LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 1 Kansas, No. 3 Maryland fall; Virginia tops Miami; Kris Dunn hits game-winner

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 12 Providence 50, Creighton 48

Kris Dunn lost a turnover and got scored on to tie the game when the Friars were clinging to a two-point lead on the road. He made it up for the mistakes with this ridiculous stepback jumper to beat the buzzer and lift Providence to a Big East win.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

Michigan 70, No. 3 Maryland 67: Playing without senior guard Caris LeVert, the Wolverines picked up a huge home win. Read why this one was so important for Michigan’s season.

No. 11 West Virginia 74, No. 1 Kansas 63: The Mountaineers soundly outplayed Kansas for the home win as we’ll likely have a new No. 1 next week. I have more on why Kansas should be a bit concerned after this loss.

No. 13 Virginia 66, No. 8 Miami 58: After two road losses last week, the Cavaliers desperately needed to stop the bleeding and did so with a nice home win over Miami. CBT’s Rob Dauster has more on what this game means going forward for Virginia.

Texas 94, No. 17 Iowa State 91, OT: It continues to be difficult to win on the road in the Big 12 as the Cyclones fell in Austin. Isaiah Taylor had 28 points to lead the Longhorns while Georges Niang had 27 in a losing effort.

STARRED

Bryant McIntosh, Northwestern: The sophomore went for 28 points and five assists and looked like the best player on the floor in the Wildcats’ Big Ten home win over Wisconsin.

Jalen Jones, Texas A&M: The Aggies had a tight SEC win over Florida as Jones carried the offensive burden with 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting.

Thomas Walkup, Stephen F. Austin: Stepping up for the Lumberjacks was the senior Player of the Year favorite in the Southland as Walkup scored 32 points on 11-for-13 shooting and added four assists and three rebounds in a win over Central Arkansas.

STRUGGLED

Melo Trimble, Maryland: The sophomore All-American candidate only had two points on 1-for-7 shooting with four turnovers in a Terrapin road loss to Michigan.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • Easy home Big East win for No. 7 Xavier over DePaul as Trevon Bluiett had 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.
  • When Kentucky’s guards play like they did in a win over Mississippi State tonight, they’re tough to stop. The No. 14 Wildcats earned the home SEC win as Jamal Murray (22 points) and Tyler Ulis (21 points) both went 7-for-14 from the field and Isaiah Briscoe added 12 points.
  • Staying in the SEC, No. 15 Texas A&M had 26 points from Jalen Jones and 22 from Danuel House in a home win over Florida.

NOTABLES

  • Five players finished in double-figures as Kansas State earned a Big 12 win over Texas Tech. Wesley Iwundu and Kamau Stokes both had 17 points to lead the Wildcats.
  • Arkansas rolled over Missouri for an SEC win as Moses Kingsley had 24 points to lead the way.
  • Vanderbilt earned a much-needed SEC win over Auburn as Wade Baldwin had 17 points.
  • Nebraska didn’t have too many issues with Minnesota as Shavon Shields had 24 points and eight rebounds.
  • George Washington picked up an Atlantic 10 road win over UMass as Tyler Cavanaugh had 21 points.
  • Schoocie Smith had 18 points as Dayton was able to hold off Davidson. In the loss, Jack Gibbs had 31 points for the Wildcats.
  • Tulane was a winner in the American over South Florida as Dylan Osetkowski had 19 points to lead the Green Wave.
  • Southern Illinois outlasted Illinois State as Leo Vincent exploded for 24 points on 6-for-7 shooting from 3-point range.
  • Utah State defeated Air Force in the Mountain West as Jalen Moore had 20 points.
  • Evansville knocked off Drake as guard D.J. Balentine went for 24 points.

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

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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.

Dream’s McDonald returning to Arizona to coach under Barnes

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TUCSON, Ariz. — Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under coach Adia Barnes.

The school announced that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona.

McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

McDonald broke Barnes’ single-season scoring record and had the highest career scoring average in school history before being selected by the Dream with the third overall pick of the 2021 WNBA draft.

South Carolina, Staley cancel BYU games over racial incident

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley have canceled a home-and-home series with BYU over a recent racial incident where a Cougars fan yelled slurs at a Duke volleyball player.

The Gamecocks were scheduled to start the season at home against BYU on Nov. 7, then play at the Utah campus during the 2023-24 season.

But Staley cited BYU’s home volleyball match last month as reason for calling off the series.

“As a head coach, my job is to do what’s best for my players and staff,” Staley said in a statement released by South Carolina on Friday. “The incident at BYU has led me to reevaluate our home-and-home, and I don’t feel that this is the right time for us to engage in this series.”

Duke sophomore Rachel Richardson, a Black member of the school’s volleyball team, said she heard racial slurs from the stands during the match.

BYU apologized for the incident and Richardson said the school’s volleyball players reached out to her in support.

South Carolina said it was searching for another home opponent to start the season.

Gamecocks athletic director Ray Tanner spoke with Staley about the series and supported the decision to call off the games.