Saturday, March 28
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Bradley University has announced the appointment of Brian Wardle as its new basketball coach. Wardle led Wisconsin-Green Bay to the 2014 Horizon League regular-season championship and three straight postseason appearances in the five years he was at that school. Reynolds says Wardle, who was an assistant at Marquette from 2003-2005, will be formally introduced on Saturday. Wisconsin-Green Bay won 24 games last season, finishing 24-9.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Arizona guard Gabe York remembers having the ball in his hands, taking a couple of dribbles and failing to get a shot off before time expired. Wisconsin 64, Arizona 63, in overtime. The Badgers advanced to the Final Four for the first time under coach Bo Ryan a year ago, and the Wildcats went back to the desert, unable to deliver the same first appearance for coach Sean Miller. Now, they're going to do it again, with a few differences. This time, the Badgers (34-3) are the top-seeded team, led by 7-footer Frank Kaminsky. The Wildcats (34-3) are a No. 2 seed, a spot lower than last year, and Pac-12 player of the year Nick Johnson.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Thomas Vanek and Mikko Koivu scored early in a three-goal third period and the Minnesota Wild pulled away to beat the Calgary Flames 4-2 on Friday night. Matt Dumba and Zach Parise also scored for Minnesota, which began the night three points behind Chicago for third place in the Central Division and one point up on Winnipeg for the top wild-card spot. The Wild have won four in row and six of seven. Devan Dubnyk stopped 23 shots.
HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden had 33 points and eight assists as the Houston Rockets clinched a playoff spot with a 120-110 victory over the short-handed Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Andrew Wiggins led the Timberwolves with 31 points, Chase Budinger added 23, and Gorgui Dieng had 18 points and 12 rebounds.