Late Night Snacks: Top three teams roll, Holy Cross beats No. 25 Harvard

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GAME OF THE DAY: Portland 73, San Jose State 68 (OT)

The Pilots picked up their second win in as many games Sunday afternoon, with Volodymyr Gerun’s jumper in the final seconds of regulation forcing overtime. Alec Wintering (24 points, six steals, four assists) and Kevin Bailey (22, six assists) led the way offensively for Portland, which outscored the Spartans 11-6 in the extra session. Jordan Baker led four Spartans in double figures with 17 points.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Holy Cross 58, No. 25 Harvard 57

As Siyani Chambers goes so go the Crimson, and on this day Holy Cross’ Justin Burrell got the better of that individual matchup. Burrell finished the game with 16 points and four assists, with Chambers being limited to just one point, four assists and eight turnovers. Wesley Saunders accounted for 24 points, 12 rebounds and four assists, but it wasn’t enough as Harvard committed 22 turnovers and suffered its first loss of the season.

2. No. 1 Kentucky 71, Buffalo 52

The Bulls gave the top-ranked Wildcats all they wanted in the first half, taking a lead into the intermission. But Kentucky’s depth eventually wore Bobby Hurley’s team down, moving the Wildcats to 2-0 ahead of their showdown with No. 5 Kansas Tuesday night. Trey Lyles and Tyler Ulis led the way offensively with 12 points apiece and Devon Booker added ten, as the second unit provided the energy needed to take control of the game.

3. No. 2 Arizona 86, CSUN 68

Arizona led by as much as 29 Sunday night, with Stanley Johnson (17 points) and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson (14) leading the way offensively. Sean Miller’s Wildcats shot 53.8% from the field while limiting CSUN to 42.3% shooting and 2-for-10 from beyond the arc. Next up for the Wildcats is Big West preseason favorite UC Irvine Wednesday night.

STARRED

1. Vince Edwards (Purdue)

Edwards has been outstanding for the Boilermakers through two games. Sunday afternoon he accounted for 26 points, eight rebounds and three blocks in Purdue’s 77-57 win over IUPUI.

2. Buddy Hield (Oklahoma)

Hield shot 7-for-7 from three, scoring 25 points in the 19th-ranked Sooners’ 78-53 win over Southeastern Louisiana.

3. Kennedy Meeks (North Carolina)

Meeks scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the sixth-ranked Tar Heels’ 103-59 win over Robert Morris.

STRUGGLED

1. Siyani Chambers (Harvard)

Rough night at the office for Chambers, as he finished Harvard’s 58-57 loss to Holy Cross with one point, four assists and eight turnovers.

2. Arnold Fripp (Coppin State)

Fripp made just two of his twelve field goal attempts, finishing with seven points, five rebounds and two turnovers in the Eagles’ 114-56 loss to Illinois.

3. Norfolk State players not named Jeff Short

The Spartans struggled mightily against No. 9 Virginia’s pack line defense, as they combined to shoot 6-for-36 in a 67-39 loss in Charlottesville. Short finished with 19 points and five rebounds on 6-for-15 shooting.

NOTABLES

  • Terran Petteway scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead No. 21 Nebraska to an 80-61 win over Northern Kentucky.
  • Isaiah Whitehead struggled, making just one of his ten field goal attempts, but Sterling Gibbs (17 points, five assists), Brandon Mobley (19 points, nine rebounds) and Angel Delgado (eight points, 12 rebounds) led Seton Hall to an 83-67 win over Mercer.
  • Rakeem Christmas scored 15 points and grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds in No. 23 Syracuse’s 65-47 win over Hampton.
  • Sam Dekker scored 18 points and both Frank Kaminsky (15 points, ten rebounds) and Nigel Hayes (15 points, 13 rebounds) posted double-doubles in No. 3 Wisconsin’s 89-45 win over Chattanooga.
  • It wasn’t pretty but Hartford outlasted Saint Peter’s 51-50, with Taylor Dyson scoring 15 points for the winners.
  • Kevon Looney accounted for 17 points and 14 rebounds in UCLA’s 84-71 win over Coastal Carolina.
  • Isaiah Taylor scored 12 points and Demarcus Holland and Myles Turner added ten apiece in No. 10 Texas’ 85-53 win over Alcorn State. 12 Longhorns scored, and they held Alcorn State without a field goal for the first 10:31 of the game.
  • Jerian Grant finished with 17 points, ten assists and five rebounds as Notre Dame whipped Navy, 92-53.
  • Maxie Esho tallied 23 points and nine rebounds in UMass’ 71-62 win over Boston College.
  • Guards Kethan Savage and Joe McDonald combined to score 33 points as George Washington took care of Rutgers, 70-53. The Scarlet Knights were without the injured Kadeem Jack, but that wouldn’t have mattered against the Colonials.
  • Will Artino scored a career-high 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds in Creighton’s 84-66 win over Chicago State.
  • Kim Anderson got his first win as head coach at Missouri, 56-41 over Valparaiso.
  • UNLV survived for the second straight game, beating Sam Houston State 59-57 in Las Vegas.
  • And Cal rolled for the second straight game, beating Kennesaw State 93-59. Tyrone Wallace accounted for 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

