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03/13/2011 - 8:17pm
Buck ugly: C's beat feeble Bucks

Ray Allen had 17 points and the Celtics set a new franchise record by limiting the Bucks to 56 points in a 87-56 laugher Sunday night at TD Garden. The previous record was 57 by the Milwaukee Hawks on Feb. 27, 1955. The win snapped a two-game losing streak as the C's avoided their first three-game skid of the season. 

 

The Bucks came within eight points of setting a new NBA record for fewest points in a game, held by the 1999 Bulls who scored just 49 in a game on April 10, 1999. The Bucks made just 22-of-70 shots on the night, finishing by shooting just 31.4 percent for the game. 

 

The Celtics also set a new NBA shot-clock era record by allowing just 38 points through three quarters.  Nenad Krstic had his second straight double-double, scoring 11 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. The Celtics led 20-9 after 1, 39-22 at the half and 60-38 after three.  

 

Glen Davis played his...

03/13/2011 - 8:11pm
BC's Donahue: 'We got what we deserved'

Boston College coach Steve Donahue spoke to the media Sunday night after learning that his team was not selected for the NCAA tournament. Donahue, who accepted an invitation for the NIT, said he was saddened for his seniors but not shocked by the selection committee's decision.

 

"We got what we deserved. That's the bottom line," Donahue said. "We've got to work harder, we've got to do things better."

 

BC will learn its opponent in the NIT at about 9 p.m. Sunday. The Eagles are expected to have a first-round game at Harvard, Vermont or Fairfield.

 

BC senior Joe Trapani also expressed disappointment that his final game will not be in the NCAAs, but he accepted the fact that the Eagles did not do enough to earn a bid.

 

"Woulda, coulda, shoulda, everybody does that," he said. "The good teams find a way."

 

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03/13/2011 - 6:38pm
NCAAs: BU draws Kansas, BC out

America East tournament champion Boston University received a 16 seed for the NCAA tournament, announced Sunday. The Terriers will play Big 12 powerhouse Kansas on Friday in Tulsa, Okla. The winner of that game gets the UNLV-Illinois winner in the next round.

 

Big East tournament champion UConn is a No. 3 seed in the West and will play Patriot League champion Bucknell on Thursday in Washington. The winner meets the survivor of Cincinnati and Missouri.

 

That's it for New England teams, as Boston College and Harvard did not receive at-large bids. Both are expected to play in the NIT. Four ACC teams received NCAA bids, as Virginia Tech was turned away in a controversial decision.

 

Big Ten champion Ohio State is the tournament's top seed and will play in the East. The other top seeds are Kansas (Southwest), Pitt (Southeast) and Duke (West). The East and West winners will meet in one Final Four...

03/13/2011 - 5:40pm
Rivers: Not thinking about No. 1 seed at all

Speaking before his team's game with the Bucks at TD Garden Sunday night, Celtics coach Doc Rivers said that claiming the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference is no longer a primary goal for the C's. Rivers explained that simply getting through the regular season in good physical shape is the priority.

 

"I would like it. It's not going to be a deal-breaker for us, honestly," said Rivers, whose team was one game ahead of No. 2 Chicago heading into Sunday night's game. "I want it, though. I think it's important. But right now I can say I'm not focused on that at all. I'm not thinking about the one-seed at all. Early in the year we were clearly thinking about it, but right now I think about getting guys back healthy. Let's act like a one-seed even if we're not."

 

Along the lines of what Rivers talked about regarding the importance of getting bodies back healthy for the Celts, the coach touched on the...

03/13/2011 - 12:53pm
Gonzalez hopes to play 162 games

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Because Adrian Gonzalez has been rehabbing from his shoulder surgery for most of the spring and did not enter his first exhibition game until Saturday, it was easy to overlook the fact that he almost never takes a day off. But, now that he is in games, Gonzalez made clear that he hopes to maintain his status as the hardest man to take out of a lineup in the majors.

 

Over the last four years, Gonzalez leads all major leaguers with 643 games played, an average of nearly 161 contests a season. This year, he hopes, will be no different.

 

“I want to play every game,” Gonzalez said.

 

The 28-year-old has played at least 160 games in each of the last four seasons, including the full slate of 162 games in 2008 for the Padres. Asked whether fatigue entered the picture at any point while assuming such a workload, Gonzalez seemed amused.

 

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