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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Colorado 75, No. 6 Kansas 72

Yup, that was awesome. We already wrote two columns off of this game. My take on Kansas is here. Raphielle Johnson wrote on Colorado here.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 17 Iowa State 91, Northern Iowa 82 OT

We should just assume that the Cyclones are going to be locked in wild games every night at this rate. On Saturday, Fred Hoiberg’s team dug themselves a 13 point halftime deficit that grew to 49-31 in the second half. They rallied, however, using a 23-2 run to take the lead. But UNI’s Seth Tuttle did this to force overtime:

ISU took control in the extra frame and ended up winning by nine. Melvin Ejim led the way with 22 points, 20 of which came after halftime.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES:

1) Missouri erased an early 13-point deficit, getting 63 points from Jordan Clarkson, Earnest Ross and Jabari Brown as they knocked off No. 18 UCLA at home, 80-71.

2) No. 2 Arizona has played like they best team in the country over the first month of the season, and they will be rewarded on Monday when the polls come out after beating UNLV on Saturday. Brandon Ashley and T.J. McConnell both finished with 13 points in the win.

3) No. 8 Wisconsin has looked like the best team in the Big Ten this season, and that continued on Saturday as they knocked off intra-state rival Marquette 60-54. Sam Dekker finished with 20 points and 10 boards in the win.

STARRED

1) Chaz Williams had 32 points and 15 assists — and just a single turnover — in No. 21 UMass’ 105-96 win over BYU.

2) St. John’s put a whipping on Fordham , winning 104-58. Sir-Dominic Pointer was the star, finishing with 12 points, 11 assists, nine boards, four steals and three blocks.

3) San Jose State’s Jalen James entered Saturday averaging 6.9 points, 4.5 boards and 2.5 assists. He finished with 12 points, 13 boards and 10 assists in a win at Houston.

STRUGGLED

1) In that lost to St. John’s, Fordham’s Jon Severe finished 1-for-21 from the floor. That’s not good.

2) Dalton Pepper made a free throw but was called for a violation with Temple up two in overtime. Javan Felix hit a three at the other end with 6.7 seconds left, and the Owls lost to Texas.

3) No. 25 Dayton lost at Illinois State on Saturday night, 81-75. So much for the Flyers in the top 25.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 4 Syracuse is still undefeated after whipping up on Binghamton.
  • No. 5 Ohio State beat Central Connecticut 74-56. LaQuinton Ross is now averaging 20.0 points and shooting 22-for-35 (62.9%) from the floor and 8-from-15 (53.3%) from three in his last three games.
  • No. 7 Louisville used a massive second half run to put away Louisiana-Lafayette.
  • No. 11 Wichita State beat Oral Roberts 71-58 after overcoming an eight point halftime deficit.
  • Jayvaughn Pinkston went for 27 points as No. 14 Villanova outscored St. Joe’s 59-33 in the second half to notch a 30 point win in the Holy War.
  • No. 16 Memphis got 21 points from Shaq Goodwin in a 96-76 win over Northwestern State.
  • No. 19 Gonzaga got 22 points from Sam Dower in an 80-68 win over New Mexico State.
  • No. 22 Michigan’s offense got going again, sparked by 25 points from Nik Stauskas.
  • No. 23 Iowa beat Drake 83-66.

NOTABLES

  • Cincinnati suffered their first loss of the season, losing at New Mexico 63-54 thanks to 24 points and 13 boards from Cameron Bairstow.
  • North Carolina does not like Spartans. After beating Michigan State, the Tar Heels won after taking a 44-14 lead over UNC-Greensboro.
  • Virginia lost against, going up to Green Bay and losing to the Phoenix 75-72. Kiefer Sykes had 21 points and 10 assists.
  • Utah improved to 7-1 with a 90-77 win over Fresno State. Delon Wright had 23 points, 12 assists and six boards.
  • Indiana knocked off North Florida 89-68.
  • Dwayne Evans had 21 points and 10 boards for St. Louis in a 67-65 win over Valpo.
  • Kellen Dunham had 29 points as Butler knocked off North Dakota 79-64.
  • Michael Qualls scored 17 for Arkansas in a 74-68 win over Clemson.
  • Jarnell Stokes finished with 19 points and 13 boards in a win over Tennessee Tech.
  • Georgetown struggled to a 61-55 win over Colgate.
  • Harvard knocked off BU in overtime.

Three LSU players accused of shooting paintballs at pedestrian

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Three LSU basketball players were issued a summons earlier this month for allegedly shooting paintballs at a pedestrian, according to a report from the Daily Reveille.

The incident involving the three players, Galen Alexander, Wayde Sims and Mayan Kiir, occurred on June 16.

“I’m aware of the situation and we are dealing with the matter internally,” first-year Tigers coach Will Wade said in a statement, according to The Advocate. “I’m extremely disappointed in these players and the poor judgement they used. This is no way to represent LSU or our basketball program. They have a clear understanding of what our expectations are as a program both on and off the court.”

Alexander and Kiir are both freshmen while Sims is a sophomore who averaged 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19 minutes per game last season.

Grayson Allen is…funny?

