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.

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.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

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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.