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

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

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

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

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

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

      The game went down to the final buzzer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

      The Bulldogs committed 20 turnovers.

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

      No. 7 North Carolina 90, Stanford 72

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

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

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

      No. 12 Kansas State 64, Denver 56

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

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

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

      No. 25 Buffalo 62, Southern Illinois 53

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

      No. 5 Virginia 76, George Washington 57

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

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

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

      No. 10 Michigan State 106, Florida Gulf Coast 82

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

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

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

      No. 17 Florida State 80, Tulane 69

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

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

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

      No. 18 Mississippi State 77, Hartford 59

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

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

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

      No. 20 TCU 79, Oral Roberts 62

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

      No. 9 Villanova 86, Quinnipiac 53

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

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

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

      No. 16 Syracuse 84, Morehead State 70

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

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

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

      No. 19 Michigan 56, Holy Cross 37

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

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

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

      No. 24 Purdue 84, Ball State 75

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

      A makeup date wasn't immediately set.

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

      The Huskies host San Diego on Monday night.

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

      No. 2 Kentucky 71, Southern Illinois 59

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

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

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

      No. 6 Tennessee 87, Louisiana 65

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

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

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

      No. 7 Nevada 83, Pacific 61

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

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

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

      No. 8 North Carolina 116, Elon 67

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

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

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

      No. 11 Auburn 88, No. 25 Washington 66

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

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

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

      No. 12 Kansas State 56, Kennesaw State 41

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

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

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

      No. 14 Oregon 81, Eastern Washington 47

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

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

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

      No. 15 Virginia Tech 87, Gardner-Webb 59

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

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

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

      No. 18 Mississippi State 95, Austin Peay 67

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

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

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

      No. 21 UCLA 91, Long Beach State 80

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

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

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

      No. 22 Clemson 71, North Carolina Central 51

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

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

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

      No. 23 LSU 97, UNC Greensboro 91

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

      --Field Level Media

  • NCAA puts BYU on probation, wipes out 47 wins
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    The BYU men's basketball team must vacate 47 wins and will serve a two-year probation as a result improper benefits boosters gave to a player, the NCAA announced Friday.

    • The report issued by the NCAA Committee on Infractions also laid out additional penalties, including the loss of one scholarship, a limit on official visits through the 2019-20 academic years, a disassociation of one of the boosters and a $5,000 fine.

      BYU was not eliminated from postseason play, however.

      While the report did not identify the player, it is known to be guard Nick Emery. He was suspended for the first nine games of this season after missing the 2017-18 season for personal reasons, including a divorce.

      "My intentions were never to hurt the program or university," Emery said on Twitter on Friday. "I'm grateful to Coach (Dave) Rose and the university for standing by me throughout this entire process."

      The investigation found that Emery accepted more than $12,000 in benefits from four boosters. They included vacations, meals, the use of a 2017 Volkswagen Jetta and paid insurance, free rounds of golf, cash and meals. The committee said it especially was concerned by the access boosters had to players and the locker room.

      Emery played in 25 BYU wins in his freshman season in 2015-16 and in 22 the following year. He has two years of eligibility remaining.

      Having to vacate 47 wins puts BYU in the top 10 in that category, according to the report, but the committee said it was necessary because the Cougars gained an advantage by having an ineligible player on the court for two seasons.

      BYU issued a statement Friday in defense of Rose and the program.

      "From the beginning, BYU has considered the possible infractions a serious matter, and we have cooperated in every way with the NCAA review. There was no institutional knowledge of or involvement in the infractions. In fact, the NCAA found that Coach Rose promotes an atmosphere of compliance and monitors the program," the statement reads.

      It continued: "The vacation-of-records penalty is extremely harsh and unprecedented given the details of the case. For more than two decades, the NCAA has not required an institution to vacate games in similar cases where the COI found there was no institutional knowledge of or involvement in the violation by either the coaching staff or other university personnel. In fact, this sanction includes the most severe vacation-of-record penalty ever imposed in the history of NCAA Division I basketball for infractions that included no institutional knowledge or involvement. In addition, in the case most similar to this situation, appropriate penalties were imposed, but no wins were vacated. BYU believes the vacation-of-records penalty is unfair and not consistent with recent NCAA precedent. The university plans to appeal the decision."

