Basketball Travels To Purdue For Big Ten / ACC Challenge

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. ( — Florida State, which has a 2-0 record in the Big Ten / ACC Challenge against Purdue, travels to play the Boilermakers on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.  The Seminoles have won four of their last five games in the Challenge including a 69-67 overtime win over Indiana in 2020 and a 73-72 win over Purdue in the 2018 challenge.  Florida State enters its game against Purdue having won a season-high four consecutive games including two in the Jacksonville Classic (over Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference and Missouri of the Southeastern Conference) to claim the championship of the tournament on Florida’s famed First Coast.  Following Tuesday’s game against No. 3 Purdue, the Seminoles play host to Syracuse on Saturday, December 4 at 4:00 p.m. as they open their 20-game conference schedule.  Against the Orange, Florida State will look to tie the all-time ACC record of 26 consecutive home ACC victories.

Florida State will travel to face Purdue in the 23rd annual ACC / Big Ten Challenge on November 30, 2021 at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette, Ind.  The game will mark the third meeting between the two teams in the Challenge with Florida State holding a 2-0 lead in Challenge games.  The Seminoles defeated the Boilermakers in challenge games during both the 2005 (97-57 in Tallahassee) and 2018 (73-72 in Tallahassee) seasons.  Florida State most recently defeated Purdue by a 63-60 score in overtime in the championship game of the 2019 Emerald Coast Classic and lead the all-time series against the Boilermakers by a 4-0 margin.  Matt Painter, the head coach of the Boilermakers since the start of the 2005-06 season, has faced the Seminoles three times – with Florida State defeating his first Purdue team in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge in 2005, his 2018-19 team also in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge and his 2019-20 team in the Emerald Coast Classic.  Boilermaker assistant coach Brandon Brantley has coached against Florida State twice (in the 2018 ACC / Big Ten Challenge and the 2019 Emerald Coast Classic) and is 0-2 as a coach against the Seminoles.  Terry Johnson, who is in his first season at Purdue, faced Florida State as an assistant coach at Butler – a 67-64 Bulldog win on December 23, 2010 at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.  Paul Lusk, who is in his first season (and second stint) as a Purdue assistant coach, was a Boilermaker assistant coach on November 29, 2005 when Florida State took its first win over the Boilermakers in the ACC / Big Ten Challenge.  Elliott Bloom, Purdue’s Director of Basketball Administration and Operations, was the sports information director for the Duke men’s basketball team during the 2000-01 season.

With is 81-80 overtime victory over Boston University on November 24 in Tallahassee, the Seminoles won their 12th consecutive overtime game to set a new NCAA college basketball record for consecutive overtime games won.  The Seminoles have won each of their overtime decisions since a 101-90 double overtime win over Syracuse on January 13, 2018 in a game played at the Donald L. Tucker Center in Tallahassee. The Seminoles now hold the all-time national record for consecutive overtime victories as they moved past Louisville (1968-75), UMass (1991-96) and Virginia (1991-96) who each won 11 consecutive overtime decisions.

Redshirt senior Malik Osborne, who led the Seminoles to victories over Loyola Marymount and Missouri, was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Duval Bracket of the Jacksonville Classic.

Entering Tuesday’s game against Purdue, Florida State is 78-21 (.788 winning percentage) since the start of the 2018-19 season. The Seminoles finished 29-8 in 2018-19, 26-5 in 2019-20, 18-7 in 2020-21 and are 5-1 this season. Since defeating Clemson, 72-53, on December 8, 2019, the Seminoles have won nearly 80 percent of their games with a record of 42-11 (.792 winning percentage)

…Defeat Purdue and win its fifth consecutive game against the Boilermakers.  The Seminoles have an all-time record of 4-0 against Purdue;
…Defeat Purdue and gain a victory over a top-five ranked team for the first time since defeating No. 2 Virginia, 69-59, in the semifinals of the 2019 ACC Tournament on March 15, 2019 in Charlotte, N.C.
…Defeat Purdue and gain a win in its fourth different Big Ten venue during the Big Ten / ACC Challenge.  The Seminoles have played at Iowa, at Minnesota and at Rutgers in their challenge history.

