Arkansas fires women's coach Tom Collen
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long says the school has fired women's basketball coach Tom Collen.
The Razorbacks (19-11) lost in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament to Mississippi on Wednesday, the eighth time in nine seasons they've failed to advance past the opening game.
Collen was 132-90 in seven seasons at Arkansas after being hired away from Louisville. However, the school reached the NCAA tournament just once, during the 2011-12 season, and the Razorbacks were 40-68 in SEC play - including a 6-10 finish this season.
Long says the program hasn't "made the progress necessary" to compete in the SEC, and that a national search will begin immediately to find his replacement. Collen made $415,691 annually and was under contract through March of 2016.
Henderson St. to meet So. Arkansas in GAC tourney
BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) - Henderson State will appear in a conference tournament semi-final game for the first time since 2007 when the Reddies face Southern Arkansas.
Saturday's Great American Conference Tournament game will be played in Bartlesville, Okla.
The Reddies opened the GAC Tournament with a 65-61 upset of No. 3 seed Arkansas-Monticello. No. 7th-seed Southern Arkansas knocked off the No. 2 seed Southwestern Oklahoma 63-59.
In the regular season, Henderson State won both games against the Muleriders including an 83-68 win on Jan. 21 in Arkadelphia. Henderson State closed out the regular season on March 1 with a 59-43 win in Magnolia.
Henderson averages 72.9 points per game and is shooting 46 percent from the field.
Henderson is competing in its 13th conference tournament since becoming an NCAA Division II institution in 1993-94.
OKLAHOMA ST-IOWA ST
Oklahoma State travels to Iowa State this weekend
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma State travels to Iowa State this weekend for the final game of the regular season.
The Cowboys and Cyclones play Saturday in a game that will be televised on ESPN.
ISU defeated OSU 98-97 in triple overtime five weeks ago in Stillwater. Oklahoma State is 20-10 overall this season and 8-9 in league play, riding a four-game winning streak. The Cowboys defeated Kansas State 77-61 on Monday.
OSU is averaging 80.7 points per game with four players averaging at least 13 points per game. Marcus Smart leads with 17.6 points per game, among the leaders in the Big 12 Conference. Markel Brown is also among the league's top scorers, averaging 16.9 points per game.
OSU is shooting 46.9 percent from the floor, including 36.8 percent from beyond the arc.
BIG 12 TOURNAMENT
2014 Big 12 Wrestling Championship set in Norman
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - The Big 12 Conference wrestling championships are set for this weekend in Norman.
The tournament will be held on Saturday at McCasland Field House on the University of Oklahoma campus. It marks the fourth time Oklahoma will host the event and the first since 2010.
Oklahoma State leads the conference with 12 overall conference titles with the last coming in 2013. The 2013 championship held in Stillwater was attended by 4,500 fans.
Oklahoma State enters the championship ranked No. 4 in Intermat's tournament rankings. Oklahoma and Iowa State check in at No. 6 and No. 15, respectively. West Virginia does not carry a ranking.
The tournament field includes 29 ranked wrestlers. The Sooners have nine wrestlers ranked, while Iowa State has six and West Virginia has four.
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