No. 12 Virginia picks up impressive road win over No. 14 Notre Dame

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No. 12 Virginia picked up an impressive road win on Tuesday night, knocking No. 14 Notre Dame, 71-54.

London Perrantes has 22 points and five rebounds for the Cavaliers. Isaiah Wilkins, Devon Hall and Marial Shayok each scored in double figures for the Cavaliers. Notre Dame was led by Bonzie Colson’s 20 points, followed by Steve Vasturia with 14.

Virginia went into the break with a one-point advantage. But Perrantes, who scored 12 points after halftime, and the Cavaliers’ defense was enough to frustrate one the nation’s most efficient offenses. Late in the second half, while the Fighting Irish offense was struggling, Perrantes and Ty Jerome sparked a 12-2 run, opening up a 66-51 advantage.

Entering the night, Notre Dame was in a tie for first place with North Carolina and Florida State. The Irish travel to Georgia Tech on Saturday. Virginia will be tasked with slowing down another high-powered offense, as the Wahoos travel to Philadelphia to face the top-ranked Villanova Wildcats.

1. Virginia has Notre Dame’s number

The Fighting Irish joined the ACC in 2013. And they have not been able to Virginia since becoming a member of the league. Notre Dame can thank Virginia’s pack-line defense for that. It dares teams to shoot, which can be dangerous with a team that has marksmen like the Irish. But it does however take away the drive and kicks. While the Irish did get some open looks to start the game, they couldn’t convert. Those frustrations only mounted as Virginia was connecting from the right out of the gate.

Another stable of the pack-line defense is to double the post. Tony Bennett strayed away from that tactic to assure Notre Dame wouldn’t get any open looks for the remainder of the night. That resulted in Bonzie Colson going for team-high 20 points, a sacrifice the Cavs were obviously willing to make.

Notre Dame, which entered the game as the ACC’s best 3-point shooting team, was 3-of-18 (17 percent) from beyond the arc.

2. It wasn’t just London Perrantes hitting big shots

Like he’s done through his career, Perrantes thrived in another big situation in front of another hostile crowd. The senior guard drilled a 3-pointer midway through the second half to give Virginia an eight-point lead. But then Ty Jerome, the reserve freshman, came up with eight points in less than three minutes. Given the tempo Virginia plays at, that’s pretty impressive, especially for someone who had 11 combined points in ACC play.

Perrantes finished with a game-high 22. Tuesday marked the third 20-point game for Virginia’s senior guard. He had 24 points against Wake Forest, followed by 25 in the next game against Clemson. He had no 20-point games in the November or December.

3. Virginia Road Warriors?

Virginia landed its fifth true road victory of the season on Tuesday. The Cavaliers have previously defeated Louisville on the road. Up next is another test. Virginia heads to Philadelphia to face No. 1 Villanova on Saturday. This game will only be more intense after the Wildcats were upset by Marquette.


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.