LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 4 Maryland, No. 7 North Carolina win

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Dayton 85, Arkansas 81 (OT)

Despite blowing a 23-point lead the Flyers managed to pick up the win in overtime to move to 10-2 on the season. Charles Cooke III led six Dayton players in double figures with 18 points, and one of the other five was senior forward Dyshawn Pierre. Suspended for the fall semester, Pierre saw his first action of the season Wednesday night and finished with 11 points, four rebounds and three assists.

Moses Kingsley led the Razorbacks with 26 points and 11 rebounds, but far too often down the stretch Arkansas guards forced up shots as opposed to getting the ball to the one man Dayton couldn’t stop. Anton Beard’s three-pointer with 1.4 seconds remaining in regulation forced the extra period.


No. 4 Maryland 70, Penn State 64: Terrapins not named Diamond Stone combined to score 31 points. Stone: 39 points on 10-for-15 shooting from the field and 19-for-25 from the foul line, and 12 rebounds. The freshman was special, and his play of late in the sixth man role is a positive sign for Mark Turgeon’s team. But has much changed from last season for Maryland when it comes to how they handle games?

No. 5 Virginia 71, Oakland 58: The Cavaliers erased a one-point halftime deficit to take care of the dangerous Golden Grizzlies in Charlottesville. Kay Felder scored 30 points but no other Oakland player scored in double figures (Felder only had three assists) as Virginia’s defense wore down Greg Kampe’s team. Anthony Gill scored 17 points and Mike Tobey, who scored a total of 20 points in the six games prior to tonight, added 16 for Virginia.

Pittsburgh 72, Syracuse 61: In the ACC opener for both it was the Panthers who made the big plays down the stretch to defend their home floor. Jamel Artis cracked the Syracuse zone on multiple occasions, finishing the game with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight assists. Michael Young added 15 and seven rebounds for Jamie Dixon’s Panthers, who are now 11-1 on the season. Trevor Cooney and Tyler Roberson scored 15 apiece to lead the way for the Orange, who were also bludgeoned on the backboards by Pittsburgh (19 offensive rebounds, 22 second-chance points).


Diamond Stone, Maryland: On a day in which his teammates struggled offensively Stone produced the best outing of his young career, scoring 39 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in the Terrapins’ 70-64 win over Penn State.

Dererk Pardon, Northwestern: In his second game after the injury to Alex Olah led to Northwestern burning his redshirt, Pardon scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win at Nebraska.

Grayson Allen, Duke: Allen made frequent trips to the foul line, shooting 15-for-17 on a day in which he scored a career-high 33 points in the Blue Devils’ win over Long Beach State.

Mark Donnal, Michigan: Donnal also established a new career-high in a win, scoring 26 points to go along with nine rebounds, three blocks and two steals. Prior to Wednesday, Donnal scored a total of 38 points this season.

Pancake Thomas, Hartford: Thomas was outstanding in the Hawks’ 82-80 double overtime loss at Rider, posting a line of 35 points, 17 rebounds and five assists.


Mike Williams, Rutgers: Williams had a rough go of it in the Scarlet Knights’ 79-72 loss to Indiana, missing all six of his shots from the field and going scoreless.

Joey King, Minnesota: The Golden Gophers’ leading scorer on the season, King scored seven points on 1-for-8 shooting in a 78-63 loss at Ohio State.

Patrick McCaw, UNLV: Since looking like a Mountain West POY candidate in early December the sophomore has struggled mightily. In a loss to Fresno State Wednesday night, McCaw scored just two points and committed five turnovers.


  • No. 15 Duke surpassed the 100-point mark for the second straight game as they got things going late in the first half of their 103-81 win over Long Beach State. The Blue Devils scored 61 points in the second half, and Grayson Allen scored a career-high 33 points.
  • No. 19 West Virginia rolled to an 88-63 win at Virginia Tech, forcing 22 Hokie turnovers and dominating the boards as well. Jevon Carter, who made his first field goal attempts scored 18 for the Mountaineers.
  • No. 7 North Carolina opened ACC play with an 80-69 win over Clemson in Chapel Hill. Marcus Paige led five Tar Heels in double figures with 18 points, and Clemson’s streak of never having won at UNC continues.
  • No. 24 South Carolina took care of Francis Marion, 78-56. Freshman Chris Silva finished with 13 points, six rebounds and three blocks.
  • No. 11 Iowa State did what was expected and took care of Coppin State, winning 104-84 in Ames. Abdel Nader scored 21 points and Georges Niang tallied 15 and nine rebounds for the Cyclones, who had six players score in double figures.