      Rose also commented on the decision.

      "I'm very disappointed with today's NCAA ruling. I strongly support the university's plan to appeal the decision. That being said, my focus is on our team and tonight's game with Utah Valley," he said.

      Emery, 24, is the brother of Jackson Emery, who played for the Cougars for four seasons, ending with the 2010-11 season.

      For his career, the younger Emery has averaged 14.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Five-star center commits to Longhorns
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 9, 2018

    The Texas Longhorns received a commitment from five-star center Will Baker on Thursday night, boosting the Class of 2019 recruiting haul.

    • Baker, who lives in Austin, chose his hometown school over UCLA and a host of other high-profile programs.

      The 7-footer says coach Shaka Smart's system will suit him perfectly.

      "I feel like I'd be successful there and he'd really utilize my offensive abilities," Baker said, according to 247Sports.

      "I think I fit in with the guys really well there, the other players, and I'm looking forward to playing with Matt Coleman. He's a pass-first point guard and I'm looking forward to that."

      Baker, the 20th-rated prospect in the 2019 class, joins a class that also features four-star center Kai Jones and four-star shooting guard Donovan Williams.

      --Field Level Media

  • Dawkins' email outlines proposed payments to players
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 8, 2018

    Aspiring agent Christian Dawkins shared his plan for paying players to a business partner in an email obtained by ESPN's "Outside the Lines."

    • Dawkins, who was convicted of wire fraud during a trial last month, sent his plan on Sept. 5, 2017, to pay current college players as well as future prospects to partner Munish Sood.

      Dawkins divulged his payment plans for players at Alabama, Arizona, Cincinnati, Kentucky, LSU, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Oregon, Southern California and Xavier. Some of the payments were slated to begin that month.

      Later that month, on Sept. 26, Dawkins was one of 10 people arrested by federal authorities conducting an investigation into corruption in college basketball.

      Dawkins had formed a company called Loyd, Inc., with Loyd standing for Living Out Your Dreams.

      "We want to be a one stop shop for everything," Dawkins wrote in the email. "We will take a majority interest in a Sports Agency, where we partner with certified agents, who we will then have our players sign to. The certified agency will essentially be our sister company. This way we can charge 3% on the team contract, 20% on the marketing, 5% on accounting and 5% on investment return. If we have a player on a [$]50 million deal for 4 years who's also making $500,000 a year in marketing, we should generate [$2 million] over those 4 years off of one player."

      Dawkins said in the email he had reached deals with three players who had recently turned pro: Clemson's Jaron Blossomgame, Creighton's Justin Patton and Xavier's Edmond Sumner.

      Among the then-college players on the list were Alabama's Collin Sexton, Arizona's Rawle Alkins, Cincinnati's Jacob Evans, Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt, LSU's Brandon Sampson, Louisville's Ray Spalding and V.J. King, Miami's Dewan Huell (now Hernandez), Mississippi State's Lamar Peters, Oregon's Tony Brown Jr., Southern California's De'Anthony Melton and Xavier's Trevon Bluiett.

      Here is what Dawkins was proposing or ready to propose to various players:

      Provide $1,500 per month to Sexton from September 2017 through April 2018, plus $23,000 in travel expenses to his family. Phone records display 15 phone calls Dawkins made to a number belonging to the Sexton family.

      Proposed paying $2,500 per month to Alkins from September 2017 to April 2018, plus $30,000 in travel expenses for his family.

      Proposed giving Vanderbilt a $100,000 line of credit and a $25,000 advance on marketing revenue if he was projected as a lottery pick at the end of the 2017-18 season. Also planned to give $30,000 in travel expenses to Vanderbilt's family, plus a $25,000 signing bonus to his father when his son turned pro.

      Proposed paying Melton $5,000 per month from September 2017 through April 2018 in addition to providing a $20,000 signing bonus to his uncle in April 2018. Melton was suspended by USC when the university determined a family member of Melton received an extra benefit.

