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Ohio State: Turner Breaks Back on Dunk

by - Published December 7, 2009 in Newswire

Ohio State junior guard Evan Turner thankfully will be OK after suffering a transverse process fracture on his second and third lumbar vertebrae when he fell after dunking against Eastern Michigan Saturday, according to a university press release.

Turner fell hard onto his back after slam-dunking during the Buckeyes’ 111-60 romp against Eastern Michigan. He will miss almost two months while recovering.

The injury derails the promising season of a potential Big Ten player of the year. Turner averages 18.5 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while shooting better than 60 percent from the field. Based on the doctors’ prediction for recovery, Turner will be due back roughly halfway through the conference schedule.

Ohio State faces some major questions without Turner. Who will step up to replace his production? When he returns, how effective will he be? If Ohio State remains near the top of the Big Ten during the next eight weeks, could his return mess with the team’s chemistry?

Iowa: Lickliter Recovering From Surgery to Relieve Headaches

by - Published December 7, 2009 in Newswire

Iowa coach Todd Lickliter is recovering from surgery to relieve headaches that will force him to miss the Hawkeyes’ game at Northern Iowa Tuesday, according to a university press release.

Iowa Sports Information Director Phil Haddy did not specify the reason why Lickliter needed the surgery. However, He did not have an aneurism, he did not have a stroke, he did not have a heart attack; he did not have anything along those lines,” Haddy said.

Haddy added that Lickliter told his wife that he hopes to return to the sideline for Iowa’s Friday night match up against in-state rival Iowa State.

While Lickliter recovers, assistant coach Chad Walthall will serve as head coach. During a press conference today, Walthall focused entirely on Northern Iowa, which is 5-1 and is favored to beat Iowa.

Duke: Dawkins Leaves Team After Family Tragedy

by - Published December 7, 2009 in Newswire

Duke freshman guard Andre Dawkins is out indefinitely to be with his family after his sister died in a three-car crash on Interstate 77 in West Virginia this past weekend, according to an Associated Press report.

Dawkins’ sister Lacey Dawkins was on her way to Durham, N.C., for the Blue Devils’ game against St. John’s Saturday when she and Dawkins’ mother, Tamara Hill, were involved in the accident. In a statement, coach Mike Krzyzewski said the team’s thoughts and prayers are with the Dawkins family.

Duke beat St. John’s 80-71 Saturday and will not play again until Dec. 15 against Gardner-Webb. Dawkins averages 9.9 points and 2.5 rebounds in 20.0 minutes per game for Duke, which does not have much depth in the backcourt.

Southern Miss: Eustachy Takes Indirect Shot at Mississippi State’s Stansbury

by - Published December 7, 2009 in Newswire

Southern Miss coach Larry Eustachy criticized Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury for not playing Eustachy’s Golden Eagles, according to SportingNews.com report.

After Southern Miss lost to Mississippi 81-79 Saturday, Eustachy thanked the Rebels and coach Andy Kennedy for setting up the in-state series. However, he quickly lamented that Kennedy “seems to be a little more comfortable in himself than ol’ what’s-his-name,” a passing shot at Stansbury.

Eustachy might be asking for a war of words with Mississippi State, but he also might have a point. Southern Miss is not exactly a powerhouse despite playing in the usually respectable Conference USA. However, Mississippi State’s non-conference schedule is littered with weaker opponents like Bethune-Cookman, Centenary and Mississippi Valley State.

Fordham: Rams Change Coaches Three Weeks Into Season

by - Published December 6, 2009 in Newswire

Fordham coach Dereck Whittenburg was released from his contract Thursday, according to an Atlantic 10 Conference release. Assistant coach Jared Grasso will be the interim head coach for the rest of the season.

Whittenburg was in his seventh season at Fordham, where he compiled a 69-112 record. The Rams were off to a 1-4 start this year.

Grasso is in his fourth year as an assistant coach at Fordham. He lost his first game at the helm, on Saturday, to Bowling Green, 67-46.

Minnesota: Bostick Returns to Help Gophers Beat Brown

by - Published December 5, 2009 in Newswire

Minnesota guard Devron Bostick, suspended for the first seven games of the season for an unspecified team rules violation, played for the first time on Saturday during the Golden Gophers’ 91-55 win over Brown.

An Associated Press report says that the status of Minnesota’s other two suspended players, freshman Royce White and forward Trevor Mbakwe, remains unchanged. White pleaded guilty last week to a reduced charge of disorderly conduct and theft from an incident at the Mall of America while Mbakwe is still awaiting the outcome of his assault case in Miami.

South Florida: Buckeye Transfer Fails Another Drug Test

by - Published December 4, 2009 in Newswire

South Florida guard Anthony Crater has been suspended after failing a drug test, according to an Associated Press report.

Carter, who’s been sitting out after transferring from Ohio State last year, had already failed a drug test when he was with the Buckeyes, making this one his second violation. Once he becomes eligible to play, on Dec. 12, he will miss 20 percent of the season.

In the mean time, South Florida is being investigated by the NCAA for alleged violations, which include a strength coach providing transportation for players and illegally working out with them.

DePaul: Blue Demons Lose Double-Double Machine to Foot Injury

by - Published December 4, 2009 in Newswire

DePaul forward/center Mac Koshval will miss the next three to four weeks with a left foot injury, according to a university release.

The 6-10 junior averaged 15.0 points and 13.0 rebounds in three games this season. DePaul is 5-2 overall.

Seton Hall: Lawrence Can Play Starting Dec. 19

by - Published December 4, 2009 in Newswire

Suspended Seton Hall guard Keon Lawrence will be eligible to play beginning Dec. 19, when the Pirates host Temple, according to an Associated Press report.

Lawrence was suspended last month after his involvement in a car crash on the Garden State Parkway in which police said the junior drove the wrong way and collided with another car. Lawrence was charged with driving under the influence and with driving with a suspended license.

The university said Lawrence’s return comes with conditions it won’t disclose in accordance with student privacy laws.

Binghamton: University Reassigns Assistant Coach

by - Published December 3, 2009 in Newswire

Following the paid leave of Binghamton head coach Kevin Broadus in October, the Bearcats have lost yet another member of the coaching staff in assistant Julius Allen, who’ll be given a new assignment within the program, according to an Associated Press report.

Allen had been an assistant for Binghamton since 2007.

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