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(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

(7) Michigan State Upsets (2) Virginia

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- Behind Travis Trice's 23 points, the Michigan State Spartans knocked second-seed Virginia out of the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive year, winning 60-54.

Branden Dawson added 15 points and nine rebounds for the seventh-seeded Spartans, who advanced to the Sweet 16 for the seventh time in the past eight seasons under head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Dayton game in Syracuse on Friday.

The Spartans stole a page from last year's regional semifinal win, limiting the Cavaliers to 29.8 percent shooting. Virginia finished 2-of-17 from 3-point range.

The Cavaliers finished with their second straight 30-win season which is a school record, however they fell earlier than expected in the NCAA tournament despite spending most of the season ranked in the top five in the country.

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(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

(7) Michigan State Holds Off (10) Georgia

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) --  Denzel Valentine scored 16 points and went 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds to help Michigan State beat Georgia 70-63 on Friday in the NCAA Tournament's round of 64.

Travis Trice scored 15 points and Branden Dawson had a strong second half for the Spartans (24-11), who answered a push from the Bulldogs with a poised run to take back control of the game.

Valentine's free throws were critical as Georgia (21-12) rallied to make it a one-possession game in a finish that at one point had Spartans longtime coach Tom Izzo turning and punching the scorer's table in fury.

Still, Michigan State did enough to hang on, showing at least glimpses of the experience from playing in 18 straight NCAA Tournaments.

Michigan State will take on (2) Virginia or (15) Belmont in the Round of 32.

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(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

(2) Kansas Beats (15) New Mexico State, 75-56

G Fiume/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) --  Frank Mason III scored 17 points to lead a balanced attack, and second-seeded Kansas rolled to a 75-56 victory over No. 15 New Mexico State on Friday, giving the Big 12 its first NCAA Tournament victory in four tries this March.

"It was nice to see the lid come off the basket," said Kansas coach Bill Self, whose team had twice failed to hit a single 3-pointer in games during the last few weeks of the season.  

Perry Ellis added nine points for the Jayhawks in the win.

The Jayhawks will either play No. 7 Wichita State or No. 10 Indiana in the Round of 32.

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(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title

(1) Kentucky Beats (21) Arkansas for SEC Tournament Title

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- No. 1 Kentucky extended their win streak to 34 games, winning the Southeastern Conference Tournament championship, defeating Arkansas, 78-63.

 Willie Cauley-Stein scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Kentucky who never trailed in the game.

"We're still only guaranteed one game, so it's really the slate is clean whether we're 34-0 or have got five losses," Cauley-Stein said. "It's still from here on out, you're 0-0." The Wildcats (34-0) are only the fourth team to go into the NCAA Tournament undefeated since Indiana finished off the last perfect season with a title in 1976. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Practice

Dwight Howard Begins On-Court Practice

Bob Levey/Getty Images(HOUSTON, Tx.) -- Dwight Howard is making his way back onto the court.

The Houston Rockets center has begun on-court rehabilitation after a procedure on a knee edema.

“He’s starting to do a combination of treadmill/floor stuff, which is a good sign, but they’re going slow, said Rockets coach Kevin McHale.”They want to make sure they have a handle on it. It’s bothered him really all year.”

Despite Howard’s absence, the Rockets are 10-6 since the Houston big man was sidelined on Jan. 30. James Harden has carried the Rockets, as he averaged 26.7 points and 7.6 assists during the month of February. In March, Harden is off to an even hotter start as he is averaging 29.3 points and 9.3 assists through four games.

Through 32 games this season Howard is averaging 16.3 points and 11 rebounds per game. 

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Harden Suspended One Game for Kick

Harden Suspended One Game for Kick

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(HOUSTON, Tx) -- Rockets point guard James Harden has been suspended one game by the NBA after receiving a flagrant foul for kicking LeBron James in the groin.

In a heated game between Houston and Cleveland, Sunday evening, James and Harden entered into a scrum for the ball. Harden fell to the ground and extended his leg into James's "man region."

