Late Night Snacks: Champions Classic caps 2014 Tip-Off Marathon

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GAME OF THE DAY: UMass 77, Manhatta 68 (OT)

Overtime was forced by this play. The Minutemen were set to close out a victory in regulation until a miscue on the in-bound pass gave Manhattan the ball under the hood. Steve Masiello, who had drawn up had baseline out-of-bounds that baffled the UMass defense, caught a break when the officials had to check the monitor for the correct time, giving him time to draw up a play that left Rich Williams streaking down the middle for a two-handed alley-oop. Although, UMass’ inside presence was too much, as Cady Lalanne finished with his third double-double: 23 points and 16 rebounds.

OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: Northern Iowa 79, Stephen F. Austin (OT)

Another early morning game had a fantastic finish with 11 ties and 23 lead changes, with five of those coming in the final four minutes of overtime. Demetrius Floyd had is layup attempt roll off the rim, which would have forced a second overtime. Not only does Northern Iowa score a quality non-conference road victory, the Panthers snap Stephen F. Austin’s 34 home game-winning streak.

OTHER OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: Boise State 72, Montana 67 (2OT)

Derrick Marks missed a potential game-winning shot at the end of regulation. Anthony Drmic played hero in the first overtime with a 3-pointer for Boise State to tie the score at 59 with under 30 seconds. Marks and Drmic accounted for nine of the Broncos’ 13 second overtime points to pull out the win.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 1 Kentucky 72, No. 5 Kansas 40

A statement win for the top-ranked team, two days after struggling to put away Buffalo. The Kentucky frontline was too much for the Kansas big men, as the Wildcats collected 11 blocks as a team. To put that in perspective, the Jayhawks had 11 field goals on the night. The Kentucky defense held the Kansas starting five to 8-of-36 and the entire team to under 20 percent shooting. Kentucky’s depth was on display, which was a scary glimpse of what could be a season-long trend.

No. 4 Duke 81, No. 19 Michigan State 71

The Duke freshmen showed up in their first real test as the Blue Devils never trailed in a win over No. 19 Michigan State. Jahlil Okafor, picked as the preseason player of the year, proved to be a load down while Coach K got contributions from Justise Winslow, Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook. Michigan State struggled with Navy on Friday night, and clearly cut the lead down enough to make a real threat at Duke on Tuesday. The good news: outside of Notre Dame, Tom Izzo will have some time to get his team ready for Big Ten play.

No. 11 Wichita State 71, Memphis 56: Gregg Marshall lost the scoring prowess of Cleanthony Early but Fred VanVleet, Ron Baker and Tekele Cotton led the charge, proving to be one of the best perimeter attacks in the country. Wichita State hasn’t lost a regular season game in 33 tries. Memphis, on the other hand, has a lot of work to do. The guards were shaky and the frontline, which needs to steady the ship, still has its questions to solve.

No. 16 San Diego State 63, No. 25 Utah 59: The Aztecs offense was great. But it’s defense was, holding Utah’s star wing, Delon Wright, to only five points (all of which came with 40 seconds left) and forced 18 turnovers. Defense will carry San Diego State as it figures out how to get more pop offensively.

No. 15 VCU 87, Toledo 78

Briante Weber had a dazzling season debut with 18 points, eight boards, seven assists to no turnovers and nine, yes, nine steals. He was the spark plug for the Rams to pull away. He was the definition of Havoc, single-handedly ending multiple fastbreak opportunities for Toledo and he set up teammates for good looks while hitting 3-of-4 threes. If he can play like this, Shaka Smart has a dangerous team in front of him.

STARRED

1) Duke freshmen: Jahlil Okafor made his presence felt early. Justise Winslow ended up doing this. And Tyus Jones scored all of his points after halftime. In all, the three freshmen starters combined for 49 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists.

2) Briante Weber, VCU: The senior guard made his season debut with 18 points, eight rebounds, seven assists (no turnovers) and nine steals. He was the game-changer in VCU’s 87-78 win over MAC favorite Toledo.

3) Ron Baker, Wichita State: Didn’t score his first four points until the final minute of the first half, but it got the ball rolling as he scored 19 of game-high 21 points. He also stuffed the stat sheet with six assists, five rebounds, two steals and a block.

STRUGGLED

1) Memphis guards: We knew the new-look Memphis perimeter would take its lumps, but in a neutral site contest against one of the premier back courts in the country, the Tigers looked far from a tournament team. Kedren Johnson, Markel Crawford and Pookie Powell combined for 1-for-9 shooting, three points, only one assists to 10 turnovers.

2) Delon Wright, Utah: The talented wing didn’t score until 40 seconds remaining, ended with five points off 2-of-13 shooting in Utah’s loss to San Diego State. He wasn’t the only one to have struggle scoring in this rock fight.

3) Kansas frontline: The length of both Kentucky platoons forced the Kansas big men into a dismal night. Perry Ellis, Cliff Alexander and Jamari Traylor accounted for 14 points (4-of-19 shooting), 17 rebounds. They also accounted for several Kentucky blocks.

