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Notre Dame, Providence among teams playing in 2014 Tip-Off Tournament

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On Thursday the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced the two brackets for this November’s Tip-Off Tournament, and the Naismith Bracket will have a slightly different setup than in years past. With two of the four teams in that bracket, Florida State and Notre Dame, being members of the same conference (ACC) each team will play two pre-determined games on the weekend of November 22 and 23.

The other two teams in the Naismith Bracket are UMass and Providence, with both teams looking to build on NCAA tournament appearances in 2014. Each of these two teams will host two on-campus games in addition to the two games at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., with those on-campus games being played against the four teams that will make up the Springfield Bracket.

The Springfield Bracket will have a more “traditional” setup, with Manhattan playing Binghamton (5:30 p.m. EST) and Navy facing Northeastern (8:00 p.m. EST) on November 22 and the championship and consolation games being played on November 23. Below is the schedule for the on-campus games and the Naismith Bracket games.

On-Campus Games
November 14 – Binghamton at Notre Dame
November 15 – Manhattan at Florida State
November 16 – Navy at Notre Dame
November 17 – Binghamton at Providence
November 18 – Northeastern at Florida State
November 19 – Manhattan at UMass
November 20 – Navy at Providence
November 26 – Northeastern at UMass

Naismith Bracket
November 22- 12:00 p.m. EST UMass vs. Notre Dame
November 22- 2:30 p.m. EST Florida State vs. Providence
November 23- 12:00 p.m. EST UMass vs. Florida State
November 23- 2:30 p.m. EST Notre Dame vs. Providence

Springfield Bracket
November 22- 5:30 p.m. EST Manhattan vs. Binghamton
November 22- 8:00 p.m. EST Navy vs. Northeastern
November 23- 5:30 p.m. EST Consolation Game
November 23- 8:00 p.m. EST Championship Game

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

Wayne Selden Jr., Jeff Roberson
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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.