Sunday’s Snacks: Coach K makes history, No. 2 Virginia survives in Blacksburg


GAME OF THE DAY: No. 8 Notre Dame 81, NC State 78 (OT)

The Fighting Irish and Wolfpack produced a thriller in Raleigh, with Notre Dame coming back despite trailing by as many as 18 points. Mike Brey’s team didn’t shoot well in the first half, but Jerian Grant got going in the second stanza and his teammates followed suit. Grant finished the game with 25 points, but it was V.J. Beachem’s tip-in with 1.8 seconds remaining that forced overtime.

The Wolfpack committed two critical turnovers late in regulation, with the first ultimately leading to Beachem’s basket and the second nearly costing them the game (Grant missed a half-court shot as time expired). Trevor Lacey, whose three-pointer as time expired in overtime rimmed out, led five NC State players in double figures with 13 points.


1. No. 5 Duke 77, St. John’s 68

Mike Krzyzewski picked up his 1,000th win as a college head coach at Madison Square Garden, with his Blue Devils closing the game on a 22-4 run. Duke got better defensively when they went zone with just under nine minutes remaining, packing things in and adding Marshall Plumlee to the lineup. Guards Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones made key plays down the stretch on the offensive end as well, with Jones finishing with a game-high 22 points. Sir’Dominic Pointer led the Red Storm with 21, but they missed out on what could have been a season-changing win.

2. No. 2 Virginia 50, Virginia Tech 47

Buzz Williams’ Hokies led by ten, 43-33, with 10:34 remaining. From that point forward Virginia Tech scored just four points, with Adam Smith’s three-pointer as time expired missing the mark. Virginia looked out of sync for a significant portion of the game but got going at the right time, closing the game on a 17-4 “run” with Justin Anderson (12 points) scoring ten of the Cavaliers’ final 17 points. Tony Bennett’s team remains undefeated, and they’ll have all week to prepare for their game against Duke next Saturday in Charlottesville.

3. Ohio State 82, No. 23 Indiana 70

Entering Sunday’s game in Columbus, Thad Matta’s team had yet to pick up a win over a team in the Top 50 of either the RPI or Ken Pomeroy ratings. Thanks to the freshmen D’Angelo Russell and Jae’Sean Tate that’s no longer the case, as the Buckeyes took care of the Hoosiers. Russell went off for 22 points, ten assists and seven rebounds, and Tate added 20 points and five rebounds. Yogi Ferrell scored a game-high 26 for Indiana, but James Blackmon Jr. scored just nine points on 4-for-12 shooting and Ohio State shot better than 62 percent from the field.


1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State: 22 points (9-for-15 FG), ten assists and six rebounds in the Buckeyes’ win over No. 23 Indiana.

2. Ryan Boatright, UConn: The senior point guard scored a career-high 28 points (7-for-10 FG, 10-for-11 FT) to lead the Huskies to a 66-53 win over USF.

3. A.J. English and David Laury, Iona: Iona’s two senior stars played well in their 87-65 win over Niagara, with English accounting for 25 points and eight rebounds and Laury adding 24, eight rebounds, six assists and four blocks.


1. Marcus Posley, St. Bonaventure: One game after scoring 36 in an overtime win over Duquesne, Posley struggled in the Bonnies’ 53-48 loss at Rhode Island. Posley finished with six points on 3-for-12 shooting.

2. Daishon Knight, Illinois State: Knight shot 4-for-16 from the field, scoring nine points in the Redbirds’ 54-53 loss to No. 20 Northern Iowa.

3. Nigel Williams-Goss, Washington: Williams-Goss struggled in his matchup with Utah’s Delon Wright, tallying just eight points on 4-for-14 shooting and three assists in the 77-56 loss.


  • No. 14 Wichita State took care of business, beating Drake 74-40. Ron Baker scored 15 points and Tekele Cotton added ten for the Shockers, who are now 8-0 in the Missouri Valley.
  • No. 24 Seton Hall dropped its third straight, falling 77-57 at Butler. Andrew Chrabascz led four Bulldogs in double figures with 15 points, and as a team Chris Holtmann’s team shot 50 percent from the field.
  • A Nate Buss three-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining gave No. 20 Northern Iowa a 54-53 win at Illinois State. The Panthers trailed by as a much as 12 in the second half, but Ben Jacobson’s decision to go zone helped UNI get the stops it needed to make the comeback.
  • No. 10 Louisville shot 65.2% from the field, putting together arguably its best offensive showing of the season in an 80-68 win at Pittsburgh. The Cardinals attempted just 12 three-pointers (making six) and scored 40 points in the paint.
  • No. 4 Villanova bounced back from its loss at Georgetown, beating Creighton 71-50 at The Pavilion. The Bluejays, who blew out Villanova in both meetings last season, drop to 0-8 in Big East play with the defeat.
  • No. 13 Maryland managed to steal one at home, coming back to beat Northwestern 68-67 on a Dez Wells put-back with 1.4 seconds remaining. Wells and Melo Trimble combined to score 19 of Maryland’s final 22 points in a game they trailed by as much as 14.
  • No. 12 Utah moved into a tie for first in the Pac-12, beating Washington 77-56 in Salt Lake City. Larry Krystkowiak’s Utes were hot from deep, shooting 11-for-18 on the night and Dakarai Tucker led them with a career-high 19 points off the bench.


  • Hassan Martin accounted for ten points, 11 rebounds and seven blocks in Rhode Island’s win over St. Bonaventure.
  • Manhattan bounced back from its loss at Quinnipiac to beat Monmouth 71-64 in Riverdale. The win keeps Steve Masiello’s team within contact of the leaders in what’s a highly competitive race in the MAAC.
  • Cincinnati moved to 5-2 in the American with a 56-46 win over UCF. The Bearcats limited the Knights to 32.7% shooting on the afternoon.
  • Vermont (6-1) remains a game behind Albany in America East thanks to its 61-50 win at UMass-Lowell. Stony Brook (5-2) also avoided falling further behind by winning 61-54 at Binghamton.
  • NJIT scored 48 second-half points in its 72-55 win at South Alabama, with Tim Coleman and Damon Lynn scoring 20 apiece to lead the way.
  • Iona remained in first place in the MAAC with an 87-64 win over Niagara at Madison Square Garden, with A.J. English scoring 25 points to lead the way.

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.