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  • Top 25 basketball roundup: Virginia Tech stuns No. 3 Villanova
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 29, 2020

    Keve Aluma scored a career-high 23 points to lift Virginia Tech to an upset of No. 3 Villanova 81-73 in overtime in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off on Saturday in Uncasville, Conn.

    • Nahiem Alleyne added 20 for the Hokies, who improved to 2-0. Tyrece Radford contributed 13 rebounds, and Justyn Mutts scored 12 points.

      Collin Gillespie scored 25 points, Caleb Daniels added 17 and Jeremiah Robinson-Earl had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wildcats, who fell to 2-1.

      Aluma converted a three-point play with 1.3 seconds left in regulation to put the Hokies up 64-62, and then Villanova's Justin Moore drew a foul and tied the game at 64 with two free throws to force overtime.

      No. 2 Baylor 112, Louisiana 82

      MaCio Teague scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds, Davion Mitchell finished with 18 points and six assists, and the Bears cruised to the victory over the Ragin' Cajuns at Las Vegas.

      The contest, which was only scheduled on Friday, was the season opener for both teams.

      LJ Cryer and Jared Butler added 17 points apiece for Baylor (1-0). Adam Flagler was the fifth and final Bears player to score in double digits, putting up 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting. Cedric Russell scored 26 points on 10-for-17 shooting to lead Louisiana (0-1).

      Both teams shot better than 50 percent, but Baylor dominated in reboounding, 41-29.

      No. 9 Duke 81, Coppin State 71

      D.J. Steward and Jalen Johnson turned in strong performances in their debuts as the Blue Devils began the season with a victory against the visiting Eagles in Durham, N.C.

      Steward, a freshman guard, came off the bench to score 24 points on 10-for-18 shooting from the field for Duke (1-0). Johnson, the only freshman in Duke's starting lineup, poured in 19 points to go with 19 rebounds while making all eight of his field-goal attempts. Johnson also added five assists and four blocked shots.

      Anthony Tarke and DeJuan Clayton, who made all 10 of his free throws, paced Coppin State (0-1) with 22 points apiece. Koby Thomas added 11 points and Kenan Sarvan had 10 points and eight rebounds.

      No. 13 Michigan State 80, Notre Dame 70

      Aaron Henry filled the stat sheet with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists and four blocks, and the Spartans had a 26-0 run spanning the first and second halves to overwhelm the Fighting Irish at East Lansing, Mich.

      Rocket Watts supplied 13 points and six assists, and Joey Hauser contributed 10 points, 16 rebounds and four assists for Michigan State. Gabe Brown added nine points and made five steals, while Joshua Langford chipped in eight points.

      The Spartans (2-0) led by as many as 28 points and were up double digits throughout the second half. Prentiss Hubb paced Notre Dame (0-1) with 23 points. Cormac Ryan had 13 points, while Nate Laszewski and Dane Goodwin added 12 points apiece.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: San Francisco stuns No. 4 Virginia
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 28, 2020

    Jamaree Bouyea scored 19 points to lift San Francisco to a 61-60 upset victory over No. 4 Virginia on Friday in the HomeLight Classic at Uncasville, Conn.

    • Khalil Shabazz had 14 points and Dzmitry Ryuny added 10 for the Dons (2-1), who sputtered out of the gate before finding their range. San Francisco erupted for 40 points in the second half and went 13-for-28 from 3-point range for the game.

      Reece Beekman and Justin McKoy each scored 11 points and transfer Sam Hauser had 10 for the Cavaliers (1-1), who saw a halt to their nine-game winning streak dating back to last season.

      Shabazz appeared to sustain a left leg injury while delivering a chest pass in the open court with 2:20 expired in the second half. Shabazz needed assistance to leave the court before returning more than six minutes later.

      No. 1 Gonzaga 90, Auburn 67

      Drew Timme had a double-double with a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds and preseason All-American Corey Kispert added 25 points as the Bulldogs crushed the Tigers at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.

      Freshman guard Jalen Suggs, the highest-rated recruit in school history, added 12 points and a game-high six assists for the Bulldogs (2-0), who defeated No. 6 Kansas 102-90 on Thanksgiving Day. The Zags were without two unnamed players who were put into quarantine because of coronavirus concerns.

      Allen Flanigan led Auburn (1-1) with 20 points. JT Thor and Jamal Johnson each added 11 points, the only other Tigers to reach double-digit scoring.

      No. 5 Iowa 103, Southern 76

      Senior center Luka Garza erupted for 36 of his 41 points in the first half as the Hawkeyes led wire to wire in a blowout of the Jaguars in Iowa City.

      A preseason national Player of the Year favorite, Garza made all 12 of his shots in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers, and sank 10 of 12 free-throw attempts. His dominant effort enabled the Hawkeyes (2-0) to take a 58-35 halftime lead. Garza finished 14 of 15 from the floor and added nine rebounds and three blocked shots.

      Ahsante Shivers led Southern (0-2) with 13 points while Jayden Saddler added 12, Lamarcus Lee 11 and Damiree Burns 10.

      No. 6 Kansas 94, St. Joseph's 72

      Sophomore guard Christian Braun scored a career-high 30 points on 10-for-13 shooting as the Jayhawks toppled the Hawks at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Fort Myers, Fla.

      Braun made 5 of 8 attempts from 3-point range and grabbed nine rebounds while showing his potential as a go-to starter. As a freshman last season, Braun sparkled in situational roles with Kansas poised to become the top overall seed in the NCAA Tournament before that event was canceled.

      After allowing 64 percent shooting to No. 1 Gonzaga in a season-opening loss Thursday in Fort Myers, the Jayhawks (1-1) bounced back to wear down the Hawks with impressive depth. Ochai Agbaji netted 18 points for Kansas after scoring 17 in the opener. Jack Forrest scored 18 points for St. Joseph's (0-2).

      No. 7 Wisconsin 92, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 58

      Micah Potter notched 19 points and the Badgers scored the game's first 25 points while rolling to an easy win over the Golden Lions at Madison, Wis.

