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UK forward Washington expected to play

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Kentucky coach John Calipari expects scoring and rebounding leader PJ Washington to play in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday despite seeing a foot specialist.

Washington spent several days in a walking boot "as a precaution" before the second-seeded Wildcats open Midwest Region play against 15th-seeded Abilene Christian.

Washington sprained a foot in the Southeastern Conference Tournament against Tennessee. Calipari says X-rays and MRI results were negative, but team doctors wanted him to see a specialist.

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'Cuse suspends G Howard before tourney

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) Syracuse senior guard Frank Howard is out "for an indefinite period of time" for violating school policy.

The school announced Howard's suspension on Wednesday, the eve of the Orange's NCAA Tournament game against Baylor.

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ASU earns first NCAAs win in 10 years

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) A freshman guard overcame a frightful fall and helped Bobby Hurley - a two-time champion guard at Duke - get his first NCAA Tournament win as a coach.

Luguentz Dort shook off knee and hip injuries from a hard fall, scored 21 points and led the Sun Devils to a long-awaited NCAA Tournament victory Wednesday night, 74-65 over St. John's in the First Four.

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NDSU holds off NC Central in First Four

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) North Dakota State is one of the best free-throw shooting teams in the country, and that's what it came down to at the end of the Bison's First Four win over North Carolina Central.

Vinnie Shahid sank three foul shots in the last 8 seconds to secure the 78-74 win on Wednesday night for North Dakota State, which now moves on to play East Region No. 1 seed Duke on Friday in Columbia, South Carolina.

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TCU beats Sam Houston St. 82-69 in NIT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) JD Miller had 15 points to lead six TCU players in double figures as the Horned Frogs beat Sam Houston State 82-69 in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night. Desmond Bane and Alex Robinson added 13 points apiece for the Horned Frogs. RJ Nembhard chipped in 12 points, and Kevin Samuel had 11. Bane also had nine rebounds for the Horned Frogs, while Robinson posted 11 assists.

Kai Mitchell scored a season-high 24 points and had 10 rebounds for the Bearkats (21-12). Cameron Delaney added 15 points. Zach Nutall had 12 points and six rebounds.

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Harvard gets NIT win over Georgetown

WASHINGTON (AP) Bryce Aiken registered 18 points, including two free throws with 14 seconds left, as Harvard edged past Georgetown 71-68 in the NIT first round on Wednesday night.

Robert Baker had 11 points for Harvard (19-11). Noah Kirkwood added 11 points and seven assists. Chris Lewis had 10 points for the visiting team.

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Marshall, Xavier dispatch Toledo in NIT

CINCINNATI (AP) Naji Marshall had 20 points and 21 rebounds as Xavier beat Toledo 78-64 in the NIT first round on Wednesday night.

Tyrique Jones had 14 points, eight rebounds and three blocks for Xavier (19-15). Quentin Goodin added 11 points. Paul Scruggs had 10 points and six rebounds for the home team.

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Roby's 28 power Huskers in NIT 1st round

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) Isaiah Roby had a career-high 28 points as Nebraska edged past Butler 80-76 in the NIT first round on Wednesday night. James Palmer Jr. added 23 points for the Cornhuskers.

Roby shot 9 for 12 from the floor and converted 9 of 10 foul shots. He added eight rebounds.

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Wichita State downs Furman in NIT

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) Markis McDuffie had 20 points as Wichita State topped Furman 76-70 in the first round of the NIT on Wednesday night.

Jaime Echenique had 16 points and 10 rebounds for Wichita State (20-14). Erik Stevenson added 12 points and six rebounds. Asbjorn Midtgaard had 10 rebounds for the visitors.

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Bozeman fired as Morgan State coach

BALTIMORE (AP) Todd Bozeman has been fired as Morgan State's coach after a 13-year run.

Morgan State athletic director Edward Scott announced Wednesday that he would not renew Bozeman's contract, saying, "It became clear we are not reaching our full potential on the court."

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