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  • Dayton‚Äôs Malachi Smith, Kobe Elvis to miss extended time
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    Dayton coach Anthony Grant said Monday night that the Flyers would be without starting guards Malachi Smith and Kobe Elvis "for the foreseeable future" due to injuries.

    • Both players were hurt Friday during the seventh-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Nassau, Bahamas -- a 79-75 overtime loss against BYU.

      Elvis went down while attempting to drive to the basket and clutched his right knee. Smith twisted an ankle and had to be carried to the locker room by teammates, per the Dayton Daily News.

      "Both guys are out for the foreseeable future," Grant told WHIO Radio. "I don't know anything in terms of the amount of time or anything yet. As of right now, they're both on crutches and unavailable at this time. Moving forward, we've got to plan to be without them."

      Grant added that he hoped he'd know more about the players' statuses in the coming days.

      The Flyers (3-4) started the season ranked No. 24 in the Associated Press preseason poll, but they lost three consecutive games at the Battle 4 Atlantis to Wisconsin, NC State and BYU.

      Elvis is the team's second-leading scorer at 10.1 points per game, along with 4.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists. Smith has been similarly versatile, averaging 5.3 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.0 steals over four contests.

      In better news for Dayton, Grant said guard Koby Brea should be available for Dayton's next game Wednesday against Western Michigan. Brea has played just one game this season and missed the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament with an illness.

      --Field Level Media

  • Houston ascends to No. 1 for first time since 1983
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    Houston is No. 1 again for the first time in nearly 40 years.

    • The Cougars (5-0) received 45 first-place votes to climb to the top of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, supplanting North Carolina. It's Houston's first appearance atop the rankings since 1983.

      Texas (5-0) received eight first-place votes to rise to No. 2 and Virginia (5-0), earning two first-place votes, climbed two spots to No. 3.

      Arizona (6-0) jumped 10 spots to No. 4 and Purdue (6-0) rounds out the top five. The Boilermakers made the biggest jump of the week (19 spots) after blowing out Duke and Gonzaga.

      The Tar Heels, meanwhile, fell 17 spots to No. 18 after two losses, including Sunday's 4 OT loss to Alabama.

      Baylor (5-1), Creighton (6-1), UConn (8-0), Kansas (6-1) and Indiana (6-0) round out the top 10. UConn jumped up 12 spots.

      Iowa State (5-1), on the strength of a win over North Carolina, climbed into the Top 25, at No. 23, while rival Iowa and Texas Tech dropped out of the rankings. Ohio State (5-1) also entered the poll, at No. 25.

      The rest of the Top 25 poll:

      11. Arkansas

      12. Alabama

      13. Tennessee

      14. Gonzaga

      15. Auburn

      16. Illinois

      17. Duke

      18. North Carolina

      19. Kentucky

      20. Michigan St.

      21. UCLA

      22. Maryland

      23. Iowa St.

      24. San Diego St.

      25. Ohio St.

      --Field Level Media

  • ESPN ending Big Ten-ACC Challenge for SEC-ACC
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    The final run for the Big Ten-ACC Challenge, a conference crossover event involving men's and women's basketball, in its 23rd season, ends this week.

    • ESPN announced the network shifted to include the Southeastern Conference against the ACC, and that event will begin in 2023, the week after Thanksgiving.

      The Big 12 and SEC are discontinuing their annual series after meeting for the 10th and final year.

      Television contracts with other networks helped grease the skids for the swap, with the Big Ten aligning with Fox following failed negotiations with ESPN and ABC.

      "The SEC, led by Greg Sankey, and our partners at ESPN have been terrific, and there's great excitement for the first annual ACC/SEC Challenge next season," ACC president Jim Phillips said Monday. "As part of this announcement, we'd like to acknowledge the Big Ten for its partnership on the ACC/B1G Challenge that spanned more than 20 years."

      The ACC won the first 10 events in men's basketball and leads 138-113 in all Big Ten/ACC Challenge games, per the league release.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 18 Alabama edges No. 1 North Carolina in 4 OTs
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 28, 2022

    Despite Caleb Love scoring a career-high 34 points, No. 1 North Carolina fell to No. 18 Alabama 103-101 in a wild quadruple-overtime contest that saw 15 lead changes in the third-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational on Sunday in Portland, Ore.

    • According to ESPN, this was the first time ever that an AP No. 1 ranked team had played in a quadruple-overtime game. It was the first time UNC had played in such a game since 1976. Alabama beat a No. 1 team for the first time since 2004.

      Love shot 13 of 36 from the floor and also had nine rebounds, four assists and three steals for the Tar Heels (5-2), who lost for the second straight game.

      The Crimson Tide were led by 24 points and five assists from Mark Sears. Bediako had 14 points and 16 rebounds, Brandon Miller had 14 points and seven boards and Noah Gurley added 13 points and six boards. Off the bench, Jahvon Quinerly had 21 points on 26 shots to go along with eight assists.

      No. 6 Gonzaga 88, Xavier 84

      Julian Strawther scored a career-high 23 points and collected nine rebounds to help the Bulldogs notch a victory over the Musketeers and win the third-place game of the Phil Knight Legacy.

      Drew Timme added 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds as the Bulldogs bounced back from Friday's 84-66 loss to No. 24 Purdue. Anton Watson contributed 16 points, seven rebounds and three steals, Nolan Hickman had 14 points, six rebounds and five assists and Rasir Bolton added 13 points and six assists

      Jack Nunge scored a season-best 25 points and Colby Jones matched his season high of 22 for the Musketeers. Zach Freemantle had 14 points and Souley Boum scored 10.

      No. 24 Purdue 75, No. 8 Duke 56

      Zach Edey's 21 points and 12 rebounds carried the Boilermakers past the Blue Devils in the championship game of the Phil Knight Legacy.

      Fletcher Loyer added 18 points, hitting four 3-pointers, for the Boilermakers. The Boilermakers knocked off two Top 10 teams in three days after Friday night's semifinal win against No. 6 Gonzaga.

      The Blue Devils were without a field goal in the last nine minutes, managing one made free throw during that stretch. Tyrese Proctor had 16 points and Kyle Filipowski and Jeremy Roach both scored 14 points. The Blue Devils were 2-for-19 on 3-pointers.

      No. 12 Michigan State 78, Portland 77

      Tyson Walker led a balanced effort with 16 points and the Spartans held off the Pilots in the fifth-place game of the Phil Knight Invitational.

      Pierre Brooks had 15 points, Joey Hauser supplied 14 points and seven rebounds and A.J. Hoggard added 12 points and nine assists for the Spartans.

      Tyler Robertson and Alden Applewhite led the Pilots with 16 points apiece. Kristian Sjolund added 15 points for the Pilots, who scored the last eight points.

      No. 13 Auburn 65, St. Louis 60

      Wendell Green Jr., K.D. Johnson and Allen Flanigan sparked an 11-0 run late in the second half to help the Tigers to a hard-fought win over the Billikens.

      Green finished with 22 points after scoring a team-high 14 in the first half. He also had four rebounds for the Tigers. Green, Johnson (nine points) and Flanigan (seven points, 10 rebounds) were right in the middle of the late-game surge by combining for nine points in the final 3:18. Johni Broome had 11 points, eight rebounds and eight blocks, and Jaylin Williams had nine points and six rebounds for the Tigers.

      Javon Pickett had 16 points, including a team-high 10 in the first half, and five rebounds for the Billikens. Gibson Jimerson added 12 points and six rebounds, and Yuri Collins had 10 points and nine assists.

      No. 19 UCLA 81, Bellarmine 60

      Jaime Jaquez Jr. shot 13-of-17 from the floor and led four Bruins scorers in double-figures with a season-high 27 points, as UCLA routed the visiting Knights in Los Angeles.

      The Bruins shot a season-best 60.8 percent from the floor at 31-of-51 and finished with 28-of-35 shooting from inside the 3-point arc. The Bruins scored 25 of their 31 made field goals off of assists, including a season-high 10 points from Tyger Campbell.

      The Knights shot 11-of-32 from 3-point range but were hamstrung due to the high volume of turnovers and inability to score on the interior. Ben Johnson led Bellarmine with 20 points, while Curt Hopf added 16 points.

      No. 20 UConn 71, Iowa State 53

      Reserve Donovan Clingan collected 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double as the Huskies pulled away down the stretch for a victory over the Cyclones in the championship game of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.

      UConn (8-0) remained unbeaten despite a choppy performance at times, as it overcame 19 turnovers and a quiet night from standout big man Adama Sanogo, who was held to four points in 22 minutes due to foul trouble.

      Osun Osunniyi led the Cyclones (5-1) with 14 points, but Iowa State shot 40.7 percent and struggled to get into an offensive rhythm after its five-point win over top-ranked North Carolina.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: TCU defeats No. 25 Iowa to claim tourney
    By Field Level Media / Sunday, November 27, 2022

    Micah Peavy scored a season-high 16 points and pulled down eight rebounds Saturday as TCU knocked off No. 25 Iowa 79-66 in the Emerald Coast Classic title game in Niceville, Fla.

    • Mike Miles supplied 15 points and five assists for the Horned Frogs (5-1), who shot 54.8 percent from the field and scored 58 points in the paint. Xavier Cork contributed 10 points, while Eddie Lampkin added eight points and nine rebounds.

      Tony Perkins and Ahron Ulis paced the Hawkeyes (5-1) with 15 points apiece, while Kris Murray chipped in 11 points and 10 rebounds. Iowa shot 42.6 percent from the field -- including just 34.3 percent in the second half -- and finished 3 of 17 from 3-point range.

      The key stretch of the second half came when TCU went on a 13-2 run to turn a 45-41 lead into a commanding 15-point advantage.

      No. 2 Houston 49, Kent State 44

      Marcus Sasser scored 19 points and Jamal Shead hit the go-ahead jumper with 48 seconds left as the Cougars overcame a sluggish start to rally for a victory over the visiting Golden Flashes.

      Houston, which trailed by six points early in the second half, shot a season-low 16 of 50 (32 percent) from the field, including 2 of 17 (11.8 percent) from 3-point range. Kent State was led by VonCameron Davis, who had a team-high 14 points to go with four rebounds. Sincere Carry, who averaged a team-high 19.8 points, was held to nine points.

      Trailing 30-24 with 16:11 left in the game, Tramon Mark and Sasser hit back-to-back 3-pointers to spark a 15-0 run to take a 39-30 lead following Ja'Vier Francis' free throw with 10:42 to go. The Golden Flashes responded by going on a 14-4 run to take a 44-43 lead on Malique Jacobs' 3-pointer with 1:05 remaining.

