Tuesday’s Shootaround: Yes, we were awake for the entire Marathon. Were you?

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UNLV 71, Nevada 67: A disturbing trend is starting to emerge with UNLV. After building up leads against teams they are more talented than, the Rebels struggled late and allowed their opponent to keep things closer than they should be. It happened when they played Grand Canyon during the weekend, and it happened on Monday night when they hosted Nevada. UNLV built a lead that grew to as big as 16, but they couldn’t close out. Nevada went on a 19-4 run that turned a 64-48 advantage into a 68-67 lead. But Anthony Marshall hit three of four free throws down the stretch to ice the game.

The balance and the depth of this UNLV roster is impressive. They have a number of guys on their bench that probably deserve to start at this point in their career — Justin Hawkins, Quintrell Thomas, Carlos Lopez. They also have a number of play-making defenders with Anthony Marshall and Mike Moser on the roster. The issue that I see is on the offensive end of the floor, as UNLV doesn’t really have a go-to scorer. They don’t have that guy that you can isolate and trust to get someone an open look. On the other hand, a very talented Nevada team is still struggling to find an identity and learn how to play together. If they continue to play like they did on Monday night, there is no chance they can win the WAC.

Notre Dame 59, Detroit 53: Ray McCallum started off the game playing like a guy that deserved to be mentioned amongst the top 15 point guards in the country. He hit four threes in the first seven minutes off the game, adding a pair of assists during that stretch as the Titans controlled the game early. A McCallum layup with 14 minutes left in the game gave Detroit a 41-33 lead, but that would end up being the last point that the Titans scored for nearly eight minutes. By the time that Detroit was able to get another bucket, Notre Dame had gone on a 14-0 run and opened up a 47-41 lead. Detroit never got closer than four the rest of the way.

This was an impressive win for Notre Dame. The Titans are a good team even with Eli Holman suspended, they have some talented pieces on their roster. The Irish, who are a team usually known for their offensive prowess, dug deep defensively and managed to get some stops. This took Detroit out of their rhythm and allowed the Irish to make that big run. An even better sign? Notre Dame won a tough game despite not having Tim Abromaitis in the lineup. Pat Cannaughton and Jerian Grant both made some big shots down the stretch.

Providence 80, Fairfield 72: Its not often that a Big East team knocking off a MAAC opponent is surprising, but in this case it was. Providence is a team everyone expects to compete for the bottom of the Big East, while Fairfield is one of the best mid-major programs in the country. The x-factor here? Ed Cooley. The new Providence coach can also be tabbed the old Fairfield coach, meaning that he knows the players, their tendencies and their strengths and weaknesses. And while a scrappy Stag team was able to make a couple of comebacks from double-digit deficits, Providence proved to be too much. Vincent Council had 26 points and seven assists to lead the way while Bryce Cotton added 24 points.

This is a big loss for Fairfield’s NCAA Tournament hopes. Providence is going to finish near the bottom of the Big East, and they went to Fairfield and earned a pretty solid victory. Fairfield still has games left against Old Dominion, Drexel, UConn and the Old Spice Classic, but they aren’t going to win all of those. Fairfield was a long shot to earn an at-large bid as it was, and this won’t make their road any easier.

No. 23 Gonzaga 89, Washington State 81: Kevin Pangos was a star in his first appearance on national television, going for 33 points, hitting nine threes and dishing out six assists. But for the second straight game, the Zags allowed a team they had beaten (they were up by 20 at one point) to crawl back into the game. Wazzu’s back court got hot late, but the run started too late, as Wazzu ran out of time.

Florida International 79, George Mason 76 OT: George Mason fans better get used to results like this with Paul Hewitt now heading up their program. FIU jumped on GMU early and managed to hold on to control of the game thoughout much of the first 40 minutes. But Mason went on a late run to tie the game with seven seconds left. But the play Paul Hewitt drew up earned the Patriots a contested, fadeaway 15 footer from Ryan Pearson. GMU dug themselves another hole in the overtime, but a couple threes and a turnover form FIU earned them the ball back with 11 seconds on the clock but, again, the Patriots couldn’t muster anything better than a challenged three by Pearson. Sounds like a Paul Hewitt team. The loss is a big hit for George Mason’s at-large profile, and no, its not too early to start thinking about that.

