Late Night Snack: St. Joseph’s knocks off Notre Dame in overtime

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Games of the Day

1. St. Joseph’s 79, Notre Dame 70 (OT) – St. Joseph’s was not leaving with a loss, especially Langston Galloway had already lost his tooth after getting tangled up with Jerian Grant and landing face first into the Barclays Center floor. The Hawks forced overtime by holding the Irish offense in check. Notre Dame didn’t score for an eight minute stretch. In that time St. Joe’s took advantage, as Ronald Roberts scored the first seven points of the extra time to give the A-10 favorite an early key victory.

2. Murray State 72, St. John’s 67 – The Racers overcame two deficits to earn a hard-fought victory and a spot in the Charleston Classic final against Colorado. St. John’s couldn’t put away an experienced Murray State club. Senior Stacey Wilson connected on several key three-pointers, while Ed Daniel controlled the boards for the Racers.

3. Penn State 55, Providence 52 (OT) – The best game you didn’t see last night. Both teams struggled heading into halftime, with PC leading 16-14. Kadeem Batts knocked down a pair of free throws with 14 seconds remaining to tie the game a 43 to force overtime. The Friars took an early lead in overtime, but the Nittany Lions scored seven unanswered to take the lead for good.

Important Outcomes

1. Colorado 60, Baylor 58 – The Bears experienced the first loss of the season and now the question is how does Baylor respond? After 31 points against Boston College, Pierre Jackson was held to only a dozen. What makes the loss even more head scratching, is that Baylor lost to a team that shot 22 percent (4-18) from the free throw line.

2. St. Joseph’s 79, Notre Dame 70 (OT) – St. Joe’s was picked to win the A-10 and an early victory against No. 20 Notre Dame helps strength the Hawks case as one of the top teams in the country.

3. UConn 77, Wake Forest 71 – The Huskies are now 3-o in the Kevin Ollie era. Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright each had 16 points, but a huge effort game from sophomore center Enosch Wolf, who had 12 points and six boards. UConn will look for the fourth win of the season against Quinnipiac as part of the Paradise Jam at Saint Thomas on Sunday.

Starred

1. Trevor Releford and the rest of the Bama backcourt – Releford shot five three-pointers and made all five, on his way to a game-high 25 points. Rodney Cooper added 17 points for Bama in a 77-55 win over Villanova to win the 2K Classic. Trevor Lacey was plagued with foul trouble, but finished seven points. The tough Bama defense forced guards Ryan Arcidiacono (11 points) to 3-for-11 shooting and limited James Bell to three points off 1-of-7 shooting

2. Devon Collier, Oregon State – His return to New York City couldn’t have gone better. Although Oregon State lost to Alabama Thursday night, Collier had 21 points and seven rebounds. On Friday, the 6-foot-8 junior led the Beavers to a 66-58 win over Purdue with a 27 point 14 rebound performance.

3. Kentucky, everything Kentucky -Kyle Wiltjer made eight field goals, seven were three-pointers, for a game-high 23 points. Alex Poythress finished with 22 points. Archie Goodwin added 13 points and did this. Let’s remember this is Lafayette, but still fun to watch the highlights.

Struggled

1. Purdue – Matt Painter’s club is leaving New York with a pair of losses. A D.J. Byrd controversial flagrant foul helped lead Villanova over Purdue Thursday night. The Boilermakers were on the wrong end of Devon Collier’s monster double-double Friday night. Purdue (1-3) will try to get back in the win column against UNC-Wilmington on Wednesday.

2. Villanova – Villanova shot a dreadful 31 percent from the field and saw a three-point halftime deficit turn into a 22-point loss in the 2K Championship.

3. UMass After being the most exciting team in college basketball with back-to-back buzzer beaters to open the season, UMass ran into a good N.C. State team. The Minutemen went up against a Wolfpack team with too many weapons. N.C. State shot 56 percent. UMass continued with turnover issues, coughing the ball up 17 times, like the previous two games against Providence and Harvard.

