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Razorbacks Men’s Basketball rumbles past SIU-Edwardsville, 99-65 in season opener


FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Fueled by a 31-4 first half run and five players in double figures, the University of Arkansas men’s basketball team opened the 2013-14 season and its 20th year in Bud Walton Arena with a 99-65 win over SIU-Edwardsville on Friday night.

The Razorbacks were firing on all cylinders with their #Fastest40 style of play, forcing the Cougars into 23 turnovers that resulted in a 33-3 edge in points off miscues, a 52 percent (33-64) night from the field and 42 points in the paint. Arkansas missed recording the seventh 100-point season-opening game in Bud Walton Arena history by one point.

“I’m proud of our guys’ effort tonight,” said head coach Mike Anderson, who improved to 12-0 all-time in season openers while leading the Razorbacks to their 19th straight season-opening win. “With our style, we need to build off of our defense and tonight we did that by capitalizing off turnovers. This is a team that will have a lot of balance throughout the year and I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a different guy leading us every night.”

On this night, it was a pair of sophomores at the top of the five-man double figure scorers list for Arkansas, as Anthlon Bell poured in a career-high 18 points on the strength of 5-of-6 from three-point range. Highlighted by a pair of big dunks, Michael Qualls finished with 16 points and five rebounds. In all, the sophomore class supplied 46 points.

Making his debut as a Razorback, redshirt junior Alandise Harris came off the pine for 15 points to lead an Arkansas bench that contributed 42 points.  Senior Mardracus Wade supplied his 33rd career double figure scoring game with 11 points in 15 minutes.

Arkansas’ leading returning scorer and rebounder, senior Coty Clarke led the way on the glass with eight caroms that were part of a 42-34 advantage for the Razorbacks. Included in those 42 rebounds were 16 on the offensive end, as nine different players grabbed an offensive rebound. Clarke also added 10 points to round out the double-digit scorers.

Trailing 10-7 early in the game, Arkansas embarked on a game-changing 31-4 run that absorbed nearly 10 minutes. Over the run that saw the Razorbacks score 10 straight to open and 12 in a row to close, Arkansas came away with points on 13-of-18 possessions, went 10-of-15 from the field and saw seven different players score.

Thanks to the run, the Razorbacks took a 56-27 lead into the locker room behind 19-of-35 shooting from the floor and 20 points off SIUE turnovers. Bell scored 12 of his 18 points in the opening half, while Harris’s 11 led the rotation off the bench that nearly out-scored the Cougars on their own (26-27).

The Razorback lead never dipped below 24 points in the second half, reaching as high as 38, 99-61, with 40 seconds to play.

SIU-Edwardsville was led by Tim Johnson’s 13 points, while it shot 39 percent (25-64) from the floor.

Arkansas will return to Bud Walton Arena on Friday, Nov. 15, when it hosts Louisiana. Tip is slated for 7 p.m. The game is part of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, which the Razorbacks will take part in Nov. 25-27.

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UC Men’s Basketball beats North Carolina Central, 74-61

CINCINNATI - Sean Kilpatrick (Yonkers, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep) scored 22 while Titus Rubles (Dallas, Texas/Blinn College) and Jermaine Sanders (Far Rockaway, N.Y./Rice) added 13 apiece as the University of Cincinnati men’s basketball team earned a 74-61 win over North Carolina Central in the season opener for both squads, Friday at Fifth Third Arena.

The Bearcats (1-0) never trailed after the 8:39 mark of the first half and moved to 92-21 all-time in season openers, including an 81-10 mark on the home court.

Sanders’ 13 set a career high, while Kilpatrick tallied his 19th career 20-point game. Rubles just missed his career scoring high of 14 but added eight rebounds. Kilpatrick continued his climb up UC’s career scoring chart, moving into 15th place with 1,466 points.

Justin Jackson (Cocoa Beach, Fla./Arlington Country Day) finished with eight points, three rebounds and three blocked shots.

After NCCU (0-1) pulled within five with just over seven minutes remaining, UC closed the final 6:44 on a 12-4 run which featured six points from Kilpatrick and four from Sanders.

The Eagles had crept back from a 15-point deficit with 16:17 remaining by using a 10-2 run over 3:34 to pull the margin to 62-57 with 7:04 remaining. Their comeback hopes were dealt a blow when Jeremy Ingram fouled out with 6:19 left. Ingram departed after scoring a game-high 27 points.

Jay Copeland also found double figures, scoring 11 points and grabbing eight rebounds before fouling out with 4:12 remaining. Foul trouble was an issue for the visitors, as Jordan Parks also fouled out for the Eagles, while another pair of NCCU players finished the game with four fouls.

After trailing by as many as eight early, UC outscored NCCU 34-12 over the final 12 minutes of the first half to build a 40-26 lead at the break.

