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NCAA: Hilltoppers Win; Bellarmine Advances

Western Kentucky University earned its way into the men's NCAA Tournament’s 64 team field with a 59-58 victory over Mississippi Valley State tonight.The Hilltoppers came back from a 16-point deficit with less than five minutes remaining to win the play-in game in Dayton, where the spectators included President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.Western will face overall number one seed Kentucky Thursday at the KFC Yum Center in Louisville. Tipoff is 6:50pm.In the NCAA Division Two tournament, defending champion Bellarmine defeated Kentucky Wesleyan 79-74 to advance to the Elite Eight round next week in Highland Heights, Kentucky.

Rick Howlett was midday host and the host of LPM's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." He was with LPM from 2001-2023 and held many different titles, including Morning Edition host, Assignment Editor and Interim News Director. He died in August 2023. Read a remembrance of Rick here.

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