      Proposed paying Spalding $2,000 per month for three months, beginning in October 2017 and then raising it to $3,000 for the next four months. Spalding's teammate, King, was slated to received $2,000 per month during the same span.

      Dawkins also had plans ready for top high school players, including Darius Bazley of Cincinnati and James Wiseman of Memphis, Tenn.

      Bazley, who backed out of a commitment to Syracuse, recently signed a deal with New Balance for $1 million guaranteed that could be worth up to $14 million. He will serve a three-month internship for the company before entering the 2019 NBA Draft.

      Dawkins' plan was to play Bazley $1,500 per month from September 2017 to April 2018, plus $20,000 in travel expenses for his family.

      Dawkins proposed paying Wiseman $3,000 per month from October 2018 through October 2019 and increasing the payout to $4,000 over the following 12 months.

      Wiseman hasn't selected a college. Kentucky and Memphis are viewed as the favorites for his services.

      --Field Level Media

  • Report: Feds give NCAA permission to launch basketball investigations
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    With the federal investigation into corruption in college basketball complete, the government has given the NCAA permission to begin its own investigation into some programs, Yahoo! Sports reported Wednesday.

    • The NCAA has been communicating with the federal government since September 2017, when FBI agents took 10 men into custody as part of their investigation.

      The first of three trials tied to the investigation ended last month with a conviction of three defendants on wire fraud and conspiracy charges. Additional trials are scheduled for next year.

      Testimony in the October federal trial of Adidas executive Jim Gatto, Adidas consultant Merl Code and aspiring agent Christian Dawkins revealed a number of families were offered money for a recruit to attend an Adidas-sponsored school.

      Yahoo! Sports said it was unclear which schools the NCAA has been granted permission to investigate, but the programs that came up in the trial last month included Kansas, Louisville, Miami and North Carolina State.

      NCAA investigations are expected to begin soon.

      On the topic of investigations into NCAA basketball, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking at a college basketball symposium in Indiana on Tuesday, said he regretted downplaying the issue earlier. In October, he called it a "blip" on the radar.

      "I should've given it more time and I apologized for that," he said. "I should've said, 'For me, I went to West Point. I was an army officer for five years. I call it a blip on the radar screen of college basketball and that doesn't mean that that blip is not a serious thing. We should look at it real close.'

      "For me, the college basketball scene has been pretty clean. I haven't encountered those things. ... We haven't lost a kid because I feel someone cheated for him. That's my explanation on it. Again, I apologize for shortchanging the answer."

      --Field Level Media

  • Top 25 roundup: No. 4 Duke destroys No. 2 Kentucky
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, November 7, 2018

    No. 4 Duke grabbed the early bragging rights for the 2018-19 basketball season, opening with a stunning 118-84 rout of No. 2 Kentucky in the Champions Classic on Tuesday in Indianapolis.

    • The contest, which featured 12 alumni of the McDonald's All-American Game, also was an early proving ground for some of the nation's best freshmen.

      Duke had the No. 1 recruiting class last season, including No. 1-ranked RJ Barrett, No. 2 Cam Reddish and No. 5 Zion Williamson. The trio scored 33, 22 and 28, respectively, to lead the rout.

      Kentucky got 23 points from Keldon Johnson, the 13th-rated freshman. Reid Travis, a graduate transfer from Stanford, added 22 points and seven rebounds.

      No. 1 Kansas 92, No. 10 Michigan State 87

      Freshman guards Quentin Grimes and Devon Dotson scored 21 and 16 points, respectively, as the Jayhawks outlasted the Spartans in the Champions Classic at Indianapolis.

      Grimes made six 3-pointers and Dotson added three treys as they joined Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson (20 points) as new starters for Kansas following its Final Four run a year ago.

      Kenny Goins (17 points, 11 rebounds) and junior Cassius Winston (13 points, 11 assists) each had double-doubles for Michigan State. Joshua Langford scored a team-high 18 points.

      No. 3 Gonzaga 120, Idaho State 79

      Junior Rui Hachimura poured in a career-high 33 points on 13-of-18 shooting to help the Bulldogs roll to a season-opening victory over the Bengals in Spokane, Wash.

