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Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

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Michigan guard Ibi Wagner announced his intentions to transfer from the Wolverines on Thursday night, less than two weeks after appearing in the 2018 National Championship game. (Source: 247 Sports) (Header: Chattanooga Times Free Press)

SARNIA, Ont. — Friday the 13th was a quiet day on the transfer market, as none of the big names committed to new schools for next season and beyond.

With that said, several teams from across the NCAA got better with the moves that did take place over the course of the day. A handful of schools landed commitments from players outside of Division I, while one new head coach in particular landed his first major recruit.

In addition to the commitments, a pair of players announced their intentions to transfer from their respective programs. Late Thursday night, a player that took part in the 2018 National Championship game announced his intentions to transfer, while another who advanced to the Elite Eight transferred on Friday.

Here’s all that you may have missed on the transfer market during the day on Friday. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Chris Darrington to Toledo, Plus Several Stars Move to Division I

Transfer Talk: Eric Lockett and Nazeer Bostick Transfer, Plus Updates on James Scott, Darious Hall, and Others

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Eric Lockett (#5) will transfer from Florida International University after averaging more than 14 points per game in 2017-18. (Source: Getty Images)

SARNIA, Ont. — The off-season following the 2017-18 season is in full swing, which means it’s time to look ahead at the upcoming 2018-19 season.

Only 207 days to go!

Until then, there will be plenty of player and team news to keep us more than occupied. With each passing day, some players are making their decisions to transfer from their current institutions, while others are committing to their new schools for next season and beyond. Some days are much busier than others with news, making it tough to keep up with everything.

With that said, the first edition of Transfer Talk is here for your convenience. From Monday through to Friday, we will recap the news from the previous day on the transfer market, giving it all to you in one, easy-to-read article.

If a player decides to transfer, you’ll find it here. If a player commits to a new school, it’ll be here. If a player releases his short list of schools, chances are it’ll be here as well. I’m only human, and chances are I’ll miss some news here and there as well, so bear with me.

On Thursday, two big names hit the open market, while several transfers have either trimmed their list of schools or have set up visits in the coming weeks. Continue reading Transfer Talk: Eric Lockett and Nazeer Bostick Transfer, Plus Updates on James Scott, Darious Hall, and Others

Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

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The 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational will feature four of the nation’s top programs, bringing exciting basketball to Sin City early in 2018-19. (Source: Michigan State Athletics) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — It’s only fitting that four of the biggest programs in all of college basketball ascend on Sin City for a two-day event.

During the 2018-19 season, that’s exactly what will happen at the 18th annual Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The event will take place over Thanksgiving on November 22nd and 23rd at the Orleans Arena. The ‘city that never sleeps’ will give its residents and visitors alike another attraction to enjoy for two days.

On Thursday, the field for the 2018 edition of the event was released, and it will be a star-studded affair to say the least. Four of the nation’s biggest programs will bring their talents to Las Vegas for the event.

The Michigan State Spartans, Texas Longhorns, UCLA Bruins, and North Carolina Tar Heels will all vie for the tournament title when the time rolls around. They will also be looking to bolster their tournament resumes with some quality wins early on in the season.

Here’s an early look at all four teams in the event heading into next season. Continue reading Star-Studded Affair Set for the 2018 Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational

Miles Bridges Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft

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After two seasons in East Lansing, Michigan State forward Miles Bridges has officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and has signed with an agent.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The decision may have come a year later than most had expected, but Miles Bridges is heading to the NBA Draft.

Following two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans, the former five-star recruit from Flint, MI officially declared for the 2018 NBA Draft. He announced his decision via Twitter, indicating that he was signing with an agent, foregoing his remaining two years of eligibility in the NCAA.

Bridges was expected to be a top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but he shocked everyone when he opted to return to East Lansing for a second season with the Spartans. Now, following another exit in the Round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament, Bridges is ready to take his game to the next level. Continue reading Miles Bridges Declares for the 2018 NBA Draft

Michael Finke, Te’Jon Lucas Become the Latest to Leave the Illinois Men’s Basketball Program

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Sophomore guard Te’Jon Lucas (above) and redshirt junior Michael Finke (top) became the latest players to leave the Illinois men’s basketball program following the completion of the 2017-18 season. (Source: Big Ten Powerhouse) (Header: ABC7 Chicago)

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — As if Mondays weren’t bad enough already, it wasn’t a positive start to the week for the Illinois Fighting Illini and head coach Brad Underwood.

In separate announcements on Monday, sophomore guard Te’Jon Lucas and redshirt junior forward Michael Finke both announced that they would be transferring from Illinois.

Finke will be a graduate transfer next season and will be eligible in 2018-19, while Lucas will have to sit out the 2018-19 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

The list of players who have left Illinois before their eligibility has expired this off-season is now up to four. Leron Black left early to pursue professional opportunities, while freshman Mark Smith announced his intentions to transfer after a disappointing first season in the NCAA. Continue reading Michael Finke, Te’Jon Lucas Become the Latest to Leave the Illinois Men’s Basketball Program

Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win

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Miles Bridges was a star on Friday night for the Spartans, posting a game-high 29 points in Michigan State’s 82-78 win over Bucknell in the First Round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. (Source: WXYZ.com) (Header: Lansing State Journal)

DETROIT, Mich. — The game may have been played in Detroit on a neutral floor, but the atmosphere inside Little Caesars Arena was anything but neutral on Friday night.

Fans of the Michigan State Spartans came out in full force to support their beloved Green and White in their First Round game against the Bucknell Bison. Cheers of “Go Green…Go White” echoed throughout the arena all game long, and it gave the Spartans that extra boost of motivation they needed, especially in the second frame.

Coming into the contest, the Spartans stressed the importance of not overlooking an opponent in the NCAA Tournament. Two years ago, they were eliminated in the First Round by the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders, who were a 15-seed.

Michigan State wanted to avoid another early exit from the NCAA Tournament, and while they had to sweat things down the stretch, they made sure to avoid a repeat from the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

Bucknell made things interesting in the closing seconds with some key shots from long range, but Michigan State sealed the deal on an 82-78 win over the Bison thanks in large part to free throws. Continue reading Michigan State Holds Off Bucknell Late in Second Half for 82-78 Win