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Boston, MA - {iptcmtonth}/22/2019 - (1st period) Boston College Eagles forward David Cotton (17) scores first for a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Boston College vs. UMass in Hockey East semifinal game at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 23Hockey East, LOID: 8.5.772022147.

Boston College 3 ,UMass 0

Boston College stuns UMass

Eagles goaltender Joe Woll shuts out the Minutemen.

Connecticut's Christyn Williams (13) heads downcourt with encouragement from head coach Geno Auriemma, right, during a first round women's college basketball game against Towson in the NCAA Tournament, Friday, March 22, 2019, in Storrs, Conn. (AP Photo/Stephen Dunn)

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT: UCONN 110, TOWSON 61

Lowly No. 2 seed, UConn women open with blowout of Towson

The Huskies dominated from start to finish, will face 10th-seeded Buffalo next.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 22: Evan Leonard #14 of the UC Irvine Anteaters celebrates a three-point shot with Max Hazzard #2 in the second half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at SAP Center on March 22, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP

UC Irvine grabs defining win over Kansas State

In just its second tournament appearance, the 13th-seeded Anteaters ripped off a 12-0 run in the second half and bounced the Big 12 regular season co-champs.

The Virginia bench celebrates a 3-pointer during the Cavaliers' 71-56 victory over Gardner-Webb on Friday in Columbia, S.C. MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by John McDonnell

Virginia 71, Gardner-Webb 56

Virginia, not one-and-done this year, rallies to top Gardner-Webb

Down 14 points at halftime, Virginia did not panic and eliminated 16th-seeded Gardner-Webb.

Boston, MA - {iptcmtonth}/22/2019 - (OT period) Northeastern Huskies forward Zach Solow (28), foreground center, celebrates his game winning goal scored in overtime for the 2-1 win over the Boston University Terriers and advancing the ?Huskies to Saturday's Championship game. Boston University vs. Northeastern Huskies in Hockey East semifinal game at TD Garden. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: John Powers, Topic: 23Hockey East, LOID: 8.5.772022147.

Hockey East semifinals

Northeastern ousts BU in Hockey East while BC stuns UMass

Zach Solow scored NU’s winner in overtime while the Eagles’ Joe Woll shut out the Minutemen.

Roxanne Vento entered her senior year at UMass Boston with a career average of .392, along with 13 home runs and 103 RBIs.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Arlington’s Roxanne Vento is a big hit at UMass Boston

The catcher is a career .392 hitter for a Beacon squad shooting for its fourth straight Little East softball championship.

Emerson basketball coach Bill Curley addresses his team.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

From Duxbury to BC, and now Emerson, Bill Curley promotes teamwork

As a head coach, the former All-American basketball player is passionate about passing on lessons of the game.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Lexington’s Sal Frelick is hitting a team-leading .403 as a freshman infielder on the Boston College baseball team.

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 21: Ja Morant #12 of the Murray State Racers dunks the ball during the second half of the first round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Marquette Golden Eagles at XL Center on March 21, 2019 in Hartford, Connecticut. Murray State defeated Marquette 83-64. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Previewing Saturday’s NCAA Tournament games

Murray State’s superb guard Ja Morant is back in action as the second round begins.

Fans cheer as Murray State's Ja Morant (12) celebrates a basket during the second half of a first round men's college basketball game against Marquette in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Meet Ja Morant, whose triple-double is the talk of the NCAA Tournament so far

The Murray State guard has rocketed to stardom this season and will likely be an NBA lottery pick.

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21: Fletcher Magee #3 of the Wofford Terriers attempts a shot while being guarded by Quincy McKnight #0 of the Seton Hall Pirates in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Wofford’s Fletcher Magee sets career record for 3-pointers in NCAA win vs. Seton Hall

The senior guard led the way with 24 points and knocked down seven trifectas, giving him 509 for his career.

HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT - MARCH 21: M.J. Walker #23 of the Florida State Seminoles drives past Anthony Lamb #3 of the Vermont Catamounts during the first round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at XL Center on March 21, 2019 in Hartford, Connecticut. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Florida State 76, Vermont 69

Vermont knocked out of NCAA Tournament by Florida State

The Catamounts stayed close for a while thanks to their 3-point shooting in their opening-round game.

Kansas guard Quentin Grimes (5) fouls Northeastern guard Vasa Pusica (4) in the second half during a first round men's college basketball game in the NCAA Tournament, Thursday, March 21, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Jeff Swinger)

KANSAS 87, NORTHEASTERN 53

Dismal shooting ends Northeastern’s hopes in NCAA Tournament

The ice-cold Huskies hit just 28 percent of their shots in getting eliminated in the first round by Kansas.