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Buckeyes basketball will be minus three players


Ohio State will remain without the services of a trio of players as it hosts No. 1 Duke on Tuesday night.

Monday afternoon, coach Chris Holtmann said the Buckeyes will be without second-year guard Gene Brown III, sixth-year forward Seth Towns and fifth-year forward Justice Sueing as each works his way back from various injuries. The statuses of Towns and Sueing were never in doubt as the duo deal with long-term recoveries, but the news means Brown will miss his third straight game after suffering a concussion while pulling down the final of his career-high eight rebounds in a loss at Xavier on Nov. 18.

“Eugene Brown remains in the concussion protocol, so he will not be available for (Tuesday) night,” Holtmann said. “Obviously heads are really important to make sure you’re giving them ample time to return. We expect him back here, but it’s going to be once he’s fully cleared so he remains in concussion protocol.”

Brown did not travel with the team to Florida last week for the Fort Myers Tip-Off, where Ohio State beat No. 21 Seton Hall on Monday night and lost on a buzzer-beater to No. 23 Florida two days later. As Sueing has missed extended time with an abdominal injury that dates back to last season, Brown has stepped into the void and averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in four games this year. A 6-6, 195-pound guard, Brown’s length and athleticism have helped him carve out a role.

Without him, Holtmann played lightly used guard Jimmy Sotos 19 and 20 minutes, respectively, against Seton Hall and Florida. He had been an unused substitute during two of the first four games and had totaled 17 minutes of playing time entering the Seton Hall game.

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“He played a lot these last couple games,” Holtmann said. “Some of that was we needed more ball handling and more perimeter players. Jimmy’s gotta stay ready. I thought he did some good things.”

Between Sueing and Towns, the latter has a more concrete timetable for getting back on the court. Sueing saw action during the first two games of the season before seeing a specialist and being shut down for the foreseeable future to address his abdominal injury. Clearly hobbled, Sueing averaged 6.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game.

How long he will miss is undetermined, but Holtmann said Monday that it will still be a while.

“Justice is making progress, but we still anticipate he’s going to be weeks away from returning,” he said.

After shaking off a long history of knee issues, Towns underwent back surgery in mid-September and faced a return in mid-to-late December. That remains the case, and he was able to travel to Fort Myers with his teammates. Sueing remained in Columbus to keep up on his treatment.

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“Seth Towns continues to make progress,” Holtmann said. “He’s making good, steady progress but he’s still weeks away as well we believe.”

In his first season after missing two years due to injury, Towns played in 25 games for the Buckeyes last season and averaged 3.8 points and 2.2 rebounds in 11.0 minutes per game.

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Preview: Michigan State women’s basketball faces Marshall looking to build off weekend win

The Michigan State women’s basketball team (5-2) is gearing up to face the Marshall Thundering Herd (3-1) for the first time in program history.

Last time for MSU women’s basketball

The last seven days were pretty rough for the Spartans.

Their first two losses of the season came back-to-back in New York, 71-68 against the Fordham Rams (4-3) and 66-63 against the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers (2-3).

However, they were able to bounce back with an 84-71 victory against the Oakland Golden Grizzlies (2-4) during their Black Friday special. Freshman guard/forward Matilda Ekh and junior forward Taiyier Parks set career-highs in scoring with 17 and 16 points respectively. Senior guard Nia Clouden and graduate forward Alisia Smith set season-highs in scoring with 23 and 13 points respectively. Freshman guard DeeDee Hagemann also set a career-high of 10 assists.

Clouden now has 1,413 career points. She broke 100 points on the season versus Oakland (132) and has passed Eileen Shea (1987-91) for No. 11 on the all-time MSU scoring list. She’s now 81 points away from breaking the top 10 and passing Kristen Rasmussen, who scored 1,493 points between 1996 and 2000. Clouden also has 360 career assists and remains 12 away from passing Spartan All-American Lindsey Bowen (1998-2002), who still holds the No. 10 spot.

The Spartans are set to roll into this weekend 5-2 overall. They are slowly figuring out what does and doesn’t work in order to succeed.

