SATURDAY’S SNACKS: No. 1 Oklahoma, No. 3 Kansas among the winners

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 11 Michigan State 74, No. 7 Maryland 65 

Denzel Valentine accounted for 17 points, 13 rebounds and eight assists and Bryn Forbes scored a game-high 25 points, but just as important were the contributions of Matt Costello. Costello provided an emotional spark for Michigan State, and he also produced 15 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 1 Oklahoma 82, No. 13 Baylor 72: The Sooners completely outplayed Baylor for an important Big 12 road win. CBT’s Rob Dauster has more on why this was a big statement for Oklahoma to make.

No. 20 Duke 88, NC State 78: Grayson Allen scored 28 points and Brandon Ingram added 25 as the Blue Devils ended their three-game losing streak. What was important in this win was the fact that Duke held its own on the defensive glass, something that did not happen in those losses to Clemson, Notre Dame and Syracuse.

Oregon 86, UCLA 72: The question of who the best team in the Pac-12 is may not be resolved for quite some time, but after this week there’s no doubt that the Ducks deserve to be in the mix. Oregon moved to 5-3 in conference play with their win over UCLA, completing a sweep of the L.A. schools in the process. They’ve got scoring options at each position, and in Chris Boucher and Jordan Bell the Ducks have two rim protectors to call upon defensively. Dillon Brooks led the way Saturday with 25 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Wichita State 88, Bradley 54: The Shockers are healthy and rolling. They’re 8-0 in the Missouri Valley and already have a win at Northern Iowa under their belt. I’m not sure if they’re going to be able to land an at-large, but I do know this: you don’t want to see them in the NCAA tournament.

STARRED

Kevin Punter, Tennessee: Scoring a career-high 36 points was the senior who was 6-for-11 from 3-point range in an upset win over No. 24 South Carolina. Punter was also 14-for-15 from the free-throw line and helped the Volunteers close out a tight win.

Grayson Allen, Duke: It’s easy to snap a three-game losing streak when you’re all-american pops off for 28 points, seven assists and seven boards.

Jahmal McMurray, USF: McMurray played all 40 minutes Saturday, scoring 30 points to lead the Bulls to a 71-62 win at Houston.

Elijah Brown, New Mexico: Brown came off the bench to score 33 points on 15 shots as the Lobos picked up a win at San Jose State.

STRUGGLED

Butler’s Supporting Cast: Bulldogs not named Roosevelt Jones, Kellen Dunham and Kelan Martin were 2-for-14 from the floor with just 11 points as Butler lost at Creighton to fall to 2-5 in the Big East.

Wade Baldwin IV, Vanderbilt: Baldwin shot just 1-for-9 from the field, scoring seven points in the Commodores’ 19-point loss at No. 23 Kentucky.

Baylor: The Bears put together one of the ugliest defensive performances we’ve seen this season. Details here.

Cinmeon Bowers, Auburn: Bowers was 2-for-13 from the floor with three turnovers as the Tigers lost by 32 points at Florida.

Boston College: Notre Dame entered the day ranked 224th in defensive efficiency on KenPom. They lost star point guard Demetrius Jackson midway through the first half. And Boston College managed just 49 points on 28.6 percent shooting against them. That’s not good.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • No. 3 Kansas rebounded from its disappointing loss at Oklahoma State by coming back to beat Texas 76-67. Perry Ellis scored 26 points and Wayne Selden Jr. 19 for the Jayhawks.
  • James Farr was outstanding off the bench, racking up 24 points and 15 rebounds, as No. 5 Xavier beat Seton Hall 84-76. The senior forward also had four assists and three blocked shots.
  • Another Big 12 team that rebounded from a loss earlier in the week was No. 6 West Virginia, which won 80-76 at Texas Tech. Jaysean Paige scored 22 points off the bench and Tarik Phillip added 20 for the Mountaineers.
  • Despite only shooting 36 percent from the field, No. 15 Miami beat Wake Forest at home for an ACC win. Ja’Quan Newton had 18 points for the Hurricanes.
  • No. 17 Louisville made the plays it needed to make down the stretch as they beat Georgia Tech 75-71 in Atlanta. Damion Lee led five Cardinals in double figures with 17 points, and Anas Mahmoud scored a career-high 15 in the win.
  • Maurice Watson Jr. scored 18 of his 20 points in the second half as Creighton beat No. 18 Butler 72-64. The win is a big one for the Bluejays, who are looking to return to the NCAA tournament after missing out last season.
  • No. 19 Iowa State followed up their win over No. 1 Oklahoma with a 73-60 win at TCU. Monte Morris led the way offensively with 18 points for the Cyclones, who limited TCU to 39.1 percent shooting.
  • No. 20 Duke ended its losing streak with an 88-78 win at NC State, a place where they’d lost the last three meetings. Grayson Allen scored 28 points and Brandon Ingram 25 to lead the way for the Blue Devils.
  • No. 23 Kentucky won its 31st consecutive home game, beating Vanderbilt 76-57. Tyler Ulis scored 21 points and dished out five assists and Jamal Murray added 18 points and seven boards.
  • No. 24 South Carolina suffered its second loss of the season, as they fell at Tennessee 78-69. Kevin Punter led all scorers with 36 points, while Michael Carrera led the Gamecocks with 22 points and eight boards.
  • No. 25 Indiana started the game on a 10-0 run and never looked back as they throttled Northwestern at home. The Hoosiers moved to 7-0 in the Big Ten, but how good are they?

NOTABLES

  • Notre Dame blew out Boston College in the ACC despite a hamstring injury from guard Demetrius Jackson. Head coach Mike Brey said Jackson was day-to-day after the game as Bonzie Colson and Steve Vasturia stepped up for 16 points each.
  • Ben Simmons finished with 23 points, eight rebounds and five assists while Tim Quarterman had the game-winning bucket as LSU beat Alabama on the road in the SEC.
  • UConn beat Georgetown at home for a non-conference win as Rodney Purvis had 17 points and Sterling Gibbs added 16 points.
  • Fresno State got a late bucket from Torren Jones (14 points, eight rebounds) to beat Air Force on the road in the Mountain West.
  • Saint Louis beat UMass for an Atlantic 10 road win as Marcus Bartley had 17 points.
  • UNLV shot 14-for-28 from the free throw line as they lost their first game in the Todd Simon era, 65-63, to rival Nevada.
  • Marshall remained a game behind UAB in the loss column in Conference USA thanks to their 78-75 win at Old Dominion. James Kelly led the way with 21 points, 12 rebounds and four steals.
  • Duncan Robinson scored 21 points and Derrick Walton Jr. added 19, 12 rebounds and six assists as Michigan won at Nebraska, 81-68.
  • Playing without the injured Stefan Moody (hamstring), Ole Miss lost 83-77 at rival Mississippi State.
  • Wichita State won again, whipping Bradley 88-54 at home. The Shockers have won nine straight and 12 of their last 13 games.
  • Pittsburgh rebounded from its disappointing loss to NC State with a 74-72 win over Florida State. Jamel Artis and Sterling Smith scored 16 apiece to lead the way.
  • Kyle Wiltjer scored 23 points and Eric McClellan 19 as Gonzaga rebounded from a slow start to win 71-61 at Pacific.

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

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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.