Late Night Snacks: Kansas, Arizona land big wins


GAME OF THE DAY: No. 10 Kansas 63, No. 13 Utah 60

The Jayhawks blew a 21-point second half lead, allowing the Utes to go on a 34-11 run to take a two-point before they regrouped, got a couple of stops and left Kansas City with a win.

We’ve touched on both of these teams recently. Bill Self has made it very clear that he’s no where near satisfied with his team right now, and considering that they’ve now beaten Utah, Michigan State, Florida and Georgetown (in DC), that’s a scary thought. As far as Utah is concerned, playing this tough non-conference schedule is going to be a major boost to them once we hit the heart of Pac-12 play.


1. No. 1 Kentucky 84, No. 21 North Carolina 70

Without junior wing Alex Poythress, Kentucky’s offense looked tremendous, as they shot 46 percent from the three-point line in an easy win. Willie Cauley-Stein and Devin Booker each had 15 points to lead the Wildcats while Aaron Harrison added 14 points. Kentucky’s defense slowed down North Carolina junior point guard Marcus Paige in the first half, but Paige still finished with 14 points while Brice Johnson added 15 to pace the Tar Heels.

2. No. 3 Arizona 80, Michigan 53

So this didn’t go all that well for the Wolverines. Michigan’s guards struggled to handle Arizona’s perimeter pressure and the Wildcat big men absolutely manhandled the John Beilein’s young bigs in the paint, which is a really bad combination of things to happen. Stanley Johnson looked like an all-american for the first time this season, finishing with 17 points, seven boards and three assists.

3. VCU 93, No. 23 Northern Iowa 87 (2OT): What a game this was.

Treveon Graham had 21 points — including a layup to force the first overtime and a huge three at the shot block buzzer in the second overtime to put VCU up four — as VCU picked up a win they desperately needed on Saturday night. Seth Tuttle, UNI’s best player, was pretty ineffective against the Rams, but Wes Washpun came off the bench to chip in with 27 points.


1. Tashawn Thomas, Oklahoma: In his best game as a Sooner, Thomas finished with 25 points and shot 9-for-12 from the floor as No. 16 Oklahoma rolled Tulsa.

2. Aaron Bright and Kerry Carter, St. Mary’s: Bright and Carter combined for 41 points on 15-for-27 shooting (8-for-15 on threes) as the Gaels managed to beat Creighton in Omaha in overtime, 71-67, despite getting just two field goals from superstar Brad Waldow.

3. Cam Payne, Murray State: The sophomore point guard finished with 32 points and eight assists as the Racers went into Evansville and knocked off the Purple Aces and a game-winning layup with 1.1 seconds left.

4. Dillon Brooks, Oregon: Brooks had 24 points as the Ducks landed a nice win over Illinois. He’s not the most well-known freshman in the Pac-12, but he’s one of the best.


1. The Memphis backcourt: Five Tiger guards combined to go 4-for-16 from the floor and finish with nine points, five assists and 12 turnovers in a 73-55 loss to an Oklahoma State team that just lost to Oklahoma by 26. This team is bad.

2. Jarvis Summers, Ole Miss: Summers finished just 2-for-14 from the floor and had no answer for T.J. Price, who went for 26 points, 10 boards and five assists, as Western Kentucky knocked off the Rebels in Oxford.

3. Cincinnati at the foul line: The Bearcats shot 12-for-24 from the foul line at Nebraska, and that proved to be the difference as they lost 56-55 in double overtime.


