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Racers chasing sweet result

Sat., March 17, 2012

Men’s NCAA tournament: Murray State basketball has experienced 25 straight winning seasons, won 23 OVC regular-season championships and 15 conference tournament titles, all without reaching a Sweet 16.

Now, for the second time in three years, the Racers and Donte Poole (pictured) are one win away.

“I can’t even put into words what that would mean,” coach Steve Prohm said.

After beating Colorado State 58-41 on Thursday, Murray meets Marquette at 2:15 p.m. today in Louisville.

Murray is expecting a supportive crowd.

“We do have a lot of people coming to the game, a lot of blue and gold,” senior Jewuan Long said. “Even the Kentucky fans, they’ve been supporting us.”

VCU looks to do it again

Men’s NCAA tournament: No matter the names stitched across the front of the opponents’ uniform, if there’s one thing VCU has proved during the last two seasons is that it cowers from no one.

The 12th-seeded Rams (29-6) get a chance today to add one more storied name to the list when they face No. 4 seed Indiana (26-8) in the third round of the South Regional.

Indiana, which won its first tournament game since 2007 on Thursday night, has not advanced to the round of 16 since 2002, when the Hoosiers reached the Final Four.

NCAA tournament

Friday’s results

East Regional

Cincinnati 65, Texas 59

FSU 66, St. Bonaventure 63

South Regional

Lehigh 75, Duke 70

Xavier 67, Notre Dame 63

Midwest Regional

Creighton 58, Alabama 57

N. Carolina 77, Vermont 58

N.C. St. 79, San Diego St. 65

Georgetown 74, Belmont 59

Ohio 65, Michigan 60

S. Florida 58, Temple 44

Purdue 72, Saint Mary’s 69

Kansas 65, Detroit 50

West Regional

St. Louis 61, Memphis 54

Mich. St. 89, Long Island 67

Florida 71, Virginia 45

Norfolk St. 86, Missouri 84

• Friday’s capsules /C4

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