The Boston College Eagles advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday with their 84-75 win over Bobby Knight’s Texas Tech Red Raiders.

Mark Murphy has coach Al Skinner being proved correct when he talked about how much better his team would look when they played someone outside of the ACC. Michael Vega looks at sophomore guard Tyrese Rice leading the way for the Eagles with 26 points on the afternoon.

Bob Ryan writes about senior Sean Marshall putting things together for the Eagles yesterday, scoring 21 points in the win. Steve Buckley also looks at Marshall, who extended his college career by at least one more game with his performance yesterday. Buckley also has Texas Tech coach Bobby Knight practically gushing over Tyrese Rice.

Vega’s notebook has Skinner looking forward to a familiar foe in Georgetown in the next round. Murphy’s notebook has more on the second round matchup with the Hoyas.

Rich Thompson has a look at Holy Cross big man Tim Clifford, as he and the Crusaders get ready to play Southern Illinois tonight. Jennifer Toland has Holy Cross getting ready for a physical game tonight. Toland’s notebook looks at a pair of Holy Cross seniors who won’t be fazed by the spotlight of playing in the NCAA tournament.

Mark Blaudschun has Antonio Anderson from Lynn getting set to lead his Memphis squad into action this afternoon against North Texas.

Red Sox

Amalie Benjamin has Josh Beckett looking to harness his curveball a bit better and striving to be more consistent overall this season. Sean McAdam has Beckett entering his second season with the Red Sox with plenty to prove. Karen Guregian has Coco Crisp insisting that everything is fine with his finger, despite a .179 average thus far this spring. John Tomase has Eric Hinske glad to be with the Red Sox, and being looked upon to provide versatility and some power off the bench.

Tomase also has a bit on Beckett, who likes where he is at this point in Spring training. Guregian has Cincinnati native Kevin Youkilis feeling conflicted about Pete Rose’s recent claims that he bet on all Reds games. Chad Finn has part II of his review of Bill James’ projections for the 2007 Red Sox.

Benjamin’s notebook has Craig Hansen still in the running for the final spot in the Red Sox bullpen. Tomase’s notebook has Curt Schilling attempting to clear the air on his blog. McAdam’s notebook has the Red Sox bats cooling off as of late in spring training.

Bruins

Christopher L. Gasper has the Bruins closer, rookie Phil Kessel putting another game away with a shootout goal in the Bruins 4-3 victory over the Capitals. Steve Conroy has more on the Bruins coming from three goals down to beat the Capitals last night. Joe McDonald looks at the Bruins staying alive in the playoff race with the win. Bud Barth also has a look at the win, which pulled the Bruins to within five points of the final playoff game with 12 games to play. Douglas Flynn says that this win wasn’t all positives for the Bruins.

Stephen Harris looks a the Bruins starting slow, but finding a way to win late, sort of a microcosm of their whole season. Mike Loftus looks at how Marc Savard has stepped up his game with injuries to the Bruins forwards.

Gaspar’s notebook has Ben Walter getting his feet wet with the Bruins. Conroy’s notebook has the power play being a big part of the Bruins last two wins. McDonald’s notebook has Walter ready to make his mark in the league, taking after his father, 15 year NHL veteran Ryan Walter. Barth’s notebook says that this years Bruins have been hard ti understand and impossible to figure out. Flynn’s notebook has more on Walter.

Celtics

Shira Springer has Kendrick Perkins starting to make some strides after suffering from plantar fasciitis earlier this season. Scott Souza has Doc Rivers’ attempt at a rotation foiled again by injury. Mike Fine looks at Paul Pierce continuing to play through the pain in his elbow. Fine’s notebook has Perkins showing signs of life.

Misc

Albert Breer has the Patriots working out a number of college players in preparation for next month’s NFL draft. Glen Farley has more on Deion Branch assisting the Patriots efforts to recruit Donte’ Stallworth.

Susan Bickelhaupt has Tina Cervasio getting thrown right into the fire when she joined NESN last season. Bill Doyle looks at former Duke and NBA player Mike Gminski doing analysis for CBS in the NCAA tournament.

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