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  • Top recruit Wiseman picks Memphis
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    All-American James Wiseman, a five-star recruit considered one of the top three recruits in the Class of 2019, is staying home to play his college ball at Memphis.

    • Memphis head coach Penny Hardaway coached Wiseman in high school and AAU basketball, and the Tigers were the last of the five finalists to host an official visit on Oct. 27.

      Florida State, Kansas, Kentucky, Memphis and Vanderbilt were identified as finalists by the 7-foot Wiseman, who attends Memphis East High School in Tennessee. Hardaway was the team's coach last season when they claimed the state championship.

      Wiseman announced his decision Tuesday morning in an exclusive arrangement with ESPN.

      Earlier Tuesday, one of the top recruits in the Class of 2020 -- Atlanta guard Anthony Edwards -- reclassified to the class of '19. He immediately became the top-ranked player in the class, leapfrogging Wiseman, according to 247Sports.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Freshmen lift No. 1 Duke over San Diego St.
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 20, 2018

    R.J. Barrett scored 20 points to lead five Blue Devils in double figures as No. 1 Duke opened play in the Maui Invitational by drubbing San Diego State 90-64 on Monday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

    • Duke's top four scorers were freshmen, with Cam Reddish scoring 16 points, Tre Jones adding 14 points and Zion Williamson chipping in with 13 points. Each of them made at least one 3-point basket.

      Reddish, who sat out the second half of a game last week because of general soreness, was clicking pretty much from the get-go. Jack White added 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds for the Blue Devils, who have won all four games this season by double-digit margins.

      Duke (4-0) faces No. 8 Auburn in Tuesday's semifinal round. San Diego State (2-1) takes on the Musketeers in the consolation bracket.

      No. 3 Gonzaga 84, Illinois 78

      The Bulldogs survived a ragged performance and a 27-point second half by the Illini's Trent Frazier to eke out a win in the final first-round game of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Five players scored in double figures for the Bulldogs (4-0), led by Rui Hachimura with 23 points. Zach Norvell Jr. added 15, while Jeremy Jones chipped in 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Gonzaga will oppose Arizona in a semifinal game Tuesday while Illinois will oppose Iowa State in the consolation bracket.

      Frazier led all scorers with 29 points, connecting on six 3-pointers in the second half, including a four-point play with 1:01 left to pull the Fighting Illini (1-2) within 80-78. However, Frazier airballed an open 3-point attempt with17 seconds remaining, and Gonzaga put the game away.

      No. 6 Nevada 90, Cal Baptist 55

      Jordan Brown scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack as the Wolf Pack cruised to a nonconference victory over the Lancers in Reno, Nev.

      Caleb Martin finished with 14 points and five steals and Trey Porter added 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack (4-0).

      Milan Acquaah and Jordan Heading scored 12 points apiece for Cal Baptist (2-2).

      No. 7 North Carolina 101, St. Francis (Pa.) 76

      Cameron Johnson scored 20 points and reserve Nassir Little notched 19 as the Tar Heels put away the stubborn Red Flash in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      Coby White's 16 points and Brandon Robinson's 11 points added to another big offensive outing for the Tar Heels, who have won three home games in a row.

      Little had three-point plays on consecutive possessions as part of a personal stretch of eight straight North Carolina points as the Tar Heels pulled away.

      No. 8 Auburn 88, Xavier 79 (OT)

      Bryce Brown and Jared Harper scored five points each in overtime as the Tigers fought off an upset bid from the Musketeers to prevail in the opening game of the Maui Invitational.

      The Tigers (4-0) will next face No. 1 Duke, and the Musketeers (2-2) will face San Diego State. Both games will be played Tuesday.

      Brown scored a game-high 26 points, Harper had 25 and the Tigers outscored the Musketeers 11-2 in overtime. Chuma Okeke added 13 points and seven rebounds, and Austin Wiley came off the bench to score 11.

      No. 12 Kansas State 82, Missouri 67

      The Wildcats used a 15-0 run wrapped around halftime to defeat the Tigers in the championship game of the Paradise Jam in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. It was the first regular-season tournament title for the Wildcats since 2011.

      The Wildcats (5-0), who had made 13 3-pointers in four previous games, made 12 against the Tigers. The Wildcats shot 54.5 percent from the field, including 50 percent from 3-point range.

      Kansas State had four players in double figures, led by Dean Wade with 21 points. Barry Brown Jr. had 19 points, Xavier Sneed had 13 and Kamau Stokes had 10. Jordan Geist led Missouri (3-2) with 24 points.

      No. 14 Florida State 93, Canisius 61

      The Seminoles improved to 3-0 with a win against the Golden Griffins in the opening game of the AdvoCare Invitational in Tallahassee, Fla.

      Mfiondu Kabengele led the Seminoles with a career-high 18 points and six rebounds. Terance Mann and M.J. Walker added 12 points each for Florida State.

      Canisius (1-2), down 15 points at halftime, stormed out of the locker room and opened the second half on a 14-5 run to cut the Seminoles' lead to 47-41 with just over 13 minutes left to play. However, Florida State responded with a run of its own, outscoring the Golden Griffins 14-3 over the next three minutes to pull comfortably back ahead 61-44 with 10 minutes left in the game.

      Arizona State 72, No. 15 Mississippi State 67

      Kimani Lawrence scored a career-high 22 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 37 seconds remaining, as the Sun Devils knocked off the Bulldogs in the semifinals of the MGM Resorts Main Event in Las Vegas.

      The Sun Devils will play Utah State in the tournament final Wednesday. Mississippi State will oppose Saint Mary's in a consolation game.

      Luguentz Dort had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Sun Devils (4-0), who lost all of an 18-point, first-half lead before recovering in the final minute. Aric Holman compiled 22 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Bulldogs (3-1), who had risen two spots in the latest AP Top 25 released Monday.

      No. 16 Clemson 72, Akron 69

      The Tigers shook off the Zips in the final minutes and opened the 2018 Cayman Islands Classic with a victory in a mid-morning tipoff at George Town.

      Clemson (4-0) had four players score in double figures, led by Shelton Mitchell with 22 points. The Tigers will meet Georgia on Tuesday, and the Zips will oppose Illinois State.

      Loren Cristian Jackson hit a 3-pointer to pull Akron within 63-59 with 2:58 left in the game before the Zips (3-1) hit the snooze button on the offensive end. Clemson kept Akron scoreless for the next 2:31.

      No. 17 UCLA 80, Presbyterian 65

      Jaylen Hill collected 20 rebounds and Jaylen Hands scored 19 points as the host Bruins fought off the Blue Hose.

      Hill is the first UCLA player to record 20 or more rebounds in a game since Kevin Love grabbed 21 against Oregon State on Jan. 26, 2008. Hill's efforts helped the Bruins (4-0) hold a 54-32 edge on the boards.

      Adam Flagler made seven 3-pointers on his way to 29 points for Presbyterian (3-3). Francois Lewis added 10 points for the Blue Hose, who trimmed a 24-point, second-half deficit to three before missing their next nine field-goal attempts.

      --Field Level Media

  • Bowen files racketeering suit against Adidas
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Former five-star prospect Brian Bowen II filed a federal racketeering lawsuit against Adidas on Monday, less than a month after three men were found guilty of wire fraud in a college basketball corruption case that was at the center of an FBI investigation.

    • Bowen's lawsuit alleges that Adidas and its associates engaged in bribery, fraud and money laundering and claims their actions led to Bowen's loss of eligibility and athletic development.

      Bowen's lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in South Carolina and names James Gatto, Merl Code, Christian Dawkins, Munish Sood, Thomas "T.J." Gassnola and Christopher Rivers. Gatto, Code and Dawkins were found guilty in last month's trial.

      "Adidas has thus far infiltrated college basketball with complete impunity," lead attorney Mullins McLeod said in a statement. "It is now time for them to answer for what they have done and to suffer the consequences of their corporate misconduct. Brian is an exceptional young man who is determined to right this wrong and to do his part to help free other student athletes from corporate corruption that has no place in college basketball."

      Bowen committed to attend Louisville in June 2017 but never played for the Cardinals. The school initially suspended him after FBI allegations that his father, Brian Bowen Sr., received $100,000 for his son's commitment, and later announced that Bowen wouldn't be playing for the program.

