Tuesday’s Shootaround: The Maui, CBE and Legends all on the same time


Legends Classic

No. 22 Vanderbilt 64, Oregon State 62: See here.

NC State 77, Texas 74: See here.

Maui Invitational

No. 15 Michigan 73, No. 8 Memphis 61: Everyone has always said that once John Beilein gets “his guys” into this Michigan program, that the Wolverines would be tough to beat. Well, guess what. He’s got his guys in, and that prophecy has proven to be correct. The Wolverines got 21 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 14 points and four assists from freshman point guard Trey Burke as they knocked off the talented-but-undisciplined Tigers.

There are a couple of things to take out of this game. For starters, it appears that not only will Burke be the answer at the point for Michigan this season, he’ll be a very good player before his days in Ann Arbor are over. That, above anything, was the biggest concern for the Wolverines coming into the season. Perhaps the most impressive part of this win is that Michigan did it while hitting just 6-20 from long range. They competed on the glass, outrebounding Memphis by a wide margin, and executed offensively. This will be a fun team to watch.

As for the Tigers, the issues they had last season reared their ugly head again. A big much and more athletic team than Michigan, the Tigers were pounded on the glass, struggled to deal with Michigan’s unique offensive and defensive sets and generally made bad decision after bad decision offensively. There is a lot of talent on this roster, but the question still remains whether or not Josh Pastner will ever be able to gain control of this group.

No. 5 Duke 77, Tennessee 67: The Blue Devils got 18 points out of Austin Rivers and 17 apiece from Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly to beat the Vols, but the Blue Devils weren’t the story of this game. The effort out of Tennessee was. The final difference was 10, but that doesn’t indicate how closely this game was contested well into the second half. Tennessee has some talent on their roster, but there is a scrap in this group that we didn’t see out of this team under Bruce Pearl. Take this as a shot at Bruce Pearl if you will, but it looks like this team is finally getting coached.

UCLA 92, Chaminade 60: The Bruins were up jut two at the half, but they turned it on down the stretch. Zeke Jones and Jerime Anderson combined for 37 points and UCLA’s front line just proved to be too big for the Silver Swords. Of note: Reeves Nelson was only suspended for the first half of this game despite missing the team’s flight to the islands.

No. 15 Kansas 67, Georgetown 63: The Jayhawks got 20 points and 12 boards from Thomas Robinson, but they were never quite able to put away the Hoyas. Every time that Kansas seemed poised to break this game open, Georgetown was able to counter with a run to keep things close. Jason Clark and Hollis Thompson combined for 29 points while Otto Porter added 12 off the bench, but Markel Starks finished with just six points and no assists. The Hoyas had just six assists as a team, a worrisome number for a group that relies on their ability to move the ball offensively.

CBE Classic

No. 18 Cal 70, Georgia 46: The Bears got 16 points from Harper Kamp and 14 points from Jorge Gutierrez as they rolled through yet another overmatched opponent. Cal is looking more and more like the favorite to win the Pac-12 this season. They are balanced, they are smart and they played within the offense that Mike Montgomery wants to run.

No. 25 Missouri 87, Notre Dame 58: It looks like the Tigers are still going to be able to put up points even without Mike Anderson running this program. Mizzou took a 52-37 lead into halftime and pulled away in the second half. Marcus Denmon had 26 points on just 9-11 shooting while Phil Pressey, Ricardo Ratliffe and Kim English all reached double figures.

The rest of the top 25

No. 3 Ohio State 85, North Florida 50: Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 13 boards as the Buckeyes throttled the overmatched Ospreys.

No. 9 Florida 78, Wright State 65: Brad Beal and Kenny Boynton went for 22 points each and Mike Rosario added 11 off the bench as the Gators knocked off a feisty Raiders team. Wright State was able to cut a big lead all the way down to nine with five minutes to go in the game.

No. 17 Marquette 59, Norfolk State 57: After drilling Norfolk State by 30 last week, Marquette had much more trouble this time around, squandering a 14 point second half lead. Darius Johnson-Odom had 20 to lead the way for the Golden Eagles, but it was a dunk from Jae Crowder with 1:09 on the clock that was the eventual difference.