Big Ten campaigns are on the clock

The start of conference play is only one week away, with doubleheaders between eight of the 14 Big Ten teams scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 5.

Last on the day’s docket, the Spartans are scheduled to meet with No. 8 Iowa (4-0) in the Hawkeyes’ nest. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. on the Big Ten Network.

Beforehand, at 2 p.m., No. 21 Ohio State (4-0) will travel to Purdue (5-2) and No. 2 Maryland (6-2) will travel to Rutgers (4-4). At 3 p.m., Wisconsin (1-4) will travel to Northwestern (4-2).

On Monday, Dec. 6, four more of the 14 teams will square off. Penn State (4-1) will first travel to No. 4 Indiana (4-1) at 6 p.m. and then Nebraska (6-0) will travel to Minnesota (5-3) at 8 p.m.

No. 12 Michigan (6-0) and Illinois (3-2) do not open conference play until Thursday, Dec. 9, with the Wolverines at Wisconsin and the Fighting Illini at Michigan State.

The Spartan’s upcoming opponent: Who is Marshall?

This will be the second consecutive Big Ten opponent for the Thundering Herd, who collected their first loss of the season against Purdue, 70-60, on Nov. 22. The Herd managed to stay close with the Boilermakers through the first half, only trailing by six at halftime. However, the Boilermakers pulled ahead midway through the third quarter and made 5-of-6 at the line to secure it in the final 52 seconds.

The Spartans and the Herd have a common opponent in Morehead State — both teams collected victories over the Eagles, MSU 93-31 on Nov. 9 and Marshall 65-58 on Nov. 19.

Marshall is averaging 75.3 points per game, shooting 41.9% from the field, 21.9% from beyond the arc and 79.8% from the line.

The Herd has three girls averaging points in double figures. Sophomore guard Savannah Wheeler at 14.8, graduate forward Kennedi Colclough at 14.3 and freshman guard CC Mays at 12 per game. Mays also adds a team leading six rebounds per game.

They also have a defensive threat in senior guard Aaliyah Dunham, who has 18 steals on the season to lead the team.

Thundering Herd sophomore forward Alexis Johnson is a native of Southfield, Michigan. She’s the only player on Marshall’s end with ties to the Mitten State. The Spartans do not have anyone with ties to West Virginia.

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San Diego’s Oldest Women’s Basketball Players on Why They Play

SAN DIEGO — The sounds spilling from the gym suggested an ordinary basketball game: tennis shoes squeaking against a slick court, hollow thumps of a ball, a referee’s shrill whistle.

But inside was a rare tableau. Older women, some in their 80s and 90s, hustled to pass, steal and shoot. They dribbled and wove skillfully as they sprinted toward the basket.

Kirsten Cummings, a former professional basketball player, recalled the first time she walked into this Y.M.C.A. in San Diego’s Mission Valley neighborhood.

“There’s this group of women who were playing and I was so mesmerized by them. They were 75 years old,” Cummings told me. “I got goose bumps.”

This is the San Diego Senior Women’s Basketball Association, one of the largest leagues in the nation for women 50 and over. California’s second-biggest city is home to several senior sports teams and hosts the San Diego Senior Games, which draws thousands of competitors from across the state for an Olympics-style event each year.

“We’re very outdoor-oriented, fitness-oriented, so it was a natural thing that Senior Games would flourish here,” said Cummings, who grew up in San Diego and now oversees the event. “San Diego has people who don’t think twice about learning basketball at the age of 79.”

On a recent Sunday morning, I chatted on the Y.M.C.A. court sideline with Marge Carl, who has played in the women’s league since it was founded in the mid-1990s.

Carl, now 92, wore a blue jersey that matched her bright eyes. Her team, the Splash, which is for women 80 and over, was scheduled to compete in 45 minutes.

The league includes 75 women across 13 teams, roughly grouped by skill level, who face off every Sunday. The games are three-on-three for 30 minutes on a half court.

Carl, like most of the women here, came of age before Title IX, the 1972 civil rights law that significantly increased opportunities for women to participate in school sports. So she didn’t learn how to play basketball until her 60s.

But that’s kind of her style. She graduated from college in her seventh decade. She retired well into her 80s.

