January 16, 2022 

Daily Briefing — Jan. 16, 2022: The End(yia)s justify Oregon’s means

Oklahoma continues to score at will

Happy Sunday! Welcome to The Next’s Daily Briefing, featuring the W Roundup, daily Watch List, and Yesterday’s Recap! Day 68 of college basketball is here, following Oregon’s return to Pac-12 contention. A full slate follows from all across the East Coast, flavors for every locale and any palette.

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But first: it occurs to me that we at TDB have shortchanged what’s been quite a EuroBasket season. We at The Next, however, have not — and our Antonio Losada brings you a Week 11 notebook, highlighted by cancellations and UMMC’s continued dominance.

W Roundup

Las Vegas: Released Clarissa Dos Santos’ rights, per Rachel Galligan, as expected.

(All times in Eastern)

Watch List, Sunday, Jan. 16

Must-watch

#24 South Florida @ UCF, 3 p.m., ESPNU

#11 Michigan @ #8 Maryland, 5 p.m., ESPN

Good games

#21 North Carolina @ #20 Notre Dame, 1 p.m., ACC Network Extra

#19 Kentucky @ #5 Tennessee, 3 p.m., ESPN

RV* Nebraska @ RV Iowa, 6 p.m., BTN

Also watchable

#2 Stanford @ Utah, 2 p.m., Pac-12 Network

#16 Duke @ #4 N.C. State, 4 p.m., ACC Network

Sickos games

Wisconsin @ Rutgers, 2 p.m., BTN+

Saturday, Jan. 15 recap

#7 Arizona: 68-66 overtime loss to Oregon. Had an almost-99% win expectancy with a 17-point lead in the late third quarter, before losing the fourth 18-5 while allowing a game-tying reverse-layup to a driving Nyara Sabally with 12 seconds left in regulation; trailed by three in overtime with 13 seconds left, before career-28.1%-3pt.-shooter Bendu Yeaney nailed a catch-and-shoot three; Duck point guard Endyia Rogers corralled a loose rebound with time expiring and did, well, this:

And because you deserve a second angle:

The Wildcats shot 45.0% from the field but only 5-for-10 from the line against Oregon’s 22-for-26 on free-throws; committed 23 fouls. Arizona guards Yeaney and Shaina Pellington each scored a team-high 14 points — Yeaney on 5-for-12 shooting (3-5 3pt.) with three rebounds and three assists, and Pellington on 5-for-11 from the field (0-1 3pt.) and 4-for-8 from the line with two steals and three turnovers; center Lauren Ware fouled out in 16 minutes with just two points on 1-for-3 FG (0-1 3pt.).

The Ducks were led by Te-Hina Paopao’s game-high 23 points on 8-for-14 shooting (2-5 3pt.m 6-6 FT) and three rebounds against four turnovers in 43 minutes; big Sabally had a 20-point, 13-rebound double-double on 5-for-11 from the field and 10-for-14 from the line with five offensive boards and three turnovers; backup center Sedona Prince sparked Oregon’s fourth-quarter run, finishing with 16 points on 6-for-10 FG (0-1 3pt.), five rebounds, two assists, two steals, and three blocks.

#9 Iowa State: 74-60 win over Oklahoma State. Won the first quarter 24-8. Shot 42.9% from three; drew 18 fouls. Combo guard Lexi Donarski had a game-high 23 points on 8-for-19 from the field and 5-for-10 from three, four rebounds, and two assists; center Morgan Kane notched a double-double on 15 points on 6-for-9 FG and 10 rebounds; point guard Emily Ryan tallied 13 points on 2-for-4 from three (1-1 from two), six rebounds, and four assists against three turnovers.

#10 UConn: 78-41 win over Xavier. Assisted on 24 of its 30 buckets; held the Musketeers to 26.6% from the field and 1-for-9 from three; notched 16 steals, part of 24 forced turnovers; blocked 15 shots, tied for third-most in a game by any team this season; committed 17 fouls. Off-ball guard Caroline Ducharme scored a game-high 20 points on 6-for-17 from the field and 4-for-10 from three with seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals against three turnovers; combo guard Christyn Williams had 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting (3-7 3pt.), five rebounds, three assists, and two steals; center Olivia Nelson-Ododa notched 11 points on 5-for-10 FG (0-1 3p.t), six rebounds, four assists, five steals, and a career-high eight blocks against three turnovers in 28 minutes.

