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California guard Tyrone Wallace (3) scores past Coppin State guard Lucian Brownlee during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in Berkeley, Calif. California won 84-51. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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Cal point guard Tyrone Wallace injures hand in practice

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SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) California point guard Tyrone Wallace injured his right hand in practice two days before the Golden Bears were set to open play in the NCAA Tournament.

A Cal spokesman said Wednesday night that Wallace is being evaluated and that more information will be available Thursday. The 23rd-ranked Bears (23-10) take on Hawaii in the first round of the tournament on Friday in Spokane.

Wallace is averaging a team-high 15.3 points and 4.4 assists per game, along with 5.4 rebounds. The senior missed five games earlier this season with a broken right hand.

Wallace is coming off one of his best games of the season when he scored 26 points in a loss to Utah in the Pac-12 semifinals last week.

Michigan advances into the field of 64 with win over Tulsa

Michigan's Zak Irvin (21) shoots over Tulsa's Pat Birt (11) during the second half of a First Four game of the NCAA college basketball tournament, Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Dayton, Ohio. Michigan won 67-62. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
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Zak Irvin and Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman led the way with 16 points a piece while Duncan Robinson chipped in with 13 points, 11 boards and four assists as the Wolverines advanced into the Field of 64 with a 67-62 win over Tulsa in the First Four.

Irvin hit the biggest shot of the night, drilling a three with 52.5 seconds left that put the Wolverines ahead, 62-60. Tulsa’s Pat Birt would miss a driving layup on the ensuing possession and the Wolverines would ice the game from the free throw line.

No. 11 seed Michigan advances to take on No. 6 Notre Dame in the official first round of the tournament, and if there is anything that you are going to take out of this game, from Michigan’s stand point, it’s the emergence of Moritz Wagner in the front court. Wagner had eight boards and four blocks on Wednesday night, both of which are career-highs for the freshman. The 22 minutes he played was the most he’s seen in a game since December. In fact, during the last month of the season, Wagner played a total of just 19 minutes.

But he’s seen a bigger role since the start of the Big Ten tournament as head coach John Beilein continues to search for some kind of consistent post production. Who knows if it will be Wagner, but we’ve seen freshman bigs go bonkers during a deep tournament run for Beilein before — Mitch McGary, anyone? He’s going to see someone to step up, because dealing with Zach Auguste and Bonzie Colson is not an easy task.

And just a quick pro-tip: I think that we all recognized that Tulsa didn’t belong in the NCAA tournament. Their inclusion was baffling. But please, don’e be the guy that says this loss proves Tulsa didn’t belong. If Birt’s layup drops in instead of bouncing out of the rim, then Tulsa would have been getting the last shot of regulation.

Tulsa very much had a chance to win this thing.

And if they had won, it would not have proved that they deserved to get in.

It doesn’t work that way.

Tulsa proved they didn’t deserve to be in the tournament by the way they played for the last four months, regardless of what the committee pulled.

Emergency plane landing for CSU Bakersfield basketball team

Cal State Bakersfield coach Rod Barnes dances while surrounded by his team following an NCAA college basketball game against New Mexico State in the final of the Western Athletic Conference men's tournament Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Las Vegas. Bakersfield defeated New Mexico State 57-54. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
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LAS VEGAS (AP) A chartered airplane flying Cal State Bakersfield’s basketball team to its first NCAA Tournament game made an emergency landing Wednesday in Las Vegas.

McCarran International Airport spokesman Chris Jones said Sun Country Airlines Flight 8606 was in the air about 30 minutes after takeoff from Bakersfield, California when the plane landed.

An ambulance was called to aid someone on the flight who is not a part of the athletic program.

The plane was delayed about an hour.

An official university Twitter account indicated the team made it to its destination in Oklahoma City following the unscheduled stop.

The university didn’t immediately provide comment.

The California team is set to play Friday in Oklahoma City against Oklahoma.

Jacksonville State parts ways with James Green

Jacksonville State head coach James Green signals in a play to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Louisville, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. Louisville won 88-39. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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Jacksonville State and head coach James Green have mutually agreed to part ways, according to a release put out by the school this afternoon.

“We will begin a national search immediately for a replacement,” said JSU President Dr. John M. Beehler. “We will look for someone to lead our program who will have the Gamecocks competing for conference championships and advancing to the postseason on a regular basis. We continue to value student-success academically and as citizens in our community.”

Green went 89-153 in eight seasons with the Gamecocks. His best season came in 2012-13, when the team was banned from the postseason due to APR issues. This past season, he led the Gamecocks to an 8-23 finish.

Oregon’s Chrs Boucher granted extra season of eligibility

Oregon forward Chris Boucher dunks over Arizona forward Ryan Anderson (12) and center Dusan Ristic (14) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the semifinals of the Pac-12 men's tournament Friday, March 11, 2016, in Las Vegas. Oregon won in overtime, 95-89. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Oregon announced on Wednesday afternoon that the NCAA has granted a waiver that will allow Chris Boucher to play a sixth season with the Ducks.

“Chris is a tremendous young man, and we’re very excited to have him back with us for another year,” head coach Dana Altman said in a release. “He has done everything we’ve asked of him, has been great to work with and I’m glad he will have the opportunity to continue to develop as a player as well as finish his degree.”

Boucher is averaging 12.1 points, 7.6 boards and 3.1 blocks while shooting 36.0 percent from three.

He was given the extra year because his path to Oregon has been unusual and, frankly, incredible. He didn’t play organized basketball until he was 19 years old, a year after he left high school. He spent a year at a prep school and then a year at two different Junior Colleges before he was scooped up by Oregon and classified as a senior.

We rip the NCAA when they get decisions wrong. Credit to them for making the right decision here.

VINE: Need help picking a Final Four? We’ve got you covered

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If you need help picking a Final Four, we’ve got you covered.

Start the vine embedded below. Then click on it at a random point. Then those four teams will be your Final Four picks.

It’s so easy!

(Or, you could just ride my coattails, picking Kansas, Oklahoma, Kentucky and Michigan State and start planning on how you’ll spend your winnings. Just sayin’.)