      D'Mitrik Trice knocked down three 3-pointers while scoring 15 points for Wisconsin (2-0). Nate Reuvers added 14 points and Aleem Ford had 10 for the Badgers, who committed just seven turnovers and led by as many as 40 points.

      Shaun Doss Jr. scored 16 points, Joshuwan Johnson added 13 and Dequan Morris had 10 for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2), which committed 15 turnovers.

      No. 8 Illinois 77, Ohio 75

      Ayo Dosunmu hit two free throws with 2.3 seconds left to lift the No. 8 Fighting Illini past the visiting Bobcats in the State Farm Center at Champaign, Ill.

      Dosunmu finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and eight assists for Illinois (3-0), which fought tooth-and-nail throughout with upset-minded Ohio (2-1).

      Jason Preston was sensational for the Bobcats, as he finished with a game-high 31 points, six rebounds and eight assists. Preston scored on a spinning, right-handed floater in the lane with 7.7 seconds left to give Ohio a 75-74 lead.

      No. 14 Texas Tech 84, Sam Houston State 52

      Mac McClung scored 18 points, Marcus Santos-Silva added 12 points and nine rebounds and the Red Raiders topped the Bearkats in Lubbock, Texas.

      Texas Tech's defense limited the Bearkats (0-2) to 31.5 percent shooting from the floor (17-for-54) and just 4-for-18 from 3-point range.

      The Red Raiders (2-0) limited Sam Houston State's Zach Nutall, who opened the season by torching SMU for a career-best 36 points on Wednesday, to 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting.

      No. 15 West Virginia 70, Western Kentucky 64

      Derek Culver scored 15 points to propel the Mountaineers to victory over the Hilltoppers in the championship game of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

      Culver overcame early foul trouble to record 11 points during the second half as the Mountaineers (3-0) outscored the Hilltoppers (2-1) by a 37-28 margin after intermission.

      Miles McBride scored 14 points and Taz Sherman added 12 for West Virginia. Charles Bassey overcame early foul trouble to collect 15 points and eight rebounds for the Hilltoppers, who were bidding to win their first in-season tournament since 2001.

      No. 17 Houston 68, Boise State 58

      Quentin Grimes scored 25 points and Caleb Mills added 12 to help the host Cougars stave off a late rally by the Broncos.

      Houston (2-0) extended to a 52-32 lead with 9:37 left to play on a DeJon Jarreau layup before Boise State (0-1) made things interesting late in its season opener.

      Marcus Sasser added 10 points for the Cougars. J'Wan Roberts grabbed a game-high 14 rebounds for Houston, which posted a 49-26 advantage on the glass. RayJ Dennis paced the Broncos with 18 points while Shaver chipped in 16. Boise State senior Derrick Alston Jr., the Mountain West Preseason Player of the Year and a Houston native, was held scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting over 32 minutes.

      No. 22 UCLA 107, Pepperdine 98 (3 OT)

      Chris Smith scored 26 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished six assists as the Bruins finally pulled away from the Waves in the third overtime to earn a wild victory in San Diego.

      The Bruins (1-1) scored nine points in the first 1:45 of the third extra period to create separation they never had in the game's previous 50 minutes. Tyger Campbell scored seven of his 22 points down the stretch in the third overtime, salting away the back-and-forth affair for the Bruins. Campbell also had seven assists and six rebounds.

      Pepperdine (1-1) led by as many as nine points in the first half and took a 39-32 lead into intermission behind solid play from Colbey Ross, who scored a game-high 33 points. In the second half, the senior guard passed Stacy Davis' 1,786 career points to become the Waves' all-time leading scorer.

      No. 24 Rutgers 96, Fairleigh Dickinson 75

      Ron Harper Jr. scored a career-high 30 points and Jacob Young added 24 points as the Scarlet Knights pulled away from pesky visiting Knights in a battle of New Jersey schools in Piscataway, N.J.

      Young also had seven assists for Rutgers (2-0). Montez Mathis finished with 15 points for the Scarlet Knights, who recorded nine blocks, including four in just 15 minutes by Myles Johnson.

      Brandon Rush and Jahlil Jenkins scored 16 points apiece while Pier-Olivier Racine had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Fairleigh Dickinson (0-2). Callum Baker had 11 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Two Gonzaga players out vs. Auburn due to COVID-19 protocols
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Two unidentified Gonzaga players will sit out Friday's game against Auburn due to COVID-19 protocols, The Spokesman-Review reported.

    • Per The Athletic, the two in question are younger role players for the top-ranked Bulldogs.

      The news comes on the heels of three non-athletes from Gonzaga's traveling party being isolated in their hotel rooms after one tested positive for the coronavirus. Undaunted, the Bulldogs posted a 102-90 victory over No. 6 Kansas on Thursday in the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.

      "To get the game in was really important for our guys," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after notching his 600th career win. "The Kansas program and ours were consistently doing the right things. We did the protocols and tested hundreds of times."

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 2 Baylor aims to open season in Las Vegas
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    No. 2 Baylor is heading west in hopes of finally opening its delayed basketball season.

    • The Bears, who previously canceled their first three scheduled games after coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19, flew to Las Vegas on Thursday ahead of an expected weekend doubleheader.

      Baylor hopes to play its first game Saturday, though the opponent wasn't immediately announced. cited an anonymous source saying that Louisiana would face Baylor on Saturday.

      On Sunday, the Bears will square off with Washington, which also will be making its season debut. The Huskies' planned four-team tournament in Seattle, set for the past few days, was scrapped when the expected visitors ran into COVID-19 issues.

      Baylor had been due to play twice this week in the 2K Empire Classic at Uncasville, Conn., with dates against No. 18 Arizona State on Wednesday and either No. 3 Villanova or Boston College on Thursday. Rhode Island would up replacing the Bears at the tournament.

      Baylor also scratched a scheduled Saturday visit to Seton Hall that was to be part of the Big East/Big 12 Battle.

