Wednesday’s Shootaround: Buzzer-beater, double OT in Maui, Missouri impresses


Coastal Carolina 60, Clemson 59: The Tigers suffered their second bad loss of the season, losing to the Chanticleers when Chris Gradnigo tipped in his own miss at the buzzer:


Maui Invitational

No. 8 Memphis 99, Tennessee 97 2OT: See here.

No. 6 Duke 82, No. 15 Michigan 75: Duke is a much more disciplined team on both ends of the floor than Memphis, and as such they had a much easier time dealing with the unique schemes that come with playing a John Beilein team. Austin Rivers led four scorers in double figures with 20 points and the Blue Devils knocked down 11-21 from beyond the arc as they cruised to a win that probably wasn’t as close as the final score indicates. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the way for Duke with 19 points.

As of right now, Duke looks to be by far the best team in Maui, but that doesn’t mean that this team is ready for a trip to the Final Four. There are still plenty of issues to address. For starters, their front court is and forever will be a question mark when the Plumlees are around. Duke was outrebounded by a smaller Michigan team, gave up 11 offensive rebounds and didn’t put a single player into the scorebook with more than five boards. But more importantly, this group is going to run into trouble when Austin Rivers is struggling simply because there is no one else on the roster that is able to create their own shot. Rivers has 38 points in the two games in Maui, but he’s needed 29 shots to get there. He’s still dealing with freshmen decision making issues and is no where near where he needs to be in terms of shot selection.

For Michigan, this game only further proved that Trey Burke is ready to handle the point guard duties for the Wolverines. He had 17 points and nine assists. He’s poised for a freshman and makes veteran decisions with the ball. More importantly, he seems to have a pretty good grasp of what Beilein is asking him to do.

No. 14 Kansas 72, UCLA 56: Kansas got a big game from Elijah Johnson, who scored 23 points, while Thomas Robinson added 15 points and 10 boards. Johnson’s performance is important because he and Tyshawn Taylor are going to be vital to this team’s success. If they aren’t scoring on the perimeter, than defenses are going to be able to sag down on Robinson. The question mark with Johnson has been his perimeter shooting and his ability to lead. He looked very good in both areas on Tuesday night.

For UCLA, this win is a mixed bag. On the one hand, they were able to fight back from a 20 point second half deficit to make this thing interesting down the stretch. This team showed some intensity and desire, and that is always a good thing. On the other hand, the Bruins made their come back by hitting five straight threes. That’s not going to happen to often for this team. Fool’s gold, if you will. How far has this Bruin program fallen that a 16 point loss to a rebuilding Kansas team is being considered a moral victory?

Georgetown 88, Chaminade 61: A career-high 28 points from Jason Clark spurred the Hoyas on to the win.

CBE Classic

No. 21 Missouri 92, No. 18 Cal 53: Heading into Thanksgiving, there may not be a more impressive team in the country than Missouri. The Tigers not only routed Notre Dame last night, they followed that up by obliterating the Pac-12 favorite and the No. 18 team in the country by 39. Kim English led six players in double figures with 19 points. I’m going to go back and watch the tape to see exactly what happened, but I think its safe to say that this group likes playing under Frank Haith.

Georgia 61, Notre Dame 57: The Irish clearly have plenty that they are going to need to work on after a disastrous couple of days in Kansas City. Tim Abromaitis struggled with the defensive attention he received during the game, scoring just six points on 1-12 shooting as the Bulldogs pulled away late. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope finished with just 16 points.

Illinois 70, Richmond 61: Richmond is in a bit of a rebuilding mode right now, but the Illini still put quite a hurting on the Spiders in their first game at the Cancun Challenge. Meyers Leonard continued his solid start to the season by posting 22 points, 12 boards and five blocks — he now has 18 blocks in four games. The Illini built a lead that grew to as big as 18 at the half.

Cleveland State 57, Kent State 53: The Vikings got 13 points out of Jeremy Montgomery and 11 points from D’Aundray Brown as they won the battle of the most impressive mid-major program early in the season. CSU was up double figures early and never allowed the Golden Flashes to get within a single possession.

East Tennessee State 70, Charlotte 69: With 8.6 seconds left in the game, DeMario Mayfield went to the line for Charlotte up by two. He missed them both and Jarvis Jones hit a game-winning three at the buzzer, his first bucket of the game. If anyone finds video of it, let me know. (

UT-Arlington 97, North Texas 64: If it wasn’t for a 32-0 run that UTA put on North Texas in the first half, the Mean Green would have been right in this game. Yes, 32-0.

