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UCLA Forward Kevin Looney Declares for the NBA Draft

UCLA Forward Kevin Looney Declares for the NBA Draft Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the 2014-2015 college basketball season in the books, the focus will now shift to June's NBA Draft. Capitazling on a successful freshman season, UCLA Bruins forward Kevin Looney has decided to take the jump to the pros and declare for the draft. “This was a really tough decision for me because there were so many positives both ways,” Looney said in a statement. “My time at UCLA has been unbelievable, and I know I’ll be a Bruin forever. But playing in the NBA is a dream I’ve had for so long, and this feels like the right time to pursue that dream and make the transition to the next level." A versatile forward, Looney is projected to be a first-round pick, and could even find himself selected in the top 10 based on the potential he showed during his one collegiate season. While playing 30.9 minutes per game, Looney averaged 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

ESPN: Georgia State Guard R.J. Hunter to Enter NBA Draft

ESPN: Georgia State Guard R.J. Hunter to Enter NBA Draft Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With Georgia State's end-of-season run still fresh in everyone's mind, ESPN reports guard R.J. Hunter will enter the 2015 NBA Draft. Hunter will reportedly hold a news conference on Tuesday to make the decision official. Hunter had a very productive collegiate career during his three seasons at Georgia State as he's the leading scorer in school history. While his shooting numbers were down, Hunter did average a career-high 19.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game. In three seasons at Georgia State, Hunter averaged 18.4 points while shooting .423% from the floor and .354% from the three-point line. The 14th seed in the tournament this season, Georgia Tech had one of the most memorable upsets of the year when they beat 3rd seeded Baylor. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Alabama Basketball Fires Head Coach Anthony Grant

Alabama Basketball Fires Head Coach Anthony Grant Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While many college basketball teams around the country are prepared to participate in the NCAA Tournament, Alabama has fired head coach Anthony Grant. Grant spent six seasons at Tuscaloosa, and won at least 20 games in three of those seasons. He took them to three NIT Tournaments and one appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The team started this season strong, going 12-3, but they wound up finishing the season at 18-14. "In this business we are ultimately judged by wins and losses on the court and, for a variety of reasons, we haven't made satisfactory progress in that area," Alabama athletic director Bill Battle said in a statement. "We have a great university, and an excellent athletics program that has expectations for all of our teams to meet the highest standards in competition, in the classroom and in the community. Alabama plays Illinois on Tuesday in the first round of the NIT Tournament, but no interim coach has been named yet. Overall, Grant went 117-85 as Alabama's head coach. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0

(1) Kentucky Rolls Over Mississippi State, 28-0 Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(STARKVILLE, Miss.) -- Freshman Trey Lyles was Kentucky's spark Wednesday night. Lyles scored a career-high 18 points in Kentucky's 74-56 win over Mississippi State, giving the Wildcats to a 28-0 record. Head coach John Calipari claims the 6-foot-10-inch freshman hasn't even come close to reaching his full potential. "He should have had 25 points today, but I thought he played well," Calipari said. "I still think at the end of the day he'll be the 'X' factor for us." Kentucky's 28-game win streak is the second-longest in school history, however it's the longest in a single season for the program, topping the 27-game win streak by the 1995-96 team. Kentucky will host No. 18 Arkansas on Saturday February 28th. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(14) Maryland Tops (5) Wisconsin

(14) Maryland Tops (5) Wisconsin G Fiume/Getty Images(COLLEGE PARK, Md.) -- Dez Wells scored 26 points in No. 14 Maryland's 59-53 victory over No. 5 Wisconsin on Tuesday night. Maryland's win ended Wisconsin's 10-game win streak, and possibly ruined their bid to come away with a share at the Big Ten title. Melo Trimble also added 16 points and helped the Terps to end the game on a 12-6 run.  Maryland improved to 9-0 in games decided by six points or fewer, and they've won their last three by a total of 17 points. "We knew we had the poise and toughness to win the game," Wells said. Maryland will play Michigan on Saturday February 28th, and Wisconsin will look to get back on track Sunday when Michigan State pays them a visit. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michigan Upsets (23) Ohio State, 64-57

Michigan Upsets (23) Ohio State, 64-57 Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Michigan picked up a much-needed win after taking down 23rd ranked Ohio State 64-57 on Sunday. The Wolverines snapped a five-game losing streak. Ohio State was behind the Wolverines by as much as 17 points in the second half before making a 14-0 run to make the game 49-46. A Zak Irvin 3-pointer kept the Buckeyes at distance though. Spike Albrecht led Michigan with 16 points, five assists, four rebounds, and two steals. Even though he's averaging just 6.4 points per game, he was arguably Michigan's best player against Ohio State. Along with his clutch 3, Irvin also chipped in with 15 points and seven rebounds. Ohio State freshman guard D'Angelo Russell did all he could to keep the Buckeyes in the game. He scored 16 points with five rebounds and two assists. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.  

