Late Night Snacks: Marquette won’t be getting any tonight

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Games of the Night

Western Illinois 73, South Dakota 71: South Dakota was down by 12 at the half and never led during the game, but when Kansas State transfer Juevol Myles — who scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half — hit a three with seven seconds left, it tied the game at 71. But Ceola Clark, who led the Leathernecks with 20 points, answered at the other end with a teardrop in the lane as time expired. This was the first Summit League game for both teams.

Long Beach State 73, Loyola Marymount 70: Mike Caffey scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures as the 49ers used a late, 8-0 run to take a 67-62 lead.

Important Outcomes

No. 7 Florida 82, Marquette 49: Patric Young came off the bench. Kenny Boynton didn’t score until there were 16 minutes left in the game. And yet, the Gators were still able to utterly embarrass the Golden Eagles. This game was played in Gainesville, which definitely played a role in this outcome, but the bottom line is that as good as Florida looked, Marquette looked that bad. They didn’t move the ball offensively, they weren’t able to get penetration from the perimeter, and their big men were utterly overwhelmed by the trio of Young, Erik Muprhy and Will Yeguete.

Also worth noting, talented freshman Michael Frazier scored 17 points and finished by hitting 5-8 from three, which will hopefully get him going this season.

Notre Dame 64, No. 8 Kentucky 50: Kentucky simply wasn’t ready for what they ran into in Purcell Pavilion on Thursday night. The talented youngsters got a crash course on what life is like on the road in college basketball. Notre Dame was more experienced, more disciplined, and, as of right now, just flat out better than the Wildcats. And it showed.

Memphis 93, UT-Martin 65: Five days after being embarrassed in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament, three days after the Athletic Director shut down media access to the team and one day after Tarik Black apparently walked out of a “boot camp” practice, Memphis finally played like the team everyone expected them to be coming into the season. Joe Jackson, who was benched out in the Bahamas, finished with 13 points, eight assists and just a single turnover. Shaq Goodwin had 17 points and 12 boards.

Starred

Tyreek Duren and Ramon Galloway, La Salle: Duren and Galloway finished with a combined 37 points on 13-20 shooting as the Explorers picked up a solid win at Rider.

D’Angelo Harrison, St. John’s: The Johnnies beat South Carolina by 24 points in the SEC/Big East Challenge, and Harrison led the way. He had 26 points, and is now averaging 21.9 points.

TJ Price, Western Kentucky: Price scored 30 points in WKU’s 65-54 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

Arsalan Kazemi, Oregon: Kazemi’s addition to the Ducks was thought to be a difference maker, giving Oregon a chance to compete in the Pac-12. He had eight points and seven boards in the win over UNLV and 15 boards in a close loss to Cincinnati. In a win over UT-San Antonio tonight, Kazemi had 20 points on 8-9 shooting, adding six boards, four assists, five steals and three blocks.

Struggled

Marquette: Vander Blue was 8-14 from the floor and scored 20 points. No one else had as many as six points, and the rest of the team finished with 13 field goals and 29 points. Marquette lost 82-49 to No. 7 Florida.

Alex Poythress and Archie Goodwin: The two talented freshmen are supposed to be the ones that carry this Kentucky team. Poythress had two points in 23 minutes and Goodwin had two points on 1-7 shooting (but five assists). That won’t cut it.

Seton Hall’s late-game execution: Fuquan Edwin hit a three-pointer with 3:46 left in the game, which gave Seton Hall a 64-63 lead and erased a five point deficit. Seton Hall’s next five possessions? All turnovers. The Pirates finished with 27 in the game. And lost to LSU, 72-67.

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.