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Ten tournament tickets get punched on Saturday

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There will be ten automatic bids to the NCAA tournament handed out today, from the America East’s 11 a.m. tip-off in Burlington, Vermont, to the 11:30 p.m. tip between UC Davis and UC Irvine in Anaheim.

The most interesting of the ten games, at least for the bubble teams around the country, will be the Conference USA final between Marshall and Middle Tennessee State. Kermit Davis’ Blue Raiders are probably going to be in the NCAA tournament regardless of whether or not they win or lose on Saturday, meaning that Marshall — who is coached by Dan D’antoni — is the prototypical bid thief.

If Marshall wins, someone — maybe USC, maybe Illinois State, maybe Kansas State, maybe Wake Forest — will find themselves heading to the NIT.

Marshall isn’t the only big thief out there right now.

Everyone in the Atlantic 10 not named VCU probably fits into that category as well. Richmond, who plays VCU in the A-10 semis at 3:30 p.m., is not getting an at-large bid, and neither is Davidson, who faces off with Rhode Island at 1 p.m. The Rams are an interesting case themselves. They are right on the bubble’s cut-line, but they won’t be able to land the wins they need to jump past the rest of the teams at the bottom of the at-large pool.

Here is today’s automatic bid schedule:

Albany at Vermont, 11:00 a.m.
Norfolk State vs. North Carolina Central, 1:00 p.m.
Colorado State vs. Nevada, 6:00 p.m.
Alcorn State vs. Texas Southern, 6:15 p.m.
Kent State vs. Akron, 7:30 p.m.
Marshall vs. Middle Tennessee, 8:30 p.m.
Weber State vs. North Dakota, 8:30 p.m.
Texas A&M-CC vs. New Orleans, 9:30 p.m.
New Mexico State vs. CSU Bakersfield, 11:00 p.m.
UC Davis vs. UC Irvine, 11:30 p.m.

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 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.