Late Night Snacks: Iowa, Boise State pick up big home wins

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GAME OF THE DAY: Rider 85, Manhattan 77 (OT)

Kevin Baggett’s Broncs are now in sole possession of second place in the MAAC as a result of their overtime win over Manhattan in Lawrenceville. Matt Lopez scored 27 points and grabbed ten rebounds to lead the way for Rider (10-4 MAAC), which also completed the season sweep over the now 9-5 Jaspers. Emmy Andujar (19 points, 11 rebounds) and Ashton Pankey (16 and 12) both posted double-doubles for the Jaspers, but they shot just 39.3% from the field as a team in the loss.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. Iowa 71, No. 18 Maryland 55

The Terrapins started poorly, making one field goal and committing eight turnovers over the first 11 minutes of Sunday’s game in Iowa City and the resulting hole was too deep to climb out of. Aaron White scored 17 points to lead three Hawkeyes in double figures, and since losing three straight (two to Wisconsin) Iowa has now won back-to-back games. As for Maryland, their last three road losses have all been by at least 16 points.

2. Boise State 61, San Diego State 46

A personal 9-0 run from Nick Duncan gave the Broncos a 17-4 lead and they didn’t look back, beating the Aztecs by 15 to pull into a tie for first place in the Mountain West (in the loss column). The impressive thing about Boise State’s win is that they did so with leading scorer Derrick Marks shooting 5-for-16 from the field. Boise State limited San Diego State to 35.7% shooting, and they scored 25 points off of 13 SDSU turnovers. Boise State’s now 7-3, with Wyoming and SDSU boasting 8-3 records. Given how the Broncos started off conference play, losing their first three games, this is an impressive turnaround by Leon Rice’s team.

3. Indiana 70, Michigan 67

Troy Williams scored 20 points and Yogi Ferrell 18 as the Hoosiers held off the Wolverines in Bloomington. Zak Irvin scored 23 but it wasn’t enough for Michigan, whose comeback effort fell short as Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman missed a corner three as time expired. Indiana’s now one of four teams that are 7-4 in Big Ten play, with first-place Wisconsin now having a three-game cushion in the loss column thanks to the Maryland loss noted above.

STARRED

1. D’Angelo Russell, Ohio State

In the Buckeyes’ 79-60 win at Rutgers the talented freshman posted the fourth triple-double in school history, finishing with 23 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists.

2. Shadrac Casimir, Iona

Casimir shot 9-for-14 from three in the Gaels’ 89-67 win over Marist, scoring 33 points. The freshman scored 40 in a win over Delaware State earlier this season.

3. Joseph Young, Oregon

29 points, ten rebounds and eight assists in the Ducks’ 95-72 win over Washington State. Starting forward Jordan Bell served a one-game suspension in the win.

STRUGGLED

1. Washington

In their 64-50 loss to Oregon State, the Huskies committed 22 turnovers and shot 35.7% from the field. Washington has now lost five straight games.

2. Jake Layman, Maryland

Maryland’s second-leading scorer was quiet in their 71-55 loss at Iowa, scoring four points on 1-for-4 shooting.

3. T.J. Curry, Marist

Curry scored three points on 1-for-9 shooting in the Red Foxes’ 89-67 loss at Iona.

NOTABLES

  • Another note on No. 20 Ohio State’s win over Rutgers: Jae’Sean Tate continued his solid play of late by scoring 20 points. With Marc Loving suspended, the freshman has stepped up at the right time for Thad Matta’s team.
  • E. Victor Nickerson led six players in double figures with 16 points as Valparaiso beat Oakland 82-76. The Crusaders are now 9-2 in the Horizon League.
  • Oregon State moved to 14-0 at home with a 64-50 win over Washington. Wayne Tinkle’s young squad has struggled on the road, but they’re still 7-4 in conference play.
  • Miami ended its three-game losing streak with a 56-46 win over Clemson. Head coach Jim Larrañaga and his staff wore Carolina blue shirts and ties in honor of the late Dean Smith.
  • Rhode Island moved into a tie for first in the Atlantic 10 with a 79-74 win over Richmond. E.C. Matthews scored 24 and Hassan Martin added 16 points and 16 rebounds.
  • Bucknell moved into a tie for first in the Patriot League with a 70-57 win over Holy Cross. The Bison join Cornell at 8-4 in league play.
  • Stanford avoided what would have been a bad loss for its NCAA tournament hopes, beating USC 70-62 in Palo Alto. With the Utah/Colorado trip next up, this was one the Cardinal could not afford to drop after losing to UCLA Thursday.

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.