Ivy League calls off fall sports due to outbreak

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The Ivy League on Wednesday became the first Division I conference to say it will not play sports this fall because of the coronavirus pandemic, a person with knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. The league left open the possibility of moving some seasons to the spring if the outbreak is better controlled by then.

The decision was described to the AP by a person speaking on the condition of anonymity in advance of the official announcement.

Although the coalition of eight academically elite schools does not grant athletic scholarships or compete for an NCAA football championship, the move could have ripple effects throughout the big business of college sports. Football players in the Power Five conferences have already begun workouts for a season that starts on Aug. 29, even as their schools weigh whether to open their campuses to students or continue classes remotely.

The Ivy decision affects not just football but everything before Jan. 1, including soccer, field hockey, volleyball and cross country, as well as the nonconference portion of the basketball season.

Power Five conferences told The Associated Press on Wednesday that they were still considering their options. But it was the Ivy League’s March 10 decision to scuttle its postseason basketball tournament that preceded a cascade of cancellations that eventually enveloped all major college and professional sports.

“What’s happening in other conferences is clearly a reflection of what’s happening nationally and any decisions are made within that context,” said Dr. Chris Kratochvil, the chair of the Big Ten’s infectious disease task force, adding that there is no “hard deadline” for a decision.

“Clearly, regardless of what happens in the fall, sports are coming back eventually,” he said. “So we want to make sure that whenever that time (is) right to return to competition, that we have the infrastructure and the recommendations in place to be able to do so safely for the student-athletes, staff, coaches, fans, students.”

Ivy League schools are spread across seven Northeastern states that, as of mid-July, have seen some success at controlling the COVID-19 outbreak. But most of those states still ban large gatherings; under the Massachusetts reopening plan, Harvard would not be allowed to have fans in the stands until a vaccine is developed.

Harvard has already announced that all classes for both semesters will be held virtually; dorms will be open only to freshmen and seniors. Yale said it would limit its dorms to 60% capacity and said most classes would be conducted remotely. Princeton will also do most of its teaching online, with dorms at half capacity.

Coaches 4 Change: Siena’s Carmen Maciariello spearheads social justice initiative

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Carmen Maciariello found himself in the same place so many of us did in the days after George Floyd was murdered by police in Minneapolis.

Devastated by what he was seeing. Motivated to find a way to use his platform as the head coach at Siena College to enact change. Struggling with how, as he puts it, “a white head coach from privilege at a school in New York,” can have real, honest, open dialogue with his majority-Black roster.

So he picked up the phone. He called Louis Orr, his former college coach and now an assistant coach at Georgetown. He called his closest friends in the coaching business. He called his advisor, Brad Konerman, an entrepreneur who connected him with a couple of talented website designers. By early June, 25 like-minded people from all walks of life were on a zoom call.

“I’ve never been pulled over and feared for my life for not using my blinker,” Maciariello, who is white, told me. “We had those conversations. How are we talking to our teams about that? What are we doing with the police? How can we help our young people navigate through these tough times?”

That’s how Coaches 4 Change was born.

Maciariello has grand plans for the organization. On a zoom call with nearly all of the 43 coaches that have committed to the group to date, he said he wants “to try to change the world. Let’s not think small, we’ve gotta think big with this.” He is not lacking for ambition.

But Maciariello also understands that something like this has to start small and it has to start locally. It’s why he limited the first group of invitees to coaches that are “doing this for the right reasons.”

“I didn’t want to have a donate link and bring in coaches that felt like, ‘I donated money, I did my part supporting it,” he said. “It was about the time commitment and the vision. We have to focus on one thing first.”

That first thing?

Voting.

