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  • Kentucky G Quickley (chest) misses game
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    Kentucky sophomore guard Immanuel Quickley missed ninth-ranked Wildcats' home game against Utah Valley on Monday night because of a chest injury suffered in practice over the weekend, the school announced.

    • Sophomore forward EJ Montgomery (ankle) missed his miss third consecutive game, leaving Kentucky with seven scholarship players.

      Quickley is second on the team with 14.0 points per game, averaging a team-high 31.0 minutes. Star true freshman Tyrese Maxey, who entered the night averaging a team-best 16.7 points, made his first career start in Quickley's place.

      Kentucky has two more games this week, both at home -- vs. Mount St. Mary's on Friday and Lamar on Sunday.

      --Field Level Media

  • Duke moves to No. 1 after Kentucky's setback
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 18, 2019

    Kentucky's stumble was Duke's gain.

    • The Blue Devils (4-0) are the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday. Duke moved up a spot after Kentucky's stunning loss to unranked Evansville last Tuesday.

      The setback dropped the Wildcats (2-1) to No. 9.

      Louisville (4-0) moved up two spots to No. 2. Michigan State (2-1), Kansas (2-1) and North Carolina (3-0) round out the top five.

      The Blue Devils received 52 of the 65 first-place votes. Louisville got eight first-place votes, Michigan State received four and No. 7 Virginia landed the other one.

      No. 6 Maryland, No. 8 Gonzaga and No. 10 Ohio State also are part of the Top 10. The Buckeyes moved up six spots thanks to a 3-0 start.

      Kentucky's 67-64 home loss to Evansville is easily the most stunning result in the early going of the season.

      "This was a great lesson for all of us, including me," Kentucky coach John Calipari told reporters. "I mean, we could say they got outplayed and I could tell you I got out-coached."

      Oregon is No. 11, followed by Texas Tech, Seton Hall, Arizona and Utah State.

      Memphis dropped three sports to No. 16 and Villanova plummeted seven spots to No. 17. Xavier, Auburn and Tennessee fill out the Top 20.

      The Volunteers were unranked last week, as were No. 21 Virginia Commonwealth and No. 22 Texas. Colorado is No. 23 and Baylor is No. 24.

      Washington fell five spots to No. 25.

      Falling out of the rankings are Florida (No. 15), Saint Mary's (18) and LSU (23).

      Florida lost to Connecticut, Saint Mary's was upset by Winthrop and LSU was beaten by VCU.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: UConn edges No. 15 Florida
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Christian Vital and Tyler Polley scored 15 points each to power Connecticut to a 62-59 victory over No. 15 Florida on Sunday in Storrs, Conn.

    • Polley scored 10 points in the second half, when Vital made all six of his free throws, to secure the win for UConn (2-1).

      Vital added five assists and four rebounds, Josh Carlton scored 13 points, and Alterique Gilbert had 10 points and four assists for the Huskies.

      UConn finished 16 of 22 from the free-throw line. The Huskies shot just 35.6 percent from the field, including 4 of 22 from 3-point range.

      No. 4 Louisville 87, North Carolina Central 58

      Jordan Nwora's 17 points led four double-figure scorers as the Cardinals carved up the visiting Eagles with an efficient half-court offense in a nonconference game.

      Steven Enoch added 15 points on 7-for-9 shooting for Louisville (4-0). Dwayne Sutton had 12 points, and Darius Perry chipped in 11, plus seven assists.

      Louisville hit 66.7 percent of its shots from the field and was 10 of 21 from 3-point range, drawing assists on 20 of 30 made field goals.

      No. 12 Seton Hall 83, St. Louis 66

      Myles Powell had 26 points and four 3-pointers, and Sandro Mamukelashvili had 17 points and seven rebounds as the Pirates throttled the host Billikens.

      Quincy McKnight had 12 points and two 3-pointers, and Jared Rhoden had seven points and eight rebounds for Seton Hall (3-1), which limited St. Louis to 35.8 percent shooting while showing no ill effects from a last-minute loss to No. 3 Michigan State at home Thursday.

      Hasahn French had his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Billikens (3-1), who were held under 80 points for the first time this season. Jordan Goodwin had 13 points, and Gibson Jimerson had 12 points and three 3-pointers.

      No. 14 Oregon 67, Texas-Arlington 47

      Payton Pritchard's 24 points led the Ducks to a comfortable win over the Mavericks in Eugene, Ore.

      Pritchard, a senior, added a team-high-tying eight rebounds, and Oregon (4-0) held Texas-Arlington to 23 percent field-goal shooting (15 of 64) for the game. Will Richardson and Addison Patterson added nine points each, and Chris Duarte came back from a knee injury to score seven points with seven rebounds.

      The Mavericks (2-2) led 14-11 at the 13:59 mark of the first half, but the Ducks went on an 18-2 run to take control of the game.

      No. 18 Saint Mary's 79, Cal Poly 48

      Jordan Ford scored 21 points to lead the Gaels over the visiting Panthers at Moraga, Calif.

      Malik Fitts added 12 points to help St. Mary's (3-1) win its second straight game.

      Tuukka Jaakkola had 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting to pace Cal Poly (1-3).

      No. 19 Arizona 83, New Mexico State 53

      Freshman Zeke Nnaji had 19 points in another perfect shooting game, and Kentucky transfer Jemarl Baker had a career-high 16 points off the bench as the Wildcats stifled the Aggies.

      Freshman Nico Mannion had 15 points and three 3-pointers, and Chase Jeter had eight rebounds for Arizona (4-0), which forced New Mexico State into more turnovers (20) than made field goals (18).

      Jabari Rice had 14 points and four 3-pointers, and Trevelin Queen had 12 points and seven rebounds for the Aggies (2-2), who won 30 games last season and were the WAC coaches' preseason pick to win the league.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky gains fourth 5-star commit in 2020 class
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    Forward Isaiah Jackson, a five-star forward in the Class of 2020, committed to Kentucky.

    • Jackson, who attends Waterford Mott High School in Michigan, announced his decision on Saturday afternoon.

      The 247Sports composite lists Jackson as the nation's No. 3-ranked power forward. With his commitment, the Wildcats now have four five-star players and the nation's top recruiting class.

      The 6-foot-9 Jackson had offers from 22 programs and also visited Alabama and Syracuse this fall.

      ESPN said he played for The Family Detroit program on the Nike EYBL circuit this year and averaged 10.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 basketball roundup: Wiseman-less Memphis rips Alcorn State
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 17, 2019

    No. 13 Memphis hardly missed star center James Wiseman, blowing out visiting Alcorn State 102-56 on Saturday.

    • Lester Quinones finished with 21 points and 10 rebounds, and Precious Achiuwa added 20 points to lead the Tigers (3-1), who went on a 24-3 run in the last seven minutes of the first half to blow the game open. They led 52-24 at halftime.

      Isaiah Attles scored 13 points, and Troymain Crosby added 10 to lead the Southwestern Atlantic Conference's Braves (1-3).

      The Wiseman saga came to a pause Thursday, when his attorneys announced that the freshman had withdrawn his lawsuit against the NCAA. The school quickly ruled him ineligible but said it would "immediately apply for his reinstatement" to the NCAA. Wiseman averaged 19.7 points and 10.7 rebounds in three games, the last two after he won a temporary restraining order against the NCAA.

      No. 7 Maryland 80, Oakland 50

      Junior Darryl Morsell had 14 points to pace the Terrapins past the Golden Grizzlies in College Park, Md.

      Maryland (3-0) exploded late in the first half to begin to blow open what had been a tight game. After scoring the last 11 points of the first half, the Terrapins kept it going, as Morsell scored 12 points in the first 7:32 after intermission.