      No. 4 Texas 91, Texas-Rio Grande Valley 54

      Sir'Jabari Rice scored 19 points and Marcus Carr added 18 as the Longhorns set the pace early and rolled over the visiting Vaqueros in a throwback game at Austin, Texas.

      The contest was played in Gregory Gym on the Texas campus, which was the home of Longhorns basketball from the 1930-31 season through the 1976-77 campaign. Tyrese Hunter added 17 points for the Longhorns.

      Justin Johnson had 18 points to lead Rio Grande Valley while Will Johnston scored 10 for the Vaqueros. They were just 1 of 9 from 3-point range, committed 22 turnovers and had two fast break points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 basketball roundup: Iowa State stuns No. 1 North Carolina
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 26, 2022

    Caleb Grill scored a game-high 31 points and Iowa State knocked off No. 1 North Carolina 70-65 at the Phil Knight Invitational on Friday in Portland, Ore.

    • Jaren Holmes added 22 for the Cyclones (5-0), who will play No. 20 UConn in the tournament championship on Sunday night. The Huskies beat the Crimson Tide 82-67 in the tournament semifinals on Friday.

      R.J. Davis led North Carolina (5-1) with 15 points, Armando Bacot had 13 points with nine rebounds and Caleb Love scored 12.

      No. 22 Tennessee 64, No. 3 Kansas 50

      Santiago Vescovi scored 20 points with six rebounds and Zakai Zeigler added 14 points as the Volunteers went wire-to-wire to win the title of the Battle 4 Atlantis event with a victory over the Jayhawks at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

      The Volunteers' defense made its presence felt, holding the Jayhawks to 32.1 percent shooting from the field, while forcing 16 turnovers. Tyreke Key scored 10 points for Tennessee (5-1), which outrebounded Kansas 45-27.

      Jalen Wilson and Joseph Yesufu each scored 14 points for the defending national champion Jayhawks (6-1), who not only lost for the first time this season, but they saw their 17-game winning streak come to an end.

      No. 5 Virginia 72, Maryland Eastern Shore 45

      Jayden Gardner scored a season-high 26 points in the Cavaliers' wire-to-wire 72-45 victory against the Hawks in Charlottesville, Va.

      Kadin Shedrick added 13 points for the Cavaliers (5-0), who shot 52.9 percent for the game. Gardner, who scored a total of 31 points in the first four games, made 12 of 15 shots from the field.

      Maryland Eastern Shore (2-4) fell to 0-4 on the road. Zion Styles topped the Hawks with 11 points and Nathaniel Pollard Jr. added nine points and six rebounds.

      No. 24 Purdue 84, No. 6 Gonzaga 66

      Zach Edey scored 23 points and grabbed seven rebounds as the Boilermakers defeated the Bulldogs in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore.

      Purdue (5-0) will meet No. 8 Duke in the championship game Sunday afternoon, while Gonzaga (4-2) will face Xavier for third place.

      Freshman guards Fletcher Loyer and Braden Smith combined for 28 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds for Purdue. Drew Timme led the Bulldogs with 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds.

      No. 8 Duke 71, Xavier 64

      Jeremy Roach scored 21 points and hit key shots in the second half as the Blue Devils fended off the Musketeers in a semifinal game of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament at Portland, Ore.

      Mark Mitchell added 16 points and Kyle Filipowski had 12 while the freshman pair combined on nine rebounds to send the Blue Devils to the tournament final Sunday. Duke (6-1) shot 50 percent from the field after failing to hit at a 30 percent clip a day earlier.

      Souley Boum's 23 points paced Xavier (4-2), while Adam Kunkel had 12 points and Colby Jones supplied 10 first-half points.

      No. 11 Indiana 90, Jackson State 51

      Tamar Bates scored a career-high 22 points and had four assists as the Hoosiers remained perfect by defeating the Tigers in Bloomington, Ind.

      The Hoosiers (6-0) gained control of the matchup early, pulling away from the Tigers (0-5) and closing the half with a commanding 16-point advantage fueled by breakaway buckets. Bates, who averaged 3.9 points per game in his first season with Indiana, was 8 of 11 from the field. His four 3-pointers on six tries were also a career best.

      Xavier Johnson had 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-for-8 from long range, for Indiana. Trace Young had 13 points and six rebounds while Ken Evans had 10 points and nine boards for Jackson State.

      No. 12 Michigan State 74, Oregon 70

      Joey Hauser scored 18 points with 10 rebounds, Tyson Walker also had 18 points as the Spartans rallied to beat the Ducks.

      Pierre Brooks added 15 points for the Spartans, who rebounded from an 81-70 defeat to Alabama on Thursday. The Spartans trailed by as many as eight points in the first half. Michigan State advanced to Sunday's consolation championship game against Portland.

      Will Richardson scored 28 points and Kel'el Ware added 17 with nine rebounds for the injury-plagued Ducks, who lost their third consecutive game, all to ranked teams. N'Faly Dante exited early and entered concussion protocol.

      No. 16 Illinois 92, Lindenwood 59

      Skyy Clark and RJ Melendez combined for 36 points on 15-of-20 shooting on Friday as the Fighting Illini rolled over the Lions in Champaign, Ill.

      Clark finished 8 of 9 from the field for 19 points, while Melendez was 7 of 11 in a 17-point effort. Terrence Shannon Jr. chipped in 16 points. The Illini (5-1) shot 58.1 percent to help offset 22 turnovers.

      Keenon Cole scored 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting and Kevin Caldwell Jr. had 10 points to lead Lindenwood (3-5), which is in its first season as a Division I program. The Lions also committed 22 turnovers, missed 13 of their 18 3-point attempts and were outrebounded 38-22.

      No. 20 UConn 82, No. 18 Alabama 67

      Adama Sanogo scored a game-high 25 points and the Huskies used a 21-2 run late in the second half to stop the Crimson Tide in the semifinals of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.

      Jordan Hawkins added 16 for UConn (7-0), which forced 21 turnovers and turned those into 23 points. The Huskies also nailed 21 of 24 free throws, including 17 of 18 after halftime.

      Freshman Brandon Miller scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for Alabama (5-1) but made only 5 of 15 shots. Jaden Bradley added 12 points in a reserve role, but it wasn't nearly enough.

      No. 23 Maryland 95, Coppin State 79

      Julian Reese scored a career-high 24 points and added 10 rebounds to lead three Terrapins who finished in double figures in the Terrapins' victory over the visiting Eagles in College Park, Md.

      Reese scored all but two of his points in the first half, finished the game 10 of 12 from the floor and went 4 of 7 from the line. Hakim Hart added 22 points and eight rebounds. Jahmir Young finished with 21 points, five assists and five rebounds, and Donta Scott chipped in nine points and six rebounds for the Terrapins (6-0).

      Coppin State (3-5) was led by Sam Sessoms, who had 28 points, six rebounds and six assists, while Justin Winston added 14 points and seven rebounds. Nendah Tarke finished with 14 points and four assists.

      No. 25 Iowa 74, Clemson 71

      Patrick McCaffery scored a team-high 21 points as No. 25 Iowa held off a furious rally by Clemson to win 74-71 on Friday night in the semifinals of the Emerald Coast Classic in Niceville, Fla.

      Iowa (5-0) moves on to the championship game on Saturday against TCU, which beat Cal 59-48 later Friday night. Clemson (4-2) will face the Golden Bears in a consolation matchup.

      Tony Perkins, who went 6-for-6 at the foul line in the last 20 seconds, finished with 11 points for the Hawkeyes. Kris Murray added 10 points and grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds. The Tigers got 21 points and six assists from Chase Hunter and 13 points from Hunter Tyson.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Wild OT finish lifts No. 3 Kansas over Wisconsin
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 25, 2022

    Bobby Pettiford Jr.'s reverse layup as time expired in overtime lifted No. 3 Kansas to a dramatic 69-68 win over Wisconsin on Thursday in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

    • Pettiford's lone shot of the game came after he corralled the rebound of Zach Clemence's missed 3-pointer with three seconds left. Pettiford flipped the ball over his shoulder for the winning basket.

      Kansas (6-0) advanced to the title game on Friday night against No. 22 Tennessee, which defeated Southern California 73-66 in overtime in the other semifinal. Wisconsin (4-1) will face the Trojans in the third-place game on Friday afternoon.

      Jalen Wilson scored 29 points and grabbed 14 rebounds for the Jayhawks. Tyler Wahl scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half and overtime and added 10 rebounds for the Badgers.

      No. 1 North Carolina 89, Portland 81

      Pete Nance scored 28 points and the Tar Heels held off an upset bid by the Pilots at the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.

      The Tar Heels also got 23 points from Caleb Love and 11 points and 13 boards from Armando Bacot. Leaky Black added 11 points and nine rebounds, and R.J. Davis had 13 points -- including four in the last 30 seconds.

      The Pilots were led by 21 points from Moses Wood and 14 points from Alden Applewhite. Tyler Robertson added 13 points and seven assists.

      No. 6 Gonzaga 102, Portland State 78

      Malachi Smith scored a season-high 23 points to lead a balanced attack as the Bulldogs defeated the Vikings in the opening round of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore.

      Gonzaga (4-1) will meet No. 24 Purdue in the semifinals on Friday night, while Portland State (2-3) will oppose West Virginia in the consolation bracket.

      Preseason All-American Drew Timme scored 18 points on 7-of-8 shooting from the field and grabbed six rebounds for the Bulldogs. Jorell Saterfield led the Vikings with 21 points, shooting 5 of 8 on 3-point attempts.

      No. 8 Duke 54, Oregon State 51

      Kyle Filipowski scored 11 of his 19 points in the last 10 minutes to help the Blue Devils pull out a victory against the Beavers in a quarterfinal game of the Phil Knight Legacy tournament in Portland, Ore.

      Filipowski made only five of 13 shots from the field but grabbed 14 rebounds. Ryan Young had 11 points and 15 rebounds off the bench as Duke (5-1) won away from home for the first time under first-year coach Jon Scheyer.

      Jordan Pope's 14 points and Dexter Akanno's 12 points led Oregon State (3-2). Duke takes on Xavier in Friday's semifinals after the Musketeers beat Florida 90-83 on Thursday. Oregon State will meet the Gators in the consolation bracket.

      No. 18 Alabama 81, No. 12 Michigan State 70

      Freshman Brandon Miller powered his way to 24 points and nine rebounds as the Crimson Tide defeated the Spartans in the quarterfinals of the Phil Knight Invitational at Portland, Ore.

      Noah Gurley had 12 points and Noah Clowney contributed 10 points, six rebounds and three assists for Alabama (5-0), which will play No. 20 UConn in the semifinals.

