Kadary Richmond shines in his first career Syracuse start (Donna Ditota’s Quick Hits)

Syracuse, N.Y. — The biggest observation about Thursday’s game was made about two hours before the Syracuse-Niagara game tipped off in the Carrier Dome.



a group of people sitting in a chair: Syracuse assistant coach Allen Griffin chats with other coaches before the Syracuse game against Niagara Purple Eagles Dec. 3, 2020.at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York


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Syracuse assistant coach Allen Griffin chats with other coaches before the Syracuse game against Niagara Purple Eagles Dec. 3, 2020.at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York

SU announced a positive Covid-19 test in its men’s basketball program. That announcement impacted who could play Thursday night and juggled the Orange rotation, especially at the guard spots.

The game? Syracuse led by 14 at the half and cruised to a 75-45 victory.

Here’s what happened:

Syracuse University announced, at 6:18 p.m., that someone in its men’s basketball program tested positive for Covid-19 during last week’s testing. Orange basketball players and staff are tested three times a week, using the most accurate coronavirus tests — a PCR nose swab. The person who tested positive has to isolate for 10 days; anybody deemed to be a close contact must quarantine for 14 days.

The university will not identify people in its athletic programs that test positive. Buddy Boeheim was not in the Carrier Dome Thursday night and did not play in the game. He had started 36 previous games for the Orange and scored 21 points in SU’s home-opener in the Dome last week.

At any rate, SU had 10 players at its disposal against Niagara. It altered its starting lineup to look like: Joe Girard, Kadary Richmond, Alan Griffin, Quincy Guerrier and Marek Dolezaj. Bourama Sidibe was not available; he had surgery earlier in the week to repair a torn meniscus and is expected to miss about a month. Dolezaj started for him and Guerrier moved into Dolezaj’s traditional power forward spot. Richmond, the freshman point guard, took Buddy Boeheim’s place in the starting lineup.

The bench looked like this: John Bol Ajak, Woody Newton, Frank Anselem, Jesse Edwards, Robert Braswell.

Kadary Richmond, the 6-foot-5 point guard, started for the first time in his Syracuse career.

He struggled a little bit early. He looked a little tentative against a small (5-foot-10) guard assigned to cover him. But then, he got better. A lot better. Joe Girard handled most of the early ball-handling and point guard duties at the start of the game, but as the half wore on, Richmond had the ball in his hands more to make plays or make shots. And he grew more confident as his minutes mounted.

He was good in that first half. He showed nice hesitation and change of speed with his dribble that enabled him to get into the lane. He finished a Girard lob pass. He was 3-of-5 in that half with four rebounds, one blocked shot (he swatted a 3-point attempt from up top) and one assist. And when Niagara was attempting 3-point shots? They did that from Girard’s area of the zone.

He stayed good in the second half. Early in that closing half, he stole a ball out of the Dome air and

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Indiana’s Tuttle to make first career start at Wisconsin

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Kansas’ ugly win over Kentucky reflect college hoops’ unsettling start

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INDIANAPOLIS — When this execrable basketball game was over, Bankers Life Fieldhouse shut down immediately. The Kansas Jayhawks waved at the Kentucky Wildcats, who waved back, and both went their separate ways to the locker rooms. The music was turned off, and since there were no fans the arena went silent in a matter of seconds.

The quiet provided a window to reflect on a stunningly ugly matchup of bluebloods, and the unsettling season that lies ahead.

Kansas won, 65-62, in a rock fight that saw the two teams combined to make 8 of 42 three-point shots (19%). At one point they were 3 of 30 before, ahem, heating up. The Jayhawks won while shooting 30% from the field, which shouldn’t be possible. Kansas coach Bill Self said the newly remodeled arena had “the tightest rims I’ve ever seen in my life,” but still termed his team’s first-half offensive performance “inept.”

But that aesthetic struggle was the least troubling part of the night. There were reports before the game that Kansas defensive specialist Marcus Garrett would not play because he was ill—which immediately prompted COVID-19 concerns. The Jayhawks were coming off a game last Friday against Saint Joseph’s, which on Sunday paused its season after a positive test in the program.

Then Garrett did decide to play, something Self said he did not know would happen until he got on the bus to go to the arena. Self said Garrett first began feeling ill last Friday, then tested negative Saturday and again Tuesday via a PCR test. But the coach’s description of Garrett’s symptoms only escalated concerns.

