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Games of the Day

UTEP 91, Oregon 84 3OT: Triple OT is always exciting, right? Sadly, there were no buzzer-beaters at the end of any of the four periods. The biggest shot of the game came from Konner Tucker, who hit a three to put UTEP up five in the final minute of the third OT. This is a huge loss for Oregon, who entered the game 9-1 on the season. The Ducks had their eyes sets on a potential at-large bid this season, but this loss won’t help that cause. And hey, Tim Floyd, for all that’s wrong with him, will always be a good ball coach.

Illinois State 74, Dayton 73: Illinois State picked up a huge road win on Wednesday night, hanging on to beat a good Dayton team. But the Redbirds caught a couple of breaks. For starters, Dayton’s star point guard Kevin Dillard left the game with 4:29 remaining due to back spasms. Dillard had helped to erase ISU’s double-digit first half lead. Up three with 40 seconds left, the Redbirds ran a dreadful out of bounds play that led directly to a Dayton layup. On the ensuing possession, ISU’s Johnny Hill missed a front end, giving Dayton a chance to win. The Flyers missed a three and then missed a decent look at the buzzer off of the offensive rebound.

Important Outcomes

Wisconsin-Green Bay 49, Marquette 47: Marquette needs Todd Mayo back. They simply don’t have enough scoring pop on their perimeter without him. How bad are things in Milwaukee right now? Green Bay had lost seven of their last eight coming in, and they beat the Golden Eagles despite playing with their second leading scorer and rebounder Brennan Cougill.

Canisius 72, Temple 62: This is a bad loss for Temple, especially considering they played at home, but it’s not a crushing blow. Canisius is actually pretty good this season. They hung with Syracuse for 25 minutes on Saturday, and they have a pretty good guard in former Rhody Ram Billy Baron.

No. 11 Cincinnati 60, Xavier 45: More than anything, it was good to see this rivalry get played without a hitch in an environment that had the potential to be combustible. We wrote more here.

Texas 85, No. 23 North Carolina 67: This is a nice win for Texas, but it came with an asterisk as they lost Myck Kabongo for the season. But this loss is troubling for UNC. We wrote more here.

Starred

Jesse Morgan, UMass: Morgan popped off for 35 points on 7-10 shooting from three in the Minutemen’s win over Ohio.

Jackie Carmichael, Illinois State: Carmichael, who is shooting up draft boards, had 25 points and 12 boards in a win over Dayton.

Kendall Williams, New Mexico: Williams was terrific, finishing with 24 points as New Mexico beat in-state rivals New Mexico State for the second time in five days.

Anthony Bennett, UNLV: Bennett had 20 points, 12 boards and three blocks as the Rebels knocked off a good Northern Iowa team. Bennett is a freak, and he’s the reason Mike Moser may be out of a job.

Struggled

Clemson: The Tigers were 17-53 from the floor, 4-21 from three and committed 18 turnovers in route to a 23 point loss to Coastal Carolina. It’s the second straight year the Chanticleers have beaten the Tigers.

Kenny Boynton, Florida: Was last year’s non-conference play a fluke for Boynton? He shot 46.7% from three in those 15 games. The rest of his career he’s a 31.9% three-point shooter. A 1-7 performance from three — where all he took where three-pointers — dropped his percentage to 28.6% this season. He’s 3-27 over the last four games. Yuck. At least Florida blew out SE Louisiana.

Marshall Plumlee, Duke: After making his long-awaited Duke debut, Plumlee last all of two minutes before spraining his foot.

The Rest of the Top 25

– No. 5 Louisville 79, FIU 55
– No. 6 Indiana 93, Mount St. Mary’s 54
– No. 14 Gonzaga 74, Campbell 52
– No. 17 Creighton 71, Tulsa 54
– No. 22 Notre Dame 85, Kennesaw State 57
– No. 24 Oklahoma State 69, UT-Arlington 44

Other Notable Scores

– Pitt 71, Delaware State 43
– Charlotte 68, Radford 52
– Belmont 76, South Dakota 49
– Alabama 66, Texas Tech 62
– Murray State 61, Arkansas 54
– Colorado State 78, UC-Bakersfield
– West Virgnia 76, Oakland 71
– St. Mary’s 74, Pacific 46

Marshall Henderson Shot-Tracker: (For those that are wondering, the reason we are tracking Marshall Henderson’s shots is that he’s the most prolific three-point shooter in america. Not by percentage standards; he’s averaging double-figures in long range bombs attempted per game. #ShootMoreMarshall)

Henderson finished with 18 points in a 73-70 win over Loyola Marymount, but he had a relatively quiet night by his standards. Henderson was 4-9 from beyond the arc and 5-13 from the floor overall, meaning that he’s now averaging 11.3 threes attempted per game. On the season Henderson has now taken 102 threes — while hitting 35.3% of them — and just 23 shots from inside the arc. #ShootMoreMarshall

Arizona lands first commitment in 2017 class

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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

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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.