Late Night Snacks: Kansas, West Virginia win Big 12 clashes; Duke, Arkansas, Seton Hall lose to unranked teams

Leave a comment
source: AP

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Butler 79, No. 21 Seton Hall 75, OT

The Bulldogs had big outings from Roosevelt Jones (23 points) and Kellen Durham (21 points) as they earned a solid road Big East win on Tuesday night in overtime. Seton Hall had a big night as Sterling Gibbs went for 30 points and Khadeen Carrington went for 20 points but the Pirates didn’t have enough and ultimately dropped to 13-4 (3-2 in the Big East. Butler is now 13-5 and 3-2 in the Big East as well.


1. Miami 90, No. 4 Duke 74

The Blue Devils were thoroughly outplayed by Miami in the second half as Angel Rodriguez had 24 points, five assists, five steals and four rebounds for the Hurricanes. Manu Lecomte added 23 points and the Hurricanes were 10-for-20 from the three-point line. Duke was 6-for-21 from 3-point range as Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow both struggled again in this one. Jahlil Okafor had 15 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

2. No. 16 West Virginia 86, No. 18 Oklahoma 65

Guard Jevon Carter came off the bench to score 18 points and add seven rebounds and Devin Williams had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Mountaineers moved to 15-2 (3-1 Big 12) on the season. Oklahoma turned the ball over 22 times and played with no consistency in this one.

3.  No. 9 Kansas 67, No. 24 Oklahoma State 57

The Jayhawks didn’t play their best, but still looked like the superior team in a home Big 12 win. Frank Mason had 16 points and Kelly Oubre added 14 points as Kansas remained undefeated in conference play. Also, Cliff Alexander did this.

4. Tennessee 74, No. 19 Arkansas 69

The Volunteers earned another big home win as they withstood a furious late rally from Arkansas. Josh Richardson had 20 points and continues to have a great senior season while the win made Tennessee 10-5 (2-1 SEC) on the season. Robert Hubbs III also had a good effort with 16 points.


1. Syracuse’s Rakeem Christmas

The senior big man had 35 points and nine rebounds to help lead the Orange to an overtime ACC victory over Wake Forest.

2. Iona’s A.J. English

One of the countries better mid-major guards played 39 minutes and scored 24 points to go along with 10 assists in an Iona win over Fairfield.

3. VCU’s Treveon Graham

Briante Weber and Melvin Johnson each had poor shooting nights, but Graham went for 26 points and eight rebounds in a VCU win over Rhode Island. Graham was 10-for-17 from the field and 4-for-8 from 3-point range and had 16 of his points in the second half. VCU has won nine straight games.

4. Abilene Christian’s Harrison Hawkins and Parker Wentz

This duo combined for 60 points as Hawkins had 31 and Wentz had 29. The Wildcats also got 20 points off the bench from LaDarrien Williams in a win over Northwestern State.


1. Michigan’s Derrick Walton

The sophomore was 1-for-7 from the field for two points and only had two assists as Ohio State’s defense smothered him.

2. Penn State’s perimeter shooting

The Nittany Lions shot 16 percent (4-for-24) from 3-point range in the three-point loss to Indiana. Penn State couldn’t get anything to fall from deep.


  • No. 1 Kentucky finally made quick work of an SEC opponent with an 86-37 win over Missouri. Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help pace the Wildcats.
  • No. 2 Virginia cruised to a 65-42 win over Clemson as Malcolm Brogdon had 16 points and Justin Anderson had 14 points.
  • Northern Iowa won a road game in the Valley with a 63-52 win over Bradley. Seth Tuttle led the No. 23 Panthers with 15 points.


  • No. 6 Louisville ran past Virginia Tech as four starters finished in double figures and Chris Jones had 11 assists. Terry Rozier led the Cardinals with 16 points.
  • Ohio State throughly outplayed Michigan the night after winning the football national championship as D’Angelo Russell had 21 points, six assists, four steals and four steals.
  • Indiana’s Robert Johnson had 20 points as the freshman guard had a great game to lead the Hoosiers to a Big Ten win over Penn State.
  • Is Stephen F. Austin going on another winning streak. The Lumberjacks are up to 12 after 25 straight last season with an easy win over Central Arkansas.
  • Iowa moved to 3-1 in the Big Ten as Jarrod Uthoff had 22 points and made the game-winning jumper with 4 seconds left to beat Minnesota for a road win. Golden Gophers are 0-5 in the Big Ten.
  • Georgetown picked up a much-needed Big East road win at DePaul as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 25 points to lead the Hoyas.
  • Texas A&M earned a SEC home win over Mississippi State as Alex Caruso had 21 points and Danuel House added 19 points.
  • Tyrone Johnson had 13 points to lead South Carolina over Alabama for an SEC win.
  • Tulsa is now 3-0 in the American after a win over UConn. Guard James Woodard had 21 points and six rebounds in the win.

Bubbles brewing with season on horizon

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

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

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports
1 Comment

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

Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

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

Getty Images

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.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

STORRS, Conn. — UConn swingman Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play for the Huskies this season.

The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds and started every game last season for URI, where he was recruited by current UConn coach Dan Hurley.

NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season, but the organization has been more lenient in granting waivers during the pandemic.

Martin, 21, is expected to compete for playing time at UConn on the wing as both a guard and small forward.