Carl pointed to her temple and warned me, “This doesn’t die unless you let it.”

For her 90th birthday, she went skydiving: “There was a man strapped to my back. How bad could it be?”

Newbies to the basketball league learn to guard and rebound in its rookie training program. And once on a team, players might have 40 years or more to fine-tune their skills.

Cummings, who has coached the Splash as a volunteer, said she was initially surprised by the older women’s desire to improve. She once slept through a practice and was reprimanded by a player in her 80s.

“I’ll tell you, I never missed practice after that,” Cummings said. “The more I coached them the more I got to see past that facade of, you know, they’re sweet old ladies. No, these are serious senior athletes.”

The league also thwarts the slow creep of loneliness that comes with aging.

Carl told me that her childhood friends have died. Other women have outlived their spouses by decades. Their children are often consumed with the responsibilities of their own families.

But these teammates meet on the court several times a week. Players have officiated one another’s weddings and taken trips together.

Carl nodded toward a younger woman lacing up her sneakers. This year, she drove Carl to her Covid-19 vaccine appointments.

“They are the sisterhood,” Carl told me.

Currently, the league’s oldest member is 95, but she was recovering from surgery when I visited. Other players were sidelined with injuries or medical conditions that have worsened over the years. The physical toll of aging is rendered in stark relief on the court.

Marianne Hall, 86, coached women’s high school basketball when Title IX was being rolled out. But she hadn’t played on a team herself until the 1990s, when her friend told her about San Diego’s newly created league.

“I don’t jump anymore,” Hall recalled saying.

“None of us jump,” the woman replied.

When games ceased last year because of the coronavirus pandemic, Hall wondered whether she was too old to return. She worries about falling. Though the league now has a vaccine requirement, many players have not come back since practice started up again in June.

But Hall, who recently became a great-grandmother, wore her headband and jersey on that Sunday morning. She was ready to play.

At noon, women scurried onto the court for the next game, between Hall’s and Carl’s teams.

Players, many in masks, passed the ball quickly among one another. Some tried to intercept and block shots.

Within minutes, Carl grabbed hold of the ball. She lifted her arms and heaved it toward the basket.


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It was a lifelong dream to live in California. We settled in Santa Barbara County. Here are my favorite spots to visit that we loved in our 20 years there:

1) Just loved the Ojai Valley Inn and Resort in Ojai. A beautiful setting for the gracious building and gardens

2) The grocery store and health food store just before you get to Solvang; one can sit outside and picnic in the nearby wineries

3) Loved visiting Pasadena — San Marino and the beautiful gardens there

4) Palm Desert — especially in the evenings

5) Driving through the desert from Santa Barbara to Sacramento

6) Of course, Lake Tahoe

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Three Humboldt County students have been selected to play in the Indigenous Bowl — an annual football match honoring 60 of the nation’s best high school football players of Native American descent.

Darvin Davis IV, a student at Hoopa High School and a Yurok tribal member, told Local Coast Outpost that he was looking forward to meeting other young Indigenous players from around the country. The game will be held in Minneapolis on Dec. 5.

“That’s the most exciting part about it,” Davis said. “To meet and play with new people and to make new brothers and bonds that I won’t ever forget.”

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Men’s Basketball Falls in Non-Conference Contest Against CCSU

BANGOR, Maine — The University of Maine men’s basketball team was defeated by the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils, 64-56, on Tuesday evening at the Cross Insurance Center.

Steph Ingo led the way for Maine as the forward finished with 14 points and four rebounds. LeChaun DuHurt added eight points, three rebounds, and two steals, while Ata Turgut chipped in six points and two rebounds.

Maine saw nine of its players find their way into the scoring column as the Black Bears finished the contest 17-of-43 from the floor while hitting 18-of-24 free throws. On the boards, Maine grabbed 26 total rebounds and blocked three Blue Devil shots.

At the 11:33 mark of the first half, the tides changed for the Black Bears. Trailing 18-9, LeChaun DuHurt hit a deep three-pointer. It was the start of a 5-0 run for Maine. The Blue Devils took control, once again, of the first half. Five points were as close as Maine would get in the opening half. CCSU held a 31-21 lead at the half.