  • Arkansas is who we thought they were. Bad on the road, good at home. They beat Dayton 69-55 today.
  • Chasson Randle was 2-for-14 from the floor, but Anthony Brown had 17 points in a 49-43 win for Stanford over Denver.
  • Jakeenan Gant made his debut for Missouri today. He finished with 13 points in 15 minutes off the bench, but Missouri got smacked around by Xavier, 74-58.
  • Maryland struggled to make shots in the first half and trailed at halftime, but Melo Trimble finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds and Jake Layman added 17 in a 67-57 win over USC Upstate.
  • No. 11 Wichita State went on a 15-3 run to seal a win at Detroit as Darius Carter finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Ron Baker added 19 points. Juwan Howard Jr. had 27 in a losing effort for the Titans.
  • A.J. English was just 1-for-11 from the floor, but David Laury had 30 points and 11 boards and Isaiah Williams had 27 points in a 91-84 win over Indiana State.
  • Aaron Bowen had 16 points as Georgetown cruised past Radford, 76-49.
  • Zach Auguste scored 26 points to lead No. 25 Notre Dame to a 83-63 win over Florida State in the ACC opener for both.
  • Ohio State’s Sam Thompson had 15 points, five assists and five rebounds in a win over Morehead State. And did this.
  • Another productive outing for LaDontae Henton, as the Providence senior forward had 19 points and five rebounds in a win over Stony Brook.
  • Shaquielle McKissic had 22 points and 11 boards in an 81-74 win for Arizona State over Pepperdine.
  • Freshman Riley LaChance scored a career-high 26 points to help lead Vanderbilt to an 81-71 win over Purdue in Nashville.
  • California erased a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Princeton 67-57, and they limited the Tigers to 20 points in the second half. Tyrone Wallace led the way for the Golden Bears with 23 points and eight rebounds.
  • Kyle Wiltjer and Byron Wesley combined to score 44 points to lead No. 9 Gonzaga to an 87-74 win at UCLA.

Charlotte head coach Ron Sanchez resigns after winning CBI title

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Sanchez resigned as head coach of the Charlotte 49ers.

Sanchez took over the 49ers on March 19, 2018, inheriting a team coming off a 6-23 campaign. In five years Charlotte went 72-78 under Sanchez, highlighted by winning the College Basketball Invitational championship this past season, the Niners’ first post-season tournament title in school history.

The 22 wins this past season are the most for Charlotte since 2001.

“Ron took over a proud but struggling program and carefully rebuilt it into a 22-game winner. He has led with class, dignity and devotion to our young men,” Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said. “His decision to step down from Charlotte was a difficult one for him and everyone associated with our program. We wish him and his family every happiness.”

Hill said the team has already begun a national search for a replacement.

“This is a bittersweet day for me and my family as I step down to pursue other opportunities,” said Sanchez, who came the 49ers after working as an assistant coach at Virginia under Tony Bennett. “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the 49ers basketball program over the past five years and I want to thank Niner Nation for its support. I will be forever grateful to my staff, players and the university.”

Marquette extends Shaka Smart’s contract through 2029-30 season

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MILWAUKEE — Marquette coach Shaka Smart has received a contract extension after leading the Golden Eagles to their first outright regular-season championship and tournament title in the Big East.

Smart’s contract now runs through the 2029-30 season. This is the first extension Smart has received since signing a six-year deal when he took over as Marquette’s coach in 2021.

Marquette didn’t release financial terms of Smart’s deal.

“In a very short period of time, Shaka and his staff have done a tremendous job of establishing a winning culture, both on and off the court,” athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. “Shaka’s vision for the program is focused on extended, sustainable success. The individuals who interact with the team on a daily basis are able to observe frequent examples of growth and the excitement around the program is contagious.”

Marquette has gone 48-20 in Smart’s two seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament each of those years.

The Golden Eagles went 29-7 and won the Big East’s regular-season and tournament championships last season after the league’s coaches had picked them to finish ninth out of 11 teams. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

Purdue’s Edey returning to school at NBA draft deadline; Kentucky’s Tshiebwe stays in

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Purdue’s Zach Edey decided it was the right call to go back to school instead of staying in the NBA draft. His predecessor as national player of the year, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, is sticking with his pro pursuit.

And Connecticut’s reign as NCAA champion will begin with multiple starters having left for the NBA draft and one returning after flirting with doing the same.

