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

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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.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

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).

STARRED

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.

STRUGGLED 

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.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • 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.

NOTABLES

  • 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.

College basketball broadcaster Billy Packer dies at 82

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Packer, an Emmy award-winning college basketball broadcaster who covered 34 Final Fours for NBC and CBS, died Thursday. He was 82.

Packer’s son, Mark, told The Associated Press that his father had been hospitalized in Charlotte for the past three weeks and had several medical issues, and ultimately succumbed to kidney failure.

Packer’s broadcasting career coincided with the growth of college basketball. He worked as analyst or color commentator on every Final Four from 1975 to 2008. He received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Analyst in 1993.

“He really enjoyed doing the Final Fours,” Mark Packer said. “He timed it right. Everything in life is about timing. The ability to get involved in something that, frankly, he was going to watch anyway, was a joy to him. And then college basketball just sort of took off with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and that became, I think, the catalyst for college basketball fans to just go crazy with March Madness.”

Packer played three seasons at Wake Forest, and helped lead the Demon Deacons to the Final Four in 1962, but it was his work as an analyst that brought him the most acclaim.

He joined NBC in 1974 and called his first Final Four in 1975. UCLA beat Kentucky in the title game that year in what was John Wooden’s final game as coach.

Packer was also part of the broadcast in 1979 with Dick Enberg and Al McGuire when Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team beat Larry Bird’s Indiana State squad in the title game. That remains highest-rated game in basketball history with a 24.1 Nielsen rating, which is an estimated 35.1 million viewers.

Packer went to CBS in the fall of 1981, when the network acquired the rights to the NCAA Tournament. He remained the network’s main analyst until the 2008 Final Four.

In 1996 at CBS, Packer was involved in controversy when he used the term “tough monkey? to describe then-Georgetown star Allen Iverson during a game. Packer later said he “was not apologizing for what I said, because what I said has no implications in my mind whatsoever to do with Allen Iverson’s race.?

Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports, said Packer was “synonymous with college basketball for more than three decades and set the standard of excellence as the voice of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

“He had a tremendous impact on the growth and popularity of the sport.” McManus said. “In true Billy fashion, he analyzed the game with his own unique style, perspective and opinions, yet always kept the focus on the game. As passionate as he was about basketball, at his heart Billy was a family man. He leaves part of his legacy at CBS Sports, across college basketball and, most importantly, as a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all.”

Packer was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale took to Twitter as word of Packer’s death spread. “So sad to learn of the passing of Billy Packer who had such a passion for college basketball,” Vitale tweeted. “My (prayers) go out to Billy’s son Mark & the entire Packer family. Always had great RESPECT for Billy & his partners Dick Enberg & Al McGuire-they were super. May Billy RIP.”

College basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla tweeted: “We fell in love (with) college basketball because of you. Your voice will remain in my head forever.”

Packer was viewed as a controversial figure during his broadcasting days, often drawing the ire of college basketball fans, particularly on North Carolina’s “Tobacco Road.”

“As a kid, I was a big NC State fan growing up, and I would watch a game and the next day I’d be like, `Boy you sure have it out for NC State, don’t you?’ And he would just laugh,” Mark Packer said.

The younger Packer, who is the host of ACC PM on the ACC Network, said it didn’t matter what school – most fans felt the same way about his father.

“He would cover North Carolina game and Tar Heels fans would be like, `you hate North Carolina,”‘ Mark Packer said. “Wake (Forest) fans would be like, `you hate us.’ And Billy just sort of got a kick out of that.”

Mark Packer said that while most fans will remember his father as a broadcaster, he’ll remember him even more for his business acumen. He said his father was a big real estate investor, and also owned a vape company, among other ventures.

“Billy was always a bit of a hustler – he was always looking for that next business deal,” Packer said.

Clemson starter Galloway will miss time after surgery

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson starter Brevin Galloway is expected to miss games for the 24th-ranked Tigers after having surgery on his groin area Thursday.

The 6-foot-3 Galloway has started 20 of 21 games after transferring from Boston College this past offseason.

Galloway posted on social media that he’d had the surgery. Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that Galloway had the operation.

Galloway said in his post he will be in uniform soon. He is not expected to play at Florida State on Saturday.

