Late Night Snacks: More Big 12 OT action and North Carolina wins big road ACC game

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GAME OF THE DAY: Baylor 70, Oklahoma State 64, OT

Of course the Big 12 Big Monday game went to overtime. It’s becoming a Monday night tradition.

Leyton Hammonds played late-game hero for the Cowboys, stealing an inbounds pass and burying the game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer, but Baylor pulled away in overtime thanks to strong offensive rebounding and good scoring balance.

Baylor picked up its third consecutive win in the Big 12 and has some quality games coming up while Oklahoma State has lost seven consecutive games.

I have more on this one here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) North Carolina 81, Florida State 75

The Tar Heels picked up their seventh straight win in the ACC on Monday with a road win at Florida State. Despite James Michael McAdoo finishing scoreless and fouling out with only 13 minutes played, North Carolina took its first lead of the game with ten minutes left and held on to win as Marcus Paige (20 points) and Kennedy Meeks (23 points) each had great efforts.

I have more on this game here.

2) Towson 78, Delaware 63

Big win for Towson (18-9, 9-3) at home as they beat CAA unbeaten Delaware (19-8, 11-1) by double digits. The win snapped a 13-game winning streak for the Blue Hens, as they had yet to lose in 2014 and had already defeated Towson at their place in January. Jerelle Benimon went for 25 points, 18 rebounds and five assists to lead four Towson starters in double figures.

3) Georgia State 68, Texas State 41

Georgia State (18-7, 11-1) continued its strong season in the Sun Belt with a 68-41 win over Texas State (7-18, 3-9). Ryan Harrow led four starters in double figures with 17 points.

STARRED

1) De’Mon Brooks (21 points) led five players with at least 13 points for Davidson (16-11, 12-1) in a SoCon victory over The Citadel. Davidson leads Chattanooga by a game in the SoCon standings.

2) Jeremy Ingram played all 40 minutes and scored 38 points as North Carolina Central (20-5, 11-1) knocked off Savannah State 76-62 for a MEAC road win. North Carolina Central has won 12 consecutive games and leads the MEAC.

3) Morgan State (10-13, 8-3) had three players with 20 points each in its win over Maryland-Eastern Shore (4-19, 2-9). Justin Black finished with 24 points, Ian Chiles had 22 points and Cedric Blossom had 20 points in the MEAC road win.

STRUGGLED

1) James Michael McAdoo played 13 minutes and fouled out in North Carolina’s win at Florida State. Even worse, McAdoo was passive on offense and was 0-for-2 for 0 points.

2) Big Sky leader Weber State (14-8. 11-3) took a road loss to Idaho State (10-14, 7-7) on Monday night in a game that could have helped them maintain their lead in the league.

3) Prairie View A&M became the latest victim of Grambling State as the Tigers won 83-81 for a Monday SWAC road win. Grambling State picked up its first road win of the season — and in nearly two years.

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.

Nebraska scores important Class of 2017 commitment from four-star guard Thomas Allen

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Nebraska landed an important commitment from the Class of 2017 on Friday as four-star guard Thomas Allen is heading to Lincoln next season.

The 6-foot-1 guard is considered the No. 99 overall prospect by Rivals in the national Class of 2017 rankings as Allen was previously committed to N.C. State before head coach Mark Gottfried was fired.

A scorer with a good amount of skill, Allen has a chance to come in and make an immediate impact at Nebraska as he can play a bit on or off the ball. Allen should help offset the loss of senior Tai Webster in the Husker backcourt.

Allen joins wing Nana Akenten in Nebraska’s Class of 2017 recruiting efforts.

North Carolina lands four-star Class of 2017 big man Garrison Brooks

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North Carolina pulled in a late Class of 2017 commitment to begin the weekend as the Tar Heels secured a pledge from four-star Class of 2017 big man Garrison Brooks.

The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Brooks was previously committed to Mississippi State, but he was granted his release this spring to explore other opportunities.

The Tar Heels pounced as they’re getting a low-post threat who could develop into a potential double-double threat. A solid rebounder who isn’t afraid to play with physicality, Brooks has a chance to earn some immediate rotation minutes with seniors like Isaiah Hicks and Kennedy Meeks exhausting their eligibility.

Brooks is regarded as the No. 120 overall prospect in the Class of 2017, according to Rivals, as he is a four-star prospect. The native of Auburn, Alabama joins a North Carolina recruiting class that includes point guard Jalek Felton, shooting guard Andrew Platek and big men Brandon Huffman and Sterling Manley.

Report: NCAA ‘anticipates’ hearing UNC case in mid-August

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Today, the AP churned out a story on Greg Sankey’s involvement with the NCAA’s investigation into the academic scandal at North Carolina, and buried within that story is this little nugget:

UNC must respond to the latest charges by May 16. The NCAA enforcement staff then has until July 17 for its own response. Sankey wrote that his panel will hear the case in August with “anticipated” dates of Aug. 16 and 17.

Rulings typically come weeks to months later.

We’ve been down this road before, as the current iteration of the Notice of Allegations is the third that the NCAA has provided the university. The first was given out back in May of 2015 for an investigation that began back in 2010.