“He was having a real problem with headaches and bright lights,” Self said. “His stomach was messed up. He said he couldn’t get his wind.” Shortness of breath, headaches and nausea are all among the laundry list of COVID symptoms.

While the ESPN broadcast crew, and later Self, were praising Garrett for his toughness, a lot of other people were wondering how responsible it was for him to play. It’s entirely possible he was ill with something unrelated to the virus, and the test results would back that, but the average American workplace would have sent him home no matter whether he tested negative. College athletic programs have thrown around the “abundance of caution” phrase a lot in the last few months, and playing Garrett would seem closer to an absence of caution.

These are the gray areas college basketball will try to navigate while keeping its season on a shaky course from now until March. Dozens of games already have been canceled, moved and rearranged on the fly, lending an unmistakable AAU feel of impermanence to the proceedings. Many more will follow.

The very fact that this game was being played in this fashion underscored that the season was off to a wobbly start. For the previous nine years, the Champions Classic was a splashy November ESPN doubleheader matching the same four teams—Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State—and

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Jack Tuttle Talks Mentality Ahead of First-Career Start for Indiana Football

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Every week Jack Tuttle prepares like he’s the starter, whether he is or not.

Through the first six games of the season, Tuttle has not been the starter, but as Indiana gets set to head to No. 18 Wisconsin this Saturday, Tuttle’s preparation will now become a reality.

Tuttle will be getting his first-career start after Michael Penix Jr. suffered a torn ACL against Maryland last Saturday.

“Every week I try to prepare like I am the starter,” Tuttle said. “Every week we put earmuffs and blinders on to the outside to focus on the internal and our opponent.”

Tuttle came into last Saturday’s game after Penix went down in the third quarter.

In his first play from scrimmage, he was lined up as a wide receiver as Stevie Scott took a direct snap and scored a touchdown. But the Hoosiers elected to go for two to make it a 14-point game, and Tuttle found Peyton Hendershot in the end zone to convert it.

Indiana head coach Tom Allen said it wasn’t an easy throw for Tuttle to make because of the tough angle and window, but Tuttle had no issue doing so.

“Coming in and being prepared, I came in ready to go,” Tuttle said. “I did not feel like there was a lot of nerves coming in. The preparation really helped.”

Tuttle said he wasn’t sure what happened when Penix went down, and he was hoping that his teammate was going to get back up and be fine. But when Penix went back to the locker room, Tuttle said he felt ready to go in.

He didn’t need to do much, throwing the ball five times and completing each pass for a total of 31 yards. Indiana mainly used its rushing attack to close the game out and win 27-11.

But now Tuttle will be heading into Camp Randall Stadium for the first start of his career, and he’ll be tasked with leading Indiana’s offense that has a ton of weapons around him.

“I think our offense is phenomenal, and we have some guys that can really go,” Tuttle said. “I believe in that, they believe in themselves, and we believe in each other.”

Tuttle is entering a similar situation that former Indiana quarterback and current Northwestern starter Peyton Ramsey endured last season.

Tuttle was in the Hoosiers’ QB room with both Penix and Ramsey last season, and he was able to learn a lot from both of them.

“I think both of them are phenomenal quarterbacks and I learned a lot underneath them,” Tuttle said. “How they watch film sometimes, I implemented that into my routine. Stuff like how they do their pre-snap routine, things like that I took and implemented into my own.”

On Tuesday night, the second College Football Playoff rankings were released, and Indiana remained at No. 12 after knocking off Maryland. There are three teams in front of the Hoosiers that have more losses than them this season.

Tuttle said

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#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears will face the No. 5 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini on Wednesday from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.



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Baylor is coming off a 86-52 win over Washington on Sunday to improve to 2-0 on the season. Baylor is averaging 99 points over their last two games and will look to continue that against the Fighting Illini tonight in a showcase matchup. Illinois is averaging 98.7 points per game and will look to improve to 4-0 on the season with a win tonight.

This will be a fun one, it has the signs of a high scoring affair that you will not want to miss. Here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois

When: Wednesday, December 2 Time: 10:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: Both of these teams have no problem scoring and would expect a high scoring game. I think Baylor is the better team but expect to see a lot of three-point scoring at the end of the game with Illinois fighting to come back. Stay safe and take the over.

