UCLA, Michigan lead way with three NBA Draft picks apiece

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The 2014 NBA Draft was held Thursday night, with the Kansas Jayhawks laying claim to two of the top three spots. Andrew Wiggins went first overall, making him the second Canadian in as many years to be taken in that spot, and Joel Embiid was selected by Philadelphia with the third pick. Sandwiched between them was former Duke forward Jabari Parker, making this the sixth consecutive year in which the Blue Devils have seen at least one of their players go in the first round.

Team-wise ten programs had multiple players picked, with UCLA and Michigan leading the way with three picks apiece. All three of UCLA’s selections heard their names called in the first round, with Minnesota picking guard Zach LaVine 13th, Memphis taking guard Jordan Adams 22nd and Kyle Anderson being selected by the Spurs with the 30th pick.

As for Michigan, Nik Stauskas became the highest-picked Wolverine since Jamal Crawford was picked eighth overall in the 2000 NBA Draft when he was selected in that same spot by the Sacramento Kings. Forward Mitch McGary was taken with the 21st pick by Oklahoma City, with fellow forward Glenn Robinson III going in the second round (40th pick) to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Joining UCLA and Michigan with multiple draft selections were Arizona (Aaron Gordon- 4th; Nick Johnson- 42nd), Duke (Parker- 2nd; Rodney Hood- 23rd), Kentucky (Julius Randle- 7th; James Young- 17th), Michigan State (Adreian Payne- 15th; Gary Harris- 19th), Oklahoma State (Marcus Smart- 6th; Markel Brown- 44th), Stanford (Josh Huestis- 29th; Dwight Powell- 45th), Syracuse (Tyler Ennis- 18th, Jerami Grant- 39th), Tennessee (Jarnell Stokes- 35th; Jordan McRae- 58th), and UConn (Shabazz Napier- 24th; DeAndre Daniels- 37th).

Some NBA Draft streaks came to an end Thursday night as well, most notably those of Florida and Ohio State as neither program had a player selected. This is the first time since 2010 that a Gator wasn’t picked, and with that being the case it can be argued that their 36-3 record of a season ago is even more impressive. As for Ohio State, this is the first draft since 2006 that hasn’t seen at least one Buckeye hear his name called.

As for conference representation it was the Pac-12 that came out on top, with nine of the 60 selections coming from that conference. The ACC was next in line with eight selections, followed by the Big Ten (seven), SEC (six), Big 12 (five), American Athletic (three) and Big East (two).

Also of note was former North Carolina guard P.J. Hairston’s selection, as the Texas Legends guard became the first-ever D-League product to be picked in the first round (26th overall).

Carter leads No. 2 Maryland past Cleveland State, 80-63

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) Robert Carter had 17 points and eight rebounds to help No. 2 Maryland beat Cleveland State 80-63 on Saturday night.

Jared Nickens added 16 points, and freshman Diamond Stone had a season-high 15 points for Maryland (6-0), set for a showdown with No. 9 North Carolina in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge on Tuesday night.

Demonte Flannigan scored 11 of his 20 points in the first half, and Rob Edwards added 14 points for Cleveland State (2-4), which was 3 of 12 (25 percent) from 3-point range. Vinny Zollo went 5 of 7 from the field and had 11 points for the Vikings.

Maryland led by just four at the break and took control by increasing the pressure to open the second half. A dunk by Stone capped an 8-0 run and the Terrapins led 45-33 with 17:06 left.

From there, the Terps used their size and depth to wear down the Vikings, who could not get closer than nine points the rest of the way. Nickens and Jake Layman hit 3-pointers and Maryland opened a 64-49 lead with 7:43 remaining.

The 6-foot-7 Flannagan picked up his fourth foul with just under 10 minutes left, hampering the Vikings at both ends of the court. A putback by Nickens and a pair of free throws boosted Terrapins’ margin to 70-53 with 5:18 left and they were never threatened the rest of the way.

Maryland was 15 of 18 from the free-throw line and had a 27-22 rebounding edge.

