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LATE NIGHT SNACKS: Recapping College Basketballs Opening Day

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GAMES OF THE NIGHT: No. 11 Indiana 103, No. 3 Kansas 99 OT

The Hoosiers picked up a massive win on Friday night over No. 3 Kansas, a win that is going to look better and better as the season moves along.

No. 10 Arizona 65, No. 12 Michigan State 63

In the opening game out in Hawaii, the Wildcats picked off Michigan State and Miles Bridges thanks to a game-winning layup from Kadeem Allen with 1.9 seconds left on the clock. Tom Izzo is not going to be happy when he sees his team’s final defensive possession.


Wagner 67, No. 18 UConn 58: The Huskies were the only team in the top 25 to lose to an unranked opponent on Friday night as they fell to Wagner. UConn was outrebounded, shot just 31 percent from three and got a 4-for-15 performance from Jalen Adams.

No. 17 Saint Mary’s 81, Nevada 63: The Gaels kicked off their season with a dominating, never-in-doubt win over Nevada, who looks like they might actually be one of the top three teams in the Mountain West. Jock Landale led the way with 33 points and nine boards on 15-for-20 shooting.

Clemson 74, Georgia 64: Believe it or not, this was actually a bubble relevant outcome because … both of these teams are going to be on the bubble. Marquise Reed led the way with 19 points.

Chattanooga 82, Tennessee 69: The Mocs picked up where they left off last season, by beating their fourth high-major team on the road in the last two years. They play at UNC on Sunday.

Marquette 95, Vanderbilt 71: It was not a banner day in the SEC. Vandy actually led this game at halftime.


Justin Jackson, North Carolina: Jackson went for a career-high 27 points as the Tar Heels cruised past Tulane in New Orleans. Jackson becoming one of the ACC’s best wing scorers is critical for the Tar Heels this season.

Caleb Swanigan, Purdue: Swanigan had 23 points, 20 boards and six assists in a 109-65 win over McNeese State. He joined Ben Simmons and Blake Griffin as the only players to post a 20-20-5 game in the last decade.

Lonzo Ball, UCLA: No. 16 UCLA put up 119 points on Pacific, and while Bryce Alford – 30 points, six threes – was the high-scorer, it was Ball’s 19 points, 11 assists, eight boards and two steals that had everyone talking.

Ethan Telfair, Idaho State: He had 25 points, 12 boards, 10 assists and six steals. The Bengals still lost.


Penn State: Pat Chambers needs a big year to save his job. Getting mollywhopped at home by Albany is not the best way to start that season off.

Boston College: The Eagles actually lost to Nicholls State coming off a year where they went 0-19 in the ACC.

Dennis Smith Jr., N.C. State: In his first collegiate game, Smith had 11 points and five assists on 3-for-13 shooting while leaving during the second half with a thigh issue. The Wolfpack won by two over Georgia Southern.

TOP 25

  • Playing without their three star freshmen, No. 1 Duke still steamrolled Marist.
  • No. 2 Kentucky blew out Stephen F. Austin, but one thing to note: Their three guards went 13-for-34 from the floor and 2-for-11 from three.
  • Jalen Brunson’s 17 points paced No. 4 Villanova in a blowout win over Lafayette.
  • Tyler Dorsey led six Ducks in double-figures with 21 points as No. 5 Oregon knocked off Army, 91-77.
  • Edmond Sumner and Trevon Bluiett combined for 49 points, 15 boards and nine assists as No. 7 Xavier avoided an upset against Lehigh.
  • No. 8 Virginia blew out UNC Greensboro and no one on the team scored more than 15 points. That’s so UVA.
  • Bronson Koenig had 16 points and Nigel Hayes had 14 points and five assists in a win over Central Arkansas for No. 9 Wisconsin.
  • It took a while to wake up, but No. 13 Louisville eventually beat down Evansville at the Yum! Center.
  • Silas Melson led the way with 17 points for No. 14 Gonzaga in a win over Utah Valley.
  • No. 19 Syracuse answered our questions about their point guard play with Franklin Howard and John Gillon combining for 24 points and 15 assists in a blowout win over Colgate.
  • No. 20 West Virginia opened their season with a 28-point win over Mount St. Mary’s.
  • Kendall Yancy led five players in double-figures, but No. 21 Texas needed every minute to knock off Incarnate Word.
  • Marcus Foster and Mo Watson combined for 36 points and 11 assists as No. 22 Creighton beat UMKC.
  • 21 points, three assists, three steals. I think No. 23 Rhode Island‘s E.C. Matthews is healthy.
  • Monte’ Morris had 21 points and 11 assists while Naz Long added 18 points, 10 boards and seven assists for No. 24 Iowa State.
  • Terps fans should get used to this: Melo Trimble had 22 points and provided the heroics as No. 25 Maryland won a close game.

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.