Late Night Snacks: George Washington upsets No. 6 Virginia


GAME OF THE DAY: George Washington 73, No. 6 Virginia 68

CBT’s own Rob Dauster was in attendance for this one and it was a heck of a start to the 24-hour Marathon. A balanced effort from the Colonials helped them win the upset in front of a great crowd at George Washington. Be sure to check out Rob’s recap from this one here.

BUZZER-BEATER OF THE DAY: LIU Brooklyn dispatched Loyola (MD) on an insane final sequence. You’ll want to check this out.


No. 16 Utah 81, San Diego State 76

Utah was able to hold off San Diego State after the Aztecs made a late push. Five players finished in double-figures for the Utes, led by Jordan Loveridge’s 21 points while center Jakob Poeltl had 15 points and 12 rebounds. On a positive note for San Diego State, their offense looked significantly better than much of last season, even though Malik Pope was held to four points on 1-for-8 shooting.

No. 25 Oregon 74, No. 20 Baylor 67

It was an impressive home win for Oregon, who led most of the game and shredded Baylor’s 2-3 zone enough to make the Bears play man-to-man in the second half. The game was a good national showcase for Oregon big man Chris Boucher, who had 15 points and eight rebounds to help lead a balanced effort for the Ducks. Al Freeman led Baylor with 22 points in the loss and Johnathan Motley was another bright spot with 17 points and seven rebounds in only 23 minutes of action.

No. 14 Indiana 102, Austin Peay 76

The Indiana offense was clicking on all cylinders on Monday as the Hoosiers had 51 points in each half and went 16-for-27 from 3-point range. Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell went for 22 points, nine assists and six rebounds while James Blackmon Jr. chipped in 20 points and Nick Zeisloft went for 15 points off the bench.

Southern 76, Mississippi State 72

SWAC teams rarely stay competitive with power conference teams, let alone pick up a road win, so this is a pretty big upset. Mississippi State struggled to shoot as they finished at 38 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range. Trelun Banks led the Jaguars with 18 points while Bulldogs star freshman Malik Newman struggled to six points and four turnovers while going 2-for-8 from the field and 1-for-6 from the free-throw line.

NJIT 60, USF 57

NJIT has pulled off some big road wins over power conference opponents the last few seasons as they moved to 1-1 on the season. Junior guard Damon Lynn paced the Highlanders with 27 points while guard Ky Howard registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. South Florida drops to 0-2 on the season, with home losses to Troy and NJIT.

No. 22 LSU 91, Kennesaw State 69

Freshman forward Ben Simmons was all over the floor as he finished 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and zero turnovers. Besides the dominating effort from Simmons, guard Josh Gray had 16 points and six assists while freshman Antonio Blakeney added 14 points.

San Jose State 64, Montana 61

On the surface level, this doesn’t seem like an important win, but San Jose State hasn’t beaten a Division I opponent since Feb. 2014. And they happened to beat a Montana team that is coming off of a very good season-opening win against Boise State. Hard to say what this means for the Spartans from here, but certainly a big win for their program. Frank Rogers led San Jose State with 16 points and 10 rebounds.


Derrick Walton Jr. and Duncan Robinson, Michigan: The duo combined to shoot 11-for-12 from 3-point range as No. 24 Michigan defeated Elon 88-68.

Sebastian Saiz, Ole Miss: The Rebels earned a home win over Georgia Southern as the junior forward finished with 24 points and 17 rebounds.

Micah Mason, Duquesne: A career-high six 3-pointers helped Mason score 28 points as the Dukes easily dispatched New Orleans.

Roderick Bobbitt, Hawaii: While most of America was asleep, the senior guard made the go-ahead bucket with under two seconds left to give Hawaii a thrilling 76-75 win over Nevada. Bobbitt finished with 10 points.


  • No. 7 Iowa State ran past Chicago State with an easy 106-64 win. Jameel McKay finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds as six Cyclones finished in double-figures.
  • After a sluggish start, No. 12 Arizona knocked off Bradley 90-60. Freshman Allonzo Trier had 22 points on only five field goal attempts as he was 4-for-5 from the field and 14-for-14 from the line.
  • Cal improved to 2-0 as the No. 15 Bears easily defeated UC Santa Barbara. Senior guard Tyrone Wallace was outstanding with 24 points, six assists and four rebounds.
  • No. 17 Vanderbilt took down Gardner-Webb with a 98-62 home win. Jeff Roberson paced the Commodores with 18 points and eight rebounds.