      Zach Norvell Jr. added 23 points for Gonzaga, which shot 58.6 percent from the field. Brandon Clarke recorded 15 points and nine rebounds.

      Brandon Boyd scored 15 points to pace Idaho State. Chier Maker added 14 points, and Kelvin Jones had 11 for the Bengals.

      No. 5 Virginia 73, Towson 42

      The Cavaliers overcame a sluggish start to open their campaign with a win over the Tigers in Charlottesville, Va.

      Virginia's Ty Jerome dropped in 20 points and tied a career-high with six 3-pointers. De'Andre Hunter chipped in with his second-career double-double as he recorded 13 points and 10 rebounds.

      The Cavaliers suffocated Towson with their stingy defense, holding the Tigers without a field goal for more than 10 minutes in the second half. Tobias Howard led the Tigers with 10 points while Brian Fobbs added nine points.

      No. 6 Tennessee 86, Lenoir-Rhyne 41

      Jordan Bone scored 18 points and forward Kyle Alexander had 16 as the Volunteers had five players in double figures in coasting to a victory over the Division II Bears at Knoxville, Tenn.

      Grant Williams, the 2018 Southeastern Conference Player of the Year, and Admiral Schofield scored 13 each for the Vols. Jordan Bowden scored 11.

      Manny Wembi led Lenoir-Rhyne with nine points.

      No. 7 Nevada 86, BYU 70

      Jordan Caroline's 28th career double-double gave the Wolf Pack a good start to the most anticipated season in program history, a win over the Cougars in Reno, Nev.

      Caroline scored 25 points and grabbed 16 rebounds for the Wolf Pack, while Caleb Martin recovered from a foul-plagued first half in which he played just four minutes. Martin added 21 points, and Jazz Johnson came off the bench to tally 12.

      BYU's Yoeli Childs had 16 points and 12 rebounds before fouling out with 2:35 left in the game, while Jahshire Hardnett contributed 17 points.

      No. 8 North Carolina 78, Wofford 67

      Luke Maye scored 24 points as the Tar Heels withstood a second-half charge from the Terriers before pulling away for a season-opening victory at Spartanburg, S.C., avenging last year's result.

      North Carolina's Cameron Johnson, who finished with 17 points, hit a pair of 3-point baskets after Wofford tied the game midway through the second half. Tar Heels forward Garrison Brooks scored 13 of his career-high 20 points in the first half.

      Fletcher Magee's 21 points led Wofford. Storm Murphy added 15 points, and Nathan Hoover had 12 points.

      No. 9 Villanova 100, Morgan State 77

      Eric Paschall scored 26 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lift the Wildcats past the visiting Bears in the season opener for both teams.

      Phil Booth added 17 points and Saddiq Bey scored 16 for the defending national champion Wildcats. Jermaine Samuels had 12 points and Joe Cremo contributed 10 in the Wildcats' first all-time meeting against Morgan State.

      Isaiah Burke led Morgan State with 17 points, while Stanley Davis added 14 and Sherwyn Devonish-Prince Jr. contributed 13.

      No. 11 Auburn 101, South Alabama 58

      Jared Harper and Chuma Okeke scored 20 points each and helped lead a 3-point onslaught as the Tigers opened the season with a rout of the visiting Jaguars.

      Harper made 6 of 10 3-point attempts, Okeke made 3 of 5, Bryce Brown made 4 of 9 in scoring 12 points, Samir Doughty made 2 of 3 in scoring 14 points and Malik Dunbar made 2 of 5 in scoring 16.

      Rodrick Sikes made 5 of 12 3-point shots and scored 25 points to lead South Alabama, which was playing its first game under new coach Richie Riley.

      No. 14 Oregon 84, Portland State 57

      Payton Pritchard scored 22 points to help the Ducks post a season-opening victory over the Vikings in Eugene, Ore.

      Paul White added 15 points for the Ducks, who shot 54 percent from the field. Highly regarded Oregon freshman center Bol Bol, the son of the late NBA shot-blocker extraordinaire Manute Bol, had 12 points, 12 rebounds and three blocked shots in 23 minutes in his college debut.

