LATE NIGHT SNACKS: How badly is Ben Bentil injured?

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Dayton 72, No. 21 Vanderbilt 67

Vanderbilt was up 38-22 late in the first half before blowing the lead and, eventually, the game with a series of totally avoidable turnovers and missed layups. It was one of the sloppiest performances I’ve seen in a while, and it’s not going to be pleasant for that team to watch that tape in film tomorrow.

We’ve got a lot more on that game here.


Wichita State 56, UNLV 50: How badly did the Shockers need this win? And how important is a now-healthy Fred VanVleet?

No. 15 Providence 66, Boston College 51: Rodney Bullock scored 15 of his 17 points in the second half as the Friars won despite not having Kris Dunn or Ben Bentil available for the final 20 minutes. Dunn was sick, which probably isn’t something that is going to last, but Bentil rolled his ankle and left the court on crutches after the game. Just how badly that ankle is injured will have a major impact on the Providence season, as Bentil is averaging 18 points and is one of the nation’s most improved players.

No. 5 Kentucky 88, Eastern Kentucky 67: It was closer than the final score would indicate, as the Wildcats never really got into a rhythm until the final five minutes or so. Skal Labissiere struggled again, but the good news was that Alex Poythress finished with 21 points and 13 boards while Marcus Lee added 11 points, eight boards and five blocks.


Jack Gibbs, Davidson: 37 points, six boards, six assists, 96-86 win over Eastern Washington. He’s the new Steph Curry.

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue: The third-best big man on Purdue’s front line finished with 19 points, 12 boards and three assists as the Boilermakers steam-rolled Howard in West Lafayette.

Yogi Ferrel, Indiana: Ferrell scored a career-high 38 points, to go along with five boards and five assists, in a win over IPFW. The 38 points doubled as a record for any player in the Tom Crean era. Troy Williams added 15 points, 19 boards and five blocks, notable because, after the loss to Duke, Williams was ripped for his lack of ability to get on the glass.

Allonzo Trier, Arizona: Trier continues to make strides this season, following up a big performance at Gonzaga with 27 points in a home win over Fresno State.

Luke Petrasek, Columbia: Petrasek scored 26 points and hit the game-winning three with eight seconds left as Columbia knocked off Manhattan, 72-71.


Shavon Shields, Nebraska: Shields finished with just six points and five turnovers in 36 minutes as the Huskers lost by 16 to in-state rival Creighton.

Vitto Brown, Wisconsin: For the second time this season, the Badgers lost in the Kohl Center to a mid-major program. Brown finished an ugly 1-for-9 in the loss. So Wisconsin can beat Syracuse at Syracuse but they can’t beat Milwaukee or Western Illinois in Madison? What?


  • In a 78-35 win over UMES, No. 1 Michigan State got 11 points, 10 boards and six assists from Denzel Valentine. It’s like he’s not even trying to get triple-doubles anymore.
  • Wayne Selden led six players in double-figures as No. 2 Kansas blew out Holy Cross, 92-59.


  • Temple knocked off intra-city rival Penn, 77-73.
  • Justin Edwards and Wesley Iwundu combined for 28 points, nine boards and eight assists in a win for Kansas State over Coppin State.
  • Kendrick Nunn scored a career-high 28 points as Illinois outlasted Yale in Champaign.

Kentucky moves scrimmage to Eastern Kentucky for flood relief

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — Kentucky will play its annual Blue-White men’s basketball scrimmage in Eastern Kentucky to benefit victims of the devastating summer floods.

The school announced that the Oct. 22 event at Appalachian Wireless Arena in Pikeville will feature a pregame Fan Fest. Ticket proceeds will go through Team Eastern Kentucky Flood Relief.

Wildcat players will also participate in a community service activity with local organizations in the relief effort.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said the team was excited to play for Eastern Kentucky fans and added, “We hope we can provide a temporary escape with basketball and community engagement.”

The scrimmage traditionally is held at Rupp Arena. It will occur eight days after its Big Blue Madness public workout at Rupp.

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


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.