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March Madness preview Day 3: R.J. Hunter shoots into the spotlight

Georgia State's R.J. Hunter is one of several prospects from lower-seeded teams to keep an eye on Saturday

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With the 2014-15 Lakers season D.O.A., it's time to turn our attention to who will be donning the purple and gold for Los Angeles next year. Here's a guide for three games to follow during today's NCAA Tournament action.

After a chalk-filled Friday, Day 3 brings back the Madness with plenty of double-digit seeds in action. We highlighted many of the big-name prospects on Thursday, so here are some games featuring other potential first-round talents today.

1. UAB vs. UCLA 9:10 a.m. PT, CBS

The Bruins capitalized on one of the stranger endings of the Tournament thus far to beat SMU in Round 1, giving fans at least one more opportunity to check out Kevon Looney. Looney's the latest highly-recruited freshman to waltz through Westwood and not get a lot of national fanfare, but NBA scouts haven't forgotten about him. The 6-foot-10 power forward has arms that go for days, is a great athlete and rebounder, and shoots well for his size. He has struggled to score since sustaining a facial fracture during the Pac-12 tournament, but the longer UCLA extends its run, the higher Looney's name rises up the draft boards.

2. Georgia State vs. Xavier 3:10 p.m. PT, TNT

Ron Hunter's Georgia State Panthers are flying high after his son R.J. hit the shot of the Tournament to knock off 3-seed Baylor, even if Papa Hunter had to get a new cast for his torn Achilles after the celebration. R.J. was already on NBA scouts' radar before Thursday, but now has clearly shown his NBA range and poise in big moments. Even if the game gets out of hand, enjoy the stories of how Coach Hunter plans to pull out all the stops to keep his star shooting guard in school, whether it's buying the junior a car or showering his mother with gifts, NCAA rules be damned.

3. Utah vs. Georgetown 4:45 p.m. PT, CBS

The Utes have two intriguing prospects in Delon Wright and Jakob Poeltl. Wright has had an All-American season as the point guard for Utah, averaging nearly 15 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists per game. He's a solid defender and shooter who could be a useful backup at the next level. Wright's teammate Poeltl is just a freshman, and he settled into March quite nicely with 18 points (on 7-of-7 shooting), 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks in Thursday's game. ESPN has L.A. taking Poeltl with Houston's pick in its latest mock draft, because if any franchise appreciates the value of a true 7-foot center - even if he's a little raw - it's the Lakers.