      His 3-pointer at 12:28 lifted Maryland to a 56-31 advantage, as the Terrapins outscored Oakland 32-9 in a spree that spanned both halves. The Golden Grizzlies (3-2) had their two-game winning streak snapped.

      No. 9 Virginia 60, Columbia 42

      Jay Huff scored 13 points and blocked a career-high five shots, and the Cavaliers never trailed against Columbia in Charlottesville, Va.

      Mamadi Diakite had 13 points and eight rebounds, and Kihei Clark contributed 10 points and five assists for the Cavaliers (3-0). Braxton Key tallied nine points and nine boards, while Huff added six rebounds, two assists and two steals.

      Mike Smith scored a game-high 16 points, and Randy Brumant had nine for the Lions (1-3).

      No. 10 Villanova 78, Ohio 54

      Saddiq Bey scored 19 points, Justin Moore added 18 and the Wildcats responded to a 25-point loss at Ohio State to handily beat the visiting Bobcats in Philadelphia.

      Jeremiah Robinson-Earl also had 11 points and 11 rebounds for Villanova, which improved to 2-1. It was the second double-double for Robinson-Earl in his first three games. Collin Gillespie scored 10 points, and Jermaine Samuels had nine points, eight rebounds and five assists. The victory was the 450th for head coach Jay Wright at Villanova.

      Ben Vander Plas led Ohio with 19 points and 10 rebounds, while Jason Preston added 16 points. The Bobcats suffered their first loss after three straight wins and haven't defeated a ranked team on the road since 1998.

      Tennessee 75, No. 20 Washington 62

      Jordan Bowden scored 18 points, and Lamonte Turner added 16 as the Volunteers upended the Huskies in the James Naismith Classic in Toronto.

      Yves Pons added 15 points, and John Fulkerson scored 14 as Tennessee (3-0) won the first matchup between the schools.

      Nahziah Carter scored 18 points, and Jaden McDaniels added 15 as the Washington (2-1) fell to 1-1 against teams that made the NCAA Tournament last season after defeating then-No. 16 Baylor in its season opener on Nov. 8.

      No. 23 LSU 75, Nicholls State 65

      Darius Days and Emmitt Williams had double-doubles as the Tigers bounced back from a loss to defeat visiting Nicholls State in Baton Rouge, La.

      Days had 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Williams had 11 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman Trendon Watford added 17 points, and Skylar Mays scored a team-high 18 for the Tigers (2-1), who likely will fall out of the AP Top 25 after losing at VCU 84-82 on Wednesday night.

      LSU had a 45-27 rebounding advantage and shot 50 percent, although it made just 3 of 18 3-point attempts. Nicholls State shot just 38.7 percent from the field.

      No. 25 Colorado 71, San Diego 53

      The Buffaloes blew open a close game with an 18-0 run midway through the second half, enabling them to subdue the Toreros in Boulder, Colo.

      D'Shawn Schwartz led balanced Colorado (2-0) with 15 points on just six field-goal attempts, while Tyler Bey tallied 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his 21st career double-double. Lucas Siewert came off the bench to score 11 points, and McKinley Wright stuffed the stat sheet with 11 points, six boards and five assists.

      Joey Calcaterra and reserve Noel Coleman each scored 10 points for San Diego (2-3), which couldn't generate enough offense during its third game in five days. The Toreros hit just 34.5 percent of their field-goal attempts and committed 19 turnovers, leading to 22 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ex-NC State G Grundy dies in stabbing
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Former North Carolina State guard Anthony Grundy died after police found him injured while responding to a call for a domestic dispute, police in Louisville, Ky., said.

    • He was 40.

      Police said the incident occurred Thursday night near the home of Grundy's mother. When police arrived, Grundy was in the street, bleeding, and taken to University Hospital. He was pronounced dead there.

      He died of "multiple sharp force injuries to the body," the Jefferson County Coroner's Office said, per the Louisville Courier-Journal.

      The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., reported an unidentified suspect was taken into custody at the scene but charges had not been filed. Police did not confirm that report and said the investigation is continuing.

      Grundy, a 6-foot-3 guard, played at NC State from 1998-2002, earning All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors in his senior season. He led the Wolfpack in scoring that season with 17.8 points.

      He played 12 games for the Atlanta Hawks in the 2005-06 season, part of a 12-year pro career largely played overseas.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 basketball roundup: No. 2 Duke dumps Georgia State
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 16, 2019

    Sophomore guard Tre Jones scored a career-high 31 points as No. 2 Duke overcame a ragged first half to defeat Georgia State 74-63 on Friday in Durham, N.C.

    • Freshman center Vernon Carey Jr. racked up 20 points and 14 rebounds for his most productive outing for the Blue Devils (4-0), who won every game during a three-game homestand by double-digit margins. This was the closest of the three games.

      The victory over the Panthers was Duke's 150th consecutive nonconference home-court victory -- a streak that spans nearly 20 years.

      Corey Allen led Georgia State (1-2) with 20 points, and Kane Williams added 16 points.

      No. 5 Kansas 112, Monmouth 57

      Isaiah Moss, an Iowa transfer, scored 21 points while going 5 of 6 from 3-point range to lead six Jayhawks in double figures during a rout of the Hawks at Lawrence, Kan.

      Kansas (2-1) raced to a 21-2 lead at the second media timeout as Monmouth (1-3) missed its first 12 shots while committing six turnovers. The Hawks finally connected on a follow shot by Mustapha Traore with 10 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

      David McCormack came off the Kansas bench to post 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Devon Dotson added 17 points. Deion Hammond scored 17 points to lead Monmouth, which shot 30 percent from the floor.

      No. 6 North Carolina 77, Gardner-Webb 61

      Cole Anthony scored 28 points, and the host Tar Heels used a strong second half to repel the Bulldogs in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      North Carolina (3-0) scored the first 11 points of the second half after leading by just three points at the break. Anthony, a freshman point guard, has hit for at least 20 points in each of his three college games. He made 11 of 13 foul shots Friday night to help offset 7-for-17 shooting from the field.

      Armando Bacot provided 12 points and 11 rebounds in securing his first collegiate double-double for North Carolina, which held a 44-23 rebounding advantage. The Tar Heels committed 16 turnovers. Jose Perez scored 12 points while Nate Johnson and reserve Justin Jenkins had 11 points apiece for Gardner-Webb (0-3).

      No. 8 Gonzaga 79, Texas A&M 49

      Admon Gilder returned to Texas and haunted his former team by scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds in the Bulldogs' win over the Aggies in College Station, Texas.

      Gilder, a graduate transfer who helped the Aggies twice make the Sweet 16, helped ignite a 29-3 run that broke open a close game. His 3-pointer gave Gonzaga its first lead of the night, 16-14, at the 10:18 mark of the first half.

      Gonzaga (4-0) went on to score 20 straight points to open a 31-14 lead. Texas A&M (2-1) went scoreless until Josh Nebo's layup after an offensive rebound ended the drought with 2:25 left in the half. Wendell Mitchell paced the Aggies with 14 points.

      No. 17 Utah State 81, North Carolina A&T 54

      Alphonso Anderson scored 21 points off the bench, and Justin Bean added 18, as the Utah State defeated North Carolina A&T in Logan, Utah.

      Utah State (4-0) was pushed hard by North Carolina A&T (1-3) in the first several minutes of the second half but regrouped to pull away for a comfortable victory. Utah State finished the night 29 of 52 from the field, nearly 56 percent.

      Anderson has been a key cog in Utah State's lineup as a reserve this season. The junior sixth man's 21 points were a season high. Ronald Jackson scored 15 points for North Carolina A&T, and Fred Cleveland Jr. finished with 14.

      No. 21 Xavier 59, Missouri State 56

      Naji Marshall sank a free throw with 57 seconds left after the Bears' Keandre Cook was called for a technical foul for flopping, snapping a tie and lifting the Musketeers to a nonconference win in Cincinnati.

