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Late Night Snacks: A wild, wild day in the November tournaments

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: New Mexico 97, UAB 94 2OT

The Lobos needed a miraculous, 30-foot runner from Kendall Williams at the buzzer to force overtime. They then needed a three from Alex Kirk to force a second overtime before finally subduing a scrappy UAB team. Our Raphielle Johnson wrote all about it here, and you can see a video of Williams’ draining that 30-footer here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES:

1) In perhaps the most shocking result of the season to date, Florida State took on No. 10 VCU in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and absolutely ran the Rams off the court. The Seminoles won 85-67, but at one point in the game they were up by 30. What’s crazier is that VCU still managed to force 25 turnovers! And they got utterly embarrassed! That’s difficult to comprehend until you realize that Shaka Smart’s club shot 5-for-23 from three and under 30% from the field.

2) It might be time to start taking UMass seriously. On Thursday, they knocked off Nebraska in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, 96-90. You read that and think, ‘Oh, Nebraska, whatevs, Dauster’, but the Cornhuskers are tough this year. Maybe not NCAA tournament-tough, but they certainly aren’t a pushover like in year’s past. More impressive? The Minutemen did it with Chaz Williams having an off-night. Cady Lalanne was terrific once again, finishing with 15 points and nine boards, but it was Derrick Gordon busting out of his slump for 20 points that was just as big.

3) Deandre Daniels scored 15 of his 23 points in the first half and Shabazz Napier had 12 of his 20 points in the second half as No. 18 UConn picked up a hard-fought win over Boston College in the 2K Sports Classic.

STARRED:

1) Kevin Pangos scored 27 points and handed out four assists as No. 13 Gonzaga knocked off Washington State 90-74. The Zags shot 55.9% from the floor and 13-for-23 from three.

2) Jordan Loveridge had 15 points and 15 boards for Utah in a win over Grand Canyon. I know they haven’t really played anyone yet, but he’s averaging 16.7 points, 14.3 boards and 3.7 assists through three games.

3) No. 12 Wisconsin entered Thursday night’s game with Bowling Green shooting 45.7% from three. They hit 12-for-20 from deep, bumping that percentage to 48.5%, or 49-for-101. Their “worst” three-point shooter entering the night? Ben Brust, who was shooting 39.1% from three. He went 5-for-6 on Thursday. He’s not 14-for-29 on the season.

STRUGGLED:

1) Georgetown’s second half in their 63-56 loss to Northeastern was just atrocious. They were outscored 38-20, they couldn’t do anything against Northeastern’s zone and they get beat up on the glass by the smaller Huskies.

2) Wofford let Minnesota jump out to a 24-2 lead and shot 31.0% from the floor and 19.0% from three in a 22-point loss to the Golden Gophers.

3) No. 25 Marquette barely squeaked by New Hampshire on Thursday night, winning just 58-53. Their offensive issues popped up again, as the Golden Eagles shot 32.7% from the floor and 3-for-22 from three. Chris Otule was 6-for-7 from the floor. The rest of the team? 11-for-45. Yuck.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25:

  • Nik Stauskas had 24 points, Caris LeVert chipped in with 20 and Glenn Robinson III had 14 as No. 14 Michigan made 14 threes in an 85-61 win over Long Beach State.
  • Michael Frazier started at the point and Patric Young six players in double-figures with 16 points as No. 16 Florida beat Middle Tennessee State 79-59.

NOTABLES:

  • Mike Thorne led five players in double-figures with 16 points and 10 boards as Charlotte knocked off Kansas State in the first round of the Charleston Classic, 68-61.
  • Davidson got 21 points from De’Mon Brooks and 20 from Brian Sullivan as they knocked off the ever-rebuilding Georgia Bulldogs.
  • Anthony Brown led five scorers in double-figures with 23 points and 10 boards as Stanford blew out Texas Southern, 97-71.
  • Calvin Newell went for 19 points, six assists and five boards as UCF beat Miami FL, 63-58.
  • Texas Tech smacked around South Dakota State, winning by 14 points.
  • Alan Williams didn’t play, but UC-Santa Barbara hung around with Colorado anyway, losing just 76-68.
  • 20 from K.J. McDaniels led Clemson to a win over Temple.
  • St. Louis picked up a nice win at home over a quality Oral Roberts team.

Ex-Michigan State player Keith Appling faces weapons charges

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DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon after he was found in possession of guns and marijuana in suburban Detroit.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 24-year-old Appling was arrested outside a Dearborn club on Sunday night. Club security called police after seeing a man pull a gun from the trunk of a car.

Prosecutors say Appling was in the driver’s seat of the car when police arrived. Officers found a handgun under the driver’s seat, a loaded weapon in the trunk and a small amount of suspected marijuana.

Weapons and marijuana possession charges were announced Wednesday.

The court says he doesn’t have a lawyer on record.

Appling played for the Spartans from 2010-2014 and plays for the NBA’s development league.

UNLV transfer to finish career at Michigan State

UNLV forward Ben Carter, right, celebrates after his team defeated Oregon in an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 4, 2015, in Las Vegas. UNLV won 80-69. (AP Photo/John Locher)
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Former UNLV center Ben Carter announced on Wednesday that he will be transferring to Michigan State to finish his collegiate career.

Carter, who began his career at Oregon, averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 boards in his one season with UNLV before tearing his ACL in late January. He spent two seasons with the Ducks before transferring to Vegas, which is why he’s eligible immediately for the Spartans.

And that’s the biggest reason that Tom Izzo and company targeted him.

The Spartans lost Deyonta Davis to the NBA Draft after one season, a fact that became an inevitability midway through the year but one that the Spartans didn’t necessarily plan for heading into last season. Carter isn’t going to be an instant impact kind of player, particularly not when he’s coming off of an ACL injury, but he is a big body and a veteran presence on a front line that wasn’t going have much of either.

