Late Night Snacks: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 10 Notre Dame hold on for conference road wins

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IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. No. 1 Kentucky 71, LSU 69

The Wildcats fell at LSU last season and the Tigers played them close in Lexington last season, so you knew this would be a fight. But Kentucky ultimately got a stop on the final possession to earn the road win. Karl-Anthony Towns continued a recent strong stretch of play with 12 points and 13 rebounds and Willie Cauley-Stein added 15 points and seven rebounds. Jarrell Martin had a strong outing for LSU with 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers but ultimately it wasn’t enough.

2. No. 10 Notre Dame 60, Clemson 58

The Fighting Irish trailed off-and-on during the second half but ultimately pulled together a good defensive stretch the last few minutes and survived when Clemson had an open look for the win. Jerian Grant was tremendous down the stretch, finishing with 22 points, five assists and three steals. Pat Connaughton also had a key back-tap offensive rebound to give Grant another look that lead to the clinching bucket with under a minute left. Connaughton

STARRED

1. UNLV’s Christian Wood

Wood looked the part of a potential first round pick on Tuesday, going for 27 points, 19 boards and seven blocks in a win over Fresno State. UNLV, for all their issues, sit just three games out of first in the MWC.

2. Albany’s Sam Rowley

The Great Danes remained perfect in the America East at 12-0 as Rowley finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and four assists in a win over Binghamton.

3. Incarnate Word’s Denzel Livingston

A tremendous game from the guard in a win over Nicholls State as he had 32 points, six rebounds, four assists and seven steals in a Southland win.

4. Temple’s Will Cummings

Huge AAC win for the Owls over Cincinnati as the guard had 21 points, five assists, four steals and three rebounds. Cummings was also 7-for-13 from the field and 7-for-10 from the free-throw line for the game.

STRUGGLED

1. Memphis

Badly needing a road win after losing Austin Nichols to an ankle injury, the Tigers turned the ball over 19 times and shot 36 percent from the field in a bad road loss to East Carolina.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • It got a little close in the final minutes but No. 5 Wisconsin was able to hold off Nebraska as Sam Dekker had 21 points and eight rebounds while Frank Kaminsky added 13 points and 12 rebounds.
  • No. 8 Kansas cruised past Texas Tech as they Jayhawks shot 11-for-20 from 3-point range as Wayne Selden Jr. led with 16 points.
  • Bobby Portis scored 22 points and Michael Qualls added 19 points to help No. 24 Arkansas to a win over Auburn.

NOTABLES

  • Michigan State cruised past Northwestern on the road as Travis Trice had 16 points coming off of the bench and Denzel Valentine added 14 points.
  • Georgetown had a big second half to put away Seton Hall as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera finished with 23 points and five steals.
  • Colorado State stayed one game behind the MWC leaders in the loss column by knocking off New Mexico.
  • Alabama picked up a SEC win over Mississippi State as Shannon Hale had 14 points.
  • Xavier got past Marquette for a road Big East win as Trevon Blueitt had 14 points and six rebounds.
  • In the SEC, South Carolina defeated Missouri for a home win as Sindarius Thornwell had 14 points, six assists and five rebounds.
  • Dayton beat Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 as Darrell Davis had 12 points and Kendall Pollard added 11 points.
  • In the clogged-up MAC race, Central Michigan earned a big road win over Ohio as John Simons had 18 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Just ahead of Central Michigan is Bowling Green and they won against Western Michigan. Spencer Parker finished with 19 points to lead the charge.
  • In the MAC’s most important game of the night, Akron moved to 8-3 with a win over Kent State. Pat Forsythe tallied 12 points and Deji Ibitayo added 11 points.
  • Also picking up a good MAC win was Toledo on the road at Buffalo. Julius Brown had 25 points and five assists while J.D. Weatherspoon had 17 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Eastern Michigan won over Miami (OH) as Karrington Ward had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Drexel picked up a win over Towson as Damion Lee finished with 23 points.
  • New Hampshire picked up an overtime win over Hartford as Tanner Leissner and Matt Miller each had 16 points.
  • Liberty topped Campbell as David Andoh has 16 points to lead the way.
  • SE Louisiana topped Central Arkansas as Devonte Upson had 17 points.
  • Steve McWhortor had 17 points, nine assists and four steals to lead Milwaukee over Oakland in the Horizon League.
  • James Madison won on the road at Delaware as Yohanny Dalembert led with 14 points.
  • Kelvin Amayo had 19 points and Schadrac Casimir matched his teammate in Iona’s win over Fairfield.
  • Evansville had 20 points from D.J. Balentine as they knocked off Missouri State.
  • Northern Illinois knocked off Ball State as Travon Baker had 16 points.
  • Chris Smith led Utah State with 18 points in a win over Nevada.

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

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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.