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Florida faces tough test vs No. 6 Kentucky

No. 6 Kentucky (24-6, 14-3) vs. Florida (19-11, 11-6)

Stephen C. O’Connell Center, Gainesville, Florida; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 6 Kentucky presents a tough challenge for Florida. Florida has won two of its five games against ranked opponents this season. Kentucky fell 81-73 at home to Tennessee on Tuesday.

FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Kentucky’s Nick Richards, Immanuel Quickley and Tyrese Maxey have collectively accounted for 59 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 60 percent of all Wildcats points over the last five games.JUMPING FOR JOHNSON: Keyontae Johnson has

S. Carolina looks to sweep Vandy

South Carolina (18-12, 10-7) vs. Vanderbilt (10-20, 2-15)

Memorial Gym, Nashville, Tennessee; Saturday, 12:30 a.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina goes for the season sweep over Vanderbilt after winning the previous matchup in Columbia. The teams last played on Jan. 25, when the Gamecocks shot 54.1 percent from the field while limiting Vanderbilt’s shooters to just 33.3 percent en route to a 90-64 victory.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Saben Lee has averaged 18.2 points and 4.3 assists to lead the way for the Commodores. Complementing Lee is Scotty Pippen Jr., who is maintaining an average of 11.6

Indiana faces tough test vs No. 24 Wisconsin

No. 24 Wisconsin (20-10, 13-6) vs. Indiana (19-11, 9-10)

Assembly Hall, Bloomington, Indiana; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 24 Wisconsin presents a tough challenge for Indiana. Indiana has won five of its eight games against ranked opponents this season. Wisconsin took care of Northwestern by 15 in its last outing.

TEAM LEADERS: Trayce Jackson-Davis is putting up 13.9 points and 8.1 rebounds to lead the charge for the Hoosiers. Justin Smith is also a top contributor, producing 10.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The Badgers have been led by Nate Reuvers, who is averaging 12.9

Tennessee faces tough test vs No. 17 Auburn

No. 17 Auburn (24-6, 11-6) vs. Tennessee (17-13, 9-8)

Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 17 Auburn presents a tough challenge for Tennessee. Tennessee has won three of its seven games against ranked opponents this season. Auburn fell 78-75 at home to Texas A&M on Wednesday.

EARLY RISERS: Both of these teams have relied heavily on their freshmen this year. . For Auburn, .DOMINANT DOUGHTY: Samir Doughty has connected on 31.4 percent of the 169 3-pointers he’s attempted and has gone 7 for 19 over his last three games. He’s also converted 77

St. John’s seeks revenge on Marquette

Marquette (18-11, 8-9) vs. St. John’s (15-15, 4-13)

Carnesecca Arena, Jamaica, New York; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Marquette goes for the season sweep over St. John’s after winning the previous matchup in Milwaukee. The teams last played each other on Jan. 21, when the Golden Eagles outshot St. John’s from the field 43.1 percent to 36.6 percent and made 20 more free throws en route to a 14-point victory.

SUPER SENIORS: Marquette has relied heavily on its seniors. Markus Howard, Sacar Anim, Koby McEwen and Brendan Bailey have combined to account for 73 percent of the team’s scoring

Arkansas St., La.-Lafeyette meet in Sun Belt tourney

No. 9 seed Arkansas State (16-15, 8-12) vs. No. 8 seed Louisiana-Lafayette (13-18, 8-12)

Sun Belt Conference Tourney First Round, Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Arkansas State is set to match up against Louisiana-Lafayette in the opening round of the Sun Belt tournament. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last met on Feb. 26, when the Ragin’ Cajuns forced 19 Arkansas State turnovers and turned the ball over just 11 times en route to a 77-74 victory.

TEAM LEADERSHIP: Louisiana-Lafayette’s Jalen Johnson has averaged

Sacred Heart meets St. Francis in NEC semis

No. 3 seed Sacred Heart (20-12, 13-6) vs. No. 2 seed St. Francis (Pa.) (21-9, 14-5)

Northeast Conference Tourney Semifinals, DeGol Arena, Loretto, Pennsylvania; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Sacred Heart is ready to take on St. Francis (Pa.) with a spot in the NEC championship game on the line. St. Francis (Pa.) swept the two-game regular season series. The teams last played on Feb. 6, when the Red Flash shot 40.9 percent from the field and went 10 for 11 from the free throw line en route to a 70-68 victory.

STEPPING UP: St. Francis (Pa.)’s Keith Braxton has averaged 17.4 points and

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Stephen Curry set to return for Warriors on Thursday night

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry is scheduled to return from a more than four-month absence with a broken hand to play for Golden State against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.

The Warriors announced Wednesday night that Curry had been medically cleared to play and would be in the lineup Thursday in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals won in six games by Toronto. The two-time NBA MVP missed 58 games after falling on his left hand Oct. 30 versus Phoenix.

He practiced Monday with the G League Santa Cruz

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NHL limits employee travel over virus concerns

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is not allowing its employees to make work-related trips outside of North America in response to the global fears over the coronavirus. And the league has told its 31 teams they are free to adopt a similar policy.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said Wednesday that if any employees go on their own to a country where the virus has been found they will be quarantined before being able to return to work. That includes the central scouting service. Scouts who are in Europe are staying in Europe, and if