NCAA basketball roundup: Notre Dame sophomore Biedscheid plans to redshirt

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The Irish forward moves himself onto the five-year plan, while Minnesota suspends their center for six games.

After playing in nearly every game for Notre Dame as a freshman, sophomore Cam Biedscheid has decided to redshirt this season to preserve a year of eligibility. The 6'7 forward is taking the cue of teammate Jerian Grant in sitting out a year.

In a promising freshman season, Biedscheid logged over 17 minutes per game, averaging 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. While making his decision, the St. Louis native sat out both of Notre Dame's exhibition games and their regular-season win opener against Miami (OH). The Irish won 72-64 behind 26 points from Grant.

Minnesota suspends Maurice Walker

The Golden Gophers have suspended their center for six games, citing a violation of team rules. The announcement came before Friday's season-opening win against Lehigh, but the specifics of the violation weren't mentioned. Walker will be out until the second game of the Maui Invitational.

Walker lost 60 pounds last off-season, hoping to fit better into new head coach Richard Pitino's fast-break style. As a 310-pounder under Tubby Smith, Walker was averaging two points and 2.2 rebounds as a backup center.

Tyrone Johnson cleared to play for South Carolina

It's clearance waiver season for the NCAA, and the governing body has granted the Villanova transfer the ability to play for the Gamecocks right away. When he enrolled at South Carolina in January, it was expected Johnson wouldn't suit up until the first semester ended.

Coach Frank Martin expects the 6'3 guard to play when South Carolina hosts Longwood on Saturday. Johnson, now in his second year of eligibility, averaged 3.3 points per game for the Wildcats last season.

Notable scores from Saturday:

No. 3 Louisville 70, Charleston 48: The champs led by just two at the half, but overcame a sluggish start behind 21 points from Russ Smith.

No. 11 Ohio St. 89, Morgan St. 50: It was a three-point clinic for the Buckeyes, as Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Shannon Scott each nailed four triples in the win.

No. 15 Gonzaga 100, Bryant 76: Gonzaga led by 21 at halftime and never looked back in a battle of Bulldogs. Sam Dower led four Gonzaga players in double figures with 21 points and 17 rebounds.

No. 16 Wichita St. 93, Emporia St. 50: Cleanthony Early got his sophomore year going in style, scoring 21 in the rout.

No. 23 New Mexico 88, Alabama A&M 52: It's always nice when one of your guys is 9-10 from the field. Cameron Bairstow had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds for the Lobos.

USC Upstate 63, Virginia Tech 62: Joining the list of schools you've heard of, the Spartans eked out a win against a Virginia Tech team that is rebuilding.

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