Injured Bolden to miss ACC Tournament

Coach Mike Krzyzewski says No. 5 Duke won't have injured big man Marques Bolden for this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. Krzyzewski told the school's website Monday that "there's no way Marques will be ready"" after he sprained a ligament in his left knee early in a loss at North Carolina in the regular-season finale. The 6-foot-11 Bolden averages 5.8 points, 1.8 blocks and 4.7 rebounds for the third-seeded Blue Devils (26-5). Their tournament opener isn't until Friday night in Charlotte. Bolden was hurt about 2+ minutes into the UNC game when he fell into the basket support while picking up a foul on a block attempt at the rim.
March 11, 2019

South Carolina top tackler TJ Brunson to miss spring ball

South Carolina leading tackler T.J. Brunson will miss spring practice after undergoing surgery to repair a sports hernia and damaged knee cartilage. Coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday he expects the linebacker to be ready for summer camp and next season. Brunson had surgery shortly after South Carolina's 28-0 loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl on Dec. 29. The 6-foot-1, 235-pound senior made 106 tackles last season, 33 more than second-place Sherrod Greene. Brunson was second with four sacks.
February 26, 2019

Williamson day to day with mild knee sprain

Duke says freshman star Zion Williamson is day to day with a mild right knee sprain. Team spokesman Mike DeGeorge said Thursday night that Williamson is progressing as expected after he injured his knee when his left shoe ripped apart as he slipped while dribbling during the first minute of Wednesday night's loss to No. 8 North Carolina. The 280-pound Williamson is one of the most powerful players in the game, and he tried to plant with his left foot as his right foot was slipping. The blue rubber sole ripped loose from the white shoe, and Williamson's foot came all the way through the large gap.
February 21, 2019

Michigan State's Langford out for the season

Michigan State guard Joshua Langford will miss the rest of the season because of his injured ankle. Spartans coach Tom Izzo said in a statement Wednesday that the junior will likely need surgery. Langford has missed the last eight games. In the 13 games he did play - all starts - Langford averaged 15 points. "Josh has a stress injury that we caught fairly early and we had hoped that, with treatment and rest, he would recover," Izzo said. "He has not." No. 6 Michigan State had its 13-game winning streak snapped with a loss at Purdue on Sunday. The Spartans host Indiana on Saturday. The loss of Langford takes away Michigan State's No. 3 scorer behind Cassius Winston and Nick Ward. "We hate this for Josh and our team, as he was one of our leading scorers, one of our top 3-point shooters and one of our two best defensive guards," Izzo said. "But our commitment to Josh and his long-term health is paramount. Josh has seen the best specialist in the country on this issue and we are putting together a plan for his complete recovery for the 2019-20 season." Izzo said Langford has done everything asked of him through the process. "His selfless attitude is the reason there were tears throughout the meeting room when we shared the news with his team," Izzo said. "I've never felt worse for a player than I do for Josh, but he's a very religious kid who believes everything happens for a reason. He's constantly telling me to not worry about him, but focus on the team. It's the reason I have so much respect and admiration for the way he's handled the injury."
January 30, 2019

Duke loses PG Tre Jones to shoulder injury

Point guard Tre Jones left Duke's game against Syracuse with a right shoulder injury. Jones was listed as questionable to return, according to a post on the program's official Twitter account. Jones collided with Syracuse's Frank Howard while chasing a loose ball with 14:23 left in the first half. Howard picked up his third foul on the play - Jones' fourth steal of the game. Jones, the younger brother of former Duke and current Minnesota Timberwolves guard Tyus Jones, has an assist-to-turnover ratio of 5.93 that is nearly twice that of any other player in the Atlantic Coast Conference. He was replaced by sophomore Jordan Goldwire, with freshman forward RJ Barrett also helping out on defense against the Orange's point guards. The Blue Devils were already down one starter when Cameron Reddish was held out with an unspecified illness.
January 14, 2019

Kansas loses Azubuike for season to torn hand tendon

Kansas will be without center Udoka Azubuike for the remainder of the season after an MRI exam revealed the 7-footer tore ligaments in his right hand during practice. X-rays did not show the severity of the injury. The MRI exam revealed the tendon tear, which is similar to a torn tendon Azubuike had in his opposite hand in December 2016 that sidelined him the remainder of his freshman season.
January 6, 2019

Foot injury ends Bol Bol's Oregon career

Bol Bol's lone season at Oregon is over after nine games due to a left foot injury. Bol announced on Twitter on Thursday that his college career was over. The son of late former NBA player Manute Bol, Bol was considered one of college basketball's top incoming freshman prior to the 2018-19 season and is projected as an NBA lottery pick. Bol led the Ducks with 21 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots per game. He shot 56 percent from the floor and 52 percent from the 3-point arc, also leading the Ducks. Bol missed Oregon's last four games due to the injury.
January 3, 2019

K-State forward Wade out indefinately

Kansas State senior forward Dean Wade will be out for an undetermined period of time after sustaining an injury in the second half against Georgia State. A starter in all nine games this season, Wade has averaged 13.6 points on 52.2 percent shooting (47-of-90), including 40 percent (6-of-15) from 3-point range, to go with a team-high 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 29.8 minutes per game.
December 16, 2018

Alabama QB Tagovailoa facing ankle surgery

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa will have surgery on his right ankle and recovery is expected to take about two weeks. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban tells ESPN that Tagovailoa has a high ankle sprain and will have it scoped. He says recovery time for most of his players for this procedure has typically been "a two-week deal." Saban is hoping Tagovailoa will be back by the time No. 1 Alabama starts practice for the Orange Bowl semifinal game against No. 4 Oklahoma on Dec. 29. Tagovailoa hurt his right ankle when an offensive lineman stepped on it in the fourth quarter of the Southeastern Conference championship game against No. 6 Georgia. The Heisman Trophy candidate was helped off the field and didn't return to the game.
December 2, 2018

South Carolina starter Minaya to have surgery

South Carolina starting forward Justin Minaya will have surgery on his right knee this week and be out indefinitely. Gamecocks coach Frank Martin announced Minaya's status Tuesday. Martin says the 6-foot-5 sophomore Minaya would begin rehab immediately, although a timetable for his return would be determined after the operation. Minaya hurt himself in practice this past Sunday. He missed Monday night's 81-61 loss to Southern Conference opponent Wofford. Minaya is the son of ex-New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya. The younger Minaya started 30 games as a freshman for the Gamecocks (3-2) where he averaged nearly eight points and more than four rebounds.
November 27, 2018