      The scandal also led to the firing of longtime coach Rick Pitino.

      Bowen later selected South Carolina as his next school but declared for the NBA Draft when he learned the NCAA was going to make him sit out the entire 2018-19 season and possibly longer. He went undrafted and is currently playing for the Sydney Kings in Australia's National Basketball League.

      Bowen claims he knew nothing about the actions of his father. Brian Bowen Sr. admitted during the trial that he received money from Louisville assistant coach Kenny Johnson and also outlined offers he received from Arizona, Creighton, Oklahoma State and Texas.

      Bowen is coming off the bench for Sydney and is averaging 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds in eight games.

      "I've just tried to take things day by day and really try to not worry about the other stuff," Bowen recently told SydneyKings.com of the situation in the U.S. "Whatever is happening over there is happening, but I'm just trying to focus on other things here I can truly handle and control."

      Sydney coach Andrew Gaze, a former Seton Hall player and Australian pro star, said Bowen is making progress as a player.

      "He's prepared to listen, he's got a good work ethic, he picks up instructions well and I think he's got a very good basketball IQ," Gaze told the team website. "His athleticism and his innate skills are there for all to see, but I think it's those other assets that he has that will be the determining factor if he continues to grow with us and then ultimately achieves his goal of making the NBA."

      Gatto, Code and Dawkins were each found guilty of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in last month's college basketball corruption trial in New York.

      Gatto, a former Adidas executive, was found guilty on all three of his counts. Dawkins, a former runner for agent Andy Miller, and Code, a former Adidas consultant, were found guilty on two counts apiece.

      Sentencing is slated for March 5.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 16 VT edges No. 23 Purdue
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 19, 2018

    Three players scored more than 20 points for No. 16 Virginia Tech on Sunday night as the Hokies made up a double-digit deficit to beat No. 23 Purdue 89-83 for the Charleston (S.C.) Classic championship.

    • Nickeil Alexander-Walker pumped in 25 points while playing the full 40 minutes for the Hokies (4-0). Justin Robinson and Ahmed Hill each added 23, and Kerry Blackshear contributed 13 points, including a driving layup just before the shot clock expired for an 87-81 lead with 39.8 seconds left.

      Carsen Edwards scored a game-high 26 points for the Boilermakers (4-1). He added seven assists but committed six turnovers. Evan Boudreaux chipped in 18 points and seven rebounds, while Ryan Cline drilled four 3-pointers and tallied 14 points.

      No. 10 Kentucky 92, VMI 82

      The Wildcats (3-1) used a dominant inside game to overpower the Keydets (3-2) in Lexington, Ky., outrebounding VMI 43-22 and winning the points-in-the-paint battle 42-14.

      PJ Washington powered the Wildcats' inside game with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Grad transfer Reid Travis had 22 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Quade Green came off the bench for 17 points, 12 in the second half.

      VMI, which outscored the Wildcats 48-44 in the second half, got 35 points from Bubba Parham. He hit 11 of 20 shots, including 10 of 16 from 3-point range.

      No. 11 Michigan State 101, Tennessee Tech 33

      Nick Ward scored 23 points on 10-for-12 shooting as the Spartans used a 30-0 run to overwhelm the Golden Eagles in a preliminary-round game of the Las Vegas Invitational at East Lansing, Mich.

      The 68-point victory tied the Michigan State school record set in a 121-53 victory over Morehead State on Dec. 1, 1992. Cassius Winston added 19 points and six assists, and fellow guard Joshua Langford had 16 points and five assists for the Spartans (3-1).

      Micaiah Henry and Garrett Golday led Tennessee Tech (0-5) with six points apiece.

      No. 12 Kansas State 64, Penn 48

      The Wildcats used a stellar defensive effort to defeat the Quakers in the second semifinal of the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

      Kansas State (4-0) will play Missouri in the championship game Monday night. Missouri defeated Oregon State 69-63 in the first semifinal. Penn (4-1) will face Oregon State in the third-place game.

      Dean Wade led the Wildcats with 17 points. Kamau Stokes added 16 and Xavier Sneed scored 11. Penn's Devon Goodman led all scorers with 18 points while Michael Wang added 14.

      No. 18 Michigan 66, Providence 47

      Ignas Brazdeikis powered for 20 points and seven rebounds as the Wolverines rolled to a 66-47 victory over the Friars in the championship game of the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Uncasville, Conn.

      Jon Teske supplied a career-high 17 points and grabbed six rebounds for Michigan (5-0). The tournament title capped a big week for the Wolverines, who blew out No. 8 Villanova on the road, then dominated George Washington in the semifinals of the tournament before routing the Friars (3-2).

      Providence was led by freshman David Duke's 12 points. Alpha Diallo and Nate Watson each added 10 points, but the Friars were held to 28.1 percent shooting. Michigan shot 44.2 percent.

      --Field Level Media

  • Manek boosts Oklahoma past Wofford
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 18, 2018

    Brady Manek scored 18 points and added 11 rebounds as host Oklahoma beat Wofford, 75-64, on Sunday afternoon at Lloyd Noble Center.

    • It was Manek's third consecutive double-double to start the season. Last year as a freshman, Manek had no double-doubles and only reached double figures in rebounds once.

      Oklahoma used a 10-1 run over a 2:17 stretch late in the second half to take the lead for good and start putting some separation between itself and the Terriers.

      Miles Reynolds scored six of those points, including on a transition layup.

      The Sooners continued to stretch their lead from there, reeling off a 9-0 run immediately after to start to put the game away.

      To that point, the game had been close throughout, with the Sooners never leading by more than six points until that second-half burst, and Wofford never leading by more than four.

      Christian James added 15 points for the Sooners (3-0). Reynolds finished with 12 points, all in the second half.

      Matt Freeman added 11 points off the bench, his highest scoring total since scoring 13 in the season opener a year ago. All of Freeman's points came in the first half, when he hit 3-of-4 from behind the 3-point line.

      Fletcher Magee led the Terriers (2-2) with 19 points, 13 in the first half. In the second half, the Sooners locked in defensively on Magee, holding him to 2-of-8 shooting after the break. Magee was just 5-for-13 13 on threes.

      Cameron Jackson added 11 points, while Storm Murphy and Nathan Hoover scored 10 each for Wofford.

      The Sooners scored the game's first six points, as the Terriers missed their first six shots before hitting seven of their next 11 shots to stay close.

      Wofford stayed in the game early thanks to seven first-half 3-pointers, but was just 3-for-15 from behind the arc in the second half. The Terriers missed 10 of 11 field goals during Oklahoma's big run.

      Wofford was just 6-for-13 from the free-throw line.

  • Top 25 roundup: Furman stuns No. 8 Villanova
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    All five Furman starters scored in double figures as the Paladins shocked No. 8 Villanova 76-68 in overtime Saturday at Villanova, Pa.

    • The outcome capped a disappointing week for the defending national champion Wildcats, who lost twice at home. Villanova (2-2) was coming off a 27-point loss to Michigan earlier in the week in a rematch of April's national championship game.

      Prior to Saturday, Villanova had been the only team not to lose back-to-back games since the start of the 2013-14 season.

      In the last minute of overtime, Matt Rafferty's jumper and Jordan Lyons' two free throws helped the Paladins (5-0) build a 71-63 lead. Lyons finished with 17 points, while Rafferty and Clay Mounce, who fouled out in the extra session, finished with 15 apiece. Rafferty also pulled in 17 rebounds.

      No. 18 Michigan 84, George Washington 61

      Charles Matthews had 25 points, Jordan Poole set a career high with 22 points and the Wolverines cruised past the Colonials in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament at Uncasville, Conn.

      Matthews, who shot 10-for-13 from the field, also supplied six rebounds and three assists. Zavier Simpson approached a triple-double with 14 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists, and Isaiah Livers added 11 points for Michigan (4-0).

      DJ Williams led George Washington (0-4) with 16 points, while Arnaldo Toro added 13.

      No. 24 Marquette 74, Presbyterian 55

      The Golden Eagles used a big second half to get past the Blue Hose in Milwaukee.

      The teams were tied 26-26 at halftime, largely because Marquette (3-1) struggled to find a shooting groove from anywhere on the court. The Eagles shot just 25 percent (7 of 28) in the opening 20 minutes and missed all nine 3-point shots they launched.

