Late Night Snacks: Rhode Island, Wyoming pick up big home wins

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GAME OF THE DAY: Rhode Island 66, No. 21 Nebraska 62 (OT)

Just one ranked team fell Saturday, with the Huskers falling to the Rams in South Kingstown. Freshman Jared Terrell hit two important three-pointers in the extra session for URI, which picks up a valuable victory as Dan Hurley looks to build his program into an Atlantic 10 contender. Sophomore guard E.C. Matthews led the way for the Rams with 26 points, while Shavon Shields scored 25 to pace Nebraska. As for All-Big Ten forward Terran Petteway, he was limited to 15 points on 5-for-18 shooting.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 4 Duke 70, Stanford 59

Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils won the Coaches vs. Cancer event in Brooklyn, maintaining a solid margin for most of the night in their win over Stanford. Jahlil Okafor didn’t have his best night against Stefan Nastic, but he was still good enough to tally ten points and 12 rebounds. But the headliner was senior guard Quinn Cook, who scored 18 points and was named MVP of the event. It’s early, but Cook has adjusted very well to the arrival of Tyus Jones. Add in Justise Winslow, who based upon his play thus far could be Duke’s most important player, and the Blue Devils have the look of a team capable of contending for a national title.

2. Wyoming 56, Colorado 33

This may have been the most surprising result, but only because of the margin and Colorado scoring just 33 points. The Buffaloes haven’t won in Laramie since 1996, and that streak continues thanks to Wyoming’s dominance on both ends of the floor. Josh Adams scored 14 points and Charles Hankerson Jr. and Larry Nance Jr. added ten apiece for Larry Shyatt’s team, which assisted on all 22 of its made field goals.

3. No. 3 Wisconsin 78, Boise State 54

Both teams entered the game with 3-0 records, but as expected the Badgers took care of business in their final game before they head to the Bahamas for the Battle 4 Atlantis. Frank Kaminsky made 11 of his 13 shots from the field, scoring 26 points, and Nigel Hayes added 15 for the winners. Wisconsin shot 55.4% from the field and committed just five turnovers on the night. Derrick Marks scored 16 points to lead the way for Boise State, but no other starter reached double figures for Leon Rice’s team.

STARRED

1. Frank Kaminsky (Wisconsin) 

26 points (11-for-13 FG), five rebounds and three blocks in the Badgers’ 78-54 win over Boise State.

2. Javaris Jenkins (Savannah State) 

33 points (10-for-13 FG), seven rebounds and two assists in Savannah State’s 87-83 overtime win over Cleveland State.

3. Karl Cochran (Wofford) 

31 points (11-for-21 FG), seven rebounds, five assists and three steals in the Terriers’ 72-68 win over South Dakota.

STRUGGLED

1. Colorado

Tad Boyle’s Buffaloes went ice cold in the second half of their 56-33 loss at Wyoming, scoring nine points and shooting 2-for-20 from the field in the final 20 minutes.

2. Loyola (MD)

G.G. Smith’s Greyhounds had a rough go of it Saturday, losing at Butler 80-39. What’s worse? Players other than Eric Laster (24 points, 9-for-15 FG) combined to shoot 6-for-36 from the field.

3. Brian Sullivan and Tyler Kalinoski (Davidson) 

Sullivan and Kalinoski combined to score 16 points (12 for Kalinoski) on 6-for-28 shooting from the field in the Wildcats’ 90-72 loss to No. 6 North Carolina.

NOTABLES

  • Notre Dame defeated UMass 81-68, with Jerian Grant’s 24 points and eight assists leading the way. The Fighting Irish shot 58.5% from the field, which ensured them of the victory despite turning the ball over 17 times.
  • Next up for Notre Dame is Providence, which whipped Florida State 80-54. Kris Dunn accounted for 15 points and nine assists and LaDontae Henton finished with 24 points, ten rebounds and four steals for the Friars.
  • No. 22 SMU bounced back from road losses to No. 13 Gonzaga and Indiana, beating Eastern Washington 77-68 in Dallas.
  • Kennedy Meeks posted his second double-double in as many games, scoring 19 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in No. 6 North Carolina’s 90-72 win over Davidson.
  • Joshua Smith finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds in Georgetown’s 80-66 win over Robert Morris.
  • Buzz Williams suffered his first defeat as Virginia Tech head coach, as the Hokies dropped a 65-63 decision to Appalachian State.
  • Williams’ former employer didn’t have good fortune either, as Marquette fell at home 97-89 to Omaha. Devin Patterson (26 points) and C.J. Carter (25) proved to be a handful for the Marquette guards.
  • Northwestern moved to 4-0 but needed extra time to do so, beating Elon 68-67 in overtime.
  • After getting blown out by Stanford on Friday, UNLV bounced back with a 57-50 win over Temple. Christian Wood (18 points, 13 rebounds) led the way, and Patrick McCaw supplied seven points off the bench.
  • Speaking of rebounding, Saint Joseph’s took care of Vermont 68-60 in their first game since being blown out by No. 13 Gonzaga on Wednesday.
  • UTEP held off rival New Mexico State 77-76 in El Paso, a game they led by eight with 2:30 remaining. Vince Hunter led the Miners with 23 points and ten rebounds.

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.