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15

Scoreboard Roundup – 2/19/15Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (29-25) - Dallas Mavericks 89 (36-20) Top 25 Men's College Basketball: (3) Gonzaga 86 (27-1) - Pacific 74 (10-17) (7) Arizona 87 (23-3) - USC 57 (10-16) (9) Utah 47 (21-4) - Oregon State 3...

Jhalil Okafor Considering Staying at Duke for Another Year

Jhalil Okafor Considering Staying at Duke for Another Year Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- While many have Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor penciled in as the top pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, Okafor says jumping to the NBA after this season is no sure thing. By all accounts, Okafor has been one of the most dominant players in college basketball this season. In his first collegiate season, Okafor is averaging 18.2 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Okafor has been so impressive, he's considered by many as the top collegiate prospect. “I know I’ll be in position to live my dream in the NBA or live my dream and stay here at Duke with people who truly love me,” Okafor said via Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times. “I totally feel comfortable with staying here in college, and my family wouldn’t care one bit as long as I’m happy. They know how much I love being here. “I love everything about Duke. I wish I could just stop time and be able to enjoy this as much as I can.” Around this time last season, former Duke freshman sensation Jabari Parker said he was also considering staying for his sophomore season, but wound up declaring and was the second pick in the draft. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

(1) Kentucky Dominates South Carolina, 77-43

(1) Kentucky Dominates South Carolina, 77-43G. Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Kentucky Wildcats showed again why they're the top ranked team in the nation after taking care of South Carolina 77-43 on Saturday. With the win, Kentucky improved to 25-0, matching the program's record from 1953-...

Ohio State gets Past (23) Indiana, 82-70

Ohio State gets Past (23) Indiana, 82-70 Joe Robbins/Getty Images(COLUMBUS, Ohio) -- D'Angelo Russell wasn't a heralded player heading into this season, but that's all changed as he continued his great play during the Buckeyes 82-70 win over 23rd ranked Indiana on Sunday. Ohio State has now won three-straight games for the first time in nearly a month, improving to 16-5, and 5-3 in the Big-Ten. Russell led the way for Ohio State as he scored 22 points, dished out 10 assists, pulled down six rebounds, and also had two steals. He had 13 of the Buckeyes' first 19 points Forward Jae'Sean Tate also had a big game for the Buckeyes, scoring 20 points on 9-10 shooting. Entering the game, Indiana averaged just 11.1 turnovers per game, the second-fewest in the Big-Ten. Ohio State forced 15 Hoosier turnovers, which turned into 26 points. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Michigan Guard Caris LaVert Out for Season with Foot Injury

Michigan Guard Caris LaVert Out for Season with Foot Injury Joe Robbins/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  Michigan Wolverines guard Caris Lavert will miss the rest of the season after suffering a left foot injury. LaVert suffered the injury during the team's win over Northwestern on Saturday. LaVert hurt the same foot in May, and will need to undergo surgery for a second time. "Caris has been working so hard this season and for this to happen is very unfortunate," Michigan coach John Beilein said in a statement released by the school. "If we know anything about Caris, he will do everything it takes to not only get better, but to help his teammates during this time. "He is a tremendous young man who I will really miss coaching the remainder of the season. However, I am optimistic he will have a complete recovery." LaVert, a junior, was considered one of the best guard prospects in college basketball prior to the injury. This season, LaVert was averaging 14.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 3.7 assits per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. 

(12) Notre Dame Edges Miami (FL), 75-70

(12) Notre Dame Edges Miami (FL), 75-70 Joe Robbins/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind.) -- Led by guard Jerian Grant, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish were able to rally past the Miami Hurricanes 75-70. Now at 17-2, the Irish have equaled their best start through 19 games, matching the 1978-79 team. Miami opened the second half with a 13-2 run to take its largest lead. The Irish offense proceeded to turn it on in the second half. Making just two of their first 16 3-point tries, Notre Dame proceeded to hit seven of their next nine 3-point attempts. Grant led the rally as he scored 23 points on 8 of 10 shooting from the floor to go along with eight assists. Guard Pat Connaughton had a double-double in the game, scoring ten points while pulling down 11 rebounds. Sheldon McClellan led the Hurricanes with 17 points while Ja'Quan Newton came off the bench to chip in 16 points and five assists in the loss. Notre Dame picked up a much needed win as they now sit at third in the ACC behind Virginia and Syracuse. Miami (FL) now sits at 8th in the conference. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio  

