Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Kentucky defeats No. 4 Louisville


GAME OF THE DAY: Georgetown 91, Indiana 87 (OT)

The first game of the day was its most entertaining from an offensive standpoint, as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and the Hoyas outlasted the Hoosiers at Madison Square Garden. The Indianapolis native scored 29 points and dished out four assists and senior Aaron Bowen added 20 off the bench for the Hoyas, who are 8-3 entering Big East play. Two keys for Georgetown in the second half: Joshua Smith being on the floor after committing three fouls in the first half, and a switch to a zone defense that (comparatively speaking) made things more difficult for Indiana.

Yogi Ferrell, who hit two three-pointers in the final minute of regulation to force overtime, scored 27 points and Troy Williams added 23 to go along with seven rebounds and four assists. Tom Crean’s Hoosiers are 10-3 going into Big Ten play, a record few expected them to post before the season began.


1. No. 1 Kentucky 58, Louisville 50

It wasn’t the prettiest game but the Wildcats took care of the Cardinals in Louisville, and their defense was a big reason why. Louisville shot less than 26 percent from the field Saturday afternoon, and Kentucky’s defense both inside and on the perimeter was a reason why. Tyler Ulis stepped forward for the Wildcats in his reserve role, scoring 14 points with fellow freshman Devin Booker adding nine.

2. No. 8 Gonzaga 87, BYU 80

In the WCC opener for both the Bulldogs won in Provo, with point guard Kevin Pangos and forward Kyle Wiltjer leading the way. Pangos, who’s been asked to do even more on the ball with freshman Josh Perkins out with a broken jaw, scored 21 points and dished out seven assists before fouling out with just over eight seconds remaining in the game. As for Wiltjer he scored a game-high 24 points, with teammate Byron Wesley (15 points, ten rebounds) posting a double-double and Przemek Karnowski adding nine points and ten rebounds. Tyler Haws and Anson Winder scored 17 apiece for BYU, with Kyle Collinsworth adding a triple-double with 13 points, ten rebounds and ten assists.

3. No. 24 Colorado State 58, New Mexico State 57

We nearly had two teams fall from the ranks of the unbeaten, but Larry Eustachy’s team found a way to hold off the Aggies in Las Cruces. A J.J. Avila basket in the final minute of overtime proved to be the difference as the Rams moved to 13-0 on the season, and the senior forward led CSU with 17 points. Stanton Kidd added 15 for the winners, who remain undefeated despite the fact that guard Daniel Bejarano shot 0-for-10 from the field and failed to score. Remi Barry led three Aggies in double figures with 14 points, and freshman Pascal Siakam posted his second double-double of the season with 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots.


1. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Aaron Bowen (Georgetown)

Combined to score 49 points in the Hoyas’ 91-87 overtime win over Indiana.

2. Carrington Ward (Green Bay)

Scored a career-high 28 points on 10-for-14 shooting in the Phoenix’s 78-61 win over Georgia State.

3. Dylan Garrity (Sacramento State) 

28 points (8-for-9 FG), three rebounds and two assists in the Hornets’ 74-49 win at Utah Valley.


1. Terry Rozier and Chris Jones (Louisville)

Shot a combined 8-for-33 from the field and accounted for just one assists in the Cardinals’ 58-50 loss to No. 1 Kentucky.

2. Maine

The Black Bears shot 30.4% from the field and finished with more turnovers (20) than made field goals (17) in their 72-43 loss at Seton Hall.


  • After losing 72-48 at Georgia State on December 4, Green Bay beat the Panthers 78-61 with Carrington Ward scoring a career-high 28 points. The Phoenix ended the game on a 21-3 run.
  • Dez Wells scored ten points off the bench in his return to the court as No. 15 Maryland beat Oakland, 72-56. Melo Trimble scored 17 points and Jake Layman added 15 and 12 rebounds for the Terrapins.
  • Marcus Paige led six Tar Heels in double figures with 16 points as No. 20 North Carolina defeated UAB 89-58. The Blazers knocked off UNC in Birmingham last season.
  • Brad Waldow scored 20 points and grabbed nine rebounds to help lead Saint Mary’s to a 73-60 win over Santa Clara in the WCC opener for both. Senior forward Garrett Jackson, averaging 3.6 points per game entering Saturday, added 18 points for the winners.
  • Charles Mann scored 22 points and Marcus Thornton and Kenny Gaines added 17 apiece in Georgia’s 86-77 triple overtime win over Mercer. Jordan Strawberry scored a game-high 24 for the Bears.
  • D’Angelo Russell scored 24 points and Amir Williams added 21 and seven rebounds in No. 21 Ohio State’s 100-55 win over Wright State.
  • In what could have been a letdown game for a young team in the aftermath of their win over No. 3 Arizona on Tuesday, UNLV took care of Southern Utah 79-45 in Las Vegas. Rashad Vaughn and Christian Wood combined to score 44 points, with Wood finishing with 22 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks.

NCAA tweaks rules on block/charge calls in men’s basketball

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is tweaking how block/charge calls are made in men’s basketball.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rule changes on Thursday that require a defender to be in position to draw a charge at the time the offensive player plants a foot to go airborne for a shot. If the defender arrives after the player has planted a foot, officials have been instructed to call a block when there’s contact.

Defenders had to be in position to draw a charge before the offensive player went airborne under previous rules.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee members made the proposal after NCAA members complained that too many charges were being called on those types of plays.

The panel also approved reviews of basket interference calls during the next media timeout – if the official called it on the floor – a shot clock reset to 20 seconds on an offensive rebound that hits the rim, and players being allowed to wear any number between 0 and 99.

A timeout also will be granted to an airborne player with possession of the ball, and non-student bench personnel will be allowed to serve as peacekeepers on the floor if an altercation occurs.

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.