Massachusetts' Brett Boeing (22) scores against New Hampshire goalie Mike Robinson during the first period of an NCAA college hockey game, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

UMass takes aim at its first Hockey East tournament title

In the semifinals, the Minutemen will face BC, a team they defeated twice this season.

Duke's Zion Williamson (1) goes up to dunk against Florida State during the first half of the NCAA college basketball championship game of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, March 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Previewing Friday’s NCAA Tournament games

No. 1 seeds Duke, Virginia, and North Carolina get into action as the first round continues.

NIT | Harvard 71, Georgetown 68

Bryce Aiken sparks Harvard to NIT win at Georgetown

Aiken scored 18 points for the Crimson (19-11), including a pair of decisive free throws with 14 seconds left.

Providence College defenseman Vimal Sukumaran (22) watches the puck as Boston College forward Marc McLaughlin (25) passes it during a NCAA hockey game, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

No punishment after Hockey East investigation of alleged racial slur

Game officials for last Friday’s BC-Providence game heard comments made at a Friars player, but could not determine their exact source enough to act.

Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, right, talks with Syracuse's Frank Howard, left, on the bench during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville in Syracuse, N.Y., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. Syracuse won 69-49. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)

Sports Log

On eve of NCAA Tournament, Syracuse suspends senior guard Frank Howard

Howard was banned for an “indefinite period” after violating school policy and will miss Syracuse’s matchup against Baylor.

Northeastern players gather for a photograph during practice at the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Northeastern is a trendy NCAA Tournament upset pick vs. Kansas. Here’s why

There’s a reason why the Huskies have won 16 of 18 going into Thursday’s first-ever meeting with Kansas in the NCAA Tournament.

Northeastern's Shawn Occeus celebrates after defeating Hofstra 82-74 in an NCAA college basketball game at the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball championship, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Previewing Thursday’s NCAA Tournament games

Northeastern, Yale, and Vermont are all in action, hoping to pull off first-round upsets.

Harvard University defenseman Adam Fox (18) carries the puck up the ice during an NCAA hockey game against Union College on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019 in Boston (AP Photo/ Damian Strohmeyer )

Harvard’s Adam Fox, UMass’s Cale Makar named Hobey Baker finalists

The two defensemen are among the 10 candidates for the award given to college hockey’s top player.

St. John's guard Shamorie Ponds, left, drives past Marquette forward Sacar Anim during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

JOE SULLIVAN

Previewing Wednesday’s First Four NCAA games

St. John’s is among the four teams looking to advance into the main bracket of the tournament.

Boston, MA--03/17/2019--Northeastern guard Vasa Pusica (right) points to the TV during an NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday watch party in the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe) Topic: northeasternbracket Reporter:

Northeastern’s Vasa Pusica inspired by Kobe Bryant

The guard from Serbia set his alarm to watch the Lakers’ superstar on TV in the wee hours.

Boston College head coach Jim Christian reacts to a call during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in Boston, Saturday, Feb. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BC will retain Jim Christian and invest in men’s basketball program

AD Martin Jarmond does not see leadership as the problem, and he aims to improve in off-the-court areas.

Baylor's DiDi Richards (2), Kalani Brown (21) and Lauren Cox celebrate as they walk to the bench during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Waco, Texas, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

What you need to know about the women’s NCAA Tournament

The opening round begins Friday. Here’s what to watch for.

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma watches play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference women's tournament finals against Central Florida, Monday, March 11, 2019, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

College Basketball

NCAA women’s tournament bracket mistakenly leaked

Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the No. 1 seeds, leading a March Madness field that was revealed early thanks to a production error.

Texas Southern guard Jalyn Patterson (3) fouls Prairie View A&M forward Devonte Patterson (5) during the first half of the SWAC championship NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

JOE SULLIVAN

Previewing Tuesday’s First Four NCAA games

Prairie View A&M, Fairleigh Dickinson, Temple, and Belmont will try to make it into the main draw.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: Teammates RJ Barrett #5 and Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils react after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

JOE SULLIVAN | NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ANALYSIS

They might as well rename it the ACC Tournament

Three of the top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament field are from the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference.

Boston MA 10/09/18 Boston University Patrick Harper during practice at Agganis Arena. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

BU and BC reach Hockey East semifinals

Terriers get past Lowell while BC upends Providence.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl celebrates with Horace Spencer (0) and Samir Doughty (10) after beating Tennessee in the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference championship game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Auburn won 84-64. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NCAA bracket: Download and print out a March Madness grid

The selections have been made. Here’s how the 2019 men’s basketball championship teams are matched up.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Here’s a reason to watch the NCAA Tournament

His name is Zion Williamson and he is a force of nature for Duke.

