Late Night Snacks: Harvard, Princeton stay perfect in the Ivy League

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Game of the Day

Harvard 67, Cornell 65

The Crimson almost let a 21-point lead get away from them. Harvard didn’t score for the final four minutes, as Cornell went on a 13-0 run.  Errick Peck’s 3-pointer was off the mark as Harvard stayed perfect in the Ivy League. An important victory as Harvard keeps a half game lead over Princeton in the standings. Those two teams meet on Saturday at Harvard.

Important Outcomes

Princeton 63, Brown 46

The Tigers have now won six straight games and hold a perfect 4-0 record in league play. Princeton is the only other undefeated team in the Ivy besides Harvard. Princeton hosts Yale on Sunday, followed by a road game against Dartmouth. Next week they make the trip to Cambridge to play the Crimson, which could potentially be for first place. Denton Koon had team-high 17 points, while Ian Hummer added 15.

Utah State 63, San Jose State 36

The Aggies are doing damage control. A four-game losing streak in January has left them out of the top of the conference, currently held by Louisiana Tech and followed by New Mexico State and Denver. Utah State is only three and a half out of first place and after winning three straight the Aggies can make a statement with a two-game home stand against Denver and New Mexico State this week.

Loyola (MD) 63, Siena 51

Six days removed from a double overtime win over MAAC-leading Niagara and Loyola continued its winning ways with a double-digit victory over Siena. Erik Etherly had a season-high 25 points to help the Greyhounds separate themselves from Canisius, Rider and Iona — all hold 8-5 records, good for third place. Loyola is in sole possession of second place, one game out of first.

UNC-Asheville 90, VMI 79

The win keeps UNC-Asheville at 9-2, which is good for the best record in the Big South. The Bulldogs hold a half game lead over Charleston Southern in the South Division while High Point leads the North Division with a 7-3 conference record.

Starred

Siyani Chambers, Harvard

Although the freshman missed a crucial free throw in the game’s final minutes, Chambers finished with 18 points and 11 assists, his third double-double on the season and second consecutive. The freshman has exceeded expectations this season and narrowly has the Crimson in first place in the Ivy League

Stan Okoye, Virginia Military 

In a loss, Okoye was the game’s leading scorer and rebounder with 34 points and 16 rebounds. While it was a season-high in rebounds, it was the fourth time the 6-foot-6 senior dropped 30 in a game this season. D.J. Covington also had a standout game in the loss with 15 points and 15 rebounds.

Spencer Butterfield, Utah State

For the fifth consecutive game, Butterfield finished with a double-double. This time it was 22-point, 10-rebound performance in a win for the Aggies. The 6-foot-3 junior scored his game-high 22 points of 9-of-11 shooting.

O.D. Anosike, Siena

For the 14th time this season, the Siena senior has recorded a double-double. In a loss to Loyola (MD), the 6-foot-8 senior recorded 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Struggled

Austin Morgan, Yale

The Bulldogs leading scorer shot a woeful 1-for-10 from the field for only nine points. Coming off a 20-point performance in loss to Dartmouth, Yale still picked up the 68-59 win against Penn on Friday night.

Columbia free throw shooting

The Lions went 10-of-17 from the line, in a three-point loss to Dartmouth. Columbia was not much better from behind the arc, shooting 3-of-20 (15 percent), as opposed to Dartmouth’s 47 percent shooting from deep.

San Jose State offense

The Spartans shot 27 percent from the field for the game, 20 percent from behind the arc, only tallying 36 points in a loss to Utah State. D.J. Brown, San Jose State’s leading scorer, with 16 points shot 5-of-13, however he was 4-of-9 from three. The rest of his team was 0-for-11 from deep.

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

NCAA: Former USF assistant provided extra benefits, lied to NCAA investigators

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The NCAA has alleged that former South Florida assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided roughly $500 in impermissible benefits and initially lied to NCAA investigators about it, according to the Tampa Bay Times, who obtained the NCAA’s summary disposition report.

Oliver Antigua is the younger brother of Orlando Antigua, who was the head coach at USF until he was fired in January. Now an assistant on Brad Underwood’s staff at Oklahoma State, Orlando was not alleged to have committed an NCAA violation in the report.

Oliver is alleged to have provided the extra benefits to two student-athletes while they were being tutored by the sister-in-law of Gerald Gillion, a special assistant to Orlando who resigned last fall, four months after Oliver did. USF has already self-imposed a $5,000 and reduced their scholarships from 13 to 12, according to the report.

“The University of South Florida and the NCAA continue to work together to resolve the inquiry into violations of NCAA bylaws and university standards by a USF intercollegiate athletic program,” according to a statement released by the school. “USF anticipates having a final resolution with the NCAA sometime this fall. Until the process concludes and the matter is fully resolved, USF cannot provide further comment.”

