Roberts

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

Leave a comment

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

Minnesota center to miss a month

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 7: Reggie Lynch #22 of the Illinois State Redbirds and Fred VanVleet #23 of the Wichita State Shockers fight for control of a loose ball during the MVC Basketball Tournament Semifinals at the Scottrade Center on March 7, 2015 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Leave a comment

Minnesota’s projected starting center is sidelined, but is expected to be ready for the season opener.

Reggie Lynch, the Illinois State transfer, had surgery on his left knee, the program announced on Friday night. According to Marcus R. Fuller of the Star-Tribune, the Golden Gophers are anticipating that Lynch is available for the season opener on Nov. 11 against Louisiana-Lafayette.

The 6-foot-10 Lynch has been in the news this offseason prior to his impending debut with Minnesota. In May, he was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault. On August 1, the Hennepin County attorney’s office was announced he would not face charges, citing insufficient evidence.

Lynch spent two seasons at Illinois State, averaging 9.5 points and 5.4 rebounds per game for the Redbirds as a sophomore. He sat out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Minnesota is coming off a second-to-last place finish in the Big Ten with an 8-23 (2-16 Big Ten) record.

Women’s hoops coaches boycotting recruiting events

DENVER, CO - MARCH 31:  Head coach Muffet McGraw of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish directs her team during practice prior to the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament Final Four at Pepsi Center on March 31, 2012 in Denver, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Getty Images
2 Comments

For some high-major women’s basketball programs, the final evaluation period of 2016 is being used as a vacation from the recruiting trail.

According to a report from Lindsay Schnell of Sports Illustrated, are not attending events during this weekend’s recruiting period for a host of reasons.

First, many are fed up with the price of tournament packets, booklets of rosters that college coaches receive upon paying their entry fee. Packets are supposed to be chock-full of contact information for the prospects, but sometimes aren’t accurate or up-to-date. (This has become a well-documented issue on the men’s side of college hoops. CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish wrote on it this summer.) Furthermore, there are so many events now that college coaches are often forced to pay obscene amounts of money to watch just one player at a single event, and play recruiting hopscotch around the country, criss-crossing the nation to see so many events and spend thousands of dollars. One Power Five coach said her staff crunched the numbers, and found that in just two years, they’ve spent more than $4,000 more than they did in 2014 on packets alone. Another coach told a story of sending an assistant across the country for one day, to one event, to watch one team. When the assistant arrived, the team had left early for its next event. No refund was available for the college that had paid what turned out to be a useless entry fee. The head coach called it “exasperating.”

Jeff Borzello of ESPN, who spoke to Notre Dame head coach and eventual Hall of Famer Muffet McGraw for his report, estimated that the cost for one of the coaches packets — the ones that include player contact information, rosters, etc. — can cost each school an average of $600 per event.

This era of grassroots basketball has taken off in recent years with Nike, Under Armour and adidas all creating their own sponsored leagues. All three run exceptional events from the staff to the facilities, all the way to the three, free meals a day for coaches. Organizers of these events will argue that there’s a cost to running such high-end events. These packets, some of which are so in-depth they include players’ GPAs, help fund these tournaments (events, paying a staff, etc.).

Coaches, mostly mid to low-major coaches, will argue that these packets aren’t worth the cost, considering that every coach (head and assistant) must purchase them in order to gain entrance. And you will find packets where the information inside is either inaccurate, or missing or both. For elite programs, this isn’t an issue. You show up, you’re seen, you leave, you go to the next event, repeat. For mid to low-major coaches, this really puts a dent in their budget, especially when they have to travel to multiple events (buying packets at each one) because you have to land that “steal,” you have to find that player who is overlooked.

This protest, or boycott (or whatever you want to call it) will hurt those these events are intended to help the most: the players. If coaches continue to avoid these tournaments, that late-bloomer may miss out on a scholarship, or that player with mid-major offers won’t get the chance to play in front of high-major coaches.

According to Schnell, there is a proposal, voted on in April, to eliminate a live recruiting period in April and September. But many coaches in women’s basketball have made it clear this weekend how they feel about the issue.

USC lands commitment from three-star center

Leave a comment

USC added to its 2017 recruiting class with a commitment from a 7-foot big man.

Andy Enfield and the Trojans beat out Florida, Vanderbilt and Tennessee for the services of Calvary Christian Academy (Florida) center Victor Uyaelunmo. He announced his college decision on Friday afternoon.

“It was the best fit for me academically and athletically,” Uyaelunmo said according to David Furones of the Sun Sentinel. “The basketball coaches really wanted me to come, and I thought it was the best place for me.

“They told me how they were going to use me, and they have a couple of guys leaving this year, so I just fit in right.”

Uyaelunmo is regarded as a three-star prospect by Rivals, however, ESPN rates him a four-star recruit. He joins a two-man class which includes four-star forward Jordan Usher.

The departure of Nikola Jovanovic, the Trojans’ leading rebounder during the 2015-16, was a surprising one, and one that left USC with a hole in the middle. While Uyaelunmo still has one more year before arriving on the Los Angeles campus, the Trojans have a promising piece in the paint for the future; a long, athletic big man who has the potential, in time, to become one of the nation’s top shot blockers.

Uyaelunmo played for Nike South Beach in the EYBL this spring and summer. In 12 appearances, he averaged 5.0 points. 5.9 rebounds and 1.0 block in 17.6 minutes per game.

VIDEO: Rupp Arena’s new video board arrives

ukathletics.com
ukathletics.com
Leave a comment

Rupp Arena is getting a makeover. Take a peak as the new video board arrives and is put together:

Five-star freshman ruled ineligible to play for Villanova this season

Jay Wright
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Leave a comment

Omari Spellman will not be eligible to play for Villanova this season, the school announced on Friday morning.

“We are extremely disappointed for Omari,” stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright. “While we don’t agree with the NCAA’s decision, we are members of the association and respect it. We understand why the NCAA felt it had to rule this way.”

“We will make a positive out of this for Omari. He will concentrate on his academics and individual development this season. In the long run Omari will be a better student and player for this experience.”

Spellman is a top 20 recruit that played for St. Thomas More this past season. At 6-foot-9, 260 pounds, Spellman was going to be counted on to play a major role in replacing Daniel Ochefu, the 6-foot-11 center that graduated this past spring. Without Spellman, Villanova will have to rely on inconsistent senior Darryl Reynolds to man their front line.

It is worth noting, however, that Reynolds did average 9.0 points and 10.6 boards in three games Ochefu missed last year. That was the first time in his career that he was given consistent minutes.

Spellman will be allowed to continue to practice with Villanova as he takes an academic redshirt.