Late Night Snacks: Kentucky, Notre Dame roll in their second game of the weekend

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GAME OF THE DAY: Charleston Southern 95, Delaware 93

You like shootouts? So do I. The Buccaneers outlasted the Blue Hens on Sunday afternoon thanks to 24 points, seven boards and six assists from Saah Nimley. Delaware was down six with a little more than a minute left, but four free throws from Devon Saddler cut the lead to two. After a missed free throw with 10.5 seconds left, Delaware’s Jarvis Threatt went coast-to-coast, but he tripped going through the lane and had the shot blocked. No foul was called.

Ten players reached double figures in this one. The two teams combined to hit 24 threes and a total of just 37 fouls were called.


1) No. 1 Kentucky won another game, this time rolling over Northern Kentucky. Julius Randle finished with 22 points and 14 boards and the Harrisons combined for 29 points. This was the final tune-up for the Wildcats before the Champions Classic on Tuesday.

2) No. 21 Notre Dame waxed Stetson, jumping out to a 51-21 lead at the half.

3) Iowa struggled, but they eventually pulled out an 83-75 win over Nebraska-Omaha. Aaron White led the way with 20 points and 15 boards and Roy Devyn Marble chipped in with 15 points, five boards and four assists. Jarrod Uthoff had nine points and seven boards in his first game as a collegian.


1) UMass picked up a huge non-conference win on Sunday, knocking off Boston College at the TD Bank North Arena in the Coaches vs. Cancer classic. The star for the Minutemen? Cady Lalanne, who finished with 27 points (on 12-15 shooting), 12 boards (eight offensive) and three blocks.

2) Youngstown State finished off a win in the Kennesaw State tournament this weekend, as Kendrick Perry led the Penguins to their third win in three days. Perry finished with 31 points, nine boards and seven assists.

3) Dylon Cormier had 34 points and 11 boards to lead Loyola (MD) to a 93-89 overtime win over Cornell.


1) Oregon State lost to Coppin State in their opener, seemingly the 100th time the Beavers have lost an ugly non-conference game. Players not named Roberto Nelson were 11-33 from the floor and had just 37 points.

2) Florida A&M shot a blistering 32.7% from the floor in their loss to Prince tonight.

3) Doing them one better, Marist finished their 27 point loss to Elon shooting 31.3% from the field and 0-14 from three.


  • Washington beat Seattle, but Jernard Jarreau had an ugly fall and looks to have hurt himself pretty badly. With a number of front court players out, the Huskies are looking decidely backcourt-centric.
  • Naz Long finished with 26 points and Deandre Kane added 13 points, 11 boards and seven assists as the Cyclones won their opener. They hit 15 threes.
  • I’m sure he’d rather be in Minnesota, but Rakeem Buckles finished with 20 points and 11 boards for FIU.
  • Illinois and Colorado both picked up easy wins, while Jonah Bolden’s 20 points and 10 led Harvard to a win over Holy Cross.

Reports: Rhode Island’s Dan Hurley mulling UConn, Pitt options

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Even before Rhode Island’s NCAA tournament came to an end Saturday in the Round of 32 against Duke, speculation was running wild about the future of Rams coach Dan Hurley.

Stay or go. If it’s go, where to?

There was no clarity, but maybe some progress Monday.

Both Connecticut and Pittsburgh, the prime candidates to pry Hurley away from Rhode Island, spoke with the coach, but no decision had yet been reached, according to multiple reports.

Hurley was set to meet with Rams athletic director Thorr Bjorn on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman. Heart Connecticut Media’s Jeff Jacobs reported that UConn was “closing in on an agreement” with Hurley but that Pitt was continuing its pursuit.

Hurley has led the Rams to the NCAA tournament the last two years and signed a seven-year contract with Rhode Island worth approximately $1 million per year last off-season. UConn was paying Kevin Ollie, who led the team to the 2014 NCAA title before being fired after this season, an average of $3 million per season while Kevin Stallings reportedly was due a buyout of nearly $10 million when he was fired by Pitt this season.

What Hurley will have to weigh beyond the financial circumstances will be his ability to win at either UConn or Pitt, should he decide to move on from Rhode Island.

Ollie – well, really Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright – showed you can win a national title out of the AAC at UConn. The league adding Wichita State only strengthens that point. Pitt, meanwhile, may be a tougher job now than it was when Jamie Dixon had it rolling since their move from the Big East to the ACC.

