Late Night Snacks: No. 18 Arkansas falls and Creighton picks up a quality road win

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GAME OF THE DAY: Ole Miss 79, Oregon 73

The Rebels were one of two SEC teams to pick up solid wins on Sunday, with Georgia (a home win over Colorado) being the other. Andy Kennedy’s team got the job done in Eugene, with entertaining guard Stefan Moody scoring 22 points and the bench scoring 35 points. Ole Miss, which rebounded from a disappointing home loss to TCU, won despite getting just one point from senior guard Jarvis Summers.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Creighton 65, Nebraska 55

The Big East gets another quality non-conference victory, as the Bluejays took care of the Cornhuskers in Lincoln. Senior point guard Austin Chatman led the way for Creighton with 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists, and Creighton reserves contributed 30 points. Terran Petteway scored a game-high 21 for Nebraska but needed 20 shots to do so, and no other Husker finished the game in double figures.

2. Clemson 68, No. 18 Arkansas 65 (OT) 

The chances of Arkansas winning at No. 20 Iowa State on Thursday were slim, so it wasn’t all that shocking that Mike Anderson’s Hogs fell 95-77. However, they were expected to leave Clemson with a win and led by six with 1:17 remaining in regulation. Then the Razorbacks got careless with the basketball, and Clemson’s Rod Hall took advantage. Hall scored 11 of his 19 points in the final six minutes of the game, leading the Tigers to a three-point overtime win.

3. Washington 49, No. 13 San Diego State 36

San Diego State’s had some offensive issues to deal with all season long, but they may have hit their low point Sunday night in Seattle. The Aztecs shot 20.4% from the field, scoring just 36 points with no player scoring more than seven (Winston Shepard III). Lorenzo Romar’s Huskies didn’t exactly light it up either, but some timely shooting from Nigel Williams-Goss (15 points) and Andrew Andrews (13) and multiple defensive looks proved to be the difference.

STARRED

1. Tyrone Wallace (California)

29 points, eight rebounds and four assists in the Golden Bears’ 63-56 win at Nevada.

2. Brice Johnson (North Carolina)

19 points and 17 rebounds in No. 12 North Carolina’s 108-64 whipping of East Carolina.

3. David Collette (Utah State) 

32 points (12-for-16 FG) and 14 rebounds in the Aggies’ 89-84 loss at USC.

STRUGGLED

1. Cazmon Hayes and Devonne Pinkard (Delaware)

Hayes and Pinkard combined to shoot 4-for-26 from the field in the Blue Hens’ 66-53 loss to Delaware State.

2. Tayler Persons and Tyler White (Northern Kentucky)

Persons and White shot a combined 0-for-15 from the field in the Norse’s 67-42 loss to No. 16 West Virginia.

3. No. 13 San Diego State

Steve Fisher’s Aztecs struggled mightily in their 49-36 loss at Washington, shooting 20.4% from the field and 2-for-15 from beyond the arc.

NOTABLES

  • No. 12 North Carolina rebounded from its loss to Iowa in good fashion, beating East Carolina 108-64 in Chapel Hill. Brice Johnson scored 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the way.
  • Karl-Anthony Towns scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds as No. 1 Kentucky beat Eastern Kentucky 82-49.
  • Brett Comer dished out 14 assists with just one turnover as FGCU beat UMass 84-75 in Springfield.
  • Manhattan played its first home game of the season and made the most of it, beating Marist 60-38 to move to 1-1 in MAAC play.
  • Two MAAC teams moved to 2-0 in league play on Sunday. Fairfield picked up a 56-52 overtime win at Quinnipiac, and Monmouth knocked off defending regular season champion Iona 92-89.
  • Bryce Alford scored 22 points and Kevon Looney (18 points, 11 rebounds) added yet another double-double to lead UCLA to a 75-68 win over San Diego. The Bruins trailed by two at the half.
  • Patricio Garino scored 21 points to lead four starters in double figures as George Washington beat Charlotte, 78-70. Georgetown comfortably won the first game of the BB&T Classic doubleheader, beating Towson 78-46.

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.