      Tyson Walker led Michigan State (3-2) with 21 points and A.J. Hoggard tossed in 18. Joey Hauser added nine points but also committed five turnovers.

      No. 20 UConn 83, Oregon 59

      Tristen Newton scored a season-high 23 points and the Huskies rolled to a rout of the Ducks in the quarterfinals of the Phil Knight Invitational in Portland, Ore.

      Jordan Hawkins added 12 of his 18 points after halftime and hit five 3-pointers as UConn (6-0) made a school-record 17 treys on 37 attempts.

      Kel'el Ware paced Oregon (2-3) with a career-high 18 points and nine rebounds off the bench. N'Faly Dante added 15 points.

      No. 22 Tennessee 73, Southern California 66

      Santiago Vescovi hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:45 left in overtime and the Volunteers held on for a win over the Trojans in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

      Julian Phillips scored a game-high 25 points, sinking 10 of 12 free throws and adding eight rebounds for Tennessee (4-1). Olivier Nkamhoua added 12 points and six rebounds, while Vescovi had seven points and five assists.

      Southern California (4-2) was led by Boogie Ellis, who had 21 points, four assists and three rebounds.

      No. 24 Purdue 80, West Virginia 68

      Seven-foot-4 Zach Edey produced 24 points and 12 rebounds as the Boilermakers led from start to finish in beating the Mountaineers in the Phil Knight Legacy quarterfinals in Portland, Ore.

      Mason Gillis posted 14 points to complement Edey's fourth double-double in as many games for the Boilermakers (4-0), who finished 24 of 28 at the free-throw line compared to West Virginia's 11 of 17.

      Erik Stevenson paced the Mountaineers (4-1) with 17 points, while Iowa transfer Joe Toussaint added 16 points, five rebounds and four assists.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 14 Arizona wins Maui title over No. 10 Creighton
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 24, 2022

    Oumar Ballo had a career-high 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead four Arizona players who finished in double figures as the 14th-ranked Wildcats beat No. 10 Creighton 81-79 in the final of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Wednesday.

    • Ballo shot 14-for-17 from the field, while Kerr Kriisa added 13 points, nine assists and three rebounds for the Wildcats (6-0). Arizona also won the tournament in 2014 and 2000.

      The Bluejays (6-1), who trailed by 14 with 12:19 remaining, had a chance to tie the game after calling a timeout with 7.4 seconds remaining. But Ryan Nembhard was fouled with two seconds left, sending him to the foul line. After making the first free throw, Nembhard intentionally missed his second attempt, but Arizona grabbed the rebound.

      Creighton was led by Nembhard's 20 points and six assists, while Ryan Kalkbrenner added 16 points and five rebounds.

      No. 3 Kansas 80, North Carolina State 74

      Gradey Dick scored 25 points as the Jayhawks marked the return of coach Bill Self with a victory against the Wolfpack in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas.

      Kansas (5-0) will take on Wisconsin in a Thursday semifinal after the Badgers beat Dayton 43-42. North Carolina State (4-1) will meet the Flyers in the consolation bracket.

      Self was assessed a four-game suspension from the university stemming from an NCAA investigation in 2017. Assistant coach Kurtis Townsend also received a four-game ban and returned to the bench on Wednesday. Jalen Wilson collected 19 points and 11 rebounds for Kansas. Casey Morsell scored 21 points for North Carolina State.

      No. 7 Baylor 89, McNeese State 60

      Keyonte George scored 17 points and LJ Cryer added 16 as the host Bears overcame some early doldrums and rolled to a win over the Cowboys in Waco, Texas.

      Adam Flagler scored 13 points and Langston Love had 11 for the Bears (5-1), who outshot the Cowboys 60 percent to 32.1 percent in the second half.

      Zach Scott and Johnathan Massie had 12 points each and Christian Shumate grabbed 10 rebounds to lead McNeese State (2-4).

      No. 9 Arkansas 78, No. 17 San Diego State 74 (OT)

      Trevon Bazile scored 20 points and the Razorbacks forced overtime with a buzzer-beating basket then held off the Aztecs to claim third place in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Ricky Council IV added 19 points and Anthony Black scored 15 for the Razorbacks (5-1).

      Matt Bradley scored 23 points, Darrion Trammell added 13 and Keshad Johnson scored 10 to lead the Aztecs (4-2).

      No. 11 Indiana 87, Little Rock 68

      Race Thompson returned from a minor injury and scored 20 points and had eight rebounds to lead the Hoosiers to a win over the Trojans in the Hoosier Classic in Bloomington, Ind.

      The Hoosiers (5-0) used a 10-point run in the second half to break open a 64-57 game. Jalen Hood-Schifino recorded 13 points, seven rebounds and three assists. The Hoosiers played without star Trayce Jackson-Davis, who was held out for precautionary reasons and was on the bench in civilian clothes.

      Little Rock (2-4) got a team-high 20 points from D.J. Smith. Myron Gardner had 14 points, nine rebounds and six assists. DeAntoni Gordon added 11 points.

      No. 13 Auburn 43, Northwestern 42

      In a defensive battle, the Tigers edged the Wildcats to win the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.

      With the Wildcats ahead 42-41, the Tigers' Wendell Green Jr. made a steal and Allen Flanigan gave Auburn a 43-42 lead on a layup with 32 seconds to go in the second half. Northwestern had a last chance, but Chase Audige missed the potential game-winner with 13 seconds to play.

      K.D. Johnson paced Auburn (6-0) with 12 points. Audige led the Wildcats (5-1) with 10 points.

      No. 15 Kentucky 96, North Florida 56

      Jacob Toppin collected 20 points and 10 rebounds and Antonio Reeves also scored 20 points as the Wildcats pummeled the Ospreys in Lexington, Ky.

      Reigning NCAA Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe had 16 points, 15 rebounds, five assists, three steals and two blocks for Kentucky. Chris Livingston contributed nine points off the bench and Cason Wallace added eight as the Wildcats (4-2) bounced back from a high-profile 88-72 loss to No. 2 Gonzaga on Sunday.

      Jarius Hicklen scored 17 points and Jonathan Aybar added eight off the bench for North Florida, which has lost two in a row. Carter Hendricksen, a former Lexington Christian Academy standout and Mount Sterling (Ky.) native, finished with seven points.

      No. 19 UCLA 100, Pepperdine 53

      After dropping back-to-back games against Top 25 opponents in Las Vegas last weekend, the Bruins took out their frustrations on the Waves in Los Angeles.

      The Bruins (4-2) slipped up against both Illinois and Baylor, but they were back to their top level against Pepperdine. Six UCLA scorers finished in double figures, led by Amari Bailey's career-high 19 points.

      The Waves (4-2) shot just 21 of 60 from the floor and committed 17 turnovers under heavy duress from the Bruins defense. Houston Mallette and Jan Zidek each scored 13 points to lead Pepperdine.

      Ohio State 80, No. 21 Texas Tech 73

      Honolulu native Justice Sueing scored a career-high 33 points as the Buckeyes defeated the Red Raiders in the fifth-place game at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Sueing scored 15 consecutive points, punctuated by a dunk on a breakaway, for the Buckeyes (5-1) to give them a 74-67 lead with 1:04 left. He also had eight rebounds and five assists. Sean McNeil scored 13 and Brice Sensabaugh added 10 for Ohio State.

      Daniel Batcho had 21 points and Kevin Obanor 19 for the Red Raiders (4-2).

      No. 22 Tennessee 71, Butler 45

      Santiago Vescovi had 13 points, three rebounds and three assists to help the Volunteers pull away in the second half to defeat the Bulldogs in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.

      Vescovi and Julian Phillips, who had 11 points and six rebounds, highlighted a balanced effort on the scoresheet for the Volunteers (3-1), who advance to play USC in the tournament semifinals on Thursday afternoon. Butler (3-2) will take on BYU in the consolation bracket on Thursday night.

      Jayden Taylor led the Bulldogs with 18 points but was their only player who scored in double figures.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 10 Creighton, No. 14 Arizona reach Maui final
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 23, 2022

    Ryan Nembhard scored 25 points to lead four Bluejays in double figures as No. 10 Creighton held on for a 90-87 victory over the No. 9 Arkansas Razorbacks in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational on Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.

    • Creighton will face No. 14 Arizona in the championship game on Wednesday. Arkansas will play No. 17 San Diego State in the third-place game.

      Nembhard shot 6-for-12, including 3-for-4 from 3-point distance, to go along with six rebounds and five assists for Creighton (6-0). Ryan Kalkbrenner added 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting and grabbed seven rebounds. Baylor Scheierman chipped in 20 points by going 7-for-10, including 3-for-5 from deep, and added seven rebounds and three assists.

      Arkansas was led by Anthony Black, who scored 26 points to go along with six rebounds and six assists. Ricky Council IV added 24 points, and Trevon Brazile added 17 points and six rebounds.

      No. 13 Auburn 85, Bradley 64

      Behind 14 points apiece from Johni Broome and Wendell Green Jr., the Tigers rolled to a win over the Braves in the opening round of the Cancun Challenge in Cancun, Mexico.

      Broome got off to a hot start in the first half despite picking up two early fouls. He led Auburn (5-0) with nine rebounds. Green added a team-high six assists. Auburn (5-0) shot 56.4 percent from the field (31 of 55) and 47.1 percent from the 3-point arc (8 of 17) for the game. The Tigers also had 18 assists.

      Bradley played without its best player and top scorer, Ja'Shon Henry, who was out with a concussion. Connor Hickman picked up the slack with Henry out and kept Bradley (3-2) in the game in the first half by scoring 13 points on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. He finished with 15 points and three assists.

      No. 14 Arizona 87, No. 17 San Diego State 70

      Courtney Ramey scored 21 points on 5-of-5 shooting from 3-point range as the Wildcats turned back the Aztecs in the second semifinal of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Kerr Kriisa also scored 21 on 6-of-14 shooting and added five assists. Azoulas Tubelis finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and two blocks for Arizona (5-0).

      Darrion Trammell led the Aztecs with 21 points but shot only 6 of 16. Micah Parrish added 10 points and Nathan Mensah supplied nine points and seven rebounds.

      No. 21 Texas Tech 70, Louisville 38

      Kevin Obanor scored 15 points and the Red Raiders defense did the rest in defeating the hapless Cardinals in a consolation semifinal game at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Texas Tech (4-1) moved on to the consolation championship game on Wednesday; they will play Ohio State. Louisville (0-5) will square off against Cincinnati in the tournament's seventh-place game. Louisville has lost its first five games to begin a season for the first time since 1940-41, when it dropped its first 11.

      D'Maurian Williams added 10 points off the bench and Daniel Batcho pulled down 12 rebounds and had nine points to contribute to Texas Tech's win.

