NCAA buzz | Security will be tight in Aggieville –

Anyone heading to Manhattan’s Aggieville district this afternoon might think about getting there on foot.

Riley County police are closing some streets to motor vehicles for the safety of people visiting Aggieville after the NCAA Tournament game between Kansas State and Butler, which starts at 3:30 p.m.

the restrictions will be in place until 3 a.m. Sunday. Any vehicles that remain parked on the designated streets after 3 p.m. today will be towed.

Fans jammed Aggieville late Thursday into Friday morning as the Wildcats beat Xavier 101-96 in double overtime in a regional semifinal in Salt Lake City.

Butler says he’s OK to play

West Virginia star Da’Sean Butler says his injured right hand won’t affect his play in today’s East Regional final against Kentucky.

Butler, who hit six game-winning shots this season and leads the Mountaineers in scoring at 17.4 points per game, clutched his right hand in pain after a hard fall in West Virginia’s 69-56 win over Washington on Thursday night.

Butler says he wrapped his hand and wrist in ice after Friday’s practice as a precaution. He said he shot well at practice and hopes that will carry over into today’s game.

Teen’s amazing bracket run

Well, nobody’s perfect.

Suburban Chicago teenager Alex Herrmann was 48 for 48 through the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament, despite a string of upsets that wrecked millions of brackets.

Butler beat no. 1 seed Syracuse in the regional semifinals Thursday night, ending the 17-year-old Herrmann’s run. it was the first miss in his bracket.

Herrmann, who is autistic, entered’s Bracket Manager competition. the bracket can be changed after games are completed, and some skeptics on the Internet have questioned Hermann’s calls. Hermann’s family told NBC-TV’s Chicago affiliate the young man just picked the winners.

“I’m kind of good at math and at stats I see on TV during the game,” Herrmann said in an earlier TV interview.

Herrmann was believed to have the only perfect bracket through the first two rounds in Bracket Manager, one of four competitions offered by

A student at Glenbrook South High, Herrmann chose Kansas State, Purdue, Kentucky and Tennessee to make the Final Four. His pick for a national champion? the Boilermakers.

Blue Devils’ Purdue connection

Duke’s regional semifinal matchup with Purdue on Friday was personal for Miles and Mason Plumlee.

The Blue Devils’ 6-foot-10 brothers grew up in West Lafayette, Ind., and their mother, Leslie, played for the Boilermakers in the early 1980s. Their father attended Lafayette Harrison High School, and their grandfather was an agriculture professor at Purdue.

Mouth-piecing off

St. Mary’s guard Matthew Dellavedova, a shaggy-haired freshman from Australia, doesn’t understand why people are so interested in the mouth guard he wears during games.

There have been several blog posts and tweets since the start of the tournament calling the oversized, two-toned mouth piece ugly. Dellavedova, who is averaging 12.3 points a game, said there really isn’t a story behind it, he simply wants to protect his perfectly straight teeth.

“I got my braces off and I wanted to get a mouth guard to protect the teeth,” he said with a smile to show his pearly whites. “When you go through that, you don’t want to lose it.”

Not big fans of Heels

Duke’s Jon Scheyer, Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek looked at each other and smiled when they were asked whether they watched rival North Carolina advance to the NIT semifinals by beating Alabama-Birmingham on Tuesday night.

“I didn’t,” Zoubek said.

“No, I didn’t,” Thomas said.

“Nope,” Scheyer said.

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