      With Drew still in a 10-day coronavirus quarantine period, associate head coach Jerome Tang will coach the Bears in Las Vegas, according to the Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald.

      Next week, Baylor is slated for two games in Indianapolis, vs. Illinois on Wednesday and vs. No. 1 Gonzaga on Dec. 5.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 1 Gonzaga too much for No. 6 Kansas
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 27, 2020

    Forward Drew Timme scored a career-high 25 points on 11-of-15 shooting as top-ranked Gonzaga opened its season with a 102-90 victory against No. 6 Kansas on Thursday afternoon at the Fort Myers Tip-Off in Florida.

    • Freshman Jalen Suggs, a top-10 prospect who is Gonzaga's highest-ever recruit, scored 24 points and had a game-high eight assists. Corey Kispert, a preseason All-American, added 23 points for the Bulldogs, who will play Auburn in the tournament Friday.

      Marcus Garrett led the Jayhawks with 22 points and Ochai Agbaji scored 17. Freshman Bryce Thompson, whose father played for coach Bill Self at Tulsa, added 12 points and Jalen Wilson scored 11.

      Kansas and Gonzaga finished last season ranked Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, in the polls, but a potential showdown in the NCAA Tournament was dashed when the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

      No. 3 Villanova 83, No. 18 Arizona State 74

      Sophomore Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored a career-high 28 points on 11-of-17 shooting to lift the Wildcats past the Sun Devils in the championship game of the 2K Empire Classic in Uncasville, Conn.

      Justin Moore added 16 points and 12 rebounds while Caleb Daniels scored 14 points for the Wildcats. Collin Gillespie contributed 11 points.

      Freshman Josh Christopher led the Sun Devils with 28 points while Alonzo Verge Jr. added 22. Marcus Bagley produced 10 points.

      No. 8 Illinois 97, Chicago State 38

      Preseason All-America guard Ayo Dosunmu collected 22 points and seven assists to lead a balanced effort in the Illini's triumph over the Cougars in Champaign, Ill.

      Kofi Cockburn added 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Illini, who won by at least 59 points for the second time in as many days at the Illinois multi-team event. Illinois (2-0), which posted a 122-60 win over North Carolina A&T on Wednesday, faces Ohio on Friday afternoon.

      Andre Curbelo (18 points), Adam Miller (15 points) and Trent Frazier (14 points) also hit double figures as Illinois shot 60 percent from the field. Xavier Johnson led the Cougars (0-2) with 10 points.

      No. 15 West Virginia 78, Virginia Commonwealth 66

      Derek Culver collected 23 points and 15 rebounds to lift the Mountaineers to a victory over the Rams in the semifinals of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

      West Virginia junior Sean McNeil scored 16 points to match his career-high total set on Wednesday. Oscar Tshiebwe recorded 11 points and 16 rebounds for the Mountaineers, who will face Western Kentucky in the championship game on Friday afternoon. The Hilltoppers advanced to the final with a 75-69 victory over Memphis on Thursday afternoon.

      VCU sophomore Nah'Shon Hyland scored 13 points, one day after posting a career-high 23.

      --Field Level Media

  • Butler pauses activities after positive COVID-19 test
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    The Butler men's basketball team paused all team activities Thursday following a positive COVID-19 test.

    • Sunday's game against Eastern Illinois has been postponed.

      The test was administered Wednesday night following the Bulldogs' season-opening 66-62 victory against Western Michigan in Indianapolis.

      The individual who tested positive has Tier 1 status, meaning it is either a student-athlete, a coach or a member of the support staff.

      "The individual is not displaying symptoms and a confirmation test will be conducted," Butler said in a statement posted to Twitter. "Those identified as close contacts have been notified and instructed to quarantine."

      Butler is in its fourth season under head coach LaVall Jordan. The Bulldogs finished 22-9 last season, including a 10-8 record in the Big East Conference.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 3 Villanova rallies for opening win
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 26, 2020

    Jeremiah Robinson-Earl scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 3 Villanova rallied from a nine-point, second-half deficit for a 76-67 victory over Boston College on Wednesday in the 2K Empire Classic at Uncasville, Conn.

    • The game was the season opener for both teams.

      Collin Gillespie scored 15 points while Justin Moore and Caleb Daniels added 14 apiece for the Wildcats, who will face No. 18 Arizona State in the championship game on Thursday. The Sun Devils topped Rhode Island 94-88 in the other Wednesday game.

      Jay Heath led Boston College with 16 points while Makai Ashton-Langford added 15 and Wynston Tabbs had 11. Steffon Mitchell pulled down 11 rebounds.

      No. 4 Virginia 89, Towson 54

      Transfers Sam Hauser and Trey Murphy III made successful Cavaliers debuts, leading their team to an easy season-opening victory over the Tigers in Uncasville, Conn.

      The arrival of Hauser, a senior transfer from Marquette who sat out last season, was widely anticipated. He tallied 17 of his 19 points in the first half and added a team-high eight rebounds. He was 3-for-3 from behind the arc. Murphy, who found out just before the game his waiver for immediate eligibility after transferring from Rice was approved by the NCAA, had 21 points while hitting 6-of-8 3-pointers.

      Towson fell to 0-7 all-time against Virginia. Nicolas Timberlake led the Tigers with 19 points. The Cavaliers improved to 11-1 in season openers under Tony Bennett.

      No. 5 Iowa 97, North Carolina Central 67

      Luka Garza scored 26 points, and it took the Hawkeyes some time to get rolling to their win over the Eagles in Iowa City, Iowa.

      Garza, a 6-foot-11 senior who is considered one of the country's top players, overpowered the Eagles. He shot 11-for-14 from the field while also grabbing a game-high 10 rebounds. The Hawkeyes won their first game of the season for the 10th year in a row.

      Patrick McCaffery, a redshirt freshman and one of coach Fran McCaffery's two sons on the Iowa roster, provided 16 points off the bench. C.J. Keyser led North Carolina Central with 15 points while Nicolas Fennell had 12 points and a team-best seven rebounds. Jamir Moultrie supplied nine points.

