bachynski

Late Night Snacks: Arizona State, Harvard earn double overtime victories

Leave a comment

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arizona State 69, No. 2 Arizona 66 (2OT)

A Jermaine Marshall layup with 14 seconds remaining in double over time gave Arizona State a lead it would not relinquish, with the Sun Devils adding a quality win to its NCAA tournament resume. Marshall finished the game with 29 points and Jahii Carson added 17 on a night that saw both teams struggle offensively.

Arizona shot 36% from the field and Arizona State wasn’t much better, making just 40% of its shots. But the Sun Devils made one more play than the Wildcats in the end, with a Jordan Bachynski blocked shot preserving the lead. Prior to Friday night Arizona State had never defeated a team ranked either first or second in the national polls.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 23 SMU 77, Rutgers 65

SMU followed up their home win over Cincinnati last weekend by earning a road victory against Rutgers tonight; the Mustangs have firmly supplanted themsleves as a Top 25 team. This is the first win for SMU as a ranked team in 29 years. Nic Moore led all scorers with 21 points.

2) No. 13 Louisville 82, Temple 58

Louisville jumped out to a 19-6 lead after the first eight minutes, and never allowed Temple to get within single digits the rest of the game. Montrezl Harrell dropped in 22 points, and was one of ten Cardinals to score. The next two games figure to be easy for Louisville as they play Rutgers and South Florida, but end the regular season with four of their last five games coming against Cincinnati, Memphis, SMU, and Connecticut.

3) Harvard 88, Columbia 84 (2OT)

In one of the crazier games at Levien Gym in recent history, Harvard eked out a double overtime win against Columbia, moving to 6-1 in the Ivy League. Siyani Chambers and Steve Moundou-Missi combined to score 44 of the 88 points for the Crimson. With both Brown and Penn losing tonight — each now has three league losses — the Ivy League has become a two team race between Harvard and Yale.

STARRED

1) Alex Rosenberg (Columbia)

Rosenberg netted a career-high 34 points on 10-17 shooting from the field and 4-6 3PT.

2) Travis Bader (Oakland)

Travis Bader is draining threes — the sky is also blue and the grass is green. In an 83-82 overtime win against Detroit, the senior sharpshooter drilled eight three-pointers and was a perfect 8-8 from the charity stripe, en route to a 30 point performance.

3) A.J. English (Iona)

English had 21 points in an 89-70 win over Monmouth, but what was most impressive were his 13 assists to just one turnover. Those are Scott Machado kind of numbers.

STRUGGLED

1) Temple

Fran Dunphy hasn’t experience a season like this in quite some time. The Owls, who now sit at 6-17 and 1-10 in the AAC, have lost 12 of their last 13 games.

2) Lipscomb

Casey Alexander has done a solid job in his first season at Lipscomb. The Bisons are 11-14 and 6-8 in the Atlantic Sun, but tonight they were thumped by conference leader Mercer. Lipscomb shot a mere 24.6% from the field, and trailed 43-16 at the half.

3) Keith McDougald (Jacksonville)

Jacksonville had a chance to move back to the middle of the pack in the Atlantic Sun, but senior guard Keith McDougald had one of his toughest shooting nights of the season going 2-14 and 1-7 3PT. The Dolphins lost to North Florida, 79-47.

NOTABLES

  • Cornell won their first game against a Division 1 opponent this season, beating Dartmouth, 70-67. It was the Big Red’s first Division 1 win since February 16, 2013 when they won at Brown.
  • Yale moved to 6-1 in the Ivy League and kept pace with Harvard as they beat Pennsylvania.
  • Oakland beat Detroit in overtime on a Duke Mondy jumper with 11 seconds remaining.
  • Chattanooga moved to 10-2 in the Southern Conference with an 83-73 win over Western Carolina. Gee McGhee had 16 points and 15 rebounds in the win.
  • Mercer stays atop the Atlantic Sun standings with a dominating win over Lipscomb, 79-48.
  • Jay Bowie hit a three-pointer with three seconds remaining to propel Marist to a 65-64 victory over Siena.

Arizona lands first commitment in 2017 class

Alex Barcello (Jon Lopez/Nike)
(Jon Lopez/Nike)
Leave a comment

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

Leave a comment

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)
AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez
Leave a comment

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.

Arizona and Texas headline Lone Star Shootout

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Head coach Sean Miller of the Arizona Wildcats reacts in the first half against the Wichita State Shockers during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Jim Rogash/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Another marquee, early season event is on the books for the college basketball season as four potential tournament teams will be squaring off at the Toyota Center in Houston on Dec. 17th.

The highlight of the double-header, which has been dubbed the Lone Star Shootout, will probably end up being Arizona vs. Texas A&M. The Wildcats are a Pac-12 contender and a borderline top 10 team as we enter the season, and while the Aggies will have work to do replacing the seniors they lost off of last season’s roster, they’re a borderline top 25 team.

The other matchup will feature a pair of former Southwest Conference rivals facing off in Texas and Arkansas. Texas will be talented but young while Arkansas may actually have the best player on the floor in Moses Kingsley. What will make this matchup interesting is that both Mike Anderson and Shaka Smart are known for being coaches that prefer a full court pressing system.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity to play in front of our fans at the Toyota Center in Houston,” Texas head coach Shaka Smart said in a statement. “It is one of the most important areas in this state as it relates to our recruiting and fan base.

Five-star 2017 guard Lonnie Walker cuts list to five schools

Men's U18 trials head shots and team photo on 6.15.16
Bart Young/USA Basketball
Leave a comment

Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker is coming off of a very good summer as he trimmed his list to five schools on Thursday night.

The 6-foot-4 native of Reading, Pennsylvania is still considering Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, Syracuse and Villanova, he announced on Twitter.

Regarded as the No. 26 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, Walker played with Team Final in the Nike EYBL this spring and summer as he averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game. Walker shot 45 percent from the field, 39 percent from three-point range and 72 percent from the free-throw line.

An efficient scorer who is learning to drive with both hands, Walker is very talented and the type of guard who might also be able to handle a bit as well.