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.

NCAA steering farther and farther away from harsh penalties

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The days of postseason bans and crippling scholarship reductions to punish schools for breaking NCAA rules appear to be winding down.

Memphis was placed on three years of probation earlier this week with a public reprimand and fined for NCAA violations related to the recruitment and short college career of James Wiseman, who is about to start his third season with the Golden State Warriors. The NCAA also wrapped up an investigation of Air Force football for breaking the COVID-19 recruiting quiet period.

No postseason bans or scholarship reductions in either case. The Independent Accountability Review Panel, the NCAA’s outside arm of enforcement, said in its decision in the Memphis case that it did not want to punish current athletes.

That sentiment is widespread in college athletics these days, even with millions of dollars suddenly flowing to athletes from various sources for their celebrity endorsements amid concerns over improper inducements. In fact, it is on the way to being codified: Last month, the Division I Board of Directors adopted three proposals to change the infractions process.

The board also committed to “identifying appropriate types of penalties and modifying current penalty ranges, including identifying potential alternative penalties to postseason bans.”

Trying to predict what those alternatives will be is difficult, but if the goal is to avoid harming athletes and others who were not involved in the violations the options are limited.

“I emphatically believe it’s the wrong direction to go,” said Nebraska law professor Jo Potuto, who spent nine years on the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“If you’re going to deter, the punishment has to fit the offense, right?” Potuto added. “You’re not going to deter serious violations with penalties that are not perceived to be really serious.”

Since January 2020, there have been at least 45 major infractions cases decided by the NCAA. Of those, at least 15 involved Level I allegations, the most serious and those carrying the most severe penalties; six cases resulted in some kind of postseason ban, with four of them self-imposed.

The Memphis case went through the IARP, which was created in response to the FBI’s investigation of college basketball corruption but is now being discontinued. Sunsetting the IARP was among several recommendations put forth by the NCAA’s Division I Transformation Committee earlier this year and recently adopted by the board.

As college sports moves toward less centralized governance by the NCAA and deregulation in general, the hope is to create a more streamlined enforcement process.

If justice is swift, the thinking goes, it is more likely to be applied fairly.

“The reality is the current system is broken,” said Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner Jim Phillips, a member of the transformation committee. “I think everyone in the association, in the enterprise, understands it. When (an investigation) takes the amount of time that it does now and you start to penalize young men and women that were high school, if not middle school-age (when the violation occurred), it’s not an effective process.”

The IARP is still handling cases stemming from the FBI probe involving Louisville, Arizona, Kansas and LSU. Those have been in the NCAA enforcement pipeline for years. A related case against Oklahoma State did not go through IARP and the Cowboys did end up with a postseason ban.

David Ridpath, a professor at Ohio University and former compliance director for several schools, said even though the IARP failed, NCAA enforcement would be best handled by an independent organization.

“No system is perfect, but if you’re going to have an enforcement system at the end of the day you need to provide basic due-process protections and then you have to be able to consistently punish people,” he said.

In the Memphis case, Wiseman received $11,500 from Hardaway in 2017 while Hardaway was coach at a local high school. Hardaway was hired as Memphis’ coach in March 2018, and Wiseman committed to the Tigers in November 2018.

The NCAA accused Memphis of four Level I and two Level II violations, including lack of institutional control, head coach responsibility and failure to monitor. In the past, those types of allegations could strike fear into athletic directors but probation and fines seem much more likely to be the outcome now instead of the sweeping scholarship sanctions, vacated victories and postseason ban that Southern California received in 2010 for the Reggie Bush improper benefits case. Those penalties set USC football back years.

In the end, the IARP essentially reduced the charges against Memphis and cleared Hardaway of wrongdoing.

While the NCAA is losing sway in the wake of last year’s Supreme Court ruling, with more power being shifted to its member conferences, it also remains clear the schools still want the association to handle enforcement.

But what exactly is being enforced?

Athletes can now be paid for endorsement and sponsorship deals and college sports is still waiting on and hoping for help from federal lawmakers to regulate name, image and likeness compensation.

Plus, as revenue skyrockets for schools at the top of major college sports, the NCAA is trending toward fewer restrictions on what financial benefits can be provided to athletes.

“Until we have clarity and certainty on what schools and boosters and athletes can and can’t do, I think many recognize that it’s dangerous to hand down significant punishments when it’s not clear what you can and can’t do,” said Gabe Feldman, director of the sports law program at Tulane. “And I think unless you have clear rules, it’s hard to harsh punishment.”

Still, punishments directed at schools (fines) and coaches (suspensions) could become steeper and longer, Feldman said.

Potuto said with so much money flowing into the top of college athletics, it is doubtful fines could be large enough to be a true deterrent. While she understands the desire to not have current athletes pay for the sins of previous regimes, loosened transfer rules could mitigate the potential harm.

“I will make one prediction: If there is a move to impose penalties much less frequently in five years there is going to be a move to put them back in,” Potuto said.

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.