Late Night Snacks: Temple blows out Kansas, Purdue loses to Gardner-Webb


GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 6 Wisconsin 68, Cal 56

Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 13 boards and Frank Kaminsky and Sam Dekker both chipped in with 14 as the Badgers went into Berkeley and dominated a 10-1 Cal team. The Bears made two runs at Wisconsin, once in the first half to erase a 17-8 lead and once in the second half when the Badgers saw their lead grow to 17, and both times Wisconsin’s answer was the same: deliberate offense, quality shots and an end to the threat.

That’s what makes this Wisconsin team so effective. They don’t get sped up. They execute their offense. They don’t force tough shots. They don’t get rattled in a big moment. Cal’s not a bad basketball team. In fact, if Ty Wallace continues to play the way that he has this season, Jabari Bird comes back healthy and Jordan Mathews and David Kravish actually show up, they should be able to make the NCAA tournament. They’re tough to matchup with given all those guards, and there are fewer coaches that demand more toughness from their team than Cuonzo Martin.

And that team, playing at home in front of a packed house, was systematically taken apart by the Badgers. I’m still not ready to say that the Badgers are in the same conversation as Kentucky and Duke, but it is important to remember that the Blue Devils needed to shoot 65 percent from the floor to beat the Badgers.


1. Temple 77, No. 10 Kansas 52: This was a total and complete embarrassment for the Jayhawks. They lost by almost as much to Temple, a team that is, at best, the fourth-best team in the American, as they did to Kentucky, the best teams in college basketball. We wrote more about it right here.

2. No. 17 St. John’s 66, Long Beach State 49: Playing without Rysheed Jordan (stomach bug), the Johnnies got 16 points, eight boards, six blocks and two steals from Chris Obekpa as they survived a scrappy LBSU team that led during the second half. I can’t figure this St. John’s team out. I want to like them — they press, they have a ton of athletes, and they use Obekpa as a shot-blocker in the middle, making them wildly entertaining, both good and bad — but I’m not sure they’re consistent enough or make good enough decision.

They play hard as hell, though, and are in line to make the NCAA tournament this season.

3. Providence 76, Miami 62: The Hurricanes are in a rut right now. After getting drubbed at home by Eastern Kentucky, they went up to the Barclays Center and lost by 14 to a Providence team that has had their own ups-and-downs this season. Kris Dunn led the Friars with 15 points and 13 assists.


1. Askia Booker, Colorado: Ski finished with 27 points, six boards and six assists as Colorado smacked around DePaul in their Diamond Head Classic opener in Hawaii.

2. Joseph Young, Oregon: Oregon and UC Santa Barbara needed additional time to sort things out but Young helped lead the Ducks to victory with 25 points, 11 assists and four rebounds.

3. Jerome Hill, Gardner-Webb: Hill finished with 31 points and nine boards as GWU went into West Lafayette and knocked off Purdue, 89-84.


1. Kansas Jayhawks not named Frank Mason: Mason had 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting on Tuesday. The rest of his team was 10-for-41 from the floor with 32 points in a 77-52 loss. Yeah, it was bad.

2. Wofford Terriers: Wofford, who beat N.C. State last week, ran into a buzzsaw in Morgantown, shooting 11-for-41 from the floor and committing 21 turnovers in a 77-44 loss to No. 18 West Virginia. Wofford’s a good, veteran team, mind you, and this was never close. Impressive stuff from the Mountaineers.

3. Luke Fischer, Marquette: Struggled may be the wrong word — Came back down to earth? — but he had six points and three boards as Marquette was given a fight by North Dakota, winning 67-54 in a game that was closer than the final score.


  • No. 11 Wichita State made easy work of Loyola Marymount in the Diamond Head Classic with an 80-53 win.
  • No. 13 Washington was locked in a tight battle with Tulane before the Huskies pulled away in he final minutes of a 66-57 win.
  • No. 16 Notre Dame rolled past Northern Illinois, 91-66, as Pat Connaughton had a big second half on his way to 21 points and 10 rebounds.
  • No. 19 Oklahoma jumped out to a 42-4 lead on Weber State on Monday night. It wasn’t pretty. They set a record with a 39-0 run.
  • No. 21 Ohio State put five players in double-figures as the Buckeyes blew out Miami OH.
  • No. 22 Baylor got 19 points, five boards and six blocks from Jonathan Motley and Rico Gathers added a double-double, but Baylor struggled to hold on against Southern, winning 70-66.
  • No. 24 Colorado State ran over a pretty good Charleston Southern team, putting five players in double-figures.
  • No. 25 TCU blew out Grambling. Wake me up when they land a win better than at Ole Miss.


  • San Diego State easily dispatched UC Riverside, but the real story is that senior foward Dwayne Polee II collapsed in the first half and was taken to the hospital. Hopefully everything turns out okay and Polee will be back on the floor soon.
  • Michigan earning a home win over Coppin State doesn’t mean much, but freshman Austin Hatch scoring his first career college point means everything. Cool moment in Ann Arbor.
  • Ryan Boatright had 20 points and eight assists and Rodney Purvis added 21 as UConn survived Columbia, 80-65, in a game that was much, much closer than the final score.
  • Indiana followed up their win over Butler by blowing out New Orleans. Yogi Ferrell led the way with 17.
  • VCU smocked East Tennessee State, jumping out to a big first half lead and
  • Trevor Cooney had 20 points and four assists, hitting four threes with no turnovers, in a 78-43 win for Syracuse over Colgate.
  • Denzel Valentine had 18 points, six boards and six assists as Michigan State bounced back from their loss to Texas Southern with a 26-point win over The Citadel.
  • Aaron White had 23 points, nine boards and five steals as Iowa beat North Florida, 80-70.
  • Kevin Larsen struggled early on this season, but he had 19 points and 15 boards on Monday as George Washington blew out Ohio in Hawaii for the Diamond Head Classic.
  • D.J. Newbill’s great start to the season continues as he goes for 17 in a win over Dartmouth.
  • Butler bounced back from a loss to Indiana by blowing out UT-Martin.
  • UC-Irvine pulled off a mid-major upset with a 72-70 win over Green Bay. A loss like this means Green Bay likely has zero chance at an at-large bid if they fail to win the Horizon League conference tournament.
  • It came against a non-DI opponent in Lewis & Clark State, but Eastern Washington sophomore scorer Tyler Harvey was still an impressive 8-for-10 from three-point range as he finished with 34 points in a big win for the Eagles.
  • Vince Hunter went for 18 points and 16 rebounds as UTEP earned a home win over Kent State.
  • Trey Freeman had 24 points and six boards as Old Dominion won an intrastate battle, knocking off William & Mary.
  • St. Mary’s earned an overtime win over Northeastern as Aaron Bright scored seven of his 16 points in the extra frame.

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.

South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley have canceled a home-and-home series with BYU over a recent racial incident where a Cougars fan yelled slurs at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.

But Staley cited BYU’s home volleyball match last month as reason for calling off the series.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a Black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racial slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident and Richardson said the school’s volleyball players reached out to her in support.

South Carolina said it was searching for another home opponent to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to call off the games.