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Adreian Payne Killed At Age 31

May 9, 2022 1:07 PM

Adreian Payne was shot and killed early Monday morning in Orlando in his home. Payne was 31.

Around noon, the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida announced it responded to a call at 1:37 a.m. of a man who had been shot. A suspect has been arrested on a first degree murder charge. 

Payne was the 15th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Atlanta Hawks after a four-year career at Michigan State. Payne played 107 NBA games over three seasons. Payne was released by the Orlando Magic in 2018 following an ESPN report about an alleged sexual assault involving Payne and Keith Appling during their freshman season at Michigan State. Prosecutors didn't press charges and no further legal action was taken.

Appling then played in Europe for several teams.

Chris Solari/Detroit Free Press

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Max Christie Declares For NBA Draft

Apr 3, 2022 10:04 AM

Michigan State freshman wing Max Christie has declared as an Early Entry Candidate for the 2022 NBA Draft. Christie will maintain his college eligibility as he explores the draft process.

Christie is currently ranked as the 41st prospect on ESPN's Top 100 prospects. That ranking puts him in the mix to be drafted anywhere from the late first round to the middle of the second round.

In his freshman season, Christie averaged 9.3 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. He shot 38% from the floor, including 32% on three-pointers. As a six-foot-six wing, NBA teams may view Christie as a developmental 3&D prospect.

RealGM Staff Report

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March Madness First-Round Parlay: Your Best 3-Team Friday Play

Mar 31, 2022 4:34 PM

Thursday’s Round 1 college basketball betting didn’t disappoint, with upsets and comebacks galore on opening day in March Madness.

Looking at the betting sites for Friday’s first-round action, there are a few March Madness plays that catch our eye.

We’re going to compile those for a three-leg parlay on betting apps to take us into the weekend on a winning note.


Top NCAA Tournament Parlay for Friday

The Parlay: LSU ML (-190), Michigan State ATS (-110), Wisconsin ML

Odds: +274 at DraftKings


Leg 1: LSU Moneyline (-190) over Iowa State

There’s a reason this total is set so low at 128.5, and it should favor the Bayou Bengals. LSU is a top-five defensive team that held its own all season against some electric offensive players in the SEC. We should see another stellar effort on that end, which is big trouble for the Cyclones. Iowa State is a disaster on offense and has lost three straight, managing just 41 points in a loss to Texas Tech and 36 points in a home loss to Oklahoma State. We’re on LSU moneyline -190.


Leg 2: Michigan State -1 over Davidson

Michigan State was last seeded seventh in 2015, and the Spartans went all the way to the Final Four. We don’t expect a similar run with Duke waiting in the second round. But Tom Izzo’s Tournament savvy and a promising Big Ten tournament run should give the Spartans more than enough to take out Davidson as a slight favorite. They’re the far better defensive team and should keep the Wildcats in check on the perimeter. We’re on Michigan State -1.


Leg 3: Wisconsin Moneyline (-350) over Colgate

Colgate comes in riding a 15-game winning streak. It won’t continue tonight against a tough Badgers team. The Raiders cruised to a Patriot League Tournament title and might give Wisconsin all it can handle, so we’re weary of the point spread. But we’re more than confident Badgers guard Johnny Davis will have his way against a Colgate team that isn’t very strong on the defensive end. This is a nice one to cap the night. We’re going with Wisconsin moneyline.


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Emoni Bates Reclassifies For 2021 Incoming College Class

Aug 4, 2021 9:05 PM

Emoni Bates is reclassifying for the 2021 incoming class and could enroll in college for the upcoming season.

Bates announced on Instagram he's down to four options: Michigan State, where he decommitted from in the spring, Oregon, Memphis and the G League.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

Bates could end up playing college basketball for two years, or go to college for one year and then play in the G League or elsewhere for a year before entering the 2023 draft.


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