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.

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.