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA grants Las Vegas first Final Four in 2028
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    The NCAA on Tuesday announced four future men's Final Four cities, including Las Vegas, which earns its first shot at hosting an NCAA Tournament finale.

    • Detroit (2027), Indianapolis (2029) and North Texas (2030) were the other three cities or regions announced as hosts.

      Las Vegas will hold the upcoming West Regional in the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

      "We are excited to bring the NCAA's premier championship to Las Vegas, a city that for a number of years has hosted numerous championships from several member conferences," said Chris Reynolds, athletic director at Bradley and the chair of the committee. "The feedback from leagues, the fans of their teams and the media covering the events staged there has been overwhelmingly positive, and we are confident we'll get the same reviews when the Men's Final Four is played at Allegiant Stadium."

      The Final Four is the second for North Texas, which also hosted in 2014.

      The 90th Final Four will be held in Indianapolis in 2029, marking the 10th time a team has hoisted the national championship trophy in the city, tying the record currently held by Kansas City.

      Detroit last hosted a Final Four in 2009.

      The upcoming Final Four will be held in Houston while Phoenix will serve as host in 2024 and San Antonio will stage the event in 2025. Indianapolis will have a turn again in 2026.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 14 Arizona lights up scoreboard in Maui win
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 22, 2022

    Azuolas Tubelis scored 30 points and had 11 rebounds as No. 14 Arizona scorched the nets in the second half to defeat pesky Cincinnati 101-93 at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Monday night.

    • Tubelis made 12 of 18 shots, and frontcourt partner Oumar Ballo also had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds to help Arizona advance to Tuesday night's semifinal against San Diego State.

      The Wildcats (4-0) made their first 12 shots after halftime and shot 79.3 percent (23 of 29) in the second half, when the teams combined for 124 points. The Bearcats (3-2) kept pace with torrid 3-point shooting, led by senior Landers Nolley II, who finished with a career-high 33 points while making 9 of 14 from behind the arc.

      Arizona led 40-30 at the break but couldn't pull away despite its hot shooting. Cincinnati, which made 13 of 19 3-pointers in the second half, climbed within 81-74 on a long ball from Mika Adams-Woods with 5:29 to go.

      No. 4 Texas, 73 Northern Arizona 48

      Marcus Carr scored 17 points as the Longhorns experienced no hangover from their biggest win in years, a victory over then-No. 2 Gonzaga, in routing the Lumberjacks in a Leon Black Classic game at Edinburg, Texas.

      Texas (4-0) led by 28 at halftime and let off the gas in the second half, having done more than enough to secure the win while getting everyone in uniform into the game.

      Xavier Fuller led the Lumberjacks (2-4) with 15 points. No other player had more than six points for Northern Arizona, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.

      No. 8 Duke 74, Bellarmine 57

      Kyle Filipowski scored from the inside and perimeter on his way to 18 points as the host Blue Devils withstood the Knights' patient attack to win in Durham, N.C.

      Jacob Grandison added 16 points off the bench and Jeremy Roach had 10 points for the Blue Devils (4-1), who didn't pull away until the final few minutes. Duke shot 14-for-35 on 3-pointers, with five players connecting from deep at least two times.

      Curt Hopf and Peter Suder both scored 11 points for Bellarmine (2-3), which beat Louisville earlier in the season. Juston Betz had nine points, but the Knights shot 42.6 percent from the field.

      No. 9 Arkansas 80, Louisville 54

      Anthony Black scored 26 points and Ricky Council IV added 15 as the Razorbacks cruised to a victory over the winless Cardinals in an opening-round game at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Black shot 9 for 11 from the field, including 3 for 5 from 3-point range, to go along with six assists, three rebounds and two steals. Council shot 6 for 13 from the field. Louisville (0-4) was led by Kamari Lands' 13 points. Arkansas (4-0) scored 29 points off Louisville's 22 turnovers.

      Arkansas will face No. 10 Creighton in Tuesday's semifinals.

      No. 10 Creighton 76, No. 21 Texas Tech 65

      Arthur Kaluma had 18 points and all five Creighton starters scored in double figures as the Bluejays owned the second half on the way to a win over the Red Raiders in an opening-round game at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Trey Alexander had 17 for Creighton (5-0). Ryan Nembhard added 16, Baylor Scheierman racked up 11 points and 12 rebounds and Ryan Kalkbrenner had 10 points.

      The Red Raiders (3-1) were led by Daniel Batcho's 17 points. Pop Isaacs had 13, De'Vion Harmon added 12 and Kevin Obanor scored 10 for Texas Tech, which shot just 43.5 percent from the floor to Creighton's 55.1 percent.

      No. 17 San Diego State 88, Ohio State 77

      Matt Bradley scored 18 points to lead four Aztecs in double figures during a victory over the Buckeyes in the quarterfinals of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

      Lamont Butler and Micah Parrish scored 15 points each and Adam Seiko had 14 for San Diego State (4-0).

      Sean McNeil scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half, Brice Sensabaugh had 17 points and Bruce Thornton added 13 points for Ohio State (3-1).

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas lands five-star PG AJ Johnson
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Texas received a commitment from five-star point guard AJ Johnson on Monday, adding the 6-foot-6 playmaker to an already loaded 2023 class.

    • Johnson, who began the season at Donda Academy but left the school after founder Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, made antisemitic statements, was also invited to Team USA camp in October.

      He said he picked Texas over scholarship offers from North Carolina, Louisville, Tennessee, Southern California, North Carolina State and Kansas, and over the NBA G League, because he wanted to win a national championship before playing in the NBA.

      "The exposure I'll receive playing on TV all the time will help my overall brand," Johnson told ESPN.

      Texas adds Johnson to a top-10 class that features homegrown forward Ron Holland, the No. 8-ranked recruit in the '23 class, according to ESPN.

      The Longhorns have six players on the roster in their final season of eligibility and began the week by climbing to No. 4 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, propelled by a victory over Gonzaga last week.

      --Field Level Media

  • Texas and Virginia vault into Top 5 after big wins
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    North Carolina remained atop the Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday, with Texas and Virginia vaulting into the Top 5 following big wins.

    • The Tar Heels (4-0) received 47 of the 63 first-place votes, with No. 2 Houston (4-0) earning nine votes and No. 3 Kansas (4-0) picking up one.

      The No. 4 Longhorns (3-0) earned five votes for No. 1 and moved up seven spots following last week's 93-74 defeat of Gonzaga (3-1), which dropped four places this week to No. 6.

      The No. 5 Cavaliers (4-0) earned one vote and rose 11 spots. They capped an emotional week following the campus shooting deaths of three Virginia football players by beating Baylor and Illinois to win the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas.

      Baylor (4-1) slipped to No. 7, with Duke (3-1), Arkansas (3-0) and Creighton (4-0) rounding out the Top 10.

      No. 12 Michigan State (3-1) jumped into the poll after wins against Kentucky and Villanova.

      Kentucky (3-2) tumbled 11 spots to No. 15 after sandwiching losses to the Spartans and Gonzaga around a win against South Carolina State.

      No. 19 UCLA (3-2) also fell 11 places after losing to No. 16 Illinois (4-1) and Baylor in Las Vegas.

      No. 23 Maryland (5-0), No. 24 Purdue (3-0) and No. 25 Iowa (3-0) joined the Top 25 this week.

      Dropping out were Texas A&M, Dayton, Michigan and TCU.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Rasir Bolton helps No. 2 Gonzaga defeat No. 4 Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 21, 2022

    Rasir Bolton scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half to help No. 2 Gonzaga post an 88-72 victory over No. 4 Kentucky on Sunday night at Spokane, Wash.

    • Drew Timme added 22 points and Julian Strawther had 20 points and 14 rebounds for Gonzaga (3-1). Anton Watson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who never trailed.

      Reigning National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe had 20 points and 15 rebounds for Kentucky (3-2). Jacob Toppin scored 16 points, Cason Wallace had 14 points and four steals and Antonio Reeves scored 10 points off the bench for the Wildcats.

      The contest was the first of a six-game series between the two powerhouse programs.

      No. 1 North Carolina 80, James Madison 64

      Armando Bacot racked up 19 points and 23 rebounds and the host Tar Heels used a big first half to defeat the Dukes.

      RJ Davis poured in 21 points to help cap a season-opening four-game homestand for the Tar Heels (4-0). Pete Nance had 11 points and Leaky Black pulled in 12 rebounds.

      Takal Molson scored 19 points for the Dukes (4-1), which endured a horrid shooting stretch early in the game. The Dukes averaged 105.2 points coming in, but they didn't reach the 50-point mark until there was 7:18 left.

      No. 3 Houston 66, Oregon 56

      Marcus Sasser overcame first-half foul trouble to score 16 points, and the Cougars used a dominant defensive performance to defeat the Ducks in Eugene, Ore.

      Freshman Terrance Arceneaux came off the bench to score 15 points, Jamal Shead had 13 points and four assists and Jarace Walker had 10 points and six rebounds for the Cougars (5-0).

      N'Faly Dante almost single-handedly kept Oregon (2-2) in the game with team-high totals of 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting, 11 rebounds, four assists, three blocked shots and two steals. Will Richardson added 13 points and Quincy Guerrier scored 12.

      No. 5 Baylor 80, No. 8 UCLA 75

      Adam Flagler made a pair of clutch jump shots and two free throws in the final minute to cap his 22-point performance, LJ Cryer scored a game-high 28 points and the Bears outlasted the Bruins in the consolation round of the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas.

      Baylor (4-1) led for almost 29 minutes of game time, but never by more than nine points in what was a back-and-forth contest with nine ties throughout. UCLA (3-2) trailed by three points and had possession with a little more than a minute remaining before Flagler took over. He made a steal off Tyger Campbell's pass, and on the ensuing change of possession, he hit a pull-up jumper to push the Bears' lead back to two possessions.

      Jaylen Clark answered with two of his team-high 23 points, again pushing the Bruins to within one possession. But on the next possession, Flager went one-on-one and, deep into the shot clock, connected on a pull-up jumper that effectively put the win away. Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 15 points in the loss, while Campbell finished with 12 points.

      No. 12 Indiana 86, Miami (Ohio) 56

      Trayce Jackson-Davis had 17 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Hoosiers to a win over the RedHawks in Indianapolis.

      Jalen Hood-Schifino scored 12 points, and Malik Reneau and Miller Kopp each added 10 points to flank Jackson-Davis for Indiana (4-0).

      Mekhi Lairy and Julian Lewis each scored 12 points in defeat for Miami (1-5), which dropped its third straight.

