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Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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NBA: It was an Eastern Conference Magic show Tuesday, as the revamped Knicks fell to Orlando 116-110. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 30 points and 16 rebounds. After amassing his ninth rebound in the third quarter, Howard became the youngest NBA player ever to obtain 7,000 rebounds during his career. New York is now 2-2 since acquiring Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups.

Men's college basketball: In a huge SEC matchup, No. 20 Vanderbilt and No. 23 Kentucky were the only two ranked opponents facing off Tuesday night. The Wildcats just slipped past Vandy, winning 68-66. Tuesday's win also marked the 34th straight victory for Kentucky on its home court.

After being tied at halftime, No. 14 Florida defeated Alabama 78-51 to secure at least a piece of the Southeastern Conference championship. The Gators can claim their fifth outright title with a win over No. 20 Vanderbilt on Saturday, or an Alabama loss to Georgia earlier that day. On senior night, Florida's three seniors combined for 50 of the Gators' points, including a season-high 19 from Chandler Parsons.

For the first time since Feb. 6, the No. 1 team in the coaches' poll won on the road. Top-ranked Ohio State defeated Penn State 82-61. The Buckeyes were led by Jon Diebler, who had a career-best 30 points and set a school record by knocking in 10 3-pointers (all 10 were made consecutively). With the win, Ohio State clinched at least a share of the Big Ten title.

The only major upset of the night came in the Big 12, as No. 24 Missouri fell to unranked Nebraska 69-58. Tuesday marked the last regular-season Big 12 home game for the Huskers, as they make the move to the Big Ten next season. Missouri fell to 1-7 on the road in the Big 12, but remains 17-0 at home.

Women's college basketball: In the only game involving a ranked team on Tuesday night, No. 25 Iowa State scored exactly double the number of points as its opponent Kansas to win 72-36. It was the fourth straight win for the Cyclones, which went on a 47-16 tear over the Jayhawks in the second half.