SATURDAY’S SNACKS: Utah, Texas, Miami earned wins over ranked teams

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No. 22 Utah 70, No. 9 Arizona 64: The Utes moved into second place in the PAC-12 with the huge home win over Arizona. CBT’s Rob Dauster has more on Utah’s strong stretch of play.

No. 25 Texas 76, No. 3 Oklahoma 63: Texas ran past Oklahoma when the Sooners couldn’t find offense in the final five minutes. Buddy Hield had 33 points, but the Longhorns had five in double-figures led by Isaiah Taylor’s 18 points. I have more on this one here.

No. 12 Miami 73, No. 11 Louisville 65: Miami’s defense came up big in the late stages of this one as they held the Louisville offense to only one field goal in the last five minutes. I have more on why this one’s important for Miami’s ACC regular season hopes while Louisville might be truly playing for nothing now.

No. 20 Purdue 83, No. 10 Maryland 79: The Boilermakers lent their in-state rival Indiana a helping hand in the Big Ten race, as they beat Maryland by four in West Lafayette. CBT’s Raphielle Johnson has more on the Boilermakers’ rebounding effort, which was the difference in the game.

Vanderbilt 74, No. 16 Kentucky 62: The Commodores added a much-needed quality victory to its résumé, possibly punching their ticket to the NCAA tournament according to CBT’s Rob Dauster. Jamal Murray led Kentucky with 33 points to go along with nine rebounds.

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STARRED

Michael Gbinije, Syracuse: In a game that the Orange couldn’t afford to lose, the senior scored 34 points and went 11-for-18 from the field and 8-for-13 from 3-point range in a win over N.C. State. Gbinije also had six assists, four rebounds and three blocks for the game.

Eric Fanning, Boston University: Fanning accounted for 25 points, 16 rebounds and three assists in the Terriers’ 83-68 win over Holy Cross.

Tim Kempton, Lehigh: 23 points, 18 rebounds and four assists in the Mountain Hawks’ 82-72 win at Army.

Joseph Chartouny, Fordham: Chartouny’s been one of the best freshmen in the Atlantic 10 this season, and he produced his best outing of the season in the Rams’ 91-82 win over Davidson. 24 points, seven rebounds and 13 assists.

STRUGGLED

San Diego State at the foul line: Leading by nine with 1:04 remaining, the Aztecs went 0-for-7 from the foul line in a game they wound up losing 66-63 to Boise State.

Michael Carrera, South Carolina: Carrera finished with six points, shooting 1-for-8 from the field, and eight rebounds in the Gamecocks’ loss at Mississippi State.

Steven Spieth, Brown: Spieth missed all eight of his shot attempts in Brown’s 61-52 home loss to Harvard.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

  • No. 1 Villanova picked up a road win at Marquette in the Big East as Kris Jenkins and Josh Hart both had 19 points.
  • No. 2 Kansas had little trouble taking down Texas Tech at home for a Big 12 win. The victory gives the Jayhawks a share of their 12th consecutive regular season title. Svi Mykhailiuk had 17 points off the bench in the win.
  • No. 14 West Virginia took care of business on the road, beating Oklahoma State 70-56. Devin Williams finished the game with 13 points and 15 rebounds.
  • Matt Thomas scored 20 points and Georges Niang added 17 as No. 17 Iowa State beat Kansas State 80-61 in Ames. The Cyclones were too much for the Wildcats offensively, as they averaged 1.27 points per possession.
  • No. 19 Baylor controlled the action from start to finish as they won 86-71 at TCU. Johnathan Motley and Taurean Prince scored 22 points apiece in the win.
  • No. 21 Texas A&M moved into a tie for first place in the SEC with an 84-69 win at Missouri. Jalen Jones led the way offensively with 20 points while also grabbing six rebounds.
  • Florida State kept its NCAA tournament hopes alive with a 77-56 beating of No. 23 Notre Dame. Dwayne Bacon scored 21 points and Jarquez Smith 14 for the Seminoles.

