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SPORTS DIGEST: Indiana Northwest scores two more upsets in conference tournaments
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SPORTS DIGEST: Indiana Northwest scores two more upsets in conference tournaments

Indiana Northwest RedHawks

MEN'S BASKETBALL

Indiana Northwest scores another upset: Indiana Northwest pulled off another upset in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament. The RedHawks built a 16-point lead in the first half en route to a 96-75 win over third-seeded St. Ambrose. Seeded 11th, IUN got a game-high 27 points from Jared Johnson. Marshaud Watkins and Jerron Tatum each scored 17 points. The RedHawks will play 13th-seeded IU-South Bend on Saturday.

March Madness contingency plans set: Turns out the top four teams left out of March Madness won't have their bubbles burst quite yet. Under a contingency plan released Thursday by the Division I basketball committees, those four at-large teams that don't make the original field in the men's and women's NCAA tournaments will be placed in order and serve as the replacement teams should any conference with multiple bids have a school that is unable to participate due to COVID-19 issues. If the tournament begins without any withdrawals, the four would still be eligible to compete in the NIT. The contingency plan only applies to the short period between the announcement of the brackets — March 14 for men and March 15 for women — and the start of games later that week. Once a tournament begins, any team whose opponent is forced to withdraw would automatically advance to the next round. If there are COVID-19 issues with a qualifying school leading up to the NCAA Tournament selection, conferences get to designate a replacement team and it will be seeded in the bracket based upon its own body of work. Single-bid conferences likewise can choose their replacement provided the team has gone seven days without a positive test.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

RedHawks pull off another upset: Karli Miller's 3-pointer with 60 seconds left gave Indiana Northwest the lead for good in a 35-33 win over fourth-seeded Cardinal Stritch on Thursday. The 12th-seeded RedHawks won a single Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference game in the regular season and now have back-to-back upsets. Samantha Martin's free throws with 29 seconds left secured the win. IUN will play top-seeded St. Xavier in Saturday's semifinals.

The Region's All-NCAA Tournament team

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