Trailing by 10 at the break, the Black Bears came out a different team. Fofo Adetogun pulled his squad to within one bucket when he converted both free throws, 36-34. Unfortunately, it was as close as the home team would get. CCSU extended their lead to as much as 12 points in the second half. Steph Ingo’s nine second half points were not enough to pull Maine ahead. The Blue Devils held onto win by a score of 64-56.

The Black Bears are back in action on Friday when they travel to Peoria, Illinois to take on Bradley University. Tip-off is scheduled for 3:00 pm.


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ASU basketball preparing to take on defending champs Baylor in Bahamas

Arizona State basketball will face the defending NCAA champion No. 6 Baylor in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament on Wednesday evening.

The other six teams competing in the event are No. 19 Auburn, No. 22 Connecticut, Loyola Chicago, Michigan State, Syracuse, and Virginia Commonwealth.

Wednesday provides ASU, a team with mostly new players on it, a chance to come together and test itself against one of the nation’s best programs.

“I think this is the best holiday tournament of them all this year, just quality of field top to bottom and I think it tests your guys,” head coach Bobby Hurley told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta Tuesday. “I think it’s important, I think you’re battle tested once you hit conference play and you learn a lot about yourselves in games like this.”

Baylor has taken care of its business early on, winning its first four games by a combined 139 points.

ASU is 2-2 with its losses coming by a total of three points.

Hurley said his offense is a work in progress as the players get more experience with one another. It scored four points in the final three minutes in last week’s 65-63 road loss against San Diego State.

“We’ve got to make some perimeter shots and try and loosen their defense up so we could get better looks and create some driving lanes,” Hurley said. “They have really good guard play. They’re physical, they expect to win. They have a potential lottery pick in Kendall Brown.”

Under Hurley, the Sun Devils have had a history of being competitive against ranked units, defeating eight in six seasons.

Just two years ago, ASU took the then-defending champions Virginia down to the wire in a 48-45 loss during the final game of the Air Force Reserve Tip-off Tournament.

“Its a big challenge, a big opportunity for guys on the team and the program,” graduate student forward Kimani Lawrence told reporters Tuesday.

The Bears lost some talent in the NBA Draft from their title-winning team, but they still got some key contributors back. Sophomore guard L.J. Cryer leads the team in points with 18.5 per game while senior wing Matthew Mayer has added 10.5 points per contest.

Hurley praised Baylor’s backcourt, singling out the freshman Brown, a long athletic wing who has scored 60 points in his first four college games.

Former Arizona Wildcats guard James Akinjo has started in all four games for Baylor.

The Sun Devils will have to take on the challenge without sophomore forward Marcus Bagley due to a knee injury. Hurley told reporters that there is no structural damage to Bagley’s knee, but he did not travel to the Bahamas to rehab.

Hurley also pointed out that this tournament will be a beneficial bonding opportunity for his team. He called them a close group already.

“It’s definitely a great experience, especially for our program that had a lot of problems and issues with COVID and had our season stopped a few times (last year),” Lawrence said. “It’s a blessing to be able to travel with the team.”

ASU and Baylor tip off at 5:30 p.m.

The winner of ASU vs. Baylor will face the victor of the Syracuse-VCU matchup on Thursday.

You can listen live Wednesday at KTAR News 92.3 FM.

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TRU WolfPack basketball, volleyball schedules change as result of heavy rainfall, flooding, road closures in southern B.C.

The TRU WolfPack were impacted on Tuesday by changes to the Canada West schedule, alterations made as flooding and road closures continue to impact travel across southern B.C. in the wake of extremely heavy rainfall on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

The TRU WolfPack were impacted on Tuesday by changes to the Canada West schedule, alterations made as flooding and road closures continue to impact travel across southern B.C. in the wake of extremely heavy rainfall on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15.

TRU will play host to the UBC Okanagan Heat of Kelowna in men’s and women’s basketball action on Friday and Saturday.

The women will tip off at 5 p.m. on Friday and 3 p.m. on Saturday. Men’s play will get underway at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Trinity Western of Langley was originally slated to play the WolfPack in men’s and women’s basketball action this weekend in Kamloops.

