Maryland Center Michal Cekovsky Has a Broken Ankle; Season Over


Not only did Maryland lose on the court to Wisconsin Sunday, they also lost center Michael Cekovsky for the season due to a broken ankle.

The 7-foot-1 junior averaged 7.6 points and 2.8 rebounds per game in a reserve role and had already missed 10 games this season due to other ailments.

 "I feel badly for Ceko," head coach Mark Turgeon said.  "It felt like he was really starting to turn the corner and his best basketball was ahead of him."

Due to the injury, big men L.G. Gill and Ivan Bender will likely have bigger roles on the team moving forward. 

Texas A&M Loses DJ Hogg For the Season with a Foot Injury


A bad season for the Texas A&M Aggies got worse on Thursday as the team lost not only lost to Vanderbilt 72-67, but also lost DJ Hogg for the remainder of the season due to a foot injury. 

The 6-foot-9 sophomore averaged 12 points, 5.1 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game this season for the 13-12 Aggies. 

With Hogg coming off the bench as a sixth man this year, it does not affect the starting lineup, but an already thin Texas A&M team will be having to rely on their starters more than they would like moving forward. 

The lack of depth showed against Vanderbilt on Thursday as they got a total of two points from the bench. 

 “DJ has tried to play through the pain during the last four games, but after consulting with the A&M medical staff, DJ and his family decided to focus on his rehab and recovery for next season,” Texas A&M head coach Billy Kennedy said in a statement issued by the school.

Virginia Tech Sophomore Chris Clarke Tears ACL


Virginia Tech collected a huge resume-building win over Virginia on Sunday but it came at a cause as they lost Chris Clarke to a torn ACL. 

He had been doing a little of everything for the team, averaging 11.4 points, 7.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game while hitting 58 percent of his shots from the field.

While he did not have ridiculous size, standing 6-foot-6, he was the team's top rebounder.

 "Our hearts hurt for Chris," Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams said in a statement Monday.  "He has worked really hard to become an outstanding player and an incredibly important teammate to what we are trying to build.  I am confident that he will turn this situation into good and return next year an even better player, better student and better person."

The injury will likely thrust forward Khadim Sy and guard Ty Outlaw into bigger roles on the team. 

Malik Dime Suspended Indefinitely Following Slap of Colorado Student


Action came swiftly from Washington, who suspended forward Malik Dime Indefinitely on Friday afternoon he slapped a fan in the Colorado student section on Thursday. 

Dime did sue a statement in a school-issued release on Friday when it was announced he would be suspended. 

 "I was caught up in the emotion of the game and allowed my frustrations to influence my behavior," Dime said.  I made a very poor decision, and did not represent my team, my University and my family the way I want to.

"I am glad I had the chance to apologize in person to the students involved in the altercation, and I am prepared to accept the full consequences of my actions.  I look forward to putting this incident behind me and moving forward."

The incident occurred when the team was going to their locker room in halftime and Dime was on the bench.  He missed his ninth straight game with a broken pinky finger. 

It is not clear as to whether the suspension will begin immediately or if it starts when he comes fully healthy.  Keep in mind, an indefinite suspension for Duke guard Grayson Allen earlier this year was a grand total of one game. 

Injured Washington Forward Malik Dime Slaps Opposing Fan


As if things cannot get worse for Washington, freshman forward Malik Dime slapped a fan in the Colorado student section across the face last night in the team's 81-66 loss. 

The junior forward missed his ninth straight game due to a broken finger, which is apparently healthy enough to be slapping students, with the incident talking place as the squads were going to their respective locker rooms at halftime.

Head coach Lorenzo Romar said he is aware of the situation and will look into it further. 

The man who claims to have been slapped told the Tacoma News Tribune that Dime did come over to make things right after the incident.

To make things even worse, Markelle Fultz did not play in this game due to a sore knee as Washington's record dipped to 9-15 overall and 2-10 in Pac-12 play. 

Saint Louis Billikens Get Ditched By Bus Driver


To say Saint Louis' season has not gone as planned thus far is putting it kindly, but nobody expects to be left high and dry by their bus driver, which happened to the team on Wednesday. 

Following a 70-55 loss to St. Bonaventure, the team was not able to leave the opponent's arena because the bus driver had left without them. 

According to a tweet by Bob Ramsey, the situation cause state troopers to get involved and track the bus driver down. 

The bus driver was found because head coach Travis Ford had left his iPad on the bus and they were able to track the location of the bus using that. 

Reports say the bus driver would not pull over at first, but eventually, the bus driver was taken into custody and the team took a very late flight back to Saint Louis. 

The driver has been charged with a DWI and had a .22 BAC. 

Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to Return to the Bench Saturday vs Pitt


After missing the past seven games due to back problems, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will be on the sidelines once again on Saturday when the team faces Pittsburgh.

Duke's head coach has been through a ton of surgeries the past calendar year and the latest one was to  fix a herniated disc in his lower back.

Without Coach K, the team went 4-3 record-wise and also received a locker room/wearing team gear ban for the squad until they start "living up to the standards of the Duke program.”

Assistant Jeff Caple, who was been a head coach elsewhere, including at Oklahoma, filled in while Coach K was out. 

Illinois State Forward Mikyle McIntosh Out Three Weeks with a Torn Meniscus


Illinois State currently finds themselves in the thick of the at-large bid picture and atop Missouri Valley Conference at 10-0 in league play, but they will be without the services of Mikyle McIntosh the next three weeks.

The junior forward suffered a torn meniscus according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN and had surgery on it Wednesday.

McIntosh is second on the team in scoring at 13.5 points per game and has also added 6.7 rebounds and two assist per control.

Illinois State has their toughest test of the conference season coming up as they will be taking a trip to Kansas to play Wichita State on the road Saturday.