Bet: Over 142.5

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Baylor (-4.5) vs. Illinois

O/U: 142.5

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SportsPulse: Dan Wolken reacts to the second College Football Playoff rankings and believes Ohio State can get into the playoff without qualifying for the Big Ten championship game given the committee’s track record.

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With a pair of Power Five jobs open already at South Carolina and Vanderbilt and more to come as the college football season winds down, the coaching carousel promises to be more robust than most people within the industry expected a few months ago. 

How much more? That’s still an open question, as COVID-19 hasn’t halted frustration among fans and administrators at underachieving programs such as Michigan, Tennessee, Auburn, Texas and Virginia Tech to name a few. 

But the financial ramifications and optics of making expensive coaching moves this year, as athletic departments and universities generally are cutting budgets, are very real for schools that have had to absorb a significant revenue hit. On the other hand, optimism about regaining some sense of normalcy by mid-2021 with the arrival of vaccines could prove to be all the rationalization needed for athletics directors to revert back to the familiar cycle of big buyouts and irresponsible contracts. 

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Here are five questions and answers about the current state of play in college football, with information culled from eight people close to the coaching industry, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the topic. And, as always, much of what happens behind the scenes on the coaching carousel is fluid. 

1. How many more big programs could make a change? 

The entire industry right now has its eyes on Texas, as last Friday’s loss to Iowa State felt like something of a turning point in the school’s ability to tolerate another year of Tom Herman. Four years in, Texas is better than when Herman got there but at just 21-13 in the Big 12, he’s failed to elevate the Longhorns above a group of programs who simply should not be as good as Texas. 

The issue is whether athletics director Chris Del Conte, whose relationship with Herman is said to be pretty frosty, will throw around $20 million-plus in buyouts for that coaching staff without having a slam dunk candidate in his back pocket. And that slam dunk, of course, would be Urban Meyer.

Tom Herman’s overall record at Texas is 30-18, which may not be enough to buy him another year as head coach. (Photo: Jay Janner, USA TODAY Sports)

Very few people are actually in position to know whether Meyer wants to come back to coaching. He had very real health concerns leaving both Florida and Ohio State, and it doesn’t seem like Meyer can do the job unless he’s pushing himself to literal sickness. If he signals he wants to give it a shot at Texas, they’ll have to pull the trigger. But even if he doesn’t, Texas may be in a position where it’s just

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Memorial University delaying the start of most winter classes | Canada | News

Memorial University has decided to delay the official start date of its winter semester in most programs at its St. John’s campus, Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook and the Marine Institute.

Originally, the return date for winter classes was Wednesday, Jan. 6. It now will be Monday, Jan. 11.

“I hope that extending the break by a few days… will help to reduce the stress in the winter term,” said Dr. Mark Abrahams, provost and vice-president (academic).



Abraham’s quote appeared in a story in the online version of the MUN Gazette (gazette.mun.ca), used to announce the delay.

Due to what are described as “unique program delivery constraints”, the school says exceptions have been approved for the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Nursing and the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. 

As a result, classes in these academic units will resume as previously scheduled on Jan.6.

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As expected, the college hoops season is off to a rocky start. Here’s what health experts have to say about the upcoming season

We’re a week into the 2020-21 college basketball season, and the 11-time national champion UConn women’s basketball team has been strangely absent from fans’ TV screens. That’s how it’ll stay until at least mid-December.

Five days prior to what would have been the Huskies’ season opener, a member of the program (not a player or coach) tested positive for COVID-19, resulting in a two-week pause of team activities that wiped out the team’s three early nonconference games. The shutdown arose less than a week after the UConn men returned from a shutdown of their own due to a player testing positive.

With COVID-19 cases surging nationwide, UConn is far from the only school that needed to delay the start of its basketball season or pause things a few days in after someone contracted the virus. In the Big East alone, nine of 11 member schools have publicly disclosed temporary shutdowns for either one of their basketball teams this fall. Six teams have paused activities within the last two weeks.

In interviews with The Courant, public health and medical experts offered best practices as the NCAA moves forward with its season. Here’s what those experts had to say about the risks of playing basketball and how programs can mitigate them moving forward.

Basketball is a challenge

Basketball isn’t the first college sport to return to play, but it is one with unique challenges. It’s played indoors, where the virus is believed to spread more easily. Close contact in games, though relatively transient, is unavoidable. Smaller rosters mean fewer people pose a risk in contracting the virus, but also make the quarantining or isolation of even a handful of players more detrimental.