      No. 16 Virginia 70, No. 19 Illinois 61

      The Cavaliers scored 13 straight points in the final four minutes to claim a victory over the Illini in the Continental Tire Main Event championship in Las Vegas.

      Reece Beekman scored eight of his game-high 17 points during the final 3:11 for Virginia (4-0). Kihei Clark and Jayden Gardner added 12 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who forced Illinois into five missed shots and three turnovers during the defining 13-0 run.

      Virginia converted 25 of 32 free throws while Illinois hit just 4 of 9. Jayden Epps paced Illinois (4-1) with 14 points while Coleman Hawkins notched 10 points and three blocks. Terrence Shannon Jr., who scored 59 points in Illinois' two previous games, finished with nine points before fouling out in the final minute.

      No. 20 Michigan 70, Ohio 66

      Hunter Dickinson had 24 points and 14 rebounds as the Wolverines escaped with a nonconference victory over the Bobcats at Ann Arbor, Mich.

      The Wolverines (4-1), who trailed by seven points with less than six minutes to go, outscored the Bobcats 7-3 in overtime. Jett Howard had 13 points and Jaelin Llewellyn supplied 10. Kobe Bufkin contributed nine points, seven rebounds and four assists.

      Dwight Wilson led the Bobcats (1-3) with 21 points, including a last-second shot that sent the game into overtime. Jaylin Hunter had 14 points and Miles Brown added 11.

      No. 24 Texas A&M 67, Loyola Chicago 51

      Henry Coleman III scored 13 points to lead a balanced offensive attack as the Aggies defeated the Ramblers in the seventh-place game in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C.

      Julius Marble added 11 points for the Aggies while Wade Taylor IV hit for 10. Eleven players saw the court and nine of them scored.

      Philip Alston led all scorers with 16 points but no other Loyola player had more than nine points. The Ramblers (2-3), who dropped all three games in this event, committed 27 turnovers in Sunday's defeat.

      No. 25 UConn 95, Delaware State 60

      Adama Sanogo scored a game-high 26 points on 10-of-13 shooting and seven different UConn players hit 3-pointers as the Huskies rolled to a win over the visiting Hornets in Hartford, Conn.

      Sanogo, who scored 14 in the first half and finished with eight rebounds, led five double-figure scorers for the undefeated Huskies (5-0). Freshman Donovan Clingan logged 16 points, five rebounds, three blocks and two steals.

      Jevin Muniz led Delaware State (1-4) with 21 points, while Kyle Johnson added 15 and nine rebounds.

      --Field Level Media

  • New Mexico-New Mexico St. ppd. after campus shooting death
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 19, 2022

    A fatal shooting on the campus of the University of New Mexico led to the postponement of Saturday night's game between the Lobos and New Mexico State.

    • The Albuquerque Journal reported the shooting took place around 3 a.m. Saturday morning near a residence hall on campus. Officer Chase Jewell of the Albuquerque Police Department told the newspaper that one person was pronounced dead on the scene from gunshot injuries.

      The Journal reported that New Mexico State forward Mike Peake was shot during the incident and transported to a local hospital. New Mexico State hasn't confirmed that the 21-year-old Peake was involved nor has it divulged his condition.

      The person killed was a 19-year-old New Mexico student.

      Authorities are investigating to learn who else was at the scene.

      The university put out an alert at 4:15 a.m. indicating that there was not a threat to the campus community.

      The two schools put out a joint statement on Saturday. The game was scheduled to be played at The Pit on the New Mexico campus in Albuquerque.

      "In light of the tragic incident earlier this morning on the University of New Mexico campus, the University of New Mexico and New Mexico State University have jointly decided to postpone this evening's men's basketball contest between the two schools," the statement read, adding details regarding a rescheduled game would follow.

      "Our thoughts are with all of those impacted by this tragedy."

      State police in New Mexico are leading the investigation.

      The 6-foot-7 Peake is averaging 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in two games this season. He has a team-leading four blocked shots.

      This is at least the third college game either postponed or called off because of campus gun violence this week.

      Following the shooting deaths of three University of Virginia football players on Sunday, that school canceled its men's basketball game on Monday against Northern Iowa. A mourning Cavaliers football team also called off its game Saturday against Coastal Carolina.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 19 Illinois upsets No. 8 UCLA
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 19, 2022

    Terrence Shannon Jr. scored 29 points and was a career-best 8-for-9 from 3-point range to lead No. 19 Illinois to a 79-70 victory over No. 8 UCLA on Friday night in the Continental Tire Main Event at Las Vegas.

    • Shannon's eight 3-pointers tied the school record, becoming the sixth player in program history to turn the trick. Shannon also collected 10 rebounds while Dain Dainja scored 13 points on 6-of-6 shooting for the Fighting Illini (4-0). Matthew Mayer added 11 points and Skyy Clark scored 10 for Illinois, which overcame a 15-point, second-half deficit.

      Tyger Campbell had 22 points and three steals and Jaime Jaquez Jr. registered 20 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals for the Bruins (3-1). David Singleton added 15 points for UCLA.

      Illinois will face No. 16 Virginia in Sunday's championship game. UCLA meets No. 5 Baylor in Sunday's consolation game.

      No. 16 Virginia 86, No. 5 Baylor 79

      Armaan Franklin scored a career-high 26 points and spurred a decisive run over the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Cavaliers defeated the Bears in an opening-round game in the Continental Tire Main Event in Las Vegas.

      The Cavaliers (3-0) advanced to the winners' bracket to play No. 19 Illinois. Virginia trailed by three points at halftime but took control of the game with a 32-7 run over the first 10:22 of the second half.

      Kadin Shedrick hit for 17 points for the Cavaliers, with Ben Vander Plas adding 14. Keyonte George led Baylor (3-1) with 20 points while LJ Cryer added 19.

      No. 6 Kansas 82, Southern Utah 76

      Jalen Wilson had a career-high 33 points as the Jayhawks held off the pesky Thunderbirds in Lawrence, Kan. It was the second straight game that Wilson has set a career high in points, after pouring in 25 against Duke.

      Wilson had 19 of his points in the second half. The Jayhawks (4-0) played their fourth and final game without head coach Bill Self, who was serving a four-game suspension imposed by the university.

      The Jayhawks got 18 points from Gradey Dick and 14 from Dajuan Harris. Southern Utah (3-2) was led by Tevian Jones with 25 points. Maizen Fausett added 14 and Harrison Butler had 12.

      No. 7 Duke 92, Delaware 58

      Kyle Filipowski scored a game-high 18 points and Tyrese Proctor added 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Blue Devils cruised to a victory over the visiting Blue Hens at Durham, N.C.

      Filipowski shot 7 of 13 from the field, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, to go along with eight rebounds, while Proctor shot 5 of 10 from the field and added four assists.

      Mark Mitchell chipped in 12 points and three rebounds for Duke, with Jacob Grandison finishing with 10 points and four rebounds as the Blue Devils rebounded from a 69-64 setback to No. 5 Kansas on Tuesday. Delaware was led by Jyare Davis' 11 points and three rebounds, with Jameer Nelson Jr. and Cavan Reilly adding 10 points apiece. LJ Owens had eight points and four rebounds.

      No. 12 Indiana 81, Xavier 79

      Trayce Jackson-Davis poured in 30 points and Xavier Johnson added 23 as the Hoosiers held on for a win over the host Musketeers in the Gavitt Tipoff Games in Cincinnati.

      Jackson-Davis and Johnson combined to shoot 20 of 24 from the field for Indiana (3-0), which earned its first true road nonconference win since Nov. 30, 2011, at North Carolina State.

      Xavier (3-1), which had two chances to take the lead in the final 30 seconds, received 15 points apiece from Zach Freemantle and Souley Boum. The Musketeers' preseason all-Big East honoree Colby Jones, who was questionable to play because of a sprained ankle, fouled out in the final two minutes with 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks.

      No. 13 Auburn 72, Texas Southern 56

      K.D. Johnson scored 16 points, Jaylin Williams and Chris Moore added 14 each and Auburn used a strong second half to pull away from the visiting Texas Southern.

      Joirdon Karl Nicholas had 13 points and 13 rebounds for Texas Southern, which was playing its fourth game in six days and was coming off an 83-48 defeat to No. 3 Houston on Wednesday. Davon Barnes added 12 points, while PJ Henry had 11.

      Auburn was 7 of 27 (25.9 percent) from long range, while Texas Southern was 1 of 11 (9.1 percent).

      No. 18 Alabama 104, Jacksonville State 62

      Behind 21 3-pointers overall and a season-high 28 points from true freshman Brandon Miller, the Crimson Tide cruised to a win over the Gamecocks in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      Miller was 7 of 9 from the 3-point arc and added eight rebounds and three assists. Mark Sears and Nimari Burnett each contributed 18 points for Alabama (4-0).

      Amanze Ngumezi and Juwan Perdue scored 13 points each and Demaree King had 12 points for Jacksonville State (1-2).

      Colorado 103, No. 24 Texas A&M 75

      KJ Simpson poured in a career-high 30 points as the Buffaloes clobbered the Aggies in the first consolation bracket game in the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C.

      Colorado (3-2) continued its up-and-down start to the season, beating its second ranked team in the past week and getting back on the winning track after losing to UMass on Thursday in the opening round.

      The Buffaloes swamped Texas A&M with a dominating final 11 minutes of the first half and never looked back, leading by as many as 33 points midway through the second half and staying on the gas throughout. The Buffaloes shot 57.6 percent and hit 16 of their 32 3-pointers while holding Texas A&M to 40 percent shooting.

      No. 25 UConn 86, UNC Wilmington 50

      Adama Sanogo scored 24 points and Jordan Hawkins added a career-high 20 to lead the Huskies past the Seahawks in Storrs, Conn.

      Sanogo added five rebounds and went 8 of 12 from the field, and Hawkins nailed five 3-pointers for the Huskies (4-0). Alex Karaban contributed 12 points, and UConn racked up 20 assists on 28 made baskets.

      Jamarii Thomas paced the Seahawks (1-3) with 16 points and four rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting. Shykeim Phillips also had 16 points, while Trazarien White, who averaged 18.3 points through UNCW's first three games, was held to just two.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: ASU wallops No. 20 Michigan
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 18, 2022

    Desmond Cambridge Jr. scored 20 points, DJ Horne added 19, and Arizona State never trailed in beating No. 20 Michigan 87-62 Thursday in the Legends Classic championship game in Brooklyn, N.Y.

    • The victory is the largest in the Sun Devils' history over a ranked opponent. The previous record 22 points (77-55) over No. 17 Xavier at Tempe, Ariz., on Dec. 15, 2007. Austin Nunez had 15 points and Luther Muhammad scored 13, both off the bench.

