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Late Night Snacks: Pyrrhic victory for UNLV as Mike Moser goes down

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Games of the Day

1. No. 21 UNLV 76, California 75
A Quintrell Thomas put back with 1.2 seconds remaining gave UNLV the win in Berkeley, but it came at a cost as junior forward Mike Moser went down with a dislocated right elbow. How long the All-America candidate is out remains to be seen, but this is a major blow for Dave Rice’s team.

The good news for UNLV: Anthony Bennett was a grown man inside (25 points, 14 rebounds) and Bryce Dejean-Jones snapped out of his shooting slump with 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting. Allen Crabbe led Cal with 18 points, but the Golden Bears’ 15-of-28 night from the foul line cost them a victory that would have looked nice on their resume.

2. Lafayette 72, Sacred Heart 70
Bryce Scott’s three-pointer with three seconds remaining was the difference as the Leopards beat Sacred Heart in Easton. Lafayette survived 25 second half points from the prolific Shane Gibson, who was held scoreless in the first half. Sacred Heart came back from an 18-2 deficit to begin the game, but they fell short in the end after being seconds away from picking up a much-needed road victory.

3. FIU 82, Stetson 79
Malik Smith went off down the stretch for the Panthers, scoring eight of his 29 points in the final 37 seconds to lead FIU to victory. Four other FIU players finished in double figures, and Chris Perez led five Stetson starters in double figures with 22 points.

Important Outcomes

1. Florida State 91, Maine 59
This one’s important for two reasons. One, Florida State avoided losing to a team they should beat at home without the services of forward Terrance Shannon (back spasms). Two, the Seminoles turned the ball over just seven times. That’s the lowest number of turnovers in a game during Leonard Hamilton’s tenure in Tallahassee.

2. No. 16 Creighton 77, Akron 61 
Doug McDermott had it rolling in Omaha, shooting 10-of-15 from the field and scoring a game-high 30 points. Gregory Echenique defended Zeke Marshall while also tallying ten points and seven rebounds, and Grant Gibbs put together another solid floor game with eight assists, seven points and six rebounds with no turnovers. Creighton shot 48.4% from the field and 45.5% from three on the day.

3. Washington State 59, Fresno State 50
The Cougars’ win over Fresno State means that the Pac-12 avoided an 0-3 weekend against the Mountain West (UNLV beat Cal, and Nevada beat Washington on Saturday). Brock Motum led the way with 23 points and eight rebounds and Mike Ladd added 19 and six, and Fresno State did themselves no favors by shooting 2-of-20 from three.

Starred

1. F Doug McDermott (Creighton) 
30 points (10-of-15 FG, 6-of-8 3PT) and six rebounds in the Bluejays’ 77-61 win over Akron.

2. F Anthony Bennett (UNLV)
25 points and 13 rebounds in the Rebels’ 76-75 win at California.

3. G Yolonzo Moore II (Hartford) 
27 points (6-of-9 FG, 13-of-14 FT), eight rebounds and three steals in the Hawks’ 69-59 win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Moore played all 40 minutes.

Struggled

1. Rider 
This is the season for giving but the Broncs were far too charitable in their 65-52 loss to Rider, turning the ball over an astonishing 31 times. The Stags weren’t much better with the basketball, as they finished with 22 turnovers.

2. American inside the arc 
The Eagles struggled mightily inside of the three point line, shooting 9-of-33 (27.3%) in their 54-42 home loss to Columbia.

3. Siena players not named O.D. Anosike or Rakeem Brookins
In the Saints’ 75-55 loss to Manhattan those two combined to shoot 14-of-28 from the field. The other Saints who saw action: 4-of-23.

Three Facts 

1. Over his last four games Creighton’s Doug McDermott has made 17 of 23 shots from beyond the arc.

2. Canisius sits atop the MAAC standings after their 94-82 win at Marist. Canisius, now 6-1 on the season, won five games (one in MAAC play) all of last season.

3. In their 84-50 win over Milwaukee on Sunday afternoon, DePaul extended its streak of games with a made three-pointer to 588.

