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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.

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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.

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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.

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(1) Kentucky Completes Undefeated Regular Season

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- Trey Lyles scored 14 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 points and nine rebounds in No. 1 Kentucky's 67-50 win over Florida, completing the storied program's first unbeaten regular season.

Towns missed the first matchup last month in Gainesville, but he was a key part in this game, scoring 10 points in the first half, helping the Wildcats pull away from the Gators early on.

The Wildcats' bench outscored Florida's 46-13, and held the Gators to 43 percent from the field.

After the clock hit zero, Kentucky players put on blue t-shirts that read "31-0" in white with the phrase "not done yet."

The number one seed will carry its 31-0 record into March Madness, as the tournament is set to begin.

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(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.

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(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.

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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.

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Scoreboard Roundup - 2/19/15

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA: Oklahoma City Thunder 104 (29-25) - Dallas Mavericks 89 (36-20)

Los Angeles Clippers 119 (36-19) - San Antonio Spurs 115 (34-20)

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 37 (16-10)

(16) Maryland 69 (22-5) - Nebraska 65 (13-13)

(21) SMU 67 (22-5) - Temple 58 (19-8)

 NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets 2 (26-27-3, 55 pts) - Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (32-17-9, 73 pts)

Washington Capitals 5 (32-17-10, 74 pts) Winnipeg Jets 1 (30-20-10, 70 pts)

New York Islanders 5 (38-19-1, 77 pts) - Nashville Predators 2 (39-12-6, 84 pts)

Vancouver Canucks 5 (33-21-3, 69 pts) - New York Rangers 4 (34-16-6, 74 pts) SO

Florida Panthers 3 (26-19-12, 64 pts) - Montreal Canadiens 2 (37-16-5, 79 pts) SO

Buffalo Sabres 3 (17-37-4, 38 pts) - Philadelphia Flyers 2 (24-23-11, 59 pts) SO

San Jose Sharks 5 (30-22-8, 68 pts - Dallas Stars 2 (27-23-8, 62 pts)


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.

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(1) Kentucky Dominates South Carolina, 77-43

G. 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 1953-54 for best star in school history.

Kentucky's big men once again dominated in the contest. Center Willie Cauley-Stein scored 14 points, pulled down seven rebounds and  added two steals. Freshman forward Karl Anthony-Towns scored nine points, grabbing four rebounds, and had a block.

Even though South Carlina guard Sindarius Thornwell scored a game-high 20 points, he did it on 5 of 17 shooting from the field. No other Gamecock scored more than six points.

As a team, Kentucky held South Carolina to 23.6% shooting from the field, and just 15.0% from the 3-point line.

Meanwhile, Kentucky shot 50.0% from the field, and 35.7% from 3.


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