  • St. John’s moved to 2-0 with a 75-53 home win over UMBC. Freshman guard Federico Mussini paced the Red Storm with 18 points and six assists.
  • Nice win for Georgia Tech over Tennessee as the Yellow Jackets held on for a 69-67 win. Nick Jacobs had 23 points while Charles Mitchell had 12 points, 12 rebounds in the win.
  • Melvin Johnson got cooking in VCU’s 92-74 win over Radford. The senior guard finished with 24 points as he was 6-for-10 from 3-point range.
  • Miami picked up a solid win over Louisiana Lafayette as Davon Reed led the Hurricanes with 19 points.
  • Oklahoma State was a winner over Arkansas-Pine Bluff as Jeff Newberry had 19 points and 12 rebounds.
  • NAIA LSU Alexandria upset Northwestern State despite Zeek Woodley going for 39 points and eight rebounds. All-league guard Jalan West sat out for the Demons due to injury.
  • Florida won by 50 against North Carolina A&T in its home opener as Devin Robinson and DeVon Walker each had 15 points.
  • South Carolina won big over Oral Roberts as senior Laimonas Chatkevicius had a career-high 27 points.
  • Danuel House had 20 points to lead for Texas A&M players in double-figures as the Aggies trounced Southeastern Louisiana.
  • Improving to 2-0 on the season is USC, who earned a 101-90 win over Monmouth. Nikola Jovanovic led the Trojans with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Long Beach State earned a solid home win over BYU late in the night as Travis Hammonds made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 3:22 left and the 49ers held on from there.

Marquette extends Shaka Smart’s contract through 2029-30 season

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MILWAUKEE — Marquette coach Shaka Smart has received a contract extension after leading the Golden Eagles to their first outright regular-season championship and tournament title in the Big East.

Smart’s contract now runs through the 2029-30 season. This is the first extension Smart has received since signing a six-year deal when he took over as Marquette’s coach in 2021.

Marquette didn’t release financial terms of Smart’s deal.

“In a very short period of time, Shaka and his staff have done a tremendous job of establishing a winning culture, both on and off the court,” athletic director Bill Scholl said in a statement. “Shaka’s vision for the program is focused on extended, sustainable success. The individuals who interact with the team on a daily basis are able to observe frequent examples of growth and the excitement around the program is contagious.”

Marquette has gone 48-20 in Smart’s two seasons and reached the NCAA Tournament each of those years.

The Golden Eagles went 29-7 and won the Big East’s regular-season and tournament championships last season after the league’s coaches had picked them to finish ninth out of 11 teams. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

Purdue’s Edey returning to school at NBA draft deadline; Kentucky’s Tshiebwe stays in

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Purdue’s Zach Edey decided it was the right call to go back to school instead of staying in the NBA draft. His predecessor as national player of the year, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, is sticking with his pro pursuit.

And Connecticut’s reign as NCAA champion will begin with multiple starters having left for the NBA draft and one returning after flirting with doing the same.

The 7-foot-4 Edey and UConn guard Tristen Newton were among the notable names to announce that they were withdrawing from the draft, the NCAA’s deadline for players who declared as early entrants to pull out and retain their college eligibility.

Edey’s decision came in social media posts from both the center and the Boilermakers program that earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament behind Edey, The Associated Press men’s national player of the year.

But Tshiebwe announced late in the afternoon that he would remain in the draft after a college career that included being named the AP national player of the year in 2022.

For the current champions, Newton (10.1 points, 4.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds) is returning after being one of four Huskies to declare for the draft after a run to UConn’s fifth national championship in early April. He scored a game-high 19 points to go with 10 rebounds in the victory over San Diego State in the title game.

The others were Final Four Most Outstanding Player Adama Sanogo, wing Jordan Hawkins and versatile guard Andre Jackson Jr. Sanogo (17.8 points) and Hawkins (16.3) have made it clear they have closed the door on their college careers, while team spokesman Phil Chardis said that Jackson (6.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists) would remain in the draft.

