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Only essential staff and limited family at NCAA tournaments

The buzzer-beaters, upsets and all the other shining moments of this year’s NCAA Tournaments will be played in mostly empty arenas.

Northeastern heads to CAA finals with 68-60 win over Elon

Jordan Roland hit 5 of 12 3-pointers and scored 21 points and sixth-seeded Northeastern led wire-to-wire to beat No. 7 Elon 68-60 in Monday night’s Colonial Athletic Association tournament semifinal.

Taylor Soule leads BC comeback over Duke

She scored 12 points in the last five minutes as the Eagles went on a 14-0 run in the ACC quarterfinals.

Boston, MA - 2/26/20 - Boston College women's basketball second-year coach Joanna Bernabei-McNamara talks to reporters before the start of practice. (Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff) Reporter: Julian Benbow

BC women’s basketball credits coach for fast turnaround

In two years, Joanna Bernabei-McNamee took a seven-win team and made it into an ACC contender.

Gonzaga cheerleaders run on the court with flags spelling the school name before an NCAA college basketball game between Gonzaga and Saint Mary's in Spokane, Wash., Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Previewing this week’s men’s college basketball conference tournaments

The madness of March begins with these preludes to the NCAA Tournament.

Sports Log

UConn eliminates Boston College women from Hockey East tournament

The Huskies won the best-of-three series to set up a semifinal match with New Hampshire.

Sports Log

BU hold off Bucknell in men’s college basketball season finale

Javante McCoy’s jumper with 29 seconds left snapped a tie as Boston University topped Bucknell, 74-71.

BU swept from women’s Hockey East playoffs by Maine

BC is tied with UConn at a game apiece in the other quarterfinal series.

01zocampus - 12/11/2018 - Medford/Somerville, Mass. - Tufts guard, Caitlin Harrington, A20, looks to set up a play in a home game against Emerson College on December 11, 2018. The Jumbos defeated the Lions 88 to 42. (Alonso Nichols/Tufts University)

Top-ranked Tufts women’s basketball looks to stay undefeated in NESCAC tourney

The 25-0 Jumbos are hosting the conference semifinals and finals this weekend in Medford.

FILE - In this Jan. 10, 2015, file photo, Penn coach Jerome Allen shouts instructions to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Princeton in Princeton, N.J. Allen was hit a 15-year show-cause penalty after he accepted $300,000 in bribes to get a wealthy Florida businessman's son into the University of Pennsylvania. The Quakers also were slapped by the NCAA with two years of probation, were fined $5,000 and suffered recruiting punishments. Allen went 66-104 with the Quakers. He was hired by the Boston Celtics in 2015 and remains on the coaching staff. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

Celtics assistant Jerome Allen hit with 15-year NCAA show-cause penalty for taking bribes

Allen, who remains on the Celtics staff, was caught up in a federal criminal trial involving a Florida man who tried to guarantee his son admission to Penn, where Allen was head coach.

General view of the bench press at the NFL football scouting combine Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Indianapolis. (AJ Mast/AP Images for NFL)

JULIAN BENBOW

Boston College thought the best way to prepare players for the NFL Combine was to replicate it. So they did

BC strength and conditioning coach Phil Matusz realized the best way to prepare college players for the combine was to replicate it for them.

Northeastern tops Vermont in opener of women’s Hockey East quarterfinal series

New Hampshire tipped Providence in Game 1 of its quarterfinal series.

Boston College forward Emma Guy (11) drives for a shot as Louisville forward Elizabeth Dixon, right, defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Wade Payne)

Sports Log

BC women’s basketball has five-game win streak snapped at Louisville

Tyler Soule (11 points) led BC (17-11, 10-7 ACC) but the No. 5 Cardinals (26-3, 15-2) proved too much in clinching league title.

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At Tyngsborough and UMass Lowell, Jonathan Curran was fit for success

The two-time Division 2 All-American soccer player carries the same determination in his position as a firefighter in Nashua, N.H.