      The second half was a much different story. Marquette clicked -- after falling behind by six points -- and shot a toasty 66.7 percent (18 of 27) from the floor, sparked by 9-of-16 shooting from 3-point range. Presbyterian (3-2) could not keep up, despite Adam Flagler scoring 11 of his game-high 20 points in the last 20 minutes.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Kansas levels Louisiana
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 17, 2018

    Senior guard Lagerald Vick remained hot Friday, posting his second straight career-high with 33 points after pouring in 32 in his previous game as No. 2 Kansas tripped Louisiana 89-76 at Lawrence, Kan.

    • Vick went 11 of 18 from the field, including 7 of 12 from 3-point range after making all eight treys he attempted four nights earlier in a home win over Vermont. He also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds.

      Previously, Vick was an unheralded member of the Kansas backcourt while teaming with two All-Americans, Frank Mason and Devonte Graham.

      Junior forward Dedric Lawson, a preseason All-American who was held scoreless by Vermont, added 19 points for the Jayhawks. All but four came in the second half, which Kansas (3-0) led throughout.

      No. 4 Virginia 97, Coppin State 40

      Sophomore guard De'Andre Hunter scored 20 points to pace the Cavaliers over the visiting Eagles in Charlottesville, Va.

      The Cavaliers shot 60.3 percent to record the third-largest margin of victory in Virginia (3-0) history.

      Joining Hunter, Mamadi Diakite scored a career-high 18 points, while Ty Jerome added 11 points and six assists.

      No. 6 Nevada 87, Little Rock 59

      Senior forward Caleb Martin made four 3-pointers while scoring 19 points as the Wolf Pack rolled over the visiting Trojans.

      Senior forward Jordan Caroline recorded 17 points and 12 rebounds for Nevada (3-0). Junior guard Jazz Johnson also scored 17 points, senior forward Cody Martin had 14 points and 10 assists and freshman forward Jordan Brown registered 12 points and 11 rebounds.

      The Wolf Pack shot 53.6 percent from the field, including 10 of 27 from 3-point range. Little Rock shot just 34.9 percent and was 8 of 29 from long range. Junior guard Rayjon Tucker scored 21 points for Little Rock (2-1). Sophomore guard Jaizec Lottie added 10 for the Trojans.

      No. 7 North Carolina 108, Tennessee Tech 58

      Luke Maye scored 15 points as the Tar Heels' offense clicked almost nonstop in whipping the visiting Golden Eagles in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      Reserve Sterling Manley's 13 points and Coby White's 11 points provided a lift, while Cameron Johnson, Kenny Williams and Nassir Little each had 10 points for the Tar Heels (4-0), who shot 54.7 percent from the field.

      North Carolina was 72 percent (36-for-51) on 2-point attempts.

      No. 12 Kansas State 95, Eastern Kentucky 68

      The Wildcats used a 12-0 run in the second half to blow open a moderately close game and defeat the Colonels in the final opening-round game of the Paradise Jam tournament in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

      The Wildcats will face Penn, a 78-71 winner over Northern Iowa in the previous game, in the semifinals Sunday evening. The Colonels will face Northern Iowa on Saturday in the consolation bracket.

      Kansas State (3-0) put five players in double-figures, led by Xavier Sneed with 16. Cartier Diarra scored 14 points, 10 in the second half, and Dean Wade also added 14 points.

      No. 13 Oregon 80, No. 15 Syracuse 65

      Prized freshman Bol Bol had a season-high 26 points and collected nine rebounds and Payton Pritchard had 18 points, five rebounds and four steals as the Ducks rolled to a victory over the Orange in the third-place game of the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden.

      Kenny Wooten had 12 points and six rebounds and reserve Will Richardson had seven points, four rebounds and three assists as the Ducks (3-1) built a 13-point halftime lead and were never seriously challenged.

      The 7-foot-2 Bol, son of former NBA player Manute Bol, was 11 of 17 from the field, also adding four blocked shots and three steals. He has 75 points, 42 rebounds and 16 blocked shots in his first four games.

      No. 16 Virginia Tech 88, Northeastern 60

      Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 20 points and the Hokies rode a strong stretch late in the first half to a victory against the Huskies in the first semifinal game in the Charleston Classic in Charleston, S.C.

      Justin Robinson added 19 points, Ahmed Hill had 15 points and Kerry Blackshear Jr. provided 12 points as the Hokies, who shot 58.1 percent from the field, weren't threatened in the second half.

      Virginia Tech (3-0) will face No. 23 Purdue in Sunday's championship game, while Northeastern (2-2) will face Davidson.

      No. 17 Mississippi State 79, Long Beach State 51

      Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points as the Bulldogs overcame a slow start to defeat the visiting 49ers in Starkville, Miss.

      Tyson Carter came off the bench to add 17 points, Lamar Peters scored 16, Aric Holman scored 10 and Reggie Perry grabbed 14 rebounds off the bench as the Bulldogs had a 53-34 edge on the boards.

      The Bulldogs (3-0), who had won their first two games by an average of 23 points, trailed for much of the first half before a late push gave them an eight-point halftime lead. Mississippi State won its 17th straight nonconference game.

      No. 20 UCLA 95, St. Francis (Pa.) 58

      Freshman center Moses Brown scored 23 points with 14 rebounds to earn his third double-double in three games as the Bruins recovered from a slow start to beat the visiting Red Flash in Los Angeles.

      Brown, who also blocked eight shots, became the first UCLA freshman to collect three double-doubles in three games to start his college career. Sophomore forward Kris Wilkes added 14 points for the Bruins (3-0), all in the second half, after going 0-for-6 from the field in the first 20 minutes.

      Senior guard Jamaal King had nine points for St. Francis (1-2), which led 18-11 with 11:29 remaining in the first half and had a 31-27 rebounding advantage before halftime.

      No. 22 LSU 74, Louisiana Tech 67

      Skylar Mays made three free throws in the final 46 seconds, and freshman Ja'vonte Smart scored a team-high 16 points to lift the unbeaten Tigers over the Bulldogs in Baton Rouge, La.

      The score was tied at 62 with 2:29 left, but the Tigers (4-0) outscored Louisiana Tech (3-1) 12-5 down the stretch.

      LSU placed four players in double figures, with Tremont Waters scoring 14 points and dishing out five assists, and Daryl Edwards joining Mays in scoring 12. The Tigers won despite shooting a season-low 45.3 percent from the field.

      No. 23 Purdue 79, Davidson 58

      Ryan Cline and Carsen Edwards hit consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 14-2 run that began the second half and opened a double-digit lead, sending the Boilermakers to a victory over the Wildcats in the semifinals of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

      Purdue (4-0) led most of the way, but just 33-28 after Luka Brajkovic of Davidson (3-1) opened the second period with a jumper.

      Nojel Eastern got Purdue's game-breaking run rolling with a dunk and a layup. After Matt Haarms and Edwards added jumpers, Cline and Edwards nailed their 3-pointers that opened a 47-30 advantage in the sixth minute of the half.

      --Field Level Media

  • D-III player apologizes for vicious hit that went viral
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 16, 2018

    Kewan Platt, the Fitchburg State basketball player who threw a vicious elbow and struck a Nichols College still in his follow-through from making a 3-pointer, said online on Thursday that he "got frustrated and lost control over my behavior."

    • Platt, a junior starting guard who led the Falcons with 16 points in their 84-75 loss to Nichols on Tuesday night, added in his Instagram post, "I know these words cannot undo my wrongdoings. In the future I promise to make better choices."

      Fitchburg State, a Division III school, indefinitely suspended Platt and banned him from campus on Wednesday.

      Both of the schools are in the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference, which rescinded the player of the week award Platt won this week.

      The incident, which quickly went viral when video was posted online, occurred with less than three minutes to play, as Nate Tenaglia of Nichols made a 3-point basket. With Tenaglia lining up to shoot, Platt jogged in his direction, took a peek over his shoulder to see if the baseline referee was watching and then delivered a ferocious blow with his right elbow to the face of Tenaglia.

      The sideline referee, however, did see the play, and whistled Platt for the foul. Platt was removed from the game at that point and did not return.