The Huskies have 247sports’ No. 3-ranked recruiting class for next year to restock the roster, led by McDonald’s All-American point guard Stephon Castle.

The NBA’s withdrawal deadline is June 12, but is moot when it comes to college players returning to school due to the NCAA’s earlier timeline to retain playing eligibility.


TREY ALEXANDER: Creighton gets back a 6-4 guard who averaged 13.6 points and shot 41% from 3-point range in his first full season as a starter.

ADEM BONA: The 6-foot-10 forward and Pac-12 freshman of the year is returning to UCLA after starting 32 games as a rookie and averaging 7.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks – with coach Mick Cronin praising his toughness for “competing through multiple injuries for as long as he could” in a statement Wednesday.

EDEY: He averaged 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.5 assists while shooting 60.7% from the field. His presence alone helps Purdue be a factor in the Big Ten race.

JOSIAH-JORDAN JAMES: The 6-6 guard went through the NBA G League Combine and had workouts with multiple teams before opting to return to Tennessee for a fifth season alongside teammate Santiago Vescovi.

JUDAH MINTZ: The 6-3 freshman averaged 16.3 points and 4.6 assists for Syracuse, ranking third among Division I freshmen in scoring behind only Alabama’s Brandon Miller and Lamar’s Nate Calmese.

OWLS’ RETURNEES: Florida Atlantic got good news after its surprise Final Four run with the return leading scorers Johnell Davis (13.8) and Alijah Martin (13.4). ESPN first reported their decisions, while Martin later posted a social media statement.

TERRENCE SHANNON JR.: Illinois got a big boost with Shannon announcing his night in a social media post. The 6-6 guard is returning for a fifth college season after averaging 17.2 points.

SPARTANS’ RETURNEES: Michigan State announced that guards Jaden Akins and A.J. Hoggard have withdrawn from the NBA draft. Standout guard Tyson Walker had previously withdrawn in April, setting up Tom Izzo to have five of his top scorers back.


KOBE BROWN: Missouri’s 6-8 swingman opted against returning for a fifth college season after being an AP first-team all-Southeastern Conference pick averaging 15.8 points last season.

JAYLEN CLARK: The third-year UCLA guard averaged 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds while leading the Pac-12 with 2.6 steals en route to being named Naismith national defensive player of the year. Cronin called him a winner with strong intangibles who made UCLA “a better program because he chose to be a Bruin.”

BRICE SENSABAUGH: The Ohio State freshman averaged 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 31 games before missing his final two in the Big Ten Tournament due to a knee injury. He’s a potential first-round prospect.

TSHIEBWE: The 6-9, 260-pound forward is a tough interior presence who led the country in rebounds for two straight seasons (15.1 in 2022, 13.7 in 2023) while racking up 48 double-doubles. But he faces an uncertain next stop and is projected at best as a second-round prospect.

North Carolina transfer Caleb Love commits to Arizona

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Caleb Love is now headed to Arizona.

The North Carolina transfer tweeted, less than a month after decommitting from Michigan, that he will play next season with the Wildcats.

“Caleb is a tremendously talented guard who has significant experience playing college basketball at a high level,” Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd said in a statement. “We look forward to helping Caleb grow his game at Arizona. And as we near the completion of the roster for the upcoming season, we feel great about how everything has come together. Now it’s time for the real work to start.”

A 6-foot-4 guard, Love averaged 14.6 points and 3.3 assists in three seasons at North Carolina. He averaged 17.6 points in seven NCAA Tournament games, helping lead the Tar Heels to the 2022 national championship game.

Love entered the transfer portal after leading North Carolina with 73 3-pointers as a junior and initially committed to Michigan. He decommitted from the Wolverines earlier this month, reportedly due to an admissions issue involving academic credits.

Love narrowed his transfer targets to three schools before choosing to play at Arizona over Gonzaga and Texas.

Love will likely start on a team that will have dynamic perimeter players, including Pelle Larsson, Kylan Boswell and Alabama transfer Jaden Bradley.

Biden celebrates LSU women’s and UConn men’s basketball teams at separate White House events


WASHINGTON – All of the past drama and sore feelings associated with Louisiana State’s invitation to the White House were seemingly forgotten or set aside Friday as President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden welcomed the championship women’s basketball team to the mansion with smiles, hugs and lavish praise all around.

