In a matchup of two teams expected to contend in their respective divisions of the Mid-American Conference, Toledo and Buffalo staged a thriller at Savage Hall. The visiting Bulls led by as many as 13 points in the first half but the Rockets, who at one point were 12-0 this season, fought their way back into the game. And with their being numerous lead changes in the second half it was fitting that the game would be decided as time expired.
Enter Toledo guard Julius “Juice” Brown, whose jumper as time expired gave the Rockets the 67-65 victory. The play was well-executed by all three players involved with Matt Smith’s baseball pass finding Nathan Boothe, who quickly got the ball to Brown for the game-winning shot. While the stakes on Wednesday clearly aren’t as high as they would be in a postseason setting, this does look similar to what Valparaiso pulled off to beat Ole Miss in the 1998 NCAA tournament.
Video courtesy of Toledo Athletics
Utah picked up its center of the future on Monday as four-star center Jayce Johnson pledged to the Runnin’ Utes, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 7-foot Johnson recently cut his list to Cal, Colorado and Utah with the possibility of reclassifying to the Class of 2015.
Regarded as the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson will look to attend Utah in December as a walk-on who will redshirt. While Johnson likely won’t play this season, he does give head coach Larry Krystkowiak another big man to use in practice to go against sophomore center Jakob Poeltl. A solid long-term prospect, Johnson has a good frame to add weight and he’s also skilled finishing with both hands. Utah now has its replacement for Poeltl if he opts to leave for the NBA after the season and he gets an extra semester to work with the program.
Johnson is coming off of his official visit to Utah this weekend as he joins junior college guard Jojo Zamora in the Class of 2016.
South Carolina debuted some new uniforms early this week as the school is going with a fresh look and three color ways.
They’re also going to with the “Carolina” branding this season, but I think these new uniforms look pretty cool.