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Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Arizona, No. 2 Syracuse remain unbeaten

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arizona State 89, California 78 (OT)

The Sun Devils held a 16-point lead early in the second half, only to watch the Golden Bears storm back and take a three-point lead with 26 seconds remaining. Enter Jermaine Marshall, who hit a three-pointer to tie the game and send it into overtime. From there it was all Arizona State, with Marshall (22 points) and Jahii Carson (29 points, seven assists) leading the way offensively. As a result of the win Arizona State’s now tied with Cal for third place in the Pac-12, and the Golden Bears have now lost three straight with No. 1 Arizona visiting on Saturday.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) Northwestern 65, No. 14 Wisconsin 56

Wisconsin fell for two important reasons: they couldn’t hit a shot (26.3% FG), and they couldn’t slow down Northwestern in the second half either. Drew Crawford scored 30 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead the way for the Wildcats, who scored 34 points over the game’s final 11:48.

2) Penn State 71, No. 24 Ohio State 70 (OT) 

A D.J. Newbill jumper in the final seconds of overtime gave the Nittany Lions the win in Columbus, with the Buckeyes suffering their fifth loss over the last six games. Newbill finished with 25 points and eight rebounds and Brandon Taylor added 19 for Penn State, which won despite receiving just eight points from Tim Frazier. Ohio State once again had issues offensively, and they need to get those concerns addressed quickly.

3) No. 6 Kansas 92, No. 16 Iowa State 81

One game after scoring 27 at TCU, Andrew Wiggins established a new career-high with 29 points in the Jayhawks’ win over Iowa State in Lawrence. Wiggins also grabbed seven rebounds on a night that saw all five Kansas starters score in double figures, with Perry Ellis adding 20 points and six rebounds. Iowa State’s now lost four of their last five, and you have to wonder if it’s time to get concerned about the Cyclones despite their talent.

STARRED

1) Frantz Massenat (Drexel) 

Scored 32 points and dished out nine assists (no turnovers) in the Dragons’ 77-74 win over Hofstra.

2) Drew Crawford (Northwestern)

Scored 30 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field and grabbed eight rebounds in the Wildcats’ 65-56 win at No. 14 Wisconsin.

3) D.J. Balentine (Evansville) 

Scored 43 points (10-for-19 FG, 19-for-21 FT) in the Purple Aces’ 95-81 loss at Northern Iowa.

STRUGGLED

1) Wisconsin

The Badgers shot 26.3% from the field, with non-Ben Brust starters shooting 7-for-35, in their 65-56 home loss to Wisconsin.

2) Tyrone Garland (La Salle)

Garland shot 1-for-14 from the field in the Explorers’ 69-47 loss at George Washington.

3) Texas A&M

The Aggies shot 35.6% from the field and finished with more turnovers (18) than made field goals (16) in their 80-52 loss to a South Carolina team that entered the game winless in SEC play.

NOTABLES

  • No. 1 Arizona had its hands full with Stanford but remained undefeated, beating the Cardinal 60-57 in Palo Alto. Defense was the difference, as Arizona limited Stanford to just nine points over the final 12:34.
  • No. 2 Syracuse was also on the road, and Tyler Ennis’ 18 points led the Orange to a 67-57 win at Wake Forest. C.J. Fair added 16 and eight rebounds and Jerami Grant ten and 12 rebounds for Syracuse, which hosts No. 17 Duke on Saturday.
  • Wisconsin and Ohio State weren’t the only ranked teams to fall, with No. 21 UMass falling 78-65 at St. Bonaventure. Charlon Kloof led five Bonnies in double figures with 14 points.
  • A Sam Dower three-pointer with 1.9 seconds remaining gave Gonzaga a 54-52 win at Santa Clara.
  • Marcus Paige scored 19 points and James Michael McAdoo added 17 as North Carolina won 78-65 at Georgia Tech.
  • Albany handed Stony Brook its first loss in America East play, beating the Seawolves 77-67 with Gary Johnson scoring 19 points and Sam Rowley adding 17 and 11 to lead the way.
  • Boston University blew a 22-point lead in their game against Army but rebounded to win 86-81 in overtime, keeping the Terriers a game behind American in the Patriot League standings.
  • Jordan McRae and Tennessee rebounded from disappointing performances on Saturday, with McRae scoring 26 points to lead the Volunteers to an 86-70 win over Ole Miss.
  • With Green Bay’s Alec Brown out with an injured shoulder Valparaiso took advantage, beating the Phoenix 75-60 with head coach Bryce Drew’s number being retired as well.

 

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 19 Saint Louis 77, Richmond 57
  • No. 22 Memphis 69, UCF 59

White decides to return to Nebraska

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Nebraska’s second-leading scorer from last season will return for his senior season as Andrew White III announced Wednesday he will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft.

“I felt good about the pre-draft process, White said in a statement released by Nebraska. “It was encouraging, and I gained as much ground as anyone throughout the process. I wanted one more year to fine tune my game and put myself in better position for the NBA next summer.  

“I want to thank the teams who invited me their in-house workouts, and Nebraska for supporting me during this process.  It has been very helpful in gathering information in preparation for my future Thank you to everyone who has been following my progress throughout the spring and being understanding and supportive, as I evaluated whether to turn pro or return for my senior year.”

White, a Kansas transfer, tallied 16.6 points per game last season while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from 3-point range. He also pulled down 5.9 rebounds per game.

“We are excited to have Andrew remain with our program,” coach Tim Miles said. “This has been a valuable time for him, as he has tested his skills against some of the best competition and received very important insight from key NBA personnel.  

