LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Catching up on Thanksgiving games

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Temple 89, No. 25 Florida State 86

The Owls trailed by as many 18 points in the second half, yet stormed back to upset the Seminoles in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn. Quinton Rose, who scored a game-high 26 points off the bench for Temple, did most of his damage from the line, going 12-of-15 from the charity stripe. Jonathan Isaac stuffed the stat sheet for Florida State (19 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks), but couldn’t come up with the go-ahead bucket in the final seconds.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 20 Baylor 73, No. 24 Michigan State 58: The Spartans, a young team that playing without two forwards, was up by 10 on Baylor in the first half. That did not last as Baylor outscored Michigan State 53-23 over the next 25 minutes, advancing to the Battle 4 Atlantis title game. The Bears get No. 10 Louisville in the championship.

No. 21 Iowa State 73, Indiana State 71: The Cyclones avoided a bad loss to open the Advocare Invitational. But Matt Thomas’ 3-pointer with under a minute in regulation put Iowa State ahead. Thomas, Monte Morris and the Cyclones face Miami in the semifinals.

Florida 81, Seton Hall 76: Big win for the Gators, knocking off a top-40 team, per kenpom. This is an important win because it gives Florida a signature non-conference win before a diffcult stretch of the season. Mike White and Co. have to play Gonzaga in the semifinals on Friday. Top-ranked Duke and a rivalry game with Florida State are on the schedule for early December.

STARRED

Quinton Rose, Temple: The freshman guard led the second-half comeback, ending with 26 points and four assists.

Johnathan Motley, Baylor: The Baylor big man matched Rose’s point total with 26 of his own. He also added six boards and three assists.

Justin Robinson, Virginia Tech: The Hokies handed New Mexico its first loss of the season behind 22 points and eight assists from Robinson. Tim Williams had 19 points and 11 boards in a losing effort.

Jonathan Williams, VCU: Down early to St. John’s, the Rams avoided an 0-2 start in the Battle 4 Atlantis. Williams went for 22 points, six assists (only one turnover) and four rebounds.

TOP 25

  • No. 10 Louisville moved on to the Battle 4 Atlantis title game with a 10-point win over Wichita State.
  • Four players scored in double figures, led by 13 points from Jonathan Williams and Zach Collins, as No. 11 Gonzaga took care of Quinnipiac in Advocare Invitational.
  • No. 19 West Virginia breezed past Illinois in the NIT Season Tip-Off. The Mountaineers put forth an impressive defensive effort, forcing 24 turnovers, in a rout against the Fighting Illini. Coming off an overtime loss to Winthrop, this has not been a good week for Illinois.
  • Johnathan Motley’s 26 points helped No. 20 Baylor knock off No. 24 Michigan State to advance to the Battle 4 Atlantis title game.
  • Monte Morris had 20 points and nine rebounds, while three other Cyclones scored in double figures as No. 21 Iowa State avoided an upset.
  • As mentioned above, No. 25 Florida State was upset by Temple, 89-86, in the NIT Season Tip-Off

NOTABLES

  • Texas A&M’s D.J. Hogg had 25 points in a win over CS Northridge to kick off the Wooden Legacy
  • Butler is 5-0 after a win over Vanderbilt, defeating the Commodores, 76-66, in the Las Vegas Invitational
  • Nebraska nearly blew a late-game lead against shorthanded Dayton, but Ed Morrow’s double-double — 19 points and 10 rebounds — and key defensive rebound in the final seconds secured the win for the Cornhuskers
  • Nana Foulland recorded his third double-double in Bucknell’s sixth game of the season
  • Ole Miss surrendered 52 second-half points to Montana, but held on for an 86-81 win
  • Virginia Tech knocked off New Mexico by 20. The Hokies certainly look like a ranked opponent. They were picked to finish 10th in the ACC, remember.
  • Jordan Davis of Northern Colorado was three assists shy of a triple-double: 25 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in a win over Sacred Heart
  • Khadeen Carrington dropped 28 points in a losing effort to Florida

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.