Nine players scored in the opening 20 minutes for the Bearcats, who tallied 14 second-chance points off of 11 offensive rebounds and converted 11 points off nine Eagles’ turnovers. The UC bench also out-scored the NCCU reserves, 23-13.

Cincinnati continues a seven-game homestand to open this season on Tuesday, Nov. 12, welcoming NC State in for a 5 p.m. ET tipoff inside Fifth Third Arena. The Bearcats and Wolfpack are part of ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

Due to the unusual tip time, fans are encouraged to arrive early to Fifth Third Arena to avoid traffic delays. Tickets are available by visiting or calling 1-877-CATS-TIX.



Western Athletic Conference Men’s Basketball: Friday night’s results

(courtesy WAC)

Utah Valley 74, IUPUI 66
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OREM, Utah –(UVU Media Relations) Utah Valley University grabbed a slim lead midway through the first half and held on for the final 32:16 to grab a 74-66 win over IUPUI in the season-opener at the UCCU Center Friday night.

Holton Hunsaker led Utah Valley (1-0) with 18 points in the game while Zach Nelson recorded a double-double in his Wolverine debut. The redshirt freshman scored 13 points and grabbed 10 boards in 31 minutes of action.

Trailing IUPUI 12-11 with 13:26 remaining, Hunsaker converted a pair of free throws to put UVU up for good. But the Wolverines could never get quite comfortable against a determined IUPUI (0-1) team as their lead reached double digits only one time in the game.

Washington State 62, Bakersfield 56
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PULLMAN, Wash.-(CSUB Media Relations) Trailing by as many as 18 in the second half and struggling from the free throw-line the Bakersfield Roadrunners battled back within two points with less than two minutes remaining but the Washington State Cougars held on for the 62-56 win Friday night at Beasley Coliseum.

“Obviously we’re disappointed because we came here to win,” said head coach Rod Barnes. “But I’m proud of the way our kids battled back on the road, the free throws just hurt us too much tonight.”

Emporia State 81, Kansas City 76
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Kansas City, Mo.– (UMKC Media Relations) The UMKC men’s basketball team set a school record with 53 free throw attempts on Friday afternoon against Emporia State, but only 66 percent made it in the bucket as the Hornets spoiled the ‘Roos season opener, 81-76.

The previous record was 52 free throw attempts against Tennessee State on January 8, 1990. The ‘Roos (0-1) struggled to score in the game, hitting only 35.8 percent of its shots from the floor. They did out-rebound the Hornets 42-36 and force 20 miscues, but in the end ESU hit 10 more shots and tallied 42 points in the paint.

#24 Indiana 100, Chicago State 72
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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. –(CSU Media Relations) Early foul trouble and a cold shooting hand from beyond the arc contributed to a 100-72 season-opening loss for Chicago State men’s basketball at No. 24 Indiana on Friday (Nov. 8) evening at Assembly Hall.

The story of the game was fouls and free throws. By halftime six Cougars earned multiple fouls with senior Eddie Denard (Chicago, Ill./Foreman) and freshman Kurt Karis (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North ) each committing three personals in the half. Indiana converted those fouls to an 18-23 performance at the free throw line in the first half.

Loyola Marymount 78, Grand Canyon 75
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San Diego, Calif.-(GCU Media Relations) The game that has been eagerly anticipated in all GCU circles since its formal announcement last November for inclusion into Division I certainly did not disappoint, as the Grand Canyon University men’s basketball team showed it does belong after a hard-fought 78-75 loss to Loyola Marymount at the Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif.

The game was the season opener for both squads.

The Antelopes, who trailed by 12 at the half, rallied from as many as 14 down in the second half to take a three-point lead (70-67) with 2:23 remaining.

Sam Houston State 77, Texas-Pan American 73
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EDINBURG – (UTPA Media Relations) Down 14 with just over eight minutes remaining, the University of Texas-Pan American Broncs men’s basketball team went on a furious rally to pull within one in the final seconds before ultimately falling to the Sam Houston State University Bearkats 77-73 on Friday at the UTPA Fieldhouse in front of a crowd of 1,257.

Down 57-43, senior Justin Leathers made a jumper, sophomore Shaquille Hines made a pair of free throws and junior Shaquille Boga nailed a jumper to bring the Broncs (0-1) within eight. The Broncs and Bearkats (1-0) mostly traded baskets and free throws over the next seven minutes, but the Broncs outscored the Bearkats 22-15 to pull within 72-71 on a pair of Leathers free throws with 19.3 seconds remaining. After Jabari Peters hit a pair of free throws, senior Hurley Johnson made a layup to again bring the Broncs within one with 7.1 seconds left. With 6.0 seconds left, Peters went back to the line, and after making the first shot, missed the second, but Kaheem Ransom came up with the offensive rebound and made two free throws with 1.5 seconds left to put the game on ice.

