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

Three LSU players accused of shooting paintballs at pedestrian

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Three LSU basketball players were issued a summons earlier this month for allegedly shooting paintballs at a pedestrian, according to a report from the Daily Reveille.

The incident involving the three players, Galen Alexander, Wayde Sims and Mayan Kiir, occurred on June 16.

“I’m aware of the situation and we are dealing with the matter internally,” first-year Tigers coach Will Wade said in a statement, according to The Advocate. “I’m extremely disappointed in these players and the poor judgement they used. This is no way to represent LSU or our basketball program. They have a clear understanding of what our expectations are as a program both on and off the court.”

Alexander and Kiir are both freshmen while Sims is a sophomore who averaged 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds in 19 minutes per game last season.

Grayson Allen is…funny?

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The last year led to a lot of people having opinions on Grayson Allen. The Duke star invited most of them thanks to his tripping and his outbursts, as well as the simple fact he plays for the Blue Devils, who always seem to attract plenty of hate from the masses.

While Allen is one of college basketball’s best players, he’s also one of its most ridiculed. More people than not probably have a poor opinion about the guy due to his bizarre tripping habit and the bench meltdown from last season. He’s an easy target that brought a lot of criticism on himself with his actions.

This summer, though, Allen has started to show another side to his personality through social media. It turns out he might actually be funny.

The world is full of surprises.

Here’s an example from today, with Allen not only some comedy chops, but some self-deprecation and self-awareness – two important traits for someone who might need some reputation rehab – as he pokes fun of the Internet’s suggestion that he’s a dead ringer for Texas senator Ted Cruz, as well as Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, apparently.

That was just the most recent example, though. Earlier this month, he ribbed maybe the Internet’s only more favorite villain, LaVar Ball.

And before that, he had some fun with the fact that he’ll almost assuredly be tabbed to our Perry Ellis All-Stars team for his final collegiate season this fall.

So, yeah, Grayson Allen’s rep took a bunch of hits last year for some bad behavior. Maybe there’s more there, though.

IUPUI to become Horizon League’s 10th member

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The Horizon League officially announced this week that IUPUI will be replacing Valparaiso as the league’s 10th member. Valpo left to replace Wichita State in the Missouri Valley.

“We are excited to welcome IUPUI to the Horizon League family,” Horizon League commissioner Jon LeCrone said. “The Jaguars bring us tremendous competitive potential, particularly in men’s basketball, along with an engaged and energized city. Their addition solidifies our broad community partnerships in Indianapolis and is the right school at the right time.”

IUPUI — which stands for Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis — has been a member of the Summit League, which will be left with eight teams now that the Jaguars have departed. They’ve made it to one NCAA tournament, back in 2003, and have been a full-fledged member of Division I for 19 years. That was the year before NBA point guard George Hill enrolled. Current head coach Jason Gardner has been there for three years but has yet to record a winning season; IUPUI has not been over .500 since 2011, when Ron Hunter was still the head coach.

“We are excited about engaging with the other Horizon League member institutions to enhance the overall competitiveness of the league,” said IUPUI Director of Athletics Dr. Roderick Perry. “As an institution and athletics department, our mission, vision, and core values align closely with the Horizon League. This is an important step forward in the life of our athletics department.”

Former Louisville standout Chris Jones shot in Memphis

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Former Louisville point guard Chris Jones was shot while playing basketball in his native Memphis on Tuesday night.

According to a report from FOX 13 in Memphis, shortly after 11 p.m. shots rang out on in Halle Park after an altercation on the court. Two people were taken to the hospital, one with a head injury stemming from a fight. The other was Jones, who was shot in the leg twice, according to the Courier-Journal. His injuries are not life-threatening and he has already been released from the hospital, according to Steve Forbes, his former Junior College coach.

Jones played at Melrose High in Memphis before spending two years at Northwest Florida Junior College and two more seasons at Louisville.

This past year, he spent time playing professionally in Greece and in France, although he played just a grand total of three games in the two leagues.

Perhaps the craziest part about this story is that Jones was shot on a court that is next to a police station. This is a screengrab from FOX 13’s live shot from the basketball courts, and you can see the police cars in the station’s parking lot in the back ground:

Preaching patience, new Pitt AD says hoops program “a complete rebuild”

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Things did not go particularly well for Kevin Stallings in his first year at Pitt. The program, which essentially pushed Jamie Dixon out the door for being consistently good but not often enough great, struggled, going 16-17 overall and 4-14 in the ACC, just two games out of the cellar.

On top of that, six players prematurely left the program this spring.

Not great, especially when you’ve got a new boss that didn’t hire you, as is the case for Stallings with new Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke, who came aboard in March. In her first meeting with Stallings, Lyke asked a rather blunt question.

“Do you want to be here?” according to the Beaver County Times.

Stallings answered that he did, and his new athletic director would appear to be willing to give her predecessor’s hire time to reclaim and rebuild the program.

“It’s a steep climb, if you will,” Lyke said. “It’s not something that’s going to come easy and it takes an incredible amount of work.”

Stallings’ personal reputation took a significant amount of damage this spring when he attempted to block Cameron Johnson from an intra-ACC transfer to North Carolina. NBC Sports’ Scott Phillips called him a “town-deaf clown” in his attempt to keep Johnson from being a Tar Heel, a position he later relinquished, allowing Johnson to head to Chapel Hill.

Losing Johnson certainly won’t help Stallings and the Panthers recover from the difficult first season. Pitt didn’t hit any grand-slams in recruiting but is adding four-star guard Marcus Carr in its 2017 class.

The immediate outlook doesn’t look particularly bright, but Pitt appears to be positioning itself to exhibit some patience.

“If you look at the team, it is a complete rebuild,” Lyke said. “So I do think that (Stallings) is going to need a little time to develop it.

“But, we’ve got to be headed in the right direction. There’s some things that have got to get better and noticeable improvements. I’ve already seen those things start to happen.”