The 7-foot-4 Edey and UConn guard Tristen Newton were among the notable names to announce that they were withdrawing from the draft, the NCAA’s deadline for players who declared as early entrants to pull out and retain their college eligibility.

Edey’s decision came in social media posts from both the center and the Boilermakers program that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament behind Edey, The Associated Press men’s national player of the year.

But Tshiebwe announced late in the afternoon that he would remain in the draft after a college career that included being named the AP national player of the year in 2022.

For the current champions, Newton (10.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds) is returning after being one of four Huskies to declare for the draft after a run to UConn’s fifth national championship in early April. He scored a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in the victory over San Diego State in the title game.

The others were Final Four Most Outstanding Player Adama Sanogo, wing Jordan Hawkins and versatile guard Andre Jackson Jr. Sanogo (17.8 points) and Hawkins (16.3) have made it clear they have closed the door on their college careers, while team spokesman Phil Chardis said that Jackson (6.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists) would remain in the draft.

The Huskies have 247sports’ No. 3-ranked recruiting class for next year to restock the roster, led by McDonald’s All-American point guard Stephon Castle.

The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 12, but is moot when it comes to college players returning to school due to the NCAA’s earlier timeline to retain playing eligibility.


TREY ALEXANDER: Creighton gets back a 6-4 guard who averaged 13.6 points and shot 41% from 3-point range in his first full season as a starter.

ADEM BONA: The 6-foot-10 forward and Pac-12 freshman of the year is returning to UCLA after starting 32 games as a rookie and averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks – with coach Mick Cronin praising his toughness for “competing through multiple injuries for as long as he could” in a statement Wednesday.

EDEY: He averaged 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists while shooting 60.7% from the field. His presence alone helps Purdue be a factor in the Big Ten race.

JOSIAH-JORDAN JAMES: The 6-6 guard went through the NBA G League Combine and had workouts with multiple teams before opting to return to Tennessee for a fifth season alongside teammate Santiago Vescovi.

JUDAH MINTZ: The 6-3 freshman averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists for Syracuse, ranking third among Division I freshmen in scoring behind only Alabama’s Brandon Miller and Lamar’s Nate Calmese.

OWLS’ RETURNEES: Florida Atlantic got good news after its surprise Final Four run with the return leading scorers Johnell Davis (13.8) and Alijah Martin (13.4). ESPN first reported their decisions, while Martin later posted a social media statement.

TERRENCE SHANNON JR.: Illinois got a big boost with Shannon announcing his night in a social media post. The 6-6 guard is returning for a fifth college season after averaging 17.2 points.

SPARTANS’ RETURNEES: Michigan State announced that guards Jaden Akins and A.J. Hoggard have withdrawn from the NBA draft. Standout guard Tyson Walker had previously withdrawn in April, setting up Tom Izzo to have five of his top scorers back.


KOBE BROWN: Missouri’s 6-8 swingman opted against returning for a fifth college season after being an AP first-team all-Southeastern Conference pick averaging 15.8 points last season.

JAYLEN CLARK: The third-year UCLA guard averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while leading the Pac-12 with 2.6 steals en route to being named Naismith national defensive player of the year. Cronin called him a winner with strong intangibles who made UCLA “a better program because he chose to be a Bruin.”

BRICE SENSABAUGH: The Ohio State freshman averaged 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31 games before missing his final two in the Big Ten Tournament due to a knee injury. He’s a potential first-round prospect.

TSHIEBWE: The 6-9, 260-pound forward is a tough interior presence who led the country in rebounds for two straight seasons (15.1 in 2022, 13.7 in 2023) while racking up 48 double-doubles. But he faces an uncertain next stop and is projected at best as a second-round prospect.

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona

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Caleb Love is now headed to Arizona.

The North Carolina transfer tweeted, less than a month after decommitting from Michigan, that he will play next season with the Wildcats.

“Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said in a statement. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.”

A 6-foot-4 guard, Love averaged 14.6 points and 3.3 assists in three seasons at North Carolina. He averaged 17.6 points in seven NCAA Tournament games, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2022 national championship game.

