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Class 1, 2 , and 3 District Basketball Tournaments continue tonight around the area . With Sectional Play in Classes 4 and 5 taking place on Wednesday night. Our next coverage of high school basketball is coming up on Friday as we bring you the Boys and Girls Championship games from Class 3 District 15 at Higginsville. Don’t forget at 9:30 this evening it’s the Tuesday night edition of the KMZU/Farm Bureau 5th Quarter show. We’ll have all the coaches interviews and scores from the various District
Tournaments.

(Warrensburg, Mo.)–Junior guard Boo Hunter was named second-team All-MIAA on Tuesday, headlining the men’s basketball all-conference selections for Central Missouri. Junior guard Reggie Stallings was the other Mule selected, earning All-Defensive Team honors. Hunter (Memphis, Tenn.) leads the Mules in scoring with 14.6 points per game, while ranking second in both rebounding (4.8 rpg) and assists (66). He also leads the team with 27 steals and ranks sixth in the league with an 80.7 free throw percentage.  Stallings (Flint, Mich.) has been asked to guard many of the opposing team’s leading scorers this season, holding many below their averages. He scores 8.1 points and 4.8 boards per contest, while snagging 19 steals. The Mules will start MIAA Tournament play on Thursday as the No. 5 seed, and will face fourth-seeded Nebraska-Omaha at 2:15 p.m. in Kansas City’s Municipal Auditorium.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri State junior Kyle Weems has been picked as the Missouri Valley Conference player of the year. Weems, who was honored Tuesday, is the only player in the conference ranked in the top five in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, steals and free throw percentage. The Bears (23-7) won a school-record 15 conference games and are the top seed in the league tournament. Weems averages 16.3 points and seven rebounds and is shooting 50.7 percent, while leading the team with 37 steals and ranking second with 26 blocks. He received all but three of 36 first-place votes from a panel of sports information directors and media. Others on the first team included Creighton’s Doug McDermott, Kwadzo Ahelegbe of Northern Iowa, J.T. Durley of Wichita State and Andrew Warren of Bradley.
    
(Lincoln, NE) — Twenty-second-ranked Missouri looks to avoid back-to-back losses when it takes on Nebraska tonight in Lincoln.  The game will be the Cornhuskers’ final contest as a Big 12 team at the Devaney Sports Center as they are scheduled to depart for the Big Ten next season.  Missouri comes in 22-and-7 on the season, and 8-and-6 in conference play.  The Tigers are just 1-and-6 in conference road games, with their lone victory coming against last-place Iowa State.

(Jupiter, FL) — Cardinals  pitchers Chris Carpenter and Mitchell Boggs both left with injuries  during a spring training game against the Florida Marlins. Carpenter, a former  Cy  Young winner, left  in the third inning with a strained left hamstring. He  cruised during his 2 2/3 innings, striking out two and giving up just one hit.  Boggs  replaced  Carpenter but only lasted  2/3 of an inning before leaving in the  fourth  with a  lower back strain.  The injuries seemed  to be minor, but  caused  gasps  after the Cardinals lost  No. 1 starter Adam Wainwright for the  entire season to Tommy John surgery.

                         
(Oklahoma City, OK) — The  Oklahoma City  Thunder and  newly-acquired center  Kendrick Perkins  have agreed  to  a multi-year contract extension.  Perkins was dealt from Boston to  Oklahoma City as part of a four-player swap at last Thursday’s trade deadline.  He  had  played for only the  Celtics during his entire eight-year NBA career.  Perkins  has played in  just 12 games this season after recovering from a knee  injury  suffered  during the NBA Finals  last June and is averaging 7.3 points  and 8.1 rebounds.

Top 25 College Basketball 

7:00 p.m. – Illinois at (6) Purdue
  7:00 p.m. – Alabama at (14) Florida
  8:00 p.m. – (22) Missouri at Nebraska
  9:00 p.m. – (1) Ohio State at Penn State
  9:00 p.m. – (21) Vanderbilt at (20) Kentucky
10:00 p.m. – (9) San Diego State at Wyoming

  National Basketball Association 

7:00 p.m. – Golden State Warriors at Indiana Pacers
  7:00 p.m. – New York Knicks at Orlando Magic
  7:00 p.m. – Dallas Mavericks at Philadelphia 76ers
  7:00 p.m. – New Orleans Hornets at Toronto Raptors
  8:00 p.m. – San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies
  8:00 p.m. – Detroit Pistons at Milwaukee Bucks
  8:00 p.m. – Los Angeles Lakers at Minnesota Timberwolves
10:00 p.m. – Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers