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.

Houston reaches No. 1 in AP poll for first time since 1983

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Make some room, Phi Slama Jama. Another Houston team has reached the top of men’s college basketball.

Nearly four decades after Clyde Drexler and Akeem Olajuwon took the Cougars to No. 1, the latest bunch led by Marcus Sasser and star freshman Jarace Walker took over the top spot in the AP Top 25. They received 45 of 63 first-place votes from the national media panel, easily outdistancing second-place Texas and third-place Virginia.

“It’s not like we went online and applied for it and waited for a response back. We’ve been working for this,” said Houston coach Kelvin Sampson, whose team is coming off a Final Four and Elite Eight trip the past two seasons. “But remember, it’s a rental. You don’t own it. You’re just renting it because someday somebody else is going to be No. 1.”

North Carolina had been No. 1 all season, but the Tar Heels lost to Iowa State and in a four-overtime thriller to Alabama at the Phil Knight Invitational to cede the top spot to Houston, which beat Kent State in its only game last week.

The last time the Cougars ascended to No. 1 was the final poll of the 1982-83 season, when “The Glide” and “The Dream” along with coach Guy Lewis were the favorites to win it all. They rolled through the NCAA Tournament before falling to Jim Valvano and North Carolina State in an iconic championship game in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“I’ve never been ranked No. 1,” said Sampson, now in his 34th season as a college basketball coach. “We were ranked all 12 years at Oklahoma. I’m sure we were ranked at Indiana. Then we’ve been ranked five or six straight years. We’re used to having a high level of success.”

Texas received eight first-place votes and Virginia received two. Arizona climbed from 14th to fourth after emerging from a stacked field to win the Maui Invitational. Purdue jumped from 24th all the way to fifth and scooped up eight first-place votes after beating West Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke at the Phil Knight Legacy tourney.

“Our guys are competitive. They’re fun to coach. They get along. They’re out there playing with purpose and that’s what you have to have,” said Boilermakers coach Matt Painter, whose team was briefly No. 1 about this time last season.

“Early in the season, very few teams play with the purpose collectively,” he said. “I thought our guys played with a purpose.”

Baylor was sixth, Creighton seventh and U Conn climbed from 20th to eighth after beating Oregon, Alabama and Iowa State to win the Phil Knight Invitational. Kansas fell from third to ninth after losing to Tennessee in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis, while Indiana rounded out the top 10.

There was a tie for 11th between SEC rivals Alabama and Arkansas with the Volunteers, another conference foe, right behind them. Gonzaga dropped from sixth to 14th, its first time outside the top 10 since Feb. 5, 2018, and Auburn was 15th.

Illinois was next followed by Duke and North Carolina in a tough week for Tobacco Road. The Blue Devils fell from eighth after their 75-56 loss to the Boilermakers.

Kentucky and Michigan State joined UCLA, Maryland, Iowa State, San Diego State and Ohio State in rounding out the poll.


Purdue made a rare 19-spot jump as the poll underwent a massive shakeup. UConn climbed 12 spots, Arizona moved up 10, Tennessee climbed nine and Alabama seven. On the flip side, the Tar Heels tumbled 17 spots, Duke dropped nine, Gonzaga fell eight and San Diego State fell seven.


Despite all the movement, Iowa State was the only newcomer this week, checking in at No. 23 after beating Villanova and North Carolina before falling to UConn. The Cyclones replaced Iowa, which dropped out after a one-week stay following its loss to TCU in the title game of the Emerald Coast Classic.


There are six difference conferences represented in the first seven teams in the poll. The Big Ten leads the way with six in the Top 25 while the SEC has five and the Big 12 has four, though three of them are in the top 10.

South Carolina tops women’s AP Top 25; Stanford, UConn next

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South Carolina remained the unanimous No. 1 choice in The Associated Press women’s poll, as the Gamecocks keep close watch on the foot injury of reigning Player of the Year Aliyah Boston.

The Gamecocks received all 29 first-place votes in the poll, a day after Boston left a game with her injury. Coach Dawn Staley said Boston was “questionable” going forward but added that the “team doctor wasn’t too, too concerned.”

