Duke’s freshman center Harry Giles II is close to returning to the game action, according to head coach Mike Krzyzewski, potentially as soon as Christmas. “Harry’s participating,” Krzyzewski said, “he hasn’t had as much contact yet. We’re hoping before Christmas, those two games.” Duke is playing UNLV in Vegas on Saturday, then after a nine-day break for finals, the Blue Devils get Tennessee State and Elon at home on the 19th and the 21st. Giles warmed up with the Blue Devils on Tuesday night. Giles, who was long considered the top prospect in his class, has torn ACLs in both knees. He had a knee scope in October that has kept him out of action since. “I don’t want to put a gun to his head, like,
Ohio State’s bid to avoid missing the NCAA tournament for a second straight season veered off course Tuesday night. The Buckeyes suffered a damaging upset loss that will shrink their margin for error in the coming months. With the score tied late in overtime, Florida Atlantic coach Michael Curry called a play for sophomore guard Nick Rutherford and told the rest of his team to get out of the way.
NEW YORK (AP) No. 18 Purdue did just about everything well in a 97-64 thrashing of Arizona State on Tuesday night in the Jimmy V Classic at Madison Square Garden. The Boilermakers scored inside and from the perimeter. They played stingy defense. They rebounded with extra energy. “I thought right as we started moving the basketball, we got into a rhythm and our guys played maybe the best half (of the season) outside of the first 4 minutes,” Purdue coach Matt Painter said. Isaac Haas and Vincent Edwards were both 6 of 9 from the field and had 16 points for Purdue. “I would say we did a lot of great things offensively, moving the ball and getting open looks from 3-point and down on the block,” Haas