Monday’s Pregame Shootaround: It’s Maui time!!!

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 25 Marquette vs. Arizona State, 9:00 p.m. ET (FS1)

The best game in the opening round of the Wooden Legacy. Marquette probably doesn’t exactly deserve to be ranked right now, not after they were pounded by Ohio State, but they are. Buzz Williams has size on his roster, but his team lacks a scoring punch. Where are they going to get points from their back court? Todd Mayo? He’s not exactly trustworthy at this point. Arizona State, on the other hand, doesn’t really have a problem scoring the ball, not when Jahii Carson is one the roster, and they’ll enter this tournament looking to make more of a name for themselves. Saying they are overlooked is probably unfair, but they aren’t getting much publicity for a team with an all-american candidate that is still undefeated.

THE OTHER GAME OF THE DAY: Dayton vs. No. 14 Gonzaga, 12:00 a.m. ET (ESPN)

The Maui Invitational’s nightcap pits upset-minded Dayton taking on Gonzaga. The Zags will struggle to get their name back on the national radar after losing in the Round of 32 as the No. 1 overall seed in last year’s NCAA tournament, but this team can play. Their back court is very talented with Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., and with Przemek Karnowski and Sam Dower up front, they have a pair of big men that can play with anyone in the country. Dayton? Well, they have some good guards on their roster, but they’ve been going small this season. That will actually play into Gonzaga’s hands.

MID-MAJOR MATCHUP OF THE DAY: Canisius vs. Georgia State, 5:00 p.m.

Here’s what’s fun about this matchup: both teams have a star — Billy Baron and R.J. Hunter — that is coached by their father — Jim Baron and Ron Hunter.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH

1) Maui Invitational action kicks off at 3:00 p.m. this afternoon with Arkansas taking on Justin Cobbs and Cal.

2) Marcus Smart and the now-No. 1 team in KenPom’s rankings, Oklahoma State, will head to South Florida to take on the Bulls in their first game since last week’s demolition of Memphis.

3) No. 15 Florida heads to Jacksonville tonight in the return of Scottie Wilbekin to the lineup.

4) Maryland and Providence, two borderline NCAA tournament teams, square off in the final of the Paradise Jam out in the Virgin Islands tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET.

5) The Progressive Legends Classic will kick off tonight as Pitt takes on Texas Tech and Stanford squares off with Houston.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • Cleveland State at No. 3 Kentucky, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • Wyoming at No. 7 Ohio State, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • No. 8 Syracuse vs. Minnesota, 5:30 p.m. ET
  • DePaul vs. No. 12 Wichita State, 10:00 p.m. ET
  • UMKC at No. 17 Iowa State, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Chaminade vs. No. 18, 9:30 p.m. ET

NOTABLES

  • Loyola Marymount vs. Vanderbilt, 5:00 p.m. ET
  • Abilene Christian vs. Xavier, 7:00 p.m. ET
  • BYU vs. Texas, 7:30 p.m. ET
  • IUPUI vs. Missouri, 8:00 p.m. ET
  • Northern Iowa vs. La Salle, 7:30 p.m. ET

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.