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Jay Knuth heading to Loyola Chicago, fifth Division 1 athlete in family

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Jay Knuth of Johnston High School in Des Moines, IA wasn’t about to break the mold.

His father played football at Iowa State.

His mother played basketball at Drake.

His two older sisters played volleyball at Iowa State.

Growing up around four Division 1 athletes, Knuth was destined for the Division 1 level, as well.

According to the Des Moines Register, Knuth, a rising senior at Johnson, plans to basketball at Loyola Chicago beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Along with Loyola, Knuth also received interest from Albany, Drake, and North Dakota State among others.

En route to earning third team all-state honors by the Des Moines Sunday Register, the 6-foot-6 center (unless he hits a significant growth spurt, Knuth would project to play forward for Loyola) averaged 15.8 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

The recruiting website ny2lasports.com had this to say about Knuth when previewing the Next Level Invitational:

Knuth is a gifted athlete with the ability to score the basketball at various levels. Knuth can knock down perimeter shots with a good release and good consistency, but is also capable scoring from inside the paint and around the post. His length, athleticism and basketball nature make him an asset defensively also.

Said Knuth: “I was always interested in it. Basketball always was something I loved and always wanted to be a part of…It’s a great opportunity to get your education paid for.”

You can find Kevin on twitter @KLDoyle11

BUBBLE BANTER: All of the action on the fringe of the NCAA tournament

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Tonight’s bubble action. This post will be updated as the games are completed.

Cincinnati at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Pitt at No. 12 Miami, 7:00 p.m.
No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
Ole Miss at Florida, 9:00 p.m.
Georgia at No. 22 Kentucky, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 9:00 p.m.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.