      It was the last of 12 points for Marshall, who was one of three Musketeers in double figures. Tyrique Jones scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed an offensive rebound of his missed shot, leading to Paul Scruggs' layup with 11 seconds left for a three-point lead.

      The Bears (2-2) had a chance to force overtime, but Tyrik Dixon missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds. Missouri State committed 22 turnovers that led to 25 points. Xavier (4-0) coughed it up 15 times, but the Bears managed just 14 points off them. Lamont West and Keandre Cook each scored 13 points for Missouri State.

      No. 22 Auburn 116, Cal State Northridge 70

      Senior guard Samir Doughty scored a career-high 33 points and senior guard J'Von McCormick set a school record for assists as the Tigers rolled over the visiting Matadors in a Legends Classic campus game at Auburn, Ala.

      McCormick handed out 16 assists in 21 minutes, and Doughty shot 6 of 8 on 3-point attempts and 10 of 15 from the field overall in 24 minutes for unbeaten Auburn (4-0). The Tigers hit a season-high 17 3-pointers on 35 attempts.

      Guard Terrell Gomez led the Matadors (0-4) with 23 points but hit just 8 of 23 field-goal attempts. Redshirt freshman guard/forward Brendan Harrick, nephew of current Northridge assistant and former head UCLA and Georgia coach Jim Harrick, added a season-high 17.

      No. 24 Baylor 72, Texas State 63

      Five Bears scored in double figures, and a 20-2, second-half run powered Baylor to a win over the Bobcats in Waco, Texas.

      Jared Butler led Baylor (2-1) in scoring for a third consecutive game with 15 points, but the home team balanced its production effectively.

      Freddie Gillespie and Devonte Bandoo both put up 11 points for the Bears. Gillespie also finished with 11 rebounds. Mark Vital added 10 points, and MaCio Teague scored 12 points, three of which came on a crucial, step-back 3-pointer late in the second half. Nijal Pearson scored 20 points for Texas State (2-2).

      --Field Level Media

  • Georgia Tech files appeal over NCAA sanctions
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Georgia Tech filed an official written appeal Friday over sanctions levied upon the men's basketball program in September for major recruiting violations.

    • The program was handed a one-year postseason ban, and also was placed on probation for four years, after an NCAA investigation uncovered recruiting violations made by an assistant coach and a booster with ties to head coach Josh Pastner.

      "As I stated when we received the decision from the Committee on Infractions in September, it is our strong belief that the severity of the penalties imposed has a direct and unfair impact on the current student-athletes," Georgia Tech director of athletics Todd Stansbury said in a release Friday. "As our legal team prepared our appeal, it also became clear that the application of the penalties was unprecedented. In addition, we also promptly self-disclosed these violations and self-imposed penalties."

      Among Georgia Tech's contentions, as outlined in their release, the school believed that "the penalties are based in significant part on an improper aggravating factor."

      Other penalties handed down in the original NCAA punishment included the reduction of four scholarships -- one for each year on probation -- along with recruiting restrictions and a fine of $5,000 plus two percent of the program's budget, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

      Georgia Tech contends that the length of a scholarship reduction penalty is "arbitrary."

      The NCAA's original findings determined that Ron Bell, who had ties to Pastner and was identified as "representative of the institution's athletic interests," was determined to have provided more than $2,000 in benefits to players in 2016 and 2017.

      Pastner was not named directly when the NCAA revealed its findings. Georgia Tech's own investigation essentially cleared the head coach of wrongdoing.

      In addition, former assistant coach Darryl LaBarrie was determined to have given a recruit $300 for a visit to an Atlanta strip club and then providing the NCAA with false and/or misleading statements when it came to the offense.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas A&M suspends G Starks
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Texas A&M suspended junior guard TJ Starks indefinitely for violating team rules.

    • While the university did not disclose the reason for the suspension, The Eagle newspaper of Bryan, Texas, said Starks was arrested Thursday and charged with possession of two ounces or less of marijuana.

      Police in College Station pulled Starks' car over after they witnessed him taking a wide right turn and smelled the marijuana during the traffic stop, according to the newspaper.

      The misdemeanor charges could carry a jail sentence of as long as 180 days and a fine of up to $2,000.

      He posted $2,000 bail and was released from jail later Thursday.

      Starks hasn't played since he sprained an ankle in an exhibition game on Nov. 1. Coach Buzz Williams said earlier that Starks could miss up to three weeks or so.

      As a sophomore, the 6-foot-2 Starks appeared in 27 games (18 starts), averaging 12.3 points in 27.5 minutes per game.

      The Aggies (2-0) host No. 8 Gonzaga on Friday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • College basketball roundup: No. 3 Michigan State edges No. 12 Seton Hall
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 15, 2019

    Senior guard Cassius Winston scored 21 points, freshman forward Malik Hall had 17, and No. 3 Michigan State edged No. 12 Seton Hall 76-73 on Thursday at Newark, N.J.

    • Hall, who didn't score in the Spartans' first two games, made all seven of his field-goal attempts and scored the go-ahead basket in the final minute.

      Seton Hall senior guard Myles Powell, who was questionable to play due to an ankle sprain, poured in 37 points. Junior guard Myles Cale added 12 points for the Pirates (2-1).

      Michigan State (2-1) shot 41.5 percent from the field while Seton Hall made 43.3 percent of its attempts.

      No. 15 Florida 66, Towson 60

      Kerry Blackshear Jr. produced his third straight double-double to open the season, freshman Scottie Lewis scored 15 points, and the Gators escaped the upset bid of the pesky Tigers, 17-point underdogs, in Gainesville, Fla.

      Blackshear finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds, his third straight double-double, but made just 4 of 14 from the floor. Florida, which could not shake Towson (2-2) until the final minute, got 31 points overall from its freshmen. Lewis scored 13 in the second half.

      Allen Betrand led Towson with 14 points, leading scorer Brian Fobbs added 12, but he missed two 3-pointers in the last 35 seconds.

      No. 18 Saint Mary's 81, Long Beach State 63

      Matthias Tass scored a career-best 22 points to lead the Gaels to a convincing victory over the Beach in Moraga, Calif.

      Tommy Kuhse recorded a career-best 20 points and a season-high eight assists for the Gaels (2-1). Kuhse was 8-of-10 shooting and made all four 3-point attempts while helping Saint Mary's bounce back from Monday's disappointing 61-59 loss to Winthrop.

      Gaels star Jordan Ford scored just 10 points after averaging 24 over the first two games. Colin Slater scored 14 points for Long Beach State (1-3), which lost its second straight contest. Chance Hunter added 13 points for the Beach.

      No. 19 Arizona 87, San Jose State 39

      Zeke Nnaji scored 26 points and made all eight of his shots from the floor as the Wildcats clobbered the Spartans in Tucson, Ariz.

      Nnaji shot 10 of 12 from the free-throw line and also pulled down 11 rebounds in 21 minutes for his first double-double. Arizona (3-0) went on a 24-2 run soon after San Jose State (1-2) had trimmed its deficit to 14 with 14:44 left.

      The Wildcats were able to use their depth, with eight players scoring at least six points. Sophomore guard Devonaire Doutrive, making his season debut after serving a two-game suspension for a violation of team rules, scored a career-high 12 points off the bench. Eduardo Lane scored a team-high nine points for San Jose State, which shot just 23.0 percent from the field.

      --Field Level Media

  • Memphis star Wiseman drops NCAA lawsuit, seeks reinstatement
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Memphis freshman center James Wiseman has dropped his lawsuit against the NCAA, his attorneys announced in a statement Thursday, with the school moving forward to officially restore his eligibility.

