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Baylor's DiDi Richards (2), Kalani Brown (21) and Lauren Cox celebrate as they walk to the bench during an NCAA college basketball game against Texas in Waco, Texas, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

What you need to know about the women’s NCAA Tournament

The opening round begins Friday. Here’s what to watch for.

Connecticut head coach Geno Auriemma watches play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the American Athletic Conference women's tournament finals against Central Florida, Monday, March 11, 2019, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

College Basketball

NCAA women’s tournament bracket mistakenly leaked

Baylor, Notre Dame, Mississippi State and Louisville are the No. 1 seeds, leading a March Madness field that was revealed early thanks to a production error.

Texas Southern guard Jalyn Patterson (3) fouls Prairie View A&M forward Devonte Patterson (5) during the first half of the SWAC championship NCAA college basketball game Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. (AP Photo/Julie Bennett)

JOE SULLIVAN

Previewing Tuesday’s First Four NCAA games

Prairie View A&M, Fairleigh Dickinson, Temple, and Belmont will try to make it into the main draw.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: Teammates RJ Barrett #5 and Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils react after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

JOE SULLIVAN | NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT ANALYSIS

They might as well rename it the ACC Tournament

Three of the top four seeds in the NCAA Tournament field are from the powerhouse Atlantic Coast Conference.

Boston MA 10/09/18 Boston University Patrick Harper during practice at Agganis Arena. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

BU and BC reach Hockey East semifinals

Terriers get past Lowell while BC upends Providence.

Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl celebrates with Horace Spencer (0) and Samir Doughty (10) after beating Tennessee in the NCAA college basketball Southeastern Conference championship game Sunday, March 17, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. Auburn won 84-64. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NCAA bracket: Download and print out a March Madness grid

The selections have been made. Here’s how the 2019 men’s basketball championship teams are matched up.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils reacts after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

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Here’s a reason to watch the NCAA Tournament

His name is Zion Williamson and he is a force of nature for Duke.

Boston, MA--03/17/2019--Northeastern forward Jeremy Miller reacts after hearing his team will play Kansas while being filmed by his teammate, Myles Franklin, during an NCAA Tournament Selection Sunday watch party in the Curry Student Center at Northeastern University. (Nathan Klima for The Boston Globe) Topic: northeasternbracket Reporter:

NCAA BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

Northeastern draws Kansas in NCAA opening round

The 13th-seeded Huskies, making their first appearance in the Big Dance since 2015, face a major challenge in Salt Lake City.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 16: Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils accepts the ACC Championship trophy after defeating the Florida State Seminoles 73-63 in the championship game of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 16, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK

Duke earns No. 1 overall seed in men’s NCAA Tournament

The Blue Devils will open East Region play Friday in Columbia, S.C., against the winner of a First Four game between North Carolina Central and North Dakota State.

Yale's Jordan Bruner dunks the ball during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game for the Ivy League championship against Harvard at Yale University in New Haven, Conn., Sunday, March 17, 2019, in New Haven, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

IVY LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP | YALE 97, HARVARD 85

No NCAAs again as Harvard men’s basketball falls at Yale

The Crimson beat the rival Bulldogs twice in the regular season, but couldn’t make it three on Yale’s home floor in the tournament final.

Massachusetts' Brett Boeing (22) scores against New Hampshire goalie Mike Robinson during the first period of an NCAA college hockey game, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

MEN’S COLLEGE HOCKEY ROUNDUP

Logan Hutsko, BC force deciding Game 3 at Providence

The sophomore forward scored 23 seconds into OT to tie the Hockey East quarterfinal series at a game apiece. The deciding game is Sunday at 5 p.m.

Vermont's Ernie Duncan (20) celebrates with and teammates of an NCAA college basketball game against Maryland-Baltimore County in the championship of the America East Tournament, Saturday, March 16, 2019, in in Burlington, Vt. Vermont won 66-49. (Ryan Mercer/The Burlington Free Press via AP)

SPORTS LOG

Vermont men top UMBC to earn NCAA Tournament bid

Anthony Lamb had 28 points and nine rebounds as the Catamounts won their second America East title in three years.

Fred Hill went 941-658-7 in 30 years as Rutgers baseball coach.

TARA SULLIVAN

Death of a coach reminds us of the impact a good one can have

Rutgers’s Fred Hill was a true teacher whose effect was long-lasting, and not just on his players.

NCAA WOMEN’S HOCKEY | CORNELL 3, NORTHEASTERN 2 (OT)

Northeastern, Boston College both bounced from NCAA tournament

Both the Huskies and Eagles lost in overtime, Northeastern falling to Cornell at home, ending their seasons one game shy of the Frozen Four.

In college bribery scandal, special admissions ‘the original sin’

Enrolling prospective athletes who don’t meet a school’s entry standards has been an accepted part of big-time football and basketball since the birth of college sports.

Bryce Aiken, seen earlier this season, had 19 points for Harvard in an Ivy League semifnal win over Penn.

