CBT’s Unified College Basketball All-Name Team, Part-2

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Compiled by Eric Angevine and Troy Machir

On Friday, the two most powerful forces in college basketball etymology joined forces to provide the CBT Unified College Basketball All-Name Team. For years, Eric and I have honed our craft at Storming the Floor (Eric) and  Ballin’ is a Habit (Myself), and with the both of us at College Basketball Talk, this his your new home for the most comprehensive insight and analysis on surrnames, nomenclature and etymology in college basketball.

You can take a look at our Unified All-Name Team which we released on Friday. But with over 350 Division-I teams, One list is not enough space to document all the fabulous names in college hoops. So today we are providing our 2012-2013 All-Name Team “Specialty Teams”.

Enjoy.
All-Redundancy, First Team
Bak Bak – California
Deng Deng – Long Beach State
Leek Leek – Campbell
Majok Majok – Ball State
Shayok Shayok – Bradley

All- Redundancy, Second Team
Adama Adams – South Carolina State
Andrew Andrews – Washington
Ella Ellis – Army
John Johnston – Pittsburgh
Ilya Ilyayev – Cal State Northridge

All-Alliteration, First Team
Blondy Baruti – Tulsa
Grandy Glaze – Saint Louis
Peter Pappageorge – Long Beach State
Stallon Saldivar – Northern Arizona
Win Willis – NJIT

All-Alliteration, Second Team
Dalante Dunklin – UC Santa Barabara
Jernard Jarreau – Washington
Marlin Mason – Cleveland State
Nerlens Noel – Kentucky
Storm Stanley – St. Francis (PA)

All-Alliteration, Third Team
Beau Beech – North Florida
Cliff Cornish – High Point
Davante Drinkard – Southern Illinois
Mackey McKnight – Gonzaga
Onochie Ochie – Southeastern Louisiana

All-Not a Real Name, First Team
DeQuavious Wagner – Arkansas
Flavien Davis – Montana State
Juevol Myles – South Dakota
Lazabian Jackson – Arkansas Pine Bluff
Montrezl Harris – Louisville

All-Not a Real Name, Second Team
Marqueze Coleman – Nevada
Rantavious Gilbert – Appalachian State
Shivaughn Wiggins – Mt. St. Mary’s
Trantell Knight – Middle Tennessee
Zeldric King – Tulsa

All-Not a Real Name, Third Team
Anthlon Bell – Arkansas
Cartavious Kincade – Army
Dai-Jon Parker – Vanderbilt
Dyami Starks – Bryant
Dyrbe Enos – Hawaii

All-Amalgamated, First Team
Cleanothy Early – Wichita State
Gregoryshon McGee – South Alabama
Markieth Cummings – Kennesaw State
Toddrick Gotcher – Texas Tech
TeNale Roland – Utah State

All-Amalgamated, Second Team
Alshawn Hymes – Canisius
DeSharick Guidy – McNeese State
Kethan Savage – George Washington
Lanerryl Johnston – Tenessee Tech
RaAnthony Sanders – Tulane

All-Apostrophe, First Team
A’uston Calhoun – Bowling Green
De’End Parker – San Francisco
Juan’ya Green – Niagara
Ka’Darryl Bell – Bradley
Maxwell Du’Vaughn – Hampton

All-Apostrophe, Second Team
De’Mon Brooks – Davidson
Drake U’u – Cal Poly
Ge’Laun Guyn – Cincinnati
La’Bryan Nash – Oklahoma State
Pe’Shon Howard – Maryland

All-Misspelled, First Team
Alyx Foster – Portland State
Damyean Dotson – Oregon
Kregg Jones – Cal State Bakersfield
Rotnei Clarke – Butler
Xzavier James – Northern Colorado

All-Eight Letters or Less, First Team
Glen Dean – Utah
John Puk – Albany
Mac Lake – Presbyterian
Rob Chubb – Auburn
Sam Bott – Duquesne

All-Almost But Not Really a Word, First Team
Blake Hibbitts – Central Michigan
Dominic Redix – Pepperdine
Daman Starring – UC Irvine
Jarvis Threatt – Delaware
Junior Fortunat – Rider

