SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Marquette hangs on, Texas beats No. 3 North Carolina

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Texas 84, No. 3 North Carolina 82

The Longhorns picked up the first big win of Shaka Smart’s tenure as head coach, with a Javan Felix jumper as time expired being the difference. Felix scored 25 points and Isaiah Taylor added 18 for Texas, which grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and scored 21 second-chance points. Marcus Paige, who became North Carolina’s all-time leader in made three-pointers, led the Tar Heels with 20 points.

Raphielle Johnson has more about this game here.


Marquette 57, Wisconsin 55: The Golden Eagles picked up a huge road win in a rivalry game as they held off Wisconsin’s late charge. Henry Ellenson had a nice effort for Marquette as the freshman big man had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four assists. Shooting 52 percent from the floor, Marquette held Wisconsin’s star duo of Bronson Koenig and Nigel Hayes to a combined 7-for-29 from the floor.

Rob Dauster has more on this one here.

No. 12 Xavier 65, No. 23 Cincinnati 55: Chris Mack’s Musketeers remained undefeated as they beat city rival Cincinnati at the Cintas Center. Myles Davis scored 17 points and Edmond Sumner added 11 for Xavier, which to this point in the season has put together one of the nation’s best résumés. Not only does Xavier have the look of a Big East title contender, but it may be time to discuss them nationally as well.

More about this game can be read here.

Wichita State 67, No. 25 Utah 50: This is the Shockers that everyone figured we would see. Wichita State at full strength dismantled a good Utah team at home. Zach Brown scored 14 points and Markis McDuffie added 13 for the Shockers, who limited the Runnin’ Utes to 34 shot attempts (forcing 19 turnovers helps) and big man Jakob Poeltl to 11 points.

You can read more about this game here.

Boise State 74, No. 24 Oregon 72: Boise State led by as much as 17 in the second half before hanging on to beat the Ducks at Taco Bell Arena. Anthony Drmic scored 19 points to lead the way for the Broncos, while Dylan Brooks (26 points) and Elgin Cook (22) combined to score 48 for the visitors.

You can read more about Boise State’s résumé-building win here.

UCLA 71, No. 20 Gonzaga 66: For the second consecutive Saturday the Bulldogs lost at home to a Pac-12 opponent, as UCLA held on for the win. Isaac Hamilton led four Bruins in double figures with 20 points and reserve Jonah Bolden did a good job of defending Kyle Wiltjer after the All-America candidate got off to a hot start. Wiltjer scored 20 points and Domantas Sabonis 18 for Gonzaga, which once again felt the impact of the absence of the injured Przemek Karnowski.


Alex Hamilton, Louisiana Tech: It was a monster day for the senior guard as he poured in 30 points to go along with 11 rebounds, eight assists and three steals. The Bulldogs improved to 8-1 with a win over Louisiana-Lafayette and have won 36 straight home games.

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: The Sooners had 30 points and five steals from the senior as No. 7 Oklahoma defeated Oral Roberts.

Kahlil Felder, Oakland: Felder’s a talented point guard who flies under the radar nationally. In the Golden Grizzlies’ win at Toledo, Felder accounted for 34 points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals.


JaQuan Lyle, Ohio State: The freshman guard for the Buckeyes didn’t have his best effort as he went 0-for-7 from the field with three turnovers in a loss. Lyle was scoreless and had one assist.

Skal Labissiere, Kentucky: The Wildcats picked up a double-digit win over Arizona State but the freshman was held scoreless and fouled out after going 0-for-2 from the field.

Corey Sanders, Rutgers: Tough day for the freshman point guard, as he scored five points on 2-for-12 shooting and committed four turnovers without an assist in an 83-49 loss at George Washington.


  • No. 2 Kansas erased an 11-point halftime deficit to beat Oregon State 82-67 in Kansas City. Wayne Selden Jr. scored 22 points and Frank Mason III added 18 and six assists for the Jayhawks. Tres Tinkle scored a career-high 20 for Oregon State.
  • No. 5 Kentucky used a balanced effort to beat Arizona State as Jamal Murray had 17 points and Marcus Lee contributed 14.
  • No. 11 Purdue had a big win over Youngstown State as A.J. Hammons and Caleb Swanigan both had 15 points.
  • No. 15 Providence is banged up and played without Kris Dunn while Ben Bentil came off the bench, but they beat Bryant after a slow start. Rodney Bullock had 13 points and 14 rebounds in the win for the Friars.
  • Kelan Martin had 25 points and 11 rebounds and Roosevelt Jones added 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds as No. 18 Butler rallied to beat Tennessee.
  • Louisville raced past Eastern Michigan as the No. 22 Cardinals were led by 16 points from Damion Lee.


