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Ben Simmons to Enter NBA Draft

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Jeff Goodman | ESPN Insider | 1:43 PM

LSU freshman Ben Simmons told ESPN that he will hire an agent and declare for the NBA draft.

“I’m making it official,” Simmons said late Sunday night.

The 6-foot-10 Australian averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this past season for the Tigers, who finished a disappointing 19-14 overall and 11-7 in the SEC, failing to make the NCAA tournament.

LSU declined an invitation to play in the NIT.

Simmons entered the season as the top freshman in the country and was the only player to average more than 19 points, 11 rebounds and four assists.

According to numerous NBA executives, Simmons is expected to be taken either first or second in the June 23 NBA draft.

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram, according to several NBA executives, has closed the gap — but the majority told More >

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Memphis to face Auburn in Birmingham Bowl

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By Tom Schad of The Commercial Appeal

Posted: Dec. 06, 2015

The University of Memphis football program had long hoped, and expected, to play in its bowl game in Birmingham if it did not qualify for a New Year’s Six bowl. And on Sunday afternoon, it got its wish.

The Tigers will face Auburn in this year’s Birmingham Bowl, which will mark their second bowl appearance in as many seasons. Kick-off is scheduled for 11 a.m. on December 30 at Historic Legion Field in Birmingham. The game will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

“It’s a great opponent, obviously, another SEC power,” interim coach Darrell Dickey said after practice Sunday. “We’re playing in historic Legion Field, where there’s been an unbelievable amount of big-time football games played, and in a great state, where football is big. We’re going to a city where our fans, Tiger Nation, can be there. And I hope they More >

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