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Late Night Snacks: Sunday’s excitement wasn’t just on the gridiron

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 24 North Carolina 93, No. 3 Louisville 84

The Tar Heels got a career-high 32 points out of Marcus Paige and 13 points, 12 boards and seven assists from Kennedy Meeks as they ran over Louisville despite 36 points from Russ Smith. This win would have been impressive regardless of situation, but it was all the more impressive due to the issues that UNC had entering the game. Namely, everyone had written this group off. Guess they proved us wrong, eh?

THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: No. 6 Duke 91, Vermont 90

The Catamounts went shot-for-shot with the Blue Devils on Sunday night in Cameron, a thriller that featured about as much defense as you’ll find in the last game of over-30 pickup. Vermont shot 64.9% from the floor and scored 1.424 PPP. That’s not good. The game came to a thrilling end, as the final seconds featured a four-point play for the Cats, a free throw from Rodney Hood and UVM dribbling out the clock to end the game without getting off a shot to win the game.

THE OTHER BUZZER-BEATER: Florida State 62, Northeastern 60

Devon Bookert hit a fadeaway 10-footer with 0.5 seconds left to give the Seminoles the win over the Huskies and a 2-1 record in a tournament where Leonard Hamilton’s club made a statement.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) Charlotte came to Puerto Rico as an afterthought, but thanks to Terrence Williams, who tipped in his own miss with 0.4 seconds left, the 49ers left San Juan with a title in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Sunday’s win came over No. 14 Michigan, which should, in theory, be a marquee win come tournament time. The concern here for Michigan isn’t the loss; it’s injuries to Glenn Robinson III (back) and Nik Stauskas (ankle).

2) Georgetown managed to get out of Puerto Rico without a complete disaster as they picked up an 84-80 win over No. 10 VCU to win the fifth-place game. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Markel Starks combined for 49 points, and while VCU forced 26 turnovers, they had the same issues as they did against Florida State: 35% shooting while allowing Georgetown to shoot 56%.

3) Colorado rallied from a 14 point second half deficit to knock off Harvard, 70-62, and hand the Crimson their first loss of the season. Spencer Dinwiddie led four scorers in double-figures with 17 points.

STARRED

1) Cady Lalanne finished with 20 points and 12 boards to lead UMass to a 62-56 win over Clemson in the final of the Charleston Classic. Chaz Williams is the Minutemen’s superstar, but Lalanne may be their best player to date.

2) Stony Brook’s Jameel Warney finished with 32 points and 21 boards (11 offensive) in a 104-102 win in triple overtime over Detroit. He was 13-for-14 from the floor. Warney scored at the end of the second overtime to tie the game and won the game with five seconds left in triple-overtime.

3) Tyler Harris got a career-high 22 points to go along with nine boards to lead Providence to a win over La Salle in the final of the Paradise Jam.

STRUGGLED

1) Long Beach State shot 11-for-56 from the floor in a loss to Kansas State. That’s 19.6%. The were 4-for-32 in the first half, or 12.5%. Not good.

2) Georgia lost. Again. This time to Nebraska, 73-65. They went 0-3 in the Charleston Classic and now sit at 1-4 on the season. Not a great start to the season for Mark Fox.

3) After scoring 66 points in the first two games of the Charleston Classic, Chester Frazier went 3-for-13 from the floor as UAB lost to Temple, 87-66, in the fifth-place game.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Elgin Cook had 18 points and six boards off the bench to lead No. 17 Oregon to a 100-82 win over San Francisco.
  • No. 19 New Mexico’s Cameron Bairstow and Alex Kirk continued their strong play with 34 points, 21 boards, eight assists and three blocks in a 79-58 win over Davidson.
  • No. 22 UCLA got 22 points from Jordan Adams and 17 points, 10 boards and seven assists from Kyle Anderso in a 106-65 over Chattanooga.