      The Sun Devils (4-1) added on after taking a 15-5 lead five minutes into the game by shooting 60.4 percent from the field for the game. They made 11 of 19 from 3-point range led by Cambridge's 4-of-8 mark.

      Hunter Dickinson led Michigan (3-1) with 14 points, while Jett Howard added 12. The Wolverines made 33.9 percent of their shots from the field, including 4 of 22 (18.2 percent) from beyond the arc.

      No. 4 Kentucky 106, South Carolina State 63

      CJ Fredrick led five Wildcats players in double-figures scoring with 17 points in the rout of the Bulldogs in Lexington, Ky.

      Chris Livingston scored 13 points as Kentucky (3-1) bounced back from a double-overtime loss to Michigan State two nights earlier. The Wildcats stretched their home-court winning streak to 22 games.

      Rakeim Gary had 13 points and Shaman Alston put up 10 for the Bulldogs (0-4), who were playing the fourth of 11 consecutive road games to open the season.

      No. 10 Creighton 80, UC Riverside 51

      Baylor Scheierman scored a game-high 17 points to lead four Bluejays in double figures as they cruised past the Highlanders in Omaha, Neb.

      Scheierman shot 7 of 10 from the field, including 3 of 4 from distance, to go along with six rebounds, while Trey Alexander added 12 points and a game-high nine rebounds. The Bluejays (4-0) shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 8-for-21 (38.1 percent) from 3-point range.

      UC Riverside (1-2) was led by Wil Tattersall's 11 points while Jamal Hartwell II added nine points and Kyle Owens had seven. Zyon Pullin had eight points and six rebounds.

      No. 14 Arizona 104, Utah Tech 77

      Kerr Kriisa scored a career-high 24 points and all five starters finished in double figures as the Wildcats continued their hot start to the season by walloping the Trailblazers in Tucson, Ariz.

      The Wildcats (3-0) shot 63.6 percent from the field and set a school record for most free-throw attempts without a miss, going 22 of 22. Arizona is averaging 105.3 points through three games.

      Azuolas Tubelis had 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, to go with eight rebounds and five assists. Oumar Ballo recorded 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Wildcats. Utah Tech (1-3) was led by Noa Gonsalves, who scored 13 points.

      No. 15 TCU 95, Louisiana-Monroe 60

      Emanuel Miller poured in 16 points and JaKobe Coles added a career-high 15 as the short-handed Horned Frogs rolled over the Warhawks in Fort Worth, Texas.

      The Horned Frogs (3-1) bounced back from a home loss to Northwestern State on Monday via a dominating first half. They shot 53.1 percent from the floor and made 10 of their 20 shots from beyond the arc.

      The Warhawks (2-2) were led by Tyreke Locure's 14 points, while Nika Metskhvarishvili and Jamari Blackmon had nine each.

      Murray State 88, No. 24 Texas A&M 79

      JaCobi Wood hit four shots from 3-point range on the way to 23 points as the Racers knocked off the Aggies on the opening day of the Myrtle Beach Invitational in Conway, S.C.

      Kenny White Jr.'s 18 points and Jamari Smith's 17 points were also crucial for Murray State, which used only seven players. Rob Perry added 12 points. Wood, who had four assists, was 9 for 9 on free throws.

      Murray State (2-1) will meet UMass, a 66-63 winner against Colorado in Thursday's first game, in a semifinal Friday. Texas A&M (2-1) takes on Colorado in the consolation bracket. Tyrece Radford's 19 points led the Aggies, while Wade Taylor IV had 16 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 11 Texas thrashes No. 2 Gonzaga
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 17, 2022

    Tyrese Hunter scored a game-high 26 points Wednesday night and No. 11 Texas connected on 13 3-pointers in a 93-74 blowout of No. 2 Gonzaga in Austin, Texas.

    • Marcus Carr added 16 points and seven assists for the Longhorns (3-0), while Dylan Disu netted 12 points.

      Texas canned 51.5 percent of its field-goal attempts, including 39.4 percent from 3-point range.

      Drew Timme scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bulldogs (2-1) but also committed five of their 20 turnovers. Gonzaga shot 49 percent from the field, including 9 of 19 on 3-point attempts, but experienced trouble with the Longhorns' pressure defense most of the night.

      No. 3 Houston 83, Texas Southern 48

      Marcus Sasser scored 20 points and Jarace Walker added 19 as the Cougars cruised past the visiting Tigers in the finale of the Cougar Classic.

      Sasser, a senior and preseason All-American, shot 6 of 13 from the field but missed all six of his 3-point attempts. He also had six assists and five rebounds. Walker, a freshman who arrived as a five-star recruit, shot 9 of 11 from the field and added a team-high six rebounds.

      J'Wan Roberts had 10 points and four rebounds, while Jamal Shead chipped in eight points and six assists for the Cougars (4-0), who led the Tigers (1-4) by as many as 38 points in the second half.

      No. 9 Arkansas 71, South Dakota State 56

      Ricky Council IV scored 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting to lead the Razorbacks past the Jackrabbits in nonconference play at Fayetteville, Ark.

      Trevon Brazile registered 13 points and 10 rebounds and Davonte Davis also added 13 points for the Razorbacks (3-0). Arkansas' Jordan Walsh had 10 points and three steals.

      Zeke Mayo had nine points and eight rebounds and Luke Appel also had nine points for South Dakota State (2-2).

      No. 20 Michigan 91, Pittsburgh 60

      Jett Howard scored 17 points and the Wolverines rode a big second half to top the Panthers in the Legends Classic in New York. Howard went 6 of 8 from the field overall, making 2 of 3 attempts from 3-point range.

      Kobe Bufkin and Joey Baker each scored 14 points and Hunter Dickinson had 11 points and seven rebounds to flank Howard for Michigan (3-0). The Wolverines will oppose Arizona State on Thursday in the tournament final.

      Jamarius Burton scored 14 points, Blake Hinson had 13 points and six rebounds and Greg Elliott scored 12 points for Pittsburgh (1-2), which dropped its second straight.

      No. 22 Tennessee 81, Florida Gulf Coast 50

      Josiah-Jordan James and Olivier Nkamhoua each scored a game-high 18 points to lead the Volunteers to a victory over the Eagles in Knoxville, Tenn.

      James shot 5-for-8 from the field, including 4-for-6 from beyond the arc, and added six rebounds. Nkamhoua went 5-for-7, including making his lone 3-point attempt for Tennessee (2-1), which rebounded from a 78-66 loss to Colorado on Sunday.

      Florida Gulf Coast (2-2) was led by Zach Anderson, who had 11 points and five rebounds, while Dahmir Bishop added nine points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Southern California lands top 2023 PG Isaiah Collier
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    Isaiah Collier, ranked as the No. 1 point guard recruit for 2023 by the 247Sports composite, will play his college basketball at Southern California.

    • Collier, from Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga., announced his choice on Wednesday. The recruiting service lists him as the No. 4 overall player in the class, and he was the only member of the Top 10 who had yet to declare his next destination.

      His commitment gives coach Andy Enfield and the Trojans a Top 10 recruiting class for the second straight year. Collier chose USC over Cincinnati, Michigan and UCLA.

      "I loved the family atmosphere," Collier told ESPN of the Trojans program. "My relationship with all the coaches is fantastic. We have a strong bond. We talk about much more than just basketball."

      The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Collier averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 6.5 assists on the Nike EYBL circuit last spring and shot 44.8 percent from 3-point range, per ESPN.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Michigan State nips No. 4 Kentucky in 2 OTs
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 16, 2022

    Mady Sissoko scored five consecutive points in the second overtime to help Michigan State pull out an 86-77 victory against No. 4 Kentucky in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday night in Indianapolis.

    • Joey Hauser poured in 23 points, Malik Hall added 20, Sissoko posted 16 and Tyson Walker notched 14 for Michigan State (2-1). Sissoko had two dunks among his seven points in the second overtime.

      Oscar Tshiebwe made an impact in his season debut for Kentucky, scoring 22 points and grabbing 18 rebounds before fouling out. Time and time again, the Wildcats leaned on their All-American to carry the load. Tshiebwe missed the team's first two games due to a knee injury.

      Sahvir Wheeler added 16 points, Cason Wallace scored 14 and Jacob Toppin provided 10 for the Wildcats (2-1).

      No. 1 North Carolina 72, Gardner-Webb 66

      Caleb Love pumped in 17 of his 20 points in the second half and Pete Nance scored 18 points, but the Tar Heels needed a late burst to hold off the Runnin' Bulldogs in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      RJ Davis added 14 points and 10 rebounds for North Carolina (3-0). Armando Bacot contributed 10 points and nine rebounds.

      Anthony Selden scored 21 points, Julien Soumaoro had 17 points and Kareem Reid finished with 10 before fouling out for Gardner-Webb (0-3), which was taking on a No. 1 team for the first time in program history.

      No. 6 Kansas 69, No. 7 Duke 64

      Jalen Wilson scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Gradey Dick hit three consecutive baskets down the stretch to lead the Wildcats past the Blue Devils in the nightcap of the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

      Wilson, who also dished out five assists, clinched the outcome by making both ends of a one-and-one with 9.2 seconds remaining. Dick finished with 14 points, and Texas Tech transfer Kevin McCullar Jr. added 12 for Kansas (3-0).

      Freshman Kyle Filipowski finished with 17 points and a game-high 14 rebounds for Duke (2-1), but he made just 6 of 18 shots, including 1 of 6 from 3-point range. Jeremy Roach added 16 points while playing the full 40 minutes, but he hit only 6 of 17 field-goal attempts.

      No. 13 Auburn 89, Winthrop 65

      Behind a swarming defense and a double-double from Johni Broome, the Tigers rolled to a win over the visiting Eagles.

      Broome, who played the previous two seasons at Morehead State, led Auburn (3-0) in scoring (18 points), rebounds (13) and blocked shots (five) in earning his first double-double as a member of the Tigers.

      A 26-9 run to start the second half gave Auburn an insurmountable 65-35 lead with less than 13 minutes to go in the game. Kelton Talford 16 points and 14 rebounds for Winthrop (2-2). Cory Hightower, the team's second-leading scorer entering the game, was held scoreless on 0-for-5 shooting.

      No. 17 San Diego State 74, Stanford 62

      Jaedon LeDee scored 14 points while Lamont Butler and Keshad Johnson added 11 apiece as the Aztecs led wire to wire in a win over the host Cardinal.

      Micah Parrish scored nine points for the Aztecs (3-0), who led by as many as 17 points in the first half and shot 51 percent from the field. Spencer Jones led Stanford (1-2) with 15 points, while Harrison Ingram scored 11. The Cardinal shot 4 of 18 (22.2 percent) from 3-point range.

