Sir’Dominic Pointer sent St. John’s past St. Joseph’s in the first round of the NIT. Its not the NCAA tournament, but it’s still March Madness!
South Carolina senior guard Sindarius Thornwell has been suspended indefinitely due to a violation of athletic department policy, the school announced on Sunday.
Thornwell is averaging 18.7 points, 6.7 boards and 4.1 assists for the Gamecocks, who are undefeated and sitting at No. 20 nationally. Thornwell is the reigning SEC Player of the Week.
South Carolina plays FIU in Columbia at 2:00 p.m. ET.
For the fourth time in the first three weeks of the college basketball season, Melo Trimble won a game for Maryland.
His two free throws in the final ten seconds gave the Terps a come-from-behind, 71-70 win over Oklahoma State in College Park, and the win not only was the sixth time this season that the Terps have won a game decided by six points or less, it improved Trimble’s record in those games to 26-5.
That’s an insane statistic, one that should allow Maryland fans to truly appreciate just how valuable their junior point guard is.
At least one Maryland fan does. Rapper Wale, who hails from Maryland, just outside DC, made sure to name-drop his favorite Terp in a verse in a song he released on Saturday night:
And you better believe that Trimble is aware of it:
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said after his No. 14 Cardinals struggled to put away a tough Grand Canyon team on the road had some kind – and hyperbolic – words to say about the atmosphere.
“This, in college basketball in my 40 plus year, was the toughest crowd I’ve ever faced,” he said.
Umm, but Rick, you’ve coached in the Big East and the ACC! This was tougher than any of those crowds?
“Whether we go to Duke, Kentucky, nothing was as tough as that crowd tonight,” he said.
That seems like a bit much, but to be fair, the atmosphere there was, shall we say, lit:
This is what you don’t try to take charges.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) Rhode Island coach Dan Hurley knew the Rams were in for a tough one against Providence, which had won the matchup of cross-state rivals six straight times.
He didn’t see this coming, though.
Kyron Cartwright, who had made four 3-pointers all season, hit four of five from beyond the arc in the first half. The Providence point guard finished with 19 points and eight assists to lead the Friars to a 63-60 victory over No. 21 Rhode Island on Saturday.
“That’s sports, and that’s the type of thing that makes coaches go gray and lose their hair,” Hurley said after his team lost for the third time in four games. “Four 3-pointers in seven games and he made four today – all in the first half.”
Rodney Bullock scored 17 points for the Friars (6-2). Cartwright had 15 in the first half and Jalen Lindsey scored nine of his 13 points in the second, five during a 7-0 run that erased a seven-point deficit.
“My teammates were telling me, `You need to take those shots to open up the defense,”‘ Cartwright said. “(And) we don’t shoot the ball to not make it.”
Hassan Martin had 14 points and 17 rebounds for Rhode Island (5-3), which lost at unranked Valparaiso and Providence a week after falling to No. 1 Duke. E.C. Matthews scored nine points and went 1 for 8 from 3-point range, airballing a 3 with 2 seconds left with a chance for the Rams to tie it.
“Games like this might help us down the stretch,” Martin said. `’So you just tell everybody to keep their head up.”
The Rams led 47-40 with 12:15 left when Cartwright’s arm appeared to catch Christion Thompson in the left eye. Thompson went to the court, flailing his arms in the air looking for a call, but the teams played on until Lindsey hit a 3-pointer to make it a four-point game at 11:00.
Lindsey’s free throws brought the Friars within two points, and Ryan Fazekas scored on a fast-break goaltending call to tie it. From there, there were three more ties and kept the game within one possession until Lindsey hit a fallaway jumper with 43 seconds left to give Providence a 59-55 lead.
“We beat a tournament team today,” Providence coach Ed Cooley said.
It will be difficult for Rhode Island to stay in The Associated Press Top 25 after its stumbles.
Hurley said he isn’t concerned.
The goal at the beginning of the season was to win the Atlantic 10 and play in the NCAA Tournament.
That’s all still in play.
“We expect to have a long and great season. Nothing’s changed for us,” he said. “We lost two tough road games in a long season.”
Bullock scored a career-high 36 points against New Hampshire on Wednesday, but he missed all three shots from the field in the first half and had only three points on six free throws at the break.
Cooley told him not to worry about the shooting and to try to make something happen with rebounding or defense.
“Somebody coming of a great scoring game like he did there’s going to be a lot of attention on him,” Cooley said. “I thought he showed some definite grit in the second half.”
Rhode Island: Martin hit all three of his 3-point attempts in the first half. … Martin surpassed the 1,000-point milestone against Valparaiso on Tuesday. … The Rams have lost nine straight to Big East teams.
Providence: The Friars lead the all-time series 73-56, including a buzzer-beating victory last year in Kingston. … They are 1-1 against ranked teams this season, having lost to then-No. 7 Virginia on Nov. 26.
Rhode Island: Hosts Old Dominion on Tuesday.
Providence: Hosts Brown on Tuesday.