All-Gender Confusion, First Team
Angel Rodriguez – Kansas State
Ashley Hamilton – Loyola Marymount
Leslie McDonald – North Carolina
Pierria Henry – Charlotte
Remy Abell – Indiana

All-It Sounds Better Out Loud, First Team
Arman Marks – James Madison
Emmy Andujar – Manhattan
Korey Billbury – Oral Roberts
Kikko Haydar – Arkansas
Yemi Mankajoula – Tennessee

All-Hyphen, First Team
Dexter Kernich-Drew – Washington State
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope – Georgia
Kievan Lila-St. Rose – Norfolk State
Kinard Gadsen-Gilliard – East Tennessee State
Negus Webster-Chan – Missouri

All-Initials, First Team
D.C Gaitley – Fordham
D.D. Scarver – Marshall
J.J. Mann – Belmont
K.C. Caudill – Boston College
O.D. Anosike – Siena

All-Scrabble, First Team
Mindaugas Kacinas – South Carolina
Prezemek Karnowski – Gonzaga
Tshilidzi Nephawe – New Mexico State
Viktor Juricek – South Alabama
Vladyslav Kondratyev – Bryant

All-Phonebook, First Team
Durand Scott – Miami
Carrick Felix – Arizona State
Christian Kirk – Missouri State
Treadwell Lewis – Robert Morris
Mandell Thomas – Fordham

All-Colors, First Team
Basil Brown – Texas State
Brison White – Northwestern State
Derail Green – Wichita State
Trae Golden – Tennessee
Vander Blue – Marquette

All-Great Last Name, First Team
Alex Biggerstaff – UNC Asheville
Christian Standhardinger – Hawaii
Dwight Tarwater – Cornell
Jeremy Bogus – Jacksonville
Joshua Freshbach – Brown

All-Unfortunate Last Name, First Team
Cedri Kuakamensah – Brown
Chad Posthumus – Morehead State
Charlon Kloof – St. Bonaventure’s
Givon Crump – Cal State Fullerton
Mitch Asmus – Dayton

All-Shaq, First Team
Shaquille Cleare – Maryland
Shaquille Duncan – Morgan State
Shaquille White-Miller – UT Arlington
Shaq Goodwin – Memphis
Shaq Johnson – Auburn

All-Johnson, First Team
Hurley Johnson – UT Pan American
Kedren Johnson – Vanderbilt
Que Johnson – Washington State
Roquez Johnson – Mississippi State
Sidiki Johnson – Providence

All-Civil War Calvary, First Team
Ambrose Mosley – Old Dominion
Dauson Womack – Houston Baptist
Barrington Stevens, III – South Alabama
Jackson Aldridge – Butler
Sheldon McClelland – Texas

All-Civil War Calvary, Second Team
Amos Wilson – Lamar
Holden Mobley – Belmont
Jackson Trapp – Florida Atlantic
Paxson Guest – Northwestern State
Sherman Blanford – Eastern Illinois

All-Geography, First Team
Cleveland Melvin – DePaul
Conroy Baltimore – Lehigh
Houston Kessler – Georgia
Jeylani Dublin – Longwood
Rodney Glasgow – VMI

All-Geography, Second Team
Brandon St. Louis – Coppin State
London Giles – SMU
Matt Marseille – Tennessee Tech
Montreal Holley – Mississippi Valley State
Paris Gulley – UW Milwaukee

All-Bible, First Team
Cannen Cunningham – SMU
Gideon Gamble – Winthrop
Isaiah Canaan – Murray State
Joab Jerome – Winthrop
Noam Laish – Maine

All-Bible, Second Team
Elijah Ray – IUPUI
Ephraim Ekanem – Northern Arizona
Levi Randolph – Alabama
Micah Mason – Drake
Tobias Dowdell – Tennessee Martin

All-Country Club, First Team
Alton Tanner – UMKC
Clarke Overlander – North Texas
Dean Kowalski – Columbia
Kale Abrahamson – Northwestern
Tab Hamilton – Appalachian State