  • It wasn’t pretty but Indiana managed to hold off Rutgers 79-72 in the Big Ten opener for both. The Hoosiers played without the injured James Blackmon Jr., who was ruled out with a knee injury.
  • Caris LeVert accounted for 22 points, ten rebounds and six assists and Mark Donnal scored a career-high 26 as Michigan beat Illinois 78-68 in Champaign.
  • Northwestern (13-1) is now off to the best start in program history after they won by nine at Nebraska. Dererk Pardon went for 28 and 12 in his second game of the season.
  • Houston won its conference opener in the American, holding off USF in Tampa. Devonta Pollard scored 20 points and Rob Gray Jr. added 19 for the 11-2 Cougars.
  • In a matchup of expected Patriot League contenders Army got off to a hot start and then held on to win 88-82 at Lehigh. Tanner Plomb scored 23 and dished out five assists for the Black Knights.
  • Trailing by one at the half, Seton Hall put together an impressive second half on both ends of the floor as they won 83-63 at Marquette in the Big East opener for both. Desi Rodriguez scored 19 points and Khadeen Carrington tallied 17, ten rebounds, five assists and four steals.
  • Evansville won its Missouri Valley opener, beating Indiana State 70-62 with D.J. Balentine (nine rebounds, five assists) and Egidijus Mockevicius (16 rebounds) scoring 22 points apiece.
  • Northern Iowa also won its Valley opener, as they whipped Bradley 80-44. The Braves scored just 16 points in the second half, and Jeremy Morgan led five Panthers in double figures with 18 points.
  • Little Rock moved to 11-1 with a nine-point win (69-60) at South Alabama in the Sun Belt opener for both. Josh Hagins scored 17 points for the Trojans.
  • UT-Arlington, which like Little Rock picked up some solid wins in non-conference play, won its Sun Belt opener by 15 over reigning tournament champion Georgia State (85-70). Kevin Hervey finished with 17 points and eight rebounds for the Mavericks.
  • Playing with just seven available scholarship players, Rhode Island picked up an 88-85 overtime win at Brown. Four McGlynn led the way with a career-high 33 points while also grabbing six rebounds.
  • New Mexico ended its four-game losing streak with an 88-76 win over Nevada in the Mountain West opener for both. Elijah Brown scored 24 points and Tim Williams 20 for the Lobos, who also received 14 points and 11 rebounds from center Obij Aget.
  • Fresno State went to Las Vegas and beat UNLV 69-66, with Marvelle Harris scoring 22 points and Torren Jones adding 18 while also grabbing eight rebounds.

No. 9 Kansas blows lead, then holds off No. 5 Texas, 88-80

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LAWRENCE, Kan. – Dajuan Harris Jr. was willing to acknowledge that Kansas was facing something rare when fifth-ranked and Big 12-leading Texas arrived at Allen Fieldhouse.

The defending national champs played like it.

Gradey Dick scored 21 points, Harris had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists, and the ninth-ranked Jayhawks held on after blowing a 14-point first-half lead to beat the Longhorns 88-80 and tighten the league race.

Kevin McCullar Jr. added 16 points, Joseph Yesufu scored 14 off the bench and KJ Adams finished with 10, helping the Jayhawks (19-5, 7-4) overcome an off night from Jalen Wilson. The league’s leading scorer at 21.5 points per game battled foul trouble and was held to just two, ending his streak of 25 straight double-figure games.

“We knew we had to come in here and get a win,” said Dick, who had the Jayhawks’ only two 3-pointers. “The big thing, just in preparation for the week, was coming out with energy. When we do that, we’re a scary team.”

The Jayhawks needed everyone’s help holding off the Longhorns’ Marcus Carr.

The Minnesota transfer, who had a game-high 29 points, kept answering Kansas baskets down the stretch. His 3-pointer got the Longhorns within 77-68 with 2:25 left, three free throws made it 78-71 with 1:31 to go, and his three-point play got the Longhorns (19-5, 8-3) within 86-80 with 23.5 seconds remaining.

