LATE NIGHT SNACKS: No. 8 Maryland gets a signature victory, No. 18 Arizona falls

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: Richmond 98, George Washington 90 (2OT)

After losing games against VCU and Davidson, Richmond picked up a much-needed win at George Washington. ShawnDre’ Jones scored 29 points and Marshall Wood 22 for the Spiders, who outscored the Colonials 13-5 in the second overtime period. Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino scored 17 points apiece for George Washington, which is now three games behind first-place VCU in the Atlantic 10 standings.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 8 Maryland 74, No. 3 Iowa 68: The Terrapins added a quality win to their résumé while also closing the gap atop the Big Ten standings with a win over the previously undefeated(in league play) Hawkeyes in College Park. Robert Carter Jr. and Rasheed Sulaimon scored 17 points apiece to lead the way, and defensively Maryland limited Iowa to 37.5 percent shooting in the second half.

And as Rob Dauster notes, Maryland managed to get the win despite a quiet night from their best player.

No. 23 Oregon 83, No. 18 Arizona 75: Thanks to the Ducks, Wichita State now has the nation’s longest home win streak (42 games). Oregon ended Arizona’s 49-game streak in impressive fashion, with Dillon Brooks leading five in double figures with 24 points. Oregon proved tough for the Wildcats to defend, and Arizona’s 19 turnovers didn’t help matters either. This is quite the shift from last season, when Arizona won all three meetings by large margins with the closest being an 18-point in in Eugene.

Washington 86, UCLA 84: Two Andrew Andrews free throws with 3.4 seconds remaining ensured that the Huskies wouldn’t lose a game they led by as much as 17 in the first half. Noah Dickerson led six Huskies in double figures with 15 points, and as a result of the win Washington remains tied for first in the Pac-12 with Oregon. Bryce Alford (28 points) got hot in the second half for UCLA, but the Bruins were unable to complete the comeback at Pauley Pavilion.

STARRED

Matt Scott, Niagara: Scott scored 32 points, grabbed 13 rebounds and dished out five assists in the Purple Eagles’ win at Marist.

Brandon Peel, Central Connecticut State: 22 points, 18 rebounds and five assists in the Blue Devils’ win over Bryant.

Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga: Wiltjer scored 35 points, shooting 10-for-15 from the field, in the Bulldogs’ win over Santa Clara.

Eastern Washington: The Eagles shot 20-for-31 from three in a 112-83 home win over Portland State.

STRUGGLED

Quinnipiac: The Bobcats shot 21.7 percent from the field in their 66-51 home loss to Monmouth.

Gary Payton II, Oregon State: Payton dished out seven assists but had as many turnovers as points (two), shooting 1-for-7 from the field in an 86-68 loss at Arizona State.

Kavon Steward, Robert Morris: Five points on 1-for-8 shooting and five turnovers in the Colonials’ 70-49 loss at Mount St. Mary’s.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 12 Michigan State took care of business at Northwestern, shooting 16-for-26 from three in their 76-45 beating of the Wildcats. Denzel Valentine scored 19 points and Matt McQuaid 17 for the Spartans, who have won two straight.
  • No. 25 Notre Dame played without the injured Demetrius Jackson and struggled, as they shot 41.8 percent from the field in an 81-66 loss at Syracuse. Trevor Cooney scored 22 points and Malachi Richardson and Tyler Lydon added 15 apiece for the Orange, who have won four of their last five games.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Gary Clark’s three-point play with 10.4 seconds remaining gave Cincinnati a 58-57 win at UConn. Clark and Farad Cobb scored 13 apiece to lead the Bearcats, but they now have to figure out the status of senior Shaq Thomas. Thomas left the game in the second half with a foot injury and did not return.
  • In a matchup of two teams tied atop the CAA, UNCW won at James Madison 78-73. Kevin Keatts’ team is now tied atop the CAA standings with Hofstra, which held off Elon at home.
  • College of Charleston came back from a 20-point second half deficit to beat Northeastern 68-63 in overtime. Cameron Johnson scored 21 points for the Cougars in the win.
  • Wofford knocked off ETSU 87-73 at home, dropping the Pirates out of a tie for first in the SoCon with Chattanooga. Spencer Collins led the way for the Terriers with 24 points, six rebounds and four assists.
  • Monmouth picked up a 66-51 win at Quinnipiac, with the home team grabbing a staggering 22 offensive rebounds. The problem for QU: they shot 21.7 percent, which is why they had so many offensive rebound opportunities.
  • UTEP’s road struggles continued as they lost 71-58 at Southern Miss. Tim Floyd’s Miners are now 0-6 in true road games this season.
  • Belmont moved to 8-0 in the OVC with a 72-63 win at Jacksonville State. Evan Bradds scored 30 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Rick Byrd’s Bruins.
  • In a matchup of two of the best teams in the WAC, Grand Canyon beat CSU Bakersfield 70-64 in Phoenix. Grandy Glaze led the Antelopes with 24 points and 13 rebounds.
  • Little Rock moved to 8-1 in the Sun Belt with an 80-67 win over Georgia Southern. Marcus Johnson scored 24 for Chris Beard’s Trojans, who are now 18-2 on the season.
  • Weber State moved into a tie for first in the Big Sky with a 76-66 win over Northern Arizona. Joel Bolomboy finished with 17 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Ohio State outlasted Illinois 68-63 in overtime in Champaign. Trevor Thompson scored 16 points off the bench and Keita Bates-Diop tallied 15 points, ten boards and three blocks.
  • Kyle Wiltjer scored 35 points and Domantas Sabonis added 12 and 17 boards as Gonzaga beat Santa Clara, 84-67.
  • Pepperdine, which started WCC play 0-2, has now won seven of its last eight games after beating San Diego 75-65 with Stacy Davis IV scoring a season-high 25 points.
  • USC remained undefeated at home as they beat Washington State 81-71. Katin Reinhardt led five Trojans in double figures with 18 points, with Wazzu’s Ike Iroegbu leading all scorers with 21 while also dishing out six assists.
  • BYU rolled to an 87-62 win over Loyola Marymount, rebounding from a slow start. Kyle Davis scored 19 points and Chase Fischer 17 for the Cougars, who had five players score in double figures.
  • Nick Faust scored a career-high 34 points as Long Beach State beat UCSB 80-70 in overtime. Next up for the 49ers is an important Big West matchup at Hawai’i, which is tied with UC Irvine atop the conference standings.

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

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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.