Late Night Snacks: Ohio State upsets Iowa; Duke, Kansas earn bounce-back wins

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Florida 68, Missouri 58

 

The Gators won their 14th straight game with Chris Walker playing the first game of his collegiate career. Walker, the 6-foot-10 freshman, scored four points and recorded two rebounds in seven minutes.

The Tigers shot 8-of-21 from behind the arc to keep them in the game with Jabari Brown beating the buzzer in the first half with a 3-pointer to put Mizzou up 28-25 entering the break. With eight minutes left in regulation, tied 45-45, Florida went on a 12-3 run to pull away.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 8 Kansas 69, Baylor 52After suffering a loss to Texas on Saturday, Kansas delivered Baylor a home loss. Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid struggled, but Naadir Tharpe is continuing to show growth in his third year in Lawrence.

Ohio State 76, No. 17 Iowa 69The Buckeyes lost at home to the Hawkeyes three weeks ago. The Ohio State defense forced Iowa into a bad shooting night from deep. Iowa had it close with four minutes to play, but Sam Thompson freed Amir Williams up for a dunk. Thompson later drilled a 3-pointer to put Ohio State up nine.

No. 15 Texas 59, TCU 54: The Longhorns have been on of the surprising teams this season with Rick Barnes going from the hot seat to a coach of the year candidate. Texas jumped out to a 7-0 lead, but trailed by two at halftime. Jonathan Holmes broked a 52-52 tie with under three minutes to play, giving the Longhorns the lead for good.

STARRED

1) Naadir Tharpe, Kansas: The junior point guard ended with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists. His performance was made more impressive by Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid score a combined three points in the first half, coming off Wiggins’ half-court buzzer-beater.

2) Jonathan Holmes, Texas: Went for 20 points and 16 boards helping  Texas avoid an upset loss to TCU on the road. Holmes broke a 52-52 tie with a 3-pointer with less than three minutes to play. TCU would not tie the game the rest of the game.

3) Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky: After struggling over the course of several weeks, Cauley-Stein recorded 18 points, 11 rebounds and six blocked shots. In his six previous games, he scored 14 points, grabbed 19 rebounds and blocked nine shots all together.

STRUGGLED

1) Rutgers: Box Score vs. Memphis

2) Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White: The two leading scorers for the high-powered Iowa offense were held to 18 combined points off 7-of-20 shooting. The Hawkeyes missed 17-of-20 3-point attempts as a team.

3) Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech: The sophomore forward shot 1-of-13 from the field for nine points in a loss to Clemson.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 11 Duke 83, Wake Forest 63
  • No. 18 Kentucky 80, Ole Miss 64
  • No. 24 Memphis 101, Rutgers 69

NOTABLES

  • St. John’s 86, Providence 76
  • Stony Brook 58, Binghamton 53
  • Vermont 93, Maine 65
  • Manhattan 64, St. Peter’s 49
  • Iona 89, Monmouth 71
  • Butler 69, Marquette 62
  • North Carolina 75, Maryland 63
  • Clemson 45, Georgia Tech 41
  • Towson 80, James Madison 71
  • Eastern Kentucky 74, Chattanooga 63
  • Wisconsin 75, Illinois 63

Memphis lands commitment from 2018 center Connor Vanover

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Memphis picked up its first commitment in the Class of 2018 on Wednesday night as unique center prospect Connor Vanover announced his decision on Twitter.

At 7-foot-2, Vanover brings elite size to the interior for the Tigers and he’s also skilled enough that he was a 43 percent three-point shooter during his stint playing with Pro Skills in the Nike EYBL this spring. Although Vanover needs to add strength and athleticism to adapt to the college level, he simply has size that you can’t teach. Pair that size with an intriguing perimeter jumper and it’ll be interesting to see how head coach Tubby Smith is able to develop Vanover the next few years.

A three-star prospect according to Rivals, Vanover averaged 9.1 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game during the spring. Originally from Arkansas, Vanover is spending his senior season of high school ball at prep school powerhouse Findlay Prep.

