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

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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.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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.

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED

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

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

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.