Late Night Snacks: No. 6 Arizona survives a tough road trip

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 6 Arizona 69, San Diego State 60

Aaron Gordon finished with 16 points, eight boards, three blocks and two steals and had a couple of highlight reel plays in the process. He shot threes with the confidence of Jerry West, and there was one move in the second half crossed up a defender, came off of a ball-screen and made a ridiculous no-look pass to Kaleb Tarczewski for a dunk.

Gordon can really, really play, and he should probably be in the same conversation as the other Big Three freshmen. But Arizona needs more from him. They need him to develop into a go-to scorer in crunchtime, because that’s currently the player they are missing from what appears to be a legitimate national title contender at the moment.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES: 

1) Boston College lost (again), this time getting upset at home by MAC favorite Toledo despite leading by double-figures in the second half. That’s not a good start to the year for the 0-3 Eagles.

2) Stanford looked much better than they did in a loss to BYU during the Tip-Off Marathon as they knocked off visiting Northwestern. The Cardinal shot 51.1% from the floor and 5-for-10 from three.

3) Michael Dixon made his return to the basketball court on Thursday, as No. 13 Memphis ran through Austin Peay. Dixon finished with 15 points, four boards and four assists.

STARRED:

1) Rion Brown had 13 points, 11 boards, nine assists and three steals as Miami (FL) picked up an 84-69 win over Texas Southern.

2) Niels Giffey had 15 points and shot 3-for-4 from three, which actually hurt his percentage. Giffey is now 11-for-13 on the year from beyond the arc.

3) 23 points, 12 boards, eight assists, 8-for-14 shooting and a win over South Dakota State. Not a bad night for Kareem Jamar of Montana.

STRUGGLED:

1) Indiana State’s defense gave up 63 second half points to Belmont on Thursday, allowing the Bruins to erase a 16 point halftime deficit in a 96-95 win. Belmont was up 10 with a couple of minutes left, but they almost returned the favor to the Sycamores. J.J. Mann had 23 points to lead Belmont.

2) Yale had Rutgers on the ropes, up by six with just a couple of minutes left, but made some crucial mistakes down the stretch, including a devastating turnover in the final minute that allowed Rutgers to take the lead. The Scarlet Knights eventually won 72-71 when the Elis missed an open look from three feet away off of a baseline out of bounds. The Bulldogs, are aggressive rebounding team, got just a single board from Justin Sears.

3) Washington. They got worked by UC-Irvine. Absolutely worked.

NOTABLES:

  • Jerrelle Benimon led Towson with 32 points and nine boards in a 75-69 win over Temple.
  • St. Mary’s picked up their third straight solid win, beating North Dakota State.
  • Aaron White led seven players in double figures with 22 points as Iowa beat UMES 109-63.
  • Trevor Releford had 29 points to lead Alabama to a 76-64 win over Texas Tech.
  • Fred VanVleet had 18 points and eight assists in a 79-62 win for No. 16 Wichita State over William & Mary.

NCAA denies extra-year request by NC State guard Henderson

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.

Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.

The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.

Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer

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South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.

Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.

A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.

Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.

Mississippi State losing two to transfer

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Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.

Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.

 

N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah’s Devon Daniels

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A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued on Saturday afternoon as Utah transfer and guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack.

Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce.

The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.

N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.