      Stanford pulled within 54-48 when Max Murrell's 3-pointer capped a 10-2 run with 10:10 left in the second half. The Aztecs quickly regained control with a 16-6 run and held on for their first win over Stanford in five meetings.

      No. 18 Alabama 65, South Alabama 55

      True freshmen Brandon Miller and Noah Clowney combined to post 27 points and 23 rebounds, leading the Crimson Tide past the Jaguars in Mobile, Ala.

      Alabama outrebounded the Jaguars 63-40. In addition, the Jaguars shot just 29.6 percent from the floor and only 2-for-23 on 3-pointers (8.7 percent).

      The Crimson Tide (3-0) never trailed in the game as Miller scored a team-high 19 points. Clowney added a game-high 15 rebounds. South Alabama (1-2) was led by Isaiah Moore, who had a game-high 20 points.

      UNLV 60, No. 21 Dayton 52

      EJ Harkless scored a game-high 24 points and Keshon Gilbert added 16 as the Rebels rallied from a 12-point deficit early in the second half to upset the Flyers in Las Vegas.

      The Flyers clearly missed their projected starting point guard, Malachi Smith, out for the third straight game with an injured right foot. Dayton was led by Kobe Elvis, who had 16 points and seven rebounds, while Mike Sharavjamts finished with 14 points.

      Dayton (2-1) committed 23 turnovers and compiled just seven assists. UNLV (3-0) has used defense as its calling card, forcing a total of 76 turnovers in its three victories.

      No. 25 UConn 84, Buffalo 64

      Tristen Newton totaled 22 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds as the Huskies started slowly but gradually pulled away for an easy victory over the Bulls in Hartford, Conn.

      Newton recorded the 12th triple-double in school history. It was the Huskies' first triple-double since Daniel Hamilton totaled 11 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Central Connecticut State on Dec. 23, 2015.

      A transfer from East Carolina, Newton made 4 of 14 field-goal attempts but hit 14 of 17 free throws to go along with four steals in 36 minutes. Joey Calcaterra added 15 points for the Huskies (3-0). Armoni Foster and Kidtrell scored 11 points apiece for the Bulls (1-2).

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe to debut vs. Michigan State
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 15, 2022

    Kentucky center and reigning National Player of the Year Oscar Tshiebwe will make his season debut Tuesday night against Michigan State, Stadium reported.

    • It's unclear if Tshiebwe will start the game or how many minutes he'll play, per the report.

      Tshiebwe missed the No. 4 Wildcats' first two games after recovering from minor knee surgery on Oct. 13.

      Kentucky (2-0) is playing the Spartans (1-1) in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

      Tshiebwe averaged 17.4 points, 15.1 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in 34 starts last season.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: Northwestern State stuns No. 15 TCU
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 15, 2022

    Ja'Monta Black scored 25 points and Demarcus Sharp added 19, including the go-ahead basket with 1:14 to go, to help visiting Northwestern State upset No. 15 TCU 64-63 on Monday night at Fort Worth, Texas.

    • Chuck O'Bannon's 12 points led the Big 12's Horned Frogs (2-1), who sank just 2 of 21 shots from 3-point range. Micah Peavy added 10 points and Eddie Lampkin had 11 rebounds.

      Isaac Haney contributed 7 points and 10 rebounds for the Southland Conference's Demons (2-2).

      TCU played without leading scorer Mike Miles, who missed the game due to an undisclosed injury, and Damion Baugh, who's serving a six-game suspension imposed by the NCAA for signing with an NBA certified agent after last season.

      No. 3 Houston 83, Oral Roberts 45

      Tramon Mark had 23 points and Marcus Sasser added 19 as the Cougars cruised to a victory over the visiting Golden Eagles.

      Mark shot 8 of 12 from the field to go along with four rebounds, while Sasser went 7 of 16 from the floor, including 2-for-6 from 3-point range, and grabbed seven rebounds. Houston (3-0), which led by as many as 39 points in the second half, shot 30 of 58 (51.7 percent) from the field, including 6 of 17 (35.3 percent) from beyond the arc.

      DeShang Weaver had 12 points and five rebounds for Oral Roberts (1-2), while Connor Vanover scored all of his 11 points in the first half. The Golden Eagles had one field goal in the final 12 minutes of the second half, missing 17 shots in that time. Max Abmas, the Summit League Preseason Player of the Year, was held to three points on 1-for-13 shooting.

      No. 5 Baylor 95, Northern Colorado 62

      LJ Cryer scored 20 points and Jalen Bridges added 15 as Baylor rolled to an easy victory over Northern Colorado in nonconference play at Waco, Texas.

      The victory was the 400th at Baylor for coach Scott Drew, who is in his 20th season at the school. Adam Flagler recorded 13 points, 10 assists and three steals for Baylor (3-0). Keyonte George contributed 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists and Dale Bonner added 12 points and six steals.

      Daylen Kountz had 19 points, six rebounds and five assists for Northern Colorado (1-2), but he also committed six turnovers. Matt Johnson II had 14 points and eight assists and Dalton Knecht added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

      No. 8 UCLA 86, Norfolk State 56

      Six players scored in double figures for the Bruins, who went on a 23-4 run over the first 11 1/2 minutes of the second half en route to a blowout of the Spartans in Los Angeles.

      The Bruins never trailed, but faced a challenge through the first half from the reigning two-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Spartans. Jaylen Clark had a game-high 19 points on another strong all-around game from the Bruins wing. Bruins veterans Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell scored 12 and 11 points, respectively, while freshman Amari Bailey added another 11 points.

      Kris Bankston led Norfolk State with 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the floor while matching Clark's game-high of nine rebounds. Cahiem Brown added 13 points off the bench.

      No. 10 Creighton 94, Holy Cross 65

      Ryan Kalkbrenner scored 22 points on 10-for-10 shooting as the Bluejays cruised to a victory over the Crusaders in Omaha, Neb.

      Kalkbrenner, a 7-foot center, is now 20-for-21 over his past two games. Arthur Kaluma and Ben Shtolzberg posted 13 points apiece as 11 different players scored for Creighton (3-0). Ryan Nembhard had a career-high 12 assists.

      Bo Montgomery had career highs of 21 points and five 3-pointers to lead Holy Cross (1-2). Gerrale Gates added 16 points for the Crusaders.

      No. 19 Illinois 103, Monmouth 65

      Terrence Shannon Jr. scored a game-high 30 points and the Illini roared out to a 30-point halftime lead in a rout of the Hawks in Champaign, Ill.

      Shannon, a Texas Tech transfer, rolled up 21 in the first half, when the Fighting Illini established a 63-33 lead by hitting 23 of 30 shots from the field. Illinois' defense also created a whopping 17 first-half turnovers that were cashed in for 22 points.

      Freshman Andrew Ball scored 13 points in a reserve role to lead the Hawks, who are playing their first season as a member of the Colonial Athletic Association. Another freshman, Jack Collins, added 12 points.

      No. 23 Texas Tech 64, Louisiana Tech 55

      Kevin Obanor and De'Vion Harmon scored 15 points apiece to help the Red Raiders defeat the Bulldogs in a rough-and-tumble game in Lubbock, Texas.

      The Red Raiders, who improved two spots in the AP poll released early on Monday, led by five points at halftime but by just a bucket six minutes into the second half. Pop Issacs added 10 points for Texas Tech, which limited the Bulldogs to 37.7 percent shooting from the floor and outrebounded Louisiana Tech 35-26.

      Cobe Williams had 16 points for the Bulldogs, while Kenny Hunter hit for 10 in the loss. Louisiana Tech made just one of its final seven field-goal attempts and never led in the game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Top prospect D.J. Wagner commits to Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 14, 2022

    Point guard D.J. Wagner, the consensus top overall recruit in the college basketball recruiting class of 2023, committed to Kentucky over Louisville on Monday afternoon.

    • Wagner, the No. 1 recruit per ESPN's rankings as well as the 247Sports composite, led Camden (N.J.) to the state championship last spring before starring on his summertime Camden Elite AAU circuit with more than 20 points per game.

      The New Jersey High School Player of the Year, Wagner was a member of the U.S. team that claimed gold at the FIBA U-17 World Cup in Spain last summer.

      Kentucky and Louisville were Wagner's two finalists, but choosing the Wildcats gave coach John Calipari the No. 1 class in the country. Calipari has commitments from four five-star recruits and one four-star.

      One of those five stars was Wagner's Camden teammate Aaron Bradshaw, a 7-foot center, who committed last month. The class also includes five-star small forward Justin Edwards, five-star point guard Robert Dillingham and four-star combo guard Reed Sheppard.

      Wagner is the son of former Memphis and NBA player Dajuan Wagner, who was also a McDonald's All-American and played for Calipari at Memphis.

      Milt Wagner, D.J.'s grandfather, played for the Los Angeles Lakers and Louisville, where he became player development coordinator in May.

      --Field Level Media

  • North Carolina, Gonzaga remain 1-2 in Top 25
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 14, 2022

    North Carolina and Gonzaga remained 1-2 as the top five overall was unchanged in the first regular-season Associated Press Top 25 poll released Monday.

    • The Tar Heels garnered 44 first-place votes, Gonzaga had 14, No. 3 Houston received two votes and No. 4 Kentucky got three.

      Baylor rounds out the top five.

      Kansas, Duke, UCLA, Arkansas and Creighton round out the top 10. The Jayhawks battle the Blue Devils on Tuesday night.

      Every team in this week's Top 25 is 2-0, save for Tennessee, which dropped 11 spots to No. 22 at 1-1. The Vols were upset by Colorado at home over the weekend.

      Illinois was the week's biggest climber, jumping four spots to No. 19 and will get a test from UCLA on Friday at Las Vegas.

      Villanova fell from the Top 25 ranks for the first time since February 2019 after losing to Temple in its second game under new coach Kyle Neptune. Villanova sat No. 16 in the preseason poll.

      Oregon also dropped out after losing to UC Irvine last Friday.

      Texas A&M (No. 24) and UConn (No. 25) entered the Top 25.

      The rest of the Top 25 poll:

      11. Texas

      12. Indiana

      13. Auburn

      14. Arizona

      15. TCU

      16. Virginia

      17. San Diego State

      18. Alabama

      19. Illinois

      20. Michigan

      21. Dayton

      22. Tennessee

      23. Texas Tech

      24. Texas A&M

      25. UConn

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 2 Zags edge Michigan St. on aircraft carrier
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 12, 2022

    Drew Timme recorded 22 points and 13 rebounds and No. 2 Gonzaga squeaked out a 64-63 victory over Michigan State on Friday night in the Armed Forces Classic on the flight deck of the USS Abraham Lincoln in San Diego.