Nebraska 64, USC 61 2OT: Nebraska picked up a pretty big road win at the Galen Center on Monday night, taking down the Trojans in one of the ugliest games you will ever see. It was sloppy, the offensive execution was atrocious and neither team able to throw the ball in the ocean. When things were all said and done, the Huskers pulled out a double-overtime win with 64 points. Think about that. Bo Spencer led all scorers with 22 points and, during a couple short stretches, looked like he might be capable of carrying Nebraska at times this season. Maurice Jones had 18 points for USC, but the guy that everyone wanted to see — Dewayne Dedmon — finished with just four points and nine boards while battling through foul trouble much of the game.

St. Mary’s 57, Northern Iowa 41: Northern Iowa looked flat out terrible offensively, but its tough to blame them. The Panthers played in Virginia on Saturday, flew across the country and then at a tip that was at 1:00 am central time. Their defense showed up, however, giving St. Mary’s fits for the first 25 or so minutes, until Matthew Dellavedova sparked a spurt that pushed the lead up to 20. Dellavedova finished with 11 points and seven assists (along with seven turnovers).

Temple 73, Penn 67 OT: Temple is supposed to be a team that will compete with Xavier for the A-10 title, so on the surface, being taken to overtime by Penn is a bit worrisome. But dig a bit deeper, and its not a surprise this happened. Not only is this a Big 5 game — rivalries are always closer than you expect — but Penn matches up fairly well with the Owls. The Quakers have a quality back court, and it showed with Zack Rosen going for 27 points, six boards and six assists. In the end, however, Temple was the better team and got the benefit of a late technical foul on the Penn head coach that allowed them to put the game out of reach.

Purdue 67, High Point 65: Purdue got 26 points from Ryne Smith, who tied the Purdue record by hitting eight three pointers, but the Boilermakers allowed High Point to keep things close by shooting 6-19 from the foul line and jacking up 32 three pointers. Robbie Hummel added 18 points in the win. High Point at a shot to win in the closing seconds, but Nick Barbour missed a good look at a three.

No. 24 Florida State 73, Central Florida 50: Bernard James had 18 points, 11 boards and three blocks to lead a balanced attack for the Seminoles, who, at times, looked dominating defensively. Its worth noting that Michael Snaer is averaged 15.5 ppg through two games for the Seminoles.

The rest of the top 25:

No. 4 UConn 78, Wagner 66: Jeremy Lamb had 20 points and Shabazz Napier went for 21, but the Huskies struggled against Wagner’s pressure — 19 turnovers, six from Napier — which allowed the Seahawks to hang around.

No. 5 Syracuse 92, Manhattan 56: Dion Waiters has been the best guard for the Cuse early in the season. He had 17 points and five assists against the Jaspers. Fab Melo added 11 points, nine boards (eight offensive) and four blocks as well.

No. 15 Alabama 74, Oakland 57: JaMychal Green had 18 points and Tony Mitchell added 12 points and nine boards as the Crimson Tide rolled past an Oakland team many expected to provide a tough, early test.

No. 17 Michigan 64, Towson 47: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 15 points and Trey Burke and Evan Smotrycz added 13 apiece as Michigan put it in cruise control early. The Wolverines were up 21-0 midway through the first half.

No. 23 Marquette 99, Norfolk State 68: Jae Crowder went for 25 points, 10 boards, four assists and three steals while Darius Johnson-Odom had 24 points and six assists in another Marquette rout. Kyle O’Quinn finished with just four points in a foul-plagued 20 minutes.

No. 25 Missouri 81, Mercer 63: Phil Pressey led four Tigers in double figures with 22 points, five steals and four assists as Mizzou rolled.