Western Michigan 70, New Mexico State 64
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HONOLULU – (NMSU Media Relations) The New Mexico State men’s basketball team fell 70-64 to Western Michigan in the season-opener, Friday, Nov. 8, on day one of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic. The Aggies start the year 0-1 and Western Michigan moves to 1-0.

The difference in the game could have been NM State’s 62.5 shooting percentage from the free throw line, including a big miss from the charity stripe in the last minute of play, and WMU’s efficiency from the 3-point arc, going 10-of-25 (40%) to score 30 of its 70 points. The Aggies did, however, have more points in the paint (28-16), more points off turnovers (13-4), more second-chance points (26-13) and more points from the bench (18-12).



Ohio State women’s basketball player Raven Ferguson to miss first three games of season

Raven Ferguson

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Kevin McGuff, Ohio State head women’s basketball coach, announced today that junior guard Raven Ferguson will sit out the first three games of the regular season for a violation of team rules.

Ferguson will miss the games at West Virginia (Nov. 8) and vs. FAU (Nov. 10) and VCU (Nov. 14). She can return Nov. 17 at Georgia.


“I’ve really enjoyed getting to know Raven and having the opportunity to coach her, so it makes this extremely disappointing,” McGuff said. “She is a good kid, but her actions have not been in line with what the standards of this program are and will be in the future. Hopefully she can make some behavioral changes, and after this suspension, come back and make a positive impact on our program.”


Ferguson is one of three returning starters for the Buckeyes. She averaged 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds as a sophomore in 2012-13. She scored 12 points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds in the exhibition win over Bellarmine Sunday.


The Buckeyes open the regular season at 5:30 p.m. Friday at West Virginia.



Big Ten Conference Men’s Basketball News



Illinois’ Dee Brown

Brown won the Big Ten Medal of Honor in 2006 following a stellar four-year career at Illinois. The Maywood, Ill., native won the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard as a senior in 2006, along with collecting Consensus Second-Team All-America honors. In 2005, Brown led the Fighting Illini to the national championship game and was named a Consensus First-Team All-American. Brown collected first or second-team All-Big Ten honors all four years of his career and was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree. He was named a finalist for Illinois’ Male Athlete of the Year in 2006 and was also recognized as a Senior CLASS Award finalist.


Michigan State Named Preseason Big Ten Favorite:

Michigan State was chosen as the unanimous Big Ten favorite heading into the 2013-14 men’s basketball season as voted on by a panel of conference media. The media also tabbed Spartan sophomore Gary Harris as the Preseason Player of the Year. Michigan and Ohio State were selected to finish second and third, respectively.


Harris led a six-member preseason All-Big Ten team, as the media vote resulted in additional honorees due to a tie. He was joined on the team by the Wolverines’ Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III, Michigan State’s Adreian Payne, the Buckeyes’ Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier.



1. Michigan State (Unanimous)

2. Michigan

3. Ohio State



Gary Harris, Michigan State



Mitch McGary, Michigan

Glenn Robinson III, Michigan

Gary Harris, Michigan State

Adreian Payne, Michigan State

Aaron Craft, Ohio State

Tim Frazier, Penn State


Preseason Prognostications:

The Big Ten was well-represented in the USA Today Coaches and Associated Press preseason polls, with five conference teams ranked among the top 25 in the coaches’ poll, and four teams earning preseason recognition in the AP poll.


Michigan State enters the season ranked No. 2 in both polls, while Michigan is ranked No. 7 in the AP poll and No. 9 in the coaches’ poll. Ohio State checked in at No. 10 in the coaches’ poll and No. 11 in the AP poll, while Wisconsin is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll and No. 21 in the coaches’ poll. Indiana enters the season ranked No. 24 in the coaches’ poll. Iowa received votes in both preseason polls, while Illinois collected votes in the coaches’ poll and Indiana received votes in the AP poll.


Back in the B1G:

The Big Ten welcomes back 15 players that have earned All-Big Ten distinction, including Ohio State’s Aaron Craft, a first-team selection last year, and Penn State’s Tim Frazier, who collected first-team honors in 2012. Michigan State returns a trio of second-team All-Big Ten honorees this season, including guards Keith Appling and Gary Harris and center Adreian Payne.


Returning third-teamers include Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble and Aaron White, along with Minnesota’s Andre Hollins and Purdue’s Terone Johnson. Northwestern’s Drew Crawford also earned third-team All-Big Ten honors in 2012.


Honorable Mention selections set to return this season include Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan’s Glenn Robinson III, Penn State’s D.J. Newbill and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust and Sam Dekker.


