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NC Central, NDSU meet; winner gets Duke

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North Carolina Central knows this part of the NCAA Tournament quite well.

The Eagles are entered in the First Four in Dayton, Ohio, for the third year in a row. The opponent is North Dakota State for Wednesday night's game at University of Dayton Arena.

The Bison are accustomed to playing in the NCAA Tournament, so that part of it makes it intriguing when the teams meet for the right to take on No. 1 overall seed Duke.

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ASU, St. John's face off in First Four

Arizona State is in the First Four for the second consecutive season, but this time around, coach Bobby Hurley is bringing a much different team to Dayton, Ohio.

Last year's team relied heavily on the 3-point shot and didn't have enough easy offense to get past Syracuse in the First Four, losing 60-56. The Sun Devils are bigger and more balanced, and will try to advance Wednesday night with a game against St. John's, which was announced as the last at-large team into the field after starting the season 12-0.

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Belmont ousts Temple, ends Dunphy's run

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) A few seconds were still left on the clock when Fran Dunphy headed to midcourt for his final postgame handshake, the outcome long decided. Belmont was simply too much for his Owls.

Nobody else in the NCAA Tournament is excited to face their efficient offense, either.

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FDU storms by Prairie View; Gonzaga next

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) Eleven months ago, Fairleigh Dickinson coach Greg Herenda was seriously ill with life-threatening blood clots. On Tuesday night, he danced on the court and hugged his players after they secured the first NCAA Tournament win in school history.

Senior guard Darnell Edge scored a career-high 33 points and Jahlil Jenkins had 20 of his 22 points in the second half as the Knights capped a furious comeback by taking down Prairie View A&M 82-76 in a First Four game on Tuesday night.

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Kentucky F Washington in walking boot

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Kentucky says scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington is wearing a walking boot "as a precaution" before the No. 2 seed Wildcats open Midwest Region play in the NCAA Tournament.

Kentucky basketball spokesman Eric Lindsey said in a text Tuesday that Washington has worn the boot since Sunday. He did not specify the injury or which foot the sophomore forward is wearing the boot, but added that an update on Washington's condition will be provided on Wednesday in Jacksonville, Florida, as the Wildcats (27-6) prepare for Thursday's first-round game against No. 15 seed Abilene Christian (27-6).

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Saint Joseph's fires coach Martelli

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Phil Martelli heckled a CBS broadcaster, rose from a coffin on his own TV show, picked the Eagles to win the Super Bowl at a chicken wing eating contest and turned a tiny school in Philadelphia into the talk of college basketball.

Martelli was certainly never boring over a 24-year run as coach at Saint Joseph's, and was never better than in 2003-04 when he led the Hawks to a No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press poll, a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and a run to the Elite Eight.

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Davis, Mississippi agree to new contract

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) Kermit Davis has earned a new contract after leading Mississippi on a surprising run to the NCAA Tournament.

The school announced on Tuesday that it had agreed in principle to a new deal with Davis that would last four years, which is the longest allowed by state law. Financial terms weren't disclosed.

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Arkansas F Gafford skipping NIT for NBA

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Arkansas forward Daniel Gafford has declared for the NBA draft and will not play in the NIT, where the Razorbacks faced Providence on Tuesday night.

Coach Mike Anderson said Monday he supports Gafford's decision and believes he will be a first-round draft pick. Gafford, a 6-foot-11 first-team all-SEC pick, could have left last year but returned to Arkansas.

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Person pleads guilty to bribery charge

NEW YORK (AP) Former Auburn University assistant coach and 13-year NBA veteran Chuck Person pleaded guilty Tuesday to a bribery conspiracy charge in the widespread college basketball bribery scandal, ensuring that none of the four coaches charged in the probe will go to trial.

Person, 54, of Auburn, Alabama, entered the plea in Manhattan federal court, averting a June trial. He and his lawyer declined to speak afterward and made a quick exit from the courthouse.

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Morgan rallies Indiana in NIT opener

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) Juwan Morgan had 28 points as Indiana topped St. Francis (Pa.) 89-72 in the NIT first round on Tuesday night. Aljami Durham added 22 points for the Hoosiers.

Morgan shot 10 for 13 from the floor.

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