      No. 7 Wisconsin 77, Eastern Illinois 67

      Nate Reuvers had 18 points and nine rebounds as the Badgers rolled past the Panthers in Madison, Wis., in the season opener for both teams.

      Wisconsin freshman Ben Carlson scored 13 points in his collegiate debut and D'Mitrik Trice contributed 11 points. Micah Potter tallied nine points and eight rebounds to help the Badgers win their home opener for the 22nd time in the past 23 seasons. The stretch includes a 13-point victory against the Panthers to begin the 2019-20 season.

      Josiah Wallace paced the Panthers with a game-high 22 points while Jordan Skipper-Brown chipped in 14 points and three steals. Eastern Illinois won the rebounding battle 40-37.

      No. 8 Illinois 122, North Carolina A&T 60

      Junior All-America candidate Ayo Dosunmu produced a career-high 28 points as the Illini breezed by the Aggies in the season opener for both teams in Champaign, Ill.

      Adam Miller, the Big Ten's top-ranked recruit, set the Illinois record for most points in a freshman debut with 28 points on 6 3-pointers. Kofi Cockburn added 18 points and 10 rebounds while Illinois set the single-game team record with 17 3-pointers. Dosunmu added 10 rebounds and five assists.

      Blake Harris paced North Carolina A&T with 12 points. MEAC preseason player of the year Kameron Langley, the point guard who led the nation last year with 8.0 assists per game, was limited to eight points and four assists in 32 minutes.

      No. 10 Kentucky 81, Morehead State 45

      Brandon Boston Jr. recorded 15 points and seven rebounds to help the Wildcats cruise to the victory over the visiting Eagles at Lexington, Ky.

      Two other freshmen, Devin Askew and Terrence Clarke, added 12 points apiece for the Kentucky, while Creighton transfer Davion Mintz added 10 points. Johni Broome (5-of-6 shooting) and Julius Dixon scored 11 points apiece for Morehead State, which shot just 34 percent from the field.

      The Wildcats shot 55.9 percent from the field and were 6 of 16 from 3-point range in the game that is part of the Bluegrass Showcase. Kentucky committed 15 turnovers.

      No. 13 Michigan State 83, Eastern Michigan 67

      Junior Foster Loyer fired in a career-best 20 points and the Spartans rolled to a win over the short-handed Eagles in the season opener for both teams at East Lansing, Mich.

      Joey Hauser, who sat out last season after transferring from Marquette, supplied 15 points and nine rebounds in his Spartans debut. Gabe Brown tossed in 12 points and Joshua Langford, who had not played since December 2018 due to foot injuries, added 10 for Michigan State.

      Eastern Michigan had only eight players available due to injuries and contact tracing related to the virus. Yeikson Montero led the Eagles with 16 points and Ty Groce had 14.

      No. 14 Texas Tech 101, Northwestern State 58

      Buoyed by a solid first half in which 12 players got court time, the Red Raiders routed the Demons in Lubbock, Texas.

      Newcomer Mac McClung led the Red Raiders with 20 points. Returning starter Terrence Shannon Jr. contributed 16, ballyhooed freshman Micah Peavy added 14 with some highlight-reel slam dunks and graduate transfer Marco Santos-Silva recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds.

      Jamaure Gregg led the Demons with 11 points. Northwestern State shot only 34.4 percent as a team from the floor (21 of 61) and missed 18 of 23 3-point tries.

      No. 15 West Virginia 79, South Dakota State 71

      Gabe Osabuohien converted a Sean McNeil assist into a layup with 50 seconds remaining, allowing the Mountaineers to outlast the upset-minded Jackrabbits in the opening round of the Bad Boy Mowers Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, S.D.

      Led by 17 points from Douglas Wilson and 16 from Noah Freidel, South Dakota State hung close to West Virginia for the entire 40 minutes, getting within 73-69 on a three-point play by Wilson with 1:50 to go.

      Miles McBride finished with a game-high 23 points for West Virginia, which returns its top three scorers from a 21-10 team that was ranked as high as 12th last season. McNeil added 16 points and Taz Sherman 14 for the Mountaineers. Douglas Wilson scored 17 points for South Dakota State.

      No. 16 North Carolina 79, College of Charleston 60

      Caleb Love scored 17 points in his first college game and the Tar Heels had a big early lead disappear before recovering for a season-opening home victory against the Cougars in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      Freshmen Day'Ron Sharpe (13 points) and RJ Davis (11 points) joined Love in making a big impact for North Carolina's freshman class. Sharpe also pulled in 10 rebounds while Love was 8-for-8 on free throws. Armando Bacot added 12 points and eight rebounds for the Tar Heels, who overcame 4-for-18 shooting on 3-pointers.

      Brevin Galloway had 15 points and Payton Willis added 13 to lead College of Charleston. Galloway made three of the Cougars' eight 3-point baskets.

      No. 17 Houston 89, Lamar 45

      Marcus Sasser scored 19 of his game-high 25 points in the first half as the Cougars turned suffocating defense and rebounding into a season-opening, nonconference win over the visiting Cardinals at the Fertitta Center.

      Sasser finished 9-for-11 from the floor including 7-of-9 on 3-point attempts to pace No. 17 Houston, who played without American Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year Caleb Mills (ankle). Anderson Kopp paced Lamar with 15 points on 8-of-9 free-throw shooting.

      Houston stifled the Cardinals early and didn't relent, limiting Lamar to two field goals by the midpoint of the first half and overcoming a scoring drought with a late closing kick.

      No. 18 Arizona State 94, Rhode Island 88

      Remy Martin scored 26 points to help the Sun Devils hold off the Rams at the 2K Empire Sports Classic in Uncasville, Conn.

      Martin, a preseason All-American, also had six rebounds and five assists in the foul-plagued season-opener for both teams. Rhode Island's Antwan Walker scored a career-high 19 points, as did Jeremy Sheppard, making his URI debut after stops at Eastern Carolina and junior college.