Maryland could not shake Cleveland State in the opening half and a jumper by Kenny Carpenter gave the Vikings their first lead, 25-24, with 8:03 left. Nickens responded with three straight 3-pointers that helped the Terps take a 37-33 lead at halftime

Maryland shot 14 of 23 (60.9 percent) in the opening half.


Cleveland State: The Vikings also lost their only other matchup against the Terrapins, 95-84, on Dec. 5 1984. … Maryland was Cleveland State highest-ranked opponent since Nov. 26, 1999, when it lost to No. 1 Cincinnati, 90-56.

Maryland: The Terrapins won their 29th consecutive game at home against an unranked team. … Maryland extended its winning streak in November to 16 games, having not lost since Nov. 17, 2013, against Oregon State (90-83).


Cleveland State is at Toledo on Wednesday night.

Maryland plays at No. 9 North Carolina on Tuesday night in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: Kris Dunn vs. Denzel Valentine; Two 6-0 teams from Ohio battle in Orlando

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GAME OF THE DAY: No. 3 Michigan State vs. Providence, 9:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Two Player of the Year candidates lock horns on Sunday night as Michigan State senior Denzel Valentine battles Providence’s Kris Dunn. Both players are strong threats to record a triple-double each time they take the floor and both are key reasons why their teams are 6-0. The Friars could probably use this game a bit more than Michigan State since they enter this game unranked and could use another confidence-boosting win for a team filled with newer players. As for the Spartans, winning the Wooden Legacy would mean another great accomplishment before December even started for a team that has national title aspirations.

THIS ONE’S GOOD TOO: No. 23 Xavier vs. Dayton, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

These two 6-0 teams from Ohio will meet in Orlando in the championship game of the AdvoCare Invitational. The Musketeers have six different players averaging at least 9.7 points per game this season as they’ve received great balance on the offensive end. As for Dayton, Charles Cooke as emerged as a go-to player early this season while guard Scoochie Smith has also been outstanding. This will be the first time these two schools have played since Feb. 16, 2013.


  • One of the fun teams to watch this week has been Monmouth and their amusing end-of-bench antics. On the floor, the Hawks knocked off Notre Dame and gave Dayton a scare and they’ll face USC for the second time this season to close out the AdvoCare Invitational. The Trojans won the first one 101-90, but this is a 12:30 p.m. EST tip, so that could benefit Monmouth the second time around.
  • Wisconsin visiting No. 7 Oklahoma is an intriguing Sunday matchup. The Badgers could certainly use a true road win here as they’re off to a 4-2 start. The Sooners get more of a real test after only playing Memphis as a notable opponent their first three games.
  • Also going on in the AdvoCare Invitational is No. 20 Wichita State facing Iowa and No. 17 Notre Dame battling Alabama. The Shockers are going without senior starters Fred Van Vleet and Anton Grady as they try to escape Orlando with a win. Notre Dame is hoping to close out the event strong after its surprising upset to Monmouth.
  • Action also continues in Anaheim at the Wooden Legacy as No. 11 Arizona will take on Boise State, while Boston College plays Santa Clara and UC Irvine faces Evansville. Arizona will look to get back on the right track after the close loss to Providence in the semifinals.
  • No. 6 Duke gets an afternoon tilt with Utah State at home before they face Indiana during the week. It’ll be interesting to see if Blue Devil freshman wing Brandon Ingram keeps his strong play going from earlier in the week.
  • UCLA returns home and could badly use a win against Cal State Northridge. The Bruins went a disappointing 1-2 in the Maui Invitational and need to get back on the right track before the face No. 1 Kentucky next week.


  • Brown vs. No. 25 SMU, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)


  • Jackson State at Marquette, 12:30 p.m.
  • Rider at Rhode Island, 1:00 p.m.
  • Savannah State at South Florida, 1:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • South Carolina State at Kansas State, 2:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
  • Northern Colorado at Colorado, 2:00 p.m. (PAC12)
  • UC Santa Barbara at Arizona State, 4:00 p.m. (PAC12)