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Monday, March 21, 2011
Stanford seniors look to make mark at home


Women's college basketball: March Madness continues for the ladies tonight, as 16 teams take the floor with their sights set on the Sweet 16. After falling in the early rounds of the tourney for two straight years, the Tennessee Lady Vols are hoping to make a deep run this season. Tonight they take on Marquette, who just eked by Texas in the opening round on a game-winning 3 from senior Tatiyiana McMorris.

The other No. 1 seed in action tonight, the Stanford Cardinal, will face No. 9 seed St. John's. A win tonight at Maples Pavilion would make the Stanford seniors the first group ever to go undefeated at home for all four of their seasons. If the Red Storm want to challenge the Cardinal, they'll need to pay better than they did in their 55-50 opening round win over Texas Tech.

When they face the Temple Owls tonight the Notre Dame women hope to represent their No. 2 seed better than their male counterparts did Sunday night. The odds are against the Owls, as they've never advanced to the Sweet 16 and the Irish boast 13 straight wins against current Atlantic 10 teams. The No. 2 seeded Duke Blue Devils routed Tennessee-Martin in their first tournament game, tonight they'll look to hand the Marist Red Foxes a similar fate. Marist may not be the biggest name in the tourney, but they finished a perfect 18-0 in the MAAC this season and have reeled off 27 straight wins.

Also tonight, the No. 3 seed DePaul Blue Demons take on No. 6 seed Penn State, No. 4 seed Ohio State battles No. 5 seed Georgia Tech, No. 11 seed Gonzaga takes on No. 3 seed UCLA and No. 4 seed Kentucky faces off against No. 5 seed UNC.

NBA: The Celtics, tied with the Bulls for the top spot in the East, visit the Knicks tonight looking to hand them their sixth loss in eight games. Boston has beaten New York in 14 of the teams' last 16 meetings and has stolen nine of their last 11 contests at Madison Square Garden. The Knicks can ill-afford to get into a funk now, as they look ahead to their first postseason berth since 2004.

NHL: The Central Division-leading Red Wings start a tough five-game homestand tonight when the Penguins skate into Joe Louis Arena. They saw a four-game win streak snapped on Saturday, when they fell to Nashville 3-1. Tonight they hope to get back Johan Franzen and Pavel Datsyuk, both of whom missed Saturday's contest with injuries. The Penguins are likely to be without forward Matt Cooke, who has a disciplinary hearing today with the NHL. Cooke was ejected from Sunday's loss to the Rangers for a elbow to the head of Ryan McDonagh and is likely to be suspended. ... Two of the teams caught up in the Western Conference gridlock are in action tonight, as the Flames visit the Kings. Los Angeles is tied with Nashville and Chicago for fifth in the West with 86 points, while Calgary is just two points back in 10th behind Anaheim and Dallas.