Category Archives: Injuries

Louisville’s Quentin Snider to miss 2-to-3 weeks with strained hip flexor

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Top 25 teams, hide your point guards!
Hours after Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. was carried off the court in Cincinnati, Louisville junior Quentin Snider will miss the next two-to-three weeks with a strained hip flexor, per a press release. The Cardinals are coming off a 78-69 victory over #7 Duke.

Snider, who is Louisville’s main facilitator, fell hard in the second half of the aforementioned win. The homegrown talent remained in the game, despite the fact, and finished with 13 points, 6 assists, and 3 steals. Thankfully, surgery is not required and he will need only rest and rehabilitation to make a full recovery.

The 6’2″ guard is having a career-season in red, black, and white. Snider currently possesses career-highs in every major statistical category, averaging 12.1 points, 2.6 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game in 18 games. He is the second leading scorer behind backcourt mate Donovan Mitchell (13.6 PPG) and the only Cardinal to not leave the starting lineup through the first two-plus months.

With Snider out, Rick Pitino will be sans a true point guard and one of his primary scorer. No guard outside of Mitchell is responsible for more than two assists per game while senior Tony Hicks is the highest scoring true backcourt replacement option. Hicks is producing a measly 3 points in just under 10 minutes per game. 

Aside from going big and starting four forwards with the 6’3″ Mitchell, 6’6″ freshman V.J. King could be the benefactor of extra playing time. King, a five-star recruit ranked 23rd in ESPN’s 100, has been disappointing in his first collegiate campaign. The swingman has struggled in limited minutes (13.9) and is producing 6.1 points per game on 41.7% shooting.

Snider’s absence is coming at the worst possible time. Last Saturday’s showdown started a three-game stretch that brings Jaron Blossomgame’s Clemson Tigers to the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday and sends the Cardinals to #10 Florida State two days after. 

15-3 (3-2) Louisville sits fourth in the ACC, two games behind conference leader Notre Dame. 

– P. Wesner

UPDATE: Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. has ‘no structural ligament damage,’ team fears meniscus tear

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CINCINNATI, Ohio — Greg McDermott may be without point guard Maurice Watson Jr. for a long time.

The rest of the season to be exact.

Watson, who led the nation in assists per game with 8.8 entering today, was carried off the court in the first half of Creighton’s 72-67 victory at Xavier. The 5’10’ playmaker left the game when slashing through the paint and making a running layup as he was fouled. Continue reading UPDATE: Creighton’s Maurice Watson Jr. has ‘no structural ligament damage,’ team fears meniscus tear

Northern Iowa star Jeremy Morgan expected to return from ankle injury, start Sunday

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CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Per Clay Cunningham of The Courier, Panthers’ star and 2016-17 MVC Preseason Player of the Year Jeremy Morgan is expected to start today versus in-state rival Drake. The 6’5″ guard missed the last game with a sprained right ankle and was seen in a walking boot.

Morgan, one of two seniors on Ben Jacobson’s squad, is leading Northern Iowa in every major offensive category this season. The stat-sheet stuffer is averaging 16.6 points, 6.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.5 blocks per contest. He has scored 20 or more points in six games. Continue reading Northern Iowa star Jeremy Morgan expected to return from ankle injury, start Sunday

Roy Williams: Theo Pinson to play Saturday ‘unless he screws it up in practice’

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Roy Williams may be receiving his Christmas present a little late.

Reported by Scout Network’s Inside Carolina, junior Theo Pinson will play versus N.C. State tomorrow evening. The 6’6″ forward missed the first fifteen games of the season with a broken right foot.

“Unless he screws it up in practice, I’ll play him tomorrow,” North Carolina head coach Roy Williams told Inside Carolina.

Pinson, a seven-game starter as a sophomore, produced 4.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.9 assists per game in an average of 18.7 minutes played last season. He led last year’s group with an assist every 6.5 minutes of action.

Over his collegiate career, the toughest task for the in-state product has been staying healthy. During his freshman season, Pinson missed 14 games due to a broken metatarsal in his left foot. Continue reading Roy Williams: Theo Pinson to play Saturday ‘unless he screws it up in practice’

Missouri State’s Ronnie Rousseau III OUT due to ankle injury

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NORMAL, Ill. — The Missouri State Bears will be without one of their star JUCO transfers tonight.

Reported by Jim Connell of Springfield News-Leader, the Bears will be without junior Ronnie Rousseau III for this evening’s showdown with Illinois State. The 5’10” guard was originally listed as a game-time decision after injuring his ankle versus Indiana State on Saturday.

