Saturday Snacks: Duke and Notre Dame earn big ACC wins; Iowa knocks off Ohio State

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GAME OF THE DAY: Kansas State 63, No. 22 Baylor 61

Baylor led by as much as 14 points and by 12 with 12 minutes left, Kansas State used a 26-12 run to close the game and pick up a critical home win. Nino Williams scored 12 of his 18 points during that run, helping the Wildcats hold off Baylor despite making a couple of head-scratching decisions in the final 10 seconds. First, Thomas Gipson tried to take a charge on Kenny Chery with KSU up by four points. He was called for a block and Chery was given an and-one. Then, on the ensuing inbounds, Wesley Iwundu floated a pass to Marcus Foster and it was very nearly stolen by Rico Gathers. Gipson missed a free throw with 4.7 seconds left, opening the door for the Bears, but Chery missed a layup at the buzzer.

This win was incredibly important for Kansas State. Thanks to an ugly start to their season, which included losses to Texas Southern and Long Beach State, the Wildcats have dug themselves a massive hole if they want to make the NCAA tournament. They’ll have a chance because of just how many quality wins are available in league play, but they cannot afford to lose a game at home. Kansas State is now 4-1 in Big 12 play, putting them in first place.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 10 Arizona 69, No. 8 Utah 51

The Wildcats staked their claim as the best team in the Pac-12 without a blowout, statement win over the Utes. Our Raphielle Johnson was at the game and will be providing coverage here.

2. No. 4 Duke 63, No. 4 Louisville 52

The Blue Devils came out and played much better after its two-game losing streak in a convincing win on the road against Louisville. Amile Jefferson came up big with 19 points and seven rebounds while Jahlil Okafor added 18 points and seven rebounds. The Cardinals were also awful from deep, as they went 4-for-25 in the game from 3-point range.

3. No. 11 Iowa State 86, No. 9 Kansas 81

The Cyclones landed a huge win over the Jayhawks, finally ending the curse Kansas held over them.

4. No. 20 Texas 77, No. 16 West Virginia 50

Texas completely overwhelmed a West Virginia team known for using their press to do just that. The Longhorns were simply too big up front, getting 51 points and 24 boards combined from Cameron Ridley, Jonathan Holmes and Myles Turner.

5. No. 12 Notre Dame 75, Miami 70

It looked like the Hurricanes might go in and steal one in South Bend after a win at Duke this week. But then Notre Dame big man Zach Auguste was ruled eligible before the game and the Irish caught fire in the second half. Jerian Grant had 23 points and eight assists to lead a balanced Notre Dame effort.

6.  Iowa 76, Ohio State 67

Solid home effort from the Hawkeyes in this one as Aaron White had 22 points and seven rebounds and Adam Woodbury had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Iowa moves to 4-1 on the season in the Big Ten and this was a convincing home win. The Buckeyes had no help for D’Angelo Russell as he went for 27 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.

STARRED

1. Maryland’s Melo Trimble

Trimble scored 21 of his 24 points in the first half to help the Terps open up an insurmountable lead as they completed a sweep of Michigan State in their first season in the Big Ten.

Oh, and he did this:

2. Oklahoma’s Buddy Hield

Hield went 10-for-10 from the floor and hit four threes, finishing with 27 points, as the No. 18 Sooners pounded No. 24 Oklahoma State.

3. Kentucky’s offense

The Wildcats are back in dominating form, as they went into Alabama and blew out the Crimson Tide, 70-48. With all the talk about the way the Wildcats can defend this season, it’s worth noting that Kentucky just shot 50.0 percent from the floor and 8-for-17 from three in an SEC road game. If they’re going to do that, they’re not losing in league play.

4. Minnesota’s Andre Hollins

The Golden Gophers were 0-5 in the Big Ten and the guard dropped 31 points in Minnesota’s 89-80 win over Rutgers. Hollins was 7-for-10 from the 3-point line and gave the Golden Gophers a huge game when they really needed a win.

5. Georgetown’s Isaac Copeland

Onions!

Copeland finished with 10 points, but he hit the game-winning three as Georgetown beat Butler in a thriller at the Verizon Center.

STRUGGLED

1. Louisville’s Chris Jones

Jones and his up-and-down play continued as he was 2-for-10 from the field and 1-for-7 from 3-point range in a loss to Duke. Jones only finished with five points and four assists and also had five turnovers.

2. Miami’s Angel Rodriguez

The point guard had a really disappointing outing as he went 1-for-10 from the field for four points and four assists in a loss to Notre Dame. The Hurricanes held a double-digit second-half lead and couldn’t hold on for the ACC road win.

