Late Night Snacks: No. 10 Oregon, No. 16 Kansas fall

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 San Diego State 61, No. 16 Kansas 57

No. 16 San Diego State picked up a major win for the program, and they ended Kansas’ 68-game non-conference home win streak in the process. The Aztecs’ length proved to be a major issue for Kansas inside, and senior guard Xavier Thames hit two free throws with 5.7 remaining to seal the outcome. As for the Jayhawks their guard play left much to be desired, and with that being the case should Bill Self be concerned?

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 20 Colorado 100, No. 10 Oregon 91

While Oregon may have the deepest backcourt in the country, the Colorado tandem of Askia Booker and Spencer Dinwiddie combining to score 50 points and dish out 11 assists. Add in a double-double from Josh Scott (15 points, 12 rebounds) and 15 points from Xavier Johnson, and the end result was a second Pac-12 win of the season for the Buffaloes. As for the Ducks, while the exceeded their scoring average in defeat their performance on the defensive end left much to be desired.

2) No. 4 Wisconsin 75, No. 22 Iowa 71

With Iowa clinging to a 41-39 lead head coach Fran McCaffery picked up two technical fouls and was ejected from the game. Did that cost the Hawkeyes a win in Madison? That can certainly be debated, but what shouldn’t be debated is the fact that the Badgers were able to make some key plays late to remain undefeated. Now 15-0, Bo Ryan’s team is off to the best start in school history.

3) Wake Forest 73, No. 19 North Carolina 67

The roller coaster ride continued for North Carolina as they fell in Winston-Salem to a program in need of a big win. Travis McKie scored 16 points to lead the Demon Deacons but their best work was done defensively, as they limited the Tar Heels to 39% shooting and Marcus Paige to eight points. At this point we know who North Carolina is: a team that can not only beat just about any team in the country but lose to a lot of teams they should beat as well.

STARRED

1) Kyle Anderson (UCLA)

Anderson racked up 23 points, 12 rebounds and five assists in UCLA’s 107-73 whipping of city rival USC.

2) Sidney Sanders Jr. (Fairleigh Dickinson) 

Sanders accounted for 31 points, seven assists and four rebounds in the Knights’ 86-67 win over Hofstra.

3) Brandon Venturini (Navy)

Venturini shot 8-for-9 from beyond the arc and scored 28 points in Navy’s 79-71 win over Lafayette.

STRUGGLED

1) USC

It didn’t come as a surprise that Andy Enfield’s team lacked the horses to score with UCLA. But allowing the Bruins to shoot 57.7% from the field? That’s really bad. Final score: UCLA 107, USC 73.

2) Providence

A short-handed Providence squad also struggled defensively, as No. 11 Villanova shot 59.6% from the field and 14-for-26 from three in their 91-61 win over the Friars.

3) Missouri State

The Bears shot 4-for-20 from three in their 89-57 loss at Loyola (IL). Interestingly enough, Paul Lusk’s team shot 50% inside of the arc.

NOTABLES

  • Fred Van Vleet scored a career-high 22 points as No. 8 Wichita State beat Northern Iowa 67-53, moving to 15-0 on the season.
  • Nik Stauskas scored 18 points to lead Michigan to a 74-51 win over Northwestern, and Michigan’s now 2-0 in Big Ten play.
  • D.J. Irving hit two free throws with two seconds remaining to give Boston University a 67-66 win at Lehigh in an important early-season Patriot League battle. Mackey McKnight scored 23 to lead the way for Lehigh.
  • UMass-Lowell killed two birds with one stone Sunday, beating UMBC 59-54 for its first win as a Division I member. The win is also their first America East victory, with Akeem Williams scoring 18 points to lead the way.
  • Austin (18 points) and Andre Hollins (17) combined to score 35 points and Minnesota held off Purdue, 82-79, giving Richard Pitino his first Big Ten victory.
  • Cameron Payne scored 27 points and Jarvis Williams added 20 points and 15 rebounds to lead Murray State to a 91-77 win over UT-Martin.
  • After an off night in a loss to Washington, Jermaine Marshall rebounded to score 26 points to lead Arizona State to a 66-47 win over Washington State.

