No. 20 Purdue’s size too much for Michigan State

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No. 20 Purdue won its third straight game, defeating Michigan State, 84-73, on the road on Tuesday night.

All five starters — as well as Isaac Haas — scored in double figures for the Boilermakers, which was led by another double-double performance from Caleb Swanigan, who posted 25 points and 17 rebounds. A season-high 33 points, off 12-of-17 shooting (5-of-8 from three), from Michigan State freshman Miles Bridges came in a losing effort.

Michigan State needed to shoot nearly 60 percent from the field and 7-of-12 from three to go into halftime tied at 39-all. It wasn’t realistic that the Spartans could continue that pace, and over the course of the second half, the Boilermakers took advantage of a massive size advantage.

The Spartans issues on the inside are well documented at this point. Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter are out for the season due to injuries. and Deyonta Davis is a member of the Memphis Grizzlies. That left freshman Nick Ward and former walk-on Kenny Goins to go toe-to-toe with the Haas and Swanigan.

Purdue outrebounded Michigan State 36-23, and scored 15 points off 11 offensive rebounds. Safe to say, it was a rough night for Ward and Goins. Ward was summoned to the bench on several occasions to receive lectures from his Hall of Fame coach. While Goins provided some energy, he recorded two points and a rebound before fouling out with three minutes remaining in regulation.

Bridges was fantastic, keeping the Spartans in the game with five minutes remaining when his three cut the deficit to 69-65. But Purdue, one of the top 3-point shooting teams in the country, countered. P.J. Thompson set up Dakota Mathias for a three, before knocking down a triple of his own on the next possession, opening up a double-digit lead.

Purdue, which remains a half-game out of first place in the Big Ten, travels to Nebraska on Sunday. Michigan State is currently riding a three-game losing streak. While the Spartans get Michigan (on Sunday) and Wisconsin on their home floor, chances for marquee wins are quickly dwindling.

VIDEO: Jay-Z’s nephew posterizes nation’s No. 1 recruit Marvin Bagley III

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Nahziah Carter is an unsigned 6-foot-6 wing in the Class of 2017.

He’s also Jay-Z’s nephew, and he just so happened to posterize Marvin Bagley III — the clearcut No. 1 prospect in the Class of 2018 — while Hova was in the stands watching him.

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 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.