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Army erases 25-point second half deficit at Navy

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Saturday gave us one of the wildest finishes in the history of one of the fiercest rivalries in college basketball.

Army was down 54-29 with just under 12 minutes left in their visit to Navy. As head coach Jimmy Allen put it, “we were getting our butts spanked.” Navy had run away after leading by nine at the half, and Army had no answers.

That’s when Allen made a move that, throughout his career, he’s been steadfastly opposed to.

“I called timeout, and one of my assistants says, ‘Maybe we should just try zone for a couple possessions,'” Allen said. “We never practice playing zone. We’ve spent maybe five minutes in practice on it and played maybe10 possessions of zone all year. We had taken 13 threes at that point, so I told the guys, ‘We’re going to play 2-3, we’re going to get down the court as fast as we can, and I want to get up 35 threes before we leave here today.'”

And it worked.

“They had a couple of possessions where they didn’t attack the zone, we got going in transition, a couple guys hit some threes, some tough threes went down, Jordan Fox was on fire,” Allen said, a stream of consciousness an hour after the most unlikely win of his career. We got it to 16, then to nine, and we just kept playing fast. I’ve been on the other side of that, you get back on your heels and you’re not playing without as much confidence. We got some confidence and momentum, and made some big shots.”

If you haven’t figured it out yet, Army completed the comeback. Fox finished with 22 points and a career-high five threes. He hit a go-ahead three with less than a minute left to cap the comeback. The final score was 71-68. The final run was 42-14.

On the road.

For Army.

To beat Navy.

“That’s the best part,” Allen said. “We’ve struggled with them. Contrasting styles. They play slow, methodical, they’re physical. We try to play fast, and it’s just not been a good matchup for us. We had a stretch over two years [a year ago] where we lost five in a row to them.”

“It’s such a huge rivalry.”

The Black Knights also lost to the Midshipmen earlier this season in a similarly wild game. Army was down 10 points with just over 30 seconds remaining and managed to force overtime in a game they eventually lost by 16 points.

“The Navy game at out place was one of the most amazing things I’ve been a part of,” Allen said.

Not anymore.

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 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

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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.


N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah’s Devon Daniels

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A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued on Saturday afternoon as Utah transfer and guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack.

Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce.

The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.

N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.


UNC Wilmington transfer C.J. Bryce follows Kevin Keatts to N.C. State

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N.C. State landed an impact transfer on Saturday as UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce will be following former head coach Kevin Keatts to the Wolfpack, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com

The 6-foot-5 Bryce averaged 17.4 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season as he helped the Seahawks to an NCAA tournament appearance. Bryce will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but he’ll have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out one season.

With N.C. State getting center Omer Yurtseven back for next season, and with the addition of Bryce, it means that Keatts has retained, or added, some talented players for the next few seasons. The Wolfpack still have to fill a lot of roster spots from last season’s team, but Keatts seems to be having a really good week.