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Late Night Snacks: Doug McDermott goes for season-high, Creighton cruises

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Game(s) of the Day

No. 13 Creighton 74Missouri State 52: The Creighton junior continues to make a strong case for National Player of the Year. Dough McDermott went for a season-high 39 points, adding 10 rebounds. The Bluejays led by 10 at half, 37-27 due to Missouri State’s slow down offense. Behind the offensive production from McDermott, 18 in the first seven minutes, Creighton breezed to another Missouri Valley win.

Wright State 62Loyola (Ill.): Reggie Arceneaux hit a shot with 90 second left to put Wright State up 62-61, no one else would score as the Raiders picked up a road win. Wright State was down double digits to start the second half, but got back into the game thanks in large part to 61 percent shooting from the field.

Loyola (Md.) 63Fairfield 58 OT: Loyola trailed by six with under five to play, but a 6-0 run forced overtime. The Greyhounds started out the extra frame on a 7-2 run behind Jordan Latham’s bucket and five points from Dylon Cormier.

Important Outcomes

Creighton stays perfect in MVC: The Bluejays are 5-0 in MVC play. McDermott and Co. have already beaten Evansville and Indiana State, two other teams off to strong conference starts. Creighton has a game against an 8-8 (1-3 MVC) Northern Iowa team, before a showdown with No. 23 Wichita State (15-1, 4-0) on the road.

Loyola stays up top standings: Loyola, with the win, improve to 4-1 in MAAC play. The Greyhounds are in a three-way tie with Iona and Niagara for the conference lead. Loyola plays Iona on Jan. 27.

Canisius upset by Siena: Niagara won and Loyola one to stay atop the MAAC standings. Canisius could of joined them but the Golden Griffins fell by three to three-win Siena. Canisius is now 3-2 in conference play and takes on Iona, also atop the MAAC standings, on the road on Sunday.

Starred

Doug McDermott, Creighton: McDermott scored is 39 off an impressive 15-of-19 shooting. He started off the second half connecting on his first 10 shots. The Bluejays have won 10 straight.

Reggie Arceneaux, Wright State: Arceneaux scored 29 points to help keep Wright State perfect in Horizon League play (4-0) over Loyola (Ill). He also hit the game-winning shot with 1:35 to play.

Utah State: The Aggies are now 14-1 and 5-0 in WAC play after scoring a narrow 66-60 win over San Jose State. Utah State is winners of 13 straight.

Struggled

Canisius: Despite outrebounding Siena, the Griffins shot only 39 percent as a team, and 30 from behind the arc. Canisius also coughed the ball up 14 times to a three-win Siena team. The loss puts Canisius in second place behind three teams in the MAAC.

Lipscomb: The Bison are now losers of 5-of-6 games. In three of those games, teams have gone for 84 points or more. It doesn’t get easier for Lipscomb, they play Atlantic Sun leading Florida Gulf Coast (12-6, 4-1) on Thursday.

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

Kawhi Leonard to be inducted into SDSU Hall of Fame

Kawhi Leonard (Getty Images)
Kawhi Leonard (Getty Images)
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Kawhi Leonard is, and probably always will be, the greatest player to ever come through the San Diego State ranks.

And this week, the Aztecs announced that they will be honoring the all-NBA wing due to his accomplishments in Viejas Arena: Leonard will be enshrined in the SDSU Hall of Fame this October.

Leonard is a terrific story, one that most people probably already know. A former Mr. Basketball in California, Leonard was somewhat under-recruited, winding up at SDSU where he proceeded to post monster numbers for an Aztec team that climbed into the top five in the country his sophomore season. He went pro after just two years with the program, getting picked 15th by the Spurs due to concerns about his ability to adjust to the perimeter full-time.

And we all know how that worked out.

VIDEO: South Dakota walk-on Logan Power get surprised with a scholarship

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Logan Power, a 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore from Nebraska, landed a scholarship at the end of South Dakota’s trip to Spain.

You can see the video of it above. Power played in 14 games last season, averaging 2.5 points as he played a real role for the Coyotes down the stretch of the season.

Sometimes moments like this can feel like artificial, like a production designed to boost a coach’s Q rating as much as it is to award the player that scholarship. This doesn’t feel like that at all, as head coach Craig Smith barely can even offer a speech about the player as he fights to hold back tears.

It’s a touching moment.

Well done, USD.

Why did Trevon Duval list Seton Hall, St. John’s and not Duke, Kentucky?

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Trevon Duval is the reason that mixtapes were created.