Connecticut Huskies forward Benjamin Freeman (24) in action against Sacred Heart Pioneers during an NCAA hockey game on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019 in Bridgeport, Conn. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)

College hockey notebook

UConn men’s hockey authored a great comeback story

Coach Mike Cavanaugh credits senior leadership with getting the Huskies into position to vie for home ice in the quarterfinals.

Notre Dame guard TJ Gibbs (10) raises his fist after his game-winning basket at the buzzer as Boston College guard Jay Heath (5) reacts during the second half of an NCAA men's college basketball game in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020. Notre Dame defeated Boston College 62-61. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

SPORTS LOG

Boston College can’t hold off Notre Dame in men’s college basketball

Fighting Irish guard T.J. Gibbs flipped in the winning basket with 0.1 seconds to beat the Eagles, 62-61.

Massachusetts' Tre Mitchell, center, is pressured by Dayton's Obi Toppin, left, and Trey Landers, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Amherst, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Ranking the region’s college basketball freshmen

A slew of first-year talent has helped keep our interest in a season when postseason bids may be scarce.

Boston, MA: 02-24-20: North Andover's Aldan Helm (left) and Jack Morin (center) double team Latin Academy's Nimo Stuppard (right), but Stuppard got off a pass from under the basket to an open teammate. North Andover took on Latin Academy in a boy's basketball MIAA first round tournament game at Boston Latin. (Jim Davis Globe Staff).

MIAA BOYS’ BASKETBALL

Newburyport feeds off its home crowd to rally against Dracut in D3 North matchup

Energized by their fans, Parker McLaren (23 points) and Jake Robertson (21 points) led the third-seeded Clippers to a 67-57 victory.

Boston 02/22/20 Boston College held a spring football practice with new coach Jeff Hafley as he talks with Jalen Williams. Photo by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff(sports)

Julian Benbow

BC football energized in first spring drills under Jeff Hafley

Effort, enthusiasm — and fun — a high priority for Eagles in their first spring workout with new coaching staff.

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike, left, dunks the ball as Baylor forward Freddie Gillespie, right defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Ray Carlin)

NCAA men’s basketball

No. 3 Kansas ends No. 1 Baylor’s 23-game streak in Big 12

Udoka Azubuike had 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds for Jayhawks in a 64-61 win at Baylor on Saturday.

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Hull’s Ashleigh Condon developed her leadership skills on the court at Clark

The former three-year captain lives in South Boston, still plays ball, and is an international consultant for Explorica.

College hockey

Northeastern’s Aerin Frankel, Alina Mueller among finalists for Kazmaier Award

The award, given to the the top player in NCAA Division I women’s hockey, will be presented to the winner March 21.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Senior guard Packy Witkowski of Melrose averaged 28.5 points per game in a pair of wins for the Coast Guard Academy men’s basketball team.

Chestnut Hill, MA - 1/10/2020 - (2nd period) Boston College Eagles head coach Jerry York during the second period. Boston College hosts UMass in Hockey East game at Conte Forum. - (Barry Chin/Globe Staff), Section: Sports, Reporter: Andrew Mahoney, Topic: 11BC-UMass Hockey, LOID: 9.0.1821406064.

College hockey notebook

There’s a crowd of contenders in Hockey East

With three weeks left in the regular season, only 5 points separate the top nine teams in the conference.

Jeff Hafley speaks at a news conference where he was introduced as the new NCAA college football head coach at Boston College, Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Boston. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Boston College football

Boston College football coach Jeff Hafley’s staff is young, energetic, and has loads of experience

Nearly half of the Eagles’ 11 assistants have NFL experience, and all but one has been on a staff at a Power 5 school.

College hockey

UNH’s Steve Metcalf will be new Hockey East commissioner

Metcalf, the deputy director of athletics at UNH, will take over for Joe Bertagna in April.

