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

2017 NBA Draft Early Entry List: Who is staying and who is going?

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RETURNING TO SCHOOL

Jalen Adams, UConn
Grayson Allen, Duke (story)
Tyus Battle, Syracuse
Marques Bolden, Duke
Mikal Bridges (story)
Miles Bridges, Michigan State (story)
Bruce Brown, Miami
Jalen Brunson (story)
Jeffery Carroll, Oklahoma State (story)
Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame
Marcus Foster, Creighton
Devonte’ Graham, Kansas (story)
E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island
Shake Milton, SMU
Chimezie Metu, USC
Allonzo Trier, Arizona (story)
Robert Williams, Texas A&M (story)

DECLARING, SIGNING WITH AN AGENT

Jarrett Allen, Texas (story)
Ike Anigbogu, UCLA (story)
O.G. Anunoby, Indiana (story)
Dwayne Bacon, Florida State (story)
Lonzo Ball, UCLA (story)
Jordan Bell, Oregon (story)
Antonio Blakeney, LSU (story)
John Collins, Wake Forest
Zach Collins, Gonzaga (story)
Tyler Dorsey, Oregon (story)
P.J. Dozier, South Carolina (story)
Jawun Evans, Oklahoma State (story)
De’Aaron Fox, Kentucky (story)
Markelle Fultz, Washington (story)
Harry Giles III, Duke (story)
Isaac Humphries, Kentucky (story)
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State (story)
Justin Jackson, North Carolina (story)
Luke Kennard, Duke (story)
T.J. Leaf, UCLA (story)
Tyler Lydon, Syracuse (story)
Lauri Markkanen, Arizona (story)
Malik Monk, Kentucky (story)
Austin Nichols, Virginia
Justin Patton, Creighton (story)
L.J. Peak, Georgetown
Ivan Rabb, California (story)
Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State
Devin Robinson, Florida
Kobi Simmons, Arizona (story)
Dennis Smith Jr., N.C. State (story)
Edmond Sumner, Xavier (story)
Jayson Tatum, Duke (story)
Melo Trimble, Maryland (story)
Tevonn Walker, Valparaiso
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga (story)

DECLARING WITHOUT AN AGENT

Shaqquan Aaron, USC
Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure
Bam Adebayo, Kentucky (story)
Deng Adel, Louisville
Jashaun Agosto, LIU-Brooklyn
Rawle Alkins, Arizona
Mark Alstork, Wright State
Jaylen Barford, Arkansas
James Blackmon, Indiana
Trevon Bluiett, Xavier
Tony Bradley, North Carolina
Dillon Brooks, Oregon
Thomas Bryant, Indiana (story)
Rodney Bullock, Providence
Khadeen Carrington, Seton Hall
Jeffery Carroll, Oklahoma State
Jason Chartouny, Fordham
Donte Clark, UMass (story)
Chance Comanche, Arizona
Angel Delgado, Seton Hall
Hamidou Diallo, Kentucky (story)
Vince Edwards, Purdue
John Egbunu, Florida
Jon Elmore, Marshall
Obi Enechionyia, Temple
Drew Eubanks, Oregon State
Tacko Fall, UCF
Brandon Goodwin, FGCU
Isaac Haas, Purdue
Aaron Holiday, UCLA
Chandler Hutchinson, Boise State
Frank Jackson, Duke (story)
B.J. Johnson, La Salle
Darin Johnson, CSUN
Jaylen Johnson, Louisville
Robert Johnson, Indiana
Andrew Jones, Texas
Kerem Kanter, Green Bay
Marcus Keene, Central Michigan
Braxton Key, Alabama
Kyle Kuzma, Utah
William Lee, UAB
Daryl Macon, Arkansas
Yante Maten, Georgia
Markis McDuffie, Wichita State
MiKyle McIntosh, Illinois State
Donovan Mitchell, Louisville
Eric Mika, BYU
Johnathan Motley, Baylor (story)
Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas (story)
Semi Ojeleye, SMU
Cam Oliver, Nevada
Randy Onwuasor, Southern Utah
Maverick Rowan, N.C. State
Corey Sanders, Rutgers
Jaaron Simmons, Ohio
Jaren Sina, George Washington
Elijah Stewart, USC
Caleb Swanigan (story)
Stevie Thompson, Oregon State
Trevor Thompson, Ohio State
Mo Wagner, Michigan
Thomas Welsh, UCLA
Thomas Wilder, Western Michigan
D.J. Wilson, Michigan
Omer Yurtseven, N.C. State

