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SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Five of nation’s top 12 teams lose on Saturday

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GAME OF THE DAY: Utah 77, No. 7 Duke 75, OT: Utah picked up a huge non-conference win in Madison Square Garden as Jakob Poeltl had 19 points and 14 rebounds. The Utes were able to limit a flu-ridden Grayson Allen to 3-for-18 shooting from the floor, but the bigger story here is just how good Utah and Poeltl looked.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 8 Virginia 86, No. 12 Villanova 75: Virginia shot 56 percent from the floor and 66 percent from 3-point range as they outlasted Villanova in Charlottesville. The star of the game was, once again, London Perrantes, who took over down the stretch again.

No. 11 North Carolina 89, No. 22 UCLA 76: North Carolina erased a double-digit deficit to beat the Bruins in Brooklyn. The Tar Heels scored 51 second-half points and Brice Johnson was outstanding after getting benched. For cussing?

Ohio State 74, No. 4 Kentucky 67: Going up against an Ohio State team that has already lost five games this season, Jamal Murray scored 27 of his 33 points in the second half for Kentucky .. and they still managed to lose? Raphielle Johnson has more on the day’s biggest shocker here.

No. 17 Butler 74, No. 9 Purdue 68: The Bulldogs handed the Boilermakers their first loss of the season despite the fact that Kellen Dunham shot 0-for-12 from the field and scored just two points. How’d that happen? Rob has more on Butler’s win here.

Northern Iowa 81, No. 5 Iowa State 79: The Panthers shot 13-for-22 from beyond the arc and got 49 combined points from Wes Washpun and Paul Jesperson as they upset the Cyclones in Des Moines. What does this do for UNI’s at-large hopes? And how does it help Wichita State? Find out here.

STARRED

Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: Hield scored a career-high 33 points in the Sooners’ 87-74 win over Creighton, shooting 12-for-22 from the field.

Wes Washpun, Northern Iowa: Washpun had 28 points, 11 assists and seven boards as the Panthers knocked off No. 5 Iowa State.

Malcolm Hill, Illinois: 34 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in a 91-79 win over South Dakota.

Kahlil Felder, Oakland: Felder was outstanding in the Golden Grizzlies’ 97-83 win at Washington. 38 points (25 in the first half), six rebounds and nine assists.

Cat Barber, N.C. State: Cat had 33 points, seven boards and four assists in a win over Missouri.

Derrick Walton, Michigan: A Wolverine had a triple-double for the second straight game as Walton tallied 10 points, 13 boards and 11 assists.

Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga: Sabonis had 36 points and 16 boards — and Kyle Wiltjer added 24 points — as the Zags barely hung on to beat a scrappy Tennessee team in Seattle, 86-79.

STRUGGLED

Grayson Allen and Derryck Thornton Jr., Duke: While fellow guard Grayson Allen (3-for-18) was dealing with the flu, Thornton shot 2-for-13 from the field in the Blue Devils’ two-point loss to Utah.

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera, Georgetown: Smith-Rivera scored seven points as Georgetown lost to UNC Asheville, shooting 2-for-11 from the field.

Taurean Waller-Prince, Baylor: The Bears just didn’t show up ready to play at Texas A&M, falling behind by as much as 28 points in an 80-61 loss. Waller-Prince was the biggest culprit, as he had five points on 1-for-7 shooting before a meaningless three at the buzzer.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • No. 1 Michigan State played its first true road game of the season as they beat Northeastern 78-58.
  • No. 2 Kansas rolled to an 88-46 win over Montana in Lawrence. Perry Ellis led four Jayhawks in double figures with 18 points to go along with nine rebounds.
  • Jake Layman led the way with 19 points as No. 6 Maryland beat Princeton by 21.
  • Another blowout win for No. 10 Xavier as they ran past Auburn at home. Jalen Reynolds led five double-figure scorers with 18 points.
  • No. 13 Arizona knocked off UNLV. Raphielle Johnson was there to write about it.
  • Playing without Kris Dunn, No. 14 Providence survived Rider, 73-65, thanks to double-doubles from Jalen Lindsey, Ben Bentil and Rodney Bullock.
  • JaQuan Newton scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds off the bench as No. 15 Miami beat Charleston 85-63.
  • No. 19 Louisville earned a win over Western Kentucky as Quentin Snider had 16 points and Damion Lee and Trey Lewis added 15 points each. However, the Cardinals lost Mangok Mathiang to a broken left foot.
  • No. 21 George Washington moved to 11-1 on the year with an 87-74 home win over Saint Peter’s.
  • No. 23 Cincinnati picked up a solid road win, beating VCU 69-63 in Richmond. Troy Caupain and Farad Cobb scored 15 points apiece to lead the way for the Bearcats.

NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Syracuse picked up an easy win over Cornell as Tyler Roberson had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
  • Georgia earned a win over in-state rival Georgia Tech as J.J. Frazier had 35 points on the afternoon.
  • Seton Hall picked up an 80-76 overtime win over Wichita State in Newark.
  • Georgetown suffered another loss at home, this time falling 79-73 to UNC Asheville. Dylan Smith scored 19 off the bench for the Bulldogs.
  • Indiana closed its game on a 17-2 run, beating Notre Dame 80-73 at the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis.
  • Tre Demps scored 18 points and Aaron Falzon hit two big shots in overtime as Northwestern outlasted DePaul 78-70.
  • Ben Simmons accounted for 24 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and Craig Victor scored 13 in his LSU debut as the Tigers rolled to a 100-77 win over Oral Roberts.
  • Florida State erased a 12-point halftime deficit to beat Florida Atlantic 64-59. Dwayne Bacon led the way for the Seminoles with a game-high 23 points.
  • Dorian Finney-Smith had 16 points and nine boards as the Gators knocked off Oklahoma State, 72-70.

