Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: It’s Maui time!!!

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 25 Marquette vs. Arizona State, 9:00 p.m. ET (FS1)

The best game in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy. Marquette probably doesn’t exactly deserve to be ranked right now, not after they were pounded by Ohio State, but they are. Buzz Williams has size on his roster, but his team lacks a scoring punch. Where are they going to get points from their back court? Todd Mayo? He’s not exactly trustworthy at this point. Arizona State, on the other hand, doesn’t really have a problem scoring the ball, not when Jahii Carson is one the roster, and they’ll enter this tournament looking to make more of a name for themselves. Saying they are overlooked is probably unfair, but they aren’t getting much publicity for a team with an all-american candidate that is still undefeated.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: Dayton vs. No. 14 Gonzaga, 12:00 a.m. ET (ESPN)

The Maui Invitational’s nightcap pits upset-minded Dayton taking on Gonzaga. The Zags will struggle to get their name back on the national radar after losing in the Round of 32 as the No. 1 overall seed in last year’s NCAA tournament, but this team can play. Their back court is very talented with Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., and with Przemek Karnowski and Sam Dower up front, they have a pair of big men that can play with anyone in the country. Dayton? Well, they have some good guards on their roster, but they’ve been going small this season. That will actually play into Gonzaga’s hands.

MID-MAJOR MATCHUP OF THE DAY: Canisius vs. Georgia State, 5:00 p.m.

Here’s what’s fun about this matchup: both teams have a star — Billy Baron and R.J. Hunter — that is coached by their father — Jim Baron and Ron Hunter.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1) Maui Invitational action kicks off at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon with Arkansas taking on Justin Cobbs and Cal.

2) Marcus Smart and the now-No. 1 team in KenPom’s rankings, Oklahoma State, will head to South Florida to take on the Bulls in their first game since last week’s demolition of Memphis.

3) No. 15 Florida heads to Jacksonville tonight in the return of Scottie Wilbekin to the lineup.

4) Maryland and Providence, two borderline NCAA tournament teams, square off in the final of the Paradise Jam out in the Virgin Islands tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET.

5) The Progressive Legends Classic will kick off tonight as Pitt takes on Texas Tech and Stanford squares off with Houston.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Cleveland State at No. 3 Kentucky, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Wyoming at No. 7 Ohio State, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • No. 8 Syracuse vs. Minnesota, 5:30 p.m. ET
  • DePaul vs. No. 12 Wichita State, 10:00 p.m. ET
  • UMKC at No. 17 Iowa State, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Chaminade vs. No. 18, 9:30 p.m. ET

NOTABLES

  • Loyola Marymount vs. Vanderbilt, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Abilene Christian vs. Xavier, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • BYU vs. Texas, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • IUPUI vs. Missouri, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Northern Iowa vs. La Salle, 7:30 p.m. ET

VIDEO: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges is dunking again

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Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:

VIDEO: Kentucky’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge

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A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:

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That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.

But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?

VIDEOS: Michigan State’s Miles Bridges puts on another show at local summer Pro-Am

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Watching Michigan State’s Miles Bridges throw down high-level dunks in local summer pro-ams has been a good way to pass the time the last few weeks.

The 6-foot-7 Bridges has been annihilating rims all summer as he had more ridiculous dunks on Tuesday night. Playing with former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and some of his current Spartans teammates, Bridges had more crowd-pleasing plays to add to his summer reel.

Lansing State Journal reporter James Edwards III has been on the scene for Bridges’ games all summer as he has more dunks from the future lottery pick.

Minnesota keeps in-state three-star 2018 guard Gabe Kalscheur at home

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Minnesota is keeping a big-time shooter at home as Class of 2018 shooting guard Gabe Kalscheur pledged to the Golden Gophers on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-4 Kalscheur is the third in-state prospect to pledge to head coach Richard Pitino in the Class of 2018 as he joins three-star forward Jarvis Thomas and four-star big man Daniel Oturu. The three-star Kalscheur gives Minnesota a valuable floor spacer and a winner as he’s a three-time state champion at DeLaSalle. All three of these commitments also played together with Howard Pulley in the Nike EYBL.

During this spring and summer in the Nike EYBL, Kalscheur averaged 14.9 points and shot 39 percent from three-point range as he made 61 treys in 21 games.

Pitino has certainly done a nice job of keeping local players home as he’s hoping that trend continues with upcoming in-state five-star prospects like 2018 point guard Tre Jones and 2019 forward Matthew Hurt. The Golden Gophers will have to win national recruiting battles to keep those guys home, but they’ve done a nice job of getting the other guys that they need to keep home.

North Carolina and NCAA set August hearing

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North Carolina and the NCAA have released additional responses and set the dates for a future hearing on Tuesday amid an investigation into paper classes given by the university’s African-American Studies Department.

The NCAA’s allegations center around UNC’s athletes — most notably members of football, men’s and women’s basketball teams — allegedly being guided to the fake classes in order to keep GPAs high enough to remain eligible. The fake classes typically had a high number of athletes enrolled each semester.

While North Carolina argued in May that this should be a school matter and not an NCAA matter, the NCAA responded to the matter in its belief that it has the right to investigate the classes. North Carolina is facing five top-level charges in the case with lack of institutional control among the charges.

A two-day hearing will be held with the NCAA in Nashville on August 16-17.

“The hearing is the next step in bringing closure to this longstanding issue by allowing us the opportunity to address the Committee on Infractions and present the facts,” said Joel Curran, vice chancellor of University communications. “The NCAA has requested certain individuals from the University attend the proceedings. It is standard practice for the current head coaches of programs referenced in a notice of allegations to attend. Therefore, Coaches Larry Fedora (football), Sylvia Hatchell (women’s basketball) and Roy Williams (men’s basketball) will accompany University representatives to the hearing.”