Texas quickly fouled Dick at the other end, and his free throw with 18 seconds left helped to put the game away.

“It was as close to a must-win as you could have this early in the season to win the league,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “You go down three games with seven left, you’d have to win out and get a lot of help from others. Now, we still have as hard a schedule as everybody, but we can kind of control our own destiny where if we play well, we have a shot.”

Timmy Allen finished with 18 points for the Longhorns. Sir’Jabari Rice had 12 before fouling out.

“It was their night tonight in terms of what they got done,” Texas interim coach Rodney Terry said.

The Longhorns have made a habit of overcoming double-digit deficits: 18 down to beat TCU, 12 down to beat Texas Tech and 14 down to beat No. 12 Kansas State last Saturday in a game played just down the road.

So it wasn’t that surprising when Texas dug another 14-point hole Monday night.

Just like the Longhorns did in Manhattan, though, they began to rally. Texas shook off 10 first-half turnovers to get within 42-35 by the break, then kept coming in the second half. Hunter hit a 3-pointer, Carr added a couple of buckets and it was 43-all when Self called a timeout to slow Texas’ momentum.

Unlike the Horned Frogs, Red Raiders and Wildcats, the Jayhawks rose to the challenge.

McCullar’s three-point play while they were clinging to a 49-48 lead gave them a boost, and Dick added a couple of free throws. But it was back-to-back buckets by Harris, who is known more as a distributor than as a scorer, that pushed the lead to 58-50 with about 12 minutes to go.

Texas closed within 66-60 but, after the Jayhawks pulled down two offensive boards, Dick hit another 3-pointer. And when Yesufu bookended a couple of free throws by Harris, the lead had stretched to 75-62 with 3 minutes to go.

The Jayhawks were able to fend off Carr and the Longhorns from there.

“Give those guys credit. They came in and played at a very high level,” Terry said, “and we knew that would be the case.”


The Jayhawks were missing several backups. Zack Clemence has a hurt knee, Bobby Pettiford Jr. is dealing with a hamstring injury and Zuby Ejiofor a foot injury. Kyle Cuffe Jr. (knee) and Cam Martin (shoulder) also were out.

“I thought the bench was great. As good as they’ve been all year,” Self said. “We had nine guys we could put in the game.”


Texas has struggled to get off to good starts this season, and it seemed the energy the Longhorns expended climbing back into Monday night’s game was missing by the end. Carr tried to carry them but he needed more help.

Kansas got the production it needed from the bench. Yesufu provided the scoring pop but big man Ernest Udeh Jr. and guard MJ Rice, both seldom-used freshmen, also provided important minutes for the Jayhawks.


Texas heads home after its Sunflower State swing to play West Virginia.

Kansas has a two-game trip next with Oklahoma on Saturday and Oklahoma State.

No. 19 Miami rolls past Duke 81-59, moves to 13-0 at home

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Miami guard Isaiah Wong pointed to the crowd, waving his arms, asking for noise, asking for the celebration to start.

The lead, at that point, was 3-0.

Didn’t matter. From start to finish, the Hurricanes were in total control — and got a rare rout over Duke.

Norchad Omier had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Jordan Miller added 16 points and No. 19 Miami never trailed on the way to a 81-59 win over Duke on Monday night.

Wooga Poplar scored 14 and Wong scored 11 for Miami (19-5, 10-4 Atlantic Coast Conference). The Hurricanes led by as many as 26 and improved to 13-0 at home.

“That was a great performance, from start to finish,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga said. “There was a lot of energy. And all I can tell you is, everybody who came tonight’s game is invited back – because that’s the kind of environment that we’d love to have every night.”

Ryan Young and Dereck Lively II each scored 11 points for Duke (17-7, 8-5), which saw its three-game winning streak snapped. Jeremy Roach added 10 points for the Blue Devils, who were outrebounded 38-31 and committed 21 turnovers.

It was the second game this season where Duke never led, and the 22-point loss was its second-worst this season. The Blue Devils lost to N.C. State by 24 on Jan. 4.

“Congratulations to Miami. There’s a reason they haven’t lost here at home,” Duke coach Jon Scheyer said. “They’re really good. They obviously had it clicking on all cylinders right away.”