Three Facts

1. Shabazz Muhammad will make his debut Monday – Friday night UCLA freshman guard Shabazz Muhammad was cleared by the NCAA. He can play immediately, which means he will suit up Monday against Georgetown in Legends Classic in Brooklyn. UCLA could potentially play No. 1 Indiana that weekend as well.

2. Murray State doesn’t go away easily – The Racers looked as if they were entering halftime facing a double-digit deficit against St. John’s. Murray State put together a 13-3 run to cut the lead to three. Isaiah Canaan and company trailed by seven with seven minutes to play, put together a 12-0 run to take a lead they wouldn’t surrender in a 72-67 semifinal win over the Johnnies in the Charleston Classic. Senior leadership from Canaan, Stacey Wilson, and Ed Daniel puts Murray State in the final against Colorado.

3. Rick Majerus will not be on the sidelines anytime soon – It was announced earlier on Friday, that Saint Louis coach Rick Majerus will no longer serve as the basketball coach. Majerus is treating an ongoing heart condition. Majerus helped build the Billikens into an A-10 contender in his five seasons as head coach.

Other notable outcomes

– Stanford 71, Baylor 69 (women’s basketball)

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Report: Texas’ Jones to test NBA possibility

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Both of Texas’ McDonald’s All-Americans from its 2016 class will test the NBA waters.

Andrew Jones will declare for the draft, but will not hire an agent, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman.

The 6-foot-4 guard joins Jarrett Allen, the Longhorns’ star center, in utilizing the rule change that became available to players last year in which they can declare, workout for teams, attend the NBA combine and still return to school.

Jones averaged 11.4 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as a freshman. He shot 42.5 percent from the field overall and 32.8 percent from 3-point range.

Allen seems the likelier candidate to remain in the draft as a potential lottery pick, but Jones came to Austin with similar one-and-done possibilities given his status as one of the class’ top recruits.

Texas, of course, is hoping both return, not just because they’re both big talents, but because incoming and highly-touted recruit Matt Coleman fills the major hole in last year’s lineup – point guard. If the three of them can share the floor together, Year 3 of the Shaka Smart era will be much more interesting.

Morrow announces transfer from Nebraska

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Nebraska was once again hit with a surprising and damaging transfer.

Ed Morrow, Jr., who led the Huskers in rebounding last year, announced his intention to transfer, the school announced Wednesday.

“I support Ed in his decision to transfer schools and wish him well,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a statement. “We appreciate his hard work over the last two years. Although I am disappointed, we will continue to recruit young men who are committed to our mission of building Nebraska Basketball with a culture of success in all areas…life, school and winning basketball at its highest level.”

The 6-foot-7 sophomore’s departure is a major hit to the Huskers, who are coming off a 12-19 year in which Miles’ job security was called into question. It almost assuredly will be again this year as Nebraska hasn’t been able to build on its 2014 NCAA tournament appearance, instead putting together three-straight losing seasons.

Morrow’s decision is surprising not only given he’d been a productive member of the team – averaging 9.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game – but because he was born in Nebraska before attending high school in Chicago and both his parents were Nebraska student-athletes his father winning a national title on the football team in 1994 and his mother an all-Big Eight performer on the basketball team.

“I want to say thank you to my teammates, coaches, the fans and the University of Nebraska athletics department for giving me the opportunity to play Division I basketball,” Morrow said in a statement. “It is hard to leave home, and Nebraska is my home. I was born and raised here, it is my parents’ alma mater, and I have a lot of friends here. But sometimes you have to venture out to pursue dreams and aspirations in a career. This is a sacrifice I have to make to better myself.”

Morrow’s transfer comes a year after Andrew White surprised Nebraska with his decision to graduate and transfer to Syracuse, which no doubt impacted the Huskers’ poor 2016-17 record.

