Late Night Snacks: No. 21 Michigan wins ninth straight

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 21 Michigan 80, No. 3 Michigan State 75

Michigan won its ninth straight game on Saturday night, using an 8-0 run to take control late in regulation. Nik Stauskas and Derrick Walton Jr. scored 19 points apiece for the Wolverines, who are now the Big Ten’s lone undefeated team. Gary Harris scored 27 to lead the way for Michigan State, but not having forwards Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne proved costly for the Spartans.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 4 Villanova 94, Marquette 85 (OT)

The Wildcats could have gone in the tank following a poor charge call on Tony Chennault at the end of regulation but they didn’t, ending Marquette’s 20-game conference home win streak in the process. Ryan Arcidiacono put together one of his best games as a distributor, finishing with 20 points, 11 assists and no turnovers.

2) No. 7 San Diego State 74, Utah State 69 (OT) 

Xavier Thames scored a career-high 31 points to lead the Aztecs to a tough win in Logan. Spencer Butterfield’s three-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining in regulation sent the game to overtime but it was all Thames in the extra session, as he scored ten of San Diego State’s 17 points.

3) Texas 74, No. 24 Baylor 60

Isaiah Taylor scored 27 points to lead the Longhorns to their fifth consecutive win while dropping the reeling Bears to 1-5 in Big 12 play. Rick Barnes has a better mix of players this season, and it’s paid off in a big way for the man who began this season on just about every “hot seat” list.

STARRED

1) Aaric Murray (Texas Southern)

26 points and 19 rebounds in the Tigers’ 94-56 win over Mississippi Valley State.

2) J.J. Mann (Belmont) 

34 points, eight rebounds and three assists in the Bruins’ 84-81 win over Eastern Kentucky.

3) Tristan Carey (Longwood) 

Carey scored 37 points and grabbed eight rebounds in the Lancers’ 88-85 win at Charleston Southern.  

STRUGGLED

1) Jordan McRae (Tennessee) 

Shot 1-for-15 from the field in the Volunteers’ 67-41 loss at No. 6 Florida.

2) Colorado 

The Buffaloes shot 9-for-24 from the foul line in their 72-51 loss at Arizona State.

3) J.J. Avila (Colorado State)

Avila shot 1-for-12 from the field, scoring eight points and grabbing 12 rebounds in a 68-66 loss to New Mexico.

NOTABLES

  • No. 2 Syracuse and No. 5 Wichita State both picked up road wins to remain undefeated, with the Orange beating Miami 64-52 and the Shockers outclassing Drake 78-61.
  • No. 18 Duke shot just 30.5% from the field, but they forced 17 turnovers in their 78-56 win over Florida State. The win is Mike Krzyzewski’s 900th at Duke.
  • No. 16 Iowa State ended its three-game losing streak with an 81-75 win over No. 22 Kansas State. Melvin Ejim led the way with 20 points, nine rebounds and three blocks.
  • Devin Thomas scored 21 points on 10-for-11 shooting as Wake Forest remained undefeated at home with a 65-58 win over Notre Dame.
  • No. 6 Florida whipped Tennessee 67-41, limiting the Volunteers to 26.8% shooting from the field and 1-for-19 from three.
  • Larry Nance Jr.’s jump hook in the final seconds of overtime gave Wyoming a 64-62 win over Nevada. Nance finished with 19 points, 11 rebounds and three assists, thoroughly outplaying Nevada’s A.J. West.
  • On a night that featured the retirement of Eddie House’s jersey, Arizona State beat Colorado with Jahii Carson’s 18 points, six rebounds and four assists leading the way. Colorado shot 9-for-24 from the foul line.
  • Doug McDermott scored just 14 points but it was balance that led Creighton to the 76-63 win over Georgetown. Five players scored in double figures, with Will Artino (14 points) and Devin Brooks (11) combining to score 25 off the bench.
  • Kevin Pangos scored 24 points and Sam Dower added 18 in Gonzaga’s 84-69 win over BYU.

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Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

Kentucky’s Tionna Herron recovering from open-heart surgery

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky coach Kyra Elzy says freshman Tionna Herron is recovering from open-heart surgery to correct a structural abnormality.

The 6-foot-4 post player learned of her condition after arriving at school in June and received other opinions before surgery was recommended. Senior trainer Courtney Jones said in a release that Herron underwent surgery Aug. 24 at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and is recovering at home in DeSoto, Texas.