      Tenaglia briefly left the game to be examined for a possible concussion before returning to finish the contest between Massachusetts schools.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: UConn stuns No. 15 Syracuse
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Connecticut defeated a Top 25 opponent for the first time since Feb. 18, 2016, beating 15th-ranked Syracuse 83-76 Thursday in the opening game of the 2K Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden in New York.

    • The showdown of former Big East rivals resulted in a signature win for Connecticut coach Danny Hurley in just his third game on the job. The Huskies won the game with their 3-point shooting, making 12 of 21 attempts from beyond the arc. The Orange sank just 6 of 22 from long distance.

      UConn (3-0) had five players score in double figures, led by Jalen Adams and Alterique Gilbert with 16 points apiece. Jalen Carey overcame a few early turnovers to lead the Orange (2-1) with 26 points.

      UConn will face Iowa on Friday night after the Hawkeyes beat Oregon. Syracuse will meet the Ducks Friday afternoon.

      No. 3 Gonzaga 94, Texas A&M 71

      Zach Norvell Jr. made four 3-pointers while scoring 22 points to help the Bulldogs cruise to victory over the Aggies at Spokane, Wash.

      Rui Hachimura added 18 points as the Bulldogs broke the game open over the final 25 minutes. Brandon Clarke recorded 14 points, 11 rebounds and three blocked shots, Geno Crandall added 13 points and Filip Petrusev had 10 for Gonzaga (3-0).

      Savion Flagg scored 18 points to pace Texas A&M (1-2). TJ Starks added 16 points and John Walker III tallied 10 for the Aggies.

      Iowa 77, No. 13 Oregon 69

      Balanced scoring, tough defense and excellent rebounding carried the Hawkeyes to an upset of the Ducks in the second semifinal of the 2K Empire Classic.

      Jordan Bohannon paced Iowa (3-0) with 16 points, hitting 9 of 10 foul shots.

      The Ducks (2-1) got a game-high 25 points from Ehab Amin and 14 from 7-foot-2 freshman Bol Bol, the son of former NBA center Manute Bol. Victor Bailey added 12 points off the bench, but Oregon made just 37.1 percent of its field-goal attempts and was outrebounded 46-34.

      No. 16 Virginia Tech 73, Ball State 64

      Nickeil Alexander-Walker scored 21 points as the Hokies beat the Cardinals in the first round of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

      Virginia Tech (2-0) will face Northeastern on Friday. Ball State (1-2) will face Alabama, which lost to Northeastern earlier in the day.

      Alexander-Walker recorded his second straight game with at least 20 points and fifth overall. The sophomore guard shot 9 of 15 and grabbed six rebounds. Tayler Parsons led the Cardinals with 21 points, shooting 7 of 13 despite dealing with an apparent ankle injury.

      No. 21 TCU 77, Fresno State 69

      Desmond Bane showed his all-around offensive game while scoring 23 points to lead the Horned Frogs over the Bulldogs in Fort Worth, Texas.

      Kevin Samuel added 14 points (on a perfect 6-for-6 showing from the floor) and 10 rebounds for TCU (3-0). Alex Robinson scored 13 points and dished out 14 assists, JD Miller hit for 14 points and RJ Nembhard contributed 11 points for the Horned Frogs.

      Braxton Huggins led Fresno State (1-1) with 18 points, while New Williams scored 17 off the bench and Deshon Taylor added 13 points.

      No. 23 Purdue 92, Appalachian State 70

      Carsen Edwards scored 25 points and Ryan Cline added 21 as the Boilermakers cruised past the Mountaineers in the quarterfinals of the Charleston (S.C.) Classic.

      Purdue will face Davidson, which beat Wichita State earlier in the day, on Friday. Appalachian State will face Wichita State in the consolation bracket.

      Purdue (3-0) was 36 of 66 (54.5 percent) from the field and outrebounded Appalachian State 36-32. Evan Boudreaux led the Boilermakers with eight rebounds off the bench. Justin Forrest scored 14 points to lead the Mountaineers (1-2).

      --Field Level Media

  • Memphis F Azab dies after battle with leukemia
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Karim Sameh Azab, a forward with the Memphis basketball team, died Thursday after a seven-month battle with leukemia.

    • Azab, who began suffering discomfort in his shoulder as the Tigers were preparing for the American Athletic Conference Championship in Orlando, Fla., in March made the announcement he had leukemia April 21 on social media.

      "The University of Memphis is deeply saddened by the passing of Karim Azab," Memphis president M. David Rudd said. "It is never easy when someone so young has their life cut short. Karim showed great courage battling with tremendous fight and determination. He was proud of being a Tiger, and Karim will be missed immensely. Our thoughts are with his family, as well as his friends, teammates and fellow UofM students, faculty and staff. The spirit of Karim will never be forgotten at the University of Memphis."

      Azab felt a lump underneath his armpit ahead of the AAC tournament and did not appear in any games there, according to Greg Jones, Azab's legal guardian when he came to the United States before his junior year of high school.

      Jones also said that doctors officially diagnosed Azab with Stage IV cancer during Final Four weekend in April and told him he would only survive six months if he did not begin treatment immediately.

      The parents of Azab, who was from Giza, Egypt, were with him in recent months as he received medical care in Memphis.

      "The one thing I will remember most about Karim is his smile, his personality and just how he just embraced life," Jones said Thursday night. "He was a person that never took anything for granted. He always gave 100 percent his all toward everything he did. He didn't have much, but he would give you the shirt off his back if he had to."

      "I hope that his battle is able to inspire others that are currently going through a similar situation or may go through a situation like this in the future. I hope he will be remembered for just being a gentle giant."

      Azab, who spent the 2016-17 and 2017-18 seasons with the Tigers program, sat out the 2016-17 season awaiting clearance from the NCAA. Making his debut last season, the 6-foot-10, 270-pound forward who turned 22 last month, played in 15 games as a reserve and finished with 15 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and two blocks.

      Memphis set up a donation page to help his family with medical expenses, and it raised more than $12,000, according to the Memphis Commercial Appeal.

      Azab also received the Coach Dave Loos MVP Award at the Tennessee Coaches vs. Cancer Tip-Off Reception in September.

      --Field Level Media

  • LSU offered football scholarship to Duke's Williamson
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 15, 2018

    LSU once offered Duke freshman basketball star Zion Williamson a scholarship -- to play football.

    • Former Tigers tight ends coach Eric Mateos told ESPN Thursday that the Blue Devils' 6-foot-7, 285-pound forward would have been unstoppable on the gridiron.

      "I thought, hell, why not, he's probably the best damn tight end to ever live," said Mateos, who is now the offensive line coach at Texas State.

      Mateos said he got no response from Williamson about the offer, which he said then-interim LSU head coach Ed Orgeron probably didn't know about.

      "Honestly, I just thought it would be really fun and would be good exposure for LSU if we offered him for football. Unfortunately, he didn't seem to be too [interested]," Mateos said. "Coach O said go recruit the best athletes in the country, and that's what I tried to do."

      Through three games this season with top-ranked Duke, Williamson has averaged 25.3 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocked shots in 25.3 minutes per game. He is shooting 82.1 percent from the field.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 18 Michigan dominates No. 8 Villanova
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 15, 2018

    Charles Matthews scored 19 points as No. 18 Michigan as blitzed No. 8 Villanova 73-46 Wednesday night in Villanova, Pa.

    • Ignas Brazdeikis added 18 for the Wolverines, who improved to 3-0 after the lopsided win as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, which match the Big Ten against the Big East in a series of eight contests.

      Eric Paschall led the Wildcats (2-1) with 10 points in the rematch of last season's national championship, which Villanova won handily by 17 points. Phil Booth added nine points for the Wildcats after scoring a career-high 23 in the previous game against Quinnipiac.

      No. 1 Duke 84, Eastern Michigan 46

      Freshman Zion Williamson had 21 points as the Blue Devils put on a dunk-fest at times in destroying the visiting Eagles at Durham, N.C.

      R.J. Barrett poured in 20 points, while reserves Javin DeLaurier and Jack White each added 10 points for Duke (3-0).

      Damari Parris scored nine points for Eastern Michigan (3-1).

      No. 9 Auburn 103, Mississippi College 52

      Austin Wiley came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points as the Tigers ran away from the visiting Choctaws.

