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Caleb Love To Transfer To Michigan From North Carolina

Apr 8, 2023 9:24 AM

Caleb Love is transferring from North Carolina to Michigan to continue his college career. Love played three seasons for the Tar Heels and will play his senior season for Wolverines.

Michigan has lost three starters this offseason. Jett Howard and Kobe Bufkin declared for the NBA Draft, while Hunter Dickinson entered the transfer portal.

Love averaged 16.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 2.9 steals per game last season. He was part of the group that led the Tar Heels to the national title game in 2022, but North Carolina missed out on the NCAA Tournament this past season.

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Jordan Hawkins Leaving UConn For NBA Draft

Apr 7, 2023 3:59 PM

Jordan Hawkins will enter the 2023 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility after winning the national championship with UConn.

"Hearing my name called on draft night will be a blessing," Hawkins said. "I worked so hard for this, me and my dad, we've been through so much.

"When I first stepped on campus in Storrs, I was a little kid, just 160 pounds. I didn't know the college game. Coach [Dan] Hurley threw me into the fire. He guided me through it. It means the world for me having him, having this opportunity. He told me sophomore year I need to step my game up, make a name for myself. It's amazing what we did together as a team."

Hawkins is the No. 15 prospect in ESPN's draft projections.

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Jaime Jaquez Leaves UCLA For 2023 NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2023 4:07 PM

Jaime Jaquez will declare for the 2023 NBA draft and forgo his remaining college eligibility.

"I had an amazing journey graduating from UCLA," Jaquez said. "I want to thank all my coaches, teammates and staff for helping me along this journey."

Jaquez is the No. 34 ranked prospect in the 2023 NBA draft after coming off a season in which he was a consensus All-American, the Pac-12 player of the year and the winner of the Lute Olson National Player of the Year.

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Tags: Jaime Jaquez, Jr., UCLA Bruins, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

Dereck Lively II Leaves Duke For 2023 NBA Draft

Apr 6, 2023 8:55 AM

Duke center Dereck Lively II has declared as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2023 NBA Draft. Lively is projected to be selected in the middle of the first round of this year's draft.

In his lone season with the Blue Devils, Lively started 24 of 34 games. He averaged 5.2 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 20.6 minutes per game.

At 7-foot-1, Lively is one of the biggest prospects projected to go in the top half of the draft, outside of Victor Wembanyama. Scouts project Lively to be an instant impact player as a defender and rebounder.

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NCAA Championship Was Most-Watched Basketball Game Over Past Year Despite Being Record Low

Apr 5, 2023 4:39 PM

Monday’s UConn-San Diego State NCAA men’s basketball national championship averaged a 7.8 rating and 14.69 million viewers on CBS, down 15% in ratings and 14% in viewership from Kansas-North Carolina on TBS, TNT and TruTV last year (9.1, 17.05M) and the lowest rated and least-watched title game on record. 

It was still the most-watched basketball game over the past year, beating Game 6 of the 2022 NBA Finals between the Golden State Warriors and Boston Celtics which had 14.0 million viewers. 

The women's championship on Sunday between LSU and Iowa is the 12th highest rated basketball game of the past year at 9.9 million viewers. 


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Purdue's Zach Edey Wins Wooden Award

Apr 5, 2023 11:15 AM

Zach Edey was named the winner of the Wooden Award on Tuesday.

Edey had already claimed the Associated Press, Sporting News, United States Basketball Writers Association, Naismith Trophy and National Association of Basketball Coaches national player of the year awards.

Edey averaged 22.3 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, as he led Purdue to a Big Ten championship and a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. 

Edey said recently that he's not certain about his future at Purdue. He is projected to be a second-round pick in ESPN's latest NBA mock draft.

Edey could earn significant NIL revenue if he comes back.

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Title Game Between LSU-Iowa Averages 9.9M Viewers

Apr 4, 2023 12:25 AM

The NCAA women's national title game between LSU and Iowa set a new viewership record by averaging 9.9 million viewers.

LSU beat Iowa 102-85 to win the school's first women's national title. 