Other notable scores:

– Virginia 60, Drake 52
– George Washington 86, Detroit 73
– Ole Miss 80, TCU 69
– Indiana 73, Gardner-Webb 49
– UMass 82, Boston College 46
– Butler 57, Savannah State 42
– Cincinnati 71, Northwestern State 43
– Minnesota 85, Mt. St. Mary’s 56
– George Mason 74, Brown 48
– Mississippi State 78, Louisiana-Monroe 63
– Davidson 68, Presbyterian 54

Top Performers

Jared Sullinger, Ohio State: The big fella had 27 points and 13 boards in the win.

Marcus Denmon, Missouri: Denmon showed why he made some all-american teams as he shot his way to 26 points on just 11 field goals.

Dominique Morrison, Oral Roberts: Morrison finished with his best game of the young season, a 30 point outburst, in a six point win over SMU.

Jason Guerrier, Albany: The big man had 28 points and 10 boards on 9-10 shooting off the bench in an 85-49 win over Monmouth.

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

Miles Kelly leads Ga. Tech to 79-77 win over rival Georgia

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: DEC 02 Northeastern at Georgia Tech
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ATLANTA – Georgia Tech’s Miles Kelly hit another winning shot against a state rival.

Terry Roberts endured a nightmarish final minute for Georgia.

Kelly hit a long 3-pointer and then a drove for the game-winning floater with 23 seconds remaining as the Yellow Jackets rallied to beat Georgia 79-77 on Tuesday night.

Kelly hit the winning shot in similar fashion against Georgia State on Nov. 12. He did it again to beat the Bulldogs, finishing with a team-high 17 points after failing to score in the first half.

“I’m going to continue to keep shooting, no matter how many times I miss,” Kelly said.

Roberts missed a 3-pointer, turned the ball over twice with bad passes, and was called for an offensive foul as he was trying to drive for the basket that would’ve sent the game to overtime.

“A tough finish for us,” Georgia first-year coach Mike White said. “We were in position to steal one on the road.”

A pair of second-chance buckets seemingly put Georgia (7-3) in control with a 77-73 lead.

The Bulldogs wouldn’t score again as Kelly led the comeback for the Yellow Jackets (6-3) – with a big assist from Roberts.

He had a chance to essentially seal it for the Bulldogs, but his jumper beyond the arc clanked off the rim.

Georgia Tech grabbed the rebound and raced down the court, where Kelly swished a 3 from well behind the stripe that brought Georgia Tech within a point with about a minute left.

Trying to work the ball inside, Roberts made an ill-advised entry pass that was deflected and stolen by Deivon Smith, setting up Kelly’s drive for the basket that put the Yellow Jackets back ahead,

Roberts tried a drive of his own, only to have it blocked by Jalon Moore. Georgia retained possession, but Roberts’ inbounds pass was stolen by Moore, who was fouled and made one of two free throws.

Roberts took the ball again and hurriedly dribbled toward the basket, only to be called for an offensive foul when he sent Smith flying.

“Just sacrificing my body for the team,” Smith said.

Georgia stole an inbounds pass around midcourt, giving Karlo Oquendo one last shot to launch a 3 that still would’ve won it for the Bulldogs. It bounced off the rim.

The game was tight throughout. Neither team led by more than eight, and a sequence in the second half showed just how tightly these rivals were matched.

With both squads playing at a frenetic pace and showing little regard for defense, the lead changed hands on eight straight possessions as the teams traded baskets.

Stunningly, they combined to score on 19 straight possessions before Georgia’s Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe missed a pair of free throws with 5:17 remaining.


Perhaps the biggest cheer of the night came when Georgia Tech football coach Brent Key addressed the crowd at halftime.

Key, who served as interim coach for the last eight games of the season, was introduced Monday as the full-time choice for job.

He fired up the fans by getting them to chant “To hell with Georgia” over and over again. When a smattering of Bulldogs fans responded with barks, Key smiled and egged on the Yellow Jackets crowd to drown them out.