TOP 25

  • No. 4 Duke 81, No. 19 Michigan State 71
  • No. 9 Virginia 75, South Carolina State 55
  • No. 11 Wichita State 71, Memphis 56
  • No. 15 VCU 87, Toledo 78
  • No. 16 San Diego State 63, No. 25 Utah 59
  • No. 20 Ohio State 74, Marquette 63
  • No. 21 Nebraska 82, Central Arkansas 56

NOTABLES

  • Northeastern, the favorite in the CAA, upset Florida State, 76-73. After dropping 23 in a win over Boston University on Sunday, David Walker went for 22 points against the Seminoles. Aaron Thomas led all scorers with 24.
  • Four Buckeyes scored in double figures — Kam Williams (15), Amir Williams (12), Sam Thompson and Marc Loving (10) — in Ohio State’s 74-63 win over Marquette.
  • Texas Tech missed its final seven shots of regulation, made an errant pass to Tim Quarterman, who tied the score, Robert Turner had 13 second and settled for a step-back three despite missing all five shots in the second half. LSU prevailed, 69-64, in overtime.
  • Cady Lalanne now has three double-doubles in three games for UMass; went for 23 points and 16 boards against Manhattan.
  • Dennis Mavin’s layup with five seconds left pushed FIU past Stetson, 53-52.
  • Wofford, the Southern Conference favorite beat MAAC favorite Iona in the 7 a.m. game.
  • Xavier defeated Long Beach State, 97-74. The 49ers have the most difficult non-conference schedule.
  • Kenny Chery had 20 in Baylor’s 69-65 win over South Carolina.
  • Craig Ponder led all scorers with 26 as UNC Wilmington topped in-state foe UNC Greensboro.
  • While you were sleeping:

College basketball broadcaster Billy Packer dies at 82

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Packer, an Emmy award-winning college basketball broadcaster who covered 34 Final Fours for NBC and CBS, died Thursday. He was 82.

Packer’s son, Mark, told The Associated Press that his father had been hospitalized in Charlotte for the past three weeks and had several medical issues, and ultimately succumbed to kidney failure.

Packer’s broadcasting career coincided with the growth of college basketball. He worked as analyst or color commentator on every Final Four from 1975 to 2008. He received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Analyst in 1993.

“He really enjoyed doing the Final Fours,” Mark Packer said. “He timed it right. Everything in life is about timing. The ability to get involved in something that, frankly, he was going to watch anyway, was a joy to him. And then college basketball just sort of took off with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and that became, I think, the catalyst for college basketball fans to just go crazy with March Madness.”

Packer played three seasons at Wake Forest, and helped lead the Demon Deacons to the Final Four in 1962, but it was his work as an analyst that brought him the most acclaim.

He joined NBC in 1974 and called his first Final Four in 1975. UCLA beat Kentucky in the title game that year in what was John Wooden’s final game as coach.

Packer was also part of the broadcast in 1979 with Dick Enberg and Al McGuire when Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team beat Larry Bird’s Indiana State squad in the title game. That remains highest-rated game in basketball history with a 24.1 Nielsen rating, which is an estimated 35.1 million viewers.

Packer went to CBS in the fall of 1981, when the network acquired the rights to the NCAA Tournament. He remained the network’s main analyst until the 2008 Final Four.

In 1996 at CBS, Packer was involved in controversy when he used the term “tough monkey? to describe then-Georgetown star Allen Iverson during a game. Packer later said he “was not apologizing for what I said, because what I said has no implications in my mind whatsoever to do with Allen Iverson’s race.?

Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports, said Packer was “synonymous with college basketball for more than three decades and set the standard of excellence as the voice of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

“He had a tremendous impact on the growth and popularity of the sport.” McManus said. “In true Billy fashion, he analyzed the game with his own unique style, perspective and opinions, yet always kept the focus on the game. As passionate as he was about basketball, at his heart Billy was a family man. He leaves part of his legacy at CBS Sports, across college basketball and, most importantly, as a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all.”

Packer was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale took to Twitter as word of Packer’s death spread. “So sad to learn of the passing of Billy Packer who had such a passion for college basketball,” Vitale tweeted. “My (prayers) go out to Billy’s son Mark & the entire Packer family. Always had great RESPECT for Billy & his partners Dick Enberg & Al McGuire-they were super. May Billy RIP.”

College basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla tweeted: “We fell in love (with) college basketball because of you. Your voice will remain in my head forever.”

Packer was viewed as a controversial figure during his broadcasting days, often drawing the ire of college basketball fans, particularly on North Carolina’s “Tobacco Road.”

“As a kid, I was a big NC State fan growing up, and I would watch a game and the next day I’d be like, `Boy you sure have it out for NC State, don’t you?’ And he would just laugh,” Mark Packer said.

The younger Packer, who is the host of ACC PM on the ACC Network, said it didn’t matter what school – most fans felt the same way about his father.

