Turnovers prove costly for No. 23 Wichita State in 71-67 loss at Evansville

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In six days No. 23 Wichita State hosts No. 13 Creighton in a matchup of the two teams many believe to be the best in the Missouri Valley Conference.

Unfortunately for the Shockers, Evansville (11-6, 4-1 MVC) took full advantage of 22 Shocker turnovers in pulling off the 71-67 upset. The loss spoils the possibility of the Shockers and Bluejays meeting next week with perfect MVC records, and is also a reminder of what happens when you don’t take care of the basketball.

Colt Ryan led the way for the Purple Aces with 24 points and eight assists, but the biggest story of the afternoon was the fact that Marty Simmons’ team scored 27 points off of those 22 Wichita State turnovers.

The tally is a season worst for the Shockers, who entered Sunday’s game averaging 13.9 turnovers per game, a number that ranked second in the Missouri Valley. Malcolm Armstead, who scored 15 points in the first half, led the Shockers with 21 points and Cleanthony Early added 16.

For the game Gregg Marshall’s team shot well from the field (54% FG, 43% 3PT) and out-rebounded Evansville 36-21, but the turnovers and Evansville’s ability to make the Shockers pay on the other end proved to be the difference.

After an Ehimen Orukpe layup tied the score at 56 with 5:08 remaining Ryan would give Evansville the lead for good as he went on a personal 5-0 run to push the lead out to 61-56 with 3:13 to go.

Guards Troy Taylor (12 points) and Ned Cox (ten points) also reached double figures for the Purple Aces, and a Cox three-pointer with 1:48 remaining gave Evansville a 64-58 lead. Wichita State refused to quit however, as a layup from Armstead and an Early three-pointer pulled the Shockers to within one (66-65) with 46 seconds remaining.

But the Shockers were unable to capitalize on two different chances to tie the game, and a Ryan free throw with seven seconds left on the clock sealed things for the Purple Aces.

At 15-2 on the season (4-1 MVC) and Carl Hall reportedly close to making his return to the court there’s no reason for the Shockers or their fans to fall into “panic mode.” But today’s game will serve as a reminder of what happens when they don’t properly value the basketball.

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

Virginia, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Vandy in NIT Tip-Off

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NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in one semifinal of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Thanksgiving Day at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island and Seton Hall face off in the other semifinal with the winners meeting on Friday, Nov. 24.

This is the third straight year the Tip-Off has been held at Barclays Center. Eventual NCAA champion Villanova won the event in 2015. All games will be televised on ESPNU.

Non-bracketed teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off who will play games at campus sites are: Austin Peay, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Oakland City and UNC Asheville.

Miles Bridges explain why he returned to Michigan State

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Miles Bridges changed the landscape of the 2017-18 college basketball season on April 13.

The Michigan State forward spurned the NBA for another year in East Lansing. The decision not only meant that Bridges was a frontrunner for national player of the year, but solidified the Spartans as a national title contender.

But Bridges’ choice to return was still puzzling to many. The 6-foot-7 forward was projected as a lottery pick. Bridges explained his decision to Mike Decourcy of Sporting News in a story published on Thursday.

“He says, ‘You know what, Coach? I want to get better. I don’t want to be in the D-League. I’ve got buddies that are, and I just want to make sure when I go, I’m ready,’ ” Izzo recalled to Sporting News. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Done deal.’ For me, that was a done deal. It was a reasonable, sensible argument.”

Agents, friends, reporters, scouts, acquaintances, fans, strangers and family members — oh and, as we said, coaches — all had one opinion about how Bridges should spend the next year of his life. Miles had another, opposing, viewpoint.

Bridges told Decourcy that support came from his teammates, many of whom were returning to the team as well. Assuming the backcourt of Cassius Winston and Josh Langford make a leap forward, as well as incoming freshman Jaren Jackson providing an immediate impact, the Spartans’ title hopes could become a reality.

Bridges averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks as a freshman at Michigan State. He’s rated as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

North Carolina to unveil national championship banner in October

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The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.

North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.

The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.

North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.