He also declared Georgia Tech to be the “greatest school in the entire state, the entire country,” following up his vow the previous day to not back down from the defending national champion and top-ranked Bulldogs.


Georgia: This will be a tough one to swallow for Roberts, who led his team with 16 points and seven assists. The Bulldogs lost despite shooting 53.4% from the field.

Georgia Tech: Four players scored in double figures, and two others players finished with eight points. But it was Kelly, as usual, who had the ball in his hands at the end of a tight game.


Georgia: After a nearly two-week break, the Bulldogs return to Atlanta on Dec. 18 to face Notre Dame at State Farm Arena in the Holiday Hoopsgiving event.

Georgia Tech: Head to North Carolina on Saturday for the Atlantic Coast Conference opener against the struggling Tar Heels.

No. 17 Illinois rallies late, beats No. 2 Texas 85-78 in OT

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NEW YORK – Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 12 of his 16 points in overtime, including the tiebreaking 3-pointer with 3:34 remaining, and No. 17 Illinois rallied to hand second-ranked Texas its first loss of the season, 85-78 on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic.

Jayden Epps added 11 points, including the final five points of regulation – a 3-pointer with 35 seconds left and two tying free throws with 8 seconds remaining. Epps then blocked Marcus Carr’s jumper in the lane just before the buzzer to force overtime in an entertaining showdown at Madison Square Garden.

Matthew Mayer, who faced Texas several times at Baylor, tied a career high with 21 points as he made his first seven shots and finished 8 of 10.

Shannon, who missed eight of nine shots in regulation, took over in the extra period to help Illinois (7-2) beat a ranked foe for the second time this season. He opened overtime with a jumper after Marcus Carr was called for traveling and then hit an open 3 from the right wing over Brock Cunningham for a 73-70 lead.

Shannon then converted a reverse layup and finished off a three-point play to make it 77-70 with 2:16 left. Carr hit two free throws to get Texas within one with 1:28 remaining. Jayden Epps hit a layup, RJ Melendez sank two free throws to put Illinois ahead by five, and Shannon made two free throws with 27.7 seconds left.

Timmy Allen scored a season-high 21 points for Texas (6-1), which failed to open 7-0 for the first time since 2014-15. Tyrese Hunter added 10 points but Carr was held to nine points on 3-of-14 shooting as Texas had 12 shots blocked and shot 42%.

Texas took its only double-digit lead when Dillon Mitchell hit a layup with 8:28 left. Illinois cut the lead to 58-56 on a 3 by Melendez nearly four minutes later. After Cunningham hit an open 3 with 4:15 remaining, Si’Jabari Rice made a 3 for a 64-58 lead.

Allen found Cunningham for an open jumper that counted when officials called goaltending on Illinois’ Coleman Hawkins. That gave Texas a 65-61 lead with with 1:51 remaining.

Carr’s rainbow jumper in the lane made it 68-63 with a minute left and Illinois had a 3-pointer by Melendez waved off because it called timeout with 45.3 seconds left. After the timeout, Epps made an open corner 3 with 33 seconds remaining.

Hunter missed the front end of a 1-and-1 to set up Epps’ tying free throws.


Illinois: The Illini continued to struggle with turnovers, committing 17. But only two of them came in the final 10-plus minutes of regulation or overtime. Illinois’ 15th turnover was an offensive foul by Mayer, which sent him to the bench with four fouls with 10:42 remaining.

Texas: The Longhorns had little offense beyond Allen and Hunter. While the duo was a combined 13 of 29, the rest of the team missed 24 of 40 shots.


Illinois hosts Penn State in its second Big Ten game on Saturday. The Illini lost their conference opener to No. 13 Maryland.

Texas hosts Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the Jimmy Blacklock Classic on Saturday.

Clark, Gardner lift No. 3 Virginia past James Madison, 55-50

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Kihei Clark scored 18 points, Jayden Gardner had 14 points and eight rebounds, and No. 3 Virginia beat feisty in-state rival James Madison 55-50 on Tuesday night.

