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.

Biden celebrates LSU women’s and UConn men’s basketball teams at separate White House events


WASHINGTON – All of the past drama and sore feelings associated with Louisiana State’s invitation to the White House were seemingly forgotten or set aside Friday as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed the championship women’s basketball team to the mansion with smiles, hugs and lavish praise all around.

The visit had once appeared in jeopardy after Jill Biden suggested that the losing Iowa team be invited, too. But none of that was mentioned as both Bidens heralded the players for their performance and the way they have helped advance women’s sports.

“Folks, we witnessed history,” the president said. “In this team, we saw hope, we saw pride and we saw purpose. It matters.”

The ceremony was halted for about 10 minutes after forward Sa’Myah Smith appeared to collapse as she and her teammates stood behind Biden. A wheelchair was brought in and coach Kim Mulkey assured the audience that Smith was fine.

LSU said in a statement that Smith felt overheated, nauseous and thought she might faint. She was evaluated by LSU and White House medical staff and was later able to rejoin the team. “She is feeling well, in good spirits, and will undergo further evaluation once back in Baton Rouge,” the LSU statement said.

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, Biden said, more than half of all college students are women, and there are now 10 times more female athletes in college and high school. He said most sports stories are still about men, and that that needs to change.

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in federally funded education programs and activities.

“Folks, we need to support women sports, not just during the championship run but during the entire year,” President Biden said.

After the Tigers beat Iowa for the NCAA title in April in a game the first lady attended, she caused an uproar by suggesting that the Hawkeyes also come to the White House.

LSU star Angel Reese called the idea “A JOKE” and said she would prefer to visit with former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, instead. The LSU team largely is Black, while Iowa’s top player, Caitlin Clark, is white, as are most of her teammates.

Nothing came of Jill Biden’s idea and the White House only invited the Tigers. Reese ultimately said she would not skip the White House visit. She and co-captain Emily Ward presented team jerseys bearing the number “46” to Biden and the first lady. Hugs were exchanged.

Jill Biden also lavished praise on the team, saying the players showed “what it means to be a champion.”

“In this room, I see the absolute best of the best,” she said, adding that watching them play was “pure magic.”

“Every basket was pure joy and I kept thinking about how far women’s sports have come,” the first lady added, noting that she grew up before Title IX was passed. “We’ve made so much progress and we still have so much more work to do.”

The president added that “the way in which women’s sports has come along is just incredible. It’s really neat to see, since I’ve got four granddaughters.”

After Smith was helped to a wheelchair, Mulkey told the audience the player was OK.

“As you can see, we leave our mark where we go,” Mulkey joked. “Sa’Myah is fine. She’s kind of, right now, embarrassed.”

A few members of Congress and Biden aides past and present with Louisiana roots dropped what they were doing to attend the East Room event, including White House budget director Shalanda Young. Young is in the thick of negotiations with House Republicans to reach a deal by the middle of next week to stave off what would be a globally calamitous U.S. financial default if the U.S. can no longer borrow the money it needs to pay its bills.

The president, who wore a necktie in the shade of LSU’s purple, said Young, who grew up in Baton Rouge, told him, “I’m leaving the talks to be here.” Rep. Garret Graves, one of the House GOP negotiators, also attended.

Biden closed sports Friday by changing to a blue tie and welcoming the UConn’s men’s championship team for its own celebration. The Huskies won their fifth national title by defeating San Diego State, 76-59, in April.

“Congratulations to the whole UConn nation,” he said.

Marquette’s Prosper says he will stay in draft rather than returning to school

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MILWAUKEE — Olivier-Maxence Prosper announced he is keeping his name under NBA draft consideration rather than returning to Marquette.

The 6-foot-8 forward announced his decision.

“Thank you Marquette nation, my coaches, my teammates and support staff for embracing me from day one,” Prosper said in an Instagram post. “My time at Marquette has been incredible. With that being said, I will remain in the 2023 NBA Draft. I’m excited for what comes next. On to the next chapter…”

Prosper had announced last month he was entering the draft. He still could have returned to school and maintained his college eligibility by withdrawing from the draft by May 31. Prosper’s announcement indicates he instead is going ahead with his plans to turn pro.

Prosper averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds last season while helping Marquette go 29-7 and win the Big East’s regular-season and tournament titles. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

He played two seasons at Marquette after transferring from Clemson, where he spent one season.

Kansas’ Kevin McCullar Jr. returning for last season of eligibility

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Kevin McCullar Jr. said that he will return to Kansas for his final year of eligibility, likely rounding out a roster that could make the Jayhawks the preseason No. 1 next season.

McCullar transferred from Texas Tech to Kansas for last season, when he started 33 of 34 games and averaged 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. He was also among the nation’s leaders in steals, and along with being selected to the Big 12’s all-defensive team, the 6-foot-6 forward was a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

“To be able to play in front of the best fans in the country; to play for the best coach in the nation, I truly believe we have the pieces to hang another banner in the Phog,” McCullar said in announcing his return.

Along with McCullar, the Jayhawks return starters Dajuan Harris Jr. and K.J. Adams from a team that went 28–8, won the Big 12 regular-season title and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Arkansas in the second round.

Perhaps more importantly, the Jayhawks landed Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson, widely considered the best player in the portal, to anchor a lineup that was missing a true big man. They also grabbed former five-star prospect Arterio Morris, who left Texas, and Towson’s Nick Timberlake, who emerged last season as one of the best 3-point shooters in the country.

The Jayhawks also have an elite recruiting class arriving that is headlined by five-star recruit Elmarko Jackson.

McCullar declared for the draft but, after getting feedback from scouts, decided to return. He was a redshirt senior last season, but he has another year of eligibility because part of his career was played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a big day for Kansas basketball,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “Kevin is not only a terrific player but a terrific teammate. He fit in so well in year one and we’re excited about what he’ll do with our program from a leadership standpoint.”

Clemson leading scorer Hall withdraws from NBA draft, returns to Tigers

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson leading scorer PJ Hall is returning to college after withdrawing from the NBA draft on Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 forward took part in the NBA combine and posted his decision to put off the pros on social media.

Hall led the Tigers with 15.3 points per game this past season. He also led the Tigers with 37 blocks, along with 5.7 rebounds. Hall helped Clemson finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference while posting a program-record 14 league wins.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell said Hall gained experience from going through the NBA’s combine that will help the team next season. “I’m counting on him and others to help lead a very talented group,” he said.

Hall was named to the all-ACC third team last season as the Tigers went 23-10.

George Washington adopts new name ‘Revolutionaries’ to replace ‘Colonials’

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WASHINGTON — George Washington University’s sports teams will now be known as the Revolutionaries, the school announced.

Revolutionaries replaces Colonials, which had been GW’s name since 1926. Officials made the decision last year to drop the old name after determining it no longer unified the community.

GW said 8,000 different names were suggested and 47,000 points of feedback made during the 12-month process. Revolutionaries won out over the other final choices of Ambassadors, Blue Fog and Sentinels.

“I am very grateful for the active engagement of our community throughout the development of the new moniker,” president Mark S. Wrighton said. “This process was truly driven by our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the result is a moniker that broadly reflects our community – and our distinguished and distinguishable GW spirit.”

George the mascot will stay and a new logo developed soon for the Revolutionaries name that takes effect for the 2023-24 school year. The university is part of the Atlantic 10 Conference.