LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Michigan State, Virginia need OT to win in crazy night of college hoops

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 1 Michigan State 99, Oakland 93, OT

The Spartans are off to their best start in school history as they needed extra time to top feisty in-state rival Oakland. Playing for the first time without Denzel Valentine, Michigan State had to rely on others to step up and they had to slow down a monster outing from Golden Grizzlies junior point guard Kay Felder. Get all of the details on who stepped up for Sparty here.

COMEBACK OF THE NIGHT: Canisius 108, Louisiana Monroe 96, 3 OT

This might be the wildest game we see all season, complete with a double-digit comeback in the final minute to force overtime and some ridiculous overtime shenanigans. Read all about this one here.


No. 5 Virginia 63, California 62, OT: London Perrantes buried the game-winning 3-pointer in overtime to secure the comeback win for Virginia.

No. 11 Iowa State 81, No. 22 Cincinnati 79: Iowa State needed a late jumper from Abdel Nader to seal this one. CBT’s Rob Dauster has more on this one and why it was such an important win for the Cyclones.

No. 6 Xavier 78, Wake Forest 70: The unbeaten Musketeers were down big at one point and came back to win on the road. Rob Dauster wrote about why this kind of game was important for Xavier.

No. 14 Purdue 68, Vanderbilt 55: This was a nice win for Purdue coming off of the Butler loss as they soundly outplayed a quality opponent despite shooting only 2-for-19 from 3-point range. In the battle of big men, A.J. Hammons (21 points, 10 rebounds, seven blocks) soundly outplayed Damian Jones (six points, three rebounds) as the Vanderbilt center only played 15 minutes before fouling out.

Texas Tech 65, Arkansas-Little Rock 55: Maybe not a huge outcome at a surface level, but Arkansas-Little Rock was undefeated, and with the win, Texas Tech improves to a very solid 9-1. Forward Zach Smith led the Red Raiders with 12 points and 12 rebounds. There are now only five unbeaten programs left in Division I college basketball and this could be a nice win for Texas Tech later in the season if they’re in the postseason picture.


Isaiah Miles, Saint Joseph’s: While teammate DeAndre Bembry gets most of the attention for the Hawks, Miles, a senior forward, continued his outstanding season in a win over Virginia Tech. Miles finished with 36 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks as he’s scored in double-figures in all 11 games while recording four double-doubles.

Zena Edosomwan, Harvard: The Crimson earned a big win over BYU in overtime at the Diamond Head Classic as the junior big man had 23 points and 17 rebounds — both career high marks. Edosomwan also played 40 minutes in the contest.

Khallid Hart, Marist: The Red Foxes were able to top Brown in double overtime has Hart finished with 37 points and five steals. With Marist trailing, 83-79, with under a minute left, Hart buried a 3-pointer then made the game-winning free throws after a Brown turnover on the ensuing possession.


  • Freshman Allonzo Trier had 20 points as No. 8 Arizona got past Long Beach State.
  • Tyler Wideman had 15 points and Roosevelt Jones had 12 points, 10 rebounds as No. 9 Butler defeated Southern Utah.
  • No. 13 Miami rolled to an easy road win at La Salle as Ivan Cruz Uceda had 20 points on 7-for-8 shooting and 4-of-5 shooting from 3-point range.
  • No. 17 Villanova had a blowout win at home over Delaware as Josh Hart led with 18 points.
  • No. 18 Louisville easily beat UMKC as Trey Lewis scored 17 points. More importantly, Deng Adel returned from injury to play a couple of minutes.
  • Staying unbeaten was No. 18 SMU as they beat Kent State behind 25 points, eight assists and four steals from Nic Moore.
  • DePaul beat No. 20 George Washington by 21 points as they jumped out to a 10-0 lead and never looked back. Billy Garrett Jr. had 20 points and seven assists for the Blue Demons.
  • No. 24 Utah didn’t get much of a test in Delaware State as the Utes easily won. Kyle Kuzma had 15 points.
  • Also staying unbeaten was No. 25 South Carolina as they beat St. John’s. Duane Notice tallied 20 points.