Other Notable Scores

1. Canisius 94, Marist 82

2. Xavier 62, Kent State 55

3. North Dakota State 72, North Dakota 52

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Arizona lands first commitment in 2017 class

Alex Barcello (Jon Lopez/Nike)
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Arizona landed their first commitment in the Class of 2017 on Friday night as point guard Alex Barcello pledged to Sean Miller and the Wildcats.

Barcello is a 6-foot-2 point guard from Tempe who plays his high school ball for Corona del Sol. He committed to the Wildcats on an official visit to the Tucson campus.

Barcello is a borderline top 100 prospect who sits at No. 123 in the Rivals top 150. He’s known for his ability to shoot, and he’s more of a combo-guard — i.e. shoot-first — than a point guard at times, but he’s a nice pickup and projects as a solid four-year player for the Wildcats.

Virginia, Indiana, Stanford and Butler were the other four schools on Barcello’s list.

Duke lands first commitment in 2017 class

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Alex O’Connell knew exactly where he wanted to play his college ball, which is why, just two days after picking up an offer from Coach K and the Blue Devils, he became Duke’s first recruit in the Class of 2017.

O’Connell announced the on twitter on Friday afternoon:

O’Connell is a four-star prospect from Georgia that had a terrific summer, going from being a borderline top 75 prospect to a player that caught the interest of Duke, who, along with Kentucky, sit atop the college recruiting hierarchy. He’s an explosively athletic and lanky 6-foot-6 wing with three-point range on his jumper. He needs to add some weight and some strength — he’s listed as a crisp 175 pounds — but he has the tools, and the swagger, to develop into a very effective player in the ACC.

Is he a one-and-done prospect?

Probably not. In fact, since 2010, Duke has landed just two players that were rated lower than O’Connell: Antonio Vrankovic and Jack White. If you know who both of them are, you’re probably either Jon Scheyer or lying.

But what O’Connell is is a kid who put in the work to get better this past year and who has the skill set, the physical tools and work ethic to continue to improve. He may not be on Grayson Allen’s trajectory, but O’Connell has the makings of being an impact player for the Blue Devils for three or four years.

Alex O'Connell (Jon Lopez/Nike)
Alex O’Connell (Jon Lopez/Nike)

Shaka Smart lands contract extension at Texas

Texas head coach Shaka Smart instructs his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Shaka Smart has already landed himself a contract extension at Texas.

The school, according to the Austin American-Statesman, has given Shaka a one-year extension — through the 2022-23 season — and bumped his salary up to a cool $3 million, a raise of $100,000 annually.

Smart’s Longhorns went 20-13 last season and lost on a half court buzzer beater from Northern Iowa’s Paul Jespersen. It will be tough for Smart to match the success that he had last season, specifically because he lost senior point guard Isaiah Taylor to the professional ranks.

That said, the former VCU head man has been reeling in quite a bit of talent from the state of Texas — namely, Andrew Jones and Jarrett Allen — and is not all that far from turning the Longhorns back into a relevant member of the Big 12 title race.

Arizona and Texas headline Lone Star Shootout

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats reacts in the first half against the Wichita State Shockers during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Another marquee, early season event is on the books for the college basketball season as four potential tournament teams will be squaring off at the Toyota Center in Houston on Dec. 17th.

The highlight of the double-header, which has been dubbed the Lone Star Shootout, will probably end up being Arizona vs. Texas A&M. The Wildcats are a Pac-12 contender and a borderline top 10 team as we enter the season, and while the Aggies will have work to do replacing the seniors they lost off of last season’s roster, they’re a borderline top 25 team.

The other matchup will feature a pair of former Southwest Conference rivals facing off in Texas and Arkansas. Texas will be talented but young while Arkansas may actually have the best player on the floor in Moses Kingsley. What will make this matchup interesting is that both Mike Anderson and Shaka Smart are known for being coaches that prefer a full court pressing system.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in front of our fans at the Toyota Center in Houston,” Texas head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “It is one of the most important areas in this state as it relates to our recruiting and fan base.

Five-star 2017 guard Lonnie Walker cuts list to five schools

Men's U18 trials head shots and team photo on 6.15.16
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Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.

Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.