All-Country Club, Second Team
Anson Winder – BYU
Gaellen Bewernick – Northern Arizona
Glen Akerland – Hartford
Hugh Greenwood – New Mexico
Julian Norfleet – Mt. St. Mary’s

All-Country Club, Third Team
E. Victor Nickerson – Charlotte
Declan Soukup – Bryant
Miles Cartwright – Penn
Mitchell Schwab – Montana State
Preston Medlin – Utah State

All-West Side Story, First Team
Archie Goodwin – Kentucky
Buddy Hield – Oklahoma
Donnie Hale – Purdue
Duece Bello – Baylor
Otto Porter – Georgetown

All-West Side Story, Second Team
Cal Hanks – Southern Utah
Frankie Dobbs – Bryant
Jackie Carmichael – Illinois State
Martino Brock – South Florida
Ronnie Boggs – Jacksonville State

All-Happiness, First Team
Carrington Love – UW Green Bay
Denzel Valentine – Michigan State
Grant Jolly – Texas A&M
Jordan Loveridge – Utah
Mario Blessing – South Carolina Upstate

All-Pocket Protector, First Team
Baxter Price – Mississippi State
Dexter Werner – North Dakota State
Gilbert Talbot – Louisiana Tech
Herbert Graham – IPFW
Milton Jennings – Clemson

All-Pocket Protector, Second Team
Carlton Geathers – South Carolina
Chauncey Gilliam – Akron
Earnest Ross – Missouri
Nigel Pruitt – Kennesaw State
Reginald Buckner – Ole Miss

All-Southern Dandy, First Team
Calib Tannehill – Oral Robert
Cooper Ainge – BYU
Grey Cooksey – Cal State Northridge
Judson Hall – Charleston
Keegan Hornbuckle – UC Santa Barabara

All-Southern Dandy, Second Team
Avery Dinghman – Creighton
Chandler Rhodes – New Hampshire
Jodd Maxey – South Carolina Upstate
John Caleb Sanders – Liberty
Keifer Sykes – UW Green Bay

All-Southern Dandy, Third Team
Carson Fields – Clemson
Fletcher Larson – Youngstown State
Myles Mack – Rutgers
Ryley Beaumount – Elon
Tanner Milson – UNC Wilmington

All-WWE Alias, First Team
Adonis Burbage – Central Connecticut State
Bishop Daniels – Miami
Booker Hucks – LIU Brooklyn
Jett Raines – Pepperdine
Vander Joaquim – Hawaii

All-WWE Alias, Second Team
Clint Mann – Davidson
Cully Payne – Loyola (IL)
Mustafa Jones – Fairliegh Dickinson
Percy Blade – Western Kentucky
Rocco Allen – Stanford

All-Game of Thrones, First Team
Clide Geffrad Jr. – Samford
Oto Osenieks – Minnesota
Spencer Llewellyn – Pacific
Taurean Waller-Prince – Baylor
Thierno Niang – UW Milwaukee

All-James Bond Villain, First Team
Alasdair Fraser – Maine
Hauns Brereton – Hawaii
Leon Tolksdorf – Connecticut
Sandro Carrissimo – Vermont
Thomas van der Mars – Pepperdine

All-Trill, First Team
Christopher Coyne – St. Joseph’s
Diamond Taylor – Southern Illinois
John Golden – Dartmouth
Lucky Jones – Robert Morris
Mauricio Cheda – UTEP

All-Royal, First Team
Duke DaRe – UC Santa Barbara
Prince Williams – East Carolina
Sir’Dominic Pointer – St. John’s
Sultan Muhammad – UW Green Bay
Tawaski King – Western Carolina

All-Beverage, First Team
Kader Tapsoda – Texas Tech
Matt Milk – St. Francis (NY)
Noah Springwater – Columbia
Stuart Lagerson – UT Arlington
Yasin Kola – East Carolina

All-Edible, First Team
Danny Berger – Utah State
Jayson Cheesman – Southern Utah
Preston Herring – Austin Peay
Spencer Butterfield – Utah State
Tracy Ham Jr – Georgia Southern