  • Florida blew out Jacksonville as one-handed walk-on guard Zach Hodskins scored his first Division I field goal.
  • Ben Simmons had 23 points, six assists and five rebounds as LSU won at home over American.
  • Quality double-digit win for Arkansas over a good North Florida team as Moses Kingsley had 22 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Dayton needed a game-winning bucket from Kyle Davis with 2.1 seconds left to beat Miami (OH).
  • N.C. State used 27 points from Cat Barber as they beat UNC Greensboro.
  • Boston College got past Fordham in the Barclays Center as Jerome Robinson finished with 19 points and six rebounds.
  • Auburn won its opener in the Diamond Head Classic over New Mexico as Kareem Canty had 27 points, seven assists and three steals.
  • Tra Holder and Willie Atwood both had 18 points each as Arizona State outlasted Stephen F. Austin.
  • Ole Miss needed overtime to earn a home win over Troy as Tomasz Gielo and Stefan Moody had 23 points apiece.
  • Indiana pulled away in the second half to earn a home win over Kennesaw State. Thomas Bryant and Troy Williams both scored 20 points for the Hoosiers as they combined to go 15-for-17 from the floor.
  • Georgia easily dispatched Clemson as Charles Mann led the Bulldogs with 18 points.
  • Angel Delgado had 14 points and 11 rebounds as Seton Hall ran past South Florida.
  • Kansas State got past North Dakota State as Barry Brown had 15 points.
  • Nebraska picked up an easy win over Prairie View A&M as Shavon Shields paced the Huskers with 19 points.
  • Melvin Johnson finished with 22 points as VCU defeated Buffalo.
  • Tennessee beat former assistant coach Steve Forbes and East Tennessee State as Detrick Mostella had 17 for the Volunteers.
  • Syracuse cruised to an easy win over Montana as Michael Gbinije had 17 points.
  • Georgetown needed a late 3-pointer from L.J. Peak as they outlasted Charlotte for a close road win.
  • Ron Baker had 17 points as Wichita State crushed Nevada.
  • Iowa used 21 points from Peter Jok as they easily beat Tennessee Tech.
  • Ohio State ran past Mercer as freshman JaQuan Lyle led with 18 points.
  • Georgia State held off Middle Tennessee as Kevin Ware led with 18 points. More importantly, it was Ron Hunter bobblehead night.

College basketball broadcaster Billy Packer dies at 82

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Billy Packer, an Emmy award-winning college basketball broadcaster who covered 34 Final Fours for NBC and CBS, died Thursday. He was 82.

Packer’s son, Mark, told The Associated Press that his father had been hospitalized in Charlotte for the past three weeks and had several medical issues, and ultimately succumbed to kidney failure.

Packer’s broadcasting career coincided with the growth of college basketball. He worked as analyst or color commentator on every Final Four from 1975 to 2008. He received a Sports Emmy for Outstanding Sports Personality, Studio and Sports Analyst in 1993.

“He really enjoyed doing the Final Fours,” Mark Packer said. “He timed it right. Everything in life is about timing. The ability to get involved in something that, frankly, he was going to watch anyway, was a joy to him. And then college basketball just sort of took off with Magic Johnson and Larry Bird and that became, I think, the catalyst for college basketball fans to just go crazy with March Madness.”

Packer played three seasons at Wake Forest, and helped lead the Demon Deacons to the Final Four in 1962, but it was his work as an analyst that brought him the most acclaim.

He joined NBC in 1974 and called his first Final Four in 1975. UCLA beat Kentucky in the title game that year in what was John Wooden’s final game as coach.

Packer was also part of the broadcast in 1979 with Dick Enberg and Al McGuire when Magic Johnson’s Michigan State team beat Larry Bird’s Indiana State squad in the title game. That remains highest-rated game in basketball history with a 24.1 Nielsen rating, which is an estimated 35.1 million viewers.

Packer went to CBS in the fall of 1981, when the network acquired the rights to the NCAA Tournament. He remained the network’s main analyst until the 2008 Final Four.

In 1996 at CBS, Packer was involved in controversy when he used the term “tough monkey? to describe then-Georgetown star Allen Iverson during a game. Packer later said he “was not apologizing for what I said, because what I said has no implications in my mind whatsoever to do with Allen Iverson’s race.?

Sean McManus, the chairman of CBS Sports, said Packer was “synonymous with college basketball for more than three decades and set the standard of excellence as the voice of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.”

“He had a tremendous impact on the growth and popularity of the sport.” McManus said. “In true Billy fashion, he analyzed the game with his own unique style, perspective and opinions, yet always kept the focus on the game. As passionate as he was about basketball, at his heart Billy was a family man. He leaves part of his legacy at CBS Sports, across college basketball and, most importantly, as a beloved husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply missed by all.”

Packer was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008.

ESPN broadcaster Dick Vitale took to Twitter as word of Packer’s death spread. “So sad to learn of the passing of Billy Packer who had such a passion for college basketball,” Vitale tweeted. “My (prayers) go out to Billy’s son Mark & the entire Packer family. Always had great RESPECT for Billy & his partners Dick Enberg & Al McGuire-they were super. May Billy RIP.”

College basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla tweeted: “We fell in love (with) college basketball because of you. Your voice will remain in my head forever.”

