Late Night Snacks: Home favorites like Miami, Florida, Butler, Harvard, Purdue take care of business while Providence falls

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GAME OF THE NIGHT

SMU 80, UC Santa Barbara 73, OT

This game got interesting since Gauchos star Alan Williams fouled out and SMU was without Nic Moore in overtime. But the Mustangs had other players step up, like Keith Frazier going for 20 points and Yanick Moreira adding 15 points and five players finished in double-figures to offset the loss of their star point guard. Free-throw shooting came up big for the Mustangs in the extra frame as four unique players made free throws. Now the question will be how long Moore is out after leaving in the second half with a knee injury?

UPSET OF THE NIGHT

Brown 77, Providence 67

Providence was already struggling with two consecutive losses entering Monday night’s game at home against Brown, but the Friars came out flat once again. The Bears had five players in double figures, led by Leland King with 16 points and Cedric Kuakumensah and Steven Spieth each scoring 15 points. The Friars struggled to 4-for-19 three-point shooting as LaDontae Henton and Kris Dunn combined to go 12-for-31 from the field on the evening. Providence is in an early-season tailspin and needs to figure things out quickly.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES 

1. Florida 85, Yale 67

Billy Donovan’s Gators had lost three out of four games entering Monday night’s game. Yale had just beaten UConn on the road and had a lot of confidence. Florida held the Bulldogs to 28 percent shooting from the field and Kasey Hill had 10 assists and zero turnovers and 4-for-4 shooting. Michael Frazier II had 18 points and Dorian Finney-Smith added 14 points.

2. Purdue 63, IPFW 43

After falling at home to North Florida, Purdue badly needed to come out strong against visiting IPFW. The center tandem of A.J. Hammons and Isaac Haas played well in the victory. Hammons had 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks while Haas had 10 points and five rebounds for the Boilermakers. The Purdue defense also held the Mastodons to 28 percent shooting from the field.

3. No. 20 Miami 70, Savannah State 39

Again, with Miami coming off of a loss against Green Bay over the weekend, the Hurricanes needed a positive evening and found it against Savannah State. Angel Rodriguez led the Hurricanes with 17 points and shot the ball better than in recent games and Shelden McClellan and Manu Lecomte each had 15 points.

STARRED

1. Wesley Saunders and Siyani Chambers, Harvard

The duo combined for 25 points and 15 assists as the Crimson pulled away from Boston midway through the second half. The win moved Harvard to 7-1 on the season and 6-0 at home.

2. Roosevelt Jones, Butler

The junior guard led the Bulldogs in points, rebounds and assists in a Monday night win over Kennesaw State. Jones finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and seven assists as No. 15 Butler moved to 8-1 on the season.

3. Chris Hass, Bucknell

The Bison won a tight game over Albany as the 6-foot-5 junior guard had 26 points and six three-pointers in a three-point win. Three of Bucknell’s final four field goals were Hass three-pointers.

STRUGGLED

1. Binghamton

When you lose to Division II Caldwell College to fall to 1-9 on the season, things aren’t going very well. The Bearcats lost 63-52 as they shot 11-for-34 from three-point range.

NOTABLES

  • Norfolk State guard D’Shon Taylor went for 24 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Coppin State.
  • Devin Martin had 27 points and 12 rebounds in Maryland-Eastern Shore’s win over North Carolina A&T.
  • Hampton had 17 points Deron Powers in a win over Morgan State.
  • Dan Trist made the game-winning free throw with 0.4 seconds left to give Lafayette a one-point win over Sacred Heart. Trist paced the Leopards with 20 points.
  • UTEP gave Incarnate Word its first loss of the season as sophomore forward Vince Hunter had 16 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Air Force took down Omaha as Max Yon had 21 points and five rebounds.
  • Minnesota had 22 points from Maurice Walker and 15 points and 10 assists from DeAndre Mathieu.

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.