      Holland Woods scored 13 points and Jamie Orme added 11 for Portland State.

      No. 16 Syracuse 66, Eastern Washington 34

      Oshae Brissett tallied 20 points and eight rebounds as the Orange opened their season with a dominating defensive effort to cruise past the Eagles in an opening-round game of the 2K Empire Classic at Syracuse, N.Y.

      Syracuse, which returns all five starters from a team that reached the Sweet 16 last season, used its patented 2-3 zone to smother the Eagles' offense, holding Eastern Washington to 22.4 percent from the floor.

      The Orange didn't shoot well -- just 38.7 percent -- and Brissett was the only Syracuse scorer to reach double figures. Tyler Kidd led the Eagles with nine points.

      No. 17 Florida State 81, Florida 60

      The Seminoles extended their winning streak against the Gators to five with a victory at Tallahassee, Fla., in the season opener for both programs.

      Florida State's PJ Savoy led all scorers with 20 points after going 5 of 7 from beyond the 3-point arc. Trent Forrest added 13 points and five assists.

      Deaundrae Ballard led Florida with 13 points.

      No. 19 Michigan 63, Norfolk State 44

      The Wolverines raised two banners before winning their season opener against the Spartans in Ann Arbor, Mich.

      Jon Teske had 13 points and eight rebounds for Michigan, which celebrated capturing the Big 10 tournament title and advancing to the Final Four last season.

      Michigan held the Spartans to 30.5 percent shooting from the field (18 of 59) and 25 percent from 3-point range (3 of 12). Nic Thomas led Norfolk State with nine points.

      No. 21 UCLA 96, Purdue Fort Wayne 71

      Sophomore Kris Wilkes scored a career-high 27 points, and freshman Moses Brown had 19 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Bruins cruised to a victory over the Mastodons in the season opener for both teams at Los Angeles.

      Jaylen Hands scored 18 points and had seven assists for the Bruins, who improved to 5-1 in season-opening games under head coach Steve Alford.

      John Konchar scored 25 points for Purdue Fort Wayne, which fell to 1-17 all time against nationally ranked opponents. Matt Holba added 12 points for the Mastodons.

      No. 22 Clemson 100, Citadel 80

      Marcquise Reed scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures as the Tigers coasted past the Bulldogs in Clemson, S.C.

      The Tigers, who begin the season ranked for the first time since the 2009-10 campaign, also got 16 points apiece from Shelton Mitchell and Aamir Simms en route to winning their season opener for a 34th consecutive year.

      Lew Stallworth led The Citadel with 15 points while Matt Frierson added 12.

      No. 23 LSU 94, Southeastern Louisiana 63

      Naz Reid scored 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half, and fellow freshman Emmitt Williams added 12 points and 10 rebounds to lift the Tigers to a season-opening victory over the Lions in Baton Rouge, La.

      LSU led 48-18 at the half and coasted home. The Tigers held Southeastern Louisiana scoreless in the first 4:23 and without a field goal for six minutes later in the first half.

      Lions freshman Parker Edwards supplied some late-game fireworks, scoring a game-high 25 points, all in the final 10 minutes of the second half.

      No. 24 Purdue 90, Fairfield 57

      Carsen Edwards scored 30 points to power the Boilermakers to a romp over the Stags at West Lafayette, Ind., in the season opener for both teams.

      Edwards, the only returning starter from last season's 30-7 squad, sank 10 of 17 shots and hit 7 of 11 3-point attempts. Purdue's Ryan Cline scored 13 points and added a career-high eight assists with just one turnover.

      Neftali Alvarez led Fairfield with 16 points on 7-of-14 shooting. Jonathan Kasibabu was right behind with 14 points.

      No. 25 Washington 73, Western Kentucky 55

      Noah Dickerson scored 16 of his 18 points after halftime as the Huskies beat the Hilltoppers at Seattle in the season opener for both programs.

      Ranked in the preseason AP poll for the first time since 2010-11, the Huskies started fast but ended the first half slowly by missing their last 10 shots. The Hilltoppers were in front 36-27 at the break.

      Jared Savage led Western Kentucky with 15 points.