Bubbles brewing with season on horizon

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis.

Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center’s exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. There would be expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing.

The all-inclusive price starts at $90,000 per team and would cover 20 hotel rooms per traveling party, testing, daily food vouchers ranging from $30-$50 and the cost of game officials. Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn said the price depends on what offerings teams or leagues choose.

“The interest has been high,” Vaughn said. “I think as conferences figure out what conference and non-conference schedules are going to look like, we’re we’re a very good option for folks. I would tell you we’ve had conversations with the power six conferences, mid-majors, it’s really kind of all over the Division I spectrum.”

Small wonder: The NCAA this week announced teams could start ramping up workouts Monday, with preseason practices set to begin Oct. 14. Season openers, however, were pushed back to Nov. 25 amid wide-ranging uncertainty about campus safety and team travel in the pandemic.

There is already scrambling going on and some of the marquee early-season tournaments have already been impacted.

The Maui Invitational will be moved from Hawaii to Asheville, North Carolina, with dates still to be determined and organizers clear that everyone involved “will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.” The Batttle 4 Atlantis has been canceled. The Cancun Challenge will be held in Melbourne, Florida, not Mexico.

More changes almost certainly will be coming, including what to do with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

“I think we’re past the guesswork on whether we play 20 conference games or more than that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said Friday. “We’re trying to get everybody set like in terms of MTEs (multi-team events), figuring out when to play the ACC-Big Ten challenge.”

Painter, who was part of the NCAA committee that recommended how to start the season, noted part of the uncertainty stems from differing protocols imposed by campus, city and state officials.

In Indianapolis, Vaughn believes the convention center, nearby hotels, restaurants and downtown businesses, many within walking distance of the venue, could safely accommodate up to 24 teams. The 745,000-square foot facility would feature six basketball courts and two competition courts.

Anyone entering the convention center would undergo saliva-based rapid response testing, which would be sent to a third-party lab for results. Others venues could be added, too, potentially with more fans, if the case numbers decline.

If there is a taker, the event also could serve as a dry run for the 2021 Final Four, also slated for Indy.

“It’s not going to hurt,” Vaughn said. “I can tell you all the planning we’re doing right now is the same for a Final Four that’s been scheduled here for any other year. But it would be nice to have this experience under our belt to see if it can be done.”

Maui Invitational moving to North Carolina during pandemic

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the premier preseason tournaments on the college basketball schedule, the Maui Invitational will be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates for the tournament announced Friday have yet to be finalized. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will begin Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

All teams, staff, officials, and personnel will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.

Burton eligible at Texas Tech after 2 seasons at Wichita State

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Junior guard Jamarius Burton has been granted a waiver from the NCAA that makes him eligible to play this season for Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons for Wichita State.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced the waiver Thursday, which came five months after Burton signed with the Big 12 team.

Burton has two seasons of eligibility remaining, as well as a redshirt season he could utilize. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Wichita State, where he played 67 games overall.

Burton is from Charlotte. He helped lead Independence High School to a 31-1 record and the North Carolina Class 4A state championship as a senior there.

NCAA season set to open day before Thanksgiving

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The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for non-conference games.

The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Teams can start preseason practices Oct. 14 but will be allowed to work out 12 hours per week beginning Monday.

No scrimmages against other teams or exhibitions are allowed.

In other action, the council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through Dec. 31. In-person recruiting is not allowed during a dead period, though phone calls and other correspondence are allowed.

The men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees had jointly recommended a start date of Nov. 21, which would have allowed for games to be played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The council opted not to do that to avoid a conflict with regular-season football games.

The council is scheduled to meet again Oct. 13-14 and could delay the start date and change other pieces of the basketball framework if circumstances surrounding the virus warrant.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn swingman Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play for the Huskies this season.

The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds and started every game last season for URI, where he was recruited by current UConn coach Dan Hurley.

NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season, but the organization has been more lenient in granting waivers during the pandemic.

Martin, 21, is expected to compete for playing time at UConn on the wing as both a guard and small forward.