In all, five technical fouls were issued in the game that saw Houston come away with the 105-103 overtime victory. 

"It was a pretty intense game that started off with a little scrum on the floor in front of our bench with Pat and LeBron," said Rockets coach Kevin McHale. "It just kind of stayed kind of chippy all game long, which is fine. Some games are chippy like that."

Harden will miss Tuesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks.

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(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0

(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(STARKVILLE, Miss.) -- Freshman Trey Lyles was Kentucky's spark Wednesday night.

Lyles scored a career-high 18 points in Kentucky's 74-56 win over Mississippi State, giving the Wildcats to a 28-0 record.

Head coach John Calipari claims the 6-foot-10-inch freshman hasn't even come close to reaching his full potential.

"He should have had 25 points today, but I thought he played well," Calipari said. "I still think at the end of the day he'll be the 'X' factor for us."

Kentucky's 28-game win streak is the second-longest in school history, however it's the longest in a single season for the program, topping the 27-game win streak by the 1995-96 team.

Kentucky will host No. 18 Arkansas on Saturday February 28th.

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Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

Report: Cavaliers Likely To Sign Kendrick Perkins

NBA via Oklahoma City Thunder(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- Days after being traded from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Utah Jazz, it appears Kendrick Perkins will settle in with a new team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers has "emerged as the frontrunners" to sign the 6'10" center, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Perkins, 30, is in the midst of a contractual buyout with the Jazz. He was traded to the Jazz, Thursday in a move that sent Enes Kanter from Utah to Oklahoma City.

After losing Anderson Varejao for the season to a torn Achilles tendon in December, the Cavaliers have been seeking size for their front court.

While Perkins is no longer the impat player that he once was when a member of the Boston Celtics, he is a still a powerful prescence in the locker room and provide an impact around the net.  Perkins is averaging 5.5 rebounds per game this season.

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Report: Stoudemire Joining Mavericks

Report: Stoudemire Joining Mavericks

NBA via New York Knicks(DALLAS, Tx.) -- The Dallas Mavericks are on the brink of signing Amar'e Stoudemire after his recent contract buyout from the New York Knicks.

Stoudemire cleared waivers Monday night and has committed to joining the Mavericks, according to RealGM.com.

After acquiring Rajon Rondo from the Celtics earlier this season, Dallas has been intent on adding size to its front court. The Mavericks were also interested in signing Jermaine O'Neal, who has been rehabbing a knee injury, but the 6'11" O'Neal announced on his Instagram page that he suffered a setback and would not return this season.

Stoudemire, 32 is currently averaging 12 points and 6.8 rebounds in 26 games this season. 

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2015 Basketball HOF Nominees Announced

2015 Basketball HOF Nominees Announced

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Basketball Hall of Fame announced a group of 12 finalists for its 2015 class Saturday at Madison Square Garden.The class is headed by Kentucky coach John Calipari, five-time NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year Dikembe Mutombo."I'm at a loss for words," said Calipari who has reached the Final Four five times. "I want to thank the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame committee for even considering me. The process is by no means over -- I'm just a finalist at this point -- but to even be mentioned as a finalist among these worthy candidates is an unbelievable honor. I am absolutely humbled by this."NBA referee Dick Bavetta, three-time NBA All-Star Kevin Johnson, Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan, four-time NBA All-Star Spencer Haywood, seven-time NBA All-Star Jo Jo White, three-time WNBA MVP Lisa Leslie, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, and highschool coaches Robert Hughes and Leta Andrews are also finalists.The Hall of Fame will announce its Class of 2015 on April 6.

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Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players Association

Report: LeBron James Elected VP of NBA Players AssociationChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to Adrian Wojnarowski, LeBron James has been named the first Vice President of the NBA Players Association.   Chris Paul was elected the President of the NBPA back in August, overtaking now Kn...

