Late Night Snacks: Wild finish to Florida-Florida State, Big Ten play starts with two overtime games


GAME OF THE DAY: No. 12 Maryland, Michigan State (2OT)

Half of Dez Wells’ 16 points came with five seconds remaining in regulation and in the two overtime periods. It was his first game back in the starting five since breaking a bone in his right wrist last month. Wells forced overtime with a last-second three in regulation. He tied the game with two free throws to force a second overtime. He scored four conseutive points to give Maryland the lead for good with 2:40 left. Melo Trimble would close it out from the line with six free throws in the final 90 seconds. He had a team-high 17.

Travis Trice had 26 points for the Spartans.

THIS ONE WAS GOOD TOO: Michigan 73, Illinois 65 (OT)

The Wolverines trailed by 13 in the second half, but 3-point shooting and zone defense helped cut the deficit and force overtime. It was more of the same in the extra frame with Zak Irvin and Aubrey Dawkins connected on triples to give Michigan a two-possession lead. Rayvonte Rice had a tough night from the field while Caris LeVert’s 19 points were outdone by Dawkins’ season-high 20 and a late surge from Irvin.

WILD FINISH: Florida State 65, Florida 63

The Seminoles defeated in-state rival Florida without even scoring the game-winning basket. Watch it here.

ANOTHER WILD FINISH: Oklahoma State 74, Missouri 72 (OT)

Oklahoma State didn’t foul up three, allowing Tramaine Isabell hit a last-second 3-pointer to send the game into overtime. In the extra frame, Missouri had another chance to tie in the final seconds, although, this time Travis Ford has his team foul. Johnathan Williams III made the first, and missed the second one on purpose, which bounced off the side of the rim to Keith Shamburger with three seconds left. Shamburger found D’Angelo Allen for a game-tying layup, however, Allen rushed shot.


Iowa 71, No. 21 Ohio State 65

The Hawkeyes now hold wins over North Carolina and Ohio State, both on the road. The Big Ten is so open after Wisconsin at the top, could Iowa separate itself from the pack? On the other hand, how do we feel about the Buckeyes now? Ohio State hasn’t looked good in a road loss to Louisville, a neutral site loss to the Tar Heels and now a home defeat at the hands of the Hawkeyes. Ohio State has beaten the tomato cans, but currently its best win is against Marquette. Rob Dauster had more from this game

No. 3 Virginia 83, Davidson 72

The last time we saw Virginia in action the Cavaliers limited the Harvard offense to one field goal and eight first-half points, holding a team in the 20s for the second time this season. On Tuesday, the Cavaliers entered the locker room down four, only the third time this season they trailed at half. Virginia turned it around in the second half en route to a 21-point win. Virginia may have allowed 11-of-28 shooting from three, but the Hoos imposed their will up front with 40 points in the paint and 17 second-chance points.


1) Aubrey Dawkins, Michigan: The son of the Stanford head coach entered the game with 15 points on the season. He had a game-high 20 in his Big Ten debut. Dawkins hit 6-of-7 threes, including one in overtime to stretch the lead to four.

2) Anthony Gill, Virginia: The Cavaliers used their size against a tough Davidson team on Tuesday night with Gill leading the way with 25 points, off 11-of-16 shooting, to go along with 13 rebounds. Virginia had 40 points in the paint.

3) Dez Wells, Maryland: Like mentioned above, Wells was in the starting lineup for the first time since Nov. 25. He was clutch down the stretch with a 3-pointer to force overtime, free throws to send the game to a second overtime and then gave the Terrapins a lead for good with two more from the line, followed by a breakaway dunk.


1) Trevor Lacey, N.C. State: For only the second time this season, the impact transfer guard has been held to single-digits. Lacey was 1-of-8 for six points in 36 minutes in a loss to Cincinnati.

2) Rayvonte Rice, Illinois: The leading scorer for the Illini was 3-of-11, missing three of his final four shots, for a season-low eight points.

3) D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State: The talented freshman has struggled against the big boys on Ohio State’s schedule. When that happens, it spells trouble for the Buckeyes. On Tuesday, Russell was 4-of-16 for 13 points in a loss to Iowa. In Ohio State’s three losses — Louisville, North Carolina and Iowa — Russell is a combined 16-for-58 from the floor and 6-for-27 from three, averaging 11.8 points in four games.

TOP 25

  • No. 3 Virginia 83, Davidson 72
  • No. 5 Louisville 63, Long Beach State 48
  • No. 10 Utah 85, Carroll 49
  • No. 13 Kansas 78, Kent State 62
  • No. 12 Maryland 68, Michigan State 66 (2OT)
  • No. 14 Notre Dame 87, Hartford 70
  • No. 17 West Virginia 82, Virginia Tech 51
  • No. 19 North Carolina 86, William & Mary 64
  • Iowa 71, No. 21 Ohio State 65
  • No. 22 Baylor 92, Norfolk State 51

Louisville challenges NCAA over recruiting allegations

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville has refuted NCAA allegations against its men’s basketball program in the wake of a federal corruption scandal, requesting that the highest-level violation be reclassified.

The university also is challenging that former coach Rick Pitino failed to promote an atmosphere of compliance in his program.

Louisville filed a 104-page response last week to the Notice Of Allegations sent to the school in May. The document stated that college sports’ governing body seeks to ignore wire fraud convictions against several people involved in the scheme – including a former Adidas executive – by suggesting they were representing its athletic interests. Louisville’s contract with the apparel maker was a standard sponsorship agreement rather than a promotional deal, the response added.

“This argument is as novel as it is wrong,” the school wrote in its response. “Even if an institution has some responsibility for the conduct of its suppliers, that responsibility plainly does not extend to acts of fraud perpetrated against the institution itself.”

Louisville also seeks to have several second-tier violations reclassified even lower. The NCAA has until Nov. 15 to respond with the school responding 15 days after before a decision is made whether the case will proceed through the traditional Committee on Infractions or Independent Accountability Review Process (IARP).

The NCAA’s Notice of Allegations states that Louisville committed a Level I violation, considered the most severe, with an improper recruiting offer and extra benefits along with several lesser violations. Those lesser violations also include Pitino failing to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

The NCAA notice completed a two-year investigation following a federal corruption probe of college basketball announced in September 2017. Louisville acknowledged its involvement in the federal investigation related to the recruitment of former player Brian Bowen II. Pitino, who’s now coaching Iona, was not named in the federal complaint and has consistently denied authorizing or having knowledge of a payment to a recruit’s family.

Louisville has previously indicated it would accept responsibility for violations it committed but would contest allegations it believed were not supported by facts. The school also noted corrective measures taken in the scandal’s immediate aftermath, such as suspending and then firing Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich.

Louisville also dismissed the NCAA’s contention that former Adidas executive James Gatto and amateur league director Merl Code represented the school while funneling illegal payments to recruits at several schools.

“The enforcement staff’s remaining allegations lack factual support and overread the relevant Bylaws,” the response stated, “and rest on the erroneous contention that the conspirators were representatives of the University’s athletics interests.

“For these reasons and others set forth, the panel should reject the enforcement staff’s dramatically overbroad theory, and classify this case as involving a Level II-Mitigated violation.”

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.