Vermont in NCAAs; 4 N.E. teams make N.I.T.

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Vermont in NCAAs; 4 N.E. teams make N.I.T.

Updated 10:33 p.m.

As expected, Vermont -- the America East champion -- became the only New England representative in this year's NCAA tournament when the seedings were announced Sunday night.

But four other N.E. teams -- Connecticut, Northeastern, Rhode Island and Quinnipiac -- will continue their seasons in the National Invitation Tournament, and another, Boston Unversity, will compete in the College Basketball Invitational.

The Catamounts won't have far to travel: They're headed to Buffalo, N.Y., where, as the 16th seed in the West Regional, they will face No. 1 Syracuse on Friday. Should they manage to pull off what would be a monstrous upset, they would face the winner of the Gonzaga-Florida State game on Sunday.

The N.I.T., meanwhile, will have a distinctly local tinge . . . and two of the New England teams will play each other in the first round. Northeastern travels to Connecticut for a first-round game Tuesday night at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

In the other part of that bracket, Quinnipiac will play at Virginia Tech Wednesday at 7 p.m. The winners of those games will play each other in the second round, with the date and site to be announced.

The University of Rhode Island will host Northwestern Wednesday night at 7 p.m. If the Rams win, they'll play the winner of the Nevada-Wichita State game in the second round.

One set of NCAA games this weekend will be played at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, and two Big East teams are headed to Rhode Island. Villanova, the No. 2 seed in the South Regional, will face No. 15 Robert Morris, and Georgetown, the No. 3 seed in the Midwest Regional, plays No. 14 Ohio. The two other games in Providence: No. 7 Richmond vs. No. 10 Robert Morris in the South Regional, and No. 6 Tennessee vs. No. 14 San Diego State in the Midwest Regional.

The games in Providence will be played on Thursday and Saturday.

One other New England team -- Boston University -- will compete in the 16-team College Basketball Invitational. The Terriers play at Oregon State, coached by President Obama's brother-in-law, Craig Robinson, on Wednesday. The Beavers are the CBI's defending champions.

Get complete NCAA coverage from CSNNE.com's STATSAssociated Press page. Also get news and video from Comcast.net Sports' 2010 March to Glory page. Follow the N.I.T. at www.nit.org. Follow the CBI at http:www.gazellegroup.comeventscbiindex_main.htm.

Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

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Sheary, Crosby lead Penguins past Bruins, 5-1

PITTSBURGH - Conor Sheary scored two goals, Sidney Crosby added his league-leading 28th and the Pittsburgh Penguins won their fourth straight game, 5-1 over the Boston Bruins.

Pittsburgh led 2-1 through two periods before breaking out in the third with three goals in a span of 2 minutes, 57 seconds.

Sheary scored his 17th and has nine goals in nine games. Bryan Rust added his 12th and Patric Hornqvist his 11th for the Penguins, who won a season-high seventh straight at home. Pittsburgh the NHL's best home team, is 13-0-1 in its last 14 home games.

Evgeni Malkin had two assists for a season-best seven-game point streak. Crosby added two assists for a three-point game. Matt Murray made 44 saves to win his fourth straight game.

David Krejci scored his 11th for the Bruins, who have lost four straight and five of their last six.