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NKU, Oakland meet in Horizon semis

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No. 4 seed Northern Kentucky (14-10, 12-7) vs. No. 3 seed Oakland (11-17, 11-10)

Horizon Conference Tourney Semifinals, Indiana Farmers Coliseum, Indianapolis; Monday, 9:30 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: A spot in the Horizon championship game is up for grabs as Northern Kentucky and Oakland are set to face off.

Oakland earned an 87-83 overtime win over Youngstown State in its most recent game, while Northern Kentucky won 70-69 against Detroit in its last outing.

FEARLESS FRESHMEN: Northern Kentucky’s Trevon Faulkner, Marques Warrick and David Bohm have collectively accounted for 56 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 56 percent of all Norse points over the last five games.

CREATING OFFENSE: Jalen Moore has made or assisted on 54 percent of all Oakland field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 16 field goals and 35 assists in those games.

WINLESS WHEN: Oakland is 0-11 this year when it scores 73 points or fewer and 11-6 when it scores at least 74.

PASSING FOR POINTS: The Golden Grizzlies have recently created baskets via assists more often than the Norse. Oakland has 51 assists on 94 field goals (54.3 percent) over its past three games while Northern Kentucky has assists on 39 of 84 field goals (46.4 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Oakland is ranked first in the Horizon with an average of 72.7 possessions per game. The uptempo Golden Grizzlies have pushed that total to 76.1 possessions per game over their last five games.

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Homicide investigation after father, baby daughter die in early morning Oakland fire, police say

OAKLAND -- Oakland police say a 37-year-old man and his baby daughter who were killed in a residential fire early Saturday were the victims of homicide, and authorities say the fire, the deaths and the related injuries of family members are linked to other recent crimes.

Police spokeswoman Johnna A. Watson said in a statement Saturday afternoon that police believe a homicide on April 10 in East Oakland and a fire at a business in the same location on April 14 may linked to Saturday's killings and fire.

She also said that someone police investigators believe was involved in the April 10 shooting turned himself into Oakland Police on Thursday and was placed under arrest. That case was forwarded to the Alameda District Attorney's Office for review and charging.

On Saturday morning, police and firefighters were dispatched to a home in the 9500 block of Stearns Avenue following a report of an intentional structure fire.

When authorities arrived, several people were still trapped inside.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and found the father and his 1-year-old daughter, Watson said.

Family members who were injured in the blaze remain hospitalized.

Oakland Fire Department arson Investigators' preliminary investigation indicated the fire was intentionally set, she said, and they are continuing to investigate.

Also contributing to the investigation are the Alameda County Arson Task Force and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Oakland Police Department homicide section at 510-238-3821 or the department's tip line at 510-238-7950 or the Crime Stoppers of Oakland tip line 510-777-8572.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering rewards in cases where a death is involved. A reward of up to $40,000 may be offered for information leading to an arrest made in today's case.

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