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Texas head coach Shaka Smart calls a play during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

Tulane transfer Osetkowski picks Texas

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Tulane transfer Dylan Osetkowski has committed to Texas, according to multiple reports.
The 6-foot-8 forward will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after deciding to leave the Green Wave upon the firing of coach Ed Conroy last month. The Longhorns locked him up following a visit to Austin last weekend, keeping him from making a visit to Sean Miller and Arizona that was schedule for this upcoming weekend.
As a transfer, Osetkowski won’t be able to provide an instant boost inside for coach Shaka Smart, who lost interior players Connor Lammert, Prince Ibeh and Cameron Ridley to graduation this season, but he’ll give the Longhorns a future option inside starting in 2017.
Texas will add top-100 center James Brooks next season, but the Longhorns will need frontcourt reinforcements and Osetkowski will eventually provide that. He averaged 11.3 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore last year for Tulane.

Johnson leads No. 11 North Carolina past Tulane 96-72

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) Brice Johnson had a career-high 25 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 11 North Carolina beat Tulane 96-72 on Wednesday night.

Marcus Paige added 16 points and Justin Jackson had 13. The Tar Heels (8-2) won their first game without injured big man Kennedy Meeks and bounced back from a last-second loss at Texas that knocked them out of the top 10.

Joel Berry II had 12 points and Isaiah Hicks finished with 11 for North Carolina, which never trailed, shot 50 percent and built a 43-33 rebounding advantage.

Louis Dabney scored 18 points for Tulane (6-5), which pulled to 70-55 on Malik Morgan’s jumper with just over 8 minutes left.

The Tar Heels countered with 15 straight points – a burst that started with Johnson’s jumper, included two 3-pointers from Paige and made it a 30-point game.

Rebounding was a point of emphasis in this one for the Tar Heels, who managed just four offensive boards – their fewest in 13 seasons under coach Roy Williams – in the loss to the Longhorns.

North Carolina also didn’t have Meeks, who trails only Johnson among Tar Heels in rebounding but is out at least two weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee. Meeks averaged 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while starting the first nine games.

North Carolina gave 6-foot-11 senior Joel James his first start of the season, then turned Johnson loose on the Green Wave. He had 17 points in the first half – one more than his previous best this season – and surpassed his prior career best of 24 set in 2013 against Richmond.

Theo Pinson finished with 10 points for the Tar Heels.

TIP-INS

Tulane: The Green Wave fell to 11-50 against Top 25 opponents since 1989 and haven’t beaten the Tar Heels since 1927 – by a 20-19 score – while losing 12 straight in the series.

North Carolina: Tulane assistant Shammond Williams returned to Chapel Hill for the first time as a coach. Williams played for the Tar Heels from 1994-98 and set the school’s career record with 233 3-pointers – a mark that was broken in the Texas game by Paige. Both were honored before the game.

UP NEXT

Tulane is at Mississippi State on Saturday.

North Carolina plays UCLA on Saturday in Brooklyn, New York.

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Forward Kipper Nichols not joining Tulane program

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Tulane’s freshman class will have one less player this season, as one of the program’s signees has decided not to enroll for personal reasons.

Monday the school announced that 6-foot-6 small forward Kipper Nichols has been released from the National Letter of Intent he signed in the spring. The Ohio native was supposed to be part of a recruiting class that boasted a total of seven newcomers, including grad student Jernard Jarreau (Washington), but “personal and family reasons” ultimately led to Nichols requesting the release and Tulane granting it.

“Due to personal and family reasons and after multiple discussions with Kipper and his mother, Tanicia Porter, we are granting this request,” Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said in the release. “We supported Kipper being close to his family during a difficult time this summer and continue to support him for the same reasons in honoring this request now.”

The Green Wave, who finished their debut season in the American Athletic Conference with a record of 15-16 (6-12 American), have to account for the loss of two of their top three scorers in Jay Hook and Jonathan Stark. However, Tulane’s leading scorer from last season (Louis Dabney) returns, and LSU transfer Malik Morgan will be eligible after sitting out all of last season.

Report: Tulane lands Washington graduate transfer big man

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Tulane has landed a commitment from Washington graduate transfer Jernard Jarreau, according to a report from Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com.

The 6-foot-10 Jarreau had committed to Oklahoma State earlier in the week, according to a report from Terry Tush of GoPokes.com, but the New Orleans native changed his mind and opted to play closer to home.

“At the end of the day, I just thought it was the best situation for me and a better fit for me,” Jarreau said to Lopez. “I get a chance to redeem myself in my city and come back home and play in front of my family and friends and try to turn that program around at Tulane. I feel like they deserve it and I deserve it.”

Because he is graduating from Washington, Jarreau is immediately eligible for the Green Wave next season. He’ll also apply for a medical hardship waiver for the 2013-14 season that he missed with a torn ACL and Jarreau hopes for two years of eligibility at Tulane.

This is a nice grab for the Green Wave, who also bring in a six-man recruiting class that is headlined by in-state four-star wing Melvin Frazier. Jarreau should give them an experienced big man who has played at the highest level.

Tulane’s Jonathan Stark hits a contested, 30-foot game-winner to beat Cincinnati (VIDEO)

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Tulane picked up a huge road win over Cincinnati on Saturday afternoon as guard Jonathan Stark’s 30-foot prayer as time expired was answered in a 50-49 Green Wave road win.

Stark finished with nine points, but the shot improves Tulane to 14-10 on the season and 5-7 in the American. Cincinnati drops to 17-8 as Octavius Ellis had 15 points for the Bearcats. Tulane was led by Jay Hook’s game-high 18 points.

#POSTERIZED: Memphis’ Markel Crawford dunks on Tulane defender (VIDEO)

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Three days after suffering a disappointing loss at Tulsa, Josh Pastner’s Memphis Tigers made the trek to New Orleans with hopes of rebounding against Tulane. It’s safe to say that the dunk thrown down by guard Markel Crawford in the first half of the game helps in that regard, as he converted a Tulane turnover into a three-point play with Tulane’s Jay Hook winding up on the wrong end of the dunk.

This had to make former Memphis Tiger Tyreke Evans, who’s in attendance at the game with New Orleans Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis, happy. Memphis ended up getting the win (57-55) too, with Austin Nichols’ shot with 3.2 seconds remaining being the difference.

Video credit: ESPN