High school basketball player collapses, dies at AAU event

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James Hampton, a member of Team United and a senior at Liberty Heights, a private high school in Charlotte, collapsed and died during a Nike Elite Youth Basketball League game on Saturday night.

Hampton was 17 years old.

In the second half of a game against Nike Phamily, a Phoenix-based program that is run by the father of Marvin Bagley III, Hampton collapsed to the floor unresponsive. Trainers at the event began CPR on and administered chest compressions. Parademics arrived within 10 minutes, but Hampton could not be revived.

The cause of death has not yet been released, but this is not the first time that Hampton had an issue. Last spring, at an event in the Washington D.C. area, Hampton collapsed on the court and had to be given CPR.

“He just fell down on the floor,” Team United director Jacoby Davis told the Charlotte Observer. “He had seizures a year ago and I remember (one of the Team United coaches) telling me that, ‘I saw his eyes rolling back in his head.’ I ran on the court thinking he was having a seizure. A trainer came over and said he didn’t know what was wrong. Another trainer checked his pulse. He said he didn’t have a pulse. It got crazy after that.”

RIP James Hampton.

Nevada’s Jordan Caroline pulls out of 2018 NBA Draft

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Jordan Caroline has opted to pull his name out of the 2018 NBA Draft as he will return to Nevada for his senior season, he announced on Saturday.

The 6-foot-7 Caroline put together a strong season for the Wolf Pack as he averaged 17.7 points, 8.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as Nevada made the Sweet 16 behind one of the most talented offenses in the country.

Caroline’s return is a huge boost for Nevada as they still await the NBA draft decisions of Caleb and Cody Martin.

Currently ranked No. 17 in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25 (without the Martin twins), the Wolf Pack will still have a ton of talent around Caroline next season. Five-star freshman center Jordan Brown recently committed to Nevada. The program also a number of talented transfers entering the mix, including Tre’Shawn Thomas, Nisre Zouzoua and Ehab Amin.

If the Martin twins return to school (and that is a big if) then Nevada could have a potentially elite offense next season. But even if the Martin twins go pro, Nevada should still be the favorite in the Mountain West and a threat to once again make the second weekend of the NCAA tournament.

Dewan Huell returning to Miami for junior season

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Miami received some positive news on Saturday afternoon as the school announced the return of forward Dewan Huell for his junior season.

After testing the NBA draft waters without an agent, the 6-foot-11 Huell will be back for the Hurricanes. Starting all 32 games for the program last season, Huell averaged 11.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game while shooting 57 percent from the floor.

“After getting feedback from NBA teams and talking it over with my family and coaches, I would like to announce that I will be returning to Miami for my junior season,” Huell said in the release. “I’m really excited to get back to work with my brothers so we can accomplish more than ever during the 2018-19 season.”

A former McDonald’s All-American coming out of high school, Huell’s return gives the Hurricanes stability in the front court for next season as he’ll play with other returning players like Sam Waardenburg and Ebuka Izundu. With Miami losing both Lonnie Walker and Bruce Brown early to the 2018 NBA Draft, Huell could be expected to provide more offensive production as a junior.

Bruce Weber receives contract extension at Kansas State

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Kansas State and head coach Bruce Weber have agreed to a two-year contract extension, according to a release from the school.

After leading the Wildcats to a surprising Elite Eight appearance in March, Weber will be the head coach at Kansas State through the 2022-23 season, which gives him another five seasons to work with. Weber will be paid $2.5 million in 2018-19 and he’ll receive a $100,000 increase to his salary in each remaining contract year.

Weber had already signed a two-year extension in August 2017, but this move gives the veteran head coach more job security (and positive recruiting perception) for the next few seasons.

“We are very fortunate to have not only such an outstanding basketball coach but also a man in Coach Weber who conducts his program with integrity and class and is widely respected across the nation,” Kansas State Director of Athletics Gene Taylor said. “Certainly last season was one of the most memorable postseason runs in our program’s history, and we are excited for next season and the years ahead under Coach Weber’s leadership.”

With Kansas State returning most of its roster from last season, including the return of guard Barry Brown from the 2018 NBA Draft process, expectations are sky-high for Weber and the Wildcats this season. Currently ranked as the No. 8 team in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25, Kansas State’s veteran club could give Kansas a serious run for a Big 12 regular season title this season.

Northwestern loses incoming freshman point guard

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Northwestern and incoming freshman point guard Jordan Lathon are parting ways. The 6-foot-4 Lathon was viewed as a potential candidate to replace Bryant McIntosh at lead guard for the Wildcats this season, but Northwestern has reportedly revoked his offer of admission and basketball scholarship.

It is unclear why Lathon was unable to be admitted into Northwestern, but the school’s VP for University Relations, Alan Cubbage, gave a statement to Inside NU’s Davis Rich and Caleb Friedman.

“Northwestern University has revoked its offers of admission and an athletic scholarship for Jordan Lathon, a recruit for the Northwestern men’s basketball team,” the statement said. “Out of respect for the privacy of the student, the University will have no further public comment.”

Lathon later acknowledged the situation in a tweet explaining to fans that he will no longer be attending Northwestern.

While it is unclear why Lathon and Northwestern are parting ways, other high-major programs are already very interested in bringing in Lathon for next season. Oklahoma State immediately jumped in with a scholarship offer. There is also speculation that Lathon, a native of Grandview, Missouri, could also hear from the in-state Tigers as well.

It’ll be interesting to see where Lathon lands, and how this also affects Northwestern’s point guard situation. The loss of a four-year starter like McIntosh will be tough to fill, especially since Lathon was committed to Northwestern since last June. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the Wildcats and head coach Chris Collins seek out a veteran point guard graduate transfer to try and get some immediate help.