Rousseau III, an NJCAA Division I All-American second teamer, is averaging 11.6 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.9 assists within one of the most talented backcourts in the Missouri Valley Conference. The Cincinnati, Ohio, native has scored in double-figures 8 of Missouri State’s 15 games.

As of yesterday, Rousseau III had not practiced since injuring his ankle. Per Connell, who received word from Missouri State SID Rick Kindhart, the junior re-tweaked his ankle in practice prior to tonight’s contest.

Sophomore Ryan Kreklow will start in place of Rousseau III. The in-state product is producing 8.4 points and 2.2 rebounds per game this season. He is also shooting 43.9% from beyond the arc and 90.5% from the charity stripe. In fact, Kreklow sealed the Bears’ first Missouri Valley Conference victory with four made free throws.

The Missouri State Bears take on the Illinois State Redbirds at 9 p.m. EST. Both teams are 2-0 in conference play. College Court Report will have full coverage from Redbird Arena.

– P. Wesner

Wesner: UCF needs HEALTHY B.J. Taylor to make noise in AAC

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Entering 2017, the UCF Knights ride in with an 11-3 record, a four-game winning streak, and an unblemished conference start. Four Knights are scoring in double-figures while A.J. Davis continues to stuff stat-sheets and sophomore Chad Brown plays better each game.

But, one piece is missing, and it is one that could make this Knights’ squad the first to make the NCAA Tournament since 2005.

“It’s still day-by-day to see what happens,” said UCF head coach Johnny Dawkins of point guard B.J. Taylor. “We are hoping that he continues to get healthy and when they (the doctors) give us the word, we will be ready for him to get going.”

B.J. Taylor, the team’s leading scorer and facilitator, has missed the past seven games with a broken thumb. According to the Sports Injury Clinic, a cast is utilized for three-to-six weeks after the injury is sustained. Thus, it is surprising that the homegrown talent has yet to receive medical clearance.

“No, he is not medically cleared,” said Dawkins. “Not right now.”

Taylor was averaging 16.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 5.0 assists, and 1.4 steals per game prior to injury. Last season, the 6’2″ point guard missed the entire campaign due to a lower leg injury. As a result, the Knights floundered in conference play and went 12-18 overall.

This season, UCF is trying to avoid such an experience, and it shouldn’t be a problem doing so.

This year’s personnel is more experienced than seasons past. Three-point assassins Matt Williams (15.8 PPG & 5.6 RPG) and Tank Efianayi (12.1 PPG & 5.5 RPG) are seniors. Primary ball-handler (without Taylor) A.J. Davis (7.6 PPG, 7.2 RPG, & 2.8 APG) as well as post players Tacko Fall (15.4 PPG & 11.5 RPG) and Chad Brown (5.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG) are all in their second year within the program. Broadly, UCF has too much knowledge and skill within circumstances to revert back to that level of mediocracy.

Earlier in the season, Davis missed the first five games with a broken hand. The Knights played well and experienced their only loss to 2016 National Champions Villanova. Hence, UCF is no stranger to playing short-handed (take yesterday versus Temple for example).

Though, Taylor returning sooner, rather than later, would help for the heart of conference play.

“I know he will be back sometime this season,” Dawkins said. “I know that will happen. It’s just a matter of time for him.”

Currently, the Knights are 5-2 during Taylor’s absence as opposed to 6-1 with the 2014-15 AAC All-Rookie selection in the starting lineup. While no immediate threat arrives in Orlando on Tuesday with East Carolina, tougher challenges are ahead. On January 8, a trip to UConn dots the schedule prior to Houston traveling south for a matchup.

By January 22, the Knights will be immersed in a six-game span that includes a home-and-home with Memphis, hosting SMU, and traveling to southern Ohio to face the only ranked team within the AAC, the 23rd ranked Cincinnati Bearcats.

Obviously, Johnny Dawkins does not want to rush back his superstar. But, to avoid wasting a year of eligibility, Taylor must return by late January. 

To receive a medical hardship waiver, a player typically has to play in less than 30 percent of his team’s games. Currently, the Boone High School star has played just 7 games in a 31-game schedule (includes conference tournament). Thus, a tough decision could occur if mid-February arrives and Taylor is still not in the starting lineup.

Hopefully, B.J. Taylor will return within the next two weeks and all of the aforementioned can be chalked up as speculation. Nevertheless, the most anyone can say about the point guard right now is he is “day-to-day” and not medically cleared.

– P. Wesner