Villanova lands four-star 2018 guard

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Villanova added its first recruit in the Class of 2018 on Wednesday night.

Jay Wright and his staff landed a verbal commitment from Paul VI Catholic High School’s Brandon Slater, a four-star guard by Rivals as the No. 42 overall prospect in the rising senior class.

The 6-foot-5 Slater announced his decision via Twitter.

Slater, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN, picked the Wildcats over Maryland, Miami, South Carolina, and Virginia.

He is currently playing the Nike EYBL with Team Takeover, the same grassroots program that produced current Villanova guard Phil Booth.

Comic-Con forces Providence to play at Alumni Hall for home opener

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Providence will play its first game at Alumni Hall, the on-campus facility, for the first time in 35 years this fall.

The Friars unveiled their 2017-18 non-conference schedule on Thursday afternoon. The team’s home opener will play either Houston Baptist or Belmont in Mullaney Gym inside Alumni Hall.

According to Kevin McNamara of the Providence Journal, the reason for that is a schedule conflict at Providence’s home arena, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, in downtown Providence. A Comic-Con convention is scheduled Nov. 10-12. As McNamara notes, it’s a busy part of the season for The Dunk. The arena also is home to the Providence Bruins, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Boston Bruins, and by mid-November, their season is in full swing.

The Friars haven’t played at Alumni Hall since 1972, the same year the Dunkin’ Donuts Center was opened. In the three decades since Providence last played a regular season game there, the facility has gone under necessary renovations, as you could imagine. Even with added seats, Mullaney Gym can host a maximum of 1,549. That’s a fraction of what The Dunk’s capacity of 12,400.

Providence will return to its downtown home on Nov. 13, hosting Minnesota as part of the Gavitt Games. The Golden Gophers will likely be a top-20 team to open the season. The Friars, who bring back every notable player from last year’s NCAA Tournament team, is a fringe top-25 team.

Jalen Coleman-Lands to transfer out of Illinois

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The already-thin Illinois roster got thinner on Thursday afternoon.

Evan Daniels of Scout.com reported that sophomore guard Jalen Coleman-Lands has requested and received his release from the program. He will have to sit out next season but will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Coleman-Lands was a top-40 recruit in the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. He becomes the second player from that recruiting class this month to exit the school. Reserve guard D.J. Williams elected to transfer on May 8. With Jeremiah Tilmon and Javon Pickett, two incoming recruits, both previously reopened their recruitments following John Groce’s firing.

Even with the addition of Wright State graduate transfer Mark Alstork, who officially joined the Fighting Illini on Wednesday, Illinois is left with only nine scholarship players as of right now.

Coleman-Lands’ production dipped from his freshman campaign, ending the 2016-17 season averaging 8.0 points and 2.3 rebounds per game, shooting 38 percent from three.

One destination that will likely be rumored will be nearby DePaul. Coleman-Lands played for new DePaul assistant coach Shane Heirman at prep school powerhouse La Lumiere School. Heriman quickly tapped into that prep pipeline, helping secure a commitment from La Lumiere from five-star 2019 point guard Tyger Campbell earlier this month.

Coleman-Lands had taken official visits to Notre Dame and UNLV before committing to the Illini in September 2014.

North Carolina releases response to latest NCAA Notice of Allegations

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North Carolina is still trying to convince the NCAA that their investigation into the paper classes given by the university’s African-American Studies Department is not, in fact, an NCAA matter.

On Thursday afternoon, the University released their response to the NCAA’s third iteration of the Notice of Allegations, and the core argument in that response is that the school’s “inadequate academic oversight” does not fall under the jurisdiction of the NCAA’s bylaws. In other words, North Carolina is arguing that a rogue professor creating fake classes is not an NCAA issue. It’s a school issue.

What’s more, North Carolina is also arguing that athletes taking these classes should not be classified as an extra benefit because they were available to the entire student body.

“No special arrangements were made for student-athletes in violation of NCAA extra-benefit legislation,” the response reads. “Student-athletes were not treated differently than other students who took the Courses.”

“The public narrative for the last six years, popularized by media accounts, is that Department of Athletics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took advantage of ‘fake classes’ in the Department of African and African-American Studies to keep student-athletes eligible. That narrative is wrong and contradicted by the facts in the record.”

The NCAA’s allegations center around the idea that UNC’s athletes, most notably members of the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams, were guided to the fake classes within that department in order to keep their GPAs high enough to remain eligible. The classes in question had a disproportionate percentage of athletes.

A hearing in front of the Committee on Infractions is expected to take place at some point this summer.