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Late Night Snacks: No. 14 Iowa beats Minnesota

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GAME OF THE DAY: Monmouth 83, Canisius 82

With Manhattan losing at Fairfield on Saturday the Golden Griffins could have grabbed sole possession of first place in the MAAC with a win at Monmouth. But two three-pointers in the final 14 seconds from Monmouth’s Andrew Nicholas gave the Hawks the upset victory. Nicholas scored a game-high 28 points to lead the way for Monmouth, with Canisius’ Billy Baron scoring 21 points to lead five Golden Griffins in double figures. But Canisius turned the ball over 24 times, leaving the door open for a Monmouth rally.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 14 Iowa 94, Minnesota 73

Fran McCaffery’s team didn’t play its best in the first half but reserve Josh Oglesby picked up the slack, scoring 14 of his 17 points in the game’s first 20 minutes. And in the second half Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White got going, resulting in a comfortable home win for the Hawkeyes. Michigan and Michigan State are both undefeated in Big Ten play, but the Hawkeyes will also be heard from in the title race.

2) Oregon State 80, Oregon 72

Roberto Nelson scored 22 points to lead four Oregon State players in double figures as the Beavers beat a reeling Oregon squad in Corvallis. Oregon’s starters shot 7-for-35 from the field and as a team the Ducks assisted on just six of their 25 made field goals. It was a game both teams needed to get, and due to their hot start and willingness to share the basketball (19 of their 23 baskets were assisted) Oregon State was able to get the job done. As for Oregon, they’re a team in search of answers but seemingly unsure of where to look for the solutions.

3) Southern Miss 80, Louisiana Tech 71

The Golden Eagles won a key Conference USA matchup in Hattiesburg and rebounding was a big reason why. Donnie Tyndall’s team rebounded nearly 48% of its misses, scoring 22 second-chance points as a result. Daveon Boardingham (20 points) and Michael Craig (17 points) led the way offensively for Southern Miss, which shot 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.

STARRED

1) Andrew Nicholas (Monmouth) 

28 points (10-for-16 FG), two rebounds and two steals in the Hawks’ 83-82 win over Canisius.

2) Anthony Henderson (Bowling Green) 

Shot 7-for-10 from three and scored 27 points to go along with four steals in the Falcons’ 69-64 win at Western Michigan.

3) Christian Standhardinger (Hawai’i) 

Late Saturday night Standhardinger tallied 27 points (11-for-11 FT), 11 rebounds and three steals in the Warriors’ 100-69 win over UC Riverside.

STRUGGLED

1) Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights shot 31.2% from the field in their 77-55 loss at Houston, assisting on just five of their 24 made baskets.

2) Cleveland State

Shot 32.7% from the field and 5-for-21 from three in their 49-46 loss to Wright State. The Raiders weren’t much better, shooting 33.3% overall and 5-for-18 from three.

3) Oregon’s starters

Oregon’s starting five combined to shoot 7-for-35 in their 80-72 loss at Oregon State.

NOTABLES

  • Jerrelle Benimon scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, with Mike Burwell adding 18 points, to lead Towson to a 72-57 win at The College of Charleston.
  • Alec Brown scored 23 points and Keifer Sykes added 21 (19 in the second half) to lead Green Bay to a 69-64 win at UIC, moving to 5-0 in Horizon League play.
  • Iona bounced back from its loss to Canisius, beating Siena 88-74 behind 25 points from Tre Bowman and 20 from Isaiah Williams.
  • Pat Connaughton scored 21 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Notre Dame to a 70-63 win over Virginia Tech, ending their three-game losing streak.
  • Kyle Wilson scored 28 points and Josh Herbeck added 18 in Army’s 74-67 win over Bucknell.
  • Two Mitch Bruneel (20 points) free throws with a couple seconds remaining proved to be the difference in Utah Valley’s 52-51 win at Seattle. Dick Hunsaker’s Wolverines currently lead the WAC with a 4-0 record.

Villanova beats Duke, Kansas, Indiana for Jermaine Samuels

Atlanta, GA - MAY 27: Nike EYBL. Session 4. Jermaine Samuels, Jr. #23 of Expressions Elite dunks. (Photo by Jon Lopez)
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Villanova landed a commitment from top 50 prospect Jermaine Samuels on Saturday.

Samuels is a tough and athletic 6-foot-5 wing that will remind many Wildcat fans of Josh Hart. He’s got the same kind of versatility and nose for the ball that will let him guard perimeter players as well as work in as a small-ball four. Players like this are a specialty of Jay Wright.

