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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Kentucky, Oklahoma, Indiana earn good wins

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 12 Indiana 81, No. 16 Iowa 78

The Hoosiers will be the outright Big Ten champions after holding off Iowa and winning on the road. Iowa had a look to tie at the end but missed it. Yogi Ferrell led Indiana with 20 points and five assists.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

No. 22 Kentucky 88, Florida 79: Kentucky picked up an important win on the road to stabilize themselves and Florida lost another game while they sit on the bubble. Skal Labissiere (11 points, eight rebounds) had his best minutes in a long time while Jamal Murray and Tyler Ulis were both solid.

No. 3 Oklahoma 73, No. 19 Baylor 71: Oklahoma jumped out to a huge lead in the first half and almost collapsed in the second half. I have more on why this pattern of behavior is concerning for Oklahoma.

BUBBLE BANTER: How do Tuesday’s results factor into the bubble?

STARRED

Kris Jenkins, Villanova: It didn’t take much for Villanova to run past DePaul but Jenkins had 31 points and was 11-for-18 from the floor and 8-for-14 from 3-point range in the win.

Grayson Allen, Duke: The Blue Devils got 30 points, five rebounds and five steals from the sophomore in a road win over Wake Forest. Allen was 7-for-16 from the floor and also got to the free-throw line frequently as he went 14-for-19.

OTHER TOP 25 RESULTS

OTHER NOTABLE RESULTS

  • Vanderbilt won a game it couldn’t lose over Tennessee in the SEC as Wade Baldwin had 17 points, seven assists and six rebounds.
  • LSU beat Missouri at home for a SEC win as Ben Simmons had 22 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists.
  • Marquette beat Georgetown at home for a Big East win as Luke Fischer had 23 points and five rebounds.
  • San Diego State raced past New Mexico in the Mountain West as Malik Pope scored 20 points.
  • Dayton was able to hold off Richmond in the Atlantic 10 as Scoochie Smith had 26 points.
  • George Washington won’t get much bubble help beating George Mason but it doesn’t hurt as Kevin Larsen and Patricio Garino each had 17 points.
  • Roger Woods scored 30 points as Arkansas-Little Rock moved to 27-3 with a win over Arkansas State in the Sun Belt.
  • Utah State took down Air Force in the Mountain West as Chris Smith and Jalen Moore both had 23 points.
  • Central Michigan beat Ball State in a battle of the top two teams in the MAC’s West Division as Chris Fowler had 20 points.
  • Kent State beat Bowling Green in the MAC as Jimmy Hall had 22 points.
  • Western Michigan defeated Toledo in the MAC as Thomas Wilder and Tucker Haymond both had 18 points.
  • Eastern Michigan held off Northern Illinois in the MAC as Tim Bond finished with 17 points.
  • Miami of Ohio beat Buffalo in the MAC as Geovonie McKnight had 21 points.
  • Ohio beat Akron in the MAC as Kwan Cheatham Jr. led with 21 points.
  • UT-Arlington beat Texas State in the Sun Belt as Kaelon Wilson had 13 points.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

  • Florida Gulf Coast knocked off Kennesaw State in the Atlantic Sun conference tournament quarterfinals as Christian Terrell led with 15 points.
  • North Florida also advanced in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals with a win over South Carolina Upstate. Dallas Moore led with 22 points.
  • Lipscomb beat Jacksonville in overtime in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals as J.C. Hampton had 35 points.
  • In the final Atlantic Sun quarterfinal, Stetson got past NJIT for the upset as Derick Newton had 28 points and 11 rebounds.
  • In the first round of the Patriot League conference tournament, Navy beat Lafayette as Tilman Dunbar went for 22 points.
  • Staying in the Patriot League first round, Holy Cross knocked off Loyola (MD) as Malachi Alexander had 24 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.