      Bryce Brown added 16 points, Horace Spencer had 14 off the bench, Samir Doughty scored 13, Jared Harper had 12 and Malik Dunbar had 10 off the bench.

      The Tigers (3-0), who defeated then-No. 25 Washington 88-66 on Friday, have an average margin of victory of 38.7 points. Division II Mississippi College fell to 1-2 after scoring just 12 points in the final 15:30.

      No. 10 Kentucky 96, North Dakota 58

      The Wildcats secured their most impressive victory of the young season by dominating the Fighting Hawks in Lexington, Ky.

      The win in the first meeting between the two schools gives Kentucky (2-1) a victory against teams from all 50 states.

      Sophomore PJ Washington topped Kentucky with 25 points. The 6-foot-8 power forward made 9 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 from 3-point range. Conner Avants led North Dakota (2-1) with 14 points.

      No. 11 Michigan State 80, Louisiana-Monroe 59

      After a slugging first half when the Spartans made just 2 of 19 attempts from 3-point range, Cassius Winston sparked a second-half surge that helped them knock off the Warhawks in East Lansing, Mich.

      Winston finished with 23 points, but it was his play in the first four minutes of the second half that made the difference. He scored 14 of Michigan State's first 16 points as he made three consecutive 3-pointers to push the Spartans' lead to 51-35.

      Michigan State played short-handed much of the game after junior big man Nick Ward sustained what appeared to be an injury to his right ankle less than eight minutes into the game and did not return. JD Williams led Louisiana-Monroe with 25 points, and Michael Ertel scored 20.

      No. 19 Clemson 74, Sam Houston State 59

      Marcquise Reed scored a season-high 26 points and backcourt mate Shelton Mitchell added 13 as the Tigers improved to 3-0 with a victory against the visiting Bearkats in Clemson, S.C.

      Reed, a graduate guard, finished only two points shy of his career high for Clemson (3-). He connected on 9 of 18 shots from the floor, including 3 of 8 from 3-point range.

      Kai Mitchell led Sam Houston State (2-2) with 14 points.

      Indiana 96, No. 24 Marquette 73

      Freshman Romeo Langford scored 22 points to lead the Hoosiers to a rout of the Golden Eagles in Bloomington, Ind. The contest was part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games.

      The Hoosiers made 35 of 55 shots from the field, 63.6 percent. The Golden Eagles were 25 of 59 (42.4 percent) from the floor. Evan Fitzner, a graduate transfer from Saint Mary's, contributed 16 points, hitting all four 3-point attempts for Indiana (3-0).

      Markus Howard, Sam Hauser and Joey Hauser scored 18 points apiece for Marquette (2-1).

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 9 Auburn romps over Mississippi College
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Austin Wiley came off the bench to score a game-high 18 points as No. 9 Auburn ran away from visiting Mississippi College 103-52 on Wednesday night.

    • Bryce Brown added 16 points, Horace Spencer had 14 off the bench, Samir Doughty scored 13, Jared Harper had 12 and Malik Dunbar had 10 off the bench.

      The Tigers (3-0), who defeated then-No. 25 Washington 88-66 last Friday, have an average margin of victory of 38.7 points. They will participate in the Maui Invitational next week.

      The Division II Choctaws fell to 1-2 after scoring just 12 points in the final 15:30. None of the 14 Choctaw players who saw action scored in double figures. Brandon Boston led the way with nine points.

      Auburn scored the first 16 points of the game, led by as many as 25 in the first half and led 48-29 at halftime.

      Mississippi College started the second half much better than it started the first.

      Marcus Lytle scored seven points during an 11-3 run that pulled the Choctaws within 51-40.

      But the Tigers responded with a 9-1 run that pushed the lead to 60-41.

      Auburn built the lead to 27 before the midway point of the second half and coasted from there.

      The Tigers got virtually everyone involved in the scoring right from the start.

      Harper, Doughty and Anfernee McLemore scored as Auburn jumped to a 5-0 lead. Harper became the first player with multiple baskets when he made a 3-pointer and Brown became the fourth player to score as the lead reached 10-0.

      Wiley came off the bench to become the fifth player to score and he had six straight points as the Tigers expanded the lead to 16-0.

      The Choctaws finally scored when Boston made a jumper, but Auburn responded with a 9-0 run to take a 25-2 lead.

      Mississippi College followed with its first offensive spurt as Jon Harding made a 3-pointer, Isaiah Austin hit a layup, Dyllan Taylor made one free throw and Donovan Ham added a layup to cut the lead to 25-10.

      The Tigers went on another run, scoring nine straight for a 34-10 lead.

      Taylor's 3-pointer ended that run but Auburn extended the lead to as many as 25 points before the Choctaws chipped away.

      Harding, Ham and Boston each made a 3-pointer as Mississippi College cut the lead to 48-29 at halftime.

      --Field Level Media

  • Fitchburg State bans Platt after cheap-shot elbow
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    Division III Fitchburg State on Wednesday indefinitely suspended junior guard Kewan Platt and banned him from campus for deliberately elbowing an opposing player in the face during a game on Tuesday night.

    • The incident occurred with less than three minutes to play in Fitchburg State's 84-75 loss to Nichols College, as Nate Tenaglia of Nichols made a 3-point basket. With Tenaglia lining up to shoot, Platt jogged in his direction, took a peek over his shoulder to see if the baseline referee was watching and then delivered a ferocious blow with his right elbow to the face of Tenaglia.

      The sideline referee, however, did see the play, and whistled Platt for the foul. Platt was removed from the game at that point and did not return.

      Tenaglia briefly left the game to be examined for a possible concussion before returning to finish the contest between Massachusetts schools.

      "The Fitchburg State community is appalled by the conduct displayed during Tuesday night's home basketball game," Fitchburg State athletic director Matthew Burke said in a statement. "The player involved has been indefinitely suspended from the team and barred from campus, effective immediately.

      "His behavior is antithetical to our community values and good sportsmanship. Fitchburg State does not tolerate behavior that violates those standards. The case is being reviewed at the student conduct level for consideration of further sanctions."

      As of Wednesday afternoon, Platt's name was no longer listed on the team roster on Fitchburg State men's basketball's official web site.

      Nichols College also released a statement on Wednesday.

      "We're very happy that the Nichols student-athlete involved in the incident, Nate Tenaglia, was unharmed and able to finish the contest," the statement said. "We are proud of the way our student-athletes handled the incident and did not overreact, instead allowing the officials to intervene and diffuse the situation. We are confident that Fitchburg State will hand down any disciplinary actions they feel are warranted."

      --Field Level Media

  • Rose, Alston help Temple edge Georgia
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Quentin Rose and Shizz Alston Jr. scored 25 points apiece as host Temple stayed undefeated by holding off Georgia Tuesday night, 81-77.

    • The Owls improved to 3-0 while Georgia fell to 1-1.

      Rose and Alston were followed by Nate Pierre-Louis, who scored 16 points. Alston's effort enabled him to surpass the 1,000-point mark for his career, becoming the 53rd player in Temple history to accomplish the feat.

      Derek Ogbeide enjoyed his second-straight double-digit scoring game for the Bulldogs, finishing with 16 points, followed by Rayshaun Hammonds with 13.

      The win enabled the Owls to avenge an 18-point loss to Georgia last season in Athens, Ga.

      The game went down to the final buzzer.

      With the Bulldogs trailing by five, Ogbeide hit a pair of free throws with 1:12 to go to draw Georgia to within 77-74.

      However, Rose would answer, hitting a short runner to push the margin back to five before Hammonds' 3-pointer made the score 79-77 with 27 seconds left.

      After forcing a turnover on the inbounds pass with 22 seconds left, Ogbeide tried a jumper from the free-throw line with four seconds left, only to have the shot hit off the iron. After a quick foul, Alston hit a pair of free throws to account for the final score.

      Temple led, 45-34, at the half before the Bulldogs cut the lead to four on a dunk by Ogbeide with under 17 minutes to play.

      Despite pulling back ahead by nine, the Bulldogs continued to hang around, getting back-to-back 3-pointers by Tyree Crump to cut the lead to 73-68 with four minutes left. However, Temple kept finding answers.

      A combined nine straight possessions resulted in points for both teams, which ultimately enabled the Owls to hang on for the win.

