It was good defense and Marshall Henderson that sparked Ole Miss to its 57-46 win over Wisconsin in the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Henderson made just one of his first 13 shots before getting hot down the stretch. And the Rebels shut down the Badgers to advance to a Sunday third-round game against LaSalle, which upset No. 4 seed Kansas State.
Florida rolled all over Northwestern State 79-47 in its NCAA Tournament opener. The Gators held Northwestern State to just 19.7 percent shooting in the second half. Next up for Billy Donovan is a meeting with old friend Tubby Smith and Minnesota in a third-round game Sunday in Austin. Donovan and Smith were on Rick Pitino’s staff at Kentucky and faced off many times when Smith was head coach at Kentucky.
Tennessee has sold just 5,000 tickets for today’s first-round NCAA Women’s Tournament games, which does include the Lady Vols.
Harvey Updyke pleaded guilty to poisoning the historic oak trees at Toomer’s Corner in Auburn and was sentenced to three years in jail. Auburn plans to cut down the trees on April 23. After a two-year ordeal, attorneys said Updyke changed his plea to get the issue behind him.
New Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said he will start his tenure with a listening tour. The former Tennessee football coach and prominent Tide booster said he will spend the next six weeks going around and soaking up information about Alabama athletics.
And, yes, Mike Slive says that under the right circumstances the SEC could expand once again.