In addition, Dekker, Purdue’s A.J. Hammons, Harris, Ferrell and Robinson III were named to last year’s Big Ten All-Freshman Team and return in 2013-14, while Craft, Michigan’s Jordan Morgan and Ohio State’s Shannon Scott return from last year’s All-Defensive Team. Also set to return is Indiana senior forward Will Sheehey, who was tabbed the 2013 Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year.


Early Honors:

Several Big Ten players have received preseason honors from a variety of outlets over the last several weeks. Michigan’s Mitch McGary was named a first-team All-American by the Sporting News, while Michigan State’s Gary Harris collected second-team honors and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft was recognized as a third-team All-American. McGary was also tabbed a first-team All-American in the USA Today Sports 2013-14 College Basketball Preview Magazine.


Blue Ribbon Yearbook revealed its preseason All-America Teams, with Adreian Payne collecting first-team plaudits, McGary being recognized as second-team, Craft receiving third-team honors and Harris claiming fourth-team laurels. Craft and McGary were both named second-team All-Americans, while Payne collected third-team All-America honors from


Oscar Robertson Watch List Has Big Ten Ties:

The Big Ten led all conferences with four players named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Oscar Robertson Trophy Preseason Watch List, presented annually to the national player of the year. Michigan’s Mitch McGary, Michigan State’s Gary Harris and Adreian Payne and Ohio State’s Aaron Craft all garnered preseason recognition. The Oscar Robertson Trophy is the nation’s oldest player of the year award and the only one named after a former player. Big Ten players have won the Oscar Robertson Trophy in two of the last four years, with Michigan’s Trey Burke winning last year, and Ohio State’s Evan Turner claiming the honor in 2010.


Running Point:

The preseason watch list for the 2014 Cousy Award, recognizing the top point guard in the country, includes Indiana’s Yogi Ferrell, Michigan State’s Keith Appling, Ohio State’s Aaron Craft and Penn State’s Tim Frazier. The candidates will be narrowed down to 20 in early February, then five finalists by early March. A selection committee appointed by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will review the candidates in contention for the award, which is named after legendary point guard Bob Cousy.


Leaders of the Pack:

The Big Ten returns four players who have scored 1,000 or more points in their careers, led by Northwestern’s Drew Crawford, who has scored 1,418 points in his career. Crawford is followed by Michigan State’s Keith Appling (1,135), Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble (1,134) and Penn State’s Tim Frazier (1,035). Indiana senior forward Evan Gordon, a transfer from Arizona State that will be immediately eligible, has also scored 1,186 points in his college career.


Putting Up the Points:

The Big Ten returns six players that led their respective teams in scoring last season, including three of the top eight scorers in the conference. Penn State’s D.J. Newbill (16.3 ppg), Iowa’s Roy Devyn Marble (15.0), Minnesota’s Andre Hollins (14.6), Purdue’s Terone Johnson (13.5), Michigan State’s Keith Appling (13.4) and Wisconsin’s Ben Brust (11.1) all return as their team’s leading scorer from last season. Penn State’s Tim Frazier also led the Nittany Lions in scoring (18.8) during the 2011-12 campaign. Newbill ranked fifth in the Big Ten in scoring a year ago, while Marble and Hollins ranked seventh and eighth, respectively.


Full House:

During the 2012-13 season, the Big Ten led the nation in men’s basketball attendance for the 37th consecutive year according to figures released by the NCAA. The Big Ten led all conferences with an average attendance of 13,114, which is over 2,400 more fans per game than the next-closest conference. During the regular season, the Big Ten welcomed 2,937,630 fans over 224 games, which set the conference’s total attendance record for the second-straight season, and is the 21st straight year the conference eclipsed the two-million mark. In addition, the 2013 Big Ten Basketball Tournament set the total attendance record, as the conference welcomed 124,543 fans to the United Center in Chicago for the four-day event.


Welcome Aboard:

The Big Ten welcomes two new coaches to its sidelines in 2013-14. Richard Pitino takes over at Minnesota after leading Florida International to its first winning season in 15 years during the 2012-13 campaign. Chris Collins takes the reins at Northwestern after serving 13 years on Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching staff at Duke, including the last five years as the associate head coach.


Stay Glued to the Tube:

The 2013-14 season marks the seventh consecutive year that every Big Ten men’s basketball conference regular season and tournament game will be broadcast nationally. The Big Ten’s most recent media agreements will result in nearly 175 regular season and postseason games appearing on BTN, CBS, ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU.


Postseason Back in Indy:

The 2014 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the ninth time in event history. This season’s tournament will tip off on Thursday, March 13, and the champion will be crowned on Sunday, March 16.


The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament will also be played at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2016, and will be held at the United Center in Chicago in 2015.


All-session tickets for the 2014 Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournaments are on sale now. For more information, visit



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