Friday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news in college basketball and around the NBA draft

Fred Hoiberg and Nebraska are in talks about the former Bulls and Iowa State coach becoming their next head coach. It would be a big get for their program, especially given that Hoiberg had success at Iowa State which is a similar situation and in the Midwest. California is speaking with former Georgia coach Mark fox about their vacancy.

Miye Oni declared for the NBA draft, he is currently projected to go at #49 our 2019 mock draft. Shamorie Ponds declared as well, with both players saying they intend to hire agents cementing that they are not coming back to college. Jordan Nwora declared, but will not hire an agent looking to get feedback from NBA teams. We currently have Nwora going #14 in our 2020 mock draft, but if teams like what they see in the pre-draft process, he could move into our 2019 mock.

Zero perfect brackets remain across NCAA, ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, Fox, and Sports Illustrated bracket contests. The longest stranding bracket from this year broke the record and correctly chose the first 49 games of the tournament until Purdue took down Tennessee.

Nassir Little is questionable for tonight’s game against Auburn. The Freshman has been playing well when he gets the minutes, and he is a spark off the bench adding to their depth. Since it is widely believed that he will be leaving Chapel Hill after this semester, he can use at much time on the court as possible to help his draft stock.

• Virginia beat Oregon in a typical UVA low scoring contest 53-49. Louis King played with 4 three pointers and 16 points in the loss, and Deandre Hunter had 11 points and 4 rebounds. The freshman will now have a tough decision as to come back to school or enter his name into the draft, either way it is believed he will test the waters without signing and agent. They Cavaliers did not play very well only shooting 35.7% from the field as team. They will take on Purdue next.

• Behind Carsen Edwards somewhat efficient but effective 29 points Purdue was able to hold off Tennessee after giving up a big lead in the second half. Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield played well with 21 points apiece, and with Schofield being a senior and Williams most likely headed to the draft, their time in Knoxville has come to a conclusion. We currently have Williams going #37 and Schofield being selected at #44 overall in our 2019 mock draft.

Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke led the way to a victory for Gonzaga over Florida State 78-58. Mfiondu Kabengele struggled going 4 for 11 from the field and 0 for 2 from deep. Kabengele will most likely enter the draft without an agent and get feedback, which could lead to him staying in with his potential as a center who can shoot the three and play inside. We currently have him going #20 in our 2020 mock draft. Clarke finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds, to go with 17 points from Hachimura. Gonzaga takes on Texas Tech in the Elite Eight next.

Jarrett Culver had another big night, scoring 22 points as Texas Tech dominating Michigan 63-44. Culver continues to control the Red Raiders offense and showing his immense potential at 6’5″ with an elite ability to create shots as well as getting to the rim. He did go 0-5 in the game on three pointers, which is the main question mark in his game. Michigan as a team just simply played terribly, shooting 1 for 19 from deep as a unit, and the Texas Tech defense is playing lights out right now proven by their latest victory.

• 4 more games tonight with the conclusion of the Sweet Sixteen, click here to see our preview.

 

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