      The Sun Devils advanced to Thursday's title game of the four-team tournament, where they will meet No. 3 Villanova. The Rams will play the Eagles in the consolation game.

      No. 19 Texas 91, UT Rio Grande Valley 55

      Courtney Ramey scored 20 points to lead a balanced and deep attack as the Longhorns jumped out early and cruised to an easy win over the Vaqueros in the teams' season opener in Austin, Texas.

      The game was never in doubt after Texas' early burst, and the Vaqueros did not get any closer than 14 points in the second half as the Longhorns shot 76.2 percent (16 of 21) from the floor after halftime.

      Matt Coleman III poured in 17 points and Kai Jones added 14 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Longhorns. Freshman Greg Brown III, one of the top-ranked recruits in the nation, started for Texas and scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his collegiate debut. Quinton Johnson II had 13 points to lead UT Rio Grande Valley. Chris Freeman and LaQuan Butler added 10 points each for the Vaqueros.

      San Diego State 73, No. 22 UCLA 58

      Jordan Schakel and Matt Mitchell scored 15 points each to lead the Aztecs to a win against the Bruins in the season opener for both teams in San Diego.

      Aguek Arop and Terrell Gomez added 10 points apiece for San Diego State, which returned two starters from last season's team that finished 30-2 and ranked No. 6.

      Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 17 points, Cody Riley had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Chris Smith contributed 10 points for UCLA.

      No. 23 Ohio State 94, Illinois State 67

      The Buckeyes wasted no time in celebrating the start of the season, scoring the first 22 points en route to a blowout of the Redbirds in Columbus, Ohio.

      Justice Sueing, in his first game for the Buckeyes after transferring from California, made his first eight shots on the way to a game-high 19 points and eight rebounds. E.J. Liddell finished with 16 points, while Duane Washington Jr. and freshman Zed Key added 12 points for the Buckeyes.

      Antonio Reeves had 17 points and Josiah Strong scored 15 for Illinois State, which had no available seniors on the roster.

      No. 24 Rutgers 86, Sacred Heart 63

      Ron Harper Jr. led five Rutgers players in double figures with 18 points as the Scarlet Knights never trailed en route to a victory over the Pioneers in Piscataway, N.J.

      Rutgers began a season as a ranked team for the first time since 1978, but the news was not all good in a game it led by as many as 25 points. Second-leading returning scorer Geo Baker injured his ankle attempting a 3-pointer with about four minutes left in the first half, did not return and watched the second half sporting crutches.

      Aaron Clarke led the Pioneers with 17 points but shot 7 of 18 from the field. Mike Sixsmith added 11 points and Matas Spokas contributed 10 for the Pioneers, who shot 37.3 percent on field-goal attempts.

      No. 25 Michigan 96, Bowling Green 82

      Chaundee Brown debuted with 19 points and the Wolverines cruised past the Falcons in the season opener for both teams at Ann Arbor, Mich.

      Brown, a Wake Forest transfer who started 74 games the past three seasons, knocked down five second-half 3-pointers and added four rebounds and three assists. Isaiah Livers supplied 17 points, nine rebounds and three assists while Columbia transfer Mike Smith racked up 16 points and eight assists in his Wolverines debut.

      Justin Turner paced Bowling Green with 24 points and had moments of dominance in the first half. However, he shot just 9-for-24 from the field.

      --Field Level Media

  • Oklahoma postpones two games due to COVID-19 issues
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    A COVID-19 outbreak at Oklahoma prompted the Sooners to pause basketball activities on Wednesday, leading to the postponement of the team's first two games of the season.

    • The Sooners were due to open at home Wednesday night against UTSA before visiting UCF on Saturday. Both of those games are listed as postponed, not canceled, with Oklahoma now tentatively slated to open Dec. 2 at home against Florida.

      The Oklahoma athletic department announced that the basketball team had multiple positive COVID-19 tests and that contact tracing was underway. No other details were revealed.

      UTSA's opener will now be a Friday home game against UT Permian Basin.

      Oklahoma is coming off a 19-12 season while UTSA hopes to rebound from a 13-19 campaign.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 15 WVU replaces Tennessee at Jimmy V Classic
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    No. 15 West Virginia is replacing Tennessee in the Jimmy V Classic and will face No. 1 Gonzaga next Wednesday in Indianapolis.

    • The 12th-ranked Volunteers were forced to withdraw from the event due to COVID-19 protocols. Head coach Rick Barnes was among those who tested positive within the Tennessee program.

      The other game scheduled in the event at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Wednesday night will be No. 2 Baylor against No. 8 Illinois. There will be no spectators in attendance.

      West Virginia has participated in the Jimmy V Classic three previous times.

      This will be the fifth meeting between the Mountaineers and the Bulldogs, with Gonzaga winning all four previous contests.

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA suspends Nebraska F Walker 16 games
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    The same day Nebraska opened its season, the NCAA issued a 16-game suspension to Cornhuskers forward Derrick Walker on Wednesday for an unspecified rules violation at his previous school.

    • The 6-foot-8 junior sat out last season after transferring from Tennessee, where he averaged 1.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 64 games over two seasons.

      Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg said he knew of Walker's "mistake" while with the Volunteers, but he had hoped that the suspension would be shorter since the 2020-21 season is only 27 games instead of the usual 31 games.

      "Since arriving at Nebraska, Derrick Walker has been phenomenal at owning up to a mistake he made prior to coming here," Hoiberg said in a statement. "He was transparent throughout the recruiting process and acknowledged his mistake. In turn, we told him confidently we would support and fight for him."

      The Cornhuskers (1-0) began the season Wednesday with a 102-55 win against McNeese State in Lincoln, Neb.

      "Regardless of the outcome of any further appeals, we will continue to support Derrick and get him as ready as possible for when he is eligible to compete," Hoiberg said. "I know Derrick is in a much better place today than when he arrived at Nebraska, and he is a valuable member of our team on and off the court."

