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Tuesday, March 1, 2011
One is the loneliest number

Men's college basketball: The Ohio State Buckeyes will try to hang on to their No. 1 ranking and earn at least a share of the conference title with a win over Penn State tonight. The Buckeyes have beaten the Nittany Lions 14 straight times, but Penn State has upended three ranked teams at home already this season. Penn State senior Talor Battle will play in his final game at the Bryce Jordan Center. He's 60 points away from breaking the school's all-time scoring record and just six boards shy of joining Duke's Danny Ferry and Maryland's Greivis Vazquez as the only Division 1 players with 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 500 assists in a career.

Meanwhile, the No. 6 Purdue Boilermakers, just one game back of Ohio State, can help out the Buckeyes with a loss tonight against Illinois. Purdue seniors JaJuan Johnson and E'Twaun Moore will do their best to keep that from happening in their final game at Mackey Arena. ... The No. 23 Kentucky Wildcats will try to stretch their home win streak to 34 games with a win over No. 20 Vanderbilt tonight. The Commodores won the teams' first meeting back on Feb. 12, but the Wildcats haven't lost at home since March 2009. ... Ninth-ranked San Diego State lost a season sweep to BYU on Saturday when the Cougars won the second matchup 80-67 (Jimmer Fredette added another 25 points in the most recent game after a 43-point scorcher in the January meeting). The Aztecs will try to bounce back tonight against Mountain West opponent Wyoming.

Women's college basketball: Just one ranked team in action on the women's side tonight. No. 25 Iowa State looks four a fourth straight win when it plays host to Big 12 foe Kansas. Kelsey Bolte, Iowa State's only senior, will play her final game in Hilton Coliseum tonight -- and give her senior speech all alone at center court. Bolte will leave a great legacy behind upon graduation: Her current pace of 17.6 points per game is sixth all-time for a Cyclone, and her season free throw shooting (90.2 percent) and career free throw percentage (88.5 percent) both place her first all-time in school history.

NBA: A lot of lopsided matchups in the NBA tonight, but Magic and Knicks fans should see a good one at the Amway Center. Dwight Howard and Co. are coming off weekend wins over the Thunder and the Bobcats, but they'll be tested by the new-look Knicks. With Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire leading the way, New York downed Miami 91-86 Sunday night. Tonight they'll try to avenge their December loss to the Magic.