  • Cal had a tight win over Saint Mary’s as Ivan Rabb had 15 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks.
  • UConn, which has struggled with slow starts this season, scored on its first three possessions and beat Ohio State 75-55 in Storrs. Kevin Ollie’s team shot nearly 60 percent from the field, and Omar Calhoun led a balanced effort with 14 points.
  • Michigan coasted past winless Delaware State as Caris LeVert had 15 points. Junior point guard Derrick Walton Jr. once again sat out with injury.
  • Reggie Upshaw scored 21 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as Middle Tennessee beat Auburn 88-81 in overtime in Nashville. Kareem Canty’s three with 1.7 seconds remaining forced overtime, but the Tigers were unable to get over the hump.
  • Penn State held off Louisiana-Monroe as Brandon Taylor had 16 points and seven rebounds.
  • Illinois defeated UIC at the United Center in Chicago as Malcolm Hill had 22 points.
  • Georgetown raced past UNC Wilmington as D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera had 29 points.
  • It wasn’t pretty for Ole Miss on the road, but they outlasted Southeast Missouri State as Stefan Moody had 28 points.
  • Nice win for Georgia State over Old Dominion as Jeff Thomas led with 18 points.
  • Rashun Davis has now hit game-winning shots against two schools located in Washington, D.C. His 25-footer with one second remaining in double overtime gave Radford a 92-91 win at Howard. Last month, he led the Highlanders to a win at Georgetown.
  • George Washington moved to 9-1 on the season with an 83-49 whipping of Rutgers in the nation’s capital. The Scarlet Knights were once again without Deshaun Freeman, and the Colonials used their 1-3-1 zone to harass Corey Sanders into a rough afternoon at the point (five points, zero assists, four turnovers).
  • Chattanooga went to Dayton and ended the Flyers’ 26-game home win streak, winning 61-59. Greg Pryor led the Mocs offensively with 15 points, and Dayton shot 14-for-26 from the foul line.
  • Jalen Jones went for 25 points and nine rebounds as Texas A&M beat Kansas State 78-66 in College Station. Wesley Iwundu scored 23 to lead K-State, which shot just 5-for-20 from three.
  • Lavon Long led a balanced team effort with 19 points as Siena beat rival Albany 78-70. The Great Danes shot just 37.1 percent from the field, with Siena making nearly 53 percent of its shots.
  • George King scored 23 points and Josh Scott accounted for 22 points and ten rebounds as Colorado beat BYU, 92-83. BYU shot just 9-for-29 from three, and senior guard Chase Fischer made just two of his fourteen field goal attempts.
  • Patrick McCaw scored 17 points, grabbed eight rebounds and added seven steals as UNLV won 73-62 at UC Riverside. Taylor Johns led the home team with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
  • New Mexico picked up a solid win at home, beating Northern Iowa 76-57. Elijah Brown scored 25 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Tim Williams added 19 and six for the Lobos, who moved to 6-2 on the season.
  • Washington took a Montana team that pushed No. 20 Gonzaga to the brink earlier this week out behind the woodshed, winning 92-62 in Seattle. Marquese Chriss led the way for the Huskies with 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.
  • Little Rock remained undefeated with another road win, as they beat DePaul 66-44. Josh Hagins scored 18 points and Marcus Johnson 14 for the 8-0 Trojans.

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.

Kansas’ Kevin McCullar Jr. returning for last season of eligibility

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Kevin McCullar Jr. said that he will return to Kansas for his final year of eligibility, likely rounding out a roster that could make the Jayhawks the preseason No. 1 next season.

McCullar transferred from Texas Tech to Kansas for last season, when he started 33 of 34 games and averaged 10.7 points and 7.0 rebounds. He was also among the nation’s leaders in steals, and along with being selected to the Big 12’s all-defensive team, the 6-foot-6 forward was a semifinalist for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year award.

“To be able to play in front of the best fans in the country; to play for the best coach in the nation, I truly believe we have the pieces to hang another banner in the Phog,” McCullar said in announcing his return.

Along with McCullar, the Jayhawks return starters Dajuan Harris Jr. and K.J. Adams from a team that went 28–8, won the Big 12 regular-season title and was a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, where it lost to Arkansas in the second round.

Perhaps more importantly, the Jayhawks landed Michigan transfer Hunter Dickinson, widely considered the best player in the portal, to anchor a lineup that was missing a true big man. They also grabbed former five-star prospect Arterio Morris, who left Texas, and Towson’s Nick Timberlake, who emerged last season as one of the best 3-point shooters in the country.

The Jayhawks also have an elite recruiting class arriving that is headlined by five-star recruit Elmarko Jackson.

McCullar declared for the draft but, after getting feedback from scouts, decided to return. He was a redshirt senior last season, but he has another year of eligibility because part of his career was played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This is a big day for Kansas basketball,” Jayhawks coach Bill Self said. “Kevin is not only a terrific player but a terrific teammate. He fit in so well in year one and we’re excited about what he’ll do with our program from a leadership standpoint.”