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.

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.

Marquette’s Prosper says he will stay in draft rather than returning to school

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MILWAUKEE — Olivier-Maxence Prosper announced he is keeping his name under NBA draft consideration rather than returning to Marquette.

The 6-foot-8 forward announced his decision.

“Thank you Marquette nation, my coaches, my teammates and support staff for embracing me from day one,” Prosper said in an Instagram post. “My time at Marquette has been incredible. With that being said, I will remain in the 2023 NBA Draft. I’m excited for what comes next. On to the next chapter…”

Prosper had announced last month he was entering the draft. He still could have returned to school and maintained his college eligibility by withdrawing from the draft by May 31. Prosper’s announcement indicates he instead is going ahead with his plans to turn pro.

Prosper averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds last season while helping Marquette go 29-7 and win the Big East’s regular-season and tournament titles. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

He played two seasons at Marquette after transferring from Clemson, where he spent one season.

Kansas’ Kevin McCullar Jr. returning for last season of eligibility

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Kevin McCullar Jr. said that he will return to Kansas for his final year of eligibility, likely rounding out a roster that could make the Jayhawks the preseason No. 1 next season.

McCullar transferred from Texas Tech to Kansas for last season, when he started 33 of 34 games and averaged 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. He was also among the nation’s leaders in steals, and along with being selected to the Big 12’s all-defensive team, the 6-foot-6 forward was a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

“To be able to play in front of the best fans in the country; to play for the best coach in the nation, I truly believe we have the pieces to hang another banner in the Phog,” McCullar said in announcing his return.

Along with McCullar, the Jayhawks return starters Dajuan Harris Jr. and K.J. Adams from a team that went 28–8, won the Big 12 regular-season title and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Arkansas in the second round.

Perhaps more importantly, the Jayhawks landed Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson, widely considered the best player in the portal, to anchor a lineup that was missing a true big man. They also grabbed former five-star prospect Arterio Morris, who left Texas, and Towson’s Nick Timberlake, who emerged last season as one of the best 3-point shooters in the country.

The Jayhawks also have an elite recruiting class arriving that is headlined by five-star recruit Elmarko Jackson.

McCullar declared for the draft but, after getting feedback from scouts, decided to return. He was a redshirt senior last season, but he has another year of eligibility because part of his career was played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a big day for Kansas basketball,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “Kevin is not only a terrific player but a terrific teammate. He fit in so well in year one and we’re excited about what he’ll do with our program from a leadership standpoint.”