Hornets Acquire Mo Williams from Minnesota

Hornets Acquire Mo Williams from Minnesota

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(CHARLOTTE, N.C.) -- The Charlotte Hornets are adding significant scoring potential to their backcourt.

The team traded Gary Neal and a second round pick Tuesday to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for point guard Mo Williams. The Hornets will also acquire Troy Daniels.

"We are excited to be adding two quality players to our organization," Hornets general manager Rich Cho said in a statement. "Mo Williams is a proven NBA player who gives us additional versatility and depth in the backcourt, both while Kemba Walker is out and after Kemba returns."

This season the 32-year-old Williams has averaged 12.2 points and 6.4 assists per game for the lowly Timberwolves. He was named NBA Western conference player of the month for January that was highlighted by a 52-point performance against Indiana.

When Walker returns, the team is expected to utilize Williams versatility by playing them both on the court, with Williams serving as the shooting guard.

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Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Blake Griffin Out Indefinitely

Andy Lyons/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES, Ca.) -- Lob City will be without a little bit of its glamour.

Clippers forward Blake Griffin will undergo surgery Monday to remove a staph infection from his right elbow.  The injury is expected to sideline him through the All-Star Break.

Griffin had fluid drained from his elbow on February 2, while the team was in New York. This is not atypical for Griffin as he has dealt with bursitis for most of his career that required fluid to be drained. 

When the team arrived in Oklahoma City Saturday, team trainer Jasen Powel noticed something was wrong and ordered Griffin to the Hospital

"You could tell when something is infected. You can just look at it," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "With a bursa sac, it could just be that too, but it just didn't look right."

The timetable for recovery is currently up in the air.

"It could be serious. It shouldn't be, but you have to be very careful with that injury," Rivers said. "It's the unknown. With a sprained ankle, you know 10 days. But with infections, they're infections, and you just have to be very careful. You cannot mess around with it."

Spencer Hawes is expected to get the start in Griffin's place.

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Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie Referee

Chris Paul, Clippers Criticize Female Rookie RefereeBrian A. Westerholt/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Chris Paul and the Clippers received five technical fouls in Los Angeles' 105-94 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers Thursday night. All-star point guard Chris Paul's technical foul came with 10:17 left in t...

Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks

Stephen Curry Lights Up Dallas Mavericks

NBA via Golden State Warriors(OAKLAND, Ca.) -- Stephen Curry had a night for the ages in the Golden State Warriors 128-114 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

Curry put up 51 points, converting 10 three-point shots Wednesday night as he helped rally the Warriors from a 22-point deficit early in the first quarter.

"Sometimes Steph plays his best when we're down big and he just senses that he has to put the Superman cape on," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. "And he's so good at it. He loves the freedom of being down and saying, 'All right. I'm going to let it fly and bring us back.' And that's what he did."

At one point Curry was so locked in he converted six straight three-point attempts, spanning the second and third quarters. 

"Be aggressive, that's what we do" Curry said. "Shots are going to fall as long as we got defensive stops and kept ourselves in the game, we have enough talent on the team to turn the tides."

The early season inconsistencies that troubled Curry appear to be in the rear-view mirror.  Curry is averaging 30.2 ppg over the team’s last five games and he averaged 23.5 ppg in the month of January.

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Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Whiteside Posts Triple Double in Heat Win

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- On way to a victory over the Chicago Bulls, a remarkable event occurred for the Miami Heat. Hassan Whiteside, a center who has worked on his craft in the Developmental League, recorded a triple double for the Heat in their 96-84 win.

By putting up 14 points, 13 rebounds and 12 blocks, Whiteside recorded his first career triple-double. He also did this in 25 minutes of action; achieving the feat in the second shortest period of time in the shot clock era. 

"It's a blessing. Like I told my teammates, you won't believe how things work out in life," said Whiteside. "Three months ago I was at the downtown Y just chilling, working on my game. I couldn't get a team to pick up the phone."