Samuels picked up an offer from Duke recently and also had Indiana, Kansas and Georgetown in his top five. Beating out blue-bloods for a prospect like this is quite the statement for Villanova, one that should tell you the reigning national champs are here to stay as a national power.

Syracuse lands critical piece in Andrew White

LINCOLN, NE - FEBRUARY 3: Andrew White #3 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers shoots the ball over Rasheed Sulaimon #0 of the Maryland Terrapins during their game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on February 3, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)
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Syracuse has found their replacement for Malachi Richardson.

On Sunday, Nebraska transfer Andrew White committed to the Orange, picking Syracuse, in the end, over VCU. White is a graduate transfer who spent last season with Nebraska, where he averaged 16.2 points while shooting 41.2 percent from three. A top 50 prospect out of Virginia back in the Class of 2012, White played a limited role for Kansas his first two seasons in college.

This is a significant pickup for the Orange, one that legitimately puts them into the conversation as a Final Four contender and a threat to finish at or near the top of the ACC. Jim Boeheim has put together a roster full of talented, long and athletic front court players, but after Richardson declared for the NBA Draft as a one-and-done freshman, he was left with just two back court players on his roster.

Earlier this offseason, Cuse landed Colorado State grad transfer John Gillon, a 6-foot-1 combo-guard, to reinforce their back court. The addition of White gives them a lights-out shooter and a big-time scorer on the wing, something that would have been a major void on their roster.

With Paschal Chukwu getting eligible at the center spot and Tyler Lydon likely landing on every breakout player list this preseason, the Orange should be a markedly better team than the one that made their way to the Final Four last season.

Arizona lands first commitment in 2017 class

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Arizona landed their first commitment in the Class of 2017 on Friday night as point guard Alex Barcello pledged to Sean Miller and the Wildcats.

Barcello is a 6-foot-2 point guard from Tempe who plays his high school ball for Corona del Sol. He committed to the Wildcats on an official visit to the Tucson campus.

Barcello is a borderline top 100 prospect who sits at No. 123 in the Rivals top 150. He’s known for his ability to shoot, and he’s more of a combo-guard — i.e. shoot-first — than a point guard at times, but he’s a nice pickup and projects as a solid four-year player for the Wildcats.

Virginia, Indiana, Stanford and Butler were the other four schools on Barcello’s list.

Duke lands first commitment in 2017 class

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Alex O’Connell knew exactly where he wanted to play his college ball, which is why, just two days after picking up an offer from Coach K and the Blue Devils, he became Duke’s first recruit in the Class of 2017.

O’Connell announced the on twitter on Friday afternoon:

O’Connell is a four-star prospect from Georgia that had a terrific summer, going from being a borderline top 75 prospect to a player that caught the interest of Duke, who, along with Kentucky, sit atop the college recruiting hierarchy. He’s an explosively athletic and lanky 6-foot-6 wing with three-point range on his jumper. He needs to add some weight and some strength — he’s listed as a crisp 175 pounds — but he has the tools, and the swagger, to develop into a very effective player in the ACC.

Is he a one-and-done prospect?

Probably not. In fact, since 2010, Duke has landed just two players that were rated lower than O’Connell: Antonio Vrankovic and Jack White. If you know who both of them are, you’re probably either Jon Scheyer or lying.

But what O’Connell is is a kid who put in the work to get better this past year and who has the skill set, the physical tools and work ethic to continue to improve. He may not be on Grayson Allen’s trajectory, but O’Connell has the makings of being an impact player for the Blue Devils for three or four years.

Alex O'Connell (Jon Lopez/Nike)
Alex O’Connell (Jon Lopez/Nike)

Shaka Smart lands contract extension at Texas

Texas head coach Shaka Smart instructs his team in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Baylor on Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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Shaka Smart has already landed himself a contract extension at Texas.

The school, according to the Austin American-Statesman, has given Shaka a one-year extension — through the 2022-23 season — and bumped his salary up to a cool $3 million, a raise of $100,000 annually.

Smart’s Longhorns went 20-13 last season and lost on a half court buzzer beater from Northern Iowa’s Paul Jespersen. It will be tough for Smart to match the success that he had last season, specifically because he lost senior point guard Isaiah Taylor to the professional ranks.

That said, the former VCU head man has been reeling in quite a bit of talent from the state of Texas — namely, Andrew Jones and Jarrett Allen — and is not all that far from turning the Longhorns back into a relevant member of the Big 12 title race.