      --Field Level Media

  • Chicago State coach Irvin opting out
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 25, 2020

    Chicago State men's basketball head coach Lance Irvin, a two-time cancer survivor, plans to opt out of the 2020-21 season over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

    • Irvin told Stadium on Tuesday he is still waiting on a response from school administrators after making the decision last week.

      The Cougars open the season Wednesday afternoon against Ohio in Champaign, Ill. As of Wednesday at noon ET, nothing had been posted on the basketball team's website or Twitter page regarding Irvin's status.

      "I'm not comfortable coaching this season because my doctor suggested that it wasn't the right thing to do for my health," Irvin said. "She said it's not worth the risk based on the current COVID pandemic."

      Irvin compiled a 7-54 record during his first two seasons at Chicago State, including a combined 0-30 mark in the Western Athletic Conference.

      He was initially diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in 2010 and underwent a bone marrow transplant in 2012 after the cancer returned.

      Irvin's physician, Dr. Wendy Stock, sent a letter to athletic director Elliott Charles on Nov. 19, per the report.

      "While I am thrilled to report that the leukemia remains in remission, patients who have undergone a bone marrow transplant as Lance, remain immunocompromised for more than a decade following the transplant," Stock wrote. "Given this high risk state and the rampant prevalence of COVID-19 in the country, I feel that Lance should not be involved in the current basketball season."

      The school provided a statement to Stadium.

      "While we cannot comment on the specifics of this situation as it is a personnel matter, we would like to emphasize that we are an institution that is committed to supporting the well being of each and every employee," the statement read.

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA cancellations: Tennessee pulls out of Jimmy V showdown with Gonzaga
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    No. 12 Tennessee announced Tuesday that it will not face top-ranked Gonzaga in the Jimmy V Classic next week due to the COVID-19 situation within the program.

    • The contest against the Bulldogs was slated for Dec. 2 in Indianapolis.

      Tennessee also said it won't play at Notre Dame on Dec. 4. The contest hadn't been formally announced as contract details were being finalized but the matchup was widely reported.

      Also, Friday's Volunteer Classic game against VCU in Knoxville won't be played. Wednesday's season opener against Charlotte -- also part of the tournament -- was scrapped on Monday.

      The scheduling shakeup comes one day after the university revealed coach Rick Barnes tested positive for COVID-19. The 66-year-old Barnes is in isolation and experiencing mild symptoms.

      The Volunteers paused team activities on Monday following multiple COVID-19 positive tests among players and staff.

      Tennessee is now aiming to play its first game on Dec. 12 against visiting Cincinnati.

      The Volunteers are one of dozens of teams to experience a shutdown. Other Wednesday games canceled:

      --Penn State will not host Drexel in their opener, CBS Sports reported. It was to be the debut for interim coach Jim Ferry, who took over the program upon the resignation of coach Patrick Chambers last month.

      The Nittany Lions remain scheduled to play VMI on Saturday.

      --Stephen F. Austin pulled out of the tipoff tournament in Connecticut after a member of the Lumberjacks' traveling party tested positive for COVID-19.

      The Lumberjacks were scheduled to play San Francisco at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville for their first game of the 2020-21 season. The MTE (multiple-team events) Tournament at Bubbleville is one of several events held at different pods.

      "While no players or coaches have tested positive, it was out of an abundance of caution that tournament officials determined that SFA should not continue with the tournament," Stephen F. Austin said in a statement.

      --Field Level Media

  • ACC moves 2021 men's tournament to Greensboro
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving the 2021 men's basketball tournament to Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., because of the coronavirus pandemic.

    • The tournament will be held March 9-13. It was scheduled to be played at Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C., but the North Carolina location puts the tournament within the ACC's primarily southern footprint.

      Washington, D.C., instead will host the 2024 tournament.

      "The ACC Men's Basketball Tournament has enjoyed terrific experiences and hospitality at Capital One Arena," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a news release. "We look forward to returning to Washington, D.C., and appreciate Greensboro for welcoming and accommodating us during these unique and challenging times."

      The 2022 event is set to be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with Greensboro again hosting in 2023.

      The ACC men's tournament began in 1954 and has been held in Greensboro 27 times.

      The 2021 ACC Women's Basketball Tournament will also be held at Greensboro Coliseum, as previously scheduled, from March 3-7.

      With the tournament not completed in 2020 due to the pandemic, 2019 winner Duke is the defending tournament champion.

      --Field Level Media

  • Stephen F. Austin pulls out of MTE Tournament
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Stephen F. Austin has pulled out of Wednesday's tipoff tournament in Connecticut after a member of the Lumberjacks' traveling party tested positive for COVID-19.

    • The Lumberjacks were scheduled to play San Francisco at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville for their first game of the 2020-21 season. The MTE (multiple-team events) Tournament at Bubbleville is one of several events held at different pods.

      "While no players or coaches have tested positive, it was out of an abundance of caution that tournament officials determined that SFA should not continue with the tournament," Stephen F. Austin said in a statement Tuesday.

      The entire team was tested Monday upon its arrival in Uncasville.

      "While not an ideal situation for our players, coaches or fans, the decision of the tournament officials is one rooted in caution and a desire to not directly place student athletes, coaches or staff in harm's way," Stephen F. Austin said. "Separate travel arrangements will be made for the individual who has tested positive so as to limit further exposure to student athletes or staff."

      The Lumberjacks were scheduled to play the Dons at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday and then Towson in an afternoon game on Thanksgiving.

      Stephen F. Austin's next scheduled game is against D-III Hardin-Simmons on Dec. 2.

      --Field Level Media

  • Utah basketball coach, players test positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 24, 2020

    Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak and a number of his players have tested positive for COVID-19, Krystkowiak announced Monday in his weekly appearance on ESPN 700 radio in Salt Lake City.

    • Earlier Monday, the Utah athletic department announced the cancellation of the Utes' scheduled season opener on Friday against visiting New Orleans. Utah is now due to open with a Pac-12 Conference matchup, on Dec. 3 vs. visiting Washington.

