Today's games


NAC quarterfinal

Towson State (15-11) vs. Delaware (15-11)

Site: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del.

Time: Noon

Radio: WTMD (89.7 FM)

Outlook: This is the third straight game between these teams, and it marks Towson State's debut in the North Atlantic Conference tournament. Delaware, the fourth seed, has won the first two games by a combined nine points. Towson State, the fifth seed, almost knocked off the Blue Hens last week, but senior F Ralph Blalock (17.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg) missed an off-balance jumper in the lane as time expired, and Delaware held on, 71-70. Senior G Scooter Alexander averages 11.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. The Blue Hens, who are 10-3 at home this season, are led by junior F Peca Arsic (17.2 ppg).

MAAC quarterfinal

Loyola (12-14) vs. Canisius (16-10)

Site: Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, N.Y.

Time: 2 p.m.

Radio: WCAO (600 AM)

Outlook: Loyola wrapped up the fourth seed in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament with Tuesday night's 67-53 pTC victory over Siena. Now, the Greyhounds (8-6 MAAC) will try to avenge a 13-point loss to Canisius in last year's first round. The teams split two games this season, Loyola losing, 72-67, then winning in overtime, 64-63. Sophomore G Mike Powell (20.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg) scored 34 points in the loss, but was held to 11 in the victory. Junior G/F Anthony Smith (13.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg) is playing despite a hand injury. Canisius has lost its past three games.

Patriot League first round

Army (6-19) vs. Navy (15-11)

Site: Hart Center, Worcester, Mass.

Time: 3 p.m.

Radio: WNAV (1430 AM)

Outlook: The Midshipmen, seeded No. 2 after finishing conference play 9-3, won their last four games. The Cadets, 2-10 in league play, have lost six straight. Army lost three of its top players a few weeks into the season: point G Alex Morris (knee surgery), G/F Alfred Forbes (suspended), and F Chris Glow (head injury). Sophomores Eddie Lucas (11.4 ppg) and Michael Heary (11.0 ppg) lead Navy's balanced offense.

Virginia (12-13) at Maryland (14-11)

Site: Cole Field House, College Park

Time: 4 p.m.

TV/Radio: Ch. 54/WBAL (1090 AM)

Outlook: Reduced to playing the numbers game, Maryland (6-8 in Atlantic Coast Conference) cannot afford another loss and still make the NCAA tournament. Virginia (6-9 ACC) is playing for the National Invitation Tournament -- if the Cavaliers lose, their season is over. Keith Booth had career highs with 27 points and 16 rebounds in Maryland's 80-72 win over Virginia in February. The Terps finish the regular season Monday in a home makeup game against Florida State. Johnny Rhodes needs two more steals to become the ACC's all-time leader.

Division III women's tournament

Salisbury State (19-8) vs. Defiance, Ohio (27-0)

Site: Karl H. Weaner Center, Defiance, Ohio

Time: 3 p.m.

Outlook: Salisbury State won its first Division III tournament game Wednesday, 77-53, at Goucher. Now, the seventh-seeded Sea Gulls face the No. 1 seed in the Atlantic Region. The Sea Gulls have won eight of their past nine games by an average margin of 12.6 points. They have limited four of their past five opponents to 35 percent or less shooting and have forced 118 turnovers in the past four games.

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