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Butler beat Georgetown in overtime as Kellen Dunham had 29 points. The win was necessary for the Bulldogs’ at-large hopes.
  • Northwestern clobbered Rutgers as the Scarlet Knights remain winless in the Big Ten. Tre Demps had 24 points to pace the Wildcats.
  • In a battle of bubble teams in the Atlantic 10, VCU took down George Washington as Jonathan Williams had 17 points.
  • Rhode Island defeated Dayton on the road for an Atlantic 10 upset as Jared Terrell had 18 points and Four McGlynn ended up with 16 points.
  • Wichita State was a winner over Illinois State as Fred VanVleet and Anton Grady both scored 16 points.
  • Georgia earned a home SEC win over Ole Miss as J.J. Frazier had 26 points.
  • Mississippi State continues to be a tough out in the SEC as they earned a win over South Carolina. Gavin Ware had 16 points to lead the Bulldogs.
  • Cincinnati picked up a road win in the American over East Carolina as Troy Caupain had 27 points.
  • Temple earned a close win over UCF at home as Obi Enechionyia had 18 points. The Owls move to 12-4 in the American.
  • Georgia Tech defeated Boston College in the ACC as Marcus Georges-Hunt had 23 points, five rebounds and three assists.
  • UAB is the outright Conference USA regular season champion, thanks to the combination of their 71-67 win over Western Kentucky and Marshall’s 83-74 loss at Middle Tennessee.
  • Northern Iowa picked up a road win at Evansville as Wes Washpun had 14 points. The Panthers will be a dangerous team in Arch Madness.
  • Tim Kempton went for 23 points and 18 rebounds as Lehigh locked up the No. 2 seed in the Patriot League tournament with a win over Army.
  • Jimmy Gavin had 31 points as Winthrop beat Campbell to finish tied atop the Big South with High Point. High Point, which beat Winthrop by two Thursday night, will be the top seed in next week’s conference tournament.
  • Hofstra wrapped up the top seed in the CAA tournament with a 72-63 win over Charleston. Joe Mihalich’s Pride closed the regular season with six straight wins.
  • Boise State went on a game-ending 12-0 run to beat San Diego State, 66-63. The loss ends SDSU’s streak of 164 straight wins in game they led with five minutes remaining.
  • Vermont won 76-62 at Stony Brook, sewing up the three seed in next week’s America East tournament. Stony Brook, as the top seed, will have home-court advantage for as long as they’re alive in the event.
  • Stephen F. Austin moved to 15-0 in the Southland with an 82-54 win over Houston Baptist. In two-plus seasons under Brad Underwood, SFA is 54-1 against conference foes (regular season & tournament).
  • Little Rock wrapped up the outright Sun Belt regular season title with a 73-68 win over Texas State. Chris Beard’s Trojans are 26-3, and they’ll be a dangerous team in the NCAA tournament if in the field.
  • Gonzaga held off BYU 71-68 in Provo to claim a share of the WCC regular season title. The Bulldogs finish tied with Saint Mary’s, which will be the top seed as a result of their sweep of the season series with Gonzaga.
  • Yale remained in first place in the Ivy League with a 76-71 overtime win over Dartmouth. The 11-1 Bulldogs are a half-game ahead of Princeton (10-1), with Columbia (9-3) now two games back.
  • Once again playing without Joel Bolomboy, Weber State beat Montana 60-54 in a matchup of the two best teams in the Big Sky. Randy Rahe’s Wildcats now have the head-to-head tiebreaker in the race for the top seed in the conference tournament.
  • Fresno State strengthened its grip on second place in the Mountain West with a 92-82 win at New Mexico. The win is the Bulldogs’ first over New Mexico at The Pit.
  • CSU Bakersfield beat Grand Canyon 77-62, with the result meaning that New Mexico State wins the outright WAC regular season title for a second straight season.

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.