      --Field Level Media

  • Alabama's Norris out after heart procedure
    By Field Level Media / Tuesday, November 6, 2018

    Alabama guard Riley Norris is sidelined indefinitely after undergoing a heart procedure.

    • The team announced Norris, the team's most experienced player with 57 career starts, would officially be considered week-to-week. He is expected to make a complete recovery.

      Crimson Tide coach Avery Johnson said Norris had the cardiac ablation procedure because his heart was beating at an accelerated rate.

      Norris has appeared in a total of 110 games in three seasons, averaging 6.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

      --Field Level Media

  • Ohio State's Potter to transfer
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 5, 2018

    Junior big man Micah Potter will transfer from Ohio State, the school announced just two days before the Buckeyes' season opener at Cincinnati on Wednesday.

    • Potter, a native of Mentor, Ohio, has averaged 4.1 points and 2.8 rebounds in 59 career games, but he has failed to live up to lofty expectations while dealing with ankle injuries over the past two years. He had been expected to begin the season as a primary backup to Kaleb Wesson.

      "We appreciate Micah's contributions to our program and we wish him the very best moving forward," Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann said in a statement.

      The 6-foot-9, 240-pound Potter will finish the semester, and will have a year and a half of eligibility left after sitting out the upcoming season. It is unknown if he has chosen where he will transfer to.

      Ohio State returns only two players who averaged more than Potter's 4.1 points per game last season: C.J. Jackson (12.6 ppg) and Kaleb Wesson (10.2).

      --Field Level Media

  • Champions Classic extended to 2022
    By Field Level Media / Monday, November 5, 2018

    The Champions Classic, which has pitted four college basketball bluebloods in an annual event since the 2011-12 season, will continue through 2022, ESPN announced Monday.

    • The 2018 event will be held Tuesday night, with No. 10 Michigan State meeting No. 1 Kansas, followed by No. 4 Duke vs. No. 2 Kentucky. The games will be played at The Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.

      Next year, which is the end of the current three-year cycle of the event, Kansas will play Duke and Michigan State will meet Kentucky at New York's Madison Square Garden.

      Under the new agreement, the next three years of games will pit Michigan State vs. Duke, and Kansas against Kentucky in Chicago in 2020; Kansas vs. Michigan State, and Kentucky vs. Duke in New York in 2021; and Kentucky vs. Michigan State, and Duke against Kansas in 2022 in Indianapolis.

      In the Champions Classic, Duke and Kentucky have 4-3 records, with Kansas and Michigan State are 3-4.

      This year's event marks the fifth time in eight years of the event that the nation's No. 1 team has been in the field.

      Between the four programs, they have 18 national titles and 56 Final Four appearances.

      --Field Level Media

  • NC State recruit Lecque considering NBA jump
    By Field Level Media / Saturday, November 3, 2018

    Five-star recruit Jalen Lecque, who committed to NC State last month, said he will consider entering his name in the 2019 NBA Draft.

    • The 6-foot-4 point guard is currently attending his fifth year of high school at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, and reclassified from his original class after his junior year. Lecque could have enrolled in college after fulfilling his NCAA academic requirements to graduate high school last spring.

      The early entry deadline for the 2019 NBA Draft is April 21. Lecque will be a year removed from his original high school graduating class and turns 19 years old in the calendar year of the draft, fulfilling the NBA requirements for underclassmen.

      However, Lecque would likely need to petition the NBA if he seeks to enter next summer's draft because he did not technically receive a high school diploma from the Christ School in North Carolina, where he was enrolled last year. The NBA is not expected to deny Lecque entry if he chooses to go that route.

      "I could be a freshman on a college campus right now," Lecque told ESPN. "I am eligible for the (2019) draft. I'm a fifth-year senior, but I'm also eligible for the draft because of my grades."

      --Field Level Media

  • UCLA F Riley sidelined with jaw injury
    By Field Level Media / Friday, November 2, 2018

    UCLA forward Cody Riley will be sidelined at least three weeks after suffering a jaw injury in practice, the school announced Friday.

    • Riley, a redshirt freshman, sustained the injury on Wednesday. The school said he will be re-evaluated next week.

