DeAndre Kane’s layup sends No. 3 Iowa State to Sweet 16 (VIDEO)

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With sophomore forward Georges Niang out for the remainder of the season with a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot, East Region No. 3 Iowa State had a major personnel loss to account for ahead of their matchup with No. 6 North Carolina in San Antonio. Not the deepest team to begin with, Fred Hoiberg’s team would have to take on a North Carolina team with multiple front court bodies without the services of a player who averaged 16.7 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game.

However thanks to DeAndre Kane’s outstanding performance, the Cyclones are headed to New York City after beating the Tar Heels 85-83. Kane’s layup with 1.6 seconds remaining gave Iowa State the win, with the game ending in controversial fashion due to the clock operator failing to start the clock on time following Kane’s basket. After reviewing the play the officials ruled that there was no time remaining, dealing the Tar Heels a painful blow that will linger throughout the offseason.

Kane accounted for 24 points, ten rebounds and seven assists on the evening, and while he did commit seven turnovers the Marshall transfer was an extremely difficult matchup for North Carolina. Without Niang on the floor Iowa State was without a key facilitator capable of assessing the defense and setting up his teammates for quality looks, something that Kane was asked to do with greater regularity Sunday. From a rebounding standpoint the Cyclones more than held their own with the bigger Tar Heels, and Iowa State’s offensive balance helped as well.

In total five Cyclones finished the game in double figures including Melvin Ejim (19 points, four rebounds) and Naz Long, with the latter scoring 12 points and hitting two key three-pointers when North Carolina threatened to pull away in the second half. Long also hit a three-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to tie the game at 81.

Iowa State looked fatigued during the middle of the second half, which was to be expected given the Tar Heels’ advantage in the depth department. But it would be North Carolina who made the “fatigued” decisions late, losing players in transition with the most glaring resulting in Kane’s layup with 27 seconds remaining to give Iowa State an 83-81 lead.

Iowa State had just one day to adjust to not having Niang in the lineup, and thanks in large part to Kane the Cyclones were able to survive and advance. Clearly this is a different group without their sophomore forward, but there’s still talent and a coach in Hoiberg who’s done a good job of making sure his players are in spots where they can be most successful. And as a result, Iowa State’s headed to Madison Square Garden for a matchup with No. 7 UConn Friday night.

Virginia, Seton Hall, Rhode Island, Vandy in NIT Tip-Off

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NEW YORK (AP) — Virginia and Vanderbilt will meet in one semifinal of the NIT Preseason Tip-Off on Thanksgiving Day at Barclays Center.

Rhode Island and Seton Hall face off in the other semifinal with the winners meeting on Friday, Nov. 24.

This is the third straight year the Tip-Off has been held at Barclays Center. Eventual NCAA champion Villanova won the event in 2015. All games will be televised on ESPNU.

Non-bracketed teams in the NIT Season Tip-Off who will play games at campus sites are: Austin Peay, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Oakland City and UNC Asheville.

Miles Bridges explain why he returned to Michigan State

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Miles Bridges changed the landscape of the 2017-18 college basketball season on April 13.

The Michigan State forward spurned the NBA for another year in East Lansing. The decision not only meant that Bridges was a frontrunner for national player of the year, but solidified the Spartans as a national title contender.

But Bridges’ choice to return was still puzzling to many. The 6-foot-7 forward was projected as a lottery pick. Bridges explained his decision to Mike Decourcy of Sporting News in a story published on Thursday.

“He says, ‘You know what, Coach? I want to get better. I don’t want to be in the D-League. I’ve got buddies that are, and I just want to make sure when I go, I’m ready,’ ” Izzo recalled to Sporting News. “I looked at him and I said, ‘Done deal.’ For me, that was a done deal. It was a reasonable, sensible argument.”

Agents, friends, reporters, scouts, acquaintances, fans, strangers and family members — oh and, as we said, coaches — all had one opinion about how Bridges should spend the next year of his life. Miles had another, opposing, viewpoint.

Bridges told Decourcy that support came from his teammates, many of whom were returning to the team as well. Assuming the backcourt of Cassius Winston and Josh Langford make a leap forward, as well as incoming freshman Jaren Jackson providing an immediate impact, the Spartans’ title hopes could become a reality.

Bridges averaged 16.9 points, 8.3 boards, 2.1 assists and 1.5 blocks as a freshman at Michigan State. He’s rated as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.

Four conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

The Big South, the Ivy League, the Northeast and the Patriot League are joining ahead of the 2017-18 season, according to announcements from the leagues Thursday. The alliance launched last summer for conferences to work together on officiating matters and enhance training, development, recruitment, retention and feedback for officials.

John Cahill, the Big East’s supervisor of officials, and Bryan Kersey, the ACC’s coordinator of men’s basketball officiating, will continue to lead the alliance operations.

ACC commissioner John Swofford says the new additions to the alliance “provide an even greater opportunity to build chemistry and quality” across the officiating ranks.

North Carolina to unveil national championship banner in October

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The latest addition to the rafters of the Dean Dome will be unveiled this fall.

North Carolina will raise the banner for its 2017 national championship on Oct. 13, according to a report from Inside Carolina.

The event will coincide with the Tar Heels’ “Late Night With Roy” event that marks the public start to the season for the program and also serves, like many other top programs, as a recruiting tool.

North Carolina won its sixth NCAA national championship in April by defeating Gonzaga, 71-65, in Phoenix to avenge its last-second loss in the title game to Villanova the year prior. It was the Tar Heels’ first championship since 2009.

VIDEO: Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball highlights

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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.

Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.

People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).

The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.