    • The NCAA ruled Friday that Wiseman was "likely ineligible" for receiving improper benefits when he was in high school, with the Tigers electing to play him anyway in games against Illinois-Chicago and Oregon after Wiseman filed his lawsuit.

      With Wiseman's lawsuit now dropped, Memphis immediately declared its star player ineligible while moving to apply for his reinstatement.

      "It has become clear to Mr. Wiseman that the lawsuit he filed last week has become an impediment to the University of Memphis in it's (sic) efforts to reach a fair and equitable resolution with the NCAA regarding his eligibility status," the statement from Wiseman's attorneys read.

      Memphis followed with its own statement.

      "The University supports the decision, as it believes it is in James' and the men's basketball team's best interest to resolve is eligibility issue expeditiously through the NCAA process," the school's statement said.

      Wiseman, a 7-footer, was the top-rated recruit in the 2019 class in the 247Sports composite ratings and is considered a potential No. 1 selection in the 2020 NBA Draft.

      Wiseman made his debut for No. 13 Memphis last week in a 97-64 win over South Carolina State, scoring 28 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes. He made 11 of 14 shots from the field.

      He played again Friday night in a 92-46 win over Illinois-Chicago, scoring 17 points, pulling down nine rebounds and blocking five shots. In an 82-74 loss to Oregon on Tuesday at Portland, Ore., he had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

      Attorney Leslie Ballin said the NCAA determined that Memphis coach Penny Hardaway -- before he was hired by the university -- provided $11,500 to help Wiseman and his family to move from Nashville, Tenn., to Memphis in 2017. The assistance was unknown to Wiseman, the school said.

      Hardaway, who previously coached Wiseman on the grassroots basketball circuit, coached Wiseman at East High in the 2017-18 season before taking the head coaching job with the Tigers for the 2018-19 season.

      Wiseman signed a letter of intent at Memphis in November 2018.

      Memphis has not wavered in its support for both Wiseman and Hardaway, expressing that again in Thursday's statement. Wiseman will continue to practice with the team until his eligibility issue is resolved.

      "The NCAA is fully aware of the unique nature and challenges in this particular case, and the University is confident that the NCAA will render a fair and equitable decision consistent with its mission," the Memphis statement read.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 basketball roundup: No. 16 Ohio State tops No. 10 Villanova
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 14, 2019

    Duane Washington Jr. scored 11 of his 14 points in the first three minutes as No. 16 Ohio State jumped to a double-digit lead before cruising to a 76-51 win over No. 10 Villanova on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio.

    • D.J. Carton and Luther Muhammad added 11 points apiece, and CJ Walker and Kaleb Wesson scored 10 each for the Buckeyes (3-0), who led by as many as 27 points in the first half, after opening on a 19-3 run.

      Jermaine Samuels led Villanova (1-1) with 14 points. Cole Swider had 11 and Collin Gillespie had 10 points and five assists.

      The matchup was part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games between the Big Ten and Big East and honors Dave Gavitt, founder of the Big East. Villanova played for the first time in Columbus, although this is the fourth meeting in a series that the Buckeyes lead 3-1.

      No. 4 Louisville 91, Indiana State 62

      Jordan Nwora scored 21 points, and the Cardinals eased to a nonconference win over the Sycamores. Louisville canned 58.5 percent of its shots from the field and dominated the glass 42-21, more than making up for 15 turnovers.

      Samuell Williamson added 15 points while Dwayne Sutton chipped in a 14-point, 10-rebound double-double and Lamarr Kimble contributed 13 points for the Cardinals (3-0).

      Tyreke Key scored 20 points for Indiana State (0-2).

      No. 11 Texas Tech 103, Houston Baptist 74

      Freshman Jahmi'us Ramsey scored 20 of his game-high 25 points in the first half to lead the Red Raiders to a victory over the Huskies in a nonconference game at the neutral site of Midland, Texas.

      TJ Holyfield added 21 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field, Kyler Edwards had 13 points, and Davide Moretti finished with 12 points and six assists for Texas Tech. The Red Raiders (3-0) made 59.7 percent of their shots, including 46.7 percent from 3-point range.

      Houston Baptist (0-3) was led by Jalon Gates' 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting from the field, including five 3-pointers. Ian Dubose added 20 points.

      VCU 84, No. 23 LSU 82

      Marcus Santos-Silva scored 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as the host Rams beat the Tigers and former VCU coach Will Wade in a nonconference game in Richmond, Va.

      De'Riante Jenkins added 15 points, including two decisive free throws, and Marcus Evans also had 15 for VCU (3-0). Vince Williams and Issac Vann scored 11 each for the hosts.

      Skylar Mays scored 23 points to lead LSU (1-1), but he came up short three times in the final minute while attempting to provide a victory for Wade, who left the Rams to join the Tigers 2 1/2 years ago. Javonte Smart scored 15 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 basketball roundup: Evansville shocks No. 1 Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 13, 2019

    Kentucky's reign as the nation's No. 1 team will last only one week as Evansville shocked the Wildcats 67-64 on Tuesday night in Lexington, Ky.

    • The Purple Aces (2-0), coached by Walter McCarty of Kentucky's 1996 NCAA championship team, were in contention from the start. Evansville never led by more than eight points, but it never trailed over the final 11 minutes. The Aces held the lead for 29:31 compared to just 5:44 for the Wildcats.

      K.J. Riley and Sam Cunliffe paced Evansville with 18 and 17 points, respectively. Cunliffe, who also grabbed six rebounds, calmly swished two free throws with six seconds remaining for the final points.

      Evansville shot only 38.3 percent but won the rebounding battle, 38-35, and made 12 of its 13 free-throw attempts. Kentucky (2-1) got 16 points from Immanuel Quickley and 15 from Tyrese Maxey, with each making 5 of 12 shots from the field.

      No. 2 Duke 105, Central Arkansas 54

      The Blue Devils trounced the Bears despite standout point guard Tre Jones watching most of the game from the bench after taking a first-half blow to the head in Durham, N.C.

      Matthew Hurt scored 19 points, Vernon Carey Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds, Cassius Stanley added 13 points and Wendell Moore Jr. notched 10 points. The four freshmen accounted for the bulk of the scoring for Duke (3-0). Jones, a sophomore, wasn't needed, and his time on the bench appeared to be mostly precautionary.

      Rylan Bergersen scored 13 for Central Arkansas (1-3), which is winless against Division I opponents.

      No. 8 Gonzaga 97, North Dakota 66

      Sophomore Filip Petrusev scored 19 points and recorded career-bests of 15 rebounds and four blocks to help the Bulldogs cruise past the Fighting Hawks in Spokane, Wash.

      Corey Kispert added team-bests of 20 points and five assists as Gonzaga (3-0) won its 25th consecutive home game. Drew Timme added 16 points, Anton Watson registered 15 points and eight rebounds, and Admon Gilder and Joel Ayayi had 10 points apiece.

      Marlon Stewart scored 21 points to pace North Dakota (1-1). Filip Rebraca added 16 points and 13 rebounds, Aanen Moody tallied 11 points and De'Sean Allen-Eikens had 10.

      No. 14 Oregon 82, No. 13 Memphis 74

      Shakur Juiston's 17 points and 10 rebounds led the Ducks past the Tigers in the opening game of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.

      Payton Pritchard had 14 points, Anthony Mathis added 12 points and Will Richardson chipped in 10, including a key 3-pointer with 3:32 to play to give the Ducks (3-0) a 74-67 lead.

      Lester Quinones led the Tigers (2-1) with 16 points. Freshman James Wiseman, who played after being granted a court injunction despite being ruled ineligible by the NCAA, was saddled with foul trouble early. The Tigers' top recruit, regarded as the No. 1 freshman in the nation, finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.

      No. 17 Utah State 97, Denver 56

      The Aggies got off to a quick start and never looked back in a rout of the Pioneers at Logan, Utah.