Northeastern coach Bill Coen cheers on his team during the first half of an NCAA basketball game against James Madison in Harrisonburg, Va,, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016. (Daniel Lin/Daily News-Record via AP)

Local men’s basketball teams angle for seeding position in conference tourneys

Northeastern, for one, likes its chances if it can get into the top six in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma communicates with players during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, in Columbia, S.C. South Carolina defeated Connecticut 70-52. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

SPORTS LOG

Streak is over as UConn drops out of the top five of women’s basketball poll for first time in 13 years

The Huskies’ run of 253 straight weeks as one of the first five teams in the Associated Press Top 25 dated back to Feb. 5, 2007.

Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma watches during the second half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against South Florida on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Tampa, Fla. Connecticut won 67-47. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)

UConn women’s basketball out of AP top five for first time since 2007

The Huskies fell to sixth on Monday, ending a run of 253 consecutive weeks that was nearly 2.5 times longer than any other in the sport’s history.

Boston College's Taylor Soule (13) during an NCAA women's basketball game against Providence on Sunday, Nov. 17, 2019 in Providence, R.I. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)

SPORTS LOG

Boston College women beat North Carolina

Sophomore Taylor Soule scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Boston College to an ACC win over North Carolina.Sophomore Taylor Soule scored a career-high 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead Boston College to an ACC win over North Carolina.

Massachusetts' Djery Baptiste, left, is pressured by Dayton's Jordy Tshimanga in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, in Amherst, Mass. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

Dayton 71, UMass 63

No. 6 Dayton turns back UMass for 14th straight win

Dayton was the Minutemen’s highest-ranked home opponent since a game against No. 2 Saint Joseph on Feb. 25, 2004.

BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - FEBRUARY 10: Zach Solow #28 of the Northeastern Huskies celebrates after scoring a goal during the second period of the 2020 Beanpot Tournament Championship game between the Northeastern Huskies and the Boston University Terriers at TD Garden on February 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

College hockey notebook

Northeastern hockey has a go-to guy in Zach Solow

The forward has a knack for the big goals, and he’ll be needed as the Huskies fight for postseason position.

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Tom Haggerty took his game to new heights at Brandeis

The 6-foot-9 Watertown native remains the only Brandeis player to net 1,000 career points and rebounds.

Freshman Jalen Echevarria is averaging 16 points per game while shooting 50.9 percent from the floor.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Lynn’s Jalen Echevarria has been an energizing freshman on Endicott court

The St. Mary’s grad is a five-time conference Rookie of the Week for the Gulls, ranked 21st in Division 3.

NOTEWORTHY

GlobeLocal: Noteworthy performances

Oliver Ames and Bentley grad Lauren Battista has been named the Division 2 East Regional Player of the Decade for women’s basketball.

Miami guard Isaiah Wong, center, in action as Boston College forward Steffon Mitchell, left, and guard Jay Heath (5) defend during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami won 85-58. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Sports Log

Miami dominates Boston College in men’s college basketball

Isaiah Wong scored 21 points as Miami snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating the Eagles, 85-58.

Boston, MA - 2/11/20 - Northeastern starts a dog pile on the ice after they pulled out the win over BU in the Beanpot Championship game in double OT on Feb. 11, 2020 at Walter Brown Arena. (Blake Nissen/ For The Boston Globe) Reporter: Topic:

WOMEN’S BEANPOT | NORTHEASTERN 4, BU 3 (2 OT)

Women make it a Beanpot double, in double OT, for Northeastern

Lauren MacInnis scored the winner on the power play after, just like Monday’s men’s final, the Terriers tied in the waning seconds of the third period.

The top scorer in college basketball? He plays for Gordon College

Senior Eric Demers carries a hefty average of 33.8 points per game — the top average among all NCAA divisions — for the Wenham school.

Duke guard Tre Jones (3) drives to the basket against Boston College forward Nik Popovic (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Boston, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Parity in college basketball could help teams like Boston College and Northeastern

Regular-season records could be better than expected because of the widespread parity in the game.

WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 17: (L-R) Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), and Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) hold a brief press availability on Capitol Hill December 17, 2019 in Washington, DC. Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) met with NCAA President Mark Emmert to discuss the issue of compensation for collegiate athletes. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

NCAA, allies spent nearly $750K in lobbying fight against athletes’ rights

The NCAA’s pressure campaign comes as the Senate prepares for a committee hearing Tuesday on player compensation.