All-Botony, First Team
Cedric Blossom – Morgan State
Jarell Flora – Seattle
Jeron Blossomgame – Clemson
L.J Rose – Baylor
Mike LaTulip – Illinois

All-Disease, First Team
Brock Zylstra – BYU
David Kravish – California
Davis Rozitis – Hawaii
Nate Basalyga – UMBC
Roy Ghantous – George Washington

All-Fabric Of Our Lives, First Team
Armani Cotton – Yale
Armani Moore – Tennessee
Bryce Cotton – Providence
Cashmere Wright – Cincinnati
Tekele Cotton – Wichita State

All-Obscure Athlete, First Team
Charles Mann – Georgia
David Lighty – South Carolina Upstate
Jordan Crawford – Bowling Green
Patrick Ramsey – Marist
Russel Wilson – Samford

The Posse
Blake Justice – Akron
Colt Barnhill – Air Force
Holt Dunlap – UC Santa Barbara
Hondo Webb – Lamar
Stetson Billings – Arkansas Little Rock

Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.

Self says he’s “optimistic” about Preston playing for Jayhawks

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There hasn’t been much new good around Lawrence lately with Kansas dropping its last two games, but the Jayhawks apparently have reason for hope.

Kansas coach Bill Self said he is “optimistic” that freshman Billy Preston, who has been held out of competition while the school investigates the financial background of a car he has been driving, will play for the Jayhawks this season, according to the Kansas City Star.

“I think our school has done a great job in creating, getting, all the information that could possibly be pertinent to his situation,” Self said, according to the Star. “The other thing you don’t know … they (NCAA officials) could come back and say, ‘We need more information.’ They could come back and say, ‘OK good to go.’ They could come back and say, ‘No it’s not good to go.’.

“Who knows what the response will be because it will be determined by somebody else. The reality of it is us putting a total package together from every scenario … we’ve done a good job. Hopefully, whatever information that is given to the deciding parties, it’ll be a quick turnaround … but we don’t know that yet either.”

Preston, a top-20 recruit in 2017, has yet to play for the Jayhawks after being suspended for the team’s season opener and then because questions were raised about a car he was driving when he was involved in a single-car accident. The Jayhawks could use the 6-foot-9 Preston in the lineup to help right the ship after these back-to-back losses that have, in part, shown just how thin up front the Jayhawks are.

There is also the possibility that Silvio De Sousa, a 6-foot-9 2018 commit, could enroll this semester.

“There are questions, but the answers will probably take place I would say in the next week to 10 days.”

Former NBA star Mark Price fired by Charlotte

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The college basketball coaching carousel now has three openings just over a month into the season, as Charlotte announced that head coach Mark Price has been “released from his contract.”

“We appreciate all that coach Price has done for our program,” said athletic director Judy Rose. “His background and knowledge were assets to our young players and we appreciate him sharing his talents with our team. This was a difficult decision, especially as we make plans to open conference play, but we do feel it is in the best interest of our basketball program.”

Assistant coach Houston Fancher has been tabbed as the interim coach.

Charlotte is 3-6 this season. Through two and a half years, Price had a record of 30-42 with the 49ers and was 16-20 in Conference USA play.

East Carolina’s Jeff Lebo and UTEP’s Tim Floyd both resigned earlier this season.

College Basketball Futures Watch Part II: Maryland through Seton Hall

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Over the course of the next three days, we at College Basketball Talk will be cruising through the best, the most surprising and the most disappointing teams in college basketball.

As of today, how should we view the 45 most interesting teams in the country based on preseason expectation? 

Are we more confident in them? Less confident? Still unsure?

We used five different labels here to help define how we feel about each of the 45 teams mentioned:

  • Bet The Mortgage
  • Raise
  • Check
  • Fold
  • Get Your Stuff And Go Home

Today, we go through everyone from Maryland to Seton Hall.

Let’s get into it.