TRU was scheduled play the Fraser Valley Cascades in Abbotsford this weekend in men’s and women’s volleyball.

Those matches have been postponed until Feb. 4 and Feb. 5.

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Men’s basketball rebounds from Houston loss with 68-52 victory over Coppin State – The Cavalier Daily

After a resounding loss to No. 15 Houston on Tuesday, Virginia downed MEAC foe Coppin State Friday by a score of 68-52. The Cavaliers (2-2, 0-0 ACC) once again reached deep into its bench against the Eagles (1-6, 0-0 MEAC), with Coach Tony Bennett employing various rotations featuring some newcomers. 

The Cavaliers witnessed a completely different start to the game against the Eagles after notching eight unanswered points in the first four minutes. With Coppin State struggling against the Pack-Line, Virginia surged to a 19-4 lead and never looked back. A notable appearance from the Cavalier bench came from freshman forward Igor Milicic Jr. — a 6-foot-10 guard/forward from Croatia — who tallied a quick five points after a three-pointer and midrange jumper. 

In a somewhat slow finish to the half, the Eagles cut the advantage to 30-20 yet saw the Cavaliers regain some momentum after a five-point run. Virginia — having struggled a little offensively — managed to contain Coppin State’s volume shooting, as the Eagles completed only 7 of their 27 field goal attempts in the first half. Moreover, the Cavaliers — who failed to slow Houston down from the three-point arc — limited any quality attempts from Coppin State to cash in from deep.

More of that defensive tenacity from the Cavaliers continued into the second half, as a 44-26 advantage seemed to put the game out of reach. Although Coppin State clawed back to narrow the lead to 12, four free throws from senior forward Jayden Gardner and a dunk from sophomore forward Kadin Shedrick once again extended the margin of victory to 19 with 7:49 to play. In a return to normalcy with regards to the Pack-Line’s efficiency, the Cavaliers ended their non-conference contest with a 68-52 win against the overpowered Eagles.

“I think he’s just a relentless worker,” Bennett said of Milicic Jr. “He’s always spending time, whether or not it’s an off day, he’s in the gym getting shots up. He’s trying to learn and understand. He’s really been a perimeter player his whole life. When we looked at him sometimes, we’ll play him at the four spot, sometimes we’ll play him at the perimeter spot.”

Milicic Jr. notched 11 points in his coming out party for the Cavaliers, as he joined Gardner, Shedrick and senior guard Kihei Clark as the four Virginia players who scored in double digits. Gardner re-established his role as top interior scorer for a team desperately needing offensive production, having recorded 14 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Shedrick — who was somewhat of a question mark before the season —  had three blocks in his third consecutive game with three or more rejections. 

Although the Cavaliers came out with a victory, ball security remained a serious concern.  Bennett’s teams have typically garnered national attention for controlling the pace of play, yet emerging offensive woes have led to some carelessness with the ball. Virginia ended the game with 11 turnovers — the same mark as the Eagles albeit a slight improvement from the 17 turnovers against Houston.

Virginia will likely adjust to their signature, slow style of play and will continue to search for their offensive identity. Players such as sophomore guard Malachi Poindexter — a Charlottesville native who recorded a career-high 14 minutes of play — will be circulated into the lineup at times as Bennett experiments with the new personnel at his disposal. This is the norm for Virginia teams during the non-conference slate, as newcomers like Milicic Jr. have shown moments of brilliance even in limited action.

The Cavaliers will now travel to Newark, N.J. to take on a more formidable foe — the Georgia Bulldogs — in the 2021 Legends Classic Monday. The winner between the two will go on to play either Northwestern (4-0) or Providence (4-0) in the finals of the four team tournament. Regardless of outcome, the Cavaliers will have another game Tuesday, either competing in the championship or the third-place game.  Another story to note, former Cavalier and Georgia transfer Jabri Abdur-Rahim will take on his old team in an unlikely matchup between the ACC and SEC on a neutral site. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised on ESPNU.