      The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Vick's 3-point barrage leads No. 2 Kansas in win
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 13, 2018

    Lagerald Vick made all eight of his 3-point attempts and scored a career-high 32 points, and Udoka Azubuike added a double-double Monday as No. 2 Kansas toppled Vermont 84-68 at Lawrence, Kan.

    • Vick, the Jayhawks' lone senior, wanted to turn pro after last season but changed his mind and was allowed to return. He made his first five shots Monday and finished 12-of-14. His 3-point shooting was the most makes from behind the arc without a miss for a player at Kansas (2-0).

      Azubuike scored 23 points on 10-for-17 shooting and added 11 rebounds. Freshman guard Quentin Grimes finished with 10 points and 10 assists.

      Vick's early outburst helped Kansas keep pace after trailing by eight points just four minutes into the game. Vermont (1-1) maintained the lead most of the first half but trailed 40-36 at the break. Anthony Lamb, who posted a double-double in the Catamounts' opener, paced the team with 24 points.

      No. 7 North Carolina 90, Stanford 72

      Cameron Johnson scored 17 points, and Luke Maye tallied 14 of his 16 points in the first half as the Tar Heels built a big lead and drubbed the Cardinal at Chapel Hill, N.C.

      Kenny Williams and Garrison Brooks both scored 12 points for North Carolina (3-0), which was playing its home opener.

      KZ Okpala scored 16 points for Stanford (2-1). Teammate Cormac Ryan, who drilled three 3-pointers in the first half after an airball, tallied 14 points. Oscar da Silva added 11 points for the Cardinal.

      No. 12 Kansas State 64, Denver 56

      Barry Brown Jr. scored eight straight points midway through the second half for the Wildcats in a tight win over the Pioneers at Manhattan, Kan.

      Brown finished with 25 points on 9-of-17 shooting, including 4-of-8 on 3-point attempts, for the Wildcats (2-0). His key run snapped a 38-all tie, as he sunk a 3-pointer, followed with a layup then hit another three to give Kansas State a lead it wouldn't relinquish with 10:13 left in the contest.

      Joe Rosga led Denver (1-1) with 18 points. Ronnie Harrell Jr. added 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Ade Murkey also had 14 for the Pioneers.

      No. 25 Buffalo 62, Southern Illinois 53

      The Bulls took the lead for good late in the first half and steadily pulled away in the second half to subdue the Salukis at Carbondale, Ill.

      Montell McRae and Jeremy Harris paced Buffalo (3-0) with 11 points each, McRae making all four of his field-goal attempts. Seven other players scored for the Bulls, with five of them chipping in 5 to 9 points each. Buffalo won despite making just 35.5 percent of its field-goal attempts and 8 of 28 3-point shots.

      Center Kavion Pippen, the nephew of former NBA great Scottie Pippen, scored a game-high 18 points for Southern Illinois (0-2). Aaron Cook added 11, and Sean Lloyd Jr. kicked in 10 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke leapfrogs Kansas to claim record No. 1 ranking
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Duke vaulted to the top of the AP Top 25 poll Monday and set a record for most appearances at No. 1.

    • The Blue Devils (2-0) jumped from fourth to first after lopsided wins against then-No. 2 Kentucky and Army, earning 48 of 65 first-place votes.

      This is Duke's 135th week atop the poll, snapping a tie with UCLA for the most all time. It is also the third straight season they have reached No. 1.

      Kansas (1-0) dropped to No. 2 despite a victory against then-No. 10 Michigan State, receiving 14 first-place votes.

      Gonzaga (2-0) remained at No. 3, with Virginia (2-0) and Tennessee (2-0) each moving up a spot to round out the top 5.

      Nevada (2-0), North Carolina (2-0), defending national champion Villanova (2-0) and Auburn (2-0) followed, with Kentucky (1-1) dropping eight places to No. 10.

      Marquette (2-0) entered the poll at No. 24, while No. 25 Buffalo (2-0) cracked the top 25 for the first time in program history following a win at then No. 13 West Virginia.

      Dropping out of the rankings were the Mountaineers and Washington, which lost by 22 to Auburn.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Duke freshmen too much for Army
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 12, 2018

    Freshman forward Zion Williamson scored 21 of his 27 points in the first half as No. 4 Duke won its home opener by defeating visiting Army 94-72 Sunday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

    • It was an all-out offensive display for Duke freshmen. Cam Reddish added 25 points and RJ Barrett had 23 points for the Blue Devils (2-0).

      The trio of high scorers combined to shoot 29 of 54 from the field. Williamson, who was 11 of 14, also pulled in 16 rebounds, while freshman guard Tre Jones supplied seven assists.

      Matt Wilson led Army (1-1) with 15 points. Tommy Funk added 12, Alex King had 11 and Jordan Fox provided 10.

      No. 5 Virginia 76, George Washington 57

      Ty Jerome scored 20 points for the second consecutive game to lead the Cavaliers past the visiting Colonials in Charlottesville, Va.

      Jerome added six rebounds, seven assists and four steals as he was joined by backcourt mate Kyle Guy, who also netted 20 points for the Cavaliers. Guy also added six rebounds as Virginia outrebounded George Washington 32-25.

      Virginia (2-0) never trailed the Colonials (0-3) and led by as many as 31 points in the second half. DJ Williams led the Colonials with 17 points, while Terry Nolan Jr. added 13.

      No. 10 Michigan State 106, Florida Gulf Coast 82

      Junior center Nick Ward tied his career high with 25 points and added 10 rebounds, four assists and two blocks as the Spartans won their home opener by thumping the Eagles.

      Joshua Langford contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds, and backcourt partner Cassius Winston had 14 points and eight assists. Matt McQuaid tossed in 12 points with five assists and two steals. Freshman Aaron Henry added nine points and three assists off the bench.

      The Spartans hadn't played since losing their opener in the Champions Classic to top-ranked Kansas on Tuesday. Michigan State recorded 33 assists on 41 made field goals.

      No. 17 Florida State 80, Tulane 69

      Fresh off a season-opening win at home against Florida, the Seminoles moved to 2-0 after passing its first road test with a win in New Orleans.

      Florida State forward Terance Mann led the way with 21 points, 10 rebounds and three assists. Seminoles guard P.J. Savoy added 14 points and guard Trent Forrest chipped in 13 points and five assists in the win.

      The Green Wave (0-1) were paced by freshman guard Kevin Zhang, who sparkled in his college debut. Zhang, who was considered the top Chinese prospect this past offseason, poured in a game-high 24 points in the loss. He was 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and pulled down seven rebounds.

      No. 18 Mississippi State 77, Hartford 59

      Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 22 points and Tyson Carter came off the bench to score 14 as the host Bulldogs handled the winless Hawks in Starkville, Miss.

      Aric Holman scored 12 points and Nick Weatherspoon added 10 for the Bulldogs (2-0).

      Jason Dunne scored 17 and John Carroll added 16 for the Hawks (0-3), but the Mississippi State bench outscored the Hartford bench 23-5 as the Hawks played just one reserve.

      No. 20 TCU 79, Oral Roberts 62

      Alex Robinson poured in 23 points, one of four players in double figures for the Horned Frogs in their victory over the visiting Golden Eagles in Fort Worth, Texas.

      Desmond Bane added 22 points for TCU (2-0), while JD Miller added 13 points and a career-high seven assists, and Kevin Samuel added 11 points and 11 rebounds.

      Emmanuel Nzekwesi led the Golden Eagles (1-2) with 16 points, with Sam Kearns added 15, Kaelen Malone scored 11 off the bench and Kerwin Smith chipped in 10 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Washington State opens season with win
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Robert Franks scored 31 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Washington State opened its season with an 89-72 victory against visiting Nicholls State on Sunday.

    • The senior forward, named the Pacific-12 Conference's most improved player last season, shot 12-for-19 from the field, including 3-for-6 from 3-point range.

      Freshman forward CJ Elleby added 12 points and eight assists, and redshirt sophomore forward Arinze Chidom scored 10 as the Cougars dominated inside, outscoring the Colonels 48-10 in the paint.

      Danny Garrick came off the bench to lead Nicholls State (1-2) with 18 points, on six 3-pointers. Gavin Peppers scored 16, including four 3-pointers.

      The Colonels, who were coming off an 85-72 defeat Thursday at Louisville, shot 16-for-45 from 3-point range and 8-for-21 from inside the arc.

