Late Night Snacks: No. 2 Virginia remains undefeated, No. 23 Indiana outshoots No. 13 Maryland


GAME OF THE NIGHT: Arkansas 93, Alabama 91 (OT)

Bobby Portis’ tip-in of a Rashad Madden missed shot at time expired was the difference in Fayetteville as Arkansas moved to 3-2 in the SEC. Michael Qualls led all scorers with 30 points and he also grabbed eight rebounds, and Justin Coleman scored all 22 of his points after halftime for the Crimson Tide. Portis’ game-winner was redemption in a sense, as he fouled Michael Kessens with four seconds remaining in regulation while Kessens was attempting a layup with Arkansas leading by three. Kessens completed the three-point play, which meant overtime.


1. No. 23 Indiana 89, No. 13 Maryland 70: Tom Crean’s Hoosiers continued their hot start to Big Ten play with a resounding victory over the Terrapins in Bloomington. While Maryland’s 10-for-20 night from three was solid, it wasn’t enough as the Hoosiers shot 15-for-22 from deep. Yogi Ferrell was responsible for seven of those makes, and he finished the night with 24 points and five assists, and freshman James Blackmon Jr. added 22 points in the win. Indiana, a team few expected much from before the season began, is now tied for first place in the Big Ten with Wisconsin. Jake Layman led the Terrapins with 13 points.

2. Providence 69, Xavier 66 (OT): The Friars led 60-51 with just under two minutes remaining, and thanks to a combination of baffling turnovers on their part and some solid plays by Xavier the game wound up in overtime. But a LaDontae Henton three-point play with 27.2 seconds remaining in overtime gave the Friars a lead they would not relinquish, winning a game that was important for both teams from a resume standpoint. Henton finished with 24 points and Kris Dunn added 20, ten rebounds and eight assists. Matt Stainbrook (17 points, ten rebounds) and Jalen Reynolds (14 and 13) both posted double-doubles for the Musketeers.

3. No. 3 Gonzaga 68, Saint Mary’s 47: In a matchup of two 7-0 teams, the Bulldogs took over in the second half to turn what was a competitive game into a rout. Gonzaga limited Saint Mary’s to 36 percent shooting from the field, and once the Bulldogs managed to slow down Brad Waldow (14 points, seven rebounds) the Gaels had nowhere else to turn offensively. Kevin Pangos scored 14 points and big men Kyle Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis combined for 30 points (Wiltjer- 12) and 31 rebounds (Sabonis- 13).


1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State: Russell led the way for the Buckeyes in their 69-67 win at Northwestern, accounting for 33 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Oh, he also had one incredible bounce pass to Sam Thompson.

2. Kris Dunn, Providence: Dunn finished Providence’s 69-66 overtime win over Xavier two assists shy of a triple-double, as he tallied 20 points, ten rebounds and eight assists.

3. Jeromie Hill, UTSA: Hill made 13 of his 22 shots from the field, scoring 36 points to go along with eight rebounds in the Roadrunners’ 82-68 win at Marshall.


1. Georgia Tech: No. 2 Virginia has now held three teams below 28 points in a game this season (Rutgers and Harvard are the others). Georgia Tech shot 24.5% from the field (0-for-12 3PT) in a 57-28 loss in Charlottesville.

2. Jordan Price, La Salle: The Explorers’ leading scorer struggled in a 59-47 loss at Rhode Island, scoring four points on 2-for-13 shooting from the field.


  • No. 8 Notre Dame took care of business in Blacksburg, beating Virginia Tech 85-60. Jerian Grant scored 18 to lead the way for the Fighting Irish.
  • No. 24 Seton Hall dropped one at home, falling to first-place DePaul 64-60 in Newark. The 5-2 start to Big East play is DePaul’s best since their first year in the conference (2005-06), and this is their first road win over a ranked opponent since 2005.
  • No. 7 Arizona fought off early foul trouble, coming back to win 89-82 at Stanford. Stanley Johnson led five Wildcats in double figures with 19 points, and Matt Korcheck gave them some good minutes in the second half. Chasson Randle scored 26 to lead the way for the Cardinal, but he shot 4-for-12 (12 points) in the second half with Rondae Hollis-Jefferson getting that defensive assignment for Arizona.