      Utah State (3-0) ran out to a 31-7 lead in the first 9:02 of the game and established a 53-27 lead at the half. Utah State then held Denver (1-2) scoreless in the first 4:07 of the second half to push its lead to 33 points at 60-27. The Aggies gradually increased their lead over the remainder of the second half and remained unbeaten on the season.

      Brock Miller led Utah State with 27 points. He hit 10 of 19 field goals, including 7 of 15 3-pointers. Miller's hot shooting night enabled Utah State's starting five to outscore Denver's starting five by a 58-33 margin. Ade Murkey paced the Pioneers with 14 points.

      No. 20 Washington 56, Mount St. Mary's 46

      Isaiah Stewart scored 16 points and blocked five shots, and the Huskies pulled through a sluggish offensive performance against the Mountaineers in Seattle.

      The Huskies (2-0) came home off an impressive win over then-No. 16 Baylor on Friday in Anchorage, Alaska. But the young squad sputtered out of the gate.

      Mount St. Mary's (1-2) took the lead 2:43 into the first half, and did not relinquish it for more than 11 minutes of game time. The Mountaineers into halftime tied with the Huskies at 21. Vado Morse wound up topping Mount St. Mary's with 10 points.

      No. 21 Xavier 63, Missouri 58 (OT)

      Naji Marshall had 17 points and eight rebounds, and Ohio University transfer Jason Carter had his first double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds as the host Musketeers lost a 15-point lead but recovered for an overtime win at Cincinnati.

      Paul Scruggs had 12 points and Quentin Goodin made three free throws in the final 20 seconds as the Musketeers opened the season 3-0 for the 16th time in the last 17 years.

      Evansville transfer Dru Smith had his first career double-double points with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Mark Smith and Xavier Pinson had nine points apiece for the Tigers (2-1).

      No. 22 Auburn 70, South Alabama 69

      Freshman forward Isaac Okoro hit a dunk and a go-ahead layup in the closing seconds as the Tigers survived the Jaguars' upset bid in Mobile, Ala.

      Okoro was fouled with 2.9 seconds left as he made a shot from the lane for the lead after the Tigers (3-0) managed to rebound a pair of missed 3-pointers in the closing seconds. Okoro missed the free throw, but the Jaguars (2-1) didn't have time to counter.

      Okoro finished with 15 points to lead the Tigers. He also had six rebounds and six assists. Samir Doughty posted a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Andre Fox topped South Alabama with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star guard Thompson commits to Kansas
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 12, 2019

    Guard Bryce Thompson committed to Kansas on Tuesday, the third member of the Jayhawks' Class of 2020 and the first five-star recruit since the 2018 class.

    • A 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla., he chose Kansas over in-state schools Oklahoma and Oklahoma State as well as North Carolina.

      "It's been an amazing recruiting process, thanks to everyone for your support on this journey," Thompson tweeted after revealing his choice on CBS Sports. "So happy to announce my college decision!"

      Thompson ranks as the No. 4 combo guard and the No. 19 overall recruit on the 247Sports composite.

      Guards Quentin Grimes and Devin Dotson were the most recent five-star prospects to commit to Kansas.

      There had been questions as to whether Thompson would choose Kansas after the NCAA issued a notice of allegations against the program this fall.

      "It's a great school with great tradition and great coaches that I've built lots of relationships with," Thompson told 247Sports. "I got good with the players also. I was able to talk to the AD surrounding the whole NCAA situation. He cleared it up pretty much, it's not going to be perfect, but I trust the coaching staff and that they are going to do what's right."

      He averaged 24.4 points and shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range for the Oklahoma Run PWP program on the UA Association circuit last spring and summer, ESPN reported.

      Kansas coach Bill Self and assistant coach Norm Roberts coached Thompson's father, Rod, for one season at Tulsa. The connection helped Kansas.

      "It factored in a lot because that was one of the things I was looking for, a place with a good family atmosphere and I know (how) he treated my dad when he coached my dad in college so that was a big plus," Thompson told 247Sports. "He was good to my dad, pushed him every day and helped him be the best he could be. That's all I can ask for in a coach."

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA denies Alabama appeal on Quinerly's eligibility
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 11, 2019

    The NCAA ruled against Alabama's appeal seeking immediate eligibility for Villanova transfer point guard and former five-star recruit Jahvon Quinerly, Alabama announced Monday.

    • Quinerly played 25 games last season as a true freshman for the Wildcats, averaging 3.2 points and 9.1 minutes per game.

      The NCAA denied Quinerly immediate eligibility on Oct. 25 before Alabama appealed the decision.

      "We can't begin to express how disappointed we are with this decision," athletic director Greg Byrne and first-year Alabama head coach Nate Oats said in a joint statement.

      "Jahvon and his family have been through a set of circumstances that no student-athlete in the history of the NCAA has experienced. Their name has been falsely dragged through the mud for two years, and we felt confident that the NCAA Committee for Legislative Relief would recognize this very unique set of circumstances. We will continue to support Jahvon and his family in every way that we can."

      Quinerly originally committed to Arizona but opened his recruitment when the school was among those mentioned in an FBI investigation, announced in September 2017. His lead recruiter at Arizona, Emanuel "Book" Richardson, recently concluded a three-month sentence after pleading guilty to a federal bribery charge.

      --Field Level Media

  • Kentucky new No. 1 in AP Top 25
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 11, 2019

    Kentucky is the new No. 1 in the Associated Press Top 25 college basketball poll, released Monday.

    • The Wildcats (2-0), who began the season at No. 2, defeated previously top-ranked Michigan State and Eastern Kentucky in the season's opening week to garner 64 of 65 first-place votes.

      Kentucky hasn't been No. 1 since the early weeks of the 2016-17 season.

      Duke (2-0) climbed two spots to No. 2 after a two-point win over Kansas in the Champions Classic and a rout of Colorado State.

      Michigan State (1-1) fell to No. 3, followed by Louisville (2-0), which claimed the other first-place vote. Kansas (1-1) dropped two spots to No. 5.

      Rounding out the top 10 are North Carolina, Maryland, Gonzaga, Virginia and Villanova.

      No. 20 Washington and No. 25 Colorado moved into the poll this week, replacing Purdue and VCU.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 basketball roundup: FSU upsets No. 6 Florida
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 11, 2019

    Guard Devin Vassell scored 13 points, and Florida State took control early in the second half en route to an upset of No. 6 Florida, 63-51, on Sunday afternoon in Gainesville, Fla.

    • The victory was Florida State's sixth straight in the Sunshine Showdown series against its intrastate rival.

      Keyontae Johnson's 19 points led the Southeastern Conference's Gators (1-1), who shot 28.0 percent (14 of 50) and committed 16 turnovers. Touted Virginia Tech graduate transfer Kerry Blackshear Jr. had 10 points, all via free throws, and 13 rebounds. He missed five shots from the field.

      M.J. Walker added 12 points, Malik Osborne 10 points and Trent Forrest eight points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Atlantic Coast Conference's Seminoles (1-1). Florida State shot 45.2 percent (14 of 31) -- including 4 of 8 from 3-point territory -- in the second half to build off a 25-21 halftime lead.

      No. 1 Michigan State 100, Binghamton 47

      Playing through the heartbreak after his 19-year-old brother died in an accident the day before, senior guard Cassius Winston posted a double-double to lead the host Spartans to an easy win over the Bearcats in East Lansing, Mich.

      The preseason All-American and reigning Big Ten Player of the Year decided he would play, scoring 17 and handing out 11 assists for the Spartans (1-1), who were coming off the loss to No. 2 Kentucky earlier in the week at the Champions Classic.