Elzy said Herron “is the definition of a warrior” and all are grateful to be on the other side of the player’s surgery. Herron is expected back on campus early next month and will continue rehabilitation until she’s cleared to return to normal activity.

“Her will and determination to eventually return to the court is inspiring, and it’s that `game-on’ attitude that is what makes her such a perfect fit in our program,” Elzy said in a release. “We are so thrilled for Tionna’s return to our locker room; it’s not the same without our full team together.”

Herron committed to Kentucky during last fall’s early signing period, rated as a four-star prospect and a top-70 player in last year’s class. Kentucky won last year’s Southeastern Conference Tournament and reached the NCAA Tournament’s first round.

Emoni Bates charged with 2 felonies

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SUPERIOR TOWNSHIP, Mich — Emoni Bates, a former basketball prodigy who transferred to Eastern Michigan from Memphis, was charged with two felonies after police found a gun in a car during a traffic stop.

The 18-year-old Bates failed to stop at an intersection Sunday night and a search turned up the weapon, said Derrick Jackson, a spokesman for the Washtenaw County sheriff’s office.

Defense attorney Steve Haney told The Associated Press that the vehicle and the gun didn’t belong to Bates.

“I hope people can reserve judgment and understand there’s a presumption of innocence,” Haney said. “This was not his vehicle. This was not his gun. … We’re still gathering facts, too.”

Bates was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and altering identification marks on a firearm. He was released after his lawyer entered a not guilty plea. Bates’ next court hearing is Oct. 6.

“This is his first brush with the law,” Haney said in court. “He poses no threat or risk to society.”

Less than a month ago, the 6-foot-9 Bates transferred to Eastern Michigan to play for his hometown Eagles. Bates averaged nearly 10 points a game last season as a freshman at Memphis, where he enrolled after reclassifying to skip a year of high school and join the class of 2021.

“We are aware of a situation involving one of our student athletes,” EMU spokesman Greg Steiner said. “We are working to gather more details and will have further comment when more information is available.”

Bates was the first sophomore to win the Gatorade national player of the year award in high school basketball in 2020, beating out Cade Cunningham and Evan Mobley. Detroit drafted Cunningham No. 1 overall last year, two spots before Cleveland took Mobley in the 2021 NBA draft.

Bates committed to playing for Tom Izzo at Michigan State two years ago, later de-committed and signed with Memphis. Bates played in 18 games for the Tigers, who finished 22-11 under Penny Hardaway. Bates missed much of the season with a back injury before appearing in Memphis’ two NCAA Tournament games.

In 2019, as a high school freshman, the slender and skilled guard led Ypsilanti Lincoln to a state title and was named Michigan’s Division 1 Player of the Year by The Associated Press. His sophomore season was cut short by the pandemic and he attended Ypsi Prep Academy as a junior, his final year of high school.

UConn to pay Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million over firing

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn announced Thursday it has agreed to pay former men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie another $3.9 million to settle discrimination claims surrounding his 2018 firing.

The money is in addition to the more than $11.1 million in back salary Ollie has already been paid after an arbitrator ruled in January that he was improperly fired under the school’s agreement with its professor’s union.

“I am grateful that we were able to reach agreement,” Ollie said in a statement Thursday. “My time at UConn as a student-athlete and coach is something I will always cherish. I am pleased that this matter is now fully and finally resolved.”

Ollie, a former UConn point guard who guided the Huskies to a 127-79 record and the 2014 national championship in six seasons as head coach, was let go after two losing seasons. UConn also stopped paying him under his contract, citing numerous NCAA violations in terminating the deal.

In 2019, the NCAA placed UConn on probation for two years and Ollie was sanctioned individually for violations, which the NCAA found occurred between 2013 and 2018. Ollie’s attorneys, Jacques Parenteau and William Madsen, accused UConn of making false claims to the NCAA for the purpose of firing Ollie “with cause.”

The school had argued that Ollie’s transgressions were serious and that his individual contract superseded those union protections.

Ollie’s lawyers had argued that white coaches, including Hall-of-Famers Jim Calhoun and women’s coach Geno Auriemma, had also committed NCAA violations, without being fired, and indicated they were planning to file a federal civil rights lawsuit.

The school and Ollie said in a joint statement Thursday they were settling “to avoid further costly and protracted litigation.”

Both sides declined to comment further.

Ollie, who faced three years of restrictions from the NCAA on becoming a college basketball coach again, is currently coaching for Overtime Elite, a league that prepares top prospects who are not attending college for the pros.

Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under coach Adia Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career scoring average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick of the 2021 WNBA draft.