A fifth-year player, Galloway has averaged 10.6 points a game this season. He’s second on the Tigers with 55 assists and 18 steals.

The Tigers (17-4) lead the Atlantic Coast Conference at 9-1 in league play.

Clemson is already down two experienced players due to injury.

Point guard Chase Hunter, who started the team’s first 18 games, has missed the past three with a foot injury.

Guard Alex Hemenway, in his fourth season, has missed the past nine games with a foot injury. Hemenway was the team’s leading 3-point shooter (27 of 54) before getting hurt.

Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.

BIG PICTURE

Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.

ROAD WARRIORS

The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.

UP NEXT

Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.

Miller scores 23, No. 10 Maryland tops No. 13 Michigan 72-64

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 victory over No. 13 Michigan on Thursday night.

Abby Meyers contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-4, 8-2), who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Lavender Briggs scored 14 points and Shyanne Sellers added 13.

Maryland gained a measure of revenge after losing twice to Michigan last season – including a 20-point rout in College Park.

Leigha Brown led the Wolverines with 16 points.

Michigan (16-5, 6-4) led 13-9 in the first quarter before a three-point play by Miller started Maryland’s big run. Briggs and Faith Masonius made 3-pointers during that stretch.

The Terps pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Wolverines were able to chip away. Miller sat for a bit with four fouls, and Michigan cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines still wasted too many possessions with turnovers to mount much of a comeback.

Michigan ended up with 24 turnovers, and Maryland had a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Miller fouled out with 2:19 remaining, but even after those two free throws, the Terps led 65-57 and had little trouble holding on.

Michigan lost for the second time in four days against a top-10 opponent. No. 6 Indiana beat the Wolverines 92-83 on Monday.

BIG PICTURE

Michigan: Whether it was against Maryland’s press or in their half-court offense, the Wolverines turned the ball over too much to score consistently. This was a lower-scoring game than the loss to Indiana, but the margin ended up being similar.

Maryland: While Miller clearly led the way, the Terps had plenty of offensive contributors. They also held Michigan to 13 points below its season average entering the game.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

The Wolverines have appeared in 48 straight AP polls, and although a two-loss week could certainly drop them, the quality of their opponents could save them from a substantial plunge.

Maryland is tied for 10th with an Iowa team that beat No. 2 Ohio State on Monday night. Now the Terps can boast an impressive victory of their own.

UP NEXT

Michigan: The Wolverines play their third game of the week when they visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Maryland: The Terps host Penn State on Monday night.

 

Boum, Jones lead No. 13 Xavier over No. 19 UConn, 82-79

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STORRS, Conn. – Souley Boum scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 20 and No. 13 Xavier went on the road and held off No. 19 Connecticut 82-79 Wednesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) and it gave them a season sweep over the struggling Huskies (16-6, 5-6).

Jack Nunge had 12 points and Jerome Hunter added 11 for Xavier, which led by 17 in the first half and 39-24 at halftime.

Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half for UConn, leading a comeback that fell just short.

Tristen Newton added 23 points for the Huskies, who won their first 14 games this season but have dropped six of eight since.

The Musketeers never trailed but had to withstand UConn runs that cut the lead to a single point four times in the second half.

A three-point play from Hawkins made it 78-77 with 2:40 left. But a second-chance layup from Nunge put the lead at 80-77 just over a minute later.

Newton was fouled with two seconds left by Desmond Claude, but his apparent attempt to miss his second free throw went into the basket.

Boum then hit two free throws at the other end, and Newton’s final attempt from just beyond halfcourt was well short.

Xavier jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UConn missed its first nine shots.

A 3-pointer from Zach Freemantle gave the Musketeers their first double-digit lead at 20-9, and another from Jones pushed it to 35-18.

BIG PICTURE

Xavier: The Musketeers lead the Big East, and the win over UConn was their ninth conference victory this season, eclipsing their total from last season.

UConn: The Huskies came in with a 17-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion dating to February 2021. They fell to 1-4 against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. The lone win came at Gampel against Creighton.

UP NEXT

Xavier: The Musketeers continue their road trip with a visit to Creighton on Saturday.

UConn: Doesn’t play again until next Tuesday, when the Huskies visit DePaul.