Bill Self unsure of how long he will continue to coach

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is one of the most decorated college basketball coaches of all time.

Recently inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame earlier this month, Self has won a record 13 consecutive Big 12 regular-season championships while also claiming a national title for the Jayhawks during his storied career.

But while most legendary coaches in contemporary college basketball have stayed around to coach well into their late 60s or early 70s, the 54-year-old Self doesn’t necessarily see his career playing out that way.

Speaking with ESPN.com reporter Myron Medcalf on Wednesday, Self acknowledged that he’s thinking about potentially retiring once his next contract ends after the 2021-22 season. With five more years left on his current deal, that would mean that Self would be retiring before he would even turn 60.

“I’ve said all along that if I could go to my late 50s, that’d be good for me,” Self said to Medcalf. “Now that I’m getting close to my late 50s, I’m like, ‘Well…’ but my contract runs until I’m 59, so I’ve got five more years left. I definitely want to do that. Then whatever happens after that I’d be happy with whatever. But I don’t want to [coach too late].”

While Hall of Fame coaches like Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim (72 years old), Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski (70 years old) and North Carolina’s Roy Williams (67 years old) are showing no signs of slowing down, Self acknowledged to Medcalf that coach, and specifically recruiting, has started to take its toll on him.

“With recruiting the way that it is, it just wears you down,” Self said to Medcalf.

With Kansas pursuing so many potential one-and-done prospects over the past few seasons, it means that Self usually has to recruit sizable recruiting classes

Self is certainly entitled to do what he wants with his career and his life but it would be a shame to see one of the game’s greats hang it up at that point in his career. Potentially retiring at that age means that Self won’t chase 1,000 wins or any additional longevity records

Ohio State lands second pledge in two days with 2018 guard Duane Washington

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Ohio State stayed hot on the recruiting trail on Wednesday as the Buckeyes landed a commitment from Class of 2018 guard Duane Washington.

The 6-foot-3 Washington is the second commitment for Ohio State and new head coach Chris Holtmann in the last two days after four-star forward Jaedon LeDee pledged to the Buckeyes on Tuesday.

One of the better shooters in the Class of 2018, Washington averaged 14.9 points per game on tremendous shooting splits (48% FG, 87% FT, 45% 3PT) playing with The Family in the Nike EYBL this spring. A Michigan native who now resides in California, Washington gives Ohio State a much-needed guard commitment in the Class of 2018.

With the Buckeyes needing to fill a lot of scholarships due to roster turnover, Washington is a solid start to their perimeter class. While Washington isn’t likely to play point guard, he can play multiple perimeter spots and should be a solid addition to the Buckeye rotation.

Syracuse walk-on accused of sexual assault

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Dominick Parker, an 18-year old freshman who was added to the Syracuse roster as a walk-on just 12 days ago, was arrested last Friday and charged with sexual abuse in the first degree, reports Syracuse.com.

Parker is accused of having sexual contact with an 18-year old female student while she was incapable of giving consent. His name and picture have been removed from the Syracuse athletics website.

“Sexual and relationship violence is not tolerated at Syracuse University,” the school said in a statement. “We are now doing all that we can to support and provide assistance to those affected by the alleged incident. As this is an ongoing investigation, Syracuse University will not be providing further comment.”

Wichita State to sell beer at Koch Arena

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As if it wasn’t already hard enough to win games at Koch Arena.

Starting this season, Wichita State fans will be able to buy beer during games at their home arena, a fact that should ensure that the raucous home environs that have made the Shockers so difficult to beat in Wichita remains the same.

That’s not a bad thing to add to a home court advantage while making the move into a new conference, the American, for the 2017-18 season.

Once a rarity, beer at college sporting events in a growing trend. Minnesota, Florida and Texas, among a number of others have added alcohol sales in recent years. Given the money that would seem likely to be generated, it’s a trend that will probably become even more pervasive in college athletics.

Let’s just make sure that everyone partakes in moderation.