Daily Sports Roundup: March 30

by Dirty on March 30, 2010

Today in the Daily Sports Roundup: The NIT semifinals get underway at MSG, while the Coyotes meet the Canucks, and the Suns play on the road in Chicago.

Tipping off on the hardwood . . .

The NBA offers up five games on Tuesday night, with Sacramento at Indiana, Oklahoma City at Philadelphia, the Clippers at Milwaukee, Washington at Houston, and Phoenix at Chicago. The Bulls got past the Suns 115-104 as 6.5-point underdogs on the road when the teams met back on January 22. Derrick Rose led the way with 32 points for Chicago in that win, while Luol Deng was good for 23 points. Amare Stoudemire had a team-high 23 points in that loss for the Suns, and Steve Nash was held to eight points and seven assists. Phoenix center Robin Lopez won’t be in the lineup on Tuesday; he’s out with a sore back.

As well, there are three college basketball games on the schedule for Tuesday, with the CIT determining its champion and the NIT staging its semifinal matchups. The title game of the CIT has Pacific vs. Missouri State, with the Bears pegged as the 5.5-point favorites (and the total at 127 points). Over in the NIT at Madison Square Garden it’ll be Dayton vs. Mississippi and North Carolina vs. Rhode Island on Tuesday night. The Dayton/Mississippi matchup has been listed by the oddsmakers as a pick’em, with a total of 142 points. Rhode Island then sits as a 1-point favorite against UNC, with that contest’s total at 149 points.

Taking a trip around the rink . . .

Finally, there are nine games on the NHL’s schedule for Tuesday, with Boston at New Jersey, the Rangers at the Islanders, Atlanta at Toronto, Ottawa at Washington, Tampa Bay at Columbus, Edmonton at Detroit, Chicago at St. Louis, Los Angeles at Nashville, and Phoenix at Vancouver. The 47-23-6 Coyotes clinched a playoff berth with their 6-2 win over Colorado on Saturday night; Lee Stempniak scored a pair of goals in that contest. The 45-26-4 Canucks were doubled up 4-2 by the Sharks in their last game on Saturday, with Roberto Luongo stopping 26 of 29 shots. Phoenix is 2-1 against Vancouver this season.

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