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New Mexico’s Tony Snell enters name into NBA Draft

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Looks like Tony Snell is joining the host of others trying their luck in the NBA Draft.

The Albuquerque ESPN affiliate 101.7 The Team is reporting that the New Mexico guard is going to enter his name into the NBA Draft. He reportedly will not hire an agent.

The 6-7, 200-pound junior averaged 12.5 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 31.2 minutes per game for the Lobos this season, who were upset by Harvard in the second (first) round of the NCAA Tournament.

His three-point shooting has improved every year, culminating with his 39-percent clip this season. He’s also a great free throw shooter at 84.3 percent (86-for-102 this season).

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This would be a blow to Steve Alford’s team if Snell does stay in the draft. The Lobos were slated to have all five starters back in the fold for next year and should be even better as a result. And with San Diego State definitely losing guys like James Rahon and Chase Tapley and possibly losing Jamaal Franklin, paired with UNLV losing Anthony Bennett, they could be in position to dominate the Mountain West.

It wouldn’t kill any chances if Snell goes, it would just further them if he stays. New Mexico will be fine as long as no one else leaves, should Snell stay in the draft.

As far as Snell’s stock, he’s tall and athletic and can play well in big games (he scored 21 in the MWC title game against UNLV), most of the time. However, you wonder how bad that nine-point performance in the Lobos’ first-round exit will resonate with him. But this seems like a 50/50 chance for Snell on whether he stays or goes.

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Ingram scores 15, leads No. 6 Duke past pesky Yale 80-61

Marshall Plumlee, Matt Jones, Amile Jefferson
AP Photo/Gerry Broome
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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and played a key role in the defensive switch that helped No. 6 Duke beat Yale 80-61 on Wednesday night.

Matt Jones had 17 points and Grayson Allen scored 15 for the Blue Devils (5-1), while Ingram sparked Duke out of a lethargic start with his pressure as the front man after the switch to a 1-3-1 zone defense.

Freshman Luke Kennard finished with 12 points for the Blue Devils, who finally took control with a 17-2 run during a 5 1/2-minute span that bridged the halves. Duke outscored Yale 42-25 in the second half.

Justin Sears scored 19 points and Makai Mason had 13 points for the Bulldogs (3-2). The preseason favorites in the Ivy League led for all but 90 seconds of the first half but shot just 30 percent after the break.

The clear difference was Duke’s switch late in the first half to that zone defense with the 6-foot-9 Ingram out in front – where he could disrupt Yale’s ballhandlers, get his 7-3 wingspan into passing lanes and pester the perimeter shooters.

Yale, which shoots 40 percent from 3-point range, was just 4 of 15 in this one. Duke finished with 12 steals and forced 13 turnovers, turning them into 16 points.

That defensive pressure sparked the game-turning run, with the zone forcing turnovers on consecutive trips down court that Duke turned into transition buckets.

Ingram later took a steal coast to coast for a layup that gave the Blue Devils their first double-figure lead at 48-38 with 16:43 to play. Allen capped the decisive run with a layup on the next trip down court.

They eventually pulled away, pushing the lead into the 20s on a jumper with 2 1/2 minutes left by Amile Jefferson, who finished with 12 rebounds.

The lopsided final score was surprising because Duke was in trouble for virtually the entire first half. Yale routinely outworked the Blue Devils and generated easy baskets – none easier than Mason’s unimpeded drive across the lane for a layup that put the Bulldogs up 27-20 with 7 1/2 minutes left before the break.


VIDEO: Colorado player ejected for biting another player

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Colorado is playing Air Force tonight.

For some reason or another, Colorado’s Tory Miller got mad at Air Force’s Hayden Graham.

So he bit him.


At least he didn’t pretend that he teeth hurt after getting bit.

Miller, obviously, was ejected. Colorado ended up winning the game.