A second round pick of the Sacramento Kings in 2010, many teams chose to steer themselves away from Whiteside because of questions about his attitude. After working on his craft overseas and in the D-League, Whiteside signed with the Heat in November.

“That’s what the team needs,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “It gives us a very different dimension. It’s a credit to him for continuing to work hard and match it with his talent.”

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California Girls High School Basketball Coach Suspended After Lopsided Win

California Girls High School Basketball Coach Suspended After Lopsided Win

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(SAN BERNADINO, Ca.) -- A California girls high school basketball coach has been suspended two games after being accused of running up the score. 

Michael Anderson of Arroyo Valley High led his team to a 161-2 victory over last week over Bloomington High.

Bloomington High head coach Dale Chung had spoken with Anderson before the game.  Anderson had requested that his team be able to play all-out in the first half in preparation for their next game.  By half time, Arroyo Valley led 104-1.

"The game just got away from me," Anderson told the San Bernardino Sun on Friday. "I didn't play any starters in the second half. I didn't expect them to be that bad. I'm not trying to embarrass anybody."

Anderson announced that he was suspended by his school after the game.

His son Nick coached the next game, leading Arroyo Valley to an 80-19 victory over San Bernardino Indian Springs.

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Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Milwaukee’s Larry Sanders Suspended

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(MILWAUKEE, Wi.) -- Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has been suspended at least 10 games for a second violation of the NBA's anti-drug policy. 

Sanders, who is suspended effective Monday when the Bucks play the Raptors, will not be eligible to return until he has completed the league's treatment program.

Milwaukee had been without Sanders since December 23 when rumors began to circulate that he would walk away from basketball. 

Sanders spoke to the media after a January 6th game saying that he did not intend to leave the game but needed personal time.

"Without these things being corrected, I don't think basketball will be something I can even do," Sanders said at the time. 

In 27 games this season, Sanders is averaging 21.7 minutes per game with 7.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG.

Since signing a four-year, $44 million contract extension before the 2013-2014 season, Sanders has played in 50 games with Milwaukee.  

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Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt

Cavaliers GM Griffin Defends Team, Coach Blatt

National Basketball Association(CLEVELAND, Oh.) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers are not off to the start everyone expected.

After acquiring LeBron James and Kevin Love this offseason to team with young point guard Kyrie Irving, Cleveland was looked at as the best team in the Eastern Conference. Still, the Cavaliers are currently 19-15.

The narrative is shifting to seek a scapegoat and first-year head coach David Blatt has become the target.

General Manager David Griffin is not happy, accusing some in the media of purposely driving a story of a divide within the team.

"This narrative of our coaching situation is truly ridiculous," Griffin told reporters on Sunday. "It's a non-story, it's a non-narrative. Coach Blatt is our coach, he's going to remain our coach. Do not write that as a vote of confidence. He never needed one. It was never a question. So don't write it that way."

What really seemed to irk Griffin was when members of the media ignored comments by James that were in support of the team.

"I heard the entire audio file of LeBron James' comments. No more than three different times he said, 'We are growing together every day. The team grows together every day and I am happy with who we have at the helm,'" Griffin stated. "But that wasn't a sexy pull quote, so we kept looking for something else, until we could pull something negative."

Griffin emphatically denied the idea of Blatt being removed as head coach, saying "No change is being made. Period."

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LeBron James To Miss Two Weeks

LeBron James To Miss Two Weeks

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(CLEVELAND, Oh) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers' season struggles may escalate as they are about to lost their best player.

LeBron James will miss the next two weeks with knee and back pain, according to an announcement from the team via Twitter on Thursday. 

James, who has missed the previous two games, re-injured his knee on Christmas Day against the Miami Heat, when he jumped over courtside seats.

"I've been playing with it, and it goes away and comes back," he said. "So, the one in Miami kind of reaggravated it when I came out of the game in the third quarter."

This couldn't come at a worse time for the Cavaliers as they have already lost Anderson Verajao for the season to an Achilles tear and Kevin Love has been battling routine aches and pains.

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