Boston MA 2/10/20 Boston College Eagles David Cotton scores a goal beating Havard University Crimson goalie Mitchell Gibson during first period action of the consolation game at the Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Beanpot notebook

BC puts away Harvard, improves NCAA standing

Six skaters scored for BC, with Jack McBain scoring twice and Matt Boldy adding a goal and two assists.

Boston MA 2/10/20 Northeastern University Huskies defenseman Ryan Shea lifting the trophy after they defeated the Boston University Terriers 5-4 during double overtime period of the championship game at the Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Beanpot championship: Northeastern 5, BU 4

Northeastern scores Beanpot hat trick in 2 OTs

Defenseman Jordan Harris scored a power-play goal from blue line at 14:33 of the second overtime to beat BU for the Beanpot title

Boston MA 2/10/20 Northeastern University Huskies defenseman Jordan Harris (2) jumps into goaltender Craig Pantano (29) arms after scoring the game winning goal to defeat the Boston University Terriers 5-4 during double overtime period of the championship game at the Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

TARA SULLIVAN

A questionable end, but a storybook night for sports at the Beanpot final

Northeastern won its third straight championship in a classic against Boston University that reminded us all of what sports can be.

SPORTS LOG

Emma Guy leads Boston College women over Clemson

The senior scored a game-high 24 points and Makayla Dickens added 21 to lead the Eagles to a 70-68 ACC road win at Clemson. The senior scored a game-high 24 points and Makayla Dickens added 21 to lead the Eagles to a 70-68 ACC road win at Clemson.

Boston MA 2/2/20 Harvard University Crimson defenseman Jack Rathbone (3) wrap around shot denied by Northeastern University Huskies goaltender Craig Pantano (29) and defenseman Julian Kislin (8) during third period action of the first round of the Beanpot Tournament at TD Garden. (photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) topic: reporter:

Northeastern vs. BU | Monday, 7:30 p.m.

Northeastern goalie Craig Pantano took an unlikely path to a starring role in the Beanpot

The Bridgewater native had one more season of eligibility after his senior season at Merrimack, so he tranferred to Northeastern.

Boston College's Steffon Mitchell (41) of grabs a defensive rebound against Virginia Tech's John Ojiako (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Feb. 8 2020, in Blacksburg Va. (Matt Gentry/The Roanoke Times via AP)

Boston College 77, Virginia Tech 73

Steffon Mitchell, BC pull out overtime victory over Virginia Tech

Mitchell had scored just 17 points in Boston College’s previous four games, but he tied his career highs in points (21) and rebounds (15).

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA - FEBRUARY 08: Former Indiana Hoosiers head coach Bob Knight and former Indiana Hoosiers player Isaiah Thomas on the court at half time during the game against the Purdue Boilermakers at Assembly Hall on February 08, 2020 in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)

Sports Log

Indiana gives Bob Knight a warm homecoming

The volatile basketball coach ended his 20-year split with the university, which fired him in 2000.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady leaves the field after losing an NFL wild-card playoff football game to the Tennessee Titans, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

TARA SULLIVAN

After Mookie Betts’s departure, our attention turns to Tom Brady

Losing Betts, a transcendent, homegrown star, is difficult. Can you imagine how it’s going to feel if it’s Brady.

Andrew DiMaiti competed in the 600 meters for Tufts in the New England Division 3 Championship in 2017.

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Medford’s Andrew DiMaiti has gone the distance with his running career

Now a first-year student at BC Law, the St. Mary’s of Lynn grad was a two-time D3 All-American at Tufts.

Kayla Raymond is leading Stonehill in scoring and rebounding.

CAMPUS ANGLE

Easton’s Kayla Raymond soaring on the court at Stonehill

The Northeast-10’s reigning Rookie of the Year is pacing the Skyhawks in scoring and rebounding as a sophomore.