The visit had once appeared in jeopardy after Jill Biden suggested that the losing Iowa team be invited, too. But none of that was mentioned as both Bidens heralded the players for their performance and the way they have helped advance women’s sports.

“Folks, we witnessed history,” the president said. “In this team, we saw hope, we saw pride and we saw purpose. It matters.”

The ceremony was halted for about 10 minutes after forward Sa’Myah Smith appeared to collapse as she and her teammates stood behind Biden. A wheelchair was brought in and coach Kim Mulkey assured the audience that Smith was fine.

LSU said in a statement that Smith felt overheated, nauseous and thought she might faint. She was evaluated by LSU and White House medical staff and was later able to rejoin the team. “She is feeling well, in good spirits, and will undergo further evaluation once back in Baton Rouge,” the LSU statement said.

Since the passage of Title IX in 1972, Biden said, more than half of all college students are women, and there are now 10 times more female athletes in college and high school. He said most sports stories are still about men, and that that needs to change.

Title IX prohibits discrimination based on sex in federally funded education programs and activities.

“Folks, we need to support women sports, not just during the championship run but during the entire year,” President Biden said.

After the Tigers beat Iowa for the NCAA title in April in a game the first lady attended, she caused an uproar by suggesting that the Hawkeyes also come to the White House.

LSU star Angel Reese called the idea “A JOKE” and said she would prefer to visit with former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, instead. The LSU team largely is Black, while Iowa’s top player, Caitlin Clark, is white, as are most of her teammates.

Nothing came of Jill Biden’s idea and the White House only invited the Tigers. Reese ultimately said she would not skip the White House visit. She and co-captain Emily Ward presented team jerseys bearing the number “46” to Biden and the first lady. Hugs were exchanged.

Jill Biden also lavished praise on the team, saying the players showed “what it means to be a champion.”

“In this room, I see the absolute best of the best,” she said, adding that watching them play was “pure magic.”

“Every basket was pure joy and I kept thinking about how far women’s sports have come,” the first lady added, noting that she grew up before Title IX was passed. “We’ve made so much progress and we still have so much more work to do.”

The president added that “the way in which women’s sports has come along is just incredible. It’s really neat to see, since I’ve got four granddaughters.”

After Smith was helped to a wheelchair, Mulkey told the audience the player was OK.

“As you can see, we leave our mark where we go,” Mulkey joked. “Sa’Myah is fine. She’s kind of, right now, embarrassed.”

A few members of Congress and Biden aides past and present with Louisiana roots dropped what they were doing to attend the East Room event, including White House budget director Shalanda Young. Young is in the thick of negotiations with House Republicans to reach a deal by the middle of next week to stave off what would be a globally calamitous U.S. financial default if the U.S. can no longer borrow the money it needs to pay its bills.

The president, who wore a necktie in the shade of LSU’s purple, said Young, who grew up in Baton Rouge, told him, “I’m leaving the talks to be here.” Rep. Garret Graves, one of the House GOP negotiators, also attended.

Biden closed sports Friday by changing to a blue tie and welcoming the UConn’s men’s championship team for its own celebration. The Huskies won their fifth national title by defeating San Diego State, 76-59, in April.

“Congratulations to the whole UConn nation,” he said.

Marquette’s Prosper says he will stay in draft rather than returning to school

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MILWAUKEE — Olivier-Maxence Prosper announced he is keeping his name under NBA draft consideration rather than returning to Marquette.

The 6-foot-8 forward announced his decision.

“Thank you Marquette nation, my coaches, my teammates and support staff for embracing me from day one,” Prosper said in an Instagram post. “My time at Marquette has been incredible. With that being said, I will remain in the 2023 NBA Draft. I’m excited for what comes next. On to the next chapter…”

Prosper had announced last month he was entering the draft. He still could have returned to school and maintained his college eligibility by withdrawing from the draft by May 31. Prosper’s announcement indicates he instead is going ahead with his plans to turn pro.

Prosper averaged 12.5 points and 4.7 rebounds last season while helping Marquette go 29-7 and win the Big East’s regular-season and tournament titles. Marquette’s season ended with a 69-60 loss to Michigan State in the NCAA Tournament’s round of 32.

He played two seasons at Marquette after transferring from Clemson, where he spent one season.