Sunday’s Pregame Shootaround: No. 13 Oregon visits Ole Miss

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 13 Oregon vs. Ole Miss, 5 p.m. (ESPNU)

Marshall Henderson and the Rebels welcome the No. 13 Ducks into Oxford for an evening showdown between SEC and Pac-12 programs. Ole Miss won a pair of games in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center Classic to end November, but on Thursday suffered its first loss of the season when Henderson’s 3-point try came up short against Kansas State. Oregon enters unbeaten despite missing starting guard Dominic Artis and sophomore forward Ben Carter (suspension).

The guard play should be fun to watch with Henderson coming off the bench, and Oregon’s Joseph Young pouring in 20.3 points a game.

(Note: This is also going as my Who’s Getting Upset? pick)

THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: Washington vs. No. 24 San Diego State, 3:05 p.m. (CBSSN)

The Huskies enter the game averaging 84.1 points per game. The Aztecs cracked into the top 25 behind a strong defensive effort in the Wooden Legacy with consecutive wins over Creighton and Marquette, both ranked at the time. San Diego State is going against its second Pac-12 program, losing to soon-to-be top-ranked Arizona on Nov. 14 while Washington has suffered losses to Boston College, Indiana and Big West favorite UC-Irvine.

MID-MAJOR GAME OF THE DAY: Quinnipiac vs. Rider, 2 p.m.

The MAAC had five teams win 11 conference games last season, making for an exciting MAAC tournament. Manhattan and Canisius enter the year as the MAAC favorites, but Quinnipiac and Rider should not be overlooked.

FIVE THINGS TO KNOW

1) Auburn and Illinois meet in Atlanta for a non-conference showdown. The Tigers are coming off a 19-point loss to No. 17 Iowa State and the Fighting Illini look to bounce back for their first loss of the season after blowing a late-game lead to Georgia Tech as part of this week’s Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

2) George Washington is looking to go for its third win this month and improve to 8-1 in a matchup with Maryland. The Terrapins are coming off a loss to Ohio State, a week after winning the Paradise Jam.

3) Doug McDermott is in action as Creighton hosts Nebraska. The Bluejays and Cornhuskers both hold 6-2 records.

4) Neither projected to finish high in the conference standings, but Virginia Tech and Miami kick off ACC play.

5) The MAAC season is already underway. Besides Quinnipiac and Rider, the MAAC features four more conference matchups on Sunday:

  • Iona vs. Fairfield, 1:30 p.m.
  • Siena vs. Canisius, 2 p.m.
  • St. Peter’s vs. Niagara, 2 p.m.
  • Monmouth vs. Manhattan, 2 p.m.

NOTABLES: 

  • Oklahoma vs. George Mason, 1 p.m.
  • Old Dominion vs. VCU, 1 p.m.
  • Charlotte vs. Appalachian State, 2 p.m.
  • Rhode Island vs. Detroit, 2 p.m.
  • Boston College vs. USC, 7 p.m. (Pac-12 Network)
  • Seton Hall at Rutgers, 8 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • Eastern Washington vs. St. Mary’s, 8:30 p.m.

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.”