Packer was viewed as a controversial figure during his broadcasting days, often drawing the ire of college basketball fans, particularly on North Carolina’s “Tobacco Road.”

“As a kid, I was a big NC State fan growing up, and I would watch a game and the next day I’d be like, `Boy you sure have it out for NC State, don’t you?’ And he would just laugh,” Mark Packer said.

The younger Packer, who is the host of ACC PM on the ACC Network, said it didn’t matter what school – most fans felt the same way about his father.

“He would cover North Carolina game and Tar Heels fans would be like, `you hate North Carolina,”‘ Mark Packer said. “Wake (Forest) fans would be like, `you hate us.’ And Billy just sort of got a kick out of that.”

Mark Packer said that while most fans will remember his father as a broadcaster, he’ll remember him even more for his business acumen. He said his father was a big real estate investor, and also owned a vape company, among other ventures.

“Billy was always a bit of a hustler – he was always looking for that next business deal,” Packer said.

Clemson starter Galloway will miss time after surgery

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CLEMSON, S.C. — Clemson starter Brevin Galloway is expected to miss games for the 24th-ranked Tigers after having surgery on his groin area Thursday.

The 6-foot-3 Galloway has started 20 of 21 games after transferring from Boston College this past offseason.

Galloway posted on social media that he’d had the surgery. Clemson coach Brad Brownell confirmed in a text to The Associated Press that Galloway had the operation.

Galloway said in his post he will be in uniform soon. He is not expected to play at Florida State on Saturday.

A fifth-year player, Galloway has averaged 10.6 points a game this season. He’s second on the Tigers with 55 assists and 18 steals.

The Tigers (17-4) lead the Atlantic Coast Conference at 9-1 in league play.

Clemson is already down two experienced players due to injury.

Point guard Chase Hunter, who started the team’s first 18 games, has missed the past three with a foot injury.

Guard Alex Hemenway, in his fourth season, has missed the past nine games with a foot injury. Hemenway was the team’s leading 3-point shooter (27 of 54) before getting hurt.

Zach Edey has 19 points, No. 1 Purdue beats Michigan 75-70

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Zach Edey had 15 of his 19 points in the first half and Fletcher Loyer finished with 17 points to help No. 1 Purdue hold off Michigan 75-70 on Thursday night.

The Boilermakers (20-1, 9-1 Big Ten) had a 15-0 run to go ahead 41-28 lead in the first half after there were 10 lead changes and four ties, but they couldn’t pull away.

The Wolverines (11-9, 5-4) were without standout freshman Jett Howard, who missed the game with an ankle injury, and still hung around until the final seconds.

Joey Baker made a 3-pointer – off the glass – with 5.9 seconds left to pull Michigan within three points, but Purdue’s Brandon Newman sealed the victory with two free throws.

Purdue coach Matt Painter said Michigan slowed down Edey in the second half by pushing him away from the basket.

“They got him out a little more, and got him bottled up,” Painter said.

The 7-foot-4 Edey, though, was too tough to stop early in the game.

“He’s one of the best in the country for a reason,” Michigan coach Juwan Howard said. “He’s very effective, especially if he’s 8 feet and in.”

With size and skills such as a hook shot, the junior center from Toronto scored Purdue’s first seven points and finished the first half 7 of 12 from the field and 1 of 2 at the line.

“He did a great job in the first half, going to his right shoulder and using his left hand,” Painter said. “He made four baskets with his left hand which is huge.”

Freshman Braden Smith had 10 points for the Boilermakers.

Purdue’s defense ultimately denied Michigan’s comeback hopes, holding a 22nd straight opponent to 70 or fewer points.

Hunter Dickinson scored 21, Kobe Bufkin had 16 points and Baker added 11 points for the Wolverines, who have lost four of their last six games.

Dickinson, a 7-1 center, matched up with Edey defensively and pulled him out of the lane offensively by making 3 of 7 3-pointers.

“Half his shots were from the 3, and that’s a little different,” Painter said. “His meat and potatoes are on that block. He’s the real deal.”


The Boilermakers got the top spot in the AP Top 25 this week after winning six games, a stretch that followed a loss to Rutgers on Jan. 3 that dropped them from No. 1 in the poll. Purdue improved to 7-2 as the top-ranked team.


Purdue: Edey can’t beat teams by himself and he’s surrounded by a lot of role players and a potential standout in Loyer. The 6-4 guard was the Big Ten player of the week earlier this month, become the first Boilermaker freshman to win the award since Robbie Hummel in 2008.

“Fletcher is somebody who has played better in the second half, and on the road,” Painter said.