      Winston led a balanced attack for Michigan State, as five players scored in double figures. Junior Xavier Tillman scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while sophomore Aaron Henry scored 16 points on 5-for-6 shooting. Sophomore Sam Sessoms scored 12 to lead Binghamton (0-2).

      No. 5 Louisville 78, Youngstown State 55

      Jordan Nwora scored a game-high 21 points as the Cardinals pulled away from the stubborn Penguins in the second half for a win in Louisville, Ky.

      Steven Enoch added 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Cardinals (2-0), while Ryan McMahon contributed 16 points. Point guard Darius Perry kicked in 10 points and dished out 12 assists against just one turnover.

      Louisville made 50.8 percent of its field-goal tries and handed out 22 assists on 33 field goals.

      No. 11 Virginia 65, James Madison 34

      Mamadi Diakite scored a career-high 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Cavaliers ran away from the Dukes in the second half for a victory in Charlottesville, Va.

      The defending national champion Cavaliers (2-0) won their 23rd straight home opener and improved to 11-0 all-time against the Dukes (1-1). Virginia is 74-6 at home in nonconference games under head coach Tony Bennett.

      Braxton Key also had a double-double for the Cavaliers with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and Jay Huff added 11 points. Matt Lewis led the Dukes with 14 points, and Zach Jacobs added nine.

      No. 18 Ohio State 76, Massachusetts Lowell 56

      Kaleb Wesson had 13 points and 13 rebounds in 26 minutes, and four other teammates scored in double figures as the Buckeyes defeated the River Hawks in Columbus, Ohio.

      Ohio State (2-0) led 38-25 at the half when Wesson had 11 points and 11 rebounds, the first Buckeye since Jae'Sean Tate vs. Wisconsin on Feb. 23, 2017, to have a double-double in the first half.

      Freshman D.J. Carton also had 13 points, Luther Muhammad 11, and Kyle Young and Alonzo Gaffney 10 for the Buckeyes.

      No. 21 Arizona 90, Illinois 69

      A trio of freshman starters combined to score 62 points as the Wildcats pulled away from the Fighting Illini in Tucson, Ariz.

      Arizona point guard Nico Mannion led the way with 23 points and nine assists, while Josh Green scored 20 points and made 4 of 7 3-point shots. Post player Zeke Nnaji had 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting to go with five rebounds.

      Illinois, playing its second game in three days in the state of Arizona after beating Grand Canyon in Phoenix on Friday, wilted in the second half. The Fighting Illini went scoreless for a stretch of about 4 1/2 minutes, allowing Arizona to take control with a 15-0 run for a 68-52 lead at the 7:51 mark.

      --Field Level Media

  • Cassius Winston's brother dies after being hit by train
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 10, 2019

    Zachary Winston, a sophomore guard for Albion College and the younger brother of Michigan State star senior Cassius Winston, died Saturday night after being hit by a train.

    • An early investigation and interviews, including with the train's engineer, have led police to believe that Winston intentionally stepped in front of an Amtrak train at about 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Albion Chief of Public Safety Scott Kipp told reporters.

      "Last night, our family lost a student," Albion College president Mauri Ditzler said in a statement Sunday. "And as families do in difficult times, we must come together to mourn and to embrace one another. We have been in close contact with the student's family and are doing everything we can to support them."

      There were no reported injuries from the 65 passengers on the train.

      Cassius is the oldest of three brothers from Detroit. Khy Winston is a freshman guard at Albion College, located in Albion, Mich. The brothers were reunited Oct. 29 in an exhibition game at Michigan State, but Zachary did not play because of an injury.

      Zachary played in Friday night's 71-52 loss at Mount Union, scoring three points with two assists and two steals in 15 minutes. He averaged 2.6 points in 28 games last season.

      It was unclear if Cassius would play Sunday night when No. 1 Michigan State hosts Binghamton.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 basketball roundup: Texas upends No. 23 Purdue
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 10, 2019

    Junior guard Matt Coleman III led four scorers in double figures with 22 points as Texas rallied late to upset No. 23 Purdue 70-66 in West Lafayette, Ind.

    • Junior guard Jase Febres hit a 3-pointer with 1:25 left to put Texas ahead to stay 64-62 during a late 8-0 run that was fueled by defense. From there, guards Andrew Jones and Coleman combined to make six straight free throws to close the game out.

      Forward Gerald Liddell, back in the lineup after sitting out the season opener with a concussion, added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Longhorns (2-0), who snapped Purdue's 18-game home win streak.

      Sophomore guard Sasha Stefanovic led the Boilermakers (1-1) with 14 points, with guards Eric Hunter Jr. and Jahaad Proctor adding 12 points apiece.

      No. 7 Maryland 73, Rhode Island 55

      Jalen Smith finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds, and teammate Aaron Wiggins added 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Terrapins bounced back from a slow start and defeated the visiting Rams in College Park, Md.

      Smith and Wiggins helped Maryland pull away in the second half. The Terrapins needed to rally for a 35-32 halftime lead after trailing by 12 in the first half but then outscored the Rams 38-23 in the final 20 minutes. Jeff Dowtin scored 14 points to lead Rhode Island.

      Senior guard Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 14 points for Maryland (2-0), while sophomore guard Eric Ayala added 13 off the bench. Ayala gave the Terrapins a lift after Rhode Island (1-1) stunned Maryland with a quick start and led 24-12 with 8:18 left in the first half.

      No. 8 Gonzaga 110, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 60

      Filip Petrusev scored 25 points to lead a balanced Bulldogs offense to crush the Golden Lions in Spokane, Wash., as all five Gonzaga starters scored in double figures.

      Ryan Woolridge scored 14 points to go along with five rebounds and nine assists, Admon Gilder added 15 points, Anton Watson chipped in with 12 points and eight boards, and Corey Kispert recorded 10 points.

      The Zags (2-0) played without Killian Tillie, who is recovering from knee surgery, but the 6-foot-10 senior wasn't needed as the West Coast Conference power ran past its Southwestern Athletic Conference foe. Shaun Doss led Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2) with 15 points.

      No. 12 Seton Hall 74, Stony Brook 57

      Romaro Gill, a 7-foot-2 senior, achieved his first career double-double, and guards Sandro Mamukelashvili and Quincy McKnight combined for 31 points as the host Pirates defeated the Seawolves in South Orange, N.J.

      Seton Hall (2-0) overcame the absence of Myles Powell, a first-team preseason All-American guard who did not return after spraining his left ankle with 16:36 left in the first half.

      Gill had 10 points and 10 rebounds. Mamukelashvili finished with 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting and pulled down five rebounds. McKnight added 14 points with four rebounds and three assists. Jared Rhoden had 11 points. Stony Brook (0-2) was led by Makale Foreman's 16 points. Elijah Olaniyi and Mouhamadou Gueye each added 14 points.

      No. 13 Texas Tech 79, Bethune-Cookman 44

      T.J. Holyfield scored 20 points to lead the Red Raiders over the cold-shooting Wildcats in Lubbock, Texas, as Texas Tech won its 49th straight home game against non-conference opponents.

      Holyfield was the only Red Raiders player in double figures until 10:38 remained in the game. That's when Davide Moretti made a 3-pointer to give him 11 points and put Texas Tech ahead 55-31.

      Bethune-Cookman (1-1) was led by Malik Maitland's 13 points. Isaiah Bailey added 11 points for the Wildcats, who shot 29.8 percent from the field, including 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

      No. 15 Oregon 106, Boise State 75

      Guard Anthony Mathis scored 16 of his career-high 30 points in the first half, and the hot-shooting Ducks coasted past the Broncos in Eugene, Ore.

      Mathis, a graduate transfer from New Mexico, knocked down a career high of nine 3-pointers on 11 attempts. Oregon (2-0) also got 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds from senior guard Payton Pritchard, giving him 501 assists for his college career. Pritchard moved into third place in school history, ahead of former NBA player Luke Ridnour, who had 500.