It was the second-biggest Miami victory margin in the series between the schools, topped only by the Hurricanes’ 90-63 win over then-No. 1 Duke on Jan. 23, 2013. Miami also enjoyed huge edges in points off turnovers (23-9), second-chance points (24-9) and fast-break points (17-7).

And Miami got payback for a 68-66 loss at Duke earlier this season.

“We had something to prove,” Miller said. “They beat us last time. We were revved up for this game and we got it done.”

Duke fans started leaving with 4:24 left and Miami up by 26, the Hurricanes’ student section serenading them as they departed.

Miami ran out to a 13-1 lead and stretched it to 34-17 later in the first half, putting Duke in unfamiliar territory quickly. The Blue Devils had trailed by more than 15 in just two other games – by 29 to N.C. State, and by 19 to Purdue.

“When you have 21 turnovers, you can’t expect yourself to have a good game,” Lively said.

It was 40-26 at the half. When Miami opened the second half on a 9-0 run to build a 23-point lead, the outcome quickly became academic.

“The crowd fueled us to keep it going,” Larranaga said.


Duke: Maybe it’s too difficult to quickly reset after a rivalry game. This is the third consecutive year the Blue Devils have lost the game immediately following their first matchup of the season with North Carolina. “It’s tough. It’s not easy. But it’s what you have to do. … It’s part of playing in the ACC,” Scheyer said.

Miami: The Hurricanes remained one of six teams from major conferences to be unbeaten at home – the others being Alabama, UCLA, Providence, Iowa State and Duke. Across Division I, 20 teams entered Monday with perfect home marks.


Miami has been in the poll for nine straight weeks, the program’s longest such run since being ranked in each of the first 11 polls of the 2017-18 season – and figures to stay there if it tops Louisville on Saturday. Duke has been out of the AP Top 25 for the last four weeks; the Blue Devils were two slots away in the poll released Monday, behind only Florida Atlantic on the “also receiving votes” list.


Basketball Hall of Famer Rick Barry, Miami’s all-time leading scorer, was presented with a customized basketball during a first-half stoppage of play.


Duke: Visits No. 8 Virginia on Saturday.

Miami: Hosts Louisville on Saturday.

Minnesota-Illinois postponed for COVID-19 in Gophers program

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MINNEAPOLIS – Minnesota’s game at Illinois that was scheduled for Tuesday has been postponed because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols within the Gophers’ program.

The announcement was made Monday by Minnesota, which didn’t specify how many players would have been unable to play.

The Gophers (7-15, 1-11) had only eight available scholarship players for their last game, an 81-46 loss to Maryland on Saturday. Dawson Garcia (ankle) has missed the last four games, and Braeden Carrington (leg) has missed the last six. Parker Fox and Isaiah Ihnen will not play this season while recovering from knee injuries.

The game will be rescheduled by the Big Ten, with input from both schools.

Minnesota is next scheduled to host Iowa on Sunday. Illinois (16-7, 7-5) will host No. 24 Rutgers on Saturday.

Purdue stays No. 1 in AP Top 25; NC State in at No. 22

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Purdue’s unquestioned grip on No. 1 in The Associated Press poll is gone after a weekend loss. That didn’t stop the Boilermakers from remaining at the top anyway.

The Boilermakers earned 38 of 62 first-place votes in the poll to remain at No. 1 for a third straight week and seventh time this season. Purdue was the unanimous choice last week, the first for any team this season, before falling at Indiana over the weekend for only its second loss.

The Boilermakers (22-2, 11-2) have a leading candidate for national player of the year in Zach Edey and KenPom’s No. 1-ranked offense (121.1 points scored per 100 possessions) to go with a top-25 defense. But they got down big, committed 16 turnovers and allowed the Hoosiers — up to No. 18 this week — to shoot nearly 53% in a 79-74 loss Saturday.

“When we go to Zach and we make some perimeter shots, the defense gets better sometimes when the offense flows,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said at his postgame news conference. “And you can’t do that. You can always rebound, you can always take care of the ball, you can always make your free throws, those things there.”

The loss meant Houston collected 22 first-place votes as it rose one spot to No. 2, followed by No. 3 Alabama and No. 4 Arizona in each claiming one.


Texas jumped five spots to No. 5, shooting past Tennessee, which fell four spots to No. 6 after losing last week at Florida.

