Xavier Forward Kaiser Gates Unlikely to Be Ready for Season Opener Following Knee Procedure


Xavier's already thin stable of forwards too another hit Friday, when it was announced that 6-foot-8 junior Kaiser Gates will likely miss a month after having a procedure done on his left knee. 

 “Kaiser had a scope procedure to remove small particles of cartilage in his left knee,” Xavier Associate Head Athletic Trainer David Fluker said.  "We are optimistic that he can be back on the court in four weeks.”

Though the 6-foot-8 Forward played sparingly as a sophomore, he was on track to start this season with Jaylen Reynolds and James Farr both departing. 

The injury to Gates means graduate transfer from Norfolk State, RaShid Gaston, will have to play big minutes along side Sean O'Mara in the post.

Xavier tips off their season Nov. 11 against Lehigh. 

Colorado State & Larry Eustachy Agree on Contact Extension Through 2020-21 Season


Colorado State has decided to commit to head coach Larry Eustachy a bit longer and have extended his contract through the 2020-21 season; one year longer than his previous agreement.

The contract is heavy with incentives, including  $40,000 for winning 20 games, $100,000 for a Mountain West Conference championship, and $200,000 for an NCAA Tournament bid.  He will also get an extra $100,000 for each tournament game the team wins and another $250,000 for a national championship.

The contract itself bumps his base pay from $965,699 this season and  annual increases will send that number to $1,045,302 in 2020-21.

In four seasons with the Mountain West program, the team is 87-48 with an NCAA Tournament trip in 2013. 

Rick Pitino Charged By NCAA for 'Failure to Monitor' Program in Sex Scandal; Louisville Not Charged


The NCAA has decided to not charge Louisville in the long going sex scandal that came to light last year, but head Rick Pitino did not escape unblemished as the governing body has charged him.

The NCAA did not say Louisville's head coach was uncooperative in the investigation, but hit him for failure to "spot check" and "monitor" assistant Andre McGee.  The school also self-imposed sanctions for the scandal, including a postseason ban last season. 

Pitino said last season when the postseason ban was given that he'd rather have been punished because it was unfair to his players, so what his response to this news will be is of note. 

The former assistant allegedly brought stripper into school dorms in an effort to lure in recruits. 

We've seen similar cases like this play out with former SMU head coach Larry Brown and current Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim both missing 30 percent of their team's regular season, which turned out being nine games, for a failure to know what is happening within their program.

Louisville has 90 days to respond to the NCAA's notice of allegations and the NCAA must respond within 60 days to answer. This means the earliest Pitino will be punished is this upcoming spring.

Michigan State Forward Gavin Schilling Has Surgery on Right Knee; No Timetable for Return


Michigan State was already lacking experience in the low post and on Wednesday, it was announced that Gaving Schilling, the only forward on this roster with significant experience that was not injured, had surgery on his right knee to repair a non-contact injury. 

With the school giving no timetable for his return, it's entirely possible that he might have torn his ACL, which would end his season. 

Though the senior averaged just 3.8 points and 3.1 rebounds per games, he played crucial minutes for Tom Izzo's squad the past few years and was slated to play a bunch of minutes this year with the injury to fellow forward Ben Carter two weeks ago. 

Kenny Goins, who stands 6-foot-6, is now the most experienced healthy big man on the roster, notching two points and 2.9 rebounds per game last year. 

It will be up to freshmen Miles Bridges and Nick Ward to play a ton of minutes on this team because as it stands right now, there is no other healthy forwards on the roster to show them the ropes.

To make matters even worse, Michigan State kicks off their season by playing Arizona in Hawaii in the Armed Forces Classic, to go along with a murder's row non-conference slate that Izzo poses to his team every single season. 

Virginia Tech Forward Kerry Blackshear May Miss Entire Season Due to Offseason Surgery


After having off-season surgery to alleviate a stress fracture in his foot, it appears as though forward Kerry Blackshear may miss the entire season due to the injury.

Virginia Tech made a massive improvement from the beginning of the season to the end last year, going 10-8 in ACC play and making the NIT after starting the year with a loss to SWAC squad Alabama State.

Blackshear appeared in all 35 of the team's games last year as a freshman, providing great defensive in the post with his 6-foot-10 frame, as well as 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per contest.

If he does wind up missing the season, defenses will likely key on leading scorer and rebounder Zach LeDay even more than they did last season and would need to rely on freshman to step up since there really are not any more true forwards with experience on the roster.

NCAA Tournament Games Moved From North Carolina to South Carolina


Let last week, the games the NCAA elected to take out of the state of North Carolina due to the controversial HB2 bill were awarded to boarder state South Carolina.

South Carolina knows a ton about not being able to hold NCAA events, as the body disallowed South Carolina and Mississippi to host NCAA Tournament games from 2001-2015 due to their waving of a Confederate flag at the statehouse.

The list of events and companies that have pulled out of North Carolina due to the HB2 bill is growing by the day, with the most notable being the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. 

Northern Colorado Self-Imposes Punishment Including a Postseason Ban


Due to the alleged wrongdoings that occurred in the program under former head coach B.J. Hill, Northern Colorado has decided to self-impose a bunch of penalties upon the program.

The school has decided to not partake in the postseason this year, fined itself two percent of the team's overall budget ($5,000), and reduced their scholarship by three for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons.

The school has been swift to act on the still unknown mishaps that took place during the B.J. Hill era, but whatever he did was so bad that he and his staff were fired immediately when the allegations came out.

It will be up to former Boise State assistant Jeff Linder to turn around a program that is currently under sanctions and went just 10-21 last season. 

St, Joseph's Forward Pierfrancesco Oliva Out for the Season Due to Knee Surgery


St. Joseph's was already tasked with replacing their top three scorers from their 2016 NCAA Tournament team, and now have to replac Pierfrancesco Oliva, who is out for the season following knee surgery.

Oliva, needed surgery to repair an osteochondral defect in his right knee and will redshirt to maintain his remaining three years of eligibility.

The team has practically no forwards with experience behind the 6-foot-8 sophomore, and Olivia's four points and 3.7 rebounds per game wasn't much to write home about to begin with.

The program has been to two NCAA Tournaments since 2008 and things are looking pretty bleak to send that number higher this year.