      Nicholls State committed 19 turnovers that led to 29 points for WSU. The Cougars outscored the Colonels 34-4 in fast-break points.

      Franks made a jumper to give the Cougars the lead for good at 12-11 with 16:13 left in the first half. The Colonels made just two field goals in a 11:13 span of the first half as WSU took a 31-18 lead.

      Franks scored 12 points in the first half as the Cougars led 40-29 at intermission.

      The Colonels pulled within seven points, 55-48, on a Garrick 3-pointer with 13:26 to play, but WSU responded with a 10-3 run to pull away again.

      Isaiah Wade's dunk gave the Cougars their largest lead, 82-60, with 4:12 left.

      Wade finished with eight points, as did teammate Viont'e Daniels.

      Freshman forward Alja Kunc, who scored 24 points in a 138-63 exhibition victory against New Hope Christian, added seven points for WSU.

      The Cougars, who next play Wednesday at Seattle University, opened last season 6-0 and won the Wooden Classic but then dropped 19 of their final 25 games. That prompted standout guard Malachi Flynn to transfer to San Diego State after his sophomore year.

      The Colonels continue their West Coast swing with a game Tuesday night at Idaho.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Zags pummel Texas Southern
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 11, 2018

    Josh Perkins and Brandon Clarke each scored 19 points Saturday night as No. 3 Gonzaga ran off and hid in the last 10 minutes of the first half to rout visiting Texas Southern 104-67 in Spokane, Wash.

    • Rui Hachimura added 17 points and six rebounds for the Bulldogs (2-0), which also got 13 rebounds and six blocks from Clarke, plus 11 assists from Perkins in overwhelming the Tigers (1-1). Coming off a season-opening upset at Baylor on Tuesday night, Texas Southern was looking for another big paycheck and a win.

      Instead, the Tigers absorbed a beating after keeping it competitive for the first 10:19. After falling behind Gonzaga 11-3, Texas Southern gained traction and pulled within 16-14 when Justin Hopkins converted a pair of free throws.

      At that point, the Bulldogs hit the figurative X button, going on a 16-3 run to lead 32-17 and eventually taking a 46-24 lead at half.

      No. 9 Villanova 86, Quinnipiac 53

      Phil Booth scored a career-high 23 points to lift the Wildcats past the visiting Bobcats.

      Collin Gillespie also added a career-high 16 and Eric Paschall had 11 points and eight rebounds for the defending national champion Wildcats, who improved to 2-0.

      Cameron Young led Quinnipiac with 18 points in its season opener. Other than Travis Atson with 11 points, no other Quinnipiac player reached double figures in scoring.

      No. 16 Syracuse 84, Morehead State 70

      Tyus Battle scored 23 points and Elijah Hughes added 21 to lead the Orange over visiting Morehead State.

      Syracuse (2-0) also got double-doubles from Oshae Brissett (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Paschal Chukwu (14 points, 10 rebounds).

      Jordan Walker scored 24 points for Morehead State (1-2), which was coming off an 80-70 loss at UConn and playing at Syracuse for the first time since 1987 as part of the 2K Classic benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

      No. 19 Michigan 56, Holy Cross 37

      Charles Matthews scored 20 points and the Wolverines overcame a slow start to defeat the visiting Crusaders.

      Ignas Brazdeikis supplied 19 points, seven rebounds and three assists and Isaiah Livers contributed seven points and 10 rebounds for the Wolverines.

      Michigan (2-0) handed coach John Beilein his 800th career victory in a 63-44 season-opening win against Norfolk State on Tuesday. His 801st win was a product of the Wolverines' strong defensive effort in the second half, as his team outscored the Crusaders 38-13.

      No. 24 Purdue 84, Ball State 75

      Guard Carsen Edwards had 23 points, and 7-foot-3 center Matt Haarms had a career-high 16 points as the host Boilermakers pulled away from cross-state rival Cardinals in West Lafayette, Ind.

      Dartmouth graduate transfer Evan Boudreaux had 14 points and seven rebounds, and Nojel Eastern had a career-high 12 points and nine rebounds for Purdue (2-0), who lost four starters from last season's NCAA tournament team that went 30-7.

      Tayler Persons scored 19 points with eight rebounds, and Missouri transfer K.J. Walton had 13 points for Ball State (1-1), who have lost the last eight in the series between the schools that are 113 interstate miles apart. Purdue is 8-0 at home in the series.

      --Field Level Media

  • Pepperdine postpones Northridge game due to fire
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    Pepperdine postponed Saturday night's home game against Cal State Northridge because of the wildfire ravaging the area.

    • The Woolsey fire has roared through Malibu, Calif., and threatened the scenic campus that sits just off the Pacific Ocean.

      At least two people have died from the fire that has led to a mass evacuation of the area.

      A makeup date wasn't immediately set.

      The Waves (1-0) are scheduled to depart Monday on a road trip that begins with a game at Northern Colorado on Tuesday and continues with three games at the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase.

      --Field Level Media

  • Huskies players OK after bus catches fire
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The Washington Huskies' team bus blew a tire and caught fire as it carried the team away from a Friday night loss at No. 11 Auburn.

    • Nobody was injured, but players and staff were forced to evacuate and board a different bus to reach their charter flight home.

      The No. 25 Huskies had lost 88-66 to the Tigers just hours earlier.

      Senior forward Noah Dickerson posted a short video to Twitter of the fire, and later noted that everyone was safe.

      The Huskies host San Diego on Monday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke lands commitment from top 50 guard Ellis
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    The rich got richer Friday as the Duke Blue Devils scored a commitment from consensus top 50 recruit Rejean "Boogie" Ellis from Mission Bay High School in San Diego.

    • Ellis, a 6-foot-2 guard who saw his stock skyrocket during this past summer's open evaluation period, declared his college choice over final contenders Memphis, North Carolina, San Diego State and Southern Cal.

      "Coach [Mike Krzyzewski] had the best vision for me," Ellis said to ESPN. "He really put out a plan for me to help me succeed, and it really gave me the best vision out of all the schools."

      Duke was not alone in joining the recruitment of Ellis late in the process, and both the Blue Devils and rival North Carolina made scholarship offers to Ellis in September.

      "After my (campus) visits, I let things sink in," said Ellis, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I tried not to look at social media or talk to people who would influence me. I tried to make a decision for myself. After talking to myself and talking to God, this is what I chose."

      Ellis, the Union-Tribune's high school basketball player of the year in 2017-18, comes off a season when he averaged 24 points, six rebounds and six assists per game in carrying Mission Bay to the CIF Open Division title.

      According to ESPN, Ellis gives Krzyzewski his second commit in the 2019 recruiting class, along with five-star wing Wendell Moore.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Buffalo stuns No. 13 West Virginia
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 10, 2018

    CJ Massinburg scored 35 of his 43 points after halftime, and visiting Buffalo stormed back to stun No. 13 West Virginia 99-94 in overtime at Morgantown, W.V.

    • The Bulls (2-0) overcame a 13-point second-half deficit and tied the score at 84-84 on Massinburg's deep 3-pointer with 16 seconds left in regulation.

      The senior guard shot 9-of-15 from 3-point range and was 10-of-12 at the foul line for the Bulls, who rose to prominence with last March's upset of Arizona in the NCAA Tournament. Massinburg also grabbed 14 rebounds.

      Lamont West produced 22 points and nine rebounds for West Virginia (0-1), while point guard James Bolden scored 21. Bolden had to be helped to the locker room late in regulation and did not return for overtime.

      No. 2 Kentucky 71, Southern Illinois 59

      The Wildcats bounced back from an embarrassing 118-84 loss to No. 4 Duke in the Champions Classic on Tuesday to win their home opener over the Salukis, who were making their season debut.

      Kentucky (1-1) was led by freshmen Keldon Johnson and Immanuel Quickley with 15 points each, but the spark came from sophomore Quade Green's 14 points off the bench. Sophomore Nick Richards added 19 rebounds.

      Southern Illinois, which returned all five starters from a 20-win team and finished second in the Missouri Valley Conference last year to NCAA Tournament darling Loyola-Chicago, was led by junior Aaron Cook with 18 points and 16 from senior Kavion Pippen, nephew of former NBA great Scottie Pippen.

