Late Night Snacks: Kansas wins in OT; Kentucky survives; Georgetown, Iowa earn quality road wins

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1. No. 9 Kansas 76, No. 20 West Virginia 69, OT

The Jayhawks trailed by 18 in the second half and didn’t make a 3-pointer, but still won in overtime. The injury to junior forward Perry Ellis is the major development in this one, though. Ellis missed the entire second half and was checked out by trainers. Kansas was able to rally behind a furious comeback and good effort from Frank Mason III (19 points, seven rebounds) and Jamari Traylor (14 points, nine rebounds) but the uncertainty of Ellis and freshman Cliff Alexander is troubling for Kansas.

2. Georgetown 60, No. 21 Butler 54

Earning themselves a quality Big East road win was the Hoyas, who could still play their way into a pretty good seed with a solid showing in Madison Square Garden next week. In a return to his home state of Indiana, Georgetown guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 16 points and seven rebounds.

3. Iowa 77, Indiana 63

With both of these teams fighting for NCAA Tournament berths, the Hawkeyes came away with a huge road win in Bloomington. Aaron White played a huge game and came away with 21 points and five rebounds. Indiana only shot 38 percent from the floor and struggled for long periods of time on the offensive end of the floor. The Hoosiers are in for a serious fight this last week.

4. Florida 66, Texas A&M 62

The Aggies are sitting on the bubble at this point in the season and lost a tough SEC game at Florida on Tuesday night. Texas A&M only shot 35 percent from the floor as Danuel House was 0-for-10 and was held scoreless. Billy Kennedy’s team closes SEC play with a home game against Alabama before the conference tournament next week.


1. Buffalo’s Justin Moss

The forward had 22 points and 17 rebounds in a win over Ohio. The Bulls have won five consecutive games and reached 20 wins with the MAC victory on Tuesday.


  • Rallying in the second half, No. 1 Kentucky moved to 30-0 with a win over Georgia on the road.
  • Also rallying in the second half was No. 4 Villanova at Creighton. Ryan Arcidiacono’s three-point play with under a minute left was the go-ahead bucket for the Wildcats.
  • No. 10 Maryland won by 10 on the road at Rutgers as Dez Wells had 20 points, 10 rebounds and four steals.
  • North Carolina rolled past Georgia Tech as Joel Berry led the No. 19 Tar Heels with 15 points.


  • Ole Miss toppled Alabama for a SEC road win as guard Stefan Moody had 25 points.
  • Ralston Turner had 23 points and eight rebounds as NC State won on the road in the ACC against Clemson.
  • Keith Shamburger had 21 points to lead Missouri past Auburn.
  • Northwestern was able to beat Michigan in two overtimes as Alex Olah had 25 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Dayton held off Rhode Island in the Atlantic Ten as Jordan Sibert had 21 points and Dyshawn Pierre had 19 points and 11 rebounds.
  • Raven Lee had 20 points to lead Eastern Michigan past Ball State in the MAC.
  • Kent State outlasted Bowling Green as Kris Brewer had 21 points.
  • Staying in the MAC, Miami (OH) was led by Eric Washington with 16 points in a win over Akron.
  • John Simons led three 20-point scorers for Central Michigan with 28 points as the Chippewas beat Toledo.
  • In the first round of the Patriot League Tournament, Holy Cross had four players with 10 points in a win over Loyola (MD).
  • In another Patriot League first-round game, Navy topped Army as Will Kelly had 13 points.
  • In the first round of the Horizon League tournament, Chris Jenkins had 21 points and nine rebounds to lead Detroit past Youngstown State.
  • Ty Greene had 21 points to lead USC Upstate past Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals.
  • Three Florida Gulf Coast players had double-doubles, led by Brett Comer’s 14 points and 11 assists in a win over Jacksonville.
  • Atlantic Sun No. 1 seed North Florida beat Stetson in the tournament opener as forward Beau Beech had 19 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Lipscomb extended its season with an overtime win over Northern Kentucky as Martin Smith had 13 points.

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.