Late Night Snacks: N.C. State, Syracuse pull ACC upsets, Terps top Wisconsin; Nova, West Virginia win home tests

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IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1. N.C. State 58, No. 15 North Carolina 46

Earning a humongous win for its NCAA Tournament cause is the Wolfpack, who got 15 points from Cat Barber and 14 points each from Ralston Turner and Trevor Lacey. The ACC road win over the rival Tar Heels gives Mark Gottfried’s team a major boost. Marcus Paige only had eight points on 3-for-8 shooting while Kennedy Meeks led the Tar Heels with 12 points and 14 rebounds. His offensive numbers weren’t huge, but Beejay Anya was a solid rim protector for N.C. State with six blocks, six rebounds and five points.

2. Syracuse 65, No. 8 Notre Dame 60

The Orange held on despite losing star senior Rakeem Christmas to foul trouble as the Irish went ice cold from the perimeter at home against the Syracuse zone. Notre Dame was 3-for-22 from 3-point range as Jerian Grant was 2-for-9 from the floor and 0-for-6 from distance. The Orange had 19 points and six rebounds from B.J. Johnson in the win.

3. No. 14 Maryland 59, No. 5 Wisconsin 53

The Terps won a big one over a top-five team in their building as they made plays down the stretch thanks to Dez Wells and Melo Trimble. That duo combined for 42 of Maryland’s 59 points and consistently attacked the Wisconsin defense. The Badger guards really struggled and didn’t provide much offense as Josh Gasser and Bronson Koenig combined to go 3-for-17 from the field.

4. No. 20 West Virginia 71, Texas 64

The Mountaineers jumped out to an early lead and held on for most of the game from there. Devin Williams led the way with 14 points and seven rebounds as West Virginia forced 17 Texas turnovers. The Longhorns

5. No. 6 Villanova 89, No. 25 Providence 61

This one wasn’t even close, especially in the second half as the Wildcats had 55 points in that frame alone. Darrun Hilliard had 24 points and Villanova’s defense held Kris Dunn to 2-for-10 shooting and LaDontae Henton only finished with 12 points.

STARRED

1. LSU’s Jarell Martin

A very strong outing for the sophomore big man in a LSU road win at Auburn. Martin went for 25 points on 11-for-17 shooting and 12 rebounds. The Tigers are now 20-8 and 9-6 in the SEC.

2. Maryland’s Dez Wells

The baseline dunk Wells threw down around the four-minute mark of the second half was fantastic and he also had 26 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the Terps in all three categories in a win over Wisconsin.

3. Missouri’s Namon Wright

Big win for the Tigers over Florida. Missouri desperately needed some kind of good news in the wake of the recent suspensions and losing. Wright went for 28 points on 10-for-13 shooting and 6-for-8 from 3-point range.

STRUGGLED

1. Wisconsin’s guards

The Badgers had mediocre efforts from starting guards Josh Gasser and Bronson Koenig combined to go 3-for-17 from the field as they only scored nine points. Considering Maryland freshman Melo Trimble went for 16 on his own, that’s a huge key in the Terps win.

2. Providence’s Kris Dunn

A point guard, Dunn had an okay floor game, but was only 2-for-10 as a shooter, finishing with four points and six turnovers as Providence was blown out by Villanova.

3. Texas’ Jonathan Holmes

The senior was ejected late in the first half for an elbow against West Virginia. He only finished with six points on 2-for-3 shooting as the Longhorns lost.

NOTABLES

  • No. 18 Arkansas jumped out to a 23-point halftime lead on Texas A&M but only won by six points at home. Bobby Portis had 22 points and four rebounds. The Aggies had 28 points from Danuel House that helped them get back into the game.
  • Pitt knocked off Boston College as Jamel Artis had 24 points and Michael Young had 22 of his own. The Panthers won despite 39 points from Olivier Hanlon.
  • Alabama picked up a win against South Carolina as Levi Randolph had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists.
  • Creighton knocked off DePaul for a Big East road win as James Milliken had 18 points.
  • Utah State rolled past UNLV as Chris Smith had 20 points. The Aggies shot 54 percent from the field.
  • MAC West leaders Central Michigan won on the road at Eastern Michigan as John Simons had 23 points and seven rebounds.
  • Bowling Green picked up a nice MAC road win at Ohio as Spencer Parker had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Buffalo also won in the MAC against Akron as Justin Moss had 25 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Western Michigan got past Ball State in the MAC as Connor Tava led with 13 points.
  • Miami (OH) had a comeback to beat Kent State in overtime as Eric Washington had 25 points.
  • Northern Illinois at Toledo was postponed to a later date.
  • McNeese State ran past Central Arkansas as Keelan Garrett had 25 points.
  • Ehab Amin had 16 points to lead Texas A&M-CC over Abilene Christian in the Southland.
  • Dominique Reid had 20 points to put Niagara past Canisius in the MAAC.

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.

South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley have canceled a home-and-home series with BYU over a recent racial incident where a Cougars fan yelled slurs at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.

But Staley cited BYU’s home volleyball match last month as reason for calling off the series.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a Black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racial slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident and Richardson said the school’s volleyball players reached out to her in support.

South Carolina said it was searching for another home opponent to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to call off the games.