  • UConn snapped a two-game losing streak with a 67-60 win over UCF. As he said he needed to earlier this week, Ryan Boatright led the way for the Huskies with 18 points.
  • John Kopriva scored 19 to lead five players in double figures as George Washington moved to 5-1 in the Atlantic 10 with a 79-59 win at Fordham.
  • North Florida and Lipscomb remain tied atop the Atlantic Sun standings with matching 4-0 records as both won on the road. UNF beat Northern Kentucky 74-66, and Lipscomb held off Jacksonville 80-77.
  • Chattanooga’s tied for first in the SoCon with Wofford thanks to their 86-64 win over VMI. Eric Robertson scored 18 off the bench for the Mocs.
  • Belmont scored 49 second-half points in their 72-67 win over UT-Martin, with Evan Bradds going for 22 and ten and Craig Bradshaw adding 21 points.
  • Sheldon McClellan scored 16 points and grabbed ten rebounds to help lead Miami to a 65-60 win over NC State. This happened in Coral Gables as well.
  • Joe O’Shea accounted for 15 points and 12 rebounds as Bryant moved to 6-1 in NEC play with a 74-69 win over LIU-Brooklyn.
  • North Texas nearly allowed a 21-point halftime lead to slip away but they hung on in the end, beating Louisiana Tech 73-66 to give the Bulldogs their first loss in Conference USA play. Western Kentucky leads the conference at 6-0 after beating UTEP 71-66 in overtime.
  • Jordan Gregory hit seven three-pointers and scored 31 points as Montana moved to 5-1 in Big Sky play with a 64-57 win over Northern Arizona.
  • In their first game without the injured Alan Williams, UCSB beat UC Riverside 83-75 with John Green leading four double-digit scorers with 21 points. Williams will miss at least the next two weeks with a shoulder injury suffered in practice Tuesday.
  • The Big West race got a little tighter Thursday night, as Hawaii handed UC Davis its first conference loss by the final score of 84-76. The Aggies entered the game with a 4-0 league record.

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.”

Clemson leading scorer Hall withdraws from NBA draft, returns to Tigers

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson leading scorer PJ Hall is returning to college after withdrawing from the NBA draft on Thursday.

The 6-foot-10 forward took part in the NBA combine and posted his decision to put off the pros on social media.

Hall led the Tigers with 15.3 points per game this past season. He also led the Tigers with 37 blocks, along with 5.7 rebounds. Hall helped Clemson finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference while posting a program-record 14 league wins.

Clemson coach Brad Brownell said Hall gained experience from going through the NBA’s combine that will help the team next season. “I’m counting on him and others to help lead a very talented group,” he said.

Hall was named to the all-ACC third team last season as the Tigers went 23-10.

George Washington adopts new name ‘Revolutionaries’ to replace ‘Colonials’

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WASHINGTON — George Washington University’s sports teams will now be known as the Revolutionaries, the school announced.

Revolutionaries replaces Colonials, which had been GW’s name since 1926. Officials made the decision last year to drop the old name after determining it no longer unified the community.

GW said 8,000 different names were suggested and 47,000 points of feedback made during the 12-month process. Revolutionaries won out over the other final choices of Ambassadors, Blue Fog and Sentinels.

“I am very grateful for the active engagement of our community throughout the development of the new moniker,” president Mark S. Wrighton said. “This process was truly driven by our students, faculty, staff and alumni, and the result is a moniker that broadly reflects our community – and our distinguished and distinguishable GW spirit.”

George the mascot will stay and a new logo developed soon for the Revolutionaries name that takes effect for the 2023-24 school year. The university is part of the Atlantic 10 Conference.