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The last year led to a lot of people having opinions on Grayson Allen. The Duke star invited most of them thanks to his tripping and his outbursts, as well as the simple fact he plays for the Blue Devils, who always seem to attract plenty of hate from the masses.

While Allen is one of college basketball’s best players, he’s also one of its most ridiculed. More people than not probably have a poor opinion about the guy due to his bizarre tripping habit and the bench meltdown from last season. He’s an easy target that brought a lot of criticism on himself with his actions.

This summer, though, Allen has started to show another side to his personality through social media. It turns out he might actually be funny.

The world is full of surprises.

Here’s an example from today, with Allen not only some comedy chops, but some self-deprecation and self-awareness – two important traits for someone who might need some reputation rehab – as he pokes fun of the Internet’s suggestion that he’s a dead ringer for Texas senator Ted Cruz, as well as Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, apparently.

That was just the most recent example, though. Earlier this month, he ribbed maybe the Internet’s only more favorite villain, LaVar Ball.

And before that, he had some fun with the fact that he’ll almost assuredly be tabbed to our Perry Ellis All-Stars team for his final collegiate season this fall.

So, yeah, Grayson Allen’s rep took a bunch of hits last year for some bad behavior. Maybe there’s more there, though.

IUPUI to become Horizon League’s 10th member

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The Horizon League officially announced this week that IUPUI will be replacing Valparaiso as the league’s 10th member. Valpo left to replace Wichita State in the Missouri Valley.

“We are excited to welcome IUPUI to the Horizon League family,” Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone said. “The Jaguars bring us tremendous competitive potential, particularly in men’s basketball, along with an engaged and energized city. Their addition solidifies our broad community partnerships in Indianapolis and is the right school at the right time.”

IUPUI — which stands for Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis — has been a member of the Summit League, which will be left with eight teams now that the Jaguars have departed. They’ve made it to one NCAA tournament, back in 2003, and have been a full-fledged member of Division I for 19 years. That was the year before NBA point guard George Hill enrolled. Current head coach Jason Gardner has been there for three years but has yet to record a winning season; IUPUI has not been over .500 since 2011, when Ron Hunter was still the head coach.

“We are excited about engaging with the other Horizon League member institutions to enhance the overall competitiveness of the league,” said IUPUI Director of Athletics Dr. Roderick Perry. “As an institution and athletics department, our mission, vision, and core values align closely with the Horizon League. This is an important step forward in the life of our athletics department.”

Former Louisville standout Chris Jones shot in Memphis

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Former Louisville point guard Chris Jones was shot while playing basketball in his native Memphis on Tuesday night.

According to a report from FOX 13 in Memphis, shortly after 11 p.m. shots rang out on in Halle Park after an altercation on the court. Two people were taken to the hospital, one with a head injury stemming from a fight. The other was Jones, who was shot in the leg twice, according to the Courier-Journal. His injuries are not life-threatening and he has already been released from the hospital, according to Steve Forbes, his former Junior College coach.

Jones played at Melrose High in Memphis before spending two years at Northwest Florida Junior College and two more seasons at Louisville.

This past year, he spent time playing professionally in Greece and in France, although he played just a grand total of three games in the two leagues.

Perhaps the craziest part about this story is that Jones was shot on a court that is next to a police station. This is a screengrab from FOX 13’s live shot from the basketball courts, and you can see the police cars in the station’s parking lot in the back ground:

Preaching patience, new Pitt AD says hoops program “a complete rebuild”

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Things did not go particularly well for Kevin Stallings in his first year at Pitt. The program, which essentially pushed Jamie Dixon out the door for being consistently good but not often enough great, struggled, going 16-17 overall and 4-14 in the ACC, just two games out of the cellar.

On top of that, six players prematurely left the program this spring.

Not great, especially when you’ve got a new boss that didn’t hire you, as is the case for Stallings with new Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke, who came aboard in March. In her first meeting with Stallings, Lyke asked a rather blunt question.

“Do you want to be here?” according to the Beaver County Times.

Stallings answered that he did, and his new athletic director would appear to be willing to give her predecessor’s hire time to reclaim and rebuild the program.

“It’s a steep climb, if you will,” Lyke said. “It’s not something that’s going to come easy and it takes an incredible amount of work.”

Stallings’ personal reputation took a significant amount of damage this spring when he attempted to block Cameron Johnson from an intra-ACC transfer to North Carolina. NBC Sports’ Scott Phillips called him a “town-deaf clown” in his attempt to keep Johnson from being a Tar Heel, a position he later relinquished, allowing Johnson to head to Chapel Hill.

Losing Johnson certainly won’t help Stallings and the Panthers recover from the difficult first season. Pitt didn’t hit any grand-slams in recruiting but is adding four-star guard Marcus Carr in its 2017 class.

The immediate outlook doesn’t look particularly bright, but Pitt appears to be positioning itself to exhibit some patience.

“If you look at the team, it is a complete rebuild,” Lyke said. “So I do think that (Stallings) is going to need a little time to develop it.

“But, we’ve got to be headed in the right direction. There’s some things that have got to get better and noticeable improvements. I’ve already seen those things start to happen.”