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Memphis lands a key transfer to boost their back court experience

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Memphis added a key piece as Vanderbilt transfer Kedren Johnson made it official that he will be continue his career with the Tigers.

“I’m going to be finishing up my college basketball career, as well as my broadening my education and knowledge for music, at the University of Memphis,” Johnson announced on Wednesday.

Johnson averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 assists and 3.5 boards as a sophomore at Vandy in 2012-2013, but he was suspended from the program last summer for what was a “mistake” stemming from “some very poor judgement”. He was not enrolled at the school for the 2013-2014 school year, and while he was expected to return to the program for this season, news broke last week that his Commodore career had come to an end.

Johnson will need a waiver to be eligible to play this season for the Tigers. He sat out last season, but NCAA rules require a transfer to spend a year in residence at his new school. This is the same waiver that Memphis applied for with Michael Dixon last season. He has two seasons of eligibility remaining, but after sitting out last season, he only has two years to use up those two seasons.

Memphis had a scholarship come open last week when it was announced that Dominic Woodson would be transferring out of the program. The Tigers have an abundance of size in their front court, with Austin Nichols, Shaq Goodwin, Nick King and Kuran Iverson still in the program, but after losing their four senior guards last season, Josh Pastner is devoid of experience in his back court, as they don’t have a single guard with a single minute of Division I experience. Getting Johnson eligible for this season would be a major boost to a team that lost twice to Carleton during their Canadian trip, last night by 32 points.

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

Marshall Plumlee, Matt Jones, Amile Jefferson
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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.