Other notable scores:

– Georgetown 86, UNC Greensboro 45
– Boston College 67, New Hampshire 64
– Georgia Tech 70, Delaware State 52
– Virginia Tech 91, Monmouth 46
– Old Dominion 77, Long Island 69
– Ole Miss 69, Grambling 39
– Minnesota 71, South Dakota State 55
– Kansas State 74, Loyola (IL) 61
– Iowa 95, North Carolina A&T 79
– Davidson 74, Richmond 61
– Illinois 66, SIU-Edwardsville 46
– Washington 93, Portland 63

Top Performers:

Kyle Vinales, Central Connecticut State: The freshman went for 39 points in an overtime loss to Niagara. More impressive? Vinales fouled out with eight minutes left in regulation.

Jae Crowder, Marquette: Crowder showcased his versatility, going for 25 points, 10 boards, four assists and three steals in Marquette’s 99-68 win over Norfolk State.

Gerardo Suero, Albany: Suero had 29 points, nine boards, three assists and three steals in a 77-68 win over Brown.

Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga: The freshman had quite a national debut. He went for 33 points and six assists, putting on a show as he knocked down nine threes for the Zags. More impressive? At one point in the second half, Pangos was trending nationally on twitter.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @ballinisahabit.

NCAA steering farther and farther away from harsh penalties

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The days of postseason bans and crippling scholarship reductions to punish schools for breaking NCAA rules appear to be winding down.

Memphis was placed on three years of probation earlier this week with a public reprimand and fined for NCAA violations related to the recruitment and short college career of James Wiseman, who is about to start his third season with the Golden State Warriors. The NCAA also wrapped up an investigation of Air Force football for breaking the COVID-19 recruiting quiet period.

No postseason bans or scholarship reductions in either case. The Independent Accountability Review Panel, the NCAA’s outside arm of enforcement, said in its decision in the Memphis case that it did not want to punish current athletes.

That sentiment is widespread in college athletics these days, even with millions of dollars suddenly flowing to athletes from various sources for their celebrity endorsements amid concerns over improper inducements. In fact, it is on the way to being codified: Last month, the Division I Board of Directors adopted three proposals to change the infractions process.

The board also committed to “identifying appropriate types of penalties and modifying current penalty ranges, including identifying potential alternative penalties to postseason bans.”

Trying to predict what those alternatives will be is difficult, but if the goal is to avoid harming athletes and others who were not involved in the violations the options are limited.

“I emphatically believe it’s the wrong direction to go,” said Nebraska law professor Jo Potuto, who spent nine years on the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“If you’re going to deter, the punishment has to fit the offense, right?” Potuto added. “You’re not going to deter serious violations with penalties that are not perceived to be really serious.”

Since January 2020, there have been at least 45 major infractions cases decided by the NCAA. Of those, at least 15 involved Level I allegations, the most serious and those carrying the most severe penalties; six cases resulted in some kind of postseason ban, with four of them self-imposed.

The Memphis case went through the IARP, which was created in response to the FBI’s investigation of college basketball corruption but is now being discontinued. Sunsetting the IARP was among several recommendations put forth by the NCAA’s Division I Transformation Committee earlier this year and recently adopted by the board.

As college sports moves toward less centralized governance by the NCAA and deregulation in general, the hope is to create a more streamlined enforcement process.

If justice is swift, the thinking goes, it is more likely to be applied fairly.

“The reality is the current system is broken,” said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips, a member of the transformation committee. “I think everyone in the association, in the enterprise, understands it. When (an investigation) takes the amount of time that it does now and you start to penalize young men and women that were high school, if not middle school-age (when the violation occurred), it’s not an effective process.”

The IARP is still handling cases stemming from the FBI probe involving Louisville, Arizona, Kansas and LSU. Those have been in the NCAA enforcement pipeline for years. A related case against Oklahoma State did not go through IARP and the Cowboys did end up with a postseason ban.

David Ridpath, a professor at Ohio University and former compliance director for several schools, said even though the IARP failed, NCAA enforcement would be best handled by an independent organization.