    • Timme split two free throws with 1:51 left to give the Bulldogs the one-point lead. The Spartans had a chance to win it, but Jaden Akins' 3-pointer bounced off the back of the rim as time expired.

      Julian Strawther added 13 points and nine rebounds, and Nolan Hickman added 10 points for the Bulldogs (2-0). Malachi Smith, the ballyhooed transfer from Chattanooga, matched his career best of six steals.

      Mady Sissoko had 14 points and nine rebounds before fouling out for Michigan State (1-1). A.J. Hoggard had 12 points and three steals, Tyson Walker also scored 12 points and Malik Hall added 11 points and seven rebounds for the Spartans.

      No. 1 North Carolina 102, College of Charleston 86

      Armando Bacot scored 28 points, 27 in the second half, as the Tar Heels overcame a halftime deficit to top the Cougars in Chapel Hill, N.C.

      Bacot also had six boards and three steals. Caleb Love shot just 1-for-9 from behind the arc for North Carolina (2-0), but he made 8 of 11 free throws on his way to tallying 25 points. He added nine rebounds and six assists.

      Dalton Bolon scored 16 points to lead Charleston (1-1), Ante Brzovic had 15 points and Pat Robinson III chipped in 14 points.

      No. 3 Houston 81, St. Joseph's 55

      Jarace Walker scored 23 points and J'Wan Roberts added 19 points and 12 rebounds as the Cougars rolled past the Hawks in the Veterans Classic at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

      Tramon Mark added 12 points for the Cougars (2-0), who took charge early and led by 20 points at halftime. St. Joseph's cut into the lead through the first nine minutes of the second half but never got closer than 14 before Houston pulled away.

      Erik Reynolds II scored 17 points for the Hawks (0-1) with Kacper Klaczek pulling down 12 rebounds. Officials considered stopping the game five minutes into the second half and again inside the last four minutes because condensation on the court continually caused players to slip, but they decided to continue after consulting with both coaches.

      No. 4 Kentucky 77, Duquesne 52

      Antonio Reeves scored a game-high 18 points and Sahvir Wheeler added 11 points and 11 assists to lead the Wildcats past the Dukes in Lexington, Ky.

      Reeves shot 5-for-9 from the field, which included 4-for-6 from beyond the 3-point arc for Kentucky (2-0). Wheeler hit 4 of 7 from the field and added six rebounds in his season debut after missing the Wildcats' opening win over Howard on Monday due to an injured right leg.

      The Dukes (1-1) were led by Jimmy Clark III, who scored 11 points on 4-of-13 shooting to go along with three rebounds, and Austin Rotroff's eight points and six boards.

      No. 5 Baylor 87, Norfolk State 70

      Keyonte George drained six 3-pointers and had 23 points, seven assists, five rebounds and three steals to lead the Bears past the Spartans at Waco, Texas.

      Jalen Bridges added 20 points and Adam Flagler tallied 18 for Baylor (2-0). Flagler made four 3-pointers as the Bears were 15 of 38 from long distance.

      Joe Bryant Jr. had 24 points and six rebounds for Norfolk State (2-1). Christian Ings added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting.

      No. 7 Duke 84, USC Upstate 38

      Kyle Filipowski's 15 points led five Duke players in double figures as the Blue Devils rolled past the Spartans in Durham, N.C.

      Mark Mitchell had 13 points for Duke (2-0), and highly touted freshman Dereck Lively II scored four in his collegiate debut. The Blue Devils were tuning up in advance of a Tuesday matchup with No. 5 Kansas, the reigning national champion, in Indianapolis.

      Justin Bailey had 13 points off the bench for USC Upstate (1-1), which despite a strong opening stretch was overwhelmed for a majority of the game.

      No. 8 UCLA 93, Long Beach State 69

      Five players scored in double figures for the host Bruins, who used a 28-8 run in the first half to cruise past the Beach in Los Angeles.

      The Bruins (2-0) complemented stingy defense -- holding Long Beach State to 36.4 percent shooting from the floor -- with balanced offense. Tyger Campbell set the pace with 18 points. Jaylen Clark finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four steals.

      Lassina Traore led Long Beach State (1-1) with 14 points and matched a team high with seven rebounds.

      No. 10 Arkansas 74, Fordham 48

      Ricky Council IV scored 15 points and the Razorbacks forced 30 turnovers while walloping the Rams in Fayetteville, Ark.

      Jordan Walsh added 12 points and Anthony Black had 10 for the Razorbacks (2-0), who finished with 13 steals in their second lopsided win. Darius Quisenberry and Elijah Gray scored 10 points each to lead the Rams (1-1).

      Both teams struggled with their shooting, especially from beyond the arc. Fordham made 4 of 17 3-pointers (23.5 percent) and Arkansas made 2 of 16 (12.5 percent).

      No. 14 TCU 77, Lamar 66

      Mike Miles Jr. scored 26 points and the Horned Frogs took the lead for good about eight minutes into the game while beating the Cardinals in Fort Worth, Texas.

      Emanuel Miller chipped in with 12 points and Shahada Wells had 10 for the Horned Frogs (2-0). Miller also contributed seven rebounds and six assists.

      Jakevion Buckley scored 22 points, Chris Pryor added 11 and Terry Anderson had 10 for Lamar (1-1).

      No. 15 Auburn 67, South Florida 59

      Wendell Green Jr. scored 20 points and Allen Flanigan added 18 as the host Tigers rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to defeat the Bulls.

      Flanigan's 3-pointer from the corner gave the Tigers (2-0) a 39-37 lead with 12:51 to go in the game. Dylan Cardwell, who appeared to injure his leg late in the game, had seven points, two rebounds and five blocked shots.

      Keyshawn Bryant led South Florida (0-2) with 10 points, nine rebounds and two assists, and Selton Miguel chipped in 13 points.

      Temple 68, No. 16 Villanova 64

      Damian Dunn hit two free throws with 1.1 seconds remaining to lift the host Owls to an upset victory over the Wildcats in Philadelphia.

      Dunn scored 22 points, including six of the last eight for Temple (1-1), while Khalif Battle added 21 and Jamille Reynolds produced his first career double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Temple's last win over Villanova came on Dec. 5, 2012.

      Villanova (1-1) continued to play without Justin Moore (Achilles) and Cam Whitmore (thumb). Caleb Daniels scored 19 points, Eric Dixon added 18 and Jordan Longino had 11 for the Wildcats.

      No. 17 Arizona 95, Southern 78

      Junior point guard Kerr Kriisa posted the second triple-double of his career as the Wildcats stayed hot on offense in a victory over the Jaguars in Tucson, Ariz.

      Kriisa had 14 points and career highs of 12 assists and 11 rebounds for the 11th triple-double in school history. Arizona (2-0), after shooting a school-record 71.7 percent in a season-opening 117-75 victory over Nicholls, shot 54.5 percent against Southern (0-2).

      Bryson Etienne led the Jaguars with 17 points, with Tyrone Lyons adding 13 and Festus Ndumanya contributing 11 points.

      No. 18 Virginia 89, Monmouth 42

      The Cavaliers overwhelmed the Hawks with depth, defense and long-distance shooting in the blowout in Charlottesville, Va.

      Isaac McKneely had 15 points to lead the Cavaliers (2-0), who hit 13 3-pointers and scored 35 points off 21 turnovers by the Hawks (0-2). Ryan Dunn added 13 points for Virginia, whose reserves outscored the Monmouth bench 48-12.

      Myles Foster led Monmouth with 10 points, all in the first half.

      No. 19 San Diego State 82, BYU 75

      Jaedon LeDee scored 23 points, Darrion Trammell netted 21 and the host Aztecs overcame a 10-point deficit to defeat the Cougars.

      BYU (1-1) led most of the way and had a chance to pull within one point with 1:23 remaining, but Rudi Williams missed two free throws. The Aztecs (2-0) then scored six straight in the final minute to seal the win.

      Nathan Mensah contributed 14 points with 10 rebounds and made a huge defensive play as San Diego State surged past BYU in the latter portion of the second half. Spencer Johnson topped BYU with 17 points and seven rebounds, while Williams finished with 15 points.

      No. 20 Alabama 95, Liberty 59

      Mark Sears scored 22 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Brandon Miller added 20 points and eight rebounds as the Crimson Tide shook off a slow start and rolled to a victory over the Flames in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

      Rylan Griffen scored 16 points and Jaden Bradley had 10 as the Crimson Tide improved to 2-0 with a pair of games remaining in their home state before a test against Michigan State on Nov. 24 in Portland, Ore.

      Shiloh Robinson scored 11 points and Brody Peebles had 10 for Liberty (1-1).

      UC Irvine 69, No. 21 Oregon 56

      The Anteaters stunned the Ducks in Eugene, Ore., taking control late in the first half and pouring it on in the second on its way to the upset.

      UC Irvine (2-0) led by 27 points in the second half before the Ducks made the final score look more respectable. DJ Davis, who led the Anteaters with a career-high 24 points, knocked down six 3-pointers. UC Irvine's Dawson Baker added 11 points.

      N'Faly Dante led the Ducks (1-1) with 20 points and nine rebounds.

      No. 22 Michigan 88, Eastern Michigan 83

      Hunter Dickinson scored 31 points to lead the Wolverines past the Eagles in Detroit.

      Terrance Williams II added 18 points for Michigan (2-0), which shot 5 of 21 (23.8 percent) from 3-point range and 25 of 40 (62.5 percent) from the free-throw line.

      Emoni Bates, who played in his first game for Eastern Michigan (1-1) after transferring from Memphis, scored 30 points. The Eagles' Noah Farrakhan added 19 points before fouling out.

      No. 23 Illinois 86, Kansas City 48

      Dain Dainja amassed 20 points, 15 rebounds and five blocked shots to lift the Fighting Illini past the Roos in Champaign, Ill. It was the second consecutive double-double for Dainja to open the season.

      Terrence Shannon Jr. added 14 points and Jayden Epps contributed 13 for the Illini (2-0).

      Shemarri Allen led the Roos (0-3) with 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. He was Kansas City's lone player to reach double figures.

      No. 24 Dayton 74, SMU 62

      DaRon Holmes and Mustapha Amzil each scored 20 points and the host Flyers held off a late push by the Mustangs.

      The Flyers (2-0) ended the game on an 11-0 run over the final 2:12. Holmes shot 7 of 11 from the field and added seven rebounds and five blocks, while Amzil went 5 of 9 off the bench.

      Nutall had 20 points for SMU (1-1), while Samuell Williamson added 14 points and nine rebounds and Zhuric Phelps chipped in 12 points.

      --Field Level Media