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.

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.