylan Disu and Trey Thomas have collectively accounted for 49 percent of all Commodores scoring this season.SOLID SCOTTY: Pippen has connected on

EKU, Morehead St. meet in OVC quarters

Eastern Kentucky (22-6, 16-5) vs. No. 2 seed Morehead State (21-7, 18-3) Ohio Valley Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana; Friday, 10:30 p.m. EST BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Kentucky and Morehead State are prepared to face off in the quarterfinals of the OVC tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last played on Dec. 14, when the Eagles outshot Eastern Kentucky 51.1 percent to 39.1 percent and hit 17 more foul shots en route to the 75-62 victory. LEADING THE WAY: Johni Broome has averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds to lead

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NBA-SCHEDULE Wizards beat slumping Clippers UNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 33 points and the Washington Wizards pushed ahead with a late run to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 119-117 after All-Star Paul George was a late scratch Thursday night. Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds while Moe Wagner added 12 points as the Wizards snapped a two-game skid. Washington won eight of 11 heading into the All-Star break to move into the fringes of contention in the bunched Eastern Conference. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Patrick Beverley had 17 and Ivica Zubac had 13

Update on the latest sports

NBA-SCHEDULE Wizards beat slumping Clippers UNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal scored 33 points and the Washington Wizards pushed ahead with a late run to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 119-117 after All-Star Paul George was a late scratch Thursday night. Russell Westbrook had 27 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds while Moe Wagner added 12 points as the Wizards snapped a two-game skid. Washington won eight of 11 heading into the All-Star break to move into the fringes of contention in the bunched Eastern Conference. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points, Patrick Beverley had 17 and Ivica Zubac had 13

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