Late Night Snacks: No. 6 Virginia, No. 17 Maryland pick up wins

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GAME OF THE DAYNo. 17 Maryland 73, Oklahoma State 64

Who’s the biggest threat to Wisconsin in the Big Ten? With an 11-1 record the Terrapins are part of that conversation, with their latest win being their first true road win this season. Jake Layman scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to lead the way for Maryland, which is still playing without leading scorer Dez Wells (broken wrist). Point guard Melo Trimble has played well at the point, and overall Mark Turgeon’s team looks much-improved from a season ago. Le’Bryan Nash led the Cowboys with 17 points and nine rebounds.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 6 Virginia 76, Harvard 27

This one was bad. Harvard shot 1-for-20 from the field and scored just eight points in the first half, and they struggled to slow down the Cavaliers on the other end as well. Malcolm Brogdon and Mike Tobey scored 15 apiece to lead the way for Virginia, and Tobey also grabbed ten rebounds. As a team Virginia shot 59.6% from the field and assisted on 21 of their 31 made field goals. Harvard, on the other hand, finished with just one assist and ten turnovers.

2. Georgia 65, Seton Hall 47

What looked to be a decent matchup on paper was anything but in Athens, as Mark Fox’s Bulldogs controlled the action on both ends of the floor. Kenny Gaines scored 15 points, Marcus Thornton 13 and J.J. Frazier added 11 rebounds and seven assists off the bench to lead the way for Georgia. Seton Hall shot 29.6% from the field, with Sterling Gibbs going 1-for-11 on the night.

3. Alabama 60, Appalachian State 59

After allowing their lead to slip away at Wichita State earlier this week, the Crimson Tide nearly suffered a home loss at the hands of Jim Fox’s Mountaineers Sunday night. But thanks in part to Michael Kessens, who accounted for 17 points, ten rebounds and three assists, Alabama was able to avoid a defeat that wouldn’t look good on their resume. Tommy Spagnuolo led the way for Appalachian State with 18 points and ten rebounds.

STARRED

1. Dwight Meikle (Hampton)

Meikle scored 28 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Pirates’ 75-66 win over Northern Arizona.

2. Jake Layman (Maryland) 

21 points and 11 rebounds in the 17th-ranked Terrapins’ 73-64 win at Oklahoma State.

3. Adrian Diaz (FIU) 

Diaz shot 13-for-14 from the field, scoring 29 points and grabbing eight rebounds in the Golden Panthers’ 82-69 loss at Hartford.

STRUGGLED

1. Harvard

This was a historically bad day for the Crimson, who made just one field goal in the first half and shot 16 percent from the field in their 76-27 loss at No. 6 Virginia.

2. Gary Payton II (Oregon State)

Payton was held scoreless in the Beavers’ 60-52 loss at Quinnipiac, missing all three of his field goal attempts and fouling out in 26 minutes of action.

2. Sterling Gibbs (Seton Hall)

Gibbs scored three points on 1-for-11 shooting in the Pirates’ 65-47 loss at Georgia.

NOTABLES

  • Less than a week after they blew out DePaul at home, Oregon State fell 60-52 at Quinnipiac. Zaid Hearst scored 24 points and was one of the players asked to slow down Oregon State’s Gary Payton II, who finished the game scoreless.
  • USC moved to 7-4 on the season with a 75-71 win at Boston College. Nice road win for Andy Enfield’s team, but BC needs to get Olivier Hanlan going offensively before they begin ACC play.
  • A Dyami Starks jumper with 1.3 seconds remaining gave Bryant a 48-46 win at Denver. Quite the change for the Pioneers, who lost to Colorado State 85-84 Friday night in what was one of the best games played this season when it comes to offensive efficiency.
  • Ryan Harrow scored 27 points and Georgia State got back on track with a 68-55 win over Southern Miss.
  • North Texas, which led by as many as 27 points, managed to hold off Creighton 62-58. Colin Voss scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the winners.
  • Army moved to 8-2 with a 72-69 overtime win over Maine, with Tanner Plomb scoring 20 points and grabbing 13 rebounds in the win.
  • Ferris State became the fourth Division II team to beat a Division I opponent this season, as they won 82-68 at Bowling Green.
  • Kris Brewer’s free throw with 2.9 seconds remaining gave Kent State a 53-52 win over North Dakota State in El Paso. The Golden Flashes will play host UTEP in the title game of the Sun Bowl Invitational Monday night.
  • Josh Hawkinson scored 25 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in Washington State’s 82-53 win over San Jose State.

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.