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Report: Matchups for Puerto Rico Tip-Off determined

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Tuesday evening it was reported by ESPN.com that the matchups for the 2015 edition of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off have been determined, with 2014 NCAA tournament participants Butler and Utah among the eight teams headed to San Juan in mid-November.

Chris Holtmann’s Bulldogs, who fell to Notre Dame in the Round of 32 this past spring, will open with Missouri Valley Conference representative Missouri State. While Butler will have to account for the loss of contributors Kameron Woods and Alex Barlow, Kellen Dunham, Andrew Chrabascz and Roosevelt Jones are back and the team adds point guard Tyler Lewis to the mix. Lewis sat out last season after transferring in from NC State. Missouri State finished the 2014-15 season with an 11-20 record.

Also on that side of the bracket are Minnesota and Temple, with the Owls coming off of a Postseason NIT appearance and the Golden Gophers missing out on postseason play after winning the NIT in 2014. The Owls will have some key departures to account for, most notably all-conference guard Will Cummings, if they’re to contend in the American Athletic Conference. Minnesota also lost some key players from 2014-15, but sophomore guard Nate Mason will be back to lead the way.

On the other side of the bracket Utah was the most successful team in 2014-15, as they reached the Sweet 16 before falling to eventual national champion Duke. Delon Wright has moved on to the NBA, but Larry Krystkowiak welcomes back most of his rotation including center Jakob Poeltl, Brandon Taylor and Jordan Loveridge. The Runnin’ Utes open with Texas Tech, which is looking to find its footing under Tubby Smith.

The other quarterfinal matchup may be the best one of the event, as it matches two teams looking to take a major step forward in 2015-16. Miami, which reached the title game of the Postseason NIT, returns the majority of its rotation and could potentially be an NCAA tournament team. They’ll take on Mississippi State, which has made major waves this offseason. Not only did the Bulldogs hire Ben Howland to take over as head coach, but they also landed one of the top prospects in the Class of 2015 in Malik Newman.

All eight teams will get to play three games in Puerto Rico, with the tournament beginning with a quarterfinal quadruple-header November 19. There will also be four games November 20, with the tournament concluding Sunday, November 22.

Nevada picks up a high-scoring transfer from Missouri State

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Nevada earned a high-scoring transfer on Tuesday as Missouri State graduate transfer Marcus Marshall committed to the Wolfpack. The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.

Marshall played in 14 games for the Bears last season and was the second-leading scorer in the Valley before opting to transfer. The 6-foot-3 guard reportedly got into verbal altercations with head coach Paul Lusk that led to a suspension against Evansville. Marshall opted to leave the program a few days after.

Before leaving, Marshall was averaging 19.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game for Missouri State while shooting 45 percent from the field and from 3-point range.

The addition of Marshall should be a significant boost to the Wolfpack and new head coach Eric Musselman. Per NCAA transfer rules, Marshall will have to sit out next season, but will be eligible for his final season beginning during the 2016-17 season.

Missouri State announces departure of leading scorer

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Two days after it was announced that Missouri State junior guard Marcus Marshall had been suspended for conduct detrimental to the team, head coach Paul Lusk announced Friday afternoon that Marshall has left the team and will transfer in May.

“Marcus is a good kid who is trying to find his way, and we wish him the best,” Lusk said in the release. “This is a mutual decision that will be the best thing moving forward for our program and for him.”

Marshall was averaging 19.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game for the Bears, who are 8-9 overall and 2-3 in Missouri Valley play following their 56-54 loss to Evansville on Wednesday. Marshall, who was the lone double-digit scorer (average) for Missouri State, put together good numbers in his return from a torn ACL suffered in a home loss to Wichita State during the 2013-14 season.

Marshall shot 45.9% from the field and 45.6% from three for the Bears, who as a team are shooting just 41.1% from the field this season.

Missouri State’s next two games are against Northern Iowa and No. 15 Wichita State, with Saturday’s game at UNI beginning a stretch in which three of their next four are on the road. The lone home game: Wichita State. Northern Iowa (37.9%) and Wichita State (41.1%) lead the Valley in field goal percentage defense, which was likely to be a problem for Missouri State even if Marshall were available.