Middle Tennessee, Xavier pull off mild surprises...'Zags, 'Nova advance...Crean fired at IU

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UNDATED (AP) — Middle Tennessee State and Xavier pulled off the biggest upsets during the first round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday. The 12th-seeded Blue Raiders rode Reggie Upshaw's 19 points to an 81-72 win against Minnesota. Trevon Blueitt scored 21 points and Sean O'Mara had 18 in the Musketeers's 76-65 decision over Maryland.

UNDATED (AP) — Top seeds Villanova and Gonzaga have moved into the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Donte DiVincenzo scored 21 points and the Wildcats opened the second half on a 21-6 run before completing a 76-56 victory over Mount St. Mary's. Jordan Mathews scored 16 points and Przemek (SHEH'-mehk) Karnowski provided three big baskets down the stretch to help the Bulldogs pull away in a 66-46 win against South Dakota State.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana has announced that Tom Crean has been fired as men's basketball coach after going 166-135 in nine often lackluster seasons with the Hoosiers. Crean won two Big Ten regular-season titless over the last five seasons, but he went 18-16 this year and missed the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since taking over the program. Crean came to Bloomington following an NCAA scandal that gutted the program.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Court officials have released an affidavit that says Kansas freshman star Josh Jackson threatened to "beat" a Jayhawks women's basketball player during a confrontation outside a bar in December. He was suspended for last week's quarterfinal loss to TCU as punishment for an accumulation of incidents. Kansas coach Bill Self remained adamant that Jackson would play in Friday's NCAA Tournament opener against UC Davis.

UNDATED (AP) — NL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer probably will miss the Nationals' opener against Miami on April 3 because of a stress fracture in his right ring finger. Scherzer has thrown batting practice twice during spring training but has not appeared in a big league exhibition game. The 32-year-old right-hander was 20-7 last season.

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