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.

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

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


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.