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Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Women's Elite Eight, NIT semifinals in focus


Women's college basketball: With Notre Dame and Stanford already booked for Indianapolis, we've got the last two Elite Eight games in the women's tournament tonight. ESPN has all the action starting at 7 p.m. ET in Philadelphia when No. 1 seed Connecticut takes on No. 2 seed Duke. UConn handled Duke earlier this season, with a 87-51 thrashing in Storrs. Duke seeks its first Final Four appearance since 2006, while the Huskies look to advance to their fourth straight Final Four. UConn has never lost an NCAA tournament game in Philadelphia, going 5-0 all-time.

We have a good old-fashioned showdown in Dallas at 9 p.m., when No. 2 Texas A&M takes on No. 1 Baylor. This is the fourth meeting between the Aggies and Lady Bears this season, including the Big 12 title game. Brittney Griner's team won all three games, which were decided by a total of 15 points. Baylor has won eight straight games in the series and 22 of the last 25. Texas A&M and Gonzaga (eliminated by Stanford last night) are the only teams in this year's Elite Eight never to reach a Final Four.

Men's college basketball: Can't wait until Saturday's Final Four in Houston? There's another final four in New York City, as the NIT semifinals tip off at Madison Square Garden tonight at 7 p.m. on ESPN2. First up is No. 2 seed Washington State against No. 4 seed Wichita State. The nightcap, at 9 p.m., brings a matchup of teams whose NCAA tournament bubbles burst on Selection Sunday -- No. 1 seed Colorado and No. 1 seed Alabama.

NBA: LeBron James and the Heat visit Cleveland for the second time this season, this time with much less fanfare. Talk about two teams going in opposite directions -- Miami has won five straight and the Cavs have lost five of six (7 p.m.). ... At 8 p.m., the Thunder finish up a six- game home stand against the visiting Warriors, winners of two straight. Oklahoma City has won three straight and nine of its last 10.

Information from ESPN Stats & Information was used in this report.