MARYLAND: Check

The Terrapins don’t lack for young talent, with the sophomore class of Anthony Cowan Jr., Kevin Huerter and Justin Jackson being joined by talented freshmen Darry Morsell and Bruno Fernando. But the turnover issues of last season are still present, with Maryland turning the ball over on more than 23 percent of its possessions. Given how tight the Big Ten stands to be in the middle of the conference standings, giving away possessions could be the difference between earning a double-bye in the conference tournament and being in a spot where a team needs to go on a run to ensure itself of an NCAA tournament bid. Maryland’s been better with the turnovers of late, but I’d like to see this be the case against high-level competition before raising my bet. Also, while none of Maryland’s losses have been particularly “bad,” the losses to St. Bonaventure and Syracuse mean that this team has just one noteworthy non-conference win on its resume (Butler). (Raphielle Johnson)

MIAMI: Bet The Mortgage

I’ve been all-in on Miami since the preseason. I thought they were going to win the ACC before the season started, before they went into Minnesota and sent the Gophers on this mini-spiral, before Duke lost and it became trendy to think that someone other than Duke was the best team in that conference. That was also before I knew that Dewan Huell was going to be as good as he’s been. We saw on Saturday what happens when Duke has to deal with ball-screens, and Jim Larrañaga loves ball-screens and has a roster full of talented, athletic guards that thrive in them. (Rob Dauster)

MICHIGAN: Fold

The Wolverines have not exactly been all that impressive this season. They blew a 20-point lead to Ohio State and lost to LSU in the Maui Invitational opener. The overtime win over UCLA on Saturday and a win at Texas on Tuesday do make me second-guess myself here, but I just have a difficult time projecting much out of a John Beilein-coached team with this many point guard question marks a month into the season. (RD)

MICHIGAN STATE: Bet The Mortgage

The Spartans have only lost to another national contender in Duke the first week of the season. Looking as deep and balanced as any team in the country, Michigan State has five double-figure scorers and a bench full of upperclass veterans. They might break the Big Ten’s title drought. (Scott Phillips)

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MINNESOTA: Fold

Since nearly blowing a lead while playing three Alabama players, the Golden Gophers have lost three of five games, including bad double-digit losses at Nebraska and Arkansas. For a team that hopes to make a run in March, Minnesota hasn’t shown enough recent consistency against good teams to look like a major threat. Jordan Murphy looks like one of this season’s biggest new stars but Minnesota is in a recent tailspin and the heart of the conference schedule has yet to begin. (SP)

NEVADA: Raise

The Wolf Pack missed out on two quality wins as they dropped close ones to Texas Tech and TCU last week, but this is still the team to beat in the Mountain West. The Martin twins have hit the ground running during their first season on the court after transferring in from NC State, and in Jordan Caroline they’ve got a versatile forward who’s averaging 17.4 points and 9.5 rebounds per game. Purdue transfer Kendall Stephens has shot the ball well from the perimeter, and players such as Josh Hall, Lindsey Drew and Hallice Cooke are all solid contributors as well. UNLV, Boise State and Wyoming are also worth keeping tabs on in the Mountain West, but Eric Musselman’s ability to blend together talented transfers with players who have already been part of the program is what makes Nevada such a threat. (RJ)

NORTH CAROLINA: Check

I had North Carolina down as a raise until I realized that they were ranked No. 7 in both polls. If that’s where they are in the national consciousness, that’s probably fair. I’d argue that’s their ceiling. Remember, we’re talking about a team that is currently getting all-american performances out of Luke Maye on a nightly basis, a team where Maye is the only big man on the roster that isn’t a freshman. If being a top ten team is the baseline we’re working with here, then North Carolina is a check. (RD)

NORTHWESTERN: Fold

Not showing nearly the same focus and intensity as last season’s NCAA tournament team, Northwestern has been sluggish defensively against strong competition. Only owning an overtime home win over Illinois, the Wildcats have fallen to Creighton, Texas Tech, Georgia Tech and Purdue. The next stretch of three non-conference games against DePaul, Valparaiso and Oklahoma are key. (SP)

NOTRE DAME: Raise

Although the Fighting Irish suffered a puzzling home loss to Ball State, there is still reason to be optimistic. Bonzie Colson hasn’t found his touch from the outside and could get hot at any point. Younger role players like Rex Pflueger and D.J. Harvey have room to grow. Notre Dame has a favorable ACC schedule. Notre Dame’s offense is still potent and they have plenty of weapons. (SP)

OKLAHOMA: Raise

The Sooners have Trae Young.