“No system is perfect, but if you’re going to have an enforcement system at the end of the day you need to provide basic due-process protections and then you have to be able to consistently punish people,” he said.

In the Memphis case, Wiseman received $11,500 from Hardaway in 2017 while Hardaway was coach at a local high school. Hardaway was hired as Memphis’ coach in March 2018, and Wiseman committed to the Tigers in November 2018.

The NCAA accused Memphis of four Level I and two Level II violations, including lack of institutional control, head coach responsibility and failure to monitor. In the past, those types of allegations could strike fear into athletic directors but probation and fines seem much more likely to be the outcome now instead of the sweeping scholarship sanctions, vacated victories and postseason ban that Southern California received in 2010 for the Reggie Bush improper benefits case. Those penalties set USC football back years.

In the end, the IARP essentially reduced the charges against Memphis and cleared Hardaway of wrongdoing.

While the NCAA is losing sway in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling, with more power being shifted to its member conferences, it also remains clear the schools still want the association to handle enforcement.

But what exactly is being enforced?

Athletes can now be paid for endorsement and sponsorship deals and college sports is still waiting on and hoping for help from federal lawmakers to regulate name, image and likeness compensation.

Plus, as revenue skyrockets for schools at the top of major college sports, the NCAA is trending toward fewer restrictions on what financial benefits can be provided to athletes.

“Until we have clarity and certainty on what schools and boosters and athletes can and can’t do, I think many recognize that it’s dangerous to hand down significant punishments when it’s not clear what you can and can’t do,” said Gabe Feldman, director of the sports law program at Tulane. “And I think unless you have clear rules, it’s hard to harsh punishment.”

Still, punishments directed at schools (fines) and coaches (suspensions) could become steeper and longer, Feldman said.

Potuto said with so much money flowing into the top of college athletics, it is doubtful fines could be large enough to be a true deterrent. While she understands the desire to not have current athletes pay for the sins of previous regimes, loosened transfer rules could mitigate the potential harm.

“I will make one prediction: If there is a move to impose penalties much less frequently in five years there is going to be a move to put them back in,” Potuto said.

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

Kentucky’s Tionna Herron recovering from open-heart surgery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot-4 post player learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received other opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior trainer Courtney Jones said in a release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elzy said Herron “is the definition of a warrior” and all are grateful to be on the other side of the player’s surgery. Herron is expected back on campus early next month and will continue rehabilitation until she’s cleared to return to normal activity.

“Her will and determination to eventually return to the court is inspiring, and it’s that `game-on’ attitude that is what makes her such a perfect fit in our program,” Elzy said in a release. “We are so thrilled for Tionna’s return to our locker room; it’s not the same without our full team together.”

Herron committed to Kentucky during last fall’s early signing period, rated as a four-star prospect and a top-70 player in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies

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SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich — Emoni Bates, a former basketball prodigy who transferred to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, was charged with two felonies after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

The 18-year-old Bates failed to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a search turned up the weapon, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the vehicle and the gun didn’t belong to Bates.

“I hope people can reserve judgment and understand there’s a presumption of innocence,” Haney said. “This was not his vehicle. This was not his gun. … We’re still gathering facts, too.”

Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering identification marks on a firearm. He was released after his lawyer entered a not guilty plea. Bates’ next court hearing is Oct. 6.

“This is his first brush with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot-9 Bates transferred to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points a game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of a situation involving one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to gather more details and will have further comment when more information is available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in high school basketball in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Detroit drafted Cunningham No. 1 overall last year, two spots before Cleveland took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago, later de-committed and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, who finished 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed much of the season with a back injury before appearing in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games.

In 2019, as a high school freshman, the slender and skilled guard led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan’s Division 1 Player of the Year by The Associated Press. His sophomore season was cut short by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy as a junior, his final year of high school.

UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for violations, which the NCAA found occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making false claims to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “with cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s transgressions were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers had argued that white coaches, including Hall-of-Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they were planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday they were settling “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of restrictions from the NCAA on becoming a college basketball coach again, is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top prospects who are not attending college for the pros.