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.

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.