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Late Night Snacks: Memphis bounces back, UNC loses on the road

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 Memphis 73, No. 5 Oklahoma State 68

Revenge is a dish best served … in Orlando? The Tigers got back at Oklahoma State for a drubbing that they took at the hands of the Pokes in Stillwater two weeks ago, earning Josh Pastner inarguably the most important win of his career. Memphis needed to make a statement, and they did so on Sunday night. Maybe we wrote this team off too early?

Our Raphielle Johnson wrote on this game earlier.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: No. 12 Wichita State 70, Saint Louis 65

Memphis put together the most impressive win of the day, but Wichita State wasn’t far behind. Saint Louis is a veteran team that is tough defensively, well-coached and very difficult to beat in Chafeitz Arena. Wichita State erased a late six point deficit and knocked off the Billikens. The Shockers might actually be better than they were a season, and this biggest reason why is their back court. The combination of Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker is really, really good, enough so that I regret not having them in my top ten back courts in the country.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 16 North Carolina lost again. After beating Louisville at Mohegan Sun, it looked like the Tar Heels might have turned a corner, but with Marcus Paige struggling early, James Michael McAdoo struggling always and their trio of young big men remaining largely ineffective, but Tar Heels lost at UAB on Sunday night.

2) George Washington capped off an impressive weekend at the Wooden Legacy tournament by knocking off No. 20 Creighton 60-53. They held Dougie McBuckets to seven points on 2-for-12 shooting from the floor.

3) Looks like this won’t actually be a rebuilding year for San Diego State, as the Aztecs beat No. 25 Marquette to complete their title in the Wooden Legacy.

STARRED

1) Sidney Saunders finished with 23 points, nine boards, nine assists and three steals as Fairleigh Dickinson knocked off Seton Hall less than a week after beating Rutgers. FDU was supposed to be one of the worst teams in Division I basketball this season.

2) Willie Cauley-Stein had 15 points and eight boards, but more importantly blocked nine shots as No. 3 Kentucky beat Providence 79-65 at the Barclays Center.

3) LSU’s three big men — Jarrell Martin, Jordan Mickey and Johnny O’Bryant — finished with 41 points and 21 boards in an overtime win over Butler.

STRUGGLED

1) Jahii Carson was 2-for-14 from the floor and sprained his ankle in a loss to Miami (FL), who has been one of the most disappointing high-major teams in the country this season.

2) Siena was outscored 34-15 over the final 15 minutes in a 68-63 loss to Purdue in the consolation bracket of the Old Spice Classic.

3) J.J. Mann had 14 points on 5-for-19 shooting, committing six turnovers as Belmont was on the wrong end of a 22-2 second half run in a loss to VCU at home.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 11 Gonzaga knocked off Coppin State, getting 14 points from Gerard Coleman off the bench.
  • No. 14 Oregon beat Cal Poly 82-61 as five players scored in double figures.
  • No. 18 Baylor beat Hardon-Simmons. They aren’t Division I.

NOTABLES

  • Freshman Billy Garrett had 15 points and 10 assists in DePaul’s win over Oregon State.
  • Ronald Roberts had 21 points and 10 boards for St. Joe’s in a win over Washington State.
  • Tre Bowman had 29 points as Iona knocked off Florida-Gulf Coast.
  • Cornell lost to Notre Dame 101-67, dropping to 0-9.

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.