Love entered the transfer portal after leading North Carolina with 73 3-pointers as a junior and initially committed to Michigan. He decommitted from the Wolverines earlier this month, reportedly due to an admissions issue involving academic credits.

Love narrowed his transfer targets to three schools before choosing to play at Arizona over Gonzaga and Texas.

Love will likely start on a team that will have dynamic perimeter players, including Pelle Larsson, Kylan Boswell and Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley.

Biden celebrates LSU women’s and UConn men’s basketball teams at separate White House events


WASHINGTON – All of the past drama and sore feelings associated with Louisiana State’s invitation to the White House were seemingly forgotten or set aside Friday as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed the championship women’s basketball team to the mansion with smiles, hugs and lavish praise all around.

The visit had once appeared in jeopardy after Jill Biden suggested that the losing Iowa team be invited, too. But none of that was mentioned as both Bidens heralded the players for their performance and the way they have helped advance women’s sports.

“Folks, we witnessed history,” the president said. “In this team, we saw hope, we saw pride and we saw purpose. It matters.”

The ceremony was halted for about 10 minutes after forward Sa’Myah Smith appeared to collapse as she and her teammates stood behind Biden. A wheelchair was brought in and coach Kim Mulkey assured the audience that Smith was fine.

LSU said in a statement that Smith felt overheated, nauseous and thought she might faint. She was evaluated by LSU and White House medical staff and was later able to rejoin the team. “She is feeling well, in good spirits, and will undergo further evaluation once back in Baton Rouge,” the LSU statement said.

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, Biden said, more than half of all college students are women, and there are now 10 times more female athletes in college and high school. He said most sports stories are still about men, and that that needs to change.

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in federally funded education programs and activities.

“Folks, we need to support women sports, not just during the championship run but during the entire year,” President Biden said.

After the Tigers beat Iowa for the NCAA title in April in a game the first lady attended, she caused an uproar by suggesting that the Hawkeyes also come to the White House.

LSU star Angel Reese called the idea “A JOKE” and said she would prefer to visit with former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, instead. The LSU team largely is Black, while Iowa’s top player, Caitlin Clark, is white, as are most of her teammates.

Nothing came of Jill Biden’s idea and the White House only invited the Tigers. Reese ultimately said she would not skip the White House visit. She and co-captain Emily Ward presented team jerseys bearing the number “46” to Biden and the first lady. Hugs were exchanged.

Jill Biden also lavished praise on the team, saying the players showed “what it means to be a champion.”

“In this room, I see the absolute best of the best,” she said, adding that watching them play was “pure magic.”

“Every basket was pure joy and I kept thinking about how far women’s sports have come,” the first lady added, noting that she grew up before Title IX was passed. “We’ve made so much progress and we still have so much more work to do.”

The president added that “the way in which women’s sports has come along is just incredible. It’s really neat to see, since I’ve got four granddaughters.”

After Smith was helped to a wheelchair, Mulkey told the audience the player was OK.

“As you can see, we leave our mark where we go,” Mulkey joked. “Sa’Myah is fine. She’s kind of, right now, embarrassed.”

A few members of Congress and Biden aides past and present with Louisiana roots dropped what they were doing to attend the East Room event, including White House budget director Shalanda Young. Young is in the thick of negotiations with House Republicans to reach a deal by the middle of next week to stave off what would be a globally calamitous U.S. financial default if the U.S. can no longer borrow the money it needs to pay its bills.

The president, who wore a necktie in the shade of LSU’s purple, said Young, who grew up in Baton Rouge, told him, “I’m leaving the talks to be here.” Rep. Garret Graves, one of the House GOP negotiators, also attended.

Biden closed sports Friday by changing to a blue tie and welcoming the UConn’s men’s championship team for its own celebration. The Huskies won their fifth national title by defeating San Diego State, 76-59, in April.

“Congratulations to the whole UConn nation,” he said.