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Florida basketball heads to Ft. Myers for early season tournament

After starting the season 3-0, including a victory over then-ranked Florida State, No. 24 Florida will travel to the state’s West Coast to participate in the Fort Myers Tip-Off.

The event features eight teams split into two divisions. The Beach Division features the four power programs involved in the tournament, Cal, Florida, Ohio State and Seton Hall, and the Palms Divison contains Bowling Green, Milwaukee, Southern Utah and Yale. Each division will name its own champion rather than all eight teams in a single bracket.

Florida’s first matchup comes against Cal on Nov. 22 while Ohio State faces Seton Hall in the first round. First-round winners will advance to a championship game on Nov. 24, and the losers will play for third place earlier in the day.

Here’s a closer look at the teams in Florida’s division.

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Florida has gotten off to a great start this season defeating rival Florida State and moving into the AP Top 25. Much of the team’s success can be traced back to center Colin Castleton, who was named SEC Player of the Week after putting up 15 points and 16 rebounds against the Seminoles.

Forward Anthony Duruji has come along as the hustle player of the team and is averaging 11.7 points per game and seven rebounds per game. Tyree Appleby and Myreon Jones are shooting a combined 41.7% from beyond the arc as well.

Player Pos H/W Class
Anthony Duruji F 6-7 / 220 R-Senior
Colin Castleton F 6-11 / 231 Senior
Tyree Appleby G 6-5 / 205 Senior
Brandon McKissic G 6-3 / 185 Graduate
Myreon Jones G 6-3 / 175 Senior

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Cal opened the season with losses to UC San Diego (4-0) and UNLV (3-1), the latter of which was decided by just three points. The Golden Bears notched their first win of the season against San Diego (3-2) on Monday, but double overtime was needed for them to overcome Southern Utah (1-3) on Tuesday.

Part of the Fort Myers Tip-Off event involved the Beach Division teams hosting a Palms Division team before the tournament. Southern Utah challenged Cal far more than Milwaukee did Florida, so that may indicate a Gators advantage for the first round.

Forward Andre Kelly is Cal’s best scorer averaging 16.8 points per game. The Golden Bears play three forwards in their starting lineup, all of which are two inches shorter than Colin Castleton.

Player Pos H/W Class
Kuany Kuany F 6-9 / 194 Junior
Grant Anticevich F 6-9 / 230 Fifth-year
Andre Kelly F 6-9 / 255 Senior
Joel Brown G 6-3 / 192 Junior
Jordan Shepherd G 6-4 / 190 Graduate

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Things haven’t gone so smoothly for Ohio State to start the season, but the Buckeyes are still 3-1 on the year so far. OSU only beat Akron (2-1) by a point in the season opener, but Niagara (1-3) proved to be less challenging after that. The Buckeyes massacred their Palms Division matchup for the Fort Myers Tip-Off, Bowling Green (1-3), but then lost to Xavier (4-0) in the Gavitt Games.

Forward Sueing Justice will be out for the Buckeyes for some time with an abdominal injury. Without Justice, the team has leaned forward E.J. Liddell for scoring and rebounding.

Player Pos H/W Class
Jamari Wheeler G 6-1 / 170 Graduate
Malaki Branham G 6-5 / 230 Freshman
Justin Ahrens F 6-6 / 195 Senior
E.J. Liddell F 6-7 / 240 Junior
Zed Key F 6-8 / 245 Sophomore

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Seton Hall might be the biggest threat to Florida on paper. For starters, the Pirates are undefeated on the year, including a win over No. 4 Michigan. The rankings haven’t quite caught up to the Pirates’ big win, but they should be ranked by the time of the tournament.

They also have a 7-foot-2-inch center, Ike Obiagu, making Seton Hall the only team in Florida’s way with a  proper center to handle Colin Castleton. The starting lineup is good, but the bench being deep might be the scariest part about this Pirates team. The Pirates bench has outscored opponents 95-34 this season.

Player Pos H/W Class
Jamir Harris G 6-2 / 195 Graduate
Kadary Richmond G 6-6 / 200 Sophomore
Myles Cale G/F 6-6 / 210 Graduate
Alexis Yetna F 6-8 / 225 Graduate
Ike Obiagu C 7-2 / 265 Graduate

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