NOTABLES

  • Troy Huff had 32 points and 10 boards as North Dakota whipped up on their in-state rival North Dakota State, who got 34 points from Taylor Braun.
  • Evan Smotrycz had 20 points and nine boards for Maryland in a win over Northern Iowa.
  • 32 points, 13 assists and 10 steals from Eric Atkins and Jerian Grant will do a lot for a team like Notre Dame.
  • Justin Drummond led four scorers in double-figures with 23 points to lead Toledo to a 6-0 record with a win over Florida Atlantic.
  • D.J. Newbill’s 23 points, nine boards and seven assists led Penn State to a 93-67 win over Longwood.
  • Kerry Carter led St. Mary’s with 15 points in a win over Alcorn State.
  • Amric Fields had 16 points off the bench to lead TCU to a win over Washington State.
  • Mo Watson had 16 points, six assists, four boards and four steals to lead BU to a win over LIU.
  • Trae Golden went for 20 points and seven assists to lead Georgia Tech to a 78-71 win over North Carolina A&T.

Five-star 2017 guard Lonnie Walker cuts list to five schools

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Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.

Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.

VIDEO: Jim Boeheim makes TV appearance to talk Carmelo Anthony

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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim has drawn attention for some recent comments about former Orange star Carmelo Anthony.

After Anthony captured his record third gold medal with USA Basketball, his former college coach told Mike Waters of the Syracuse Post-Standard that Anthony didn’t have a great chance at winning an NBA title.

“He’s unlikely to win an NBA title,” Boeheim said of Anthony. “He’s never been on a team that even had a remote chance of winning an NBA title.”

Boeheim maintains that he was speaking of Melo’s legacy being about more than an NBA title and that he’s one of the game’s greats thanks to other accomplishments like the Syracuse title and gold medals. On SportsCenter, Boeheim made sure to stress where those comments were coming from, while also making sure his kids would stop being mad at him.

It’s much easier to understand where Boeheim is coming from in this instance and it clears up something that will probably go away now.

Big Ten releases conference schedule

CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 22:  Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans reacts against the Virginia Cavaliers during the third round of the 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 22, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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The Big Ten released its 2016-17 conference schedule on Thursday as the conference season begins on Dec. 27 with a four-game set.

Conference play will conclude on March 5th before the 20th annual Big Ten Tournament is played at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. from March 8-12.

Some notable games include Penn State hosting Michigan State at the Palestra on Jan. 7.

You can view the full Big Ten schedule here.

Arizona’s Talbott Denny injures knee, out for season

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) Arizona senior forward Talbott Denny will miss the season after tearing the ACL and medial meniscus in his left knee.

The school said Wednesday that the 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Lipscomb will have surgery.

Denny, from Tucson’s Salpointe Catholic High School, missed all of last season at Lipscomb because of a shoulder injury.

Roy Williams: ‘There’s no question’ more ACC games equal no Kentucky in non-conference

SAN ANTONIO, TX - MARCH 23: Head coach Roy Williams of the North Carolina Tar Heels looks on during the third round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Iowa State Cyclones at the AT&T Center on March 23, 2014 in San Antonio, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Back in June, when the ACC officially announced that they would be expanding the league schedule to 20 games in 2019, I tried to warn you that it was going to put a dent into the non-conference schedule and the amount of quality, on-campus games that we’ll get prior to January.

Roy Williams essentially confirmed this as fact this week.

The North Carolina head coach hopped on a podcast with ESPN and more or less said that the bigger league schedule is going to lead to an end of some of UNC’s marquee home-and-home series.

“My feeling right now, and it could change by ’19, heck I could be fired by ’19, but my feeling right now is to play our conference schedule, play one exempt event where you have really good teams, and other than that play home games to help out your revenue and help out your budget,” Williams said. “We have the ACC/Big Ten and that’s not going to go away. So it’s 21 games already scheduled.”

When asked specifically if this would put an end to UNC’s series with Kentucky, Williams said, “Oh yeah, there’s no question. Why would I need to do that?”

There’s two reasons this makes sense. On the one hand, North Carolina needs to fill their home arena a certain number of times to help with the bottom line of the athletic department. They make enough off of ticket sales, merchandise sales, parking fees and food and beverage that they can afford to pay out more than $50,000 to bring a smaller opponent into their arena. More than that, playing a series of weaklings early in the year allows players to gain confidence, it allows Williams to figure out what his rotation will be and who can handle playing at this level, and it gives newcomers a chance to assimilate into his team against players that just aren’t that good.

And when a larger ACC schedule severely limits the number of non-conference games that UNC will be able to play, what’s going to get cut are the contracts that require the Tar Heels to play on the road when they don’t have to.

So buh-bye, Kentucky, it is.