Miles was on the hot seat at the end of last season and will assuredly begin this season there as well. A roster hit like Morrow won’t do much to help him improve the situation. Nebraska does, however, have three starters returning while Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland is eligible, as is Miami (Fla.) transfer James Palmer, Jr.

Lonzo Ball says “I’m better than” Markelle Fultz

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Usually, it’s LaVar Ball that makes news for what he says.

His eldest son is now getting in on the business of generating headlines with something other than his play.

The UCLA star, who said he’ll enter the draft after just one season with the Bruins, claimed he’s the better prospect than Washington freshman Markelle Fultz, who many have pegged as the No. 1 pick in June’s draft.

“Markelle’s a great player,” Ball said, according to ESPN, “but I feel I’m better than him,” “I think I can lead a team better than him. Obviously he’s a great scorer — he’s a great player, so I’m not taking that away from him.”

Not exactly inflammatory stuff – like saying you could have beaten Michael Jordan, that you want a $1 billion apparel deal or a number of things his father has said – bu Ball is certainly projecting confidence. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. There’s quite a bit of money – and pride – at stake with the draft, and Ball put up a season worthy of comparison to Fultz, who had great numbers but played for an abysmal Washington team. Ball, on the other had, had strong numbers while leading UCLA to the Sweet 16.

Both are going to go at the top of a draft that’s stocked full of promising point guards. Which player goes before the other remains to be seen, but it’s likely public pronouncements aren’t going to affect the draft order.

 

UMass hires McCall away from Chattanooga

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UMass has found, once more, the man to take over its basketball program.

The Minutemen have reached an agreement with Chattanooga coach Matt McCall, the school announce Wednesday

“The tradition and resources that are in place not only make this one of the best basketball jobs in the Atlantic 10 Conference,” McCall said in a statement released by the school, “but one of the best jobs in the country. We couldn’t be more excited about becoming part of the UMass family and look forward to building upon the rich tradition that has been established here in the past.”

In McCall’s two years at Chattanooga, the Mocs to the NCAA tournament in 2016 and a 19-12 record this year that featured five-straight losses to end the season.

The move will take McCall out of the southeast for the first time in his career as he previously served as at Florida and Florida Atlantic before getting his first head coaching job at Chattanooga.

McCall wasn’t the Minutemen’s first choice to replace Derek Kellogg after three-straight lackluster seasons. Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey had agreed to take the job before a last-minute about-face that saw him return to the Eagles program just before his introductory press conference was scheduled to begin.

“Matt is a rising star in college basketball coaching who has been a key piece of three successful programs in his career,” UMass athletic director Ryan Bamford said in a statement. “He has earned a reputation as a relentless worker, a great teammate and colleague and a confident leader of young men.

“Matt has worked with some of the most respected coaches and administrators in the country, who loudly sing his praises. Coach McCall’s appointment begins an exciting new chapter for our tradition-rich men’s basketball program at UMass.”

Despite being the second choice, McCall’s reputation in the coaching industry makes him a strong hire, having worked under Mike Jarvis and Billy Donovan. He took over at Chattanooga for Will Wade, and brought the Mocs to a 29-6 record and a  12-seed in the NCAA tournament in 2016.

UMass went to just one NCAA tournament under Kellogg (in 2014) during his nine seasons leading the Minutemen.

VIDEO: Frank Martin’s sideline demeanor as a high school coach

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South Carolina coach Frank Martin has the reputation of being rather, shall we say, intense on the sidelines during games.

The coach has a stare that seemingly could bore a hole through his players when they do something that doesn’t reach his level of expectation. Martin’s demeanor, though, didn’t just come into form once he hit the college ranks.

He was plenty intense on high school sidelines as well.

Martin won three titles while at Miami Senior in the mid-1990s, coaching the likes of future pros Steve Blake and Udonis Haslem. Now having reached his first career Final Four, that sideline persona has put him on the precipice of winning yet another championship, this time at the collegiate level.