“He would cover North Carolina game and Tar Heels fans would be like, `you hate North Carolina,”‘ Mark Packer said. “Wake (Forest) fans would be like, `you hate us.’ And Billy just sort of got a kick out of that.”

Mark Packer said that while most fans will remember his father as a broadcaster, he’ll remember him even more for his business acumen. He said his father was a big real estate investor, and also owned a vape company, among other ventures.

“Billy was always a bit of a hustler – he was always looking for that next business deal,” Packer said.

Clemson starter Galloway will miss time after surgery

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson starter Brevin Galloway is expected to miss games for the 24th-ranked Tigers after having surgery on his groin area Thursday.

The 6-foot-3 Galloway has started 20 of 21 games after transferring from Boston College this past offseason.

Galloway posted on social media that he’d had the surgery. Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that Galloway had the operation.

Galloway said in his post he will be in uniform soon. He is not expected to play at Florida State on Saturday.

A fifth-year player, Galloway has averaged 10.6 points a game this season. He’s second on the Tigers with 55 assists and 18 steals.

The Tigers (17-4) lead the Atlantic Coast Conference at 9-1 in league play.

Clemson is already down two experienced players due to injury.

Point guard Chase Hunter, who started the team’s first 18 games, has missed the past three with a foot injury.

Guard Alex Hemenway, in his fourth season, has missed the past nine games with a foot injury. Hemenway was the team’s leading 3-point shooter (27 of 54) before getting hurt.

Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.

Miller scores 23, No. 10 Maryland tops No. 13 Michigan 72-64

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 victory over No. 13 Michigan on Thursday night.

Abby Meyers contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-4, 8-2), who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Lavender Briggs scored 14 points and Shyanne Sellers added 13.

Maryland gained a measure of revenge after losing twice to Michigan last season – including a 20-point rout in College Park.

Leigha Brown led the Wolverines with 16 points.

Michigan (16-5, 6-4) led 13-9 in the first quarter before a three-point play by Miller started Maryland’s big run. Briggs and Faith Masonius made 3-pointers during that stretch.

The Terps pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Wolverines were able to chip away. Miller sat for a bit with four fouls, and Michigan cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines still wasted too many possessions with turnovers to mount much of a comeback.

Michigan ended up with 24 turnovers, and Maryland had a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Miller fouled out with 2:19 remaining, but even after those two free throws, the Terps led 65-57 and had little trouble holding on.

Michigan lost for the second time in four days against a top-10 opponent. No. 6 Indiana beat the Wolverines 92-83 on Monday.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: Whether it was against Maryland’s press or in their half-court offense, the Wolverines turned the ball over too much to score consistently. This was a lower-scoring game than the loss to Indiana, but the margin ended up being similar.

Maryland: While Miller clearly led the way, the Terps had plenty of offensive contributors. They also held Michigan to 13 points below its season average entering the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wolverines have appeared in 48 straight AP polls, and although a two-loss week could certainly drop them, the quality of their opponents could save them from a substantial plunge.

Maryland is tied for 10th with an Iowa team that beat No. 2 Ohio State on Monday night. Now the Terps can boast an impressive victory of their own.

UP NEXT

Michigan: The Wolverines play their third game of the week when they visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Maryland: The Terps host Penn State on Monday night.

 

Boum, Jones lead No. 13 Xavier over No. 19 UConn, 82-79

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STORRS, Conn. – Souley Boum scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 20 and No. 13 Xavier went on the road and held off No. 19 Connecticut 82-79 Wednesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) and it gave them a season sweep over the struggling Huskies (16-6, 5-6).

Jack Nunge had 12 points and Jerome Hunter added 11 for Xavier, which led by 17 in the first half and 39-24 at halftime.

Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half for UConn, leading a comeback that fell just short.

Tristen Newton added 23 points for the Huskies, who won their first 14 games this season but have dropped six of eight since.

The Musketeers never trailed but had to withstand UConn runs that cut the lead to a single point four times in the second half.

A three-point play from Hawkins made it 78-77 with 2:40 left. But a second-chance layup from Nunge put the lead at 80-77 just over a minute later.

Newton was fouled with two seconds left by Desmond Claude, but his apparent attempt to miss his second free throw went into the basket.

Boum then hit two free throws at the other end, and Newton’s final attempt from just beyond halfcourt was well short.

Xavier jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UConn missed its first nine shots.

A 3-pointer from Zach Freemantle gave the Musketeers their first double-digit lead at 20-9, and another from Jones pushed it to 35-18.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: The Musketeers lead the Big East, and the win over UConn was their ninth conference victory this season, eclipsing their total from last season.

UConn: The Huskies came in with a 17-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion dating to February 2021. They fell to 1-4 against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. The lone win came at Gampel against Creighton.

UP NEXT

Xavier: The Musketeers continue their road trip with a visit to Creighton on Saturday.

UConn: Doesn’t play again until next Tuesday, when the Huskies visit DePaul.