Harvard 66, Penn 58

Harvard defeats Penn in Ivy League semifinals

Bryce Aiken led the Crimson with 19 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Massachusetts' John Leonard, fires a shot on goal between the skates New Hampshire's Richard Boyd (15) during the first period of an NCAA college hockey game, Friday, March 15, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

men’s college hockey playoffs

BU skates past Lowell in Hockey East opener

UMass rallied from 3-0 hole to get past UNH in double overtime.

SPORTS LOG

Northeastern women suffer OT loss to Drexel in CAA semis

Shannon Todd had a chance to win it for the Huskies in regulation but her 3-pointer missed the mark with two seconds left.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Triton Regional grad John Boyle won the 184-pound title at the NCAA Division 3 wrestling championships, becoming first national champion for any sport at Western New England.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 14: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Syracuse Orange during their game in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 14, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Zion Williamson wore Kyrie Irving model Nikes in his return, and Kyrie approves

“He’s a special player, so I’m just happy that he has some shoes that won’t deteriorate over time,” Kyrie Irving said.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 14: Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils dunks the ball against the Syracuse Orange during their game in the quarterfinal round of the 2019 Men's ACC Basketball Tournament at Spectrum Center on March 14, 2019 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Duke 84, Syracuse 72

Freshman star Zion Williamson doesn’t miss a shot in return to Duke

Wearing Kyrie Irving’s signature Nike shoe, Zion Williamson scored 29 points on 13-for-13 shooting to lead the Blue Devils over Syracuse in his return to the court after a knee injury sidelined him six games.

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - JANUARY 02: Head coach Tommy Amaker talks with Noah Kirkwood #10 of the Harvard Crimson during the second half of their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at the Dean Smith Center on January 02, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. North Carolina won 77-57. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Ivy League tournament remains an obstacle for Harvard

The Crimson were regular-season champions but haven’t done well in the league’s postseason tourney.

Kriste Kirshe breaks through the Ireland defense for Team USA.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Franklin’s Kristi Kirshe taking her skills to the rugby world stage

The former Franklin High and Williams College soccer star is suiting up for Team USA.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Hamilton’s James Burr a captain of character for BU lacrosse

The Middlesex School grad is the program’s career scoring leader and a recent draft pick of the Boston Cannons.

Massachusetts' Brett Boeing (22) celebrates with Jack Suter (10) after scoring a goal against Northeastern goalie Cayden Primeau during the first period of a college hockey game Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in Amherst, Mass. (J. Anthony Roberts/The Republican via AP)

Previewing the Hockey East quarterfinals

The best-of-three series begin Friday, with UMass going in as the top seed.

Sports Log

Boston College women out of ACC basketball tournament

Junior forward Emma Guy led the Eagles with 18 points, but it wasn’t enough.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 13: Keon Clergeot #20 of the Massachusetts Minutemen reacts after a play in the second half against the George Washington Colonials during the first round of the 2019 Atlantic 10 men's basketball tournament at Barclays Center on March 13, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images)

ATLANTIC 10 BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT

George Washington ousts UMass in first round

The Minutemen pushed the game to overtime before falling to the hapless Colonials (9-23) to end their season 11-21.

Umass Amherst sophomore defenseman Cale Makar (16) celebrates a goal against Princeton sophomore goaltender Ryan Ferland (30) in the first period at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on November 24, 2018. UMass defeated Princeton 3-2 in overtime. Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

College Hockey

As playoffs begin, UMass and Harvard follow the lead of their blue-chip blue liners

Dynamic defensemen Cale Makar and Adam Fox use swift skating and hockey smarts to dominate games.

Boston College's Jared Hamilton (3) strips the ball from Pittsburgh's Trey McGowens (2) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Atlantic Coast Conference men's tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

ACC tournament: Pitt 80, BC 70

Cold-shooting Boston College knocked out by Pitt

Nik Popovic had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead BC (14-17), which trailed by as many as 27 in the second half

Northeastern players celebrate after defeating Hofstra 82-74 in an NCAA college basketball game at the Colonial Athletic Association men's basketball championship, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

College basketball roundup

Northeastern stuns Hofstra for NCAA spot

Northeastern, which last played in the NCAA Tournament in 2015, has not won an NCAA tourney game since 1984

Villanova guard Joe Cremo (24) defends Seton Hall guard Myles Powell (13) who drives to the bakset during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, March 9, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Powell was the hih scorer with 20 points as Seton Hall defeated Villanova 79-75. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Previewing this week’s conference tournaments in men’s basketball

With the NCAA Tournament approaching, we also name our All-American teams.

Boston College's Jordan Chatman (25) drives past North Carolina's Andrew Platek (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

College Basketball

Boston College takes on Pittsburgh in first round of ACC tournament

Boston College won a regular-season matchup in February by nine points.

Northeastern's Vasa Pusica, right, drives to the basket as Ohio State's C.J. Jackson defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

Northeastern 70, College of Charleston 67

Northeastern hangs on, advances to second straight CAA final

Vasa Pusica scored 13 points and Northeastern held Charleston scoreless for the final 3:13 of the game.