YET TO DECIDE

Keita Bates-Diop, Ohio State
Joel Berry II, North Carolina
Mikal Bridges, Villanova
Jacob Evans, Cincinnati
Matthew Fisher-Davis, Vanderbilt
Jessie Govan, Georgetown
Donta Hall, Alabama
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin
D.J. Hogg, Texas A&M
Justin Jackson, Maryland
V.J. King, Louisville
Dedric Lawson, Memphis
Anas Mahmoud, Louisville
De’Anthony Melton, USC
Theo Pinson, North Carolina
Jerome Robinson, Boston College

Kentucky freshman Hamidou Diallo declares for NBA Draft

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Kentucky’s Hamidou Diallo is declaring for the NBA Draft, although he is not signing with an agent to retain his collegiate eligibility.

Diallo was originally a member of the Class of 2017, but he spent half of last season at a prep school and enrolled at Kentucky in January as a redshirt. Being a year removed from his high school graduation and 19 years old, he is allowed to declare for the draft.

“When I decided to enroll in school in January, my plan was to come to Kentucky to work on my game and to focus on school,” Diallo said. “At the end of the season, I knew I wanted to see where I was in the draft process and go through that so I could get a proper evaluation.”

“That plan hasn’t changed and that’s why I am declaring for the NBA Draft. I want to see where my game is and explore my options.”

Diallo, a top ten player in the class, is as explosive of an athlete as you are going to find. He should be an elite defender, but he will be drafted based mostly on his potential offensively.

Since Diallo is not signing with an agent, he will be able to return to school without penalty. He’s currently projected as a late second round pick in the 2018 draft, but he’s likely a second round pick in a deeper draft this year.

Reports: Duke’s Frank Jackson to declare for draft

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Frank Jackson will declare for the draft but will not be signing with an agent, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

Previous reports had indicated that Jackson “planned” to return to school, and that still may end up proving true. But the combination of Trevon Duval potentially enrolling at Duke combined with the fact that there is zero downside to going through the draft process, it makes sense for Jackson to declare.

Jackson averaged 10.9 points and shot 39.5 percent from three. He’s projected as a mid-first round pick in 2018 by Draft Express, but at 6-foot-3, he’s too small to play the two in the NBA and has yet to prove he can be a point guard.

Jackson is the fourth Duke player to declare, following Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles III and Luke Kennard. All three signed with an agent. Grayson Allen and Marques Bolden are both returning to school.

VIDEO: Top 2018 recruits Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford go head-to-head at adidas

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This weekend is the first live evaluation period of the spring recruiting calendar as college coaches from all over the country are scouting (and babysitting) the top recruits in the Class of 2018 and 2019.

Friday night the adidas Gauntlet in Dallas opened with a marquee matchup of two star players as five-star forward Zion Williamson and five-star guard Romeo Langford went head-to-head in what should be one of the best games of the spring.

Most scouting services have Williamson and Langford as the No. 2 and No. 3 overall prospects in the Class of 2018 as the duo didn’t disappoint in front of the huge crowd in Fort Worth.

Williamson helped his team to a win with 26 points and seven rebounds while Langford had 28 points, four rebounds and four assists. You’ll be hearing plenty about both of these guys over the next few months as both are still wide open in the recruting process.

(H/t: Ball is Life)

Report: Coppin State hires Juan Dixon as new head coach

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Coppin State has hired former Maryland star guard Juan Dixon to be its next head coach, according to a report from Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun.

The 38-year-old Dixon is best known for leading Maryland to the 2002 national championship as he was the Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four that year. Now Dixon will have a chance to lead a Division I program for the first time.

Dixon spent seven years in the NBA and also played professionally in Europe before joining the Maryland coaching staff in 2013 as a special assistant to head coach Mark Turgeon. Not retained by Maryland after the 2015-16 season, Dixon took the head coaching job for the women’s team at the University of the District of Columbia last season as the Division II program finished only  3-25.

Coppin State finished last season with an 8-24 record after losing its first 12 games of the season. While Dixon will generate some positive local buzz given his background, he’s going to have an uphill battle trying to rebuild that program.