C4C developed a sleek, interactive website to help educate young people about social injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement, things as basic as the difference between systemic and systematic racism and Jackie Robinson’s impact on sports. But the site also provides users with all of the information necessary to vote in this year’s elections, information on what makes voting so important in a democracy and — most importantly — a tutorial for how a person in every state can register to vote, where their polling stations are and whether or not they are eligible for mail-in voting. Their website also has a ‘Keep Learning‘ page that links to all documentaries, podcasts, audiobooks and literary resources available on all streaming platforms, including content for children.

C4C has partnered with Vote.org with a goal of “100 percent voter registration for all college athletes” regardless of the sport they play, Maciariello said.

Currently, the only coaches involved with C4C are men’s college basketball coaches, but that will change. They are in the process of reaching out to counterparts on the women’s side, and will eventually invite staff members from other sports as well. One of the barriers to entry to become a member will be ensuring that every player on a coach’s team is registered to vote.

Eventually, Maciariello envisions C4C developing community outreach initiatives. He wants the members of C4C to connect with their campus communities and put together voter registration drives for students. He wants to eventually connect with lawmakers and work on changing legislation that helps systemic racism continue to exist.

No one ever said he wasn’t ambitious.

But he knows he has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is this platform.

“I want to engage people in issues,” he said. “Educate them, empower them to change, encourage them to grow and evolve.”

CBT Podcast: Pat Chambers, moving the season up, Running Back Buddy Hield’s 46 points at Kansas

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In the latest edition of the Run It Back podcast, Rob Dauster and Bobby Reagan recap Buddy Hield’s memorable 46-point outburst in a three-overtime loss to Kansas in Phog Allen Fieldhouse in a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 1 back in 2016. The game was unbelievable. Before they dive into the game itself, the boys talk through Pat Chambers’ noose comments to Rasir Bolton and the potential for the college basketball season to get moved up.

Michael Jordan, Roy Williams among UNC greats to condemn systemic racism

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Roy Williams and Michael Jordan joined numerous North Carolina luminaries in condemning systemic racism and voicing support for the Black Lives Matter movement in a video that was released by the school on Monday.

“Systematic racism has to stop now,” Jordan said in the video. “We must take the time to listen and educate our family, our friends, our children on social injustice and racial inequality. Black Lives Matter more now than ever before. We have to get this right, so please take time to educate yourself and improve the lives of many people, many Black people. Thank you.”

James Worthy, Sam Perkins, Tyler Hansbrough, Luke Maye and Sean May were among the former players that appeared in the video.

Williams led by discussing Charlie Scott, who was the first Black scholarship athlete in UNC’s history.

“Some of the greatest to play our game have been Black players, but here we are more than 50 years later and our country is still fighting systemic racism and police brutality against Black men and women,” Williams said. “The North Carolina basketball program, our family, our current and former players believe Black lives matter, and it’s critically important that we don’t just believe it. We must stand together and loudly and clearly demand that we as a country and the world embrace the fundamental human right that Black lives matter.”

Former Penn State guard Rasir Bolton left program after coach Pat Chambers made noose comment

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Former Penn State point guard Rasir Bolton has accused of Pat Chambers of making racially insensitive remarks, including a reference to a noose.

According to Bolton, who tweeted about the incident on Monday morning, midway through his freshman season in 2018-19 with the Nittany Lions, Chambers made a reference to a “noose” about Bolton’s neck.  Bolton described the encounter in an interview with the Undefeated, and said that the phrase was a result of Chambers talking about easing the pressure on his freshman’s shoulders. “I want to loosen the noose that’s around your neck,” Bolton recalled.

Bolton also alleged that after his parents went to the Athletic Director with their concerns about this statement, Chambers told him during an exit interview that he was impressed by how “well-spoken” and “organized” his parents are. Remarks like this are considered racially-insensitive because they are based on the underlying assumption that Black people are not expected to be either organized or articulate.

Chambers, to his credit, admitted his wrong in making the noose comment.

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“I’ve realized the pain my words and ignorance caused Rasir Bolton and his family and I apologize to Rasir and the Bolton family for what I said,” Chambers’ statement read. “I failed to comprehend the experiences of others, and the reference I make was hurtful, insensitive and unacceptable I cannot apologize enough for what I said, and I will carry that forever.”

Bolton left Penn State after his freshman season and transferred to Iowa State. He was given immediately eligibility with the Cyclones after mentioning the noose comment when applying for a waiver. He averaged 14.7 points this past season with Iowa State. He also alleged that after he came to the Penn State athletic department with this claim, they offered him a meeting with a sports psychologist who told him how to “deal with Coach Chambers’ personality type.”