“We look forward to continuing to help Andrew’s development to improve his NBA profile even more than he already has done through this process.  I believe next year could be our most complete team with a great opportunity for success in the Big Ten and NCAA tournament, I’m happy Andrew will be with us to go out and prove it.”

The news is certainly welcome for the Cornhuskers and Miles, who will be under pressure to show improvement after back-to-back disappointing seasons following an NCAA tournament appearance in 2014. Shavon Shields, last year’s leading scorer, has exhausted his eligibility and the Huskers will need White to help fill the void.

Trimble coming back to Terps

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Melo Trimble is returning to Maryland.

The Terrapin guard will be back to for his junior season in College Park, according to multiple reports.

Trimble went from freshman first-rounder to question mark after a rough end to his sophomore season for Maryland in which his points per game, shooting percentage (both overall and from 3-point range) and rebounding dipped from his first season. Only his assists per game showed any sort of improvement. He waited until the last possible day to announce his intentions to return to school, but really his options were limited after seeing his production drop.

His decision to come back to school gives him a shot to restore his draft stock while Maryland gets its floor general back to help ease the transition from last year’s Sweet 16 squad that lost Diamond Stone, Rasheed Sulaimon and Jake Layman. The Terps might not be a sure-fire top-25 team with Trimble back, but their NCAA tournament chances are now significantly higher.

Nevada lands Martin twins

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Eric Musselman keeps adding reinforcements to his roster. For the 2017-18 season.

Musselman and Nevada received commitments from N.C. State transfers and twin brothers Caleb and Cody Martin, according to multiple reports.

That brings Nevada’s sit-out transfer count for this upcoming season to four with Hallice Cooke (Iowa State) and Kendall Stephens (Purdue) already in the fold. Under NCAA transfer rules, the quartet will have to sit out the upcoming season before being eligible in 2017-18.

Caleb averaged 11.5 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 36 percent from deep while Cody put up 6.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists, shooting 43 percent from beyond the arc.

The timing of having four sit-out transfers works well for the Wolf Pack given that two of the team’s three leading scorers from last year, D.J. Fenner (a senior) and Cameron Oliver (a sophomore), return while senior transfers Marcus Marshall (Missouri State) becomes eligible. Having those four experienced transfers begin playing in 2017-18 while all but two players from this upcoming team slated to return makes Nevada an interesting team, a year from now.

Louisville big man heading to NBA Draft

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After a day of mixed messages, Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku finally made it official.

He’s staying in the NBA Draft.

“After talking to my family and going through the NBA process,” Onuaku wrote in an Instagram post, “me and my family have decided that it would be best for me to keep my name in the draft.”

The day started out with Cardinals coach Rick Pitino telling multiple media outlets that the 6-foot-10 sophomore would remain in the draft after he declared last month without an agent and attended the draft combine. Onuaku, though, appeared to at least mildly refute that with an Instagram post that said his decision wouldn’t come until later Wednesday evening. Which it did, confirming Pitino’s words.

The confusion may have been frustrating for observers, but Onuaku’s social media presence no doubt has benefited from the bizarre day.

Onuaku averaged 9.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, 2.0 blocks and 1.6 assists in 24.6 minutes per game last season, making his per-40 numbers, a metric NBA teams like to take into consideration, nothing short of fantastic. He also shot a not-so-shabby 62.0 percent from the floor. His size, athleticism and ability to score around the basket (he’s taken one 3-pointer in two seasons) make him a potential first-round selection in next month’s draft.

The 19-year-old Onuaku underwent a procedure on his heart last week due to Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. It has been described as a minor procedure that will not affect his ability to play long-term or work out with teams leading up to the draft.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, should be able to absorb Onuaku’s loss seemlessly as they return the bulk of last year’s team that went 23-8 and was ranked 10th in KenPom, but was banned from the postseason as a result of the Katina Powell bombshell. Newcomers Tony Hicks (Penn transfer) and V.J. King (consensus top-30 recruit) will also make for solid additions.

Swanigan staying for sophomore season

Purdue's Vince Edwards (12), Purdue's Caleb Swanigan (50) and Purdue's A.J. Hammons (20) celebrate during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against the Illinois in the quarterfinals at the Big Ten Conference tournament, Friday, March 11, 2016, in Indianapolis. Purdue won 89-58. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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Purdue will once again be rolling out a formidable frontcourt in the 2016-17 season.

Boilermaker big man Caleb Swanigan is withdrawing from the NBA Draft to return to West Lafayette for his sophomore season, the school announced Wednesday.

The NBA is right there and always will be,” Swanigan said in the school’s press release, “but you always have to have patience and do what’s best for you.”

Purdue is losing 7-foot senior A.J. Hammons, but will be once again teaming Swanigan with Isaac Haas (7-2) and Vince Edwards (6-8) that will allow them to roll out a supersized lineup that is sure to be a difficult one to face off against.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Swanigan, who likely would have landed as a second-round pick, averaged 10.2 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists and was a finalist for the Wayman Tisdale Award for the country’s top freshman.

“We are excited that (Swanigan) has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return to Purdue,” head coach said Matt Painter in a statement released by the school. “He has the potential to make a huge jump from his freshman season and will be a big part of what we do next year. He received great experience going through this process and will use the feedback he received to make him a more diverse player.”

Purdue is probably a rung down from Michigan State and Wisconsin at the top of the league, but the return of Swanigan pulls them closer to competing at the top of the league next season.