CBT Podcast: Recapping the first weekend of the 2018 NCAA Tournament

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Eamonn Brennan of The Athletic joined Rob Dauster for an epic, two-hour podcast on the first weekend of the tournament. It was so good that we had to split the podcast into two parts. On this show, the two go through everything that happened in the South and West Regions, from Sister Jean to UMBC to Nevada’s comebacks to Kentucky’s chances at a Final Four.

On this show, the two go through everything that happened in the East and Midwest Regions, from Villanova and Duke steamrolling to Michigan State collapsing to Syracuse and Clemson and Texas Tech and Purdue. It’s all in there.

2018 NCAA Tournament: Eight viral heroes from first weekend of March Madness

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One of my favorite parts of the NCAA tournament is seeing who comes out of nowhere to turn into a viral celebrity during this month of madness.

By my estimation, we had eight true candidates for the award of March Madness Viral Celebrity of the Year. Here they are:


He was more fired up for Houston’s success in the tournament than any Houston fan in the history of basketball in the city of Houston.


Jordan Poole is spelled a lot like Jordan Peele, which inevitably led to people tweeting at Peele instead of Poole. Peele’s thank you tweet was a highlight of the first weekend.


Having to answer questions from a bunch of reporters after suffering the most humiliating moment of your life is not an easy thing to do. Having to answer ridiculous and stupid questions could be intolerable, which is why I loved Ty Jerome’s response to a stupid question he was asked:


I loved seeing Robert Williams’ teammate do a panotmine windmill in the background while Williams was throwing down a windmill in real time on Providence:


Nevada head coach Eric Musselman has led his team to the Sweet 16, cussed on live television and gone shirtless to celebrate with his team, but the star of the Musselman family is his daughter Mariah:


He really does have great hair:

2. @UMBCAthletics

This dude lived the dream of every twitter user out there. When your shot is there, you have to take it.


Mic drop:

VIDEO: Eric Musselman celebrates Nevada win without a shirt

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Nevada head coach Eric Musselman went shirtless to celebrate his team’s come-from-behind win over No. 2 seed Cincinnati on Sunday.

I guess this is better than dropping F-bombs live on national TV. Maybe that’s why they had Steve Lappas talking over him …

Penny Hardaway to be named next Memphis head coach

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The worst-kept secret in college basketball no longer appears to be a secret: Penny Hardaway is going to be the next coaching at the University of Memphis.

ESPN is reporting that a deal has been agreed upon. The Memphis Commercial-Appeal is reporting that Penny was waiting for his season to end with East High School before he made anything official. NBC Sports can confirm that an announcement is expected to be made early this week, likely as soon as Tuesday, to introduce the former Memphis and NBA star as Tubby Smith’s replacement.

The truth, however, is that we all knew this was what would be happening the second that Memphis formally fired Tubby Smith. Hell, we knew it a month before that decision was made final. This was always how it was going to play out.

What’s interesting to me is now the discussion of whether or not Penny will be able to handle being a Division I head coach, because it’s been hit or miss with basketball programs hiring legends of their past. Chris Mullin and St. John’s hasn’t exactly gone to plan but Fred Hoiberg was quite successful at Iowa State. Kevin Ollie won a title with UConn then fell off a cliff. Patrick Ewing’s start wasn’t great, but he was better than expected.

Where does Penny fall on this scale?

Well, let me just drop this section of a column from Geoff Calkins in here:

Hardaway isn’t a guy who woke up one morning and decided he’d like to be a Division I head coach. He’s not a former player who got bored with retirement and decided he’d like to do something other than play golf.

Hardaway started coaching at middle school. Middle school! Because an old friend needed some help.

Then he built one of the best AAU programs in the country. Then he spent years coaching a high school team.

Does that sound like someone who doesn’t want to roll up his sleeves and do the work? Does that sound like someone who is just in it for the glory and the glitz?

The truth is, if it weren’t for Hardaway’s iconic stature, he might be characterized as a grinder, as a guy who worked his way up from the lowest levels of basketball on the strength of his relationship with the kids.

I think that this is going to work out for both Penny and Memphis, especially if Penny hires a staff that can help him with the intricacies of running a college basketball program.