Late Night Snacks: No. 12 Notre Dame, No. 15 North Carolina win away from home

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCF 103, Tulane 100 (3OT)

One of two games to go multiple overtimes (Western Michigan beat Ball State 95-93 in two overtimes), the Knights and Green Wave produced a classic in Orlando. B.J. Taylor led the way for UCF with 33 points, six rebounds and four assists, with four other players scoring in double figures. Tulane hit 16 three-pointers, with Jay Hook and Louis Dabney responsible for 13 of those makes. A Taylor layup in the final minute of the first overtime forced a second extra session, with a Dabney three with 41 seconds remaining in the second overtime forcing a third.


1. No. 15 North Carolina 81, NC State 79: The Wolfpack nearly sent the game to overtime, but an attempted tip-in of an Abdul-Malik Abu intentionally missed free throw missed the mark as time expired. As a result the Tar Heels beat NC State for the 23rd time in the last 25 meetings, with Marcus Paige tallying 23 points, nine assists and five rebounds, and Kennedy Meeks adding 15 and ten boards. North Carolina shot 55.6% from the field and outscored NC State 38-24 in the paint. Ralston Turner scored 20 points and Trevor Lacey 19 for NC State, but they did so on combined 11-for-30 shooting from the field.

2. No. 12 Notre Dame 62, Georgia Tech 59: In their first game without center Zach Auguste, the Fighting Irish rebounded from an eight-point halftime deficit to beat the Yellow Jackets in Atlanta. Notre Dame shot 50 percent from the field in the second half and assisted on eight of their ten field goals, and they outscored Georgia Tech 13-6 in the paint in the final 20 minutes as well. Jerian Grant led five players in double figures with 12 points, and forward Bonzie Colson stepped forward to contribute ten points and four rebounds off the bench. Demarco Cox (17 points, seven rebounds) and Chris Bolden (13) led the way for the Yellow Jackets.

3. No. 22 Baylor 74, No. 11 Iowa State 73: A Kenny Chery jumper with 4.9 seconds remaining gave Baylor the win, capping what was a tough shooting night for the Bears’ point guard (4-for-16 FG). Royce O’Neale led four Bears in double figures with 15 points, and Baylor was able to open up an early 17-point lead thanks in part to their perimeter shooting (8-for-15 3PT in the first half). Naz Long led the Cyclones with 19 points, hitting all five of his three-point attempts, but the slow start and an 11-for-19 night from the foul line cost Fred Hoiberg’s team in the end.

4. San Diego State 60, No. 25 Wyoming 52: One of the most incredible streaks in college basketball was extended Wednesday night, as the Aztecs held off the Cowboys in Laramie. The Aztecs shot just 36.7% from the field on the night, but their ability to hit the offensive glass (13 offensive rebounds, 15 second-chance points) and convert Wyoming mistakes into points (16-2 edge in points off turnovers) made up for the shooting issues. Aqeel Quinn scored 14 points, Trey Kell 12 and Winston Shepard III ten for San Diego State, which dropped the Cowboys into a three-way tie for first in the Mountain West (Wyoming, New Mexico and Fresno State are 4-1, SDSU 3-1). Larry Nance Jr. scored 19 to lead all players, but the Cowboys’ issues in completing defensive possessions with a rebound proved costly. San Diego State has now won 132 consecutive games in which they’ve led at the 5:00 mark in the second half.


1. Central Michigan

Keno Davis’ Chippewas caught fire from deep, shooting 19-for-27 from three in a 105-77 win over Miami (Ohio).

2. Youssou Ndoye, St. Bonaventure

Ndoye shot 9-for-11 from the field and 10-for-11 from the foul line, accounting for 28 points, 13 rebounds and three blocks in the Bonnies’ 75-55 win over George Mason.

3. Dyshawn Pierre, Dayton

The Flyers don’t have a player taller than 6-foot-6, meaning that Pierre has to step forward on the glass. He did so in a 61-50 win over La Salle, scoring 16 points and grabbing 14 boards.

4. Marcus Paige, North Carolina

23 points, nine assists, five rebounds, four steals and no turnovers in the Tar Heels’ 81-79 win at NC State.


1. Jherrod Stiggers, Houston

The Cougars’ leading scorer had a rough night in their 66-61 loss at East Carolina, shooting 2-for-15 from the field and scoring five points.

2. Duquesne

The Dukes shot 13-for-34 from the foul line in a 78-69 loss at Saint Louis. The biggest offender was Dominique McKoy, who shot 1-for-10.

3. Nevada

The Wolf Pack shot 5-for-30 from the field in the first half of their 98-42 loss at Colorado State. The score at the half: 55-12 Rams, and they were without their leading scorer and rebounder J.J. Avila (one-game suspension).


  • No. 14 Maryland didn’t get off to the best of starts, but they played better down the stretch in their 73-65 win over Rutgers.
  • No. 13 Wichita State took care of Southern Illinois, 67-55, limiting the Salukis to 39.3% shooting.
  • Ryan Arcidiacono led five Wildcats in double figures with 18 points as No. 5 Villanova took care of Xavier, 88-75. Villanova outscored Xavier 45-24 from beyond the arc.


  • Markus Kennedy made the most of his return to his hometown of Philadelphia, scoring 21 points and grabbing seven rebounds in SMU’s 60-55 win at Temple.
  • Damon Sherman-Newsome scored 19 points as Colgate moved to 4-1 in the Patriot League with a 62-53 lead over Boston University. The Raiders ended a 20-game losing streak in the series.
  • Akron handed Bowling Green its first MAC loss, beating the Falcons 67-50 with Deji Ibitayo scoring 15 points off the bench.
  • D’Angelo Harrison scored 20 points, moving to third on the St. John’s all-time scoring list, and Phil Greene IV matched that point total in the Red Storm’s 83-70 win at Providence.
  • Dayton won its seventh straight game, beating La Salle 61-50. Dyshawn Pierre scored 16 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win.
  • Tyler Kalinoski and Brian Sullivan scored 14 apiece as Davidson earned its first conference road victory as a member of the Atlantic 10, winning 71-63 at UMass.
  • Albany moved to 4-0 in America East with a 73-58 win over Binghamton. Will Brown’s team will be right there with Stony Brook and Vermont in the race for the conference crown.
  • Keith Hornsby scored 23 points and Jarell Martin added 18 and 14 to lead LSU to a 75-71 win at Ole Miss.
  • Wichita State has company atop the Valley standings, with Indiana State moving to 5-0 with a 71-70 overtime win over Illinois State with Tre’ Bennett’s layup in the final seconds being the difference.
  • Seniors Chasson Randle, Anthony Brown and Stefan Nastic combined to score 58 points in Stanford’s 69-59 win at rival Cal.

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.