      Riley is expected to be a contributor this season. He was suspended for the 2017-18 season for his role in a November shoplifting scandal in China that also involved redshirt freshman forward Jalen Hill and since-departed LiAngelo Ball.

      Despite not playing last season, Riley entered his name into the NBA draft last spring before withdrawing and returning to school.

      UCLA opens the season on Tuesday at home against Purdue Fort Wayne.

      --Field Level Media

  • UConn suspends Wilson for violating team rules
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Connecticut swingman Sidney Wilson has been suspended from game competition due to an undisclosed incident that occurred during the 2017-18 season.

    • The school released a brief statement Wednesday, but did not say when the 6-foot-7 redshirt freshman would be eligible to return.

      UConn said it will not comment further until "there is a change in Wilson's status."

      Wilson sat out last season with the Huskies after transferring from St. John's. The Bronx, N.Y., native was held out of the team's closed scrimmage Sunday, along with senior guard Jalen Adams, for what head coach Dan Hurley called "a violation of team rules."

      Hurley told the Hartford Courant last month that Wilson has "NBA talent" but needs constant coaching.

      "One day he's the best player, the next day you wonder if he's hiding behind Dan [Brocke], the walk-on," Hurley said. "Sid, right now, is the type of guy who is going to need a lot of coaching, tough love and standards because he has NBA talent."

      The Huskies open the season at home against Morehead State on Nov. 8.

      --Field Level Media

  • Virginia Tech suspends senior F Clarke indefinitely
    By Field Level Media / Thursday, November 1, 2018

    Virginia Tech suspended senior Chris Clarke indefinitely for unspecified reasons.

    • The 6-foot-6 forward was runner-up in the Atlantic Coast Conference's Sixth Man of the Year voting in 2017-18 and was expected to start for the 15th-ranked Hokies in 2018-19.

      The school announced the suspension and removed his name from the team's roster.

      Clarke was part of the Virginia Tech delegation at last week's ACC media day in Charlotte, N.C.

      Clarke averaged 8.2 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds in 24.6 minutes per game last season, appearing in 33 games off the bench. He finished second on the Hokies in assists (98) and steals (31).

      He averaged career highs of 11.4 points and 7.3 rebounds while starting 19 of his 24 games as a 2016-17 sophomore.

      Virginia Tech opens its season on Nov. 9 at home against Gardner-Webb.

      --Field Level Media

  • Wisconsin F Ford sidelined with knee injury
    By Field Level Media / Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    Wisconsin sophomore forward Aleem Ford is slated to undergo knee surgery on Wednesday and will be sidelined indefinitely, the school announced.

    • The expectation is that Ford will return later this season, according to the school.

      Ford reportedly suffered the injury during a recent practice.

      The 6-foot-8 Ford averaged 5.8 points in 33 games (20 starts) last season. He shot 40.9 percent from 3-point range and his 45 makes were the fifth most by a freshman in school history.

      The Badgers open the regular season against Coppin State on Tuesday. Wisconsin went 15-18 last season to halt a streak of 19 straight NCAA appearances.

      --Field Level Media

  • Minnesota's Curry undergoes knee surgery
    By Field Level Media / Monday, October 29, 2018

    Minnesota sophomore big man Eric Curry will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery on his left knee, according to coach Richard Pitino.

    • The 6-foot-9 Curry had cartilage removed, according to a tweet by his mother, Audrea Phipps.

      "Unfortunately his knee is stubborn but Eric is relentless," Phipps tweeted in part. "Some nasty cartilage was removed this morning and hopefully no more swelling or issues."

      Curry experienced swelling in the knee on Saturday, and an MRI exam detected the damage.

      It is the second time during his college career that Curry has injured his left knee. He missed all of last season after tearing the ACL, MCL and meniscus during a summer pickup game.

      Freshman Daniel Oturu is expected to move into the starting lineup in place of Curry.

      Curry averaged 5.5 points and 5.2 rebounds in 34 games (one start) as a freshman in 2016-17.

      The Golden Gophers open the season with a home game against Omaha on Nov. 6.

      --Field Level Media