The rest of the top 25

No. 1 North Carolina 102, Tennessee State 69: Tennessee State kept it close for a while, trailing only 55-45 at the half, but the Tar Heels were simply too much. Reggie Bullock had a career-high 23 points, Kendall Marshall handed out 15 assists and John Henson went for 16 points, 10 boards, six assists and four blocks.

No. 7 Louisville 54, Arkansas State 27: This was ugly. While it is a bit concerning that Louisville only managed 54 points against a Sun Belt team that turned the ball over 21 times, they held an opponent to 27 points. That’s insane.

No. 10 Baylor 70, South Carolina State 50: Anthony Jones hit back-to-back threes to open the second half as Baylor went on a 14-0 run to grab control of what was a five point game at the half. Jones finished with 21 points.

No. 11 Wisconsin 71, UMKC 33: While the game wasn’t close, the good news for the Badgers is that Jared Berggren found his rhythm. The big man finished with 21 points and went 4-4 from beyond the arc. Wisconsin is now outscoring their opponents 299-136 through four games.

No. 16 Pitt 73, La Salle 69: The Panther’s are looking further and further from a Big East contender. After struggling against Rider at home and losing to Long Beach State at home, Pitt nearly dropped another one to La Salle. The Explorers never let Pitt pull away, forcing 21 turnovers — a number of which came as they pressed the Panthers late in the game.

Other notable scores:

– George Washington 54, Austin Peay 52
– Illinois State 76, Rutgers 70
– West Virginia 83, Morehead State 48
– Marshall 69, UNC-Wilmington 64
– Florida Atlantic 62, Hofstra 60
– Miami 60, Florida Gulf Coast 50
– Providence 59, Southern 53
– South Carolina 61, Mississippi Valley State 57
– Seton Hall 73, Yale 62
– George Mason 66, Albany 46
– Arkansas 67, Utah Valley 59
– Iowa State 90, Northern Colorado 82
– Tulsa 57, Jackson State 51
– Kansas State 92, UMES 50
– Northern Iowa 59, Western Carolina 39
– Oakland 76, Houston 74
– Texas A&M-CC 58, Utah State 55 OT
– St. John’s 63, St. Francis 48
– Long Beach State 72, Boise State 62
– Nevada 80, Longwood 78
– UNLV 75, Cal Poly 52

Top Performers

Jeronne Maymon, Tennessee: The kid is going to get plenty of attention today, but he finished the game with 32 points and 20 boards.

Jim Mower, Lafayette: Mower scored 37 points in a win over Fairleigh Dickinson. He was 12-16 from the floor and 10-13 from beyond the arc.

Velton Jones, Robert Morris: Jones scored 38 points and added four boards as RMU knocked off JMu.

Cameron Moore, UAB: Moore had 22 points, 17 boards and four blocks to lead the Blazers to a 12 point win over Troy.

Kyle Vinales, CCSU: Vinales continued his hot start, going for 29 points in a win over UMBC. Vinales last three games: 39 points, three points, 29 points.

Orlando Johnson, UCSB: Johnson had 26 points and 12 boards in a win over Portland.

Meyers Leonard, Illinois: Leonard had by far the best game of his young career, torching Richmond for 22 points, 12 boards and five blocks in the win.

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

Report: Notre Dame closing deal with PSU’s Shrewsberry

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Notre Dame is finalizing a deal to make Penn State’s Micah Shrewsberry its new men’s basketball coach, two people with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity because contract details were still being completed and needed school approval.

Shrewsberry, in his second season at Penn State (23-14), led the Nittany Lions to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2011 and a tournament victory for the first time since 2001.

The Nittany Lions beat Texas A&M and were eliminated by Texas in the second round.

Notre Dame has been searching for a replacement for Mike Brey, who spent the last 23 season as coach of the Fighting Irish. He announced in January that this would be his last season with Notre Dame

The Irish finished 11-21.

Shrewsberry grew up in Indianapolis and went to school at Division III Hanover College in Indiana.

He was the head coach at Indiana University South Bend, an NAIA school located in the same city as Notre Dame, from 2005-07.

He later worked as an assistant coach at Butler and Purdue, with a stint as an assistant with the Boston Celtics in between.

ESPN first reported Notre Dame was close to a deal with Shrewsberry.

Bacot says he’s returning for fifth season at North Carolina

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina forward Armando Bacot is returning to play a fifth season for the Tar Heels.

Bacot announced his decision Wednesday, giving North Carolina fans a bit of good news after the Tar Heels failed to reach the NCAA Tournament.

The 6-foot-11 Bacot is North Carolina’s career leader in rebounds, double-doubles and double-figure rebounding games.

Bacot led North Carolina to a runner-up finish in last year’s NCAA Tournament, and his decision to return was a major reason the Tar Heels were ranked No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press Top 25.

