First rounds in the books for three conferences

Big Ten Tournament:

Purdue slipped by Wisconsin, 58-56.

Indiana edged Penn State, 68-63.

SEC Tournament:

Vanderbilt took out Alabama in the first round, 66-56.

Auburn trounced Florida, 71-49.

ACC Tournament:

Virginia Tech stole one from NC State, 57-56.

Georgia Tech routed Clemson, 80-53.

Wake Forest rounded Boston College, 69-53.

All scores.

Player news:

UCLA forward Kacy Swain talks about living and playing with diabetes.

Coaching news:

University of Southern Maine coach Gary Fifield is retiring after 27 years.

Big 12 postseason awards:

Coach of the Year: Kim Mulkey, Baylor (15th season)
Player of the Year: Nina Davis, Baylor, F, 5-11, So, Memphis, Tenn.
Freshman of the Year: Gabbi Ortiz, Oklahoma, G, 5-9, Fr, Racine, Wis.
Newcomer of the Year: Peyton Little, Oklahoma, G, 5-11, So, Abilene, Texas
Defensive Player of the Year: Chelsea Prince, TCU, F, 5-11, Sr, Fort Worth, Texas
Sixth Man Award: Khadijiah Cave, Baylor, C, 6-2, So, Augusta, Ga.


Tamika Catchings:

Catch has a man, and is excited for retirement.

NBA players to urge support for women:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook executive Sheryl Sandberg has enlisted NBA stars LeBron James, Stephen Curry and some of the basketball league’s other top players to convince more men to join the fight for women’s rights at home and at work.

The players will deliver the message in public service announcements aired during NBA games on major TV networks over the next few months.

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