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WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 14: Caleb Swanigan #50 of the Purdue Boilermakers celebrates during the game against the Villanova Wildcats at Mackey Arena on November 14, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana.  (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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No. 15 Purdue needs 20-0 closing run to hold off Georgia State

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Georgia State had No. 15 Purdue dead in the water, down by 13 with seven minutes left in the game. The Boilermakers were 2-for-18 from three with 14 turnovers and looked totally and completely lost on the offensive end of the floor.

And then Purdue’s size took over.

Just like it did against No. 3 Villanova down the stretch on Monday night.

Purdue scored the final 20 points to knock off the Panthers, 64-56, as four different GSU players fouled out and a fifth had four fouls.

Don’t be surprised if this becomes a trend for the Boilermakers this season. They struggle on the offensive end of the floor when teams are able to pack in their defense because their shooters are not really all that good at shooting from the perimeter. That’s why the Panthers were able to get away with playing defense that looked like this:

But there has been a rule change this season that is an attempt to legislate physical post play out of the game, and the result is that Purdue’s opponents, particularly their front court, pick up fouls at a crazy rate. As those bigs start to foul out, the massive front line of Isaac Haas and Caleb Swanigan can start to assert their dominance. It happened against Villanova, who barely hung on after blowing a double-digit lead, and it happened against Georgia State.

It’s not a great way to try and win basketball games, but as Matt Painter tries to find a way to fix his perimeter’s issues, it’s good to know that it is at least a way to storm back.

POSTERIZED: Miles Bridges puts on a dunk-show for Michigan State

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No team in the country needed a get-right game as badly as No. 13 Michigan State did, and they got it on Friday night.

The Spartans beat Mississippi Valley State so badly I didn’t even bother checking the final score. I just checked the highlights.

Because … well, because Miles Bridges is a bad, bad man:

Burnett scores 41 as Ole Miss holds off Oral Roberts in OT

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ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP) Deandre Burnett scored a career-high 41 points, and Mississippi pulled away in overtime to hold off Oral Roberts 95-88 Friday on the opening day of the Paradise Jam tournament.

Terence Davis added 13 points, and Sebastian Saiz and Rasheed Brooks had 11 each for the Rebels (3-0), who had to rally from a five-point deficit in regulation.

Mississippi trailed 79-74 with 1:20 remaining when Burnett scored five unanswered points, capped by a 3-pointer with 33.4 seconds remaining to tie the score.

“It just shows how resilient this team is,” said Burnett, whose previous career best (23 points) was set a week ago against Tennessee-Martin. “It shows we can battle, and be resilient down the stretch. We fix a couple things, and we’ll be pretty good.”

Brooks opened overtime by hitting a 3-pointer and a pair of free throws to put the Rebels ahead to stay.

Emanuel Nzekwesi had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Oral Roberts (1-2), with Albert Owens adding 22, Kris Martin 15 and Jalen Bradley 12.

“Give them credit – they made the plays down the stretch,” Golden Eagles coach Scott Sutton said. “It’s a tough, tough loss. We still had the game where we wanted it – up five with under two minutes left. We had to close it out, and didn’t do it.”


Oral Roberts: Is now 0-5 all-time against Mississippi. … Had its highest-scoring game this season, and its third of 80 or more points. … Lost guard Aaron Anderson to a leg injury in the first half.

Mississippi: Coach Andy Kennedy picked up his 216th career win, moving him past Auburn’s Joel Eaves for 20th on the SEC career victories list.


Oral Roberts: Plays Loyola-Chicago Saturday in a consolation-round game.

Mississippi: Gets a day off, then faces Saint Joseph’s on Sunday in the Paradise Jam semifinals.

Virginia dismisses Austin Nichols from the program

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Virginia announced on Friday night that they have dismissed Austin Nichols from the program.

“It’s a privilege to be a part of this program and Austin has lost that privilege,” Bennett said. “We have standards for our student-athletes and when those standards aren’t met, there are consequences and this is the unfortunate consequence.”

A 6-foot-9 center, Nichols was an preseason all-american. He sat out the 2015-16 season after transferring from Memphis, where he averaged 13.4 points, 6.7 boards and 3.4 blocks as a sophomore.

Nichols had been suspended for the first three games of the season. He played in Virginia’s win over St. Francis (NY), tallying a team-high 11 points off the bench.

VIDEO: No. 3 Villanova’s win over Wake Forest punctuated by Jalen Brunson dunk

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN - NOVEMBER 14: Jalen Brunson #1 of the Villanova Wildcats shoots the ball against the Purdue Boilermakers at Mackey Arena on November 14, 2016 in West Lafayette, Indiana. Villanova defeated Purdue 79-76. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Josh Hart scored 30 points, Mikal Bridges added 19 points, seven boards and four assists and Donte DiVincenzo came off the bench to chip in with 12 points as No. 3 Villanova rolled over Wake Forest, 96-77.

The Wildcats advance to the finals of the Charleston Classic.

And they’ll do so after Jalen Brunson, who I honestly didn’t think could dunk a basketball, threw this down:

No. 11 Xavier handles Clemson behind J.P. Macura’s big game

ST LOUIS, MO - MARCH 20:  J.P. Macura #55 of the Xavier Musketeers reacts after a play in the second half against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Scottrade Center on March 20, 2016 in St Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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J.P. Macura scored 23 of his 28 points in the first half and added five boards and five assists as No. 11 Xavier knocked off Clemson, 83-77, to advance to the finals of the Tire Pros Invitational.

Macura caught fire early in the first half, hitting his first five threes and leading the Musketeers as they opened up an early double-figures lead. Clemson made a run in the second half, eventually cutting the lead to three points midway through the final 20 minutes, but Xavier made enough plays down the stretch to hold on.

This was a good test for the Musketeers. They were taken to overtime by Missouri in their opener, and the Tigers are not expected to amount to much of anything in the SEC this season. Clemson, on the other hand, is a team many project as a potential NCAA tournament participant despite the fact that they look like they’ll finish in the bottom half of the ACC; that should tell you more about the strength of the league than anything else.

Xavier was in control throughout. There were a couple of shaky moments in the second half when Clemson’s zone got to Xavier, and it is games like this that make evident what Xavier is missing with Myles Davis out. As talented as Edmond Sumner is – he had 11 points, six boards, six assists, a pair of steals and a number of highlight reel plays during Friday’s game – but he’s still learning how to be a point guard at this level. There’s not better way to learn than by getting thrown into the fire, but there are moments where Xavier needs a powerful, steadying voice at that spot and Sumner is not quite that guy yet.

Trevon Bluiett added 21 points for Xavier.

Clemson star Jaron Blossomgame struggled in the first half but finished with 13 points.