3. UNLV’s Christian Wood

Wood had just two points and only took four shots as he was swallowed up by SDSU’s massive front line in a 53-47 loss.

4. The Arkansas press

The Razorbacks fell to 2-2 in the SEC after their second straight loss, falling to Ole Miss 96-82 on Saturday night. Ole Miss shot 71.4 percent from the floor in the first half, taking a 52-40 lead into the break, and only committed 11 turnovers against the Razorback pressure.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 2 Virginia remained unbeaten with a win over Boston College as Malcolm Brogdon had 20 points. The Cavs pulled away late after struggling for the first 30 minutes of the game.
  • No. 3 Gonzaga put four players in double-figures as they coasted to a win over Loyola Marymount after jumping out to a 24-6 lead.
  • It took longer than expected, but No. 5 Villanova finally put away Penn in a Big 5 rivalry game, winning 62-47.
  • No. 13 Wichita State had to face the nation’s No. 3 field-goal percentage offense in Evansville on the road. The Shockers were up to the challenge as they held the Purple Aces to 30 percent shooting from the field.
  • VCU earned a win over Duquesne on the road as the No. 17 Rams had 16 points from JeQuan Lewis.
  • It took triple overtime, but No. 25 Wyoming survived Fresno State on the road, 70-65, in a battle for first place in the Mountain West.

NOTABLES

  • Donte Grantham had 16 points to lead Clemson, who handed Syracuse their first loss in ACC play this season. Rakeem Christmas finished with 21 points and 10 boards.
  • Colorado’s season takes another hit as the Buffaloes drop a road game at Arizona State. It was the first Pac-12 win for the Sun Devils.
  • Things may be crumbling around the SMU program, but that didn’t stop the Mustangs from blowing out East Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
  • Keifer Sykes had 28 points for Green Bay as the Phoenix knocked off Detroit in a battle of Horizon League heavyweights.
  • Tulsa maintained its perfect record (5-0) in the American as they beat South Florida, 75-58. James Woodard had 21 points and three assists.
  • Cincinnati scored 55 points in the second half as a close game turned into a rout in an 84-53 win over Temple.
  • Purdue beat Penn State in overtime as Flavor Flav watched.
  • Cameron Wright and Jamel Artis both went for 20 as Pitt handed Georgia Tech their fifth straight loss in ACC play.
  • Texas A&M’s defense clamped down and held LSU to 1-of-13 shooting to end the game as they won 67-64 on the road. It’s the Aggies first win at LSU as Danuel House had 18 points and the go-ahead step-back jumper in the game’s final minute.
  • Chasson Randle had 23 points and five assists as Stanford won a non-conference game against UConn.
  • Kris Dunn finished with 21 points, eight boards and seven assists as Providence improved to 4-2 in the Big East with a win at Creighton. The Bluejays are now 0-5 in the Big East post-Dougie McBuckets.
  • In a battle of undefeated teams in the Southland, Stephen F. Austin came away with an 82-64 win over Abilene Christian as Thomas Walkup had 30 points, six rebounds and six assists.
  • Is Northwestern is starting to figure things out? They lost Saturday at Michigan, but they missed an open layup that would have forced overtime. It’s their third straight loss that was in doubt in the final minute.
  • Richmond absolutely beat down Davidson, 89-63, taking out their frustrations from Thursday’s double-overtime loss to George Washington.
  • Remy Abell had 15 points and Myles Davis added 14 points as Xavier topped Marquette, 62-58, for a Big East home win.
  • South Carolina fell to 1-3 in the SEC after they lost at Auburn.
  • Dayton won its eighth straight game with a 61-45 win over Saint Louis. Kendall Pollard was 8-for-10 from the field for 20 overall points.
  • N.C. State pulled away from Florida State late on the road as Trevor Lacey had 17 points and Kyle Washington added 15 points in the win.
  • Maxie Esho scored 18 points to lead UMass to a win over Rhode Island.
  • Saint Mary’s moved to 7-0 in WCC play with an 82-77 win over BYU. Brad Waldow finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and the win sets up a showdown at No. 3 Gonzaga next Thursday.

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.

South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley have canceled a home-and-home series with BYU over a recent racial incident where a Cougars fan yelled slurs at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.

But Staley cited BYU’s home volleyball match last month as reason for calling off the series.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a Black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racial slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident and Richardson said the school’s volleyball players reached out to her in support.

South Carolina said it was searching for another home opponent to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to call off the games.