      No. 6 Tennessee 87, Louisiana 65

      Grant Williams scored 31 points as the host Volunteers rolled over the Ragin' Cajuns, as all five Tennessee starters scored in double figures and the team improved to 2-0.

      Williams made 11-of-15 field-goal attempts to lead a balanced Volunteers attack, Admiral Schofield added 15 points, and Jordan Bone, Jordan Bowden and Kyle Alexander scored 10 each.

      JaKeenan Gant led the Ragin' Cajuns (1-1) with 18 points, and Marcus Stroman had 11. Justin Miller came off the bench to score 10.

      No. 7 Nevada 83, Pacific 61

      Caleb Martin scored all 22 of his points in the second half as the host Wolf Pack pulled away from the Tigers in the second half.

      Martin watched as his brother Cody buried two 3-pointers and Tre'Shawn Thurman hit three as Nevada (2-0) used 7-for-13 accuracy from beyond the arc to claim a hard-earned 34-25 halftime advantage.

      A 3-pointer by Jahbril Price-Noel got Pacific (1-1) within five early in the second period. But Nevada's Jordan Caroline dropped in three baskets, including a 3-pointer, and Caleb Martin got on the board with a three, assisted by Caroline, to put the hosts in command 44-29.

      No. 8 North Carolina 116, Elon 67

      Senior guard Cameron Johnson scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half as the visiting Tar Heels steamrolled the Phoenix.

      Freshman reserve Nassir Little racked up 21 points and seven rebounds, including a highlight-reel second-half dunk, and first-year point guard Coby White scored 14 points. Sterling Manley added 11 points and eight rebounds off the bench, while Luke Maye finished with eight points and 10 rebounds for the Tar Heels (2-0).

      Sheldon Eberhardt‘s 16 points and Steven Santa Ana's 14 points paced Elon (1-1), while Tyler Seibring added 10 points.

      No. 11 Auburn 88, No. 25 Washington 66

      Chuma Okeke had game-high totals of 19 points and 10 rebounds as the host Tigers used a balanced attack to rout the Huskies in just the second time Auburn played host to a ranked nonconference opponent and the first since 2006.

      Fellow forward Samir Doughty, a transfer from Virginia Commonwealth, had a strong all-around game with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and a game-high four steals for the Tigers (2-0), who were ranked in the preseason poll for the first time since 1999.

      Guards Bryce Brown and Jared Harper each scored 13 points for the Tigers. Jaylen Nowell and Nahziah Carter led the Huskies (1-1) with 16 points each.

      No. 12 Kansas State 56, Kennesaw State 41

      The Wildcats overcame a sluggish start in their season opener to defeat the visiting Owls as Barry Brown Jr. and Dean Wade led Kansas State with 15 points each.

      Makol Mawien added 13 points for the Wildcats. Newcomer Austin Trice led the Wildcats with 12 rebounds. The Kansas State defense really showed up in the second half, holding Kennesaw State to just 21 percent shooting after intermission.

      The Wildcats also dominated inside, outscoring the Owls 42-12 in the paint and outrebounding them 42-29. Kansas State was playing without regular starting guard Xavier Sneed, who sat out for precautionary reasons with an ankle injury.

      No. 14 Oregon 81, Eastern Washington 47

      Freshman center Bol Bol recorded 23 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots to help the Ducks roll to a drubbing of the visiting Eagles as senior guard Ehab Amin added 13 points for Oregon, which used an early 24-0 run to break open the game.

      Senior forward Paul White scored 11 points, and junior point guard Payton Pritchard added 10 points and eight assists for Oregon (2-0). The win was the 212th at Oregon for coach Dana Altman, tying him with Howard Hobson (1935-44, 45-47) for second most in school history.

      Senior guard Cody Benzel scored 16 points for Eastern Washington (0-2), which shot just 23.1 percent (15 of 65) from the field. The Eagles hoisted 45 3-point shots and made 13.

      No. 15 Virginia Tech 87, Gardner-Webb 59

      In his first collegiate game, freshman Isaiah Wilkins scored 21 points as did sophomore Nickeil Alexander-Walker to lead the Hokies to a season-opening win over the visiting Runnin' Bulldogs.

      Wilkins was perfect in the first half, scoring 12 points on 4-for-4 from the field, including 2-for-2 from beyond the arc and sinking both of his free throws.

      Alexander-Walker also recorded six rebounds, five assists and four steals to help the Hokies (1-0) blow open a close game after the Runnin' Bulldogs (0-2) had cut an 11-point halftime deficit to 47-43.

      No. 18 Mississippi State 95, Austin Peay 67

      Quinndary Weatherspoon scored 21 points and his brother Nick Weatherspoon added 19 as the Bulldogs opened their season with an easy victory over the visiting Governors.

      Mississippi State led by 16 points at the half and poured it on late thanks to 57.8 percent shooting from the floor for the game and a solid defensive effort that forced 18 Austin Peay turnovers and limited the Governors to 39 percent shooting.

      Tyson Carter added 12 points off the bench for Mississippi State, with Abdul Ado hitting for 11 and Aric Holman scoring 10 points and taking 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs. Steve Harris led the Governors (1-1) with 17 points off the bench, while Terry Taylor added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

      No. 21 UCLA 91, Long Beach State 80

      Freshman center Moses Brown scored 17 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while sophomore guard Kris Wilkes added 17 points as the Bruins recovered from a slow start to beat the 49ers.

      Sophomore guard Jalen Hands scored 14 points and junior guard Prince Ali added 11 as UCLA (2-0) used a 10-0 run at the end of the first half to take a 45-41 halftime lead before holding off a pesky 49ers team in the second half.

      Senior guard Deishuan Booker scored a game-high 31 for Long Beach State, which was playing its first game of the season. Booker, who led the Big West Conference in assists last season, had four assists Friday.

      No. 22 Clemson 71, North Carolina Central 51

      David Skara's 16 points and 14 from Aamir Simms helped the host Tigers break out to an early lead in a rout of the Eagles as Clemson's three starting forwards combined to shoot 13 of 19 from the field, creating dominance in the lane.

      Shelton Mitchell added 11 points for Clemson (2-0). Raasean Davis scored 14 points and Zacarry Douglas added 12 points for NC Central, which was making its season debut. The Eagles haven't won an opener since 2010. The Eagles hit 32.7 percent from the field, starting to find some flow in the second half.

      The Tigers broke to a 40-20 halftime lead, holding the Eagles to 25 percent shooting from the field.

      No. 23 LSU 97, UNC Greensboro 91

      Freshman forward Naz Reid, a McDonald's All-American, scored 16 of his 29 points in the first half, and point guard Tremont Waters added 21 points and 10 assists to lead the Tigers over the visiting Spartans.

      Reid, a 6-foot-10 forward from New Jersey, was LSU's leading scorer for the second consecutive game as the Tigers stayed perfect (2-0) on the season. UNCG's Kyrin Galloway made eight 3-pointers, seven in the second half, to lead the Spartans with a game-high 32 points. Francis Alonso added 20.

      UNCG (1-1) stayed within striking distance with its perimeter shooting, going 19-of-33 from 3-point range.

      --Field Level Media

  • Miami's Hernandez sitting out with eligibility in question
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    Miami Hurricanes forward Dewan Hernandez will not play while the school and NCAA review his eligibility, the school announced Friday, in relation to a federal investigation into college basketball corruption.

    • The junior, who legally changed his last name from Huell last month, sat out Miami's opener against Lehigh Friday night.

      The school issued a terse statement that Hernandez -- the only player to start all 32 games for the Hurricanes last year, finishing as the No. 2 scorer (11.4 points per game) -- was being held out of competition, but no further details were given.

      ESPN reported earlier in the week that Hernandez was one of 19 players listed in an email related to the FBI investigation into college basketball regarding payments from agent Christian Dawkins.

      Per the report, an emailed business plan showed Dawkins planned to pay Huell $500 per month from September 2017 through January 2018, and $1,000 per month until April 2018. If Hernandez left Miami after the 2017-18 season, he wouldn't have to pay the money back, according to the email. But if Hernandez elected to return to the Hurricanes for an additional season, the payments would be converted to a loan, according to the plan.

      The network also reported that there was no evidence the payments were made or that Hernandez knew about them.

      --Field Level Media