      Utah associate director of communications John Vu confirmed to the Deseret News that the basketball team did not practice all of last week due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The exact number of players who tested positive wasn't revealed, but Krystkowiak hinted on the radio that it was at least five.

      The Salt Lake Tribune reported that the basketball team, not limited to players, had at least nine positive cases.

      Krystkowiak said he found out Nov. 17 that he tested positive and that he is observing a 10-day quarantine period.

      The team resumed practice Monday with associate head coach Tommy Connor presiding, and only one player was missing, according to Krystkowiak.

      "We still have a few guys that haven't got it, but I think we are certainly past the darkest days," he said. "We just need to keep some optimism here with the vaccine and some of the positive news. That's all we can control right now. ...

      "We are going to have to play ourselves into shape. Let's have a few scrimmages and get out and have some fun and focus on playing hard and smart and playing together."

      --Field Level Media

  • Pitino renews call for season to start in March
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 23, 2020

    Rick Pitino expects a COVID-19 vaccine to give college basketball a chance for success, an approach that would require patience and an extended pause to the regular season.

    • Pitino, in his first season as the coach of Iona, runs one of the growing number of programs on pause due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      "I'll say it again, to anyone who will listen, push the season back to March, and then have May Madness. Give the Vaccine a chance. In the best interest of all involved!" Pitino said via Twitter on Monday afternoon.

      On Nov. 14, Pitino went public with his plea for the NCAA to move the annual tournament and March Madness to May.

      "Save the Season. Move the start back. Play league schedule and have May Madness," Pitino said. "Spiking and protocols make it impossible to play right now."

      The NCAA season opens Wednesday, and Pitino's Gaels were scheduled to play at Fordham.

      Multiple schedule changes hit Monday, including major programs pausing in the SEC -- Tennessee, Ole Miss -- and the postponement of Duke's season opener. Additional alterations are expected, according to multiple reports, but conferences are being left to make their own decisions about starting the season this week.

      --Field Level Media

  • Izzo out of isolation, set to coach No. 13 Spartans in opener
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 23, 2020

    Michigan State head coach Tom Izzo is out of quarantine and back on the Spartans' bench as the season opener approaches Wednesday.

    • Izzo, who tested positive for COVID-19 on Nov. 9, returned to practice for the first time Monday, exactly two weeks after learning of his test results. No. 13 Michigan State confirmed later in the day that Izzo would begin his 26th season as the team's head coach on the sideline, not in isolation.

      "While some people who have tested positive have not been affected too much by it, I am here to tell you that this virus is no joke and everyone must take this seriously," Izzo said in a statement.

      Associate coach Dwayne Stephens ran practices while Izzo was away and limited to viewing live streams of practices.

      "It was hard for me to be away from my team and our players, but I also understood the challenges associated with this virus and the need for me to isolate and follow proper protocol to ensure that I was healthy enough to return to work," Izzo said.

      Michigan State opens with Eastern Michigan at Breslin Center on Wednesday.

      "I want to thank Dwayne Stephens for leading our team over the last two weeks and to the entire coaching staff and our support staff for their hard work and dedication," Izzo said. "I've stayed in touch with my players as much as I could, but I am looking forward to seeing them in person today. I was really impressed with the hard work they have put in during this time. We are all looking forward to the start of the season."

      --Field Level Media

  • Tennessee coach Barnes tests positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 23, 2020

    The Tennessee men's basketball program suspended team activities Monday following multiple positive COVID-19 tests among players and staff, including head coach Rick Barnes.

    • The No. 12 Volunteers were scheduled to open the season against Charlotte on Wednesday night at the Volunteer Classic in Knoxville, Tenn.

      The school issued a statement confirming the tests were conducted Sunday. The players, coaches, managers and support staff will be retested Monday.

      "The basketball program is following SEC, local and university public health guidelines to prioritize the health and safety of all student-athletes and staff as well as the campus and local community," the statement said.

      The school said an update on the status of the tournament will be provided by Tuesday. Tennessee was scheduled to face VCU on Friday afternoon.

      Barnes has entered isolation protocol.

      Barnes, 66, is entering his sixth season at Tennessee. The Volunteers were 17-14 in 2019-20 and are 105-64 since he took over the program in 2015-16.

      Barnes owns an overall record of 709-378 at Tennessee, Texas (1998-2015), Clemson (1994-98), Providence (1998-94) and George Mason (1987-88).

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Arizona's season opener against NAU postponed
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 23, 2020

    The season opener for the Arizona men's basketball team against Northern Arizona has been postponed, multiple outlets reported Monday.

    • The game was scheduled for Wednesday in Tucson but reportedly won't be played because of a positive COVID-19 test in the Northern Arizona program.

      Arizona is scheduled to host Grambling State on Friday and UTEP on Sunday in the Southwest Classic. The Wildcats were 21-11 (10-8 Pac-12) in the 2019-20 season.

      Northern Arizona's next game is a Big Sky conference matchup against Eastern Washington slated for Dec. 3. The Lumberjacks finished with a 16-14 (10-10) mark last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 9 Duke delays opener after opponent's positive test
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 23, 2020

    No. 9 Duke postponed Wednesday's scheduled season opener against Gardner-Webb due to a positive COVID-19 test within the opponent's program.

    • The Blue Devils are now set to open the season Saturday against visiting Coppin State at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C.

      "The postponement came following a positive COVID-19 test and contact tracing with the Runnin' Bulldogs," Gardner-Webb said in a statement released Monday. "The student-athlete who tested positive is currently asymptomatic."

      The statement said a make-up date for the game is still an option.

      Gardner-Webb's next scheduled game is Nov. 27 at Florida State.

      Duke finished 25-6 last season and is entering its 41st season under head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ole Miss suspends hoops activities through Dec. 7
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 23, 2020

    Ole Miss on Monday suspended its men's basketball activities through Dec. 7 due to positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing.

    • The school canceled this week's Justin Reed Ole Miss Classic as well as the Rebels' Dec. 5 home game against Memphis.

