Late Night Snacks: No. 8 Notre Dame outlasts No. 4 Duke in a thriller

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 8 Notre Dame 76, No. 4 Duke 72

Jerian Grant put on a show, finishing with 23 points, 12 assists, six boards, three steals and two blocks, as the Irish knocked off Duke at home on Wednesday. He outdueled Jahlil Okafor, who finished with 22 points and 17 boards.

Our Raphielle Johnson wrote about the game here.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Purdue 83, No. 23 Indiana 67

The size inside for Purdue won out against Indiana’s perimeter-oriented attack, as A.J. Hammons and company dominated the interior in a statement win for the Boilermakers. Purdue shot 71.4 percent from two-point range and Hammons blocked eight shots. Rapheal Davis had 19 points to lead Purdue, who improved to 5-3 in the Big Ten. Indiana is 5-3 in the league as well, and while they’ve looked impressive in wins at home, the Hoosiers still need to prove that they can win away from Assembly Hall.

2. Clemson 68, NC State 57

The Wolfpack couldn’t afford a loss in a game like this, but they proceeded to come out an dig themselves a 36-13 hole before they decided to start playing. They eventually got as close as eight in the second half, but the 23-point deficit was too much for them to overcome.

3. Seton Hall 80, Marquette 70

The Pirates hit 13 threes and used a big second half run to pull away from Marquette on the road. Seton Hall has some impressive wins this season — namely beating Villanova¬†in Newark — but they fell to 3-4 in the Big East with a loss over the weekend. They needed to pick up this win on the road. Sterling Gibbs led the way with 24 points and 10 assists.

4. Albany 47, Vermont 44

The Great Danes took a big step towards winning an America East regular season title as they knocked off the Catamounts in Burlington on Wednesday night. Sam Rowley led the way with 18 points. Albany is now 8-0 in the league, while UVM falls to 6-2.

STARRED

1. Chris Jones, Louisville

Jones played — and shot — as well as he has all season long, finishing with 28 points on 10-for-13 shooting as the No. 10 Cardinals survived a scrappy Boston College team on the road, 81-72.

2. Tim Quarterman, LSU

Quarterman went for 16 points, five boards and three assists off the bench as the Tigers knocked off South Carolina.

3. Markus Kennedy, SMU

Kennedy finished with 22 points on 10-for-12 shooting off the bench as the Mustangs stayed within a game of Tulsa in first place in the American by picking up a road win against South Florida.

STRUGGLED

1. Angel Rodriguez, Miami

Rodriguez looked like an all-american in No. 23 Miami’s win at Duke. He was 0-for-8 with four turnovers as he went scoreless in a 70-50 loss at home against Georgia Tech. His inconsistency is crippling for the Hurricanes.

2. South Carolina’s guards

Duane Notice, Sindarius Thornwell and Tyrone Johnson are supposed to be the three best players for the Gamecocks. They combined to go 8-for-38 from the floor in a six-point loss at LSU.

3. Texas Tech

Fresh off an upset win over Iowa State, the Red Raiders lost to No. 24 Oklahoma 81-36. They were 11-for-52 from the floor. That’s 21.2 percent.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 9 Kansas looked like the Jayhawk team we saw through the first month and a half of the season, as they blew a pair of leads and were unable to put away an overmatched TCU team on Wednesday. Frank Mason continued to be the best player for the Jayhawks, who looked sloppy and half-awake in their 64-61 win.
  • Fred Van Vleet finished with 27 points to lead No. 12 Wichita State to a 58-47 win against Loyola (IL).
  • Paul Jesperson and Seth Tuttle both went for 13 points as No. 18 Northern Iowa avoided an upset at Southern Illinois, setting up a showdown with Wichita State on Saturday.
  • No. 6 Arizona rolled to a 90-56 win over Oregon in Tucson, shooting 59.3% from the field on the night. All five starters scored in double figures for the Wildcats, and Gabe York scored 16 off the bench.

NOTABLES

  • Creighton won their first game of the Big East season, beating St. John’s 77-74 at home. The Johnnies are now 2-5 in league play.
  • Saah Nimley finished with 26 points — ending his streak of four straight 30 point games — and Charleston Southern lost to Radford at home.
  • Jarvis Summers finished with 22 points and seven assists as the Rebels beat Mississippi State at home.
  • Temple picked up a win at Central Florida, 86-62.
  • William & Mary committed 19 turnovers and still managed to put up 100 points on Hofstra, winning 100-79 in a key CAA battle.
  • Rhode Island survived their trip to Fordham thanks to 18 points from Jared Terrell and a game-winning layup from Gil Biruta.
  • Memphis took care of East Carolina, beating the Pirates 70-58 at FedEx Forum. Next up for the Tigers is a huge opportunity, as they visit No. 3 Gonzaga on Saturday.
  • Washington played without the dismissed Robert Upshaw, falling at home 84-74 to Stanford in a game they trailed by as much as 26. After Arizona, Utah and Stanford, can anyone in the Pac-12 earn an NCAA tournament bid?

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.