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Friday, February 25, 2011
Conn-quered


Men's college basketball: No. 15 Connecticut didn't fare so well in its first game since being sanctioned by the NCAA. The Huskies fell to unranked Marquette 74-67 Thursday night, although it took overtime for the Golden Eagles to get the job done. UConn's Kemba Walker had 27 points, but the Huskies were without their other leader, head coach Jim Calhoun, who was with his family after his sister-in-law's death on Monday.

Of the four ranked teams that played Thursday, half of them lost. Besides Marquette's upset of UConn, No. 10 Arizona was beaten by USC 65-57. The Trojans were led by Nikola Vucevic's 25 points.

With No. 13 Florida's 71-62 win over Georgia on Thursday, the Gators clinched at least a share of the SEC East for the first time since 2007.

NBA: In chilly Chicago, the Bulls managed to beat the Heat 93-89 on Thursday. Derrick Rose's 26 points led the Bulls to their 16th victory in 21 games. Miami and Chicago are two of the top three teams in the Eastern Conference. Boston is the third team in the mix. Miami is now 0-5 on the season against both the Celtics and Bulls. Thursday's loss was only the second for the Heat in their last 13 games.

Women's college basketball: Of the 11 ranked teams facing unranked opponents Thursday, two Top 25 teams walked away with losses. No. 8 Michigan State fell to Ohio State by one point. The Buckeyes beat the Spartans 54-53, ending Michigan State's 20-game home winning streak. Despite losing, the Spartans were still able to claim their first outright regular-season Big Ten title ever (they've shared it twice) due to Penn State's loss to Purdue on Thursday.

No. 16 UNC was the only other ranked team to fall to an unranked opponent on Thursday. Georgia Tech beat the Tar Heels 64-57, giving UNC its third consecutive loss.

The three-way tie atop the ACC was broken Thursday, as No. 14 Miami beat No. 12 Florida State 84-68. The Hurricanes are now tied with No. 9 Duke as the leaders of the conference, while FSU fell into second place.

MLB: Let's play ball. Spring training officially got underway Thursday, as the Phillies threw out the first pitch of the 2011 season in their exhibition game against Florida State. The Phillies beat the Noles 8-0.