Connecticut's Katie Lou Samuelson, second from top left, and Napheesa Collier, second from top right, hold the American Athletic Conference (AAC) women's tournament championship trophy presented by associate commissioner for women's basketball Barbara Jacobs, top left, and AAC commissioner Mike Aresco, right, after defeating UCF in an NCAA college basketball game in the AAC women's tournament finals, Monday, March 11, 2019, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

UCOnn 66, UCF 45

UConn women beat UCF for sixth straight AAC title

Napheesa Collier scored 25 points as UConn improved to 120-0 against AAC opponents since 2013.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 12/04/2018 - Sports feature on Boston College guard Ky Bowman. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Julian Benbow, Topic: BC Basketball/Ky Bowman, LOID: 8.4.3929920578.

Julian Benbow

For Ky Bowman, return to BC was a learning and teaching experience

By eschewing the NBA draft, the junior guard believes he made himself and his teammates better.

COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION

Northeastern beats UNC Wilmington to advance in conference tournament

Jordan Roland (21 points) and Bolden Brace (17 points) lead the Huskies to the semifinal round

WOMEN’S HOCKEY EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

Kasidy Anderson strikes in OT as Northeastern edges BC

The senior forward ended a back-and-forth struggle at 12:39 of overtime as the Huskies earned their second straight title.

CHAPEL HILL, NORTH CAROLINA - MARCH 09: Marques Bolden #20 of the Duke Blue Devils is helped off the floor by teammates after an injury during their game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Dean Smith Center on March 09, 2019 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Sports Log

No. 3 North Carolina holds off No. 4 Duke in men’s college basketball

The Blue Devils, still without star freshman Zion Williamson, lost another key player to injury.

Daryl Watts had two goals and an assist for Boston College on Saturday.

Women’s Hockey East tournament

BC rolls on, to meet Northeastern for Women’s Hockey East crown

Daryl Watts had two goals and an assist for the Eagles, who have gone 9-1-1 in their last 11 games

Judge: college football, basketball players should get more compensation

The judge ruled against the NCAA, saying student-athletes should be compensated only if the benefits are tied to education.

CATCHING UP WITH ...

Michelle Grifoni putting her Salem State education into practice back on campus

A four-year standout on the softball diamond for the Vikings, the Peabody High grad is an adjunct professor at the university.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Braintree’s Ashley Russell has a pivotal role on the court at Penn

The state’s two-time Gatorade Player of the Year is a senior captain for Ivy-leading Penn woman.

NOTEWORTHY

Globe Local: Noteworthy performances

Lowell’s Sean Bryan was named MASCAC Player of the Year for men’s basketball after averaging 25.3 points per game.

Umass Amherst hockey head coach Greg Carvel (C) has a talk with his team during a break in the game against Princeton in the second period at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts on November 24, 2018. UMass defeated Princeton 3-2 in overtime. Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe

College hockey notebook

There will be plenty of jockeying in last week of Hockey East’s regular season

Although UMass has wrapped up the regular-season crown and the No. 1 seed, two points separate teams in second through fifth.

Virginia Tech's Ahmed Hill, right, applies defensive pressure to Northeastern's Bolden Brace in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game at the Charleston Classic at TD Arena, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Charleston, S.C. Virginia Tech defeated Northeastern 88-60. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

Which Massachusetts basketball teams have a shot at the NCAA Tournament?

Only a few of the state’s Division 1 men’s and women’s programs are likely to join in on March Madness.

North Carolina 79, BC 66

No. 3 North Carolina routs Boston College

Ky Bowman scored 23 points, but it wasn’t nearly enough against the powerful Tar Heels.

Former Adidas executive James Gatto arrives to court for sentencing in New York, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Federal prosecutors have recommended multi-year prison sentences for Gatto and two other men convicted of fraud for channeling secret payments to the families of top-tier basketball recruits to influence where the players went to school. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Three sentenced to prison in college basketball corruption scandal

A judge wanted to send a message to those who paid families to persuade top recruits to play for schools sponsored by Adidas.

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 24: The Loyola Ramblers celebrate after defeating the Kansas State Wildcats during the 2018 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament South Regional at Philips Arena on March 24, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. Loyola defeated Kansas State 78-62 to advance to the Final Four. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

JOE SULLIVAN | COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Searching for this year’s Cinderella in the NCAA Tournament

Can an underdog team do what Loyola of Chicago did last year? Here are some possibilities.

US President Donald J. Trump welcomes the 2018 FCS Division I Football National Champions, the North Dakota State Bison team to the White House on March 4, 2019 in Washington,DC. (Photo by Mandel NGAN / AFP)MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images

Trump is greeting football players at the White House with fast food — again

President Trump welcomed the North Dakota State Bison football players to the White House on Monday with a now-familiar spread of fast food.

Georgia Tech guards Michael Devoe (0) and Curtis Haywood II (13) high-five as time expires to beat Boston College 81-78 in overtime in an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, March 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Georgia Tech 81, BC 78 (OT)

Ky Bowman misses 3-pointer at buzzer, BC falls in OT to Georgia Tech

The Eagles, coming off an emotional win over Louisville, dropped to 1-8 on the road in the ACC.