#13 Texas: 73-57 win over West Virginia. Forced 20 turnovers and drew 30 fouls. Off-ball guard Aliyah Mathuru returned to the starting lineup and finished with a game-high 26 points on 8-for-16 from the field, 2-for-8 from three, and 8-for-11 from the line, three rebounds, and two assists against four turnovers and four fouls in 37 minutes; point guard Rori Harmon had 11 points on 5-for-10 shooting, nine rebounds, three assists, and five steals against three turnovers; off-ball guard Audrey Warren scored 17 points off the bench on 5-for-6 FG (1-2 3pt., 6-6 FT), four rebounds (three offensive), and two steals in 30 minutes.

#23 Oklahoma: 100-71 win over TCU, becoming the sixth team to reach the century mark twice this season, per Her Hoop Stats. Shot 53.6% from the field and 44.0% from three; the teams combined for 38 turnovers and 40 fouls. Wing Madi Williams had a game-high 21 points on 9-for-11 shooting (1-1 3pt.) and 11 rebounds for a double-double, plus four assists and two steals against six turnovers; backup combo forward/five-out center Skylar Vann scored 20 points on 7-for-15 from the field (2-5 3pt.) with six rebounds (three offensive); big Liz Scott fouled out in 21 minutes, finishing with 16 points on 6-for-9 FG (4-7 FT), two assists, and two turnovers; backup point guard Nevaeh Tot started in place of Kelbie Washington (health and safety protocols) and had 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting (2-3 3pt.), five rebounds, and six rebounds against six turnovers.

#25 Kansas State: 64-45 loss to Texas Tech, the Raiders’ second upset over a ranked Big 12 rival in three tries. The Wildcats lost the first and fourth quarters a combined 34-9, scoring a solitary bucket in the fourth. Shot just 28.6% from the field and 23.1% from three with only six free-throw attempts; were out-rebounded by eight. Center Ayoka Lee and point guard Serena Sundell tied for a team-high 12 points, the only Wildcats with more than six — Lee on 6-for-12 FG with eight rebounds (three offensive) and three blocks, Sundell on 4-for-13 shooting (2-5 3pt.) with four assists against three turnovers.

RV FGCU: 73-69 win over Liberty. Big wing Kierstan Bell scored a game-high 25 points on 9-for-20 from the field and 4-for-11 from three with seven rebounds (four offensive) and three steals.

RV Ohio State: 83-75 win over Minnesota. Shot 51.8% from the field and 40.0% from three. Combo guard Jacy Sheldon had a game-high 32 points on 10-for-17 from the field (2-3 3pt.) and 10-for-11 from the line, five rebounds, seven assists, and three steals against six turnovers without sitting; wing Taylor Mikesell notched 17 points on 6-for-14 shooting (3-9 3pt.), four rebounds, and three assists.

RV Missouri State: 69-53 win over archrival Drake. Looks like the MVC is going to be pretty uncompetitive this year, folks.

Navy: 74-63 loss to Boston. Point guard Jennifer Coleman had a 32-point, 16-rebound double-double on 13-for-24 shooting (3-4 3pt.) with four assists and two steals against four turnovers.

Cancellations

  • Oregon State vs. Arizona State
  • Buffalo vs. Western Michigan
  • UC Davis vs. Cal Poly
  • Portland vs. Pacific
  • St. Bonaventure vs. George Washington
  • Bowling Green vs. Miami (OH)
  • UT-Martin vs. Tennessee Tech
  • Tennessee State vs. Morehead State
  • Delaware State vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore
  • Hartford vs. UMass Lowell
  • Central Arkansas vs. North Alabama
  • Hampton vs. Longwood
  • Southern Utah vs. Montana State
  • UC Riverside vs. CSU Bakersfield
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Written by Em Adler

Em Adler (she/they) covers the WNBA at large and college basketball for The Next, with a focus on player development and the game behind the game.

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