The Cavaliers (8-0), who lost starting guard Reece Beekman to a right leg injury early in the first half, prevented the Dukes (7-3) from winning a second straight December game in Charlottesville. James Madison beat Virginia 52-49 last Dec. 7.

Clark had seven assists while playing nearly 39 minutes with Beekman sidelined.

“Kihei gave everything he had and I had to, you know, ride him,” Virginia coach Tony Bennett said. “Sure, he missed some free throws. And I know he made some mistakes, but you could just see him, you know, how tough-minded he was.”

Dukes coach Mark Byington said he told Clark – who’s playing his fifth season for Virginia – after last year’s game that he loved watching him play.

“He’s seen everything and nothing you’re going to do is going to surprise him,” Byington said. “There’s nothing Kihei Clark hasn’t seen out there, and he’s poised. I mean, you can’t rattle him. … So I told him this time I was like, `Look, I better never see you in college basketball again.’ But he’s one of my favorite players to watch just because he’s tough, talented, and he’s a winner.”

Takal Molson scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half for James Madison, including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 42-all with 7:47 to play. Gardner responded for Virginia by scoring five straight points in a 9-1 run.

The Cavaliers kept the Dukes in the game by missing eight of 13 free throws over the last six minutes.

Molson made an acrobatic layup while being fouled with 1:51 left, but he missed the free throw. He scored again with 1:01 left, pulling the Dukes within 52-50, but freshman Ryan Dunn answered with a strong move on the baseline for Virginia with 35 seconds to play.

James Madison threw the ball away on its ensuing possession.


James Madison: The Dukes came into the game leading the nation in scoring (93.3 points per game) and having scored as many as 95 points five times. They were shooting 52.7% for the year, but made just four of their first 19 shots and finished 15 of 55 (26.9%). Vado Morse scored 11 points, the only other JMU player in double figures.

“Yeah, we knew how good they were and they showed it in spots tonight,” Gardner said. “But I think you saw a lot of resiliency tonight on the defensive end getting crucial stops.”

Virginia: The Cavaliers played the final 36 minutes without Beekman and gave extensive minutes to freshman Isaac McKneely. Virginia will hope Beekman, its third-leading scorer and a primary ballhandler and defender, recovers in time for its showdown with No. 1 Houston on Dec. 17.


The Dukes return home to play Gallaudet on Saturday night.

Virginia has a 10-day break before hosting the top-ranked Cougars.

No. 25 Villanova women beat American University 83-42

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – Maddy Siegrist had 24 points and seven rebounds, Lucy Olsen added 14 points and No. 25 Villanova beat American University 83-42 on Tuesday night.

Siegrist scored 15 points in the opening 13 minutes as Villanova led 34-15. The Wildcats extended it to 46-23 by halftime before starting the second half on a 9-0 run for a 32-point lead.

Villanova added an 8-0 run in the fourth quarter for its largest lead of the game at 79-36. The Wildcats held American to 15-of-50 shooting (30%) and scored 21 points off 19 turnovers.

Christina Dalce scored 13 points for Villanova (8-2), which plays Saint Joseph’s on Saturday before taking a week off for final exams. Siegrist, who was coming off a 29-point performance on Sunday, made 10 of 17 shots as Villanova shot 56%.

Emily Johns scored 12 points for American (0-8), which hosts Marist (3-5) on Saturday.

No. 6 UConn star Azzi Fudd out 3-6 weeks with knee injury

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STORRS, Conn. — Sixth-ranked UConn’s top scorer, Azzi Fudd, is expected to be out three to six weeks because of a right knee injury she suffered during her team’s weekend loss to No. 5 Notre Dame, a university athletic spokesperson said.

The sophomore guard was injured in the first half of the game when a teammate collided into her. She returned midway through the second period to play four hobbled minutes, but sat the rest of the way.

“I think she’ll be all right,” coach Geno Auriemma said afterward.

Fudd entered the game averaging 24.0 points but finished scoreless on two shots over 13 minutes in the team’s first loss of the season.

The athletic spokesperson didn’t specify the type of knee injury Fudd sustained.

She underwent evaluation and an MRI confirmed the injury, the spokesperson said.

The Huskies host Princeton next.