SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 1 North Carolina falls at Northern Iowa

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GAME OF THE DAY:  Northern Iowa 71, No. 1 North Carolina 67

North Carolina granted Northern Iowa a rare mid-major home game against a power conference team and it came back to bite them as a lazy second-half effort cost the No. 1 Tar Heels.

Leading by nine at the half, the Tar Heels came out sloppy in the second half as turnovers, poor shot selection and defensive lapses let Northern Iowa back in the game. Wes Washpun led the Panthers with 21 points and eight assists to overcome Justin Jackson’s 25-point effort for North Carolina.

CBT’s Raphielle Johnson has a more in-depth look at this one here.


No. 21 Purdue 61, Old Dominion 39: Purdue’s defense really stepped up on Saturday to overcome their cold perimeter shooting. A.J. Hammons paced Purdue with 18 points and eight rebounds while Kendall Stephens added 12 points and Issac Haas chipped in 10 points. The Boilermaker defense held Old Dominion to only 23 percent shooting (14-for-61) as Trey Freeman paced the Monarchs with 15 points.

Louisville 89, North Florida 61: This was a two-point game at halftime until Louisville blew it wide open in the second half. Senior guard Damion Lee led the Cardinals with 24 points, seven rebounds and three assists while freshman forward Ray Spaulding was impressive off-the-bench with 18 points and 12 rebounds on 8-for-10 shooting.

Little Rock 49, San Diego State 43: Steve Fisher’s Aztecs dropped to 1-2 on the season, suffering their first non-conference home loss since November 2011 (Creighton). Josh Hagins hit some big shots down the stretch for the Trojans, and SDSU shot just 28.3 percent from the field. Jeremy Hemsley scored 11 points (as did reserve Dakarai Allen), but the other four starters combined to score five points on 2-for-16 shooting.


Marc-Eddy Norelia, FGCU: Norelia went off for 34 points and 18 rebounds in the Eagles’ 104-101 triple overtime win over Youngstown State.

Wes Washpun, Northern Iowa: Washpun scored 21 points and grabbed eight assists in the Panthers’ four-point win over No. 1 North Carolina.

Raymond Spalding, Louisville: The freshman forward tallied 18 points, 12 rebounds and four steals in the Cardinals’ 89-61 win over North Florida.

Terry Allen, Richmond: Allen finished with 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists as the Spiders took care of Bethune-Cookman.


San Diego State: As noted above, starters not named Jeremy Hemsley scored a total of five points on 2-for-16 shooting from the field. No surprise they scored just 43 points in a home loss to Little Rock.

American’s starters not named Jesse Reed: Reed (15 points) shot 4-for-7 from the field in the Eagles’ 68-48 loss at Saint Francis U. The other four starters: four points on 2-for-10 shooting.

Malique Trent, TCU: Trent did score a team-high 18 points in the Horned Frogs’ loss to South Dakota State. But he needed 23 shots from the field to do so, making just six.


  • Notre Dame had four scorers in double figures led by Zach Auguste’s 19  points and 10 rebounds as the No. 18 Fighting Irish beat UMass-Lowell.
  • No. 19 UConn rolled past Furman as Shonn Miller had 18 points and seven rebounds.
  • No. 9 Wichita State beat Emporia State, 76-54, with Ron Baker scoring a game-high 23 points. The Shockers rested Fred VanVleet, who’s been dealing with hamstring and ankle injuries.
  • Domas Sabonis scored 15 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as No. 10 Gonzaga rolled to a 101-56 win over Mount St. Mary’s.


  • Old Southern Conference rivals now in new leagues met Saturday, with Davidson holding off the College of Charleston by the final score of 82-81. Peyton Aldridge led the winners with 21 points, while Canyon Barry paced the Cougars with 31.
  • Dayton scored 48 second-half points and remains undefeated, as they beat William & Mary 69-66. Charles Cooke scored 18 to lead the way for the Flyers.
  • Jameel Warney missed two free throws with 6.9 seconds remaining and Carson Puriefoy failed to get off one last shot attempt as Stony Brook fell 67-66 at Western Kentucky. Tough week for Steve Pikiell’s Seawolves, who lost at No. 17 Vanderbilt in overtime on Thursday.
  • Kasey Hill and Dorian Finney-Smith scored 13 points apiece and Devin Robinson added 12 along with ten rebounds as Florida beat Saint Joseph’s 73-62. The Gators will take on No. 21 Purdue Sunday afternoon for the Hall of Fame Tipoff Classic title.
  • Dwayne Bacon scored 18 points as Florida State bounced back from their loss to Hofstra with an 83-67 win over DePaul. Fellow freshman Malik Beasley added 11, ending his streak of three straight games of 20 points or more (school record).
  • Rodney Bullock accounted for 24 points and ten rebounds, Ryan Fazekas scored 17 points and Kris Dunn racked up 11 points, seven rebounds, ten assists and six steals as Providence beat city rival Brown 94-73.
  • FGCU and Youngstown State needed three overtimes to decide their battle at Alico Arena, with the Eagles winning by the final score of 104-101.
  • Matt McCall has Chattanooga 3-0 for the first time since the 1997-98 season, as they won 81-77 over Illinois. The Mocs also have a road win over Georgia on their early season résumé.
  • USC remained undefeated, beating New Mexico 90-82 in Los Angeles. Jordan McLaughlin led the Trojans offensively with 19 points and six assists. UNM’s Tim Williams led all scorers with 25 points.

NCAA tweaks rules on block/charge calls in men’s basketball

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INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA is tweaking how block/charge calls are made in men’s basketball.

The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved rule changes on Thursday that require a defender to be in position to draw a charge at the time the offensive player plants a foot to go airborne for a shot. If the defender arrives after the player has planted a foot, officials have been instructed to call a block when there’s contact.

Defenders had to be in position to draw a charge before the offensive player went airborne under previous rules.

NCAA Men’s Basketball Rules Committee members made the proposal after NCAA members complained that too many charges were being called on those types of plays.

The panel also approved reviews of basket interference calls during the next media timeout – if the official called it on the floor – a shot clock reset to 20 seconds on an offensive rebound that hits the rim, and players being allowed to wear any number between 0 and 99.

A timeout also will be granted to an airborne player with possession of the ball, and non-student bench personnel will be allowed to serve as peacekeepers on the floor if an altercation occurs.

Charlotte head coach Ron Sanchez resigns after winning CBI title

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Ron Sanchez resigned as head coach of the Charlotte 49ers.

Sanchez took over the 49ers on March 19, 2018, inheriting a team coming off a 6-23 campaign. In five years Charlotte went 72-78 under Sanchez, highlighted by winning the College Basketball Invitational championship this past season, the Niners’ first post-season tournament title in school history.

The 22 wins this past season are the most for Charlotte since 2001.

“Ron took over a proud but struggling program and carefully rebuilt it into a 22-game winner. He has led with class, dignity and devotion to our young men,” Charlotte director of athletics Mike Hill said. “His decision to step down from Charlotte was a difficult one for him and everyone associated with our program. We wish him and his family every happiness.”

Hill said the team has already begun a national search for a replacement.

“This is a bittersweet day for me and my family as I step down to pursue other opportunities,” said Sanchez, who came the 49ers after working as an assistant coach at Virginia under Tony Bennett. “It has been a tremendous privilege to lead the 49ers basketball program over the past five years and I want to thank Niner Nation for its support. I will be forever grateful to my staff, players and the university.”

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.