He’s really good.

Bet on the Sooners. (Travis Hines)

OREGON: Check

When it comes to the on-court product, the impulse when it comes to Oregon is to trust that Dana Altman will have it all figured out for conference play and the Ducks will be a Pac-12 contender. Maybe that happens again this season, but thus far the Ducks have largely been a jump-shooting team that struggles when it comes to getting to the foul line (254th in free throw rate). And when you’re shooting just 36.1 percent from three, that could be an issue. Despite the additions of talented offensive options such as Elijah Brown and Troy Brown, Oregon hasn’t been as efficient offensively as past Altman-coached teams have been. And I’d argue that this team doesn’t have as many versatile players who can fill a variety of roles on both ends of the court as past Oregon teams have possessed, either. Don’t give up on Oregon, but don’t be in a hurry to add money to the pot either. (RJ)

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PURDUE: Raise

Minus a poor stretch at Battle 4 Atlantis, Purdue has looked like a veteran team with a number of options. Owning quality wins over Arizona, Louisville, Marquette, Maryland and Northwestern, the Boilermakers look like a potentially strong team in a weak Big Ten. Sophomore guard Carsen Edwards has blossomed as a scorer and he has weapons like Dakota Mathias, Vincent Edwards and Isaac Haas around him. (SP)

RHODE ISLAND: Raise

That win over Seton Hall, which came without the injured E.C. Matthews, will do wonders for URI’s profile as it looks to earn a second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament. The perimeter is deep and talented, even without Matthews, with Jared Terrell, Jeff Dowtin Jr., Jarvis Garrett and an emerging freshman in Darron “Fatts” Russell among the contributors. The front court is the question mark; if Nikola Akele, Cyril Langevine and Andre Berry can provide consistent production the Rams should be able to take care of business in the Atlantic 10 and get back to the NCAA tournament. I’d raise on Dan Hurley’s team, but maybe exercise some caution with the dollar amount until Matthews returns to the court. (RJ)

SAINT MARY’S: Check

This is a good team and the biggest threat to Gonzaga in the race for the WCC title. But here’s the question that arose from those losses to Washington State and Georgia in the Wooden Legacy: can this group slow down dynamic guards? Malachi Flynn did his thing for Washington State, and in the third-place game Georgia’s Juwan Parker, William Jackson and Tyree Crump all performed well. The Gaels haven’t lost since, taking care of Cal, Sacramento State and Seattle, but that’s to be expected. Emmett Naar and Jock Landale are capable, talented players who will lead the way, and Randy Bennett’s team will once again produce a gaudy win total. But due to the lack of a marquee non-conference win, those games against Gonzaga are of even greater importance to Saint Mary’s. Talent-wise this is an NCAA tournament team, but will the profile be good enough to get Saint Mary’s a good seed as well come March? That’s my concern. (RJ)

SETON HALL: Raise

So here’s the thing about Seton Hall: To date, they’ve been about what I expected them to be entering the season. They look like they may be the best team in the Big East not named Villanova. They are tough. They defend. They are nestled somewhere in the top 15 nationally. But I’m still bullish on the Pirates because their two best players haven’t been their two best players. What does that mean? Well, Angel Delgado was a preseason all-american. Khadeen Carrington was a member of the preseason all-Big East team. Through the first month and change of the season, Desi Rodriguez has been Seton Hall’s all-american and Myles Powell has been an all-Big East player. That’s explainable – Delgado is dealing with double-teams, Carrington is still figuring out the point guard role – but it also means the Pirates haven’t yet reached their ceiling. That’s a good thing. (RD)

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VIDEO: Wisconsin beats Western Kentucky on controversial blocking call 90 feet from the hoop

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Wisconsin freshman Brad Davison helped the Badgers sneak past Western Kentucky for an 81-80 win on Wednesday night by drawing a blocking call 90 feet from the basket on an inbounds play with two seconds left.

