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Report: Four schools stand out to former Missouri PG Shane Rector

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After playing an average of just 4.4 minutes per game as a freshman, point guard Shane Rector made the decision to leave the Missouri basketball program. A product of St. Raymond’s HS in the Bronx, Rector’s chances of earning more playing time under new head coach Kim Anderson didn’t look too promising with the addition of Hawaii transfer Keith Shamburger and the return of fellow rising sophomore Wes Clark.

However now that the decision to find a new school has been made, Rector’s begun the process and according to Adam Zagoria of four schools stand out in the eyes of the point guard. Those schools: Boston College, Drexel, La Salle and St. John’s. Rector said the following to Zagoria regarding those four programs:

“Those are the four I’m considering right now,” he said. “I’m still open to new stuff, though.”

Obviously based upon that quote the four schools mentioned above shouldn’t be considered the “finalists” for Rector, with the player himself noting that he’d be open to conversations with other schools. But clearly they stand out at present time, and each team could use Rector with an eye towards the 2015-16 season as he’d likely have to sit out the 2014-15 campaign per NCAA transfer rules.

Boston College returns Olivier Hanlan this season after he considered entering the 2014 NBA Draft, so there’s obviously the need to prepare for the possibility of Hanlan moving on to the next level after his junior campaign. As for Drexel the Dragons lost both Chris Fouch and Frantz Massenat from the 2013-14 team, leaving Tavon Allen and Damion Lee (who missed all of last season with a torn ACL) as their best perimeter options.

La Salle also lost key contributors on the perimeter at the end of the 2013-14 season with Tyreek Duren, Tyrone Garland and Sam Mills all out of eligibility. But the Explorers add some key transfers to the rotation, including Jordan Price (Auburn) and Cleon Roberts (Georgia Southern). And St. John’s has three seniors in its expected perimeter rotation, including D’Angelo Harrison, so the Red Storm will have some holes to fill as well.

Ingram scores 15, leads No. 6 Duke past pesky Yale 80-61

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 15 points and played a key role in the defensive switch that helped No. 6 Duke beat Yale 80-61 on Wednesday night.

Matt Jones had 17 points and Grayson Allen scored 15 for the Blue Devils (5-1), while Ingram sparked Duke out of a lethargic start with his pressure as the front man after the switch to a 1-3-1 zone defense.

Freshman Luke Kennard finished with 12 points for the Blue Devils, who finally took control with a 17-2 run during a 5 1/2-minute span that bridged the halves. Duke outscored Yale 42-25 in the second half.

Justin Sears scored 19 points and Makai Mason had 13 points for the Bulldogs (3-2). The preseason favorites in the Ivy League led for all but 90 seconds of the first half but shot just 30 percent after the break.

The clear difference was Duke’s switch late in the first half to that zone defense with the 6-foot-9 Ingram out in front – where he could disrupt Yale’s ballhandlers, get his 7-3 wingspan into passing lanes and pester the perimeter shooters.

Yale, which shoots 40 percent from 3-point range, was just 4 of 15 in this one. Duke finished with 12 steals and forced 13 turnovers, turning them into 16 points.

That defensive pressure sparked the game-turning run, with the zone forcing turnovers on consecutive trips down court that Duke turned into transition buckets.

Ingram later took a steal coast to coast for a layup that gave the Blue Devils their first double-figure lead at 48-38 with 16:43 to play. Allen capped the decisive run with a layup on the next trip down court.

They eventually pulled away, pushing the lead into the 20s on a jumper with 2 1/2 minutes left by Amile Jefferson, who finished with 12 rebounds.

The lopsided final score was surprising because Duke was in trouble for virtually the entire first half. Yale routinely outworked the Blue Devils and generated easy baskets – none easier than Mason’s unimpeded drive across the lane for a layup that put the Bulldogs up 27-20 with 7 1/2 minutes left before the break.


VIDEO: Colorado player ejected for biting another player

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Colorado is playing Air Force tonight.

For some reason or another, Colorado’s Tory Miller got mad at Air Force’s Hayden Graham.

So he bit him.


At least he didn’t pretend that he teeth hurt after getting bit.

Miller, obviously, was ejected. Colorado ended up winning the game.