UCLA, Virginia, Kansas and Marquette rounded out the top 10, with Shaka Smart’s Golden Eagles cracking the top 10 for the first time since 2019.


The Longhorns’ jump marked the biggest of the week, followed by Marquette and Miami each rising four spots. No. 13 Xavier, No. 15 Saint Mary’s and No. 21 UConn joined Indiana in each moving up three positions.

In all, 12 teams rose from last week’s rankings.


Kansas State took the week’s biggest tumble, falling five spots to No. 12 after losing at Kansas and at home to Texas last week. No. 16 Gonzaga joined Tennessee in falling four spots after its overtime loss at Saint Mary’s.

In all, nine teams fell from last week’s rankings.


Purdue was the only team to remain in the same position this week.


North Carolina State earned its first AP Top 25 ranking in four years, checking in at No. 22.

The Wolfpack (19-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) spent six weeks in the poll during the 2018-19 season. N.C. State already has surpassed the win total for each of the last two seasons and is in contention for the program’s first NCAA Tournament berth since 2018.

Creighton and Rutgers joined N.C. State as this week’s new additions to the poll, though both were ranked earlier this season. The Bluejays were No. 9 in the preseason poll and peaked at No. 7 before falling out by mid-December, while the Scarlet Knights spent a week at No. 23 in mid-January.


Florida Atlantic (No. 19), Clemson (No. 20) and Auburn (No. 25) fell out of this week’s poll.


The Big 12 leads all leagues with six ranked teams, including No. 11 Iowa State, No. 14 Baylor and No. 17 TCU. The Big East is next with five ranked teams, followed by the Big Ten and ACC with three each.

The Pac-12, Southeastern and West Coast conferences each have two ranked teams, while the American Athletic and Mountain West each have one.

Indiana reaches No. 2 in women’s AP Top 25; South Carolina still No. 1

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South Carolina beat a top opponent to remain No. 1 in the women’s poll and now has a showdown with another one looming this weekend.

The Gamecocks (23-0) topped then- No. 5 UConn 81-77 to remain unbeaten and stay the unanimous choice atop the poll from the 28-member national media panel. After facing Auburn, South Carolina will play No. 3 LSU in a matchup of the last two unbeatens in Division I women’s college basketball.

Dawn Staley’s team has won 29 consecutive games and has been No. 1 in the poll for 33 consecutive weeks. That’s one week short of tying the Huskies for the third-longest streak atop the poll. Only UConn (51 weeks) and Louisiana Tech (36) have had longer runs at No. 1.

While South Carolina has had a stranglehold on No. 1 for more than a year, Indiana is making its first appearance ever at No. 2 after Stanford lost to Washington.

“I’m going to relish this for a minute, knowing where the program was to where it is,” Indiana coach Teri Moren said. “We’ve made a lot of history since we’ve been here in our nine seasons and it’s one of the more historical things we’ve been able to accomplish. Give our players credit, I don’t want to discount what a big achievement this is. We’re more than humbled to be No. 2.”

Indiana has won 10 straight since suffering its lone loss of the season to Michigan State. The Hoosiers have a tough stretch coming up, starting with a home game against No. 5 Iowa. Indiana, which hadn’t been ranked higher than fourth, then plays No. 13 Ohio State and 12th-ranked Michigan.

“That’s why we take it one game at a time, but you understand the magnitude of what’s ahead of us. I tell the kids all the time we’re in control of our own destiny,” Moren said.

LSU remained at No. 3 after close wins over Tennessee, Georgia and Texas A&M. The Tigers have a week to prepare for the Gamecocks.

UConn moved up one spot to fourth after its close loss to the Gamecocks and Iowa was fifth.

The Cardinal fell to sixth with Utah, Maryland, Duke and Notre Dame rounding out the top 10. The Blue Devils beat the Irish to take over sole possession of first in the ACC and vault up six spots in the poll. It’s Duke’s best ranking since the team finished the 2017 season ranked ninth.


It was a rough week for Iowa State, which lost to Kansas by one point and Baylor by six. The Cyclones fell nine spots in the poll from 12th to 21st.


Colorado came back into the poll at No. 25 after beating Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend. The Buffaloes were ranked for four weeks before falling out last week. Middle Tennessee dropped out of the poll after losing both its games last week.