We’ve seen how basketball can be held safely: The NBA and WNBA had zero COVID-19 cases during their three-month “bubble” seasons, which took place at clean sites in Orlando and Bradenton, Fla., and featured daily testing. For financial, logistical and philosophical reasons, adopting that exact model is infeasible for college sports, though variations are being explored. Mohegan Sun is currently hosting 30+ teams at “Bubbleville,” while the Big East’s contingency plans for after the new year include a bubble or series of mini-bubbles involving shorter stays.

Dr. Karl Minges, chair of health administration and policy at the University of New Haven, said that the long-term effects of COVID-19 remain unclear (there’s not enough data yet, for example, to rule out that the virus can cause cardiac issues like myocarditis), and there’s plenty of evidence that it disproportionately affects Black and Latino people. Per the NCAA, 68 percent of Division I women’s basketball players and 77 percent of men’s players are people of color.

Even with schools and jurisdictions like UConn’s prohibiting fans at games, there’s growing evidence that outbreaks on college campuses have negative impacts on the broader community. A study in La Crosse, Wis. showed that COVID-19 clusters from college campuses were responsible for infections, and deaths, in nursing homes.

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Titans’ David Quessenberry, who beat cancer, got first start vs. Colts

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Titans offensive lineman David Quessenberry beat cancer

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David Quessenberry had more career touchdowns – one – than starts going into Sunday’s game against the Colts.

The Titans offensive lineman pulled that score to 1-1 when he finally, four years after making his NFL debut and not much more than three years removed from his final cancer treatment, was able to start what he finished.

Quessenberry, whose football career and life were question marks when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s T Lymphoblastic lymphoma in 2014, took his place at left tackle for the beginning of what turned out to be a 45-26 victory Sunday. 

He played 68 snaps, tied for most among Titans linemen in the game. Also the same number of combined snaps he’d played in 12 previous NFL games spanning three seasons.

More: ‘A hell of a fight’: Titans OL David Quessenberry beat cancer. Now he’s on another mission.

“It’s hard to put into words,” Quessenberry said. “It really is. It was very special for me, something I’ve been working for for a long time. It’s been a huge mountain to climb, a lot of valleys and peaks along the way.”

On the field, Quessenberry had a front-row seat, but was far more than a spectator, when he helped Derrick Henry bulldoze the Colts for 42 of his 178 yards and the first of his three touchdowns.

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In his head afterward, he couldn’t help but recall his relationship with Titans coach Mike Vrabel. How he helped teach one of Vrabel’s sons, Tyler, to play offensive line when the two were with the Texans. How Vrabel has stood by Quessenberry through his sickness and his health.

Quessenberry mentioned how “grateful for the type of man he is, his belief in me, giving me the nod this week.”

“David Quessenberry stepping in, making his first start in six or seven years, pretty impressive (considering) the journey he’s been on,” Vrabel said. 

Quessenberry was watching film last week when he was informed he very well could start. The first person he shared the news with was his wife, naturally.

“She’s kind of seen those valleys and those hard days, and being able to share the good news with her is big,” he said.

The 6-foot-5, 310-pound sixth-round pick of the Texans in 2013 was well aware he was trying to fill in for Taylor Lewan, the anchor of the line who will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. He and Lewan worked out together during the offseason.

Seeing him and other teammates injured, opening up a spot for him, wasn’t easy. But it’s all part of the game.

One he finally started. One that went pretty well, considering the Titans allowed Ryan Tannehill to be sacked just once and became the first team this season to score 35 points in a half.

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#20 Kentucky vs. #7 Kansas live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The Kansas Jayhawks will host the Kentucky Wildcats in the State Farm Champions Classic from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.



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Kentucky comes into this one at 1-1 on the young season, beating Morehead State in their opener and falling to a solid Richmond team on Sunday. This will be one of the biggest games on their schedule this year and they will need to be ready when they take on Kansas this evening. As for Kansas, they come into this at 1-1 on the season, losing to Gonzaga but picking up a nice win over Saint Joseph’s on Friday.

This will be one you won’t want to miss, here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#20 Kentucky vs. #7 Kansas

When: Tuesday, December 1 Time: 9:30 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: I really like Kansas in this spot and think they are the better team this year. Take the Jayhawks to win by at least 5 as this will be a fun one to watch.

Bet: Kansas Jayhawks or -4.5

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O/U: 143.5

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