Late Night Snacks: Duke earns big road win, Oklahoma takes down Oklahoma State

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 9 Villanova 65, Georgetown 60

The Wildcats held off a Georgetown team desperate for a win on Monday night as Villanova went into the Verizon Center and held off the Hoyas for a Big East win. Villanova could never seem to pull away from Georgetown, as the Hoyas jumped out to an 8-0 lead — which also doubled as the game’s largest lead for either side — to start the game. The teams combined for 34 turnovers and 39 fouls in an ugly game. James Bell led Nova with 16 points while Daniel Ochefu and JayVaughn Pinkston each added 12. Georgetown has now lost five straight games.

IMPORTANT OUTCOMES

1) No. 23 Oklahoma 88, No. 8 Oklahoma State 76

Big win for the Sooners in the “Bedlam” rivalry as the Oklahoma offense was dialed in and going for much of the night. Oklahoma State dealt with foul trouble to key players throughout the night and Oklahoma forward Ryan Spangler took advantage on the interior with 15 points and a career-high 17 rebounds. Oklahoma took the lead at 12-10 with a little over 14 minutes left in the first half and never looked back in this one.

For more on this one, check out my take on Oklahoma and Rob Dauster’s take on Oklahoma State.

2) No. 17 Duke 80, No. 18 Pitt 65

The Blue Devils picked up a big ACC road win at the Peterson Events Center on Monday as they clearly outplayed Pitt in the second half. Duke’s half-court defense continues to look better and a key four minute stretch of 10 straight stops on the defensive end helped the Blue Devils jump out to a 64-51 lead they would never relinquish. Jabari Parker scored 16 of his 21 points in the first half and Andre Dawkins scored 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from the three-point line.

For more on this one, check out my take on Duke and Rob Dauster’s take on Pitt.

3) North Carolina Central 53, Morgan State 52

Karamo Jawara made the game-winning free throw with one second left to give North Carolina Central the win and sole possession of the MEAC standings. The win puts North Carolina Central (14-5, 5-1) ahead of Morgan State (6-12, 4-2) for the conference lead.

STARRED

1) Ryan Spangler’s 15-point, 17-rebound effort was tremendous for Oklahoma in the key rivalry win over Oklahoma State.

2) Southern moved to 7-1 in the SWAC with a 68-55 win over Alabama State on Monday night. The win puts the Jaguars a full game ahead of any other team in the league standings.

3) Andre Dawkins was sensational off-the-bench for Duke on Monday, scoring 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting behind the three-point line and playing with a tremendous amount of confidence.

STRUGGLED

1) Prairie View A&M led Mississippi Valley State 43-29 at halftime before being outscored 52-29 in the second half on the way to an 81-72 SWAC loss.

2) Lamar Patterson has had a breakout senior season for Pitt, but on Monday against Duke, he struggled to 14 points and five turnovers on 4-for-14 shooting in the home loss.

3) Oklahoma State struggled to keep certain players on the floor, Monday, as Kamari Murphy, LeBryan Nash and Stevie Clark all fouled out in the loss to the Sooners. Marcus Smart also dealt with first-half foul problems and Nash (17 minutes) and Clark (11 minutes) played less than a half of basketball each in picked up their five fouls.

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.