== The Big Ten Tournament at the United Center in Chicago has two play-in games today. 11th-seed Illinois faces 14th-seed Northwestern in the 8 o’clock game tonight. The winner of that game will face Iowa tomorrow night at about 8:30. In tonight’s first game at 5:30, 13th-seed Nebraska faces 12th-seed Rutgers, with the winner playing 5th-seed Maryland tomorrow afternoon. HARRISON, Ark. – The second-ranked NIACC women’s basketball team gained the No. 2 seed for the NJCAA Division II national tournament.The Lady Trojans (27-5) faces 15th seed Wayne County CC (Michigan) at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 19 in their opening round game at the Pioneer Pavilion on the North Arkansas College campus.NIACC advanced to the national tournament for the ninth time in school history with a 77-70 win over No. 4 Kirkwood Sunday in the NJCAA Region XI title game in the NIACC gym.Wayne County CC (17-12) stopped Mott CC 66-60 in overtime on Saturday to punch its ticket to the national tournament.The winner of the NIACC/Wayne County contest plays the winner of seventh seed Cape Fear CC (North Carolina)/10th seed Metropolitan CC (Missouri) at 8 p.m. on Wednesday in the quarterfinals. The NIACC/Wayne County and Cape Fear/Metropolitian losers meet at 9 a.m. Thursday.No. 1 Illinois Central (31-1) is the top seed for the 16-team tournament. The Cougars face 16th seed North Platte (Neb.) in their tournament opener at 6 p.m. Tuesday.NIACC and Illinois Central split a pair of contests this season. The Lady Trojans topped the Cougars 95-89 on Nov. 2 at the Konigsmark Klassic and Illinois Central stopped NIACC 84-77 in the semifinals of the Cougar Holiday Classic on Dec. 29. DENVER (AP) — Jamal Murray scored 19 of his 30 points in the second half, Mason Plumlee dished out eight of Denver’s season-high 40 assists and the Nuggets cruised to a 133-107 win over the banged-up Minnesota Timberwolves. Called out by coach Michael Malone after a lackadaisical performance in Golden State last week, the Nuggets starting unit responded by playing with more intensity. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have kept the heart of their defense intact with a hefty commitment to four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Anthony Barr. According to a person with direct knowledge of the deal, Barr has agreed to re-sign with the Vikings on a five-year, $67.5 million contract with $33 million guaranteed. Barr was the first draft pick made by the Vikings under coach Mike Zimmer in 2014. — Both the Big Ten and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments begin today: == The Big 12 Tournament takes place at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, with two play-in games starting the tournament tonight. At 6 o’clock tonight, 8th-seed TCU faces 9th-seed Oklahoma State, with the winner facing top-seed Kansas State tomorrow afternoon. The other play-in game has 7th-seed Oklahoma facing 10th-seed West Virginia, with the winner facing 2nd-seed Texas Tech. 5th-seed Iowa State opens play in tomorrow’s quarterfinal round facing 4th-seed Baylor at 11:30 AM.