South Carolina’s next game is at home against No. 15 UCLA.

Stanford remained No. 2 after cruising through a tournament in Hawaii. It’s the 618th appearance for Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer, tying the late Pat Summitt for most all-time. Summitt’s teams only missed being in the poll 14 times during her Hall of Fame career at Tennessee.

UConn, Ohio State and Indiana rounded out the top five.

The Huskies are one of four Big East teams to be ranked this week as Marquette entered the poll at No. 24. It’s the first time the Big East has four ranked teams since the conference realigned in 2014. The league is 56-14 so far this season, including going 8-2 against ranked teams.

“We’ve been trying to earn a little more respect,” Marquette coach Megan Duffy said of the Big East. “Tried to schedule tougher non-conference (games). ‘Nova’s playing people. Us going to the Bahamas was great. Creighton’s doing what they’ve been doing since last season. Getting some of those quality wins is everything.”

North Carolina moved up two spots to No. 6 after rallying to beat then-No. 5 Iowa State in the Phil Knight tournament. The Cyclones fell to eighth.

The Tar Heels visit the Hoosiers on Tuesday in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. Indiana returns home after winning two games in Las Vegas at a subpar venue that lacked basic necessities.

Notre Dame remained No. 7 while Virginia Tech and Iowa finished off the top 10. At No. 9, Virginia Tech has matched its best ranking ever and is in the top 10 for the first time since 1999.

Tennessee fell out of the poll this week marking the 56th time in the 827-week history of the poll that the Lady Vols weren’t ranked. Kansas State also fell out with Gonzaga moving in at No. 23.


Louisville dropped to 18th in the poll this week after falling to South Dakota State in the fifth place game at the Battle 4 Atlantis last week. It’s the Cardinals lowest ranking since Jan. 11, 2016.

Louisville entered the top 10 in the preseason poll in 2017 and hadn’t been out since, a span of 98 consecutive weeks. It was the longest active streak.

“It’s a compliment to the consistency that we built here,” Louisville coach Jeff Walz said of being ranked in the top 10 for so long. “Obviously are goal would have been to stay in the top 10, but it’s a new team and growing.”

Edey scores 21 as No. 24 Purdue beats No. 8 Duke 75-56

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Zach Edey and No. 24 Purdue shook off a slow start. When No. 8 Duke tried to rally in the second half, the Boilermakers finished strong.

Edey had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and Purdue beat Duke 75-56 on Sunday in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy men’s tournament.

Fletcher Loyer scored 18 points for Purdue (6-0), and reserve Caleb Furst finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

“I feel like we weren’t getting the looks we wanted early. As we settled into the game, we kept our poise and kept getting the shots that we wanted,” Edey said. “They were making some tough twos at the beginning of the game, shots we’re OK with all season.”

The 7-foot-4 Edey was 7 for 13 from the field and 7 for 8 at the line. He was named tournament MVP.

“They have the most unique player in the country,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said of Edey. “He’s a hard guy to prepare for because there’s nobody else like him.”

Duke (6-2) shot 36.2% (21 for 58) from the field. Tyres Proctor scored 16 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach each had 14.

Ethan Morton had a steal and a dunk to help Purdue open a 58-41 lead with 15:37 left in the second half.

Duke countered with an 8-0 run, capped by two foul shots by Dariq Whitehead. But Furst made a layup and a jumper to help hold off the Blue Devils.

A hook by Edey and a 3-pointer by Loyer made it 68-56 with 5:03 remaining.

Duke got off to a 14-7 start before Purdue worked its way back into the game.

“I don’t feel like we came out bad today, but they matched our energy,” Edey said.

A 3-pointer by Brandon Newman pushed the Purdue lead to 46-28. A late run by Duke cut the Boilermakers’ lead to 46-35 at halftime.


Duke: It looked as if Roach had an issue with his left foot at one point, but he went back into the game. Scheyer said Roach had hurt his toe.

Purdue: Although neither team had great offensive games, Purdue was the better team from range. Purdue made seven 3-pointers to just two for Duke.


Duke: Hosts Ohio State on Wednesday.

