Category Archives: Injuries

North Carolina’s Theo Pinson ruled OUT, no timetable on return

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Since Theo Pinson has returned from a broken right foot, the North Carolina Tar Heels are a perfect 6-0.

Unfortunately for Roy Williams, life without the junior has re-emerged.

Per a press release, Pinson is ruled out from tomorrow’s contest at Miami. Last night, the 6’6″ forward rolled his ankle during North Carolina’s 91-72 victory over Virginia Tech. No timetable exists for how long his absence will last. Continue reading North Carolina’s Theo Pinson ruled OUT, no timetable on return

USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

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After scoring their biggest win of the season, USC head coach Andy Enfield may be getting back a soldier.

Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, sophomore Bennie Boatwright is eyeing a return next week during the Trojans’ road-trip in Washington. The 6’10” forward has been sidelined since November 30, missing the last 15 games due to a sprained left knee.

“We’re hoping to get him back on our next road trip, but it’s still to be determined,” Enfield told Rothstein on Friday. “He hasn’t done a full-contact practice yet so we’ll see, but we’re anxious to get him back.” Continue reading USC’s Bennie Boatwright progressing, could play next week

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’