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: UConn’s Kwintin Williams would win the NBA dunk contest

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Think that’s too strong?

Look at this dunk:

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He also did this over the summer:

Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215 pound JuCo transfer that should provide UConn with some minutes in the frontcourt this season.

LSU officially announces addition of Kavell Bigby-Williams

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LSU has announced the addition of Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 junior that was the National Junior College Player of the Year as a sophomore.

Bigby-Williams, who is a native of London, averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 boards last season as the Ducks reached the Final Four, but he played the majority of the season while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred while he was at Gillette College in Wyoming.

The local County Attorney declined to charge Bigby-Williams with a crime, and Gillette College police consider the case closed.

“The university conducted a responsible and comprehensive review before approving the transfer,” a release posted on LSU’s Athletics site read, “including close coordination with Title IX officials, multiple discussions with Gillette and Oregon officials and a thorough examination of available public records.”

LSU head coach Will Wade was quoted in that release as well: “This is an issue we all take seriously and we made absolutely sure we did our due diligence before considering moving forward. Kavell understands that and has made clear to me that he’s going to repay our confidence by representing LSU with his very best on and off the court.”

Report: Four-star Mamaou Doucoure has reclassified, enrolled at Rutgers

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Rutgers has made a potentially significant addition to their 2017 recruiting class, as four-star big man Mamadou Doucoure appears to have reclassified.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Doucoure has already enrolled in classes at Rutgers, citing a search of the university’s online database. The 6-foot-9 Doucoure was initially a member of the Class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, although there have been rumors that he has been trying to enroll this year.

It’s not yet clear if Doucoure will be eligible to play this season — he has not even been added to Rutgers’ roster online — but if he’s eligible, he should be able to provide rotation minutes for the Scarlet Knights.

Even if he’s not cleared to play this season, his addition matters. He’ll be able to workout with and develop in a Big Ten locker room before getting cleared to play alongside a massive 2018 recruiting class that already includes four-stars Mac McClung and Montez Mathis along with three-star prospect Ron Harper Jr.

Options drying up for top ten prospect Mitchell Robinson

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It’s looking less and less likely that we’ll see Mitchell Robinson on a college campus this season.

Robinson, if you’ve forgotten, committed to and signed with Western Kentucky, enrolling at the school and practicing with the team over the summer. But he left Bowling Green after two weeks and has received a release to transfer out of the program.

And that’s where the difficultly here lies.

He’s a transfer, which means that, as a top ten prospect and a likely one-and-done player, he will be redshirting the only year that he is on campus unless the NCAA would provide him with a waiver, which is unlikely. After Robinson left WKU, three schools have emerged as potential landing spots: LSU, Kansas and New Orleans. LSU ended their recruitment two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Kansas head coach essentially confirmed that Robinson will not be a Jayhawks.

“I would think that we probably won’t sign anybody,” Self told the Kansas City Star.

That leaves New Orleans, his hometown school, or overseas, which is a rumor that has followed Robinson since the spring. The other option? Sitting out and training for a year, which FanRag Sports reported on Sunday is a possibility.

However you slice it, Robinson’s one-and-done year has turned into a mess. He’s still likely to end up as a first round pick — seven-footers that can do the things he does defensively don’t grow on trees — but I can’t imagine that teams are going to be clamoring to use a lottery pick on a player that just spent a year sitting out.

VIDEO: Texas freshman Jericho Sims catches nasty alley-oop

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Texas is in Australia for their team’s summer trip, and Jericho Sims gave Longhorn fans a glimpse of why they may not miss Jarrett Allen’s athleticism all that much this season.