National Sports

New Hampshire looks to sweep Binghamton

Binghamton (10-18, 4-11) vs. New Hampshire (14-13, 7-7)

Lundholm Gym, Durham, New Hampshire; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: New Hampshire goes for the season sweep over Binghamton after winning the previous matchup in Vestal. The teams last met on Jan. 25, when the Wildcats shot 52.6 percent from the field while holding Binghamton to just 35.9 percent on the way to a 77-69 victory.

SENIOR STUDS: New Hampshire’s Sean Sutherlin, Nick Guadarrama and Chris Lester have combined to account for 46 percent of the team’s scoring this season and have scored 42 percent of all Wildcats points over

Indiana St. seeks revenge on Valpo

Valparaiso (16-14, 9-8) vs. Indiana State (17-11, 10-7)

Hulman Center, Terre Haute, Indiana; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Indiana State seeks revenge on Valparaiso after dropping the first matchup in Valparaiso. The teams last faced each other on Jan. 18, when the Crusaders outshot Indiana State from the field 50.8 percent to 47.6 percent and hit 10 more free throws en route to the nine-point victory.

PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Tyreke Key, Jordan Barnes and Christian Williams have combined to score 51 percent of Indiana State’s

Illinois St. looks to extend streak vs Evansville

Illinois State (9-20, 4-13) vs. Evansville (9-21, 0-17)

Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Illinois State looks for its 11th straight win in the head-to-head series over Evansville. Illinois State has won by an average of 9 points in its last 10 wins over the Purple Aces. Evansville’s last win in the series came on Jan. 15, 2016, a 66-55 win.

SUPER SENIORS: Evansville has relied heavily on its seniors this year. K.J. Riley, Sam Cunliffe, Artur Labinowicz and John Hall have combined to account for 56 percent of all Purple Aces scoring this season, though that

Tennessee looks for home win vs Florida

Florida (18-10, 10-5) vs. Tennessee (15-13, 7-8)

Thompson-Boling Arena, Knoxville, Tennessee; Saturday, 2 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Tennessee looks for its fourth straight win over Florida at Thompson-Boling Arena. The last victory for the Gators at Tennessee was a 67-58 win on Feb. 11, 2014.

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FUELING THE OFFENSE: Jordan Bowden has either made or assisted on 49 percent of all Tennessee field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 20 field goals and 13 assists in those games.

SLIPPING AT 73: Tennessee is 0-8 this year when it allows 73 points or more and 15-5 when

No. 12 Nova looks to extend streak vs Providence

Providence (16-12, 9-6) vs. No. 12 Villanova (22-6, 11-4)

Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 12 Villanova looks for its sixth straight win in the head-to-head series over Providence. In its last five wins against the Friars, Villanova has won by an average of 10 points. Providence’s last win in the series came on Feb. 14, 2018, a 76-71 victory.

STEPPING UP: Villanova’s Saddiq Bey has averaged 16.1 points and 4.9 rebounds while Collin Gillespie has put up 15.5 points and 4.6 assists. For the Friars, Alpha Diallo has averaged 14 points and eight rebounds

No. 16 Penn State looks to knock off No. 18 Iowa

No. 16 Penn State (21-7, 11-6) vs. No. 18 Iowa (19-9, 10-7)

Carver-Hawkeye Arena, Iowa City, Iowa; Saturday, 12 a.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: No. 16 Penn State goes for its fifth straight win vs ranked opponents against No. 18 Iowa. Penn State’s last loss vs a ranked opponent came against the then-No. 6 Ohio State Buckeyes 106-74 on Dec. 7, 2019. Iowa lost 78-70 at Michigan State on Tuesday.

PLENTY OF EXPERIENCE: Senior leadership has been on display for both teams this year. Luka Garza, Joe Wieskamp and Ryan Kriener have collectively accounted for 59 percent of Iowa’s scoring this season and 63

C. Michigan looks to end streak vs E. Michigan

Central Michigan (13-14, 6-8) vs. Eastern Michigan (15-13, 5-10)

Convocation Center, Ypsilanti, Michigan; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Eastern Michigan looks to extend Central Michigan’s conference losing streak to seven games. Central Michigan’s last MAC win came against the Bowling Green Falcons 92-82 on Feb. 4. Eastern Michigan lost 73-71 to Northern Illinois in its most recent game.

SUPER SENIORS: Central Michigan has benefited heavily from its seniors. Kevin McKay, David DiLeo, Dallas Morgan and Rob Montgomery have combined to account for 64 percent of the team’s scoring this

Bucknell seeks revenge on BU

Bucknell (12-18, 8-9) vs. Boston University (17-13, 11-6)

Case Gym, Boston; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: Bucknell seeks revenge on Boston University after dropping the first matchup in Lewisburg. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 1, when the Terriers outshot Bucknell 55.9 percent to 40.7 percent and had five fewer turnovers en route to the 20-point victory.

TEAM LEADERS: Max Mahoney is averaging 15.3 points and 8.1 rebounds to lead the charge for the Terriers. Walter Whyte has complemented Mahoney and is accounting for 12.7 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Bison are led by

NC State looks to extend streak vs Pitt

Pittsburgh (15-14, 6-12) vs. North Carolina State (17-11, 8-9)

PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina; Saturday, 12 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: North Carolina State looks for its ninth straight win in the head-to-head series over Pittsburgh. In its last eight wins against the Panthers, North Carolina State has won by an average of 9 points. Pittsburgh’s last win in the series came on Jan. 4, 2014, a 74-62 victory.

SUPER SENIORS: North Carolina State has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Markell Johnson, Devon Daniels, C.J. Bryce, D.J. Funderburk and Jericole Hellems have collectively accounted

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AP Exclusive: MLB appoints 1st black umpire crew chief

UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press has learned that Major League Baseball has appointed its first African American umpire crew chief, promoting Kerwin Danley to the position this week.

A person familiar with the move spoke to the AP on Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.

The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. He’s also been chosen to call two All-Star Games.