Update on the latest in sports:

NBA-BASKETBALL Whiteside leads Heat past Suns 112-97 MIAMI (AP) -- Hassan Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late with blood on his right hand, and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 Tuesday night. Tyler Johnson scored 17 for the Heat (35-36), who had seven players in double figures. Goran Dragic scored 16, Josh Richardson had 14 and Willie Reed added 12 for Miami.

Rice coach, former VCU assistant returning to coach Rams

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Rice coach Mike Rhoades is returning to VCU to become the Rams' head coach. The 44-year-old Rhoades spent five years as an assistant to Shaka Smart from 2009-14. He replaces Will Wade, who resigned Monday night to take the same position at LSU. Rhoades told Fox 26 TV in Houston the VCU job is a "dream come true.

Sweet again: Butler beats MTSU, gets back to NCAA regionals

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Butler coach Chris Holtmann had heard enough about Middle Tennessee. The Blue Raiders were a trendy mid-major pick this year to bust NCAA Tournament brackets, a role Butler once assumed with regularity. This time, the Bulldogs played the role of college basketball Goliath, and they brought Middle Tennessee's feel-good story to a close.

Sweet again: Butler beats MTSU, gets back to NCAA regionals

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Kelan Martin scored 19 points, and Butler limited Middle Tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 victory Saturday night to advance to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals. The Bulldogs (25-8) are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, when they wrapped up back-to-back appearances in the national title game.

The Latest: After quiet start, March Madness gets big upset

The Latest on Day 3 of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern): 12:05 p.m. It took three days for the NCAA Tournament to produce a major upset. It was a stunner that busted a ton of brackets. Villanova, the defending national champion and the top overall seed, was upended by eighth-seeded Wisconsin 65-62. Fellow No.

MTSU's Williams, Butler's Woodson give teams transfer boost

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- JaCorey Williams' drive to succeed at Middle Tennessee can be traced in part to a road trip to St. Louis. As a transfer from Arkansas who redshirted last season, Williams was prevented by NCAA rules from traveling with his teammates for their first-round game last March in Missouri against Michigan State.

Butler looks to hold off MTSU, return to Sweet 16

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- No. 4 seed Butler (24-18) vs. No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee (31-4) Second round, South Region; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; 7:10 p.m. EDT. BOTTOM LINE: Butler is looking for its first trip to the Sweet 16 since wrapping up back-to-back runs to the national title game in 2011. But the Bulldogs are no longer a mid-major darling, a title that now belongs to Middle Tennessee.

A down year for No. 12 seeds in NCAA Tournament openers

The 12 seeds had a down year in the NCAA Tournament's opening round. The pairing that has become famous -- or infamous -- for first-round upsets yielded just one win for 12-seeds in four games on Thursday. Since 2007, the 12s have won 50 of 152 games against No. 5s, with 2015 the only year since then a 12 didn't advance. That's an average of 1.5 a year.

Middle Tennessee, Xavier pull off mild surprises...'Zags, 'Nova advance...Crean fired at IU

UNDATED (AP) -- Middle Tennessee State and Xavier pulled off the biggest upsets during the first round of the NCAA Tournament yesterday. The 12th-seeded Blue Raiders rode Reggie Upshaw's 19 points to an 81-72 win against Minnesota. Trevon Blueitt scored 21 points and Sean O'Mara had 18 in the Musketeers's 76-65 decision over Maryland. UNDATED (AP) -- Top seeds Villanova and Gonzaga have moved into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Middle Tennessee takes down Big Ten's Minnesota 81-72

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Middle Tennessee took down another Big Ten team in the NCAA Tournament, though the latest victory didn't really feel like an upset. The Blue Raiders stood up to Minnesota's rugged defense, then blew past the foul-prone Golden Gophers for an 81-72 victory on Thursday. Middle Tennessee proved it was no one-year wonder after shocking Michigan State as a No. 15 seed last March.

The Latest: Arizona takes 1st step, beats North Dakota

The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times EDT): 12:55 a.m. It's been 20 years since a Pac-12 team won the national championship, and Arizona is out to match what the 1997 Wildcats pulled off. They're off on the right foot, beating North Dakota 100-82 in the final game of a day that saw two teams make their NCAA Tournament debuts. Northwestern's inaugural visit ended in a stunning victory over Vanderbilt.

Bracket-buster Middle Tennessee takes aim at Big Ten again

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Bracket-buster Middle Tennessee is back in the NCAA Tournament with a chance to take down another Big Ten team. This time, though, the Blue Raiders won't take anyone by surprise. A year after upsetting Michigan State as a No. 15 seed, Middle Tennessee will be eager to show that it's no one-year wonder when it faces fifth-seeded Minnesota in a first-round game on Thursday. The Blue Raiders (30-4) are seeded No.

A quick look at MTSU and Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- No. 5 seed Minnesota (24-9) vs. No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee (30-4) First round, South region; Milwaukee; 4 p.m. EDT BOTTOM LINE: Middle Tennessee has its sights set on taking down another Big Ten team after upsetting Michigan State in the first round last year as a No. 15 seed. Minnesota is in the NCAAs for the first time since 2013, completing a remarkable one-year turnaround after going 8-23 last year.

North Texas hires McCasland after his 20 wins at Arkansas St

DENTON, Texas (AP) -- North Texas hired Grant McCasland as its new basketball coach Monday after he won 20 games in his only season at Arkansas State. McCasland replaces Tony Benford, who was fired after he failed to have a winning season in five years. The Mean Green were 8-22 this season and missed the Conference USA Tournament after going 2-16 in league play. Arkansas State won 10 games the season before McCasland became coach.

Vandy hoping to get NCAA call despite loss

Vanderbilt had a rough ending to the SEC Tournament, blown out 76-62 to Arkansas in the semifinals Saturday. Now the Commodores will have an anxious 24-or-so hours to find out if they're in the NCAA Tournament. "It's been spectacular run by our guys the last couple weeks, been a lot of emotional games all packed into the last few weeks," Vanderbilt coach Bryce Drew said.

Marshall hits C-USA tourney-record 19 3s, advances to finals

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Jon Elmore scored 21 points on seven 3-pointers, Ryan Taylor had his 40th career double-double and No. 6 seed Marshall hit a Conference USA Tournament-record 19 3s on Friday to beat Louisiana Tech 93-77. Taylor finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, while Stevie Browning and Austin Loop each scored 18 points for Marshall (20-14), which will play No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee in the championship game Saturday.

Middle Tennessee cruises to C-USA Tournament title game

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) -- Reggie Upshaw scored 18 points, including three 3-pointers, with eight rebounds, Giddy Potts had 14 points and five steals and No. 1 seed Middle Tennessee beat UTEP 82-56 on Friday in the Conference USA Tournament semifinals. JaCorey Williams added 13 points and Antwain Johnson scored 11 for Middle Tennessee (29-4), which will face No. 2 seed Louisiana Tech or sixth-seeded Marshall in the championship game on Saturday.