      Guard Derrick Alston led Boise State (1-1) with 28 points, and Alex Hobbs added 18. But the Broncos couldn't contend with Oregon's 70 percent shooting as a team (42 of 60), including 13 of 19 on 3-pointers.

      --Field Level Media

  • Seton Hall loses star G Powell (ankle) for 'a while'
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Seton Hall guard Myles Powell, the Big East preseason Player of the Year, is facing a potential "prolonged absence" after leaving Saturday's game with a sprained left ankle.

    • "It's going to be a while," coach Kevin Willard said after the 12th-ranked Pirates beat Stony Brook 74-57.

      "Especially where he's at in his career, I'm going to probably be a little bit extra safe. I'll hold him out as long as I need to, to make sure he comes back to where I don't affect his future. So it doesn't look like a one-game, two-game -- this might be a prolonged absence."

      Willard said "no" when asked if Powell had a chance to play Thursday against preseason No. 1 Michigan State in Newark, N.J.

      The coach said Powell went for X-rays after the game and called the injury "a really good ankle sprain."

      Powell, a first-team preseason All-American by the Associated Press, was injured after a drive to the basket, as he came up limping after colliding with the stanchion with 16:36 left in the first half.

      The senior averaged 23.1 points per game last season and shot 36.3 percent from 3-point range.

      --Field Level Media

  • College basketball roundup: Washington beats No. 16 Baylor
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 9, 2019

    Nahziah Carter scored 18 points, freshmen Jaden McDaniels and Isaiah Stewart combined for 33 points and 14 rebounds, and Washington rallied to beat No. 16 Baylor 67-64 Friday in Anchorage, Alaska.

    • The Huskies (1-0) trailed for more than 35 minutes in the Armed Forces Classic, falling behind by as many as 13 points in the second half. Stewart's baby-hook shot in the lane with 30 seconds remaining gave Washington a two-point lead, its first advantage since 5-3 three minutes into the contest.

      Stewart finished with 15 points and seven rebounds in his collegiate debut, and keyed Washington's zone defense with his performance on the interior. Baylor forwards Freddie Gillespie and Tristan Clark were held to a combined 7-of-25 shooting from the floor for the Bears (1-1).

      The Huskies' zone defense also helped generate 17 Baylor turnovers, but sloppy play on the other end of the floor resulted in 20 Washington turnovers.

      No. 2 Kentucky 91, Eastern Kentucky 49

      Fresh off its victory over No. 1 Michigan State in the Champions Classic in New York, the Wildcats stayed perfect by blowing out the visiting Colonels in Lexington.

      Kentucky (2-0) raced out to a 14-0 lead with 13:42 to go in the first half and never looked back, leading by as many as 44 points. Junior forward Nick Richards paced Kentucky with 21 points and 10 rebounds. He was one of six players in double figures. Immanuel Quickley had 16 points, and Nate Sestina added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

      Kentucky made 54.8 percent of its shots, despite going 2-of-14 from 3-point range. The Wildcats were 32-of-48 from inside the arc, and they dominated the boards, 54-25. Eastern Kentucky (1-1) got 14 points from Michael Moreno.

      No. 3 Kansas 74, UNC Greensboro 62

      Sophomore point guard Devon Dotson posted 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists as the Jayhawks overcame a sluggish start to upend the Spartans at Lawrence, Kan.

      Senior center Udoka Azubuike added 10 points and 10 rebounds after missing all but nine games last season with an injured wrist. Iowa transfer Isaiah Moss, who sat out the season opener with a strained hamstring, made his debut for Kansas (1-1) and added eight points.

      Junior guard Isaiah Miller, the preseason Southern Conference player of the year, led the Spartans (1-1) with 19 points but scored just two in the second half. Sophomore guard Kaleb Hunter added 17.

      No. 4 Duke 89, Colorado State 55

      Cassius Stanley, a freshman making his home debut, scored 19 points and Tre Jones poured in 15 as the Blue Devils drubbed the Rams in Durham, N.C.

      Alex O'Connell tacked on 14 points and freshmen Vernon Carey Jr. and Wendell Moore Jr. provided 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Duke (2-0). Jones scored 11 of his points in the first half and ended up with a game-high eight assists.

      Isaiah Stevens and David Roddy led Colorado State with 12 points apiece. Nico Carvacho added 11 points for the Rams (1-1).

      No. 9 North Carolina 78, UNC Wilmington 62

      Cole Anthony had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Justin Pierce added 18 points and 12 boards as the Tar Heels (2-0) topped the Seahawks (1-0) in Wilmington, N.C.

      Anthony, a freshman coming off a 34-point outburst Tuesday in the Tar Heels' win over Notre Dame, struggled from the floor, making only 7 of 24 shots. Pierce, a graduate transfer from William & Mary, went over 1,000 career points and posted the 17th double-double of his career.

      Shykeim Phillips and Jaylen Sims led the UNC Wilmington with 12 points each, and Sims pulled down 12 rebounds. Marten Linssen added 10 points.

      No. 14 Memphis 92, Illinois-Chicago 46

      Less than an hour after he was cleared to play by a court order amid a dispute over his eligibility, James Wiseman scored 17 points as the Tigers routed the Flames.

      Wiseman, considered a potential No. 1 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, made all four of his field goal attempts and added nine rebounds with five blocks in 25 minutes. The 7-foot-1 preseason All-American had 28 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in Memphis' season-opening win over South Carolina State on Tuesday.

      The eligibility drama pushed to the background a game that on paper was expected to be a blowout and lived up to that projection. Memphis (2-0) led 47-16 at halftime thanks to 11 three-pointers, six by freshman guard Boogie Ellis, while the Tigers held UIC (1-1) to 20 percent shooting before the break and 24.2 percent for the game.

      No. 17 Utah State 89, Weber State 34

      Justin Bean had a career-high 18 points to go with nine rebounds and Sam Merrill had 14 points, six rebounds and six assists as the host Aggies closed the first half on a 44-7 run to rout their undermanned in-state rival Wildcats in Logan, Utah.

      Abel Porter had 10 points and 10 assists, Diogo Brito had 12 points and Brock Miller added 11 for the Aggies, who broke a two-game losing streak in the series that matches schools that are 48 miles apart.

      The Wildcats played without guard Jerrick Harding, a two-time All-Big Sky selection and the preseason league MVP this year. He suffered a right ankle injury in the preseason. Donatas Kupsas had 10 points to lead Weber State, which shot 21.7 percent from the field, while the Aggies shot 55.2 percent from the field.

      No. 19 Xavier 81, Siena 63

      Naji Marshall had 20 points, eight rebounds and seven assists and Tyrique Jones added 20 points as the host Musketeers pulled away from the Saints in Cincinnati.

      Jason Carter, playing in place of star guard Paul Scruggs, had nine points, Bryce Moore had eight points and Quentin Goodin had seven points and three assists for the Musketeers, who took control with a 25-4 run in the second half.

      Elijah Burns had 19 points and two 3-pointers, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference preseason player of the year Jalen Pickett had 18 points and five rebounds and Don Carey had 11 points for the Saints, who have split their first two games.

      No. 22 LSU 88, Bowling Green 79

      Javonte Smart scored 21 points and the Tigers opened their season by pulling away from the Falcons in Baton Rouge, La.

      Smart, stepping into the point guard position vacated when All-SEC player Tremont Waters left early for the NBA after last season, added eight rebounds and five assists. Emmitt Williams came off the bench and added 21 points, and Skylar Mays chipped in with 18.

      Justin Turner scored 26, Caleb Fields added 17 and Dylan Frye had 15 for the Falcons, who shot just 32.0 percent from the floor.

