Virginia Tech landed a wild, 80-78 win over in-state rival No. 12 Virginia in double-overtime on Sunday night.
The Hokies were down by 14 points at halftime before rallying back against one of college basketball’s better defensive program to force overtime on a tip-in from Ty Outlaw at the buzzer:
That’s nothing compared to the way that the first overtime ended, where a London Perrantes driving layup ended with the ball sitting motionless on the back of the rim:
This win drops Virginia out of a tie for first place in the ACC standings, putting them a game behind North Carolina in the loss column and opening the door for the likes of Louisville, Duke and Florida State to make a run at the Tar Heels.
But the bigger story is this win for the Hokies, who have put themselves in a position where they will be in the NCAA tournament as long as they don’t do anything stupid the rest of the way. Keep in mind, the ACC is a nightmare. There’s a realistic chance that Buzz Williams’ team could lose five of their last six games and end up on the wrong side of the bubble, but as of today – when they have a pair of top 15 wins and zero sub-100 losses, 17-7 Virginia Tech will be in the dance.
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 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
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.