ESPN's viewership represented a 103% increase from last season's title game, and is also the most-watched title game in the history of the women's tournament.

The game peaked with 12.6 million viewers. 

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UConn Beats San Diego State 76-59 To Win NCAA Men's Championship

Apr 4, 2023 12:20 AM

UConn defeated San Diego State 76-59 to win the NCAA men's championship on Monday night.

UConn has now won five national titles in the last 24 years under three different coaches.

Adama Sanogo, who finished with 17 points and 10 rebounds in the game, averaged 20.2 points and 9.8 rebounds in the first five games of the tournament.

UConn lead by as much as 16 points in the first half. 

San Diego State would cut the lead down to 5 points before UConn went on a 16-4 run to finish off the game. 


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NBA Sought Extra Rookie Scale Year From NBPA In Exchange For Lowering Age Rule

Apr 3, 2023 11:42 AM

The NBA and NBPA discussed the possibility of eliminating one-and-done and lowering the minimum age as part of their new collective bargaining agreement, but neither side felt passionate enough about the issue to push for it. 

In exchange for allowing high school players to enter the NBA directly, the NBA reportedly wanted an extra rookie scale year, which would delay when they can sign an extension or become a restricted free agent. 

"I think the league wanted the rookie scale to go another year so it would be another year before players could get their rookie extension or restricted free agency," said Adrian Wojnarowski. "That was something they obviously didn't get in talks, but I think was tied a little bit to one-and-done."

Under the current system, players can  sign an extension after Year 3 and become a restricted free agent after Year 4. If an extra rookie scale season was given, then they would have to wait until Year 4 to sign an extension and Year 5 to become a restricted free agent.

Part of the reason why there was less urgency from both sides on the issue is because it is no longer a moral one due to the increase in ways non-NBA players are able to earn income whether it is through G League Ignite, Overtime Elite or NIL.

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LSU Defeats Iowa 102-85 To Win NCAA Women's Championship

Apr 3, 2023 10:10 AM

LSU defeated Iowa 102-85 to win the 2023 NCAA women's basketball championship, their first in school history.

Angel Reese was named the most outstanding player for the Final Four, finishing with 15 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals. Jasmine Carson scored a team-high 22 points, including 21 in the first half on 7-of-7 shooting.

The Tigers finished 11 for 17 on 3-pointers — more than keeping up with Iowa’s 14 for 30.

Caitlin Clark scored 30 points to go with eight assists in a losing effort for Iowa. Clark dealt with foul trouble and was assessed her fourth personal foul when she received a technical foul.

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Noah Clowney Of Alabama Declares For NBA Draft

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Aliyah Boston Declares For 2023 WNBA Draft

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Cason Wallace Leaves Kentucky For NBA Draft

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Gradey Dick Leaves Kansas For 2023 NBA Draft

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NBA, NBPA Won't Lower Minimum Age For Draft As Part Of Next CBA

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Jalen Hood-Schifino Leaves Indiana For 2023 NBA Draft

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Brandon Miller Declares For 2023 NBA Draft

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Caitlin Clark Named AP Women's Player Of The Year


DJ Wagner, Isaiah Collier Named Co-MVPs Of McDonald's All-American Game

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Cal Hires Mark Madsen As Head Coach

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Terquavion Smith Leaving NC State For 2023 NBA Draft

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Rodney Terry, Texas Agree To Five-Year Deal To Become Head Coach

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Tyrese Proctor Returns To Duke For Sophomore Season

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Jarace Walker Leaves Houston For 2023 NBA Draft

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Jett Howard To Declare For 2023 NBA Draft

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Taylor Hendricks Leaves UCF For 2023 NBA Draft

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Alabama, Houston Enter Sweet 16 With Best Championship Odds

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Rick Pitino Becomes Head Coach Of St. John's On Six-Year Deal

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NBA Teams Strongly Considering Brandon Miller Over Scoot Henderson At No. 2

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Damon Stoudamire Leaves Celtics To Become Head Coach Of Georgia Tech

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