Late Night Snacks: Purdue wins fourth straight, Providence completes season sweep of No. 24 Georgetown

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: St. Bonaventure 62, Davidson 61

The matchup between the Bonnies and Wildcats produced one of the wilder game-ending finishes you’ll see, with Mark Schmidt picking up his 200th career win in the process. After Peyton Aldridge hit a three-pointer with 4.8 seconds remaining to give Davidson a 61-60 lead, Marcus Posley went the length of the floor and scored on a floater as time expired to give St. Bonaventure the win and end Davidson’s 15-game home win streak. Posley led all scorers with 19 points, while Brian Sullivan was Davidson’s top scorer with 17. Both teams are now 5-4 in Atlantic 10 play.

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IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Purdue 60, No. 20 Ohio State 58

Matt Painter’s Boilermakers won their fourth straight Wednesday night, with Rapheal Davis and A.J. Hammons among the key contributors. Davis scored 20 points and grabbed six rebounds, and Hammons added seven points, seven rebounds and seven blocks for Purdue, with Jon Octeus adding 14 points and seven rebounds. D’Angelo Russell led the way for Ohio State with 20 points, but his 40-footer as time expired fell well short of the rim.

2. Providence 74, No. 24 Georgetown 71

Trailing by nine with 10:31 remaining after Kris Dunn was called for his fourth foul, the Friars looked to be in serious trouble. However his teammates stepped up, and after a wild final few minutes Ed Cooley’s team managed to pick up the win at Georgetown. LaDontae Henton and freshman Ben Bentil scored 16 points apiece, and Dunn finished with 12 points, nine assists and seven steals as Providence picked up its first road win over a ranked opponent since 2004. The win also completes a season sweep of Georgetown, the first time the Friars have accomplished that since 1994. D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera scored 21 points and three other players scored ten apiece for the Hoyas, who visit No. 7 Villanova on Saturday.

3. Oklahoma State 65, No. 25 Texas 63 (OT)

Rick Barnes’ Longhorns are now 3-6 in Big 12 play, with two Phil Forte free throws in the final seconds of overtime being the difference. Neither he (3-for-13, 14 points) nor Le’Bryan Nash (6-for-19, 17 points) shot all that well for the Cowboys, but Anthony Hickey stepped forward with 15 points and four steals for Oklahoma State. Isaiah Taylor led the Longhorns with 18 points, but he shot 6-for-15 from the field and committed seven turnovers. Texas has issues to work out offensively, as they’ve struggled to establish a consistent rhythm in conference play and that goes beyond the level of competition they’re facing.

STARRED

1. Javarez Willis, Ohio 

31 points (12-for-18 FG), seven rebounds and five assists in the Bobcats’ 83-82 win over Akron.

2. Corey Petros, Oakland

Petros scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in the Golden Grizzlies’ 91-72 win at UIC.

3. Dan Trist and Nick Lindner, Lafayette

Trist scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Lindner added 26 as Lafayette beat Bucknell 84-74 in overtime.

4. Chris Fowler, Central Michigan

Fowler scored a career-high 42 points, making 14 of his 23 field goal attempts, and grabbed four rebounds in the Chippewas 76-74 overtime loss to Bowling Green.

STRUGGLED

1. Jackson Kent, James Madison

Three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the Dukes’ 77-65 loss to UNCW.

2. Chris Washburn, TCU

Washburn did tally six rebounds and four steals in the Horned Frogs’ 77-57 loss at Baylor, but he also went scoreless on 0-for-8 shooting.

3. Daniel Bejarano, Colorado State

Bejarano scored five points on 2-for-11 shooting in the Rams’ 59-48 loss at Wyoming.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Mike Krzyzewski won his ACC record 423rd conference game, as No. 4 Duke held off Georgia Tech 72-66 in Durham. Quinn Cook scored 17 and Justise Winslow added 15 and ten boards.
  • No. 7 Villanova remains in sole possession of first place in the Big East after beating Marquette 70-52 in Philadelphia. Next up for the Wildcats is Georgetown, which beat them in D.C. last month.
  • No. 10 Notre Dame needed to expend a little more effort than expected against Boston College, winning 71-63 after the Eagles cut the lead to six with 1:47 remaining. Notre Dame led the game by 25 at one point in the first half.
  • Ron Baker led three Shockers in double figures with 14 points as No. 16 Wichita State held off Bradley 62-59.
  • In their first game without Briante Weber, No. 18 VCU forced 18 turnovers in their 72-60 win over George Mason. Melvin Johnson scored a game-high 17 points.
  • Dez Wells scored 22 points and grabbed seven rebounds in No. 17 Maryland’s 64-58 win over Penn State. Jon Graham, who began his college career at Penn State, added a career-high 16 points for the Terrapins.

NOTABLES

  • Wyoming moved to 8-2 in the Mountain West with a 59-48 win over Colorado State, with Larry Nance Jr. scoring 19 points and grabbing ten rebounds. They’re joined atop the standings by San Diego State, which held on to win 65-63 at Nevada.
  • Temple has now won four in a row after winning 61-48 at USF, with Will Cummings (19 points) becoming the 50th player in school history to score at least 1,000 points in a career.
  • Lehigh shot better than 63 percent from the field in their 103-74 win over Army, the most points they’ve scored in a regulation win since 1994.
  • Connar Tava’s shot with ten seconds remaining gave Western Michigan a 67-66 win over Kent State. Kent State’s loss dropped them into a four-way tie for first in the MAC East with Akron, Buffalo and Bowling Green (all 6-3).
  • Ole Miss picked up a 69-56 win over Texas A&M in Oxford, and it’s a result Andy Kennedy’s team needed as they look to play their way into the NCAA tournament. Now 6-3 in the SEC, the Rebels have won four straight.
  • Albany is now 10-0 in America East thanks to their 63-62 win over New Hampshire. Evan Singletary’s three with 1:04 remaining gave the Great Danes a lead they would not relinquish.
  • Three of the four teams atop the Horizon League standings with two losses apiece picked up wins, as Cleveland State (8-2; beat Youngstown State) and Valparaiso (8-2, beat Detroit) won at home and Oakland (7-2) won at UIC. Green Bay, which is 7-2, was off Wednesday night.
  • Ricky Kreklow scored 17 points and Geoffrey Groselle added 15 off the bench as Creighton picked up its second Big East win of the season, beating Xavier 79-72 in overtime.

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.