(2) Virginia Tops Boston College, 66-51

(2) Virginia Tops Boston College, 66-51 Lance King/Getty Images(BOSTON) -- The Virginia Cavaliers remained undefeated after their 66-51 win over Boston College on Saturday. Virgina is off to their best start since Ralph Sampson led them to a 23-0 start during the 1980-1981. They've also won their first five ACC games for the first time since that same season. Guard Malcolm Brogdon led the game with 20 points, while forward Anthony Gill was the only other Cavalier to score in double figures on the day. Even though Virginia shot just under 43% from the floor, they held to Eagles to just under 39% shooting. It was an impressive offensive performance by Virginia considering Boston College entered the game allowing the fewest points in the nation at 50.6 points per game. Despite the win, it was anything but easy for Virginia on Saturday. They trailed by three points after halftime, and were outscored 14-6 by Boston College to start the second half. Virginia leads Syracuse for the top spot in the ACC. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2015 ABC News Radio  

NC State Upsets (2) Duke, 87-75

NC State Upsets (2) Duke, 87-75 Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) -- In an ACC showdown, NC State handed Duke their first loss of the season as they knocked down the 2nd ranked Blue Devils, 87-75. Duke was one of three undefeated teams left in the country heading into Sunday. Third-ranked Virginia and top-ranked Ranked Kentucky remain the final unbeaten teams in college basketball. The Wolfpack shot 55 percent from the field during the game,  and went 10 for 16 from the 3-point line. Trevor Lacey scored a team-high 21 points. Despite the loss, Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor was dominant once again. Okafor registered 23 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, and three blocks. At one point, NC State led by as many as 19 points. Duke made a late run, trailing by just three points with less than two minutes left in the contest, but the Wolfpack refused to relinquish the lead. Duke drops to 14-1 while NC now stands at 12-5. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright © 2015, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.

Kentucky Center Alex Poythress Out for Season with Torn ACL

Kentucky Center Alex Poythress Out for Season with Torn ACL Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- The top ranked Kentucky Wildcats have plenty of depth, but they're platoon system has taken a big hit as junior forward Alex Poythress tore his ACL during practice on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season. Part of the reason the Wildcats have been so successful this season is the use of two units, almost like hockey, and Poythress was a big part of that. "When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex." In 20.3 minutes per game, Poythress was averaging 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Georgetown College Coach Thinks Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team

Georgetown College Coach Thinks Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team G. Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the college basketball season tipping off on Friday, after scrimmaging against top ranked Kentucky, Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs came away very impressed. "Those guys are unreal," Briggs told reporters. "I told the guys in the locker room, [the Wildcats] could have beaten some NBA teams tonight. There's no question in my mind." The Wildcats are expected to be among college basketball's elite this season with players like Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein, and others set for big seasons. Despite the praise from Briggs, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was quick to dismiss his claims. "I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY," Calipari tweeted on Monday night. Kentucky went 29-11 last season, but ultimately lost to UCONN in the National Title game. They open the season Friday against Grand Canyon. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio

Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done”

Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done” Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It is no secret that Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor will be one of the hottest commodities next June when the NBA Draft rolls around, which is why Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski says he will likely play just one season in Durham. "We won't have him long," Krzyzewski said. "We'll have him this year and then he'll be one of the top [NBA] picks." Many NBA draft experts have already penciled in Okafor as a top pick, if not the best prospect coming out of college this year. "He's really one of the great kids," Krzyzewski said. "He's 6-10, about 265. He has huge hands. So the ball is small in his hands. Part of that hurts him some because he's accustomed to rebounding with one hand, and rebounding is better with two hands. But scoring-wise he's able to do it. He's got incredible touch and really good feet." Some recent "one and done" Duke players include Kyrie Irving (drafted first overall in 2011), Austin Rivers (drafted tenth overall in 2012), and Jabari Parker (drafted second overall in 2014). Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Clemson Basketball Rewards Head Coach Brad Brownell with Extension

Clemson Basketball Rewards Head Coach Brad Brownell with Extension Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As Clemson basketball continues to build their program up, the school has rewarded head coach Brad Brownell with a new six-year contract. Brownell took over the team prior to the 2010-2011 season and has improved the team since his time there. This past season, Brownell led Clemson to a 23-13 record and made it to the NIT semi-finals. He also led the Tigers to the NCAA tournament in his first year with the program. "I'm thrilled to be the head basketball coach at Clemson and take great pride in the many accomplishments of our players on and off our court," Brownell said in a statement. "I look forward to building on the success of this past season and believe that there is a great deal of positive momentum within the program." Overall, Brownell has gone 241-143 while with Clemson. Before joining Clemson, Brownell coached at North Carolina-Wilmington and Wright State. Follow @ABCNewsRadio Copyright 2014 ABC News Radio 

Michigan’s Mitch McGary Fails Drug Test, Delcares for NBA Draft

Michigan’s Mitch McGary Fails Drug Test, Delcares for NBA DraftKelly Kline/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary will forego his final two years in college after testing positive for marijuana.The power forward will enter the upcoming NBA draft, under the specter of an NCAA suspensio...

Louisville Guard Kevin Ware to Transfer

Louisville Guard Kevin Ware to TransferChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a roller coaster career with the Louisville Cardinals, guard Kevin Ware has decided to transfer and leave the school to finish out his collegiate basketball career. Nearly a year ago, Ware gained natio...
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