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No. 5 seed Iowa State advances past No. 12 Nevada

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Monte’ Morris finished with 19 points, eight assists and eight boards to lead five players in double figures as No. 5 Iowa State avoided an upset at the hands of No. 12 Nevada, 84-73.

The Cyclones jumped out to a big lead in the first half before the Wolf Pack made their push. They cut a 15-point lead to four at one point in the second half, but Nevada was never able to get closer than that.

The concern in this game for Iowa State was whether or not that Nevada front court would be able to dominate the Cyclones on the interior, and, frankly, that did happen to a point. Cameron Oliver, who is a borderline first round pick, finished with 22 points while Jordan Caroline added 20. But Marcus Marshall, the team’s leading scorer, was just 5-for-16 from the floor with five of Nevada’s seven turnovers, and that ended up being Nevada’s undoing. Too many empty possessions for a team that simply couldn’t stop Iowa State. The Cyclones shot 8-for-19 from three and better than 55 percent from the floor.

For Nevada, the intrigue isn’t this season. It’s next season. On paper, the Wolf Pack look like they should be loaded, but there’s a very real chance that both head coach Eric Musselman and star center Oliver will be gone next year, Oliver to the pros and Musselman to one of the high-major openings on the west coast. If they both come back, which doesn’t seem likely, Nevada may be a top 25 team next season, and a program of that caliber is exactly what the Mountain West, which has been a one-bid league that’s gone winless in the tournament the last two years, desperately needs.

Iowa State will advance to take on No. 4 seed Purdue on Saturday. The Boilermakers knocked off No. 13 seed Vermont this afternoon.

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.