Late Night Snacks: The Jimmy V Classic, another Michigan home loss highlight Tuesday

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Evansville 65, Belmont 62

In a matchup of really strong mid-major teams, the Purple Aces mounted a second-half comeback after trailing by eight at halftime to land a big road win. D.J. Balentine scored 25 points had five rebounds and added four assists in the win for Evansville, who is looking to be a third NCAA Tournament title in the Missouri Valley behind No. 11 Wichita State and unbeaten No. 23 Northern Iowa. As one of the tougher games in the non-conference slate, this is a nice win for the Purple Aces.

UPSET OF THE NIGHT: Eastern Michigan 45, Michigan 42

The Wolverines had a shocking home loss to N.J.I.T. on Saturday and followed that up with another home loss to Eastern Michigan on Tuesday. Zak Irvin, Caris LeVert and Derrick Walton all struggled to find their shots and Eastern Michigan won despite shooting 32 percent from the field and 31 percent from the three-point line.


1. No. 7 Villanova 73, Illinois 59

This one was tied midway in the second half before the Wildcats once again showed why they are a top-flight team at this point in the season. It was once again a balanced effort for Villanova as Dylan Ennis led with 18 points and Darrun Hilliard II and Daniel Ochefu each had 12 points.

2. No. 11 Wichita State 77, Seton Hall 68

The Shockers don’t get many chances to host power conference opponents, so they made the most of it in an easy win. Ron Baker finished with 22 points while Fred VanVleet added 18 points and Darius Carter finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Isaiah Whitehead did everything he can to keep the Pirates in the game, but the lost their first game of the season, as the McDonald’s All-American finished with 23 points.

3. No. 4 Louisville 94, Indiana 74

The Cardinals withstood a hot-shooting first half from Indiana and ran away with ease as Terry Rozier (26 points), Chris Jones (24 points) and Montrezl Harrell (21 points) all finished with 20-plus points in Madison Square Garden. Louisville now owns three Big Ten wins during the early part of the season.


1. Notre Dame trio of Auguste, Grant and Vasturia

The No. 25 Fighting Irish cruised to a 93-67 win over Mount St. Mary’s as Zach Auguste, Jerian Grant and Steve Vasturia each had 19 points to carry Notre Dame.

2. Xavier’s depth

It wasn’t the prettiest night for Xavier in terms of scoring the ball, but the Musketeers had points from 12 different players in a 66-43 win over IUPUI. Only two players, Trevon Blueitt and Remy Abell scored in double figures.


1. Army’s perimeter shooting

The Black Knights shot only 4-for-17 from three-point range as Army (6-2) lost at home to a Bryant (2-5) team that was struggling to find wins.

2. Maine’s second-half defense

The halftime lead attained by the Black Bears went to waste when they allowed 53 second-half points and gave LIU Brooklyn its first win of the season in an 83-70 home loss. The Blackbirds were also 10-for-17 from the field in the win.

3. Texas A&M’s rebounding

The Aggies were crushed on the glass 36-17 against Baylor as they allowed 15 offensive rebounds. Baylor ran past Texas A&M 77-63 in the first time these two former rivals played since the Aggies left for the SEC.


  • No. 14 Iowa State cruised to a 73-56 win over UMKC as Bryce Dejean-Jones led the way with 22 points.
  • Mark Nwakamma had 29 points on 14-for-18 shooting as Hartford beat Holy Cross, 79-61.
  • Saint Joseph’s grabbed a win over Loyola (MD) as DeAndre Bembry had 21 points and seven rebounds.
  • Myles Mack had 20 points as Rutgers got past New Hampshire 60-56.
  • Dayton only shot 1-for-15 from three-point range, but battled back in the second half to top Bowling Green. Devon Scott led the Flyers with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Navy ran past VMI as Tilman Dunbar had 26 points.
  • N.J.I.T. picked up another win on Tuesday night as Damon Lynn had a game-high 22 points in a win over St. Francis (NY)
  • TCU remained one of the nation’s unbeatens as the Horned Frogs won 80-69 over Furman. Stephen Croone had 23 points to lead the way.
  • South Dakota State earned a solid road win at Saint Louis as Reed Tellinghuisen had 15 points.
  • UL Monroe had double-doubles from Tylor Ongwae (19 points, 10 rebounds) and DeMondre Harvey (12 points, 10 rebounds) in a win over Northwestern State.
  • Nino Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead Kansas State to a 50-47 home win over Bradley.
  • Iowa bounced Alcorn State for an easy home win as Aaron White had 15 points.
  • Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 12 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 3 Arizona past Utah Valley.
  • Creighton needed 24 points and eight assists from Austin Chatman to last two overtimes for a win over South Dakota.

Louisville challenges NCAA over recruiting allegations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has refuted NCAA allegations against its men’s basketball program in the wake of a federal corruption scandal, requesting that the highest-level violation be reclassified.

The university also is challenging that former coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program.

Louisville filed a 104-page response last week to the Notice Of Allegations sent to the school in May. The document stated that college sports’ governing body seeks to ignore wire fraud convictions against several people involved in the scheme – including a former Adidas executive – by suggesting they were representing its athletic interests. Louisville’s contract with the apparel maker was a standard sponsorship agreement rather than a promotional deal, the response added.

“This argument is as novel as it is wrong,” the school wrote in its response. “Even if an institution has some responsibility for the conduct of its suppliers, that responsibility plainly does not extend to acts of fraud perpetrated against the institution itself.”

Louisville also seeks to have several second-tier violations reclassified even lower. The NCAA has until Nov. 15 to respond with the school responding 15 days after before a decision is made whether the case will proceed through the traditional Committee on Infractions or Independent Accountability Review Process (IARP).

The NCAA’s Notice of Allegations states that Louisville committed a Level I violation, considered the most severe, with an improper recruiting offer and extra benefits along with several lesser violations. Those lesser violations also include Pitino failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

The NCAA notice completed a two-year investigation following a federal corruption probe of college basketball announced in September 2017. Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the federal investigation related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II. Pitino, who’s now coaching Iona, was not named in the federal complaint and has consistently denied authorizing or having knowledge of a payment to a recruit’s family.

Louisville has previously indicated it would accept responsibility for violations it committed but would contest allegations it believed were not supported by facts. The school also noted corrective measures taken in the scandal’s immediate aftermath, such as suspending and then firing Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.

Louisville also dismissed the NCAA’s contention that former Adidas executive James Gatto and amateur league director Merl Code represented the school while funneling illegal payments to recruits at several schools.

“The enforcement staff’s remaining allegations lack factual support and overread the relevant Bylaws,” the response stated, “and rest on the erroneous contention that the conspirators were representatives of the University’s athletics interests.

“For these reasons and others set forth, the panel should reject the enforcement staff’s dramatically overbroad theory, and classify this case as involving a Level II-Mitigated violation.”

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.