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Former Illinois forward Jereme Richmond facing jail time

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The life of Jereme Richmond took another sad turn on Thursday, as he was found guilty on two of three counts of harassment of a witness in connection with an incident involving his probation officer.

According to the court Richmond, who played one season at Illinois before leaving the school to turn pro, made verbal threats and a shooting gesture in response to the officer’s refusal to allow him to take a makeup drug test instead of requiring him to appear in court for violating the terms of his probation.

Just before the probation office closed on April 25, Richmond came in and wanted to submit a urine test in lieu of the previously missed tests. The probation officer refused him, saying the office was closing for the day and she would see him in court the next morning.

Officials said Richmond, who was upset, told the officer to “be safe. be real safe,” as he was leaving the building. He then waited across the street in his parked car for several minutes before backing out of the spot and making what two secretaries and an IT employee, who were watching out of a window, described as shooting gestures with his hand before circling the office in the car and being pulled over by sheriff’s deputies.

Richmond, who’s been in jail on $250,000 bond since the April 25 incident, will be sentenced on September 26 and faces anywhere from probation to 3-7 years in prison. Richmond’s legal troubles began in August 2011, when he was arrested on a number of charges including battery, possession of a firearm and domestic violence.

That occurred just months after Richmond, who averaged 7.6 points per game in his lone season at Illinois, went undrafted in the 2011 NBA Draft. Richmond was disciplined by then-head coach Bruce Weber on multiple occasions during the 2010-11 season, and those issues played a role in his not being selected. Richmond had a brief stint with the Sauk Valley Predators of the Premier Basketball League this past spring, leaving the team a few weeks before the April incident with his probation officer.

Before leaving the Predators, Richmond told the [Chicago] Tribune he wasn’t focused on getting to the NBA — “I just want to be happy, man” — but hoped to further his basketball career once his probation was over.

Unfortunately for Richmond, his basketball career may be coming to an end.

No. 19 Louisville rolls past Boston College 79-47

Surrounded by teammates, Louisville graduate students Damion Lee, seated left, and Trey Lewis meet with reporters during a press conference, Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in Louisville Ky.  The president of Louisville announced a one-year postseason ban Friday for the Cardinals men’s basketball team amid ongoing investigations into a sex scandal, a decision that stunned coach Rick Pitino. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Trey Lewis scored 16 points and Deng Adel added 13 as No. 19 Louisville routed Boston College 79-47 on Saturday, a day after the school imposed a postseason ban for recruiting violations.

The Cardinals (19-4, 8-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) followed up Monday’s upset of No. 2 North Carolina with a lopsided win despite uneven stretches. The absence of leading scorer Damion Lee (bruised knee) impacted their rotation, but plenty of teammates stepped up to fill the void in an emotional game.

Several baskets by Lewis midway through the second half help spark a 10-0 run that got Louisville back out to a comfortable lead en route to keeping the Eagles (7-16, 0-10) winless in league play.

Donovan Mitchell added 10 points, Quentin Snider and Jaylen Johnson each had nine and Chinanu Onuaku added eight with 13 rebounds.

Sammy Barnes-Thompkins scored 11 points for Boston College before fouling out.

Even with their top scorer on the bench in street clothes, the Cardinals got the dominant win they wanted one day after an announcement by Louisville’s president that the team would not play in either the ACC or NCAA tournaments. President James Ramsey said an investigation revealed that violations did occur when the school reviewed allegations by escort Katina Powell that former staffer Andre McGee paid her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Lee and Lewis – graduate transfers who came to Louisville with hopes of playing in the tournament – said the team wanted to make the most of its nine remaining games with a focus on holding serve at home. Other than a few lapses that allowed Boston College to get within single digits, the Cardinals used most of their bench to that end.

The Cardinals made 16 of 26 from the field after intermission to finish at 51 percent. They controlled the paint 44-20 and out-rebounded Boston College 38-30.

Louisville’s reserves outscored the Eagles 24-12, chipping in some key points for a 32-14 lead at the break despite 42 percent shooting. Johnson’s seven points led nine Cardinal scorers and featured a 3-pointer by reserve David Levitch late in the half.

Boston College meanwhile started 1 of 7 from the field and shot just 30 percent in a first half, which included 11 turnovers leading to 12 Louisville points. Those struggles made it easy for the Cardinals to mount a 17-0 run over 4:05 for a 19-2 lead and an advantage that reached 19.

The Eagles showed some life early in the second half with five straight baskets to get within 37-28 and create some uneasiness before Lewis took charge.

TIP-INS

Boston College: Dennis Clifford added nine points for the Eagles, who shot 39 percent. … Saturday’s game ended a three-game road stretch against ranked teams.

Louisville: The Cardinals’ 1956 NIT Championship team was honored in a halftime ceremony that featured several members. … Louisville took a 4-3 lead in the series and remained unbeaten at home against BC.

UP NEXT:

Boston College: Hosts No. 2 North Carolina on Tuesday.

Louisville: Visits Duke on Monday.

Ellis double-double for No. 7 Kansas in 75-56 win at TCU

The Kansas bench celebrates during the second half of a NCAA college basketball game against  San Diego State on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
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FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Perry Ellis had 23 points and 10 rebounds as No. 7 Kansas started the second half of the Big 12 Conference schedule with a 75-56 victory at TCU on Saturday.

Kansas (19-4, 7-3 Big 12), which had lost its previous three conference road games, never trailed after scoring the game’s first seven points.

With the quick start and in a road arena about half-filled with their own fans, the Jayhawks rebounded from an underwhelming victory three days earlier against Kansas State. They also won for the 12th time in 13 games against TCU, which exactly three years earlier got its only win in the series.

Devonte Graham added 15 points and Frank Mason III 12 for the Jayhawks, who shot 50 percent from the field (29 of 58) and had a 46-25 rebounding advantage. Ellis was 11-of-14 shooting.

Brandon Parrish and JD Miller had 13 points each for TCU (10-13, 1-9), whose only win in its last eight games was last weekend at home when overcoming a 14-point halftime lead for a 75-63 victory over Tennessee in the Big 12-SEC Challenge. Chauncey Collins had 10 points.

The Frogs shot 29 percent (14 of 49).

Ellis had a three-point play after a wild scramble to get the ball to put the Jayhawks up 34-14, giving them a 20-point lead for the first time. His tip-in with 2:31 left made it 38-14 before TCU scored the last six points of the first half.

Kansas also had its first double-digit lead after consecutive baskets by Ellis, when he was on the receiving end of an alley-oop pass from Wayne Selden Jr. for a dunk and then had a strong layup to make it 21-11.

After the Jayhawks’ 77-59 victory over Kansas State on Wednesday night, coach Bill Self said his team had been outplayed and was “about as soft as I can remember one of our teams playing.”

The closest the Frogs got after Kansas’ 7-0 spurt in the first 2 minutes was at 10-7 after Parrish made a long jumper, then followed a Jayhawks turnover with a nifty spin move for a layup off the glass.

TIP-INS

Kansas: It was Ellis’ third double-double this season, all in Big 12 games, and 15th of his career. … The Jayhawks have won by at least 10 points in 13 of their 19 wins. …. Kansas played the first of four times on the road in a six-game span.

TCU: When the Frogs upset Kansas 62-55 in 2013, it was their first Big 12 win – coming in their first season after joining the conference. TCU is now 7-57 in Big 12 games. … TCU had as many turnovers (6) as field goals in the first half.

UP NEXT

Kansas: Hosts No. 14 West Virginia on Tuesday night.

TCU: Hosts Oklahoma State on Monday night.