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Elite 2014 recruit Craig Victor has plenty of serious suitors

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LAS VEGAS, Nv. — Craig Victor is a wanted man.

The New Orleans native is being tracked by some of the premier programs in the country and as the No. 21 overall recruit in Rivals’ 2014 national rankings, Victor has a lot of coaches present when he takes the floor with New Orleans Elite at the adidas Super 64.

The 6’8″ forward told NBC Sports that Louisville, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma State, LSU, Oklahoma, Miami, Florida, UConn, Texas A&M, UCLA,  and Oregon were among the schools that had offered scholarships.

Victor noted that a few schools were putting in a big effort to recruit him.

“Arizona’s real hard, LSU’s real hard and I hear from Kansas and Louisville a lot too,” Victor told NBC Sports.

During the game NBC Sports saw of Victor’s at Valley High School in Las Vegas, head coaches from Arizona, LSU and Louisville were present while Kansas also had an assistant coach. Victor said he notices which coaches attend his games.

“Oh yeah, of course, of course; (I notice who is watching) all the time,” Victor said. “I pay attention to all of that. That lets me know that the team really is interested in watching me.”

Now that coaches are able to text with prospective recruits, Victor also has a bevy of text messages to cycle through as he’s cooling down after a game.
After each game, Victor checks his phone to see which coaches have been in touch.

“(They tell me) ‘good game’ or what I did right, what I did wrong. They’ll tell you the truth and let you know if you did something wrong or need to improve something,” Victor said of the texts from coaches. “Most of the time they’re letting me know that they were here watching.”

One of the unique things about Victor is his enjoyment of big games and big matchups. While some prospects shy away from speaking about matchups or don’t wish to speak about them publicly, Victor openly embraces the chance to play good competition.

“It’s a blessing and a good opportunity for me and the other guy I gotta play because it’s going to be a battle,” Victor said. “The coaches come to see when I face guys like Kevon Looney or Leron Black. It’s matchups like that that people want to see so we’re going to come out and compete.”

Victor particularly enjoys the competition he gets when facing Milwaukee-native and top-ten prospect Kevon Looney. The two engaged in a tremendous battle at the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June and also faced earlier during the July evaluation period at the adidas Invitational in Indianapolis.

“I like facing Kevon Looney,” Victor said. “Not just the (NBPA Top 100 Camp game) but we played them in Indy too. I look forward to playing him again; hopefully in this tournament.”

It’s hard to say if Victor will face Looney in the adidas Super 64 — or another time in the future — but no matter the opponent, Victor will come out and play hard.

VIDEO: Boise State robbed of insane, buzzer-beating win on incorrect timing by officials

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It looked like James Webb III of Boise State had hit the season’s craziest buzzer-beater.

With 0.8 seconds left, he caught an in-bounds pass on the run on the right wing, hoisted up a prayer of a three and watched as it banked it as the buzzer sounded.

It’s pretty fantastic:

And it also clearly left his hands before time expired, but there was a reason for that. According to the officials, the clock (for the road team, mind you) did not start when the ball was caught.

They were right.

Where they were wrong was determining that it took more than a second for Webb to catch and release the shot, meaning that they were wrong to waive off the bucket.

This awesome slo-mo clip of the shot from Matt Stephens of the Coloradoan is all the evidence I need, but if you need more, Sportscenter anchor Scott Van Pelt clocked it at 0.7 seconds:

The game would go to overtime, where Colorado State would go on to win, 97-93.

As you can imagine, Boise State players and coaches were livid with the call.

“I hope it’s not a situation where you get an apology later but don’t get the win. I don’t understand it,” head coach Leon Rice said in a radio interview after the game. “I hope they got it right somehow, some way. I don’t know. It didn’t look right to me, but I’m not the official.”

This comes just four days after officials blew a call in a game between New Mexico and San Diego State that allowed the Aztecs to force overtime and eventually beat the Lobos. (That call may have determined the outcome of the Mountain West regular season title, to boot.)

New Mexico was essentially told, “my bad”, but the league as a result.

And Boise State will probably get the same treatment despite the fact that, if the league determines that the referees botched this call as well, the tame technically was over then.

Will they have the guts to award the Broncos a road win that they earned and deserve?

I doubt it.

UPDATE: Here’s a statement from the officiating crew:

Tulsa rallies to hand No. 16 SMU 1st home loss 82-77

Tulsa guard James Woodard (10) shoots a free throw during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against SMU Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, in Dallas.  Tulsa won 82-77. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
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DALLAS (AP) Shaquille Harrison had 21 points, Pat Birt hit a crucial 3-pointer and scored 12 of his 17 points after halftime and Tulsa rallied from eight points down in the second half to beat No. 16 SMU 82-77 on Wednesday night.

Nic Moore scored 27 to lead the Mustangs (20-3, 9-3 American Athletic). They lost for the first time in 13 home games and dropped to 2-3 since their 18-0 start to a season that won’t include postseason play because of NCAA sanctions.

Moore twice hit 3-pointers to pull SMU within a point in the final minute, but Birt answered the first with a 3 and James Woodard followed the second with two of his six free throws in the final 1:04.

The Golden Hurricane (16-8, 8-4) ended a four-game losing streak against SMU with their eighth win in 10 games since an 0-2 conference start.