      No. 24 Auburn, 76, Davidson 66

      Isaac Okoro scored 17 points and Danjel Purifoy added 14 as the Tigers held off the Wildcats in the opening game of the Veterans Classic at Annapolis, Md.

      The Tigers (2-0) led the entire game but never could get comfortable against the Wildcats (0-1), who got 18 points from guard Luke Frampton but only seven from preseason Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Jon Axel Gudmundsson.

      After leading by just two at the break, the Tigers scored the first seven points of the second half and were up by 13 points, 49-36, just over five minutes into the period.

      No. 25 VCU 59, North Texas 56

      Marcus Evans scored 13 points and made a key steal in the final seconds as the Rams withstood the Mean Green's second-half rally in Richmond, Va.

      VCU led 57-56 when Evans missed two free throws with 38 seconds remaining. The Mean Green lost their chance to take the lead when Evans stole Umoja Gibson's bounce pass in the lane. De'Riante Jenkins was fouled and sank two foul shots with 10 seconds left. North Texas (1-1) failed to get off a good shot as time expired.

      Jenkins added 12 points and Mike'L Simms (eight points) sank two key 3-pointers in the final 2:10 for the Rams (2-0). DJ Draper scored 12 points on four 3-pointers for North Texas, which was seeking its first win over a ranked opponent in 48 years.

      --Field Level Media

  • Memphis star Wiseman plays again as eligibility fight heats up
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 8, 2019

    Memphis star freshman big man James Wiseman did play Friday night against Illinois-Chicago, but his longer-term status could be up in the air.

    • His attorney told reporters Friday afternoon that Wiseman had been ruled ineligible by the NCAA, but the university issued a statement that said he could play "based on an emergency temporary restraining order issued late today by the courts."

      The NCAA issued a statement later Friday, saying "The University of Memphis was notified that James Wiseman is likely ineligible. The university chose to play him and ultimately is responsible for ensuring its student-athletes are eligible to play."

      Wiseman, a 7-footer, was the top-rated recruit in the 2019 class in the 247Sports composite ratings and is considered a potential No. 1 selection in the 2020 NBA Draft.

      Wiseman made his debut for No. 14 Memphis on Tuesday in a 97-64 win over South Carolina State, scoring 28 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks in 22 minutes. He made 11 of 14 shots from the field.

      He played again Friday night in a 92-46 win over Illinois-Chicago, scoring 17 points, pulling down nine rebounds and blocking five shots.

      Attorney Leslie Ballin said the NCAA determined that Memphis coach Penny Hardaway -- before he was hired by the university -- provided $11,500 to help Wiseman and his family to move from Nashville, Tenn., to Memphis in 2017. The assistance was unknown to Wiseman, the school said.

      Hardaway, who previously coached Wiseman on the grassroots basketball circuit, coached Wiseman at East High in the 2017-18 season before taking the head coaching job with the Tigers for the 2018-19 season.

      Wiseman signed a letter of intent in November 2018.

      The NCAA deemed Hardaway, a Memphis alum, a booster because he donated to the school in 2008, Ballin said. Therefore, any assistance given Wiseman or his family could be considered an impermissible benefit under NCAA rules.

      "Coach Hardaway has done nothing wrong. His intentions have always been pure," Ballin said.

      Ballin filed the lawsuit on Wiseman's behalf against the NCAA and the school, seeking relief to allow him to play.

      "Please don't mistake that for any type of friction or disagreement between Mr. Wiseman and the university," Ballin said. "It is my understanding that the university supports Mr. Wiseman every step of the way."

      The university indeed issued a statement late Friday afternoon in support of Wiseman and Hardaway that read, in part:

      "The University is currently working with the NCAA staff to restore his playing status, and we are hopeful for a speedy resolution on this matter. The University of Memphis has high standards of ethical conduct for all faculty, staff and students, and we take seriously any allegations or conduct that is not aligned with our mission. We will acknowledge and accept responsibility for proven violations of NCAA bylaws. The University of Memphis firmly supports James, Coach Hardaway and our men's basketball program in this matter."

      --Field Level Media

  • Pitino to coach Greece's national team
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 8, 2019

    Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino will coach Greece's national basketball team as it looks to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

    • He confirmed the move with a Twitter post on Friday morning.

      "Really honored to be coaching the Greek National team. Have a lot of work and preparation ahead but I'm looking forward to the challenge," he wrote.

      Team Greece will be among the 24 teams competing for four Olympic berths in the qualifier next June.

      "Obviously it's a great honor for me to accept this position, and I'm looking forward to it," Pitino, 67, told reporters Friday. "I'll spend most of the winter, once the brackets are announced, studying the film and we'll go to work."

      Pitino, whose coaching stops included Kentucky, Louisville, the New York Knicks and Boston Celtics, last coached in the Greek League, leading Panathinaikos to a league championship. He declined to return as team president and coach, instead hoping to land an NBA position.

      Among the players Pitino will want on the team is Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks star and reigning NBA Most Valuable Player. Pitino said he planned to meet with Antetokounmpo and his older brother, Thanasis, in the spring about representing their country.

      Also a member of the Bucks, Thanasis Antetokounmpo has appeared in one game this season.

      --Field Level Media

  • UConn G Bouknight suspended three games
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 7, 2019

    Connecticut freshman guard James Bouknight has been suspended for the first three games of the season, coach Dan Hurley said Thursday.

    • The discipline is in relation to allegations that Bouknight fled from a car crash in late September.

      Hurley termed the punishment as appropriate.

      Bouknight will miss the season opener against Sacred Heart on Friday as well as games against Saint Joseph's (Wednesday) and Florida (Nov. 17). He will be eligible to return against Buffalo on Nov. 21.

      According to published reports, the arrest warrant affidavit says Bouknight smelled of alcohol after the crash of the morning of Sept. 27. The car crashed into a street sign near campus.

      Bouknight has been charged with evading responsibility, interfering with a police officer, traveling too fast for conditions and operating a motor vehicle without a license, according to reports.

      --Field Level Media

  • Niagara names Paulus, 33, head coach
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 7, 2019

    Niagara removed the interim tag and named Greg Paulus as the Purple Eagles' head coach Thursday.

    • The promotion comes two weeks after coach Patrick Beilein abruptly resigned before coaching his first game, citing "personal reasons" for his Oct. 24 decision.

      This is the first head coaching position for Paulus, 33, a former Duke point guard (2005-09) who has been an assistant coach at George Washington, Louisville, Ohio State and Navy.

      "Since his first day on campus, Greg has exhibited a high level of professionalism and dedication to our student-athletes," athletic director Simon Gray said. "His leadership abilities have only strengthened in the past weeks and he has impressed throughout our evaluation of him as our next head coach. I have had the privilege of talking with his extensive network and appreciate the praise for his character, work ethic, and knowledge of the game. Greg has proven to be an effective recruiter and positive presence on campus and in the community."

      Niagara opens the 2019-20 season on Friday night against Drexel in Philadelphia.

      "It is an honor and a privilege to be named the men's basketball head coach at Niagara University," Paulus said. "This is a special place and is a program rich in tradition. We look forward to working extremely hard to make the Niagara community proud."

      Beilein, 36, the son of Cleveland Cavaliers coach John Beilein, was hired by Niagara in March after four seasons at Division II Le Moyne in Syracuse, N.Y.

      "Personal reasons I can no longer take lightly have led me to step away from my dream job," Beilein said in a statement announcing his resignation. "Going forward, I must give singular focus to dealing with these issues, so that I can become the man that I strive to be. In time, it is my hope that I can be more open about my ongoing circumstances, but in the meantime, I thank you all for respecting my family's need for privacy and for all of your continued support."

      In March, Niagara fired coach Chris Casey after six seasons. The Purple Eagles finished 13-19 last season, last in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

      --Field Level Media