Looking Forward: Which programs are set to step backwards as we head into 2016-17?

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2016, file photo, Wichita State head coach Gregg Marshall directs his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Drake, in Des Moines, Iowa. At this time of year college basketball coaches often sound like political candidates looking for votes as they tout their teams' NCAA tournament worthiness.  (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
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The NBA Draft’s Early Entry Deadline has come and gone. Just about every elite recruit has decided where they will be playing their college ball next season. The coaching carousel, which ended up spinning a bit faster than initially expected, has come to a close for all of the major programs. 

In other words, by now, we have a pretty good feel for what college basketball is going to look like during the 2016-17 season. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some programs on the decline heading into next season.

Wichita State: It’s hard to see the Shockers take too much of a tumble given how good a coach Gregg Marshall is and their superiority to the rest of the Missouri Valley Conference, but the graduations of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker mean the end of an era. Those two were the constants of a Final Four team, then a 35-0 squad, followed by a Sweet 16 and finishing last March in the second round. There’s still talent in Wichita and they are still going to be the heavyweights of the Valley, but the dominance and national prestige that came with VanVleet and Baker may have also left with them.

UNLV: Things haven’t exactly been at a highwater mark in Las Vegas in awhile, but the Running Rebels appear to continue to sink. First, they fired coach Dave Rice in the middle of the season, which is never received well in coaching circles, exactly the place you need to go to, you know, hire another coach. The Rick Pitino pipedream never materialized, and then Mick Cronin couldn’t pull the trigger despite giving life in the desert a serious look. That left UNLV with Little Rock’s first-year coach Chris Beard, until an ugly debate regent debate to approve his contract preempted an exit to Texas Tech just a week after taking the job. New head coach Marvin Menzies was hired with just two scholarship players left in the program. All of that messiness is a terrible sign for the current health of a once-mighty program.

Iowa State: The news for the Cyclones this spring has been almost universally positive, starting with point guard Monte’ Morris deciding to not even test the NBA draft process and return for a senior season in which he’ll be the Cyclones’ focal point. ISU also will be getting Naz Mitrou-Long back after the sharpshooter was granted a medical hardship waiver. But the reality remains that the Cyclones lost one of the best players in program history in Georges Niang and have been enjoying the most successful run in program history. Some sort of slide is likely — and has been expected — as a result. But coach Steve Prohm and ISU may have enough talent to return to the NCAA tournament for a school-record sixth time and forestall any setback.

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Steve Prohm and Monte Morris (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)
Steve Prohm and Monte Morris (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser)

North Carolina State: It really looked like Mark Gottfried was going to get things rolling in a big way following the 2014-15 season in which the Wolfpack went 22-14, had a good core returning and recruiting booming. But Trevor Lacey turned pro (only to go undrafted), Kyle Washington transferred and NC State stumbled to a 16-17 record last season. Now, Cat Barber is leaving to go pro and Abdul-Malik Abu may do the same or follow the Martin twins into the transfer, and suddenly the forecast in Raleigh isn’t so sunny even with Dennis Smith Jr. in the fold.

Pittsburgh: The Panthers traded a coach who won two Big East titles, went to the Sweet 16 twice, the Elite Eight once and only missed the NCAA tournament twice in 13 years for a guy that Vanderbilt was pushing out the door. Not great. Even if things had gotten stale for Pitt fans with Jamie Dixon, the results he achieved are hard to argue. Few believe that Kevin Stallings is the answer to jumpstart the program back to where Dixon had it during the first years of his tenure, especially as the ACC continues to be a monster to navigate.

Kansas State: The Bruce Weber era in Manhattan started out with a bang, as he tied for a Big 12 title in his first year taking over for Frank Martin, but it’s been backsliding since, capped with a 17-16 (5-13 Big 12) campaign this past season. He couldn’t make it work with the most talented player (Marcus Foster) he’s had there, and there hasn’t exactly been a line of high-level recruits making their way to Manhattan. And if that wasn’t bad enough, KSU fans had to watch Oklahoma State hire former Wildcat assistant Brad Underwood while their administration gave Weber a stay of execution.

Ohio State: This is probably the trickiest inclusion, as Thad Matta’s track record would suggest that last year’s NIT appearance was merely a slip on the path to a return to the top of the Big Ten. The trouble, though, is that seeing four members of a heralded five-man 2015 recruiting class all decide to transfer is a major red flag. The Buckeyes do welcome another strong class to Columbus this fall, headlined by Derek Funderburk, but there are some visible cracks in the facade.

VIDEO: Randy Kennedy is now running for President

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You’ve surely seen the videos by now.

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy has an alter-ego named Randy Kennedy. He’s hilarious. And he’s now running for President:

#VoteRandy2016

Kennedy Meeks to return to North Carolina

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North Carolina center Kennedy Meeks announced on Wednesday that he would be withdrawing his name from NBA Draft consideration.

“I’m thankful I had the chance to explore my draft options, but I’m excited about the opportunity to rejoin my teammates and work toward having another outstanding season at UNC,” says Meeks. “I appreciate the support my coaches and teammates gave me during this process as we gathered information about my professional opportunities at this time. The feedback on what I have to work on so that I can have a great senior year, help my team have a great season and be ready to take that next step is invaluable.”

Meeks did not get an invitation to the NBA Draft combine, which is a pretty clear indication that he did not have a real chance to get drafted this year. But the new rule allows him to gather feedback on what he needs to do to improve and get himself into a position where he can land a professional contract after he graduates next season.

As a junior, Meeks battled injury but still managed to average 9.2 points and 5.9 boards.