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Tournament tidbits: ESPN reseeds Spartans sixth

Detroit News wire services

Michigan State has improved its lie.

ESPN.com reporter Myron Medcalf reseeded the Sweet 16 teams and has Michigan State at No. 6, one spot behind Wisconsin.

"How does Tom Izzo do it?" Medcalf wrote. "Of all the teams he has coached in recent years, this is the one that seemed like a one-and-done for most of the season.

"But Michigan State has been on a crazy run since early March, and that run has continued in the NCAA Tournament because of that typical Spartan grit."

Friday's East Regional opponent, Oklahoma, was ranked 15th of the 16 teams. Kentucky retained the top seed.

Huggins daughters trash Maryland's Wells

It has been a few years since West Virginia coach Bob Huggins was at Cincinnati.

Same thing with Maryland star Dez Wells, who started his career at Xavier.

But a version of the Cincinnati-Xavier rivalry played out in West Virginia's 69-59 victory over Maryland last weekend.

Huggins' daughters, Jenna Leigh and Jacque Huggins, posted "NO MEANS NO DEZ" on their Twitter accounts during the game, The Washington Post reported. Wells was expelled from Xavier after being implicated in sexual assault accusations though no charges were filed against him. Wells later sued the school and received an out-of-court settlement.

Several media reports placed the Huggins daughters at the game, yelling at Wells and calling him a rapist.

Wells finished with nine points and five rebounds in his final collegiate game.

High school taunts Boeheim's daughter

Officials from a New York City-area high school apologized for taunts students aimed at Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim's daughter during the state tournament semifinals.

The principal of Albertus Magnus High in Rockland County sent a letter Monday to Jamesville-DeWitt High's girls varsity basketball team, including Jamie Boeheim, apologizing for the students' "inappropriate remarks" last weekend.

The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports the Syracuse-area school was en route to a 56-33 win over the previously unbeaten and No. 1-ranked downstate school in the Class A semis when Jamie Boeheim, a freshman, got into the game. Some Albertus Magnus students at the game played outside Albany started chanting, "Where's the cheater?"

The taunt was a reference to the NCAA's sanctioning of Syracuse's basketball program for academic and benefits violations.

Report: Howland to coach Mississippi State

Former UCLA coach Ben Howland agreed to a four-year contract to become Mississippi State's coach, according to reports from multiple outlets.

Howland, 57, would replace Rick Ray, who was fired last weekend after three seasons in Starkville. The Bulldogs were 13-19 this season.

Brey honors mother by coaching Notre Dame

Notre Dame coach Mike Brey said he never thought about skipping last weekend's game against Butler after learning of the death of his 84-year-old mother, Betty, who passed away the morning of the game.

Brey said he knew it's what his mother would have wanted. She swam at Purdue and competed in the 1956 Olympics.

"An unbelievable woman, ahead of her time," Brey said.