Top 100 recruit Sandy Cohen has 13 offers, but one program is standing out

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — When someone mentions the name Sandy Cohen, the first thought for most people will be of the dad with the bushy eyebrows from the shortlived-yet-fantastic TV series ‘The OC’.

That may not change any time soon, but college basketball fans may want to begin acquainting themselves with a 6-foot-5 guard from Seymour, WI, that just so happens to have that same name.

The last time we checked in with Cohen the hooper, he was fresh off an outstanding performance at the Hampton EYBL event in April. At that point, Cohen only held scholarship offers from four mid-major programs, including La Salle and George Washington.

Thanks to an excellent spring, Cohen’s recruitment has taken off. He not only climbed into Rivals’ top 100 in the Class of 2014, he’s collecting scholarship offers like most kids collect baseball cards.

“I have thirteen offers. I have them on my phone,” Cohen said with a laugh. He’s officially reached the point in his recruitment where he can’t rattle off all of his scholarship offers off the top of his head, which is a good position to be in. I didn’t ask him to give me that list, however, because according to Cohen there’s one school that is standing out to him right now.

“I really like Marquette,” Cohen said during a break at the Kevin Durant Skills Academy. “Right now Marquette’s probably my favorite. I just like the hometown, I really like Coach Buzz Williams, I just really like Marquette as a whole, as a college and everything.”

Cohen has a long way to go in his recruitment process and a longer way to go in his development as a player, but his skill set would fit in nicely with what Marquette, who is one of the program’s to have offered Cohen, likes to do. At 6-foot-5, Cohen is one of the more versatile wings in the country, capable enough of running the point that he’s said it’s the position that he would prefer to play in college. That wouldn’t necessarily be a bad thing, either, as Cohen’s a willing passer and a competent creator. Williams seems to thrive on those guys.

He’s also a lanky, athletic defender that can make plays on that end of the floor, and if there is anything that we know about Buzz Williams, it’s that he requires his team to play hard on that end of the floor.

The next step for Cohen?

“Really, what I think would take my game to the next level is strength,” Cohen said. “Get in the weight room a lot, I’ve got a personal trainer now so I’m trying to put a little weight on before I go to college. I think that would help me a lot. When you’re strong, it’s hard for a person to guard you.”

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Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.

Texas Tech outlasts No. 14 Iowa State in overtime

Texas Tech guard Devon Thomas pulls in a rebound during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Iowa State, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Lubbock, Texas. (AP Photo/Mark Rogers)
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Texas Tech continued a string of upsets on Wednesday night as the Red Raiders held on for an 85-82 overtime win over No. 14 Iowa State in Big 12 play.

Struggling recently to put away ranked Big 12 teams at home, Texas Tech had a huge 3-pointer from guard Keenan Evans from near mid-court as the shot clock expired. The momentum-boosting play fueled a 12-3 Red Raider run late in the game and ultimately helped them close out a big win.

Evans (17 points) was one of five Texas Tech players to finish in double-figures as Aaron Ross led with 20 points and Devaughntah Williams tallied 19 points. The Red Raiders didn’t do a particularly effective job at slowing down an Iowa State offense that shot 54 percent from the field, but they did a good job of limiting 3-pointers as the Cyclones were 6-for-19 (31 percent) from distance.

Playing without starting senior center Jameel McKay — who continues his indefinite suspension — Iowa State wasn’t nearly as strong defending the rim and the Red Raiders were able to match points with the Cyclones. Deonte Burton finished with 20 points to lead Iowa State while Abdel Nader finished with 19. Nader made a bone-headed play late in regulation when he intentionally fouled Justin Gray (15 points) with 1:25 left, which resulted in the senior fouling out before overtime.

At the end of regulation with the game tied, point guard Monte Morris missed a contested perimeter jumper to put the game into extra time. Iowa State has now lost three of their last four games as they’ve fallen two games behind the Big 12’s top teams. The Cyclones are going to need to quickly close ground by going on a winning streak if they hope to stay with Oklahoma, Kansas and West Virginia.

After close home losses to West Virginia and Baylor, it was a nice win for Texas Tech to finally close out a ranked Big 12 opponent at home. Despite Evans hitting that lucky heave in overtime, they put themselves in position to win and capitalized when they had the chance. This is the second consecutive season that Texas Tech has beaten Iowa State at home and it’s clearly been a tough matchup for the Cyclones.