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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee's Jeremy Pruitt says he wants "to see who the competitors are" as he begins his first spring practice as a head coach. The former Alabama defensive coordinator is taking over a program coming off a 4-8 season. Tennessee set a school record for losses and went winless in SEC competition last year.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Penny Hardaway is Memphis' new men's basketball coach. School officials hope Hardaway can rejuvenate the program at his alma mater. The former NBA player starred at Memphis in the early 1990s. He takes over after Tubby Smith was fired amid decreasing fan interest. Hardaway is a former Memphis All-American who has coached Memphis East to three straight Tennessee high school state titles.

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) - Kansas State has been disrespected since the start of the season, when the Wildcats were chosen to finish eighth in the Big 12. It hasn't changed in the NCAA Tournament, where many cynics say they're only in the Sweet 16 because upstart UMBC did the dirty work by knocking off Virginia, the top-seeded team in their region. K-State faces Kentucky on Thursday night.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) - New Patriots cornerback Jason McCourty says it was always a dream to play alongside his twin brother Devin in the NFL. That dream is now a reality after Jason's trade to the New England Patriots. Jason has never competed in a playoff game during his nine-year career. He thinks his familiarity with several Patriots players will help to ease the transition to his third NFL team.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 19 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Mississippi State advanced to the NIT semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York with a 79-56 victory over Louisville. Mississippi State (25-11) will face Penn State (24-13) on March 27.

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