Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Kentucky needs overtime to top Ole Miss, Arkansas gets a tough win at Georgia

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 1 Kentucky 89, Ole Miss 86 OT

Nobody in the country expected this game to be close, but the Wildcats were able to withstand for an overtime win over Ole Miss. The Rebels made 3-pointers (9-for-17), made free throws (19-for-22) and never wavered and gave Kentucky its biggest scare of the season. This was the first game of the season where Kentucky’s defense allowed more than 70 points and they gave up 86 in Rupp Arena. Aaron Harrison was 6-for-10 from the 3-point line to pace the Wildcats with 26 points, but this was a big wake-up call for Kentucky.


1. No. 23 Arkansas 79, Georgia 75

This was a really nice road win for the Razorbacks, as they were down double figures in the second half after being down by seven points at the half. Sophomore forward Bobby Portis stepped up and had a big outing for Arkansas as he finished with 21 points and five rebounds while Michael Qualls added 17 points. Alandise Harris was also 7-for-8 from the field for 15 points.

2. No. 8 Villanova 90, No. 24 St. John’s 72

Daniel Ochefu was dominant in the paint once again — 13 points, 12 boards (six offensive), four assists and two blocks — and Darrun Hilliard and Ryan Arcidiacono made enough plays in the second half as Villanova pulled away from the Johnnies late. While the Wildcats landed an impressive bounce-back win after losing at Seton Hall over the weekend, the Johnnies lost their third straight game to open up Big East play. D’angelo Harrison had 25 points in the loss.

3. No. 22 Ohio State 74, Minnesota 72 OT

D’angelo Russell scored 25 of his 27 points in the first half for the Buckeyes, but Minnesota swarmed him defensively in the second half, erasing a 12-point deficit and forcing overtime. Ohio State’s Marc Loving made a number of big shots down the stretch — including the game-winner, seen below — but if Amir Williams hadn’t missed a layup at the end of regulation, this game never would have made it that far. Andre Hollins was 3-for-13 on Tuesday and is now just 6-for-32 from the floor in Big Ten play.

4. No. 17 Iowa State 63, Oklahoma State 61

Georges Niang struggled — 3-for-12 shooting, five turnovers — but Dustin Hogue made a number of big plays down the stretch as the Cyclones outlasted the Pokes in Ames. Hogue finished with 17 points and added an Hakim Warrick-esque block in the final seconds to seal the victory.


1. Brandon Goodwin, UCF

The night’s biggest hero is undoubtedly Goodwin as he went for 30 points, seven rebounds and five assists in a UCF overtime road win over Houston. Goodwin’s clutch shooting is the big reason why UCF won this game. His 3-pointer with four seconds left in regulation sent the game into overtime and his 3-pointer with three seconds left in overtime gave the Knights the one-point victory.

2. Kris Dunn, Providence

Dunn had 25 points, eight boards and six assists as Providence moved to 2-1 in the Big East with a 66-62 win at Butler. If Dunn ever gets his turnovers under control and learns to shoot … look out.

3. Jameel Warney, Stony Brook

An American East Player of the Year candidate, Warney had 25 points and 13 rebounds to pace Stony Brook in a road win at Columbia. Warney was an impressive 12-for-16 from the field.


1. Brandon Taylor, Penn State

The Nittany Lions could have used some offense for Taylor so that D.J. Newbill wouldn’t have to do all of the scoring against Michigan but he only finished 1-for-10 from the field for two points.

2. Boston College

The Eagles blew a 10 point lead in the final three minutes to lose to Pitt in overtime, 61-60.

3. Rysheed Jordan, St. John’s

Jordan was 0-for-6 from the floor with two turnovers and no assists in his first game back after leaving the team last week.


  • Winston Shepard had 20 points and nine boards to lead San Diego State to a 56-42 win over New Mexico in a battle between Mountain West rivals.
  • Michigan had to fight off a late Penn State rally to earn another much-needed Big Ten road win as Caris LeVert had 18 points to pace the Wolverines. Michigan had nice balance in the win as six different players knocked down a 3-pointer and Zak Irvin broke out of his shooting slump with a 6-for-9 performance and 17 points.
  • UConn used nine different scorers to get past South Florida 58-44. Amida Brimah led the Huskies with 13 points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
  • James Siakam led four players in double figures, finishing with 14 points, 10 boards and two blocks, as Vandy beat Auburn in Bruce Pearl’s SEC opener.
  • Ricky Tarrant had 15 points as Alabama landed a 65-44 win over Texas A&M.
  • Central Michigan earned a nice MAC road win at Toledo as Rayshawn Simmons had 16 points. The Chippewas are now 11-1 on the season.
  • Three Cincinnati starters finished in double figures, led by Octavius Ellis and Kevin Johnson’s 12 points each, in a 69-48 win over East Carolina.
  • Georgetown only scored one field goal in 14-plus minutes until D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera’s field goal with just over a minute left as the Hoyas held off Marquette 65-59. Smith-Rivera led the Hoyas with 15 points.
  • Florida State cruised past Virginia Tech as Xavier Rathan-Mayes led the Seminoles with 22 points.
  • George Washington trailed Saint Louis by eight at the half but roared back for a 75-72 home A-10 win. Patricio Garino led the Colonials in points and rebounds with 18 points and six rebounds.

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.”