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March 5, 2013

 

Dragons NCAA starting time set

SUNY Cortland men will take their second step in the NCAA Division III basketball tournament this coming Saturday afternoon, as Middlebury College from Vermont pays a visit to Corey Gymnasium.
That second-round game between nationally-ranked squads — Cortland (24-4) ranked 23rd and Middlebury (23-3) seventh in last week’s Division III poll — is a 3 p.m. start. A new national poll will be released today.
SUNY Athletic Conference regular season and playoff champion Cortland got the post-season underway with a 85-59 win over Elms College this past Saturday. That 24th victory tied a school record as the Red Dragons improved to an unbeaten 13-0 on their home court.
Middlebury, out of the New England Small School Athletic Conference, was a 68-66 home court winner over Curry to get the NCAAs underway this past weekend. The Cortland-Middlebury winner advances to the third round to face the winner of the game sending Ithaca (20-8) to Rochester (22-4) this Saturday.
SUNYAC runner-up Plattsburgh is also still alive in the NCAA tournament, though the Cardinals have a tough second round challenge awaiting. After beating Husson 84-63, the Plattsburgh heads to Massachusetts Saturday to face a top-seeded Amherts (25-2) squad that received a first round bye.
— Louisville gave Rick Pitino his 300th coaching victory in the Big East Monday night, a home court win over Cincinnati. See story on page 13.
— Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA poll for the first time in school history. See page 13.
— Syracuse women celebrate Senior Night with a home court upset of Louisville. See page 13.

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