The Tar Heels didn’t come close to meeting those expectations. They went 20-13 and opted against playing in the NIT. Bacot earned Associated Press All-America third-team honors and averaged 15.9 points and 10.4 rebounds.

He averaged 16.3 points and 13.1 rebounds in 2021-22. He capped that season by becoming the first player ever to have six double-doubles in one NCAA Tournament.

Bacot participated in North Carolina’s Senior Night festivities this year. He has a fifth year of eligibility because of the waiver the NCAA granted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ed Cooley takes over at Georgetown with lofty aspirations

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WASHINGTON – Ed Cooley’s task at Georgetown is to bring a once-storied program back to prominence in a competitive conference that has three teams still part of March Madness in the Sweet 16.

Cooley’s lofty aspirations go beyond lifting the Hoyas up from the bottom of the Big East Conference. After leaving Providence, which he took to the NCAA Tournament seven times in 12 years, he already is talking about trying to coach Georgetown to its first championship since 1984.

At his introductory news conference Wednesday that felt like a pep rally, Cooley said he wanted current and former players to envision cutting down nets and watching “One Shining Moment” with the nets hanging around their necks. He promised wins – many of them – and plotted a path forward that he knows will involve some tough times.

“It’s a process, and the process now, because you have a changing landscape in athletics, you’ll have an opportunity to probably move it quicker than you would have 10, 20 years ago,” Cooley said. “We’re going to lose some games. It’s OK. Losing’s part of growth. But over the course of time, it will pay off.”

Georgetown has lost a lot the past couple of years under Patrick Ewing, who was fired earlier this month after six seasons. The team went 7-25 this season after going 6-25 last season and lost 37 of 39 games in Big East play.

While Cooley at Providence was responsible for four of those defeats, the 53-year-old distanced himself from Georgetown’s recent run of losing.

“I don’t have anything to do what happened yesterday,” he said. “My job is to move us forward from today.”

Cooley’s mere presence is an acknowledgement that Georgetown needed a major change to become relevant again. After late Hall of Fame coach John Thompson’s 27-year-old run led to longtime assistant Craig Esherick succeeding him and then son John Thompson III and Ewing getting the head job, Cooley is the school’s first outsider in the position in a half-century.

His only connection to the Hilltop – beyond coaching in the Big East – is his daughter, Olivia, attending Georgetown. Cooley, a Providence native, said her desire to live in the Washington area played into his decision to leave for a conference rival.

It was certainly no accident that athletic director Lee Reed and school president John J. DeGioia used phrases like “new era” and “new chapter” when discussing Cooley. DeGioia said he believes Cooley will “uplift and restore this team” to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

“He has a proven record of success,” Reed said. “We knew we needed a leader, someone who understood our identity and could reimagine Georgetown basketball to fit today’s unique basketball landscape.”

That landscape, including players being able to profit off the use of their name, image and likeness (NIL) and more easily transfer schools, are the biggest changes Cooley has seen since landing his first head job at Fairfield in 2006. He expects to be aggressive, and given the high volume of Georgetown players coming and going via the transfer portal, could rebuild the roster in his image sooner rather than later.

“You have to find student-athletes that fit the way you want to play, your style of play, that fit you as a coach,” Cooley said. “We need to find players that can play for me that can attend Georgetown, not the other way around.”

Cooley acknowledged that some luck is needed but also stressed recruiting local talent to keep the best players in the region around. That’s just one building block to putting Georgetown back on the map, which Cooley wants the time and latitude to do.

“The word patience is always hard because everybody wants it and they want it right now,” he said. “Everybody wants it right now. Have a little bit of patience.”

Texas’ Arterio Morris plays amid misdemeanor domestic violence case

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AUSTIN, Texas — In a season when Texas fired coach Chris Beard after a felony domestic violence arrest, it has allowed a reserve guard to keep playing while he awaits trial on a misdemeanor charge of assaulting an ex-girlfriend.

Second-seed Texas has advanced under interim coach Rodney Terry to the program’s first Sweet 16 since 2008, and the Longhorns play No. 3 Xavier in Kansas City, Missouri.

Arterio Morris, a freshman who was one of the top recruits in the country last year, was initially scheduled to stand trial March 29, three days before Final Four weekend. Denton County prosecutors were granted a delay to an unspecified date.

Beard was fired Jan. 5, about three weeks after he was arrested on suspicion of a felony charge of choking his fiancée in a fight during which she also told police he bit, and hit her. She later recanted the choking allegation and the Travis County district attorney dismissed the case, saying prosecutors were following her wishes not to got to trial and that the charge could not be proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

Morris is charged with Class A misdemeanor assault causing bodily injury to a family member, which in Texas includes dating relationships. It stems from a June 2022 confrontation in the Dallas suburb of Frisco. The charge carries penalties ranging from probation and fines to up to a year in jail if convicted.

