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Late Night Snacks: Pe’Shon Howard breaks hearts in Dayton

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GAME OF THE DAY: USC 79, Dayton 76

A Pe’Shon Howard off-balance three-pointer as time expired gave the Trojans the win at UD Arena, moving Andy Enfield’s team to 8-4 on the season. Byron Wesley accounted for 26 points and ten rebounds for USC, with Jordan Sibert leading the way for Dayton with 21 points.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES:

1) South Carolina 78, Saint Mary’s 71: This is a big result for Frank Martin as his young team looks to mesh with the start of SEC play approaching. Tyrone Johnson led the way for the Gamecocks with 16 points on the night, while Brad Waldow scored 20 to lead Saint Mary’s. Also of note: this was the first loss of the season for the Gaels.

2) Creighton 68, California 64: The Bluejays got off to a slow start against Cal, but their defensive work stood out with Cal losing Jabari Bird late in the first half with an ankle injury. Doug McDermott finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the way for Creihgton.

3) Purdue 73, West Virginia: Matt Painter’s young Boilermakers picked up a needed win in Morgantown, with Terone Johnson accounting for 20 points and six rebounds. Freshman forward Devin Willliams scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a losing effort for West Virginia.

STARRED:

1) R.J. Hunter (Georgia State) : 41 points (14-for-21 FG), three rebounds and three blocks in the Panthers’ 99-68 win over UTSA.

2) Larry Nance Jr. (Wyoming): 29 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks in Wyoming’s 72-59 win over Northern Colorado.

3) R.J. Price (Radford): 30 points (6-for-9 3PT), six assists, four rebounds and three steals in the Highlanders’ 94-78 win over Sacred Heart.

STRUGGLED: 

1) Brown shot just 31.7% in their 58-52 loss at Northwestern, essentially leaving a win on the table in Evanston.

2) Tyrone Garland (La Salle): Shot 1-for-7 from the field in a 71-58 loss at Miami.

3) Cornell shot 6-for-31 from three in their 76-54 loss at Stony Brook, dropping to 0-11 on the season.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25: 

  • No. 10 UConn 82, Washington 70
  • No. 11 Wichita State 77, North Carolina Central 66
  • No. 12 Baylor 81, Southern 56
  • No. 17 Iowa State 79, George Mason 67
  • No. 25 Iowa 86, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 61

NOTABLES: 

  • Maurice Ndour accounted for 19 points and seven rebounds, and Nick Kellogg hit a three with 7.8 seconds remaining to give Ohio a 70-69 overtime win at Richmond.
  • Myles Mack’s three-pointer with 3.5 seconds remaining gave Rutgers the 75-72 win over Army. Kyle Wilson scored 29 points to lead the Black Knights.
  • John Johnson scored 20 points off the bench in Penn State’s 92-82 win over Mount St. Mary’s. SMU transfer Jordan Dickerson played eight minutes in his Penn State debut.
  • KT Harrell scored 29 points to help lead Auburn to a 77-67 win over Boston College.
  • Langston Hall’s three-pointer with two seconds remaining was the difference in Mercer’s 79-76 win at Ole Miss.
  • Demetrius Treadwell tallied 24 points and ten rebounds in Akron’s 83-71 win over Oregon State. President Barack Obama and his family were in attendance.
  • Fred Thomas led five Mississippi State players in double figures with 14 points as the Bulldogs beat USF 71-66.
  • Anthony Drmic scored 21 points on the night, and his three-pointer with less than a minute to go proved to be the difference in Boise State’s 62-61 win over Hawaii.

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.