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Local Sports Round Up 3/14/11

The Monmouth College baseball team is off to a fast start in the non-conference season, as the Fighting Scots completed a 6 and 1 trip to Florida over the weekend. Monmouth topped Thiel College 12-2 in Fort Myers before heading back to the midwest to resume their schedule this week.

Galesburg High School senior Chad Thompson will sign a letter of intent this morning at GHS. According to boys head basketball coach Mike Reynolds, Thompson will sign with Division II Ashford University of Clinton, Iowa. The Saints are a member of the Midwest Collegiate Conference, and will welcome the Silver Streaks second leading scorer from the just completed season. The 6'6" Thompson will officially sign this morning at 10:40 in the main office at Galesburg High School.

One of the teams Thompson played against is still alive in the quest for a 3A state title. The Rock Island Rocks, fresh off of their sectional championship win against Peoria Central, will play Aurora Central Catholic tomorrow night at 6pm in the DeKalb Supersectional. The Rocks got 34 points from Chasson Randle in Friday night's win over the Lions at Bradley University. A win over Aurora would put coach Tom Sigel's team into the final four in Peoria this weekend.

Ohio State, Kansas, Pittsburgh and defending national champion Duke have snagged the top seeds in this year's NCAA tournament. The No. 1-ranked Buckeyes are the top seed in the entire 68-team field

Duke beat North Carolina to win the ACC tournament and edge out Notre Dame for the last No. 1 seed.

The Big East is leaving a big footprint in this year's tourney. Eleven of the Conference's 16 teams have qualified for the event.

Illinois will face UNLV and former Illini coach Lon Kruger on Friday in Tulsa, Okla., in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. Kruger left Illinois in 2000 after four seasons. The Illini (19-13), received a No. 9 seed from the NCAA, a year after being snubbed for last year's tournament. Illinois opened this season ranked No. 13 and considered a contender for the Big Ten title, but Bruce Webber's team has been a major disappointment, and lost to Michigan in the opening round of the Big-10 tournament Friday.

Northwestern won't be in the NCAA tournament but the Wildcats will be in the post season, hosting a National Invitational Tournament game. The Wildcats are a No. 4 seed and will host Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday. Northwestern finished strong with a Big Ten tournament win over Minnesota and an overtime loss to Ohio State.
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