      "The student-athletes and staff affected are taking appropriate safety measures in accordance with university protocol," the school said in a statement.

      Ole Miss did not state how many members of the program were affected. The school announced last week that coach Kermit Davis tested positive and was in isolation.

      The other programs scheduled to compete in the Ole Miss Classic this Wednesday through Friday were Central Arkansas, Jackson State and Arkansas State.

      The next game on the Ole Miss schedule is Dec. 12 at home against UNC Wilmington.

      The Rebels finished 15-17 (6-12 SEC) in 2019-20 in their second season under Davis.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Arizona State to face opponent TBD in opener
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 23, 2020

    No. 18 Arizona State apparently will open the season against an opponent still to be determined.

    • CBS reported Monday that No. 2 Baylor withdrew from this week's 2K Empire Sports Classic after coach Scott Drew announced his positive test for COVID-19. Earlier in the day, it was reported that Arizona State had withdrawn due to concerns over playing the Bears.

      Now, organizers of the four-team tournament seem to be scrambling for a replacement.

      The Sun Devils and Bears were supposed to open the season on Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The event schedule also includes No. 3 Villanova taking on Boston College, with the winners of the two games facing off on Thanksgiving night.

      Drew tested positive Friday and announced his result Sunday night. He said the rest of the Bears tested negative Friday and Sunday and would be retested Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

      Arizona State is entering its sixth season under head coach Bobby Hurley. The Sun Devils finished 20-11 last year, including an 11-7 mark in the Pac-12.

      --Field Level Media

  • Indiana State, East Carolina withdraw from Gulf Coast Showcase
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 22, 2020

    Indiana State and East Carolina both announced Sunday that they are pulling out of the season-opening Gulf Coast Showcase due to the COVID-19 situation.

    • Indiana State cited an outbreak within the program, while East Carolina cited concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

      Indiana State and East Carolina were slated to meet on Wednesday in their respective season openers on the first day of the eight-team tournament in Estero, Fla.

      Both teams were slated to play three games in the tournament.

      Indiana State didn't divulge information regarding whether players, coaches or staff members were among the positive tests.

      "We are obviously disappointed to have to withdraw from the Gulf Coast Showcase, but the safety and well-being of our student-athletes and those surrounding our program are the highest priority," Indiana State athletic director Sherard Clinkscales said. "We have the utmost confidence in the protocols set forth by our medical staff as well as the medical team at the Gulf Coast Classic, and we do not want to risk the health of those that we might come in contact while in Florida."

      Indiana State is now slated to open the season at home against the University of Indianapolis on Dec. 6. East Carolina is now scheduled to begin its season on Dec. 5 against visiting Radford.

      "We apologize to the organizers of the Gulf Coast Showcase for the cancellation because they have done a terrific job of setting up medical protocols for the event," East Carolina athletic director Jon Gilbert said in a statement. "Obviously it's disappointing for the members of our basketball program who were looking forward to opening the season, but our top priority is the health and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. We understand that disruptions will come during this ongoing pandemic and we will make the necessary adjustments to our schedule."

      There was no immediate word whether tournament organizers would line up two replacements for the tournament held near Fort Myers on Florida's west coast.

      The other three first-round matchups for the tournament are East Tennessee State vs. Abilene Christian, Akron against Middle Tennessee State and Austin Peay vs. Omaha.

      The semifinals are slated for Thanksgiving night and the championship game is Friday night.

      --Field Level Media

  • Auburn self-imposes postseason ban for 2020-21 season
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 22, 2020

    Auburn has self-imposed a postseason ban for the 2020-21 season over the actions of a former assistant coach who pled guilty to bribery charges last year.

    • The university released a statement Sunday, saying that the Southeastern Conference and NCAA have been notified.

      "The athletics department and university administration, in conjunction with Coach Bruce Pearl, made the decision after careful deliberation and in light of the ongoing matter that surfaced in fall 2017 regarding former assistant coach Chuck Person," the statement read.

      "We regret the impact this decision has on our student-athletes, yet it was made in the best long-term interest of the program."

      Said Pearl: "This was a difficult decision but the right decision. I hate it for our current players. They lost the opportunity for the postseason last year because of COVID, and now they will miss the postseason again. It's a two-year postseason penalty for them. However, we need to take this penalty now to put it behind us."

      Person pleaded guilty in March 2019 to bribery charges in connection with the FBI investigation into corruption in college basketball. He acknowledged accepting $91,500 in bribes in exchange for directing players toward a specific financial adviser.

      Person was one of 10 people arrested in September 2017 when news of the FBI investigation became public. A former player at Auburn, he was an assistant coach from 2014-17 and was fired after his arrest.

      Person avoided a prison term, sentenced to time served in July 2019.

      Auburn was picked to finish 7th in the SEC this season after a 25-6 (12-6 SEC) campaign last year. The Tigers were tied for second in the SEC when the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

      Auburn lost all five starters from last season's team, including Isaac Okoro, who went No. 5 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers in last week's draft.

      --Field Level Media

  • No. 2 Baylor coach Drew tests positive for COVID-19
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 22, 2020

    Baylor head coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19 and won't be with the No. 2 Bears when they open the season Wednesday night against No. 18 Arizona State in Uncasville, Conn.

    • Associate head coach Jerome Tang will take over for Drew, who said he has remained asymptomatic since receiving his positive test on Friday.

      The rest of the team tested negative on Friday and again on Sunday, according to a statement posted Sunday by Drew on social media.

      Drew said his test is the team's first positive result in the past 12 weeks.

      "I immediately began self-isolating and assisted with the necessary contact tracing," Drew said in the statement. "... While it will be difficult watching from a distance, I know the team is in great hands with coach Tang and our entire staff. I look forward to returning to the sidelines as soon as I can do so safely."

      Drew, 50, owns a 344-213 record at Baylor with eight NCAA Tournament appearances since taking over the program in 2003-04.

      Last year's squad went 26-4, reached No. 1 in the polls and seemed poised for a Final Four run before the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the NCAA Tournament.

      --Field Level Media