Purdue: Visits Florida State on Wednesday.

No. 18 Alabama beats No. 1 North Carolina 103-101 in 4 OTs

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Mark Sears had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists, and No. 18 Alabama sent top-ranked North Carolina to a second straight loss with a 103-101 victory in a quadruple-overtime thriller on Sunday in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.

Jahvon Quinerly added 21 points off the bench for the Crimson Tide (6-1), who knocked off the top-ranked team for the first time since upsetting Stanford in the 2004 NCAA Tournament.

“I was losing track of how many overtimes we were in there at the end,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said. “A lot of credit to our guys. I thought they showed a lot of character when we could have folded.”

Charles Bediako had 14 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, while Brandon Miller also scored 14 points.

Caleb Love led the Tar Heels (5-2) with 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals. Armando Bacot contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds, and R.J. Davis had 19 points and nine rebounds in the second four-overtime game in North Carolina history. The other was a victory over Tulane in 1976.

“At the end of the day, Alabama made one more play than we did,” North Carolina coach Hubert Davis said. “I walked in the locker room and a number of the guys had their head down and I told them to pick their head up. I’m just as disappointed (as the players) in terms of the final outcome, but I couldn’t be any more proud about the way they competed.”

Bediako gave the Crimson Tide the lead for good on a layup with 26 seconds remaining in the fourth overtime.

The Tar Heels, who lost to Iowa State in the semifinals, led by as much as eight in the second half before Alabama came back to tie it. The Crimson Tide retook the lead on a pair of free throws from Gurley with 2 minutes remaining, and later tied with another free throw from Sears with 51 seconds remaining in regulation.

Alabama starting forward Noah Clowney took a hard fall on a dunk attempt four minutes into the first half and had to be helped off the court. He did not return.

The Crimson Tide were 16 for 38 (42.1%) from 3-point range, with Sears making seven.


North Carolina: The Tar Heels figure to take a deep drop in the Top 25 poll.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide bounced back nicely following their loss to No. 20 UConn in the semifinals, beating a top-ranked team in the regular season for the first time since a 66-64 victory over eventual national champion Arkansas on Jan. 8, 1994.


North Carolina: The Tar Heels travel to Bloomington to face No. 11 Indiana on Wednesday.

Alabama: The Crimson Tide return home to face South Dakota State on Saturday.

Clingan lifts UConn past Iowa State for Phil Knight title

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Donovan Clingan had 15 points and 10 rebounds to power No. 20 UConn to a 71-53 win over Iowa State in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday night.

Tristen Newton scored 13 points for the Huskies (8-0), who went 20 for 25 at the free-throw line. Alex Karaban and Andre Jackson, Jr. each had 10 points.

Osun Osunniyi led Iowa State (5-1) with 14 points. Tamin Lipsey had 12 points and Jaren Holmes finished with 11.

“They were the more aggressive team,” Iowa State coach T.J. Otzelberger said. “We wanted a physical game. We didn’t want a physical game with them getting the rebounds and then also us putting them on the foul line. Lesson that we’ve got to learn is we need to embrace being the aggressor at both ends of the floor at all times.”

The Huskies had more offensive rebounds (20) than the Cyclones had total rebounds (19), and capitalized on that disparity with 20 second-chance points.

“Those guys are tough,” UConn coach Dan Hurley said. “T.J.`s an excellent coach. They grind people up. To outrebound them, it just speaks to how tough we were.”

Clingan, who was named tournament MVP, scored eight points to help UConn to a 38-28 lead at the break.

Iowa State closed to 53-48 on Holmes’ 3-pointer midway through the second half. But Karaban made a 3 and a dunk, and Newton’s jumper made it 60-48 with 7:13 remaining.


UConn: The Huskies couldn’t have asked for a better showing in Portland, winning all three of their games.

Iowa State: The Cyclones picked up nice wins over Villanova and top-ranked North Carolina in the earlier rounds but ended with their first loss of the season.


UConn: The Huskies return home to face Oklahoma State on Thursday.

Iowa State: The Cyclones return home to face North Dakota on Tuesday.