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St. Louis subs in new nets before games begin

The Latest on the second full day of the men’s NCAA Tournament, including games being played in St. Louis; Spokane, Washington; New York; and Oklahoma City (All times EDT):

11:15 a.m.

Some small-school nets are getting a chance to shine on college basketball’s biggest stage.

The ones sent to St. Louis for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament were found to be longer than regulation Friday, setting off a frantic search across the city for replacements.

Missouri Valley associate commissioner Jack Watkins, tournament director for the site, told The Associated Press that regulation nets were found at Fontbonne University.

The Division III school is located about 15 minutes west of the Scottrade Center.

The nets were strung up after Wisconsin completed an early walk-through, only 15 minutes before the Badgers and Syracuse began warming up.

– Dave Skretta reporting from St. Louis.

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