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Thursday / August 6.
  • Syracuse signee Chris McCullough began the season playing for Brewster (N.H.) Academy.

    On Saturday afternoon, he played against them and put up 26 points.

    In the end, Brewster beat McCullough and IMG Academy, 95-86 in OT, in the final of the Brewster Invitational.

    Devonte Graham, who has still not been released from Appalachian State, poured in 36 points for Brewster (10-1), including a 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left in regulation to force the OT.

    North Carolina added to its already impressive NCAA Tournament resume with its 82-77 victory over former No. 1 Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.

    The No. 18 Tar Heels have now beaten the last two NCAA champions in then-No. 3 Louisville (2013) and No. 11 Kentucky (2012), as well as then-No. 1 Michigan State.

    Of course, they also lost to Belmont and at UAB.

    “It’s another big win, although probably not as big as the other two because it’s Kentucky’s third loss,” bracketologist Jerry Palm told

    In a move that could alter the balance of power in college basketball going forward, Chris Walker began practice at Florida on Saturday wearing No. 23, sources confirmed to

    The 6-foot-11 freshman has completed his online academic work and was admitted to the university. He now awaits word from the NCAA Clearinghouse.

    A McDonald’s All-American, Walker was ruled academically ineligible for the fall semester.


    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    NEWARK — In a season that has already seen a bitter loss to Fairleigh Dickinson and injuries to two of its star players, two more hits came down on Seton Hall on Saturday afternoon.

    Already playing without Fuquan Edwin (ankle) and Patrik Auda (foot) just two weeks before the start of Big East play, the perennially snakebitten Pirates were dealt another crucial blow to their star-crossed fate when Sterling Gibbs came down hard on his right leg with an apparent knee injury in the final seconds of Seton Hall’s 83-80 overtime loss to Saint Peter’s at the Prudential Center.

    “We’ll know more after he gets his MRI tomorrow, but it doesn’t look good,” head coach Kevin Willard said. has moved the Harrison twins to its 2015 Mock Draft from the 2014 draft.

    Aaron Harrison is projected as the No. 14 pick in 2015, while Andrew Harrison is listed at No. 22 in 2015 — one spot behind Syracuse point guard Tyler Ennis.

    The DraftExpress mock drafts, maintained by Jonathan Givony, are fluid and moving the Harrison twins is his response to how they are playing right now.

    “With him struggling as much as he has this season, NBA guys don’t have a whole lot to go off so far,” Givony explained to regarding Andrew Harrison. “They say they know he’s supposed to be a really good prospect since he was rated so highly by the recruiting services, but he simply hasn’t done much to show that to them so far.”


    Tyler Ennis is never mentioned in the same breath as fellow freshmen and projected lottery picks Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Julius Randle and Aaron Gordon — and probably with good reason.

    But from where Hall of Fame coach Jim Boeheim sits, Ennis is as important to Syracuse as any of the freshmen are to their respective teams.

    “Tyler Ennis is having as good a year as any [freshman] in terms of what he’s doing on the court,” Boeheim told

    john-calipariBy JOSH NEWMAN
    Special to ZAGSBLOG

    John Calipari gets it.

    The University of Kentucky head coach knows full well what it means to take his team into the University of North Carolina’s Smith Center and play the Tar Heels on Saturday (5:15 p.m., ESPN).

    It’s a nationally-televised matchup between two of college basketball’s blue bloods. No. 11 Kentucky and No. 18 North Carolina own the most wins and the third-most wins, respectively, in the history of college basketball and the Wildcats are college basketball’s answer to The Beatles right now. If any more hype needed to be added, Carolina will honor the building’s namesake, legendary former head coach Dean Smith, on Saturday.

    Calipari may have a national championship and three trips to the Final Four with three different programs on his resume, but the enormity of Saturday is not lost on him.

    “It’s Carolina-Kentucky, what do I gotta do? I need a Knute Rocke speech?” Calipari told the media in Lexington on Friday afternoon. “It’s Carolina-Kentucky. Both programs, the most wins in the history of the game. Think about the players that have gone through there and the players that have gone through here.”