Michigan: Jett Howard’s health is a critical factor for the Wolverines, who will have some work to do over the second half of the Big Ten season to avoid missing the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2015. Howard averages 14.6 points and is the most dynamic player on his father’s team.


The Boilermakers were away from home for 12 of 23 days, winning all five of their road games. They won at Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan for the first time since the 1997-98 season and beat the Spartans and Wolverines on their home court in the same season for the first time in 12 years.


Purdue: Hosts Michigan State on Sunday, nearly two weeks after the Boilermakers beat the Spartans by a point on Edey’s shot with 2.2 seconds left.

Michigan: Plays at Penn State on Sunday.

Miller scores 23, No. 10 Maryland tops No. 13 Michigan 72-64

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Diamond Miller scored 23 points, and No. 10 Maryland closed the first quarter with a 13-2 run and led the rest of the way in a 72-64 victory over No. 13 Michigan on Thursday night.

Abby Meyers contributed 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Terrapins (17-4, 8-2), who won for the 10th time in 11 games. Lavender Briggs scored 14 points and Shyanne Sellers added 13.

Maryland gained a measure of revenge after losing twice to Michigan last season – including a 20-point rout in College Park.

Leigha Brown led the Wolverines with 16 points.

Michigan (16-5, 6-4) led 13-9 in the first quarter before a three-point play by Miller started Maryland’s big run. Briggs and Faith Masonius made 3-pointers during that stretch.

The Terps pushed the lead to 16 in the third quarter before the Wolverines were able to chip away. Miller sat for a bit with four fouls, and Michigan cut the lead to seven in the fourth quarter, but the Wolverines still wasted too many possessions with turnovers to mount much of a comeback.

Michigan ended up with 24 turnovers, and Maryland had a 25-5 advantage in points off turnovers.

Miller fouled out with 2:19 remaining, but even after those two free throws, the Terps led 65-57 and had little trouble holding on.

Michigan lost for the second time in four days against a top-10 opponent. No. 6 Indiana beat the Wolverines 92-83 on Monday.


Michigan: Whether it was against Maryland’s press or in their half-court offense, the Wolverines turned the ball over too much to score consistently. This was a lower-scoring game than the loss to Indiana, but the margin ended up being similar.

Maryland: While Miller clearly led the way, the Terps had plenty of offensive contributors. They also held Michigan to 13 points below its season average entering the game.


The Wolverines have appeared in 48 straight AP polls, and although a two-loss week could certainly drop them, the quality of their opponents could save them from a substantial plunge.

Maryland is tied for 10th with an Iowa team that beat No. 2 Ohio State on Monday night. Now the Terps can boast an impressive victory of their own.


Michigan: The Wolverines play their third game of the week when they visit Minnesota on Sunday.

Maryland: The Terps host Penn State on Monday night.


Boum, Jones lead No. 13 Xavier over No. 19 UConn, 82-79

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STORRS, Conn. – Souley Boum scored 21 points, Colby Jones added 20 and No. 13 Xavier went on the road and held off No. 19 Connecticut 82-79 Wednesday night.

The win was the 13th in 14 games for the Musketeers (17-4, 9-1 Big East) and it gave them a season sweep over the struggling Huskies (16-6, 5-6).

Jack Nunge had 12 points and Jerome Hunter added 11 for Xavier, which led by 17 in the first half and 39-24 at halftime.

Jordan Hawkins scored 26 of his 28 points in the second half for UConn, leading a comeback that fell just short.

Tristen Newton added 23 points for the Huskies, who won their first 14 games this season but have dropped six of eight since.

The Musketeers never trailed but had to withstand UConn runs that cut the lead to a single point four times in the second half.

A three-point play from Hawkins made it 78-77 with 2:40 left. But a second-chance layup from Nunge put the lead at 80-77 just over a minute later.

Newton was fouled with two seconds left by Desmond Claude, but his apparent attempt to miss his second free throw went into the basket.

Boum then hit two free throws at the other end, and Newton’s final attempt from just beyond halfcourt was well short.

Xavier jumped out to a 9-0 lead as UConn missed its first nine shots.

A 3-pointer from Zach Freemantle gave the Musketeers their first double-digit lead at 20-9, and another from Jones pushed it to 35-18.


Xavier: The Musketeers lead the Big East, and the win over UConn was their ninth conference victory this season, eclipsing their total from last season.

UConn: The Huskies came in with a 17-game winning streak at Gampel Pavilion dating to February 2021. They fell to 1-4 against the four teams in front of them in the Big East standings. The lone win came at Gampel against Creighton.


Xavier: The Musketeers continue their road trip with a visit to Creighton on Saturday.

UConn: Doesn’t play again until next Tuesday, when the Huskies visit DePaul.