With the game tied at 80 and the Badgers in the double bonus, the blocking foul on Western Kentucky’s Marek Nelson sent Davison to the free throw line to clinch the game. Davison made the first free throw and purposely missed the second to give Wisconsin the one-point win.

Obviously, some smart coaching from Gard (if he called it) and a good play from Davison to elicit the call from the official. But for Western Kentucky to lose like this? On a call like this? That’s a really poor look from the officials, who could have just as easily called this a charge. Or even better, let the play go and settle for a likely overtime between two tied teams.

That referee’s call, on what’s very close to a non-basketball play, decided Wisconsin’s win over the Hilltoppers.

Western Kentucky head coach Rick Stansbury was furious over the call and was hoping the officials could check to see if Davison was out of bounds.

Brunson leads No. 1 Villanova in rout of Temple

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jalen Brunson had 22 of his career-high 31 points in No. 1 Villanova’s dominating first half and Omari Spellman scored 27 to help lead the Wildcats to an 87-67 rout of Temple on Wednesday night.

Donte DiVincenzo added 12 points for Villanova (11-0), which won its unprecedented 22nd straight Big 5 game. The Wildcats last lost a contest in the Philadelphia round-robin series to Temple on Dec. 5, 2012. The Big 5 also consists of La Salle, Saint Joseph’s and Penn.

The Wildcats, who moved into the top spot in the rankings for the third straight season this week, looked like the best team in the country in a dominating opening 20 minutes.

With his dad Rick – a former Temple standout and current assistant coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves who played nine seasons in the NBA – sitting two rows behind the Villanova bench, Brunson led the way.

The 6-foot-2 junior point guard made 8 of 10 shots, including 5 of 7 3-pointers, and added four assists while controlling the opening 20 minutes.

The performance surely impressed Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown and Rookie of the Year candidate Ben Simmons, who were among the sellout crowd of 10,206 at Temple.

Quinton Rose scored 27 points for the Owls (6-3), who began the week No. 11 in the RPI rankings. It was the third straight season Temple played Villanova as a No. 1, and the Owls fell to 2-18 all-time against No. 1-ranked opponents.

The Temple student section was fired up in the pregame, hoping to help the Owls end Villanova’s Philadelphia dominance, but the Wildcats gave them little for which to cheer.

The Wildcats scored the first seven points as Temple came out cold, missing its first five shots and committing three turnovers.

And Villanova went from there.

The Wildcats took their biggest lead of the half on DiVincenzo’s 3-pointer that made it 25-5 with 11 minutes left before the break. And the lead reached 20 again on Brunson’s 3-pointer that made it 28-8 44 seconds later.

Temple rallied by scoring the next 13 points over 3 1/2 minutes to pull within 28-21 on Josh Brown’s jumper with 6:45 left before the break.

But Villanova continued making shots and Brunson, appropriately, finished the first-half scoring with a 3-pointer with 47 seconds left that gave the Wildcats a 46-29 lead.

Villanova shot 59 percent from the field and 50 percent from the arc in the opening 20 minutes.

The second half was a mere formality.

BIG PICTURE

Villanova: The Wildcats likely will hold the top spot in the rankings for at least another week, as they will take nine days off for exams before returning to the court. They will next play a nonconference game against Hofstra, the program Wildcats coach Jay Wright led before coming to Villanova, on Dec. 22 before beginning Big East play on Dec. 27 at DePaul.

Temple: The Owls host another Philadelphia school, Drexel, on Saturday and then play at Georgia on Dec. 22 before starting American Conference play on Dec. 28 against Tulane. The Owls will be looking for their 33rd NCAA Tournament appearance and will need a high finish in the conference to get there.

UP NEXT

Villanova: After a break for exams, the Wildcats play Hofstra on Dec. 22 in Uniondale, New York.

Temple: Hosts Drexel on Saturday night.

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