A top five player and the top point guard in the Class of 2017, Duval is 6-foot-3 and super-athletic, boasting the kind of handle that would make Uncle Drew blush. It’s not possible to do any kind of scouting off of a mixtape; judging what a player can and can’t do based off of a highlight package doesn’t happen.

But given what Duval is capable of doing, it makes him the perfect player to have game film cut and edited so that his highlights fit seamlessly within the beat of an instrumental.

That’s why this mixtape is so good.

But unlike a lot of mixtape phenoms, Duval’s game goes beyond the tricks that look good in slow motion.

His ranking isn’t a fluke. He’s far and away the best point guard in 2017, but you wouldn’t know that based on his offer list.

On Monday, “trimmed” his list to ten schools: He’s not following a typical path for the top point guard in the class. Much has been written in the last six months about how Duke and Kentucky, the two preeminent programs on the recruiting trail, have been targeting second tier point guards in the Class of 2017, the likes of Trae Young and Quade Green and Tremont Waters.

Young and Green and Waters are all terrific players, top 30 recruits with a shot at becoming McDonalds All-Americans, but Duval is in a tier all by himself. He’s the only surefire one-and-done point guard in the class.

And he listed Seton Hall and St. John’s in his final ten.

He didn’t list Duke and Kentucky.

What do Seton Hall, St. John’s and Trevon Duval all have in common?

Under Armour.

Duval plays for We-R-1 on the travel circuit, a program that is sponsored by UA. He played his junior season at API, a high school program in Texas that was sponsored by Under Armour. Emmanuel Mudiay and Terrence Ferguson, the last two elite prospects to forego college to head directly to the professional ranks overseas, both came from API and reportedly signed sponsorship deals with UA. If UA has a reputation at the grassroots level, it’s that they’re as loyal as any of the three major shoe companies. They do everything they can to keep it all in the family.

The best example of this?

Diamond Stone, a product of the Under Armour Association circuit and Wisconsin native that bucked in-state powers Wisconsin and Marquette to play for Maryland, the program that is to UA and Oregon is to Nike.

It doesn’t always work that way — see: Josh Jackson — and of the final 10 schools on Duval’s list, only four are programs sponsored by Under Armour.

But it’s not an accident that Seton Hall and St. John’s made the cut, and it’s not a coincidence that UCLA — who just this summer signed a massive sponsorship deal with the apparel company — is now considered to be the favorite to land Duval.

The idea that shoe companies control where elite prospects go to school is a bit overblown in this day and age. If it wasn’t, Kansas, an adidas school, wouldn’t have landed Andrew Wiggins or Josh Jackson, two of the last four No. 1 players in the country, neither of whom played with an adidas sponsored team before college.

But it does happen.

And when it does, it’s not all that hard to identify.

Trevon Duval (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Trevon Duval (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

Report: CBE Hall of Fame Classic headliners set

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The headliners for the 2017 CBE Hall of Fame Classic have been set.

UCLA, Baylor, Wisconsin and Creighton will highlight the bill for the annual event in Kansas City, according to a report from CBS Sports.

The CBE Hall of Fame Classic historically has included on-campus games and a flagship four-team championship round at the Sprint Center. This year’s headliners include Kansas, Georgia, George Washington and UAB.

Certainly securing four high-majors is a significant get for the event, which will also likely coincide with the induction of the 2017 class of the Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2016 class is highlighted by Mark Aguirre, Doug Collins, Dominique Wilson, Jamal Wilkes and Mike Montgomery.

Coach Cal softball game raises $300K for La. flood relief

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John Calipari is known for his ability to amass talent. Over the weekend, that quality helped raise $300,000 for Louisiana flood relief.

The Coach Cal Celebrity Softball Classic brought Kentucky stars like Keith Bogans, Andrew Harrison and Karl-Anthony Towns and the likes of former UK quarterback Tim Couch and NFL Hall of Famer Chris Carter to Lexington to help aid Louisiana in conjunction with the Red Cross after the area suffered major flooding earlier this month.

“I didn’t want to really do a softball game,” Calipari said according to his website, “but then we decided to do it and then Louisiana happens and now you have a cause. … It’s kind of neat. You have a cause, you have a why.”

Towns’ team was the 18-12 victor over Team Calipari on the day.

“This is amazing,” Towns said on CoachCal.com. “This is something that we get a chance to rarely do. We get to help the community out but at the same time have fun. There’s nothing better than doing something that we would do for free but for charity. This is something we’re going to have a lot of fun doing today.”

The softball game was played the same weekend as the John Calipari Basketball Fantasy Experience which generated $1 million that will be shared with 14 charities.