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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 7 Arizona falls, No. 5 Michigan State rolls

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: UCLA 87, No. 7 Arizona 84

Bryce Alford’s three-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining gave the Bruins the win in a game they led by 15 with five minutes remaining. How’d Arizona get back into the game? A combination of better execution offensively and some bad UCLA possessions on the other end of the floor. Alford led four Bruins in double figures with 25 points and also dished out six assists, while Ryan Anderson led Arizona with 15 points and 15 rebounds. The question coming out of this one: why can’t UCLA play with the effort and energy they displayed for much of this game on a consistent basis?


No. 15 SMU 59, Cincinnati 57: Nic Moore hit two huge threes and Jordan Tolbert added a tip-in and a key blocked shot as the Mustangs outscored Cincinnati 11-2 over the final 3:09. SMU had four players in double figures and managed to win (and remain undefeated) despite having just six scholarship players for most of the game.

No. 16 Louisville 77, NC State 72: Quentin Snider scored 21 points and played some solid defense on Cat Barber to help lead the Cardinals to a five-point win in Raleigh. Barber scored 20 points for the Wolfpack but did so on 7-for-22 shooting, with Snider and the other Louisville guards being a key reason why. As a team NC State shot just 36.1 percent from the field.


Weber State’s Joel Bolomboy: One of the best rebounders in the country, Bolomboy scored 20 points and grabbed 23 rebounds in a win over North Dakota.

Ole Miss’ Sebastian Saiz: Saiz tallied 21 points and 16 rebounds in a win over Alabama.

Manhattan’s Shane Richards: Richards shot 11-for-14 from the field, making six of his seven three-pointers, to score 32 points in a win at Canisius.

BYU’s Kyle Collinsworth: Collinsworth picked up the ninth triple-double of his career, going for 21 points, 11 rebounds and ten assists in a blowout win over Santa Clara.


Michigan’s Zak Irvin: Irvin scored seven points on 2-for-10 shooting in a loss at No. 20 Purdue. Of course, being guarded for most of the game by one of the best defenders in the country in Rapheal Davis doesn’t help matters.

Bryant’s Nisre Zouzoua: Zouzoua shot 1-for-8 from the field, scoring two points in a loss at Wagner.

Georgia Southern’s Tookie Brown: Brown scored 17 points in a six-point loss to South Alabama, but he shot 5-for-18 from the field in doing so.


  • With Denzel Valentine out of the lineup No. 5 Michigan State rolled to a 79-54 win over Illinois in East Lansing. Bryn Forbes scored 17 for the Spartans, who expect Valentine to return to the lineup this weekend.
  • Also taking care of business at home was No. 20 Purdue, which beat Michigan 87-70. A.J. Hammons, who finished with 17 points, five rebounds, three assists and four blocks, moved to 4-for-4 on the season from three and Rapheal Davis added 16 points and six boards.


  • Notre Dame won 82-54 at Boston College, with Demetrius Jackson scoring 17 points and dishing out nine assists.
  • Darell Combs scored 18 points to lead IUPUI to a 74-67 win over South Dakota State. The Jackrabbits shot just 7-for-28 from three on the night.
  • Terry Tarpey finished with 21 points, six rebounds and six steals in William & Mary’s 72-63 win at Drexel.
  • Shane Richards scored a career-high 32 points to lead Manhattan to a 94-86 win at Canisius.
  • Old Dominion ended Louisiana Tech’s 39-game home win streak with a 56-53 victory in Ruston. Trey Freeman and Aaron Bacote combined to score 38 points for the Monarchs.
  • UT-Arlington moved to 3-0 in the Sun Belt with a 71-67 win at Appalachian State. Jalen Jones scored 14 points and Erick Neal 13 for the 12-2 Mavericks.
  • Weber State moved to 2-0 in the Big Sky with a 74-62 win over North Dakota. In addition to Joel Bolomboy’s impressive stat line, Jeremy Senglin scored a game-high 26 for the winners.
  • Ole Miss opened its sparkling new building with a 74-66 win over Alabama. Sebastian Saiz and Stefan Moody scored 21 apiece, with Saiz also grabbing 16 rebounds.
  • Walter Wright scored 22 points and dished out nine assists to lead Montana to a 79-66 win over Portland State. The Grizzlies, who lost in last year’s Big Sky title game, are now 3-0 in conference play.
  • Pascal Siakam finished with 20 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks in New Mexico State’s 78-66 win at Utah Valley.
  • Saint Mary’s remained undefeated in WCC play with a comfortable 73-48 win at Loyola Marymount. Emmett Naar scored 15 points, grabbed five rebounds and dished out five assists for the Gaels.
  • USC moved to 2-1 in Pac-12 play with a 75-65 win over Arizona State. The Trojans led by as much as 16 in the second half before the Sun Devils rallied to within two, but Bobby Hurley’s team was unable to get over the hump.
  • Preseason Big West favorite UC Irvine took care of the reigning regular season champions UC Davis by 21, 76-55. Luke Nelson led the balanced offensive effort with 16 points.
  • Cal-State Fullerton erased a 20-point second half deficit to win by six at UC Riverside. Lionheart Leslie led five Titans in double figures with 25 points.

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 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 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.