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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Kansas, Vanderbilt, Kentucky earn wins; LSU, Alabama hit with bad losses

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No. 2 Kansas 66, No. 19 Baylor 60: It wasn’t the best game for Kansas but they found a way to win on the road in the Big 12 with a late surge. I have more on why this game was important for Kansas and how some guys stepped up late after poor starts.

Tulsa 74, Temple 55: In an important bubble matchup for both teams, the Golden Hurricane had a huge second half to give themselves a home win in the American. Outscoring Temple 43-26 in the second half, Tulsa was led by 23 points from Pat Birt while James Woodard had 15 points.

Vanderbilt 87, Florida 74: In another bubble game for both teams, Vanderbilt earned a huge road win as they scored 47 points in the second half. With Florida hovering in the 30s in RPI, this is a very good road win for the Commodores as they can’t afford many more losses. Vanderbilt’s Josh Henderson hit an insane 80-foot jumper that might never be duplicated at game speed.

Arkansas 85, LSU 65: With LSU sliding in the SEC recently, they couldn’t afford a loss at Arkansas but they got blown out on the road. Moses Kingsley had 21 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots in the win for the Razorbacks while freshman Ben Simmons led the Tigers with 23 points, 12 rebounds and six assists.

No. 16 Kentucky 78, Alabama 53: Kentucky showed no ill-effects from the Texas A&M and won with ease despite playing without Derek Willis. Tyler Ulis (19 points, 10 rebounds) had another double-double while Jamal Murray had 23 points. Alex Poythress returned from a knee injury to score 14 points.

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Damian Jones, Vanderbilt: In a game that Vanderbilt really needed, Jones played like the lottery pick everyone expected. At Florida, Jones was 12-for-13 from the field for 27 points while he also picked up seven rebounds.

Bryn Forbes, Michigan State: The senior was really rolling as a shooter as he finished with 27 points on 7-for-10 3-point shooting as he was knocking down jumpers from all over the floor.

Marcus Georges-Hunt, Georgia Tech: The Yellow Jackets picked up a two-point win over Clemson as the junior guard scored 25 points and made the game-winning free throws. Georges-Hunt also added five rebounds and four assists.


Everyone on Alabama not named Retin Obasohan: While Obasohan scored 29 points and had a great game in a loss to Kentucky, the rest of his teammates didn’t do much of anything. The rest of Alabama’s offense combined for 24 points on 8-for-25 shooting while Obasohan was 9-for-13 from the floor.

Tim Quarterman, LSU: With the Tigers struggling lately, Quarterman had an off-night in a loss to Arkansas. The junior was 1-for-9 for only three points as he went 1-for-7 from 3-point range and didn’t try to do much attacking the basket.


  • No. 6 Michigan State took down Ohio State for a road win as Bryn Forbes had 27 points on 7-for-10 3-point shooting.


  • Texas Tech earned a win it needed over TCU in the Big 12 to keep its bubble from bursting. Zach Smith had 23 points and eight rebounds to lead the Red Raiders.
  • Ole Miss was a winner over Missouri in the SEC as Stefan Moody had 29 points and eight assists.
  • Minnesota had a blowout win over Rutgers in the Big Ten as Jordan Murphy had 19 points, 14 rebounds and four steals.
  • Virginia Tech got past Boston College in the ACC as Seth Allen had 14 points, four assists and four steals.
  • Dayton avoided a bad loss with a 52-49 overtime win over Saint Louis. Scoochie Smith had 16 points to pace the Flyers.
  • Davidson picked up an Atlantic 10 win over Rhode Island as Peyton Aldridge had 24 points and Jack Gibbs added 17 points.
  • Evansville picked up a road win in the Valley over Bradley as D.J. Balentine had 22 points.
  • Buffalo ran past Kent State in the MAC as CJ Massinburg had 21 points.
  • Georgia Southern got past Georgia State in the Sun Belt as Mike Hughes led with 21 points.
  • Toledo defeated Ball State as senior big man Nathan Boothe had 23 points, eight rebounds, three blocks and three assists.
  • Minor upset in the MAC as Bowling Green bested Ohio. Wesley Alcegaire had 20 points.
  • In another upset in the MAC, Miami (OH) toppled Akron as Geovonie McKnight had 20 points.
  • Eastern Michigan earned a win over Western Michigan as Willie Mangum IV had 16 points.
  • Central Michigan took down Northern Illinois in the MAC as John Simons had 17 points.
  • Marist beat Rider in the MAAC as Kristinn Palsson had 19 points.
  • Saint Peter’s picked up a blowout win over Manhattan as Quadir Welton had 18 points.
  • Army took down Boston in the Patriot League as Kevin Ferguson scored 18 points.
  • Texas A&M-CC got past Abilene Christian in the Southland to stay in second place as Rashawn Thomas had 22 points.

Bubbles brewing with season on horizon

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INDIANAPOLIS — With the coronavirus pandemic already forcing changes for college basketball, a bubble may be brewing in Indianapolis.

Indiana Sports Corp. released a 16-page proposal Friday that calls for turning the city convention center’s exhibition halls and meeting rooms into basketball courts and locker rooms. There would be expansive safety measures and daily COVID-19 testing.