Boston, MA--03/17/2019--Northeastern forward Jeremy Miller reacts after hearing his team will play Kansas while being filmed by his teammate, Myles Franklin, during an NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday watch party in the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe) Topic: northeasternbracket Reporter:

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Northeastern draws Kansas in NCAA opening round

The 13th-seeded Huskies, making their first appearance in the Big Dance since 2015, face a major challenge in Salt Lake City.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils accepts the ACC Championship trophy after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Duke earns No. 1 overall seed in men’s NCAA Tournament

The Blue Devils will open East Region play Friday in Columbia, S.C., against the winner of a First Four game between North Carolina Central and North Dakota State.

Yale's Jordan Bruner dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Ivy League championship against Harvard at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP | YALE 97, HARVARD 85

No NCAAs again as Harvard men’s basketball falls at Yale

The Crimson beat the rival Bulldogs twice in the regular season, but couldn’t make it three on Yale’s home floor in the tournament final.

Massachusetts' Brett Boeing (22) scores against New Hampshire goalie Mike Robinson during the first period of an NCAA college hockey game, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY ROUNDUP

Logan Hutsko, BC force deciding Game 3 at Providence

The sophomore forward scored 23 seconds into OT to tie the Hockey East quarterfinal series at a game apiece. The deciding game is Sunday at 5 p.m.

Vermont's Ernie Duncan (20) celebrates with and teammates of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland-Baltimore County in the championship of the America East Tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in in Burlington, Vt. Vermont won 66-49. (Ryan Mercer/The Burlington Free Press via AP)

SPORTS LOG

Vermont men top UMBC to earn NCAA Tournament bid

Anthony Lamb had 28 points and nine rebounds as the Catamounts won their second America East title in three years.

Fred Hill went 941-658-7 in 30 years as Rutgers baseball coach.

TARA SULLIVAN

Death of a coach reminds us of the impact a good one can have

Rutgers’s Fred Hill was a true teacher whose effect was long-lasting, and not just on his players.

NCAA WOMEN’S HOCKEY | CORNELL 3, NORTHEASTERN 2 (OT)

Northeastern, Boston College both bounced from NCAA tournament

Both the Huskies and Eagles lost in overtime, Northeastern falling to Cornell at home, ending their seasons one game shy of the Frozen Four.

In college bribery scandal, special admissions ‘the original sin’

Enrolling prospective athletes who don’t meet a school’s entry standards has been an accepted part of big-time football and basketball since the birth of college sports.

Bryce Aiken, seen earlier this season, had 19 points for Harvard in an Ivy League semifnal win over Penn.

Harvard 66, Penn 58

Harvard defeats Penn in Ivy League semifinals

Bryce Aiken led the Crimson with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Massachusetts' John Leonard, fires a shot on goal between the skates New Hampshire's Richard Boyd (15) during the first period of an NCAA college hockey game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

men’s college hockey playoffs

BU skates past Lowell in Hockey East opener

UMass rallied from 3-0 hole to get past UNH in double overtime.

SPORTS LOG

Northeastern women suffer OT loss to Drexel in CAA semis

Shannon Todd had a chance to win it for the Huskies in regulation but her 3-pointer missed the mark with two seconds left.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Triton Regional grad John Boyle won the 184-pound title at the NCAA Division 3 wrestling championships, becoming first national champion for any sport at Western New England.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 14: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Syracuse Orange during their game in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 14, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Zion Williamson wore Kyrie Irving model Nikes in his return, and Kyrie approves

“He’s a special player, so I’m just happy that he has some shoes that won’t deteriorate over time,” Kyrie Irving said.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 14: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Syracuse Orange during their game in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 14, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke 84, Syracuse 72

Freshman star Zion Williamson doesn’t miss a shot in return to Duke

Wearing Kyrie Irving’s signature Nike shoe, Zion Williamson scored 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting to lead the Blue Devils over Syracuse in his return to the court after a knee injury sidelined him six games.

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Tommy Amaker talks with Noah Kirkwood #10 of the Harvard Crimson during the second half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center on January 02, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 77-57. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Ivy League tournament remains an obstacle for Harvard

The Crimson were regular-season champions but haven’t done well in the league’s postseason tourney.

Kriste Kirshe breaks through the Ireland defense for Team USA.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Franklin’s Kristi Kirshe taking her skills to the rugby world stage

The former Franklin High and Williams College soccer star is suiting up for Team USA.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Hamilton’s James Burr a captain of character for BU lacrosse

The Middlesex School grad is the program’s career scoring leader and a recent draft pick of the Boston Cannons.

Massachusetts' Brett Boeing (22) celebrates with Jack Suter (10) after scoring a goal against Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau during the first period of a college hockey game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

Previewing the Hockey East quarterfinals

The best-of-three series begin Friday, with UMass going in as the top seed.

Sports Log

Boston College women out of ACC basketball tournament

Junior forward Emma Guy led the Eagles with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough.