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Bubble Banter: Somehow, Indiana is still in the tournament mix

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Here is the latest NBC Sports Bracketology. This is where the rankings you see below are from. This post will be updated throughout the night. 


Seton Hall (RPI: 48, KenPom: 57, play-in game): It wasn’t easy, but Seton Hall got the win that they needed on Tuesday night against Georgetown. At this point, I think that the Pirates need one more win to feel comfortable, either at Butler on Saturday or in the first round of the Big East tournament, meaning that they don’t take a bad loss in the Big East tournament. It’s pretty impressive work from Kevin Willard to be able to get this group back to the brink of the Big Dance without Isaiah Whitehead on the roster.

Providence (RPI: 53, KenPom: 55, No. 10 seed): The Friars just about locked up a bid to the NCAA tournament with a win over DePaul on Tuesday night. The bottom line for the Friars is that they cannot afford another bad loss and still get in. Beat St. John’s on Saturday, which is something that should be easy to do, and they should be good.

Georgia Tech (RPI: 93, KenPom: 77, bubble): The Yellow Jackets kept themselves in the mix for an at-large bid by landing their eighth win in ACC play over Pitt at home. They probably need to win at Syracuse on Saturday to really have a chance, and I’m not convinced that will be enough. But they’re close enough that two more wins will make things very interesting on Selection Sunday


Indiana (RPI: 87, KenPom: 49, next four out): A sign of how weak the bubble is this season is that the Hoosiers, despite all of their warts, had a chance to get into the NCAA tournament if they had landed a win at Purdue on Tuesday night. They didn’t, which, hopefully, means that we can finally — mercifully — put the at-large hopes of the Hoosiers to bed for good.

Vanderbilt (RPI: 47, KenPom: 46, first four out): The ‘Dores were up by 19 points in the first half and by double-figures in the second half at Kentucky and somehow managed to lose. That was the win they needed to get onto the right side of the bubble. That one is going to sting for a while.

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.