The all-inclusive price starts at $90,000 per team and would cover 20 hotel rooms per traveling party, testing, daily food vouchers ranging from $30-$50 and the cost of game officials. Sports Corp. President Ryan Vaughn said the price depends on what offerings teams or leagues choose.

“The interest has been high,” Vaughn said. “I think as conferences figure out what conference and non-conference schedules are going to look like, we’re we’re a very good option for folks. I would tell you we’ve had conversations with the power six conferences, mid-majors, it’s really kind of all over the Division I spectrum.”

Small wonder: The NCAA this week announced teams could start ramping up workouts Monday, with preseason practices set to begin Oct. 14. Season openers, however, were pushed back to Nov. 25 amid wide-ranging uncertainty about campus safety and team travel in the pandemic.

There is already scrambling going on and some of the marquee early-season tournaments have already been impacted.

The Maui Invitational will be moved from Hawaii to Asheville, North Carolina, with dates still to be determined and organizers clear that everyone involved “will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.” The Batttle 4 Atlantis has been canceled. The Cancun Challenge will be held in Melbourne, Florida, not Mexico.

More changes almost certainly will be coming, including what to do with the ACC-Big Ten Challenge.

“I think we’re past the guesswork on whether we play 20 conference games or more than that,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said Friday. “We’re trying to get everybody set like in terms of MTEs (multi-team events), figuring out when to play the ACC-Big Ten challenge.”

Painter, who was part of the NCAA committee that recommended how to start the season, noted part of the uncertainty stems from differing protocols imposed by campus, city and state officials.

In Indianapolis, Vaughn believes the convention center, nearby hotels, restaurants and downtown businesses, many within walking distance of the venue, could safely accommodate up to 24 teams. The 745,000-square foot facility would feature six basketball courts and two competition courts.

Anyone entering the convention center would undergo saliva-based rapid response testing, which would be sent to a third-party lab for results. Others venues could be added, too, potentially with more fans, if the case numbers decline.

If there is a taker, the event also could serve as a dry run for the 2021 Final Four, also slated for Indy.

“It’s not going to hurt,” Vaughn said. “I can tell you all the planning we’re doing right now is the same for a Final Four that’s been scheduled here for any other year. But it would be nice to have this experience under our belt to see if it can be done.”

Maui Invitational moving to North Carolina during pandemic

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Maui Invitational is moving to the mainland during the coronavirus pandemic.

One of the premier preseason tournaments on the college basketball schedule, the Maui Invitational will be played at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.

Dates for the tournament announced Friday have yet to be finalized. The NCAA announced Wednesday that the college basketball season will begin Nov. 25.

This year’s Maui Invitational field includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

All teams, staff, officials, and personnel will be in a bubble environment that limits their movement and interaction outside the venue.

Burton eligible at Texas Tech after 2 seasons at Wichita State

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LUBBOCK, Texas — Junior guard Jamarius Burton has been granted a waiver from the NCAA that makes him eligible to play this season for Texas Tech after starting 52 games the past two seasons for Wichita State.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard announced the waiver Thursday, which came five months after Burton signed with the Big 12 team.

Burton has two seasons of eligibility remaining, as well as a redshirt season he could utilize. He averaged 10.3 points and 3.4 assists per game as a sophomore at Wichita State, where he played 67 games overall.

Burton is from Charlotte. He helped lead Independence High School to a 31-1 record and the North Carolina Class 4A state championship as a senior there.

NCAA season set to open day before Thanksgiving

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The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball season will begin on Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving.

The Division I Council voted Wednesday to push the start date back from the originally scheduled Nov. 10 as one of several precautions against the spread of coronavirus.

The later start date coincides with the decision most schools made to send students home from Thanksgiving until January out of concern about a potential late-fall and early-winter flareup of COVID-19. Closed campuses could serve as a quasi bubble for players and provide a window for non-conference games.

The maximum number of regular-season games has been reduced from 31 to 27. The minimum number of games for consideration for the NCAA Tournament was cut from 25 to 13.

Teams can start preseason practices Oct. 14 but will be allowed to work out 12 hours per week beginning Monday.

No scrimmages against other teams or exhibitions are allowed.

In other action, the council voted to extend the recruiting dead period for all sports through Dec. 31. In-person recruiting is not allowed during a dead period, though phone calls and other correspondence are allowed.

The men’s and women’s basketball oversight committees had jointly recommended a start date of Nov. 21, which would have allowed for games to be played on the weekend before Thanksgiving. The council opted not to do that to avoid a conflict with regular-season football games.

The council is scheduled to meet again Oct. 13-14 and could delay the start date and change other pieces of the basketball framework if circumstances surrounding the virus warrant.

UConn’s Tyrese Martin granted waiver to play this season

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STORRS, Conn. — UConn swingman Tyrese Martin, who transferred from Rhode Island in April, has been granted a waiver that will allow him to play for the Huskies this season.

The 6-foot-6 junior averaged 12.8 points and 7.1 rebounds and started every game last season for URI, where he was recruited by current UConn coach Dan Hurley.

NCAA rules require undergraduate transfers to sit out a season, but the organization has been more lenient in granting waivers during the pandemic.

Martin, 21, is expected to compete for playing time at UConn on the wing as both a guard and small forward.