Morris’ attorney, Justin Moore, said the charges against Beard and the player are different.

“(Beard) was charged with a felony family assault,” Moore said. “That was far more serious as to what Arterio was alleged to have to committed. We maintain Arterio’s innocence.”

According to police, the ex-girlfriend said Morris grabbed her arm and pulled her off a bed, and later pulled the front of her sports bra, causing an injury to her neck and shoulder area. Police reported seeing a sizable bruise or scratch.

Texas officials declined comment. Beard said before the season that school officials he would not identify determined the freshman could play this season.

Moore defended Texas officials’ decision to not suspend Morris.

“I do believe Texas has taken this seriously. They’ve also allowed Arterio to enjoy his due process rights,” Moore said.

Morris has played in all 36 games this season, although his minutes and have been limited on a senior-dominated team. He averages nearly 12 minutes and 4.7 points per game. His biggest moment was a soaring alley-oop dunk against Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament championship game.

Attempts to reach Morris’ ex-girlfriend through family members were not successful. According to online records, prosecutors sought the trial delay to “procure witness availability.” Prosecutor Jamie Beck did not immediately return messages.

Wichita State hires ORU’s Paul Mills to lead program

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Wichita State hired Paul Mills away from Oral Roberts to turn around its languishing men’s basketball program, landing what has been one of the hottest names among mid-major coaches.

The 50-year-old Mills led the the Golden Eagles to two of the past three NCAA Tournaments, engineering upsets of Ohio State and Florida as a No. 15 seed in 2021 before going 30-5 this past season and losing to Duke as a No. 5 seed.

He replaces Isaac Brown, who was fired after three seasons as the Shockers slowly slipped toward mediocrity.

“My family and I are extremely excited about being a part of Wichita State,” said Mills, who will be introduced during a news conference Thursday at Charles Koch Arena. “The rich history, winning tradition and unbelievable community support will keep us working on behalf of the greatest fans in all of college basketball.”

Mills got his break in coaching when he joined Scott Drew’s first staff at Baylor in 2003, working alongside future Kansas State coach Jerome Tang in helping to turn around a program that had been mired in controversy. Mills stayed for 14 years, helping to reach seven NCAA Tournaments, before replacing Scott Sutton at Oral Roberts before the 2017 season.

“I absolutely love Paul Mills. He’s like a brother to me. So happy for him and his family, for Wendy and the girls,” said Tang, who has Kansas State playing Michigan State in the Sweet 16 on Thursday night. “He’s going to be incredible because he is passionate about young people and about developing young men.

“There’s no throttle, like, hold-back governor on him in terms of love and what he pours into his guys.”

Mills went just 11-21 each of his first two seasons in Tulsa, but the seeds of a turnaround had been planted, and the Golden Eagles have not had a losing season since. The biggest step came two years ago, when Mills led Oral Roberts to the Sweet 16 of an NCAA Tournament played entirely within an Indianapolis “bubble environment” because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Golden Eagles slipped to 19-12 the following year before winning 30 games and the Summit League title this past season, when they were led by high-scoring guard Max Abmas, an honorable mention All-American selection.

“He’s the one that told me, he said, ‘Tang, 10s hangs with 10s and one hangs with ones,’” Tang said, “and he’s a 10 and he’s going to have some 10s around him.”

The hiring of Mills comes as the Shockers try to position themselves at the forefront of a new-look American Athletic Conference. Perennial powerhouse Houston is joining Central Florida and Cincinnati in leaving for the Big 12 after this season, and six new schools are due to arrive from Conference USA for the start of next season.

Wichita State, a power under Ralph Miller and Gene Smithson in the 1960s, returned to prominence when Mark Turgeon took over in 2000. But it was under Gregg Marshall, who resigned in November 2020 amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse of players, that it began to soar. The Shockers advanced to the Final Four in 2013, finished the regular season unbeaten the following year and at one point went to seven consecutive NCAA Tournaments.

Brown, who was Marshall’s top recruiter, led them back to the NCAA Tournament in his first year. But the Shockers were just 15-13 last year and 17-15 this past season, leading Saal to decide that a coaching change was necessary.

Turns out the answer Saal was looking for was just a few hours south at Oral Roberts.

“Paul Mills’ heart for people, passion for life and approach to the development of young people and programs is energizing,” Wichita State athletic director Kevin Saal said in a statement. “He aligns with Shocker Athletics’ core values, facilitates a first-class student-athlete experience and fuels broad-based competitive excellence.”