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  • Grayson Allen suffers gruesome finger injury against Miami (Video)

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 3 hrs ago

    Duke’s Grayson Allen got beat up pretty good in the first half against Miami. First he got smacked in the face going up for a rebound, and was bleeding from the side of his right eye.

    Then, on the final play of the half, Allen fouled a Miami player going for another rebound. This time, he immediately coiled over in pain, clutching his left hand:

    Grayson Allen injures his hand just before the first half comes to a close pic.twitter.com/DnQROiMiee

    — Kyle Boone (@kylebooneCBS) January 22, 2017

    TV cameras later caught a shot of his left pinky, which was badly dislocated. It’s no wonder Allen had the reaction he did.

    Look away if you’re grossed out by this kind of thing…

    Allen went through light warmups coming out of halftime with his pinky and ring finger taped together:

    — Marilyn Payne (@marilyn_payne) January 22, 2017

  • Kansas State deals No. 7 West Virginia second-straight worrying loss

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 4 hrs ago

    Seventh-ranked West Virginia went into a crazy environment Saturday, but for the second-consecutive game, the Mountaineers couldn’t make the game itself crazy enough.

    Just like it did earlier this month at Texas Tech, and just like it did earlier this week against Oklahoma, West Virginia lost the turnover battle, this time in a 79-75 loss to Kansas State in Manhattan. And while the loss was relatively unsurprising — the Mountaineers were just 3.5-point favorites — it was nonetheless worrying.

    The answers to both are very much up in the air after Saturday’s loss, one in which West Virginia forced 16 turnovers but coughed up a crippling 23. Those 23 included a critical deflected pass with 25 seconds remaining. The Mountaineers had a chance to tie, but didn’t get a shot off. Instead, Barry Brown went the other way for what more or less amounted to a game-sealing slam.

  • Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox injures ankle, but John Calipari says it's 'not serious'

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 5 hrs ago

    Kentucky freshman De’Aaron Fox, one of the top point guards in college basketball, rolled his right ankle in the first half of Saturday’s game against South Carolina.

    Fox did not return to the game. Instead, he returned to the bench on crutches in the second half with a walking boot on his right foot.

    Kentucky coach John Calipari, however, did not seem too concerned. “I think it was a stinger or something, but they told me it’s not serious,” Calipari said. “It’s not swollen. Something hit his ankle. He’s in a boot, but they said there was no swelling, so I don’t know.”

    Here’s the play on which the injury occurred. Fox drives to his right, and when he attempts to come to a jump stop, his right foot lands awkwardly:

    De'Aaron Fox questionable to return after rolling his ankle on this play. #BBN pic.twitter.com/tf0PyvS40V

    — Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) January 21, 2017

    De'Aaron Fox on the bench, wearing a protective boot on his right ankle. pic.twitter.com/CyfICpwPLT

  • Arizona takes down UCLA in Allonzo Trier's debut, announces itself as Pac-12 favorite

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 7 hrs ago

    In the waning moments of the first half Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, Allonzo Trier glided towards his own baseline, reeled in a one-handed rebound, and, 94 feet from where he needed to go, glanced up at the game clock. It showed 6.2 seconds. And, nearly 20 minutes into his long-awaited 2016/17 debut, Trier took off like he hadn’t done in what must have seemed like years.

    Trier zoomed up the floor. He zigged over half court, then zagged into the lane. He dribbled five times, whizzed past five UCLA defenders, and laid in two points.

    It was a coast-to-coast drive 71 days and 19 games in the making, a bucket that put No. 13 Arizona up 11 at halftime, and a symbolic highlight of an impressive all-around team win, 96-85 over the third-ranked Bruins.

    The end-of-half layup wasn’t Trier’s only moment either. He had rained in a three less than a minute earlier, one of Arizona’s seven made triples in the opening 20 minutes.

    In the second half, with UCLA having charged back to within two, Trier punctuated Arizona’s response with a flying one-handed jam in transition:

    AllonzOH MY????????????

    ????: CBS https://t.co/DbP7VMfYH4

  • No. 7 Creighton upset by Marquette in first game without Maurice Watson

    Sam Cooper at The Dagger 7 hrs ago

    Creighton’s first game without Maurice Watson Jr. did not go well.

    Five days after Watson, the nation’s assists leader, was lost for the season with a torn ACL, the seventh-ranked Bluejays (18-2, 5-2 Big East) dropped just their second game of the season in a 102-94 home decision to Marquette. The game was not as close as the final score may indicate.

    Behind 17 first-half points off the bench from graduate transfer Katin Reinhardt, the Golden Eagles (13-6, 4-3) closed the half on a 14-5 run to take a 10-point lead at the break. Marquette continued to pick apart Creighton in the second half, getting good looks inside and out. The lead grew to as large as 19 before the Bluejays made things a bit more interesting in the final minutes, but the deficit was too large to overcome.

    Marquette’s hot shooting marked the first time Creighton allowed more than 100 points since March 2008, a triple overtime win over Bradley back in its Missouri Valley Conference days.

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  • Florida State shows glimpses of being an elite team in win over Louisville

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 8 hrs ago

    The first three minutes were as impressive as three-minute stretches come. They were also outliers.

    Florida State could do no wrong early on in its 73-68 win over No. 12 Louisville. The 10th-ranked Seminoles outshot, outran and overpowered the Cardinals. They harassed and suffocated them anywhere within 35 feet of the basket. They bludgeoned them inside. They hit threes and mid-range jumpers and layups.

    And then they stopped.

    Florida State jumped out to a 14-0 lead; the Tomahawk Chop was rolling around the Tucker Civic Center. Rick Pitino had called a timeout two minutes in, but not much changed, and the Seminoles charged into the under-16 timeout up 16-4.

    Then things did change — or, more specifically, Florida State’s personnel changed, and the early dominance proved to be fleeting. Leonard Hamilton subbed out four of his starters at the under-16, and the fifth 11 seconds later. The second-unit let the Cardinals back into the game, and quelled Florida State’s ascendancy.

  • Clock malfunction helps Texas A&M complete comeback win over Georgia

    Sam Cooper at The Dagger 9 hrs ago

    Georgia blew a double-digit second half lead on the road Saturday against Texas A&M, but still had a chance to win in the final seconds.

    After a Robert Williams bucket with 20 seconds to go gave the Aggies a 63-62 lead — their first since the 5:48 mark in the first half — the Bulldogs regained possession. UGA guard J.J. Frazier dribbled some time off the clock and fed the post to big man Yante Maten, who was fouled.

    But there was one problem. There was no time left on the clock when Maten, who had a game-high 19 points, was fouled — and nobody in the arena knew it.

    As Frazier worked to create an open look, the clock mistakenly stopped at 5.6 seconds because of an apparent “belt pack malfunction.” Because of this, the officials consulted the replay monitor and used a stopwatch to determine the amount of time that passed between the clock stopping and the foul on Maten.

    From there, the officials ruled that the foul occurred after the final buzzer would have sounded, so there was no foul and A&M won the game.

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  • Arizona can dare to dream big again now that Allonzo Trier is back

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 22 hrs ago

    No longer does Arizona have to temper expectations this college basketball season.

    Now the Wildcats can take aim at capturing the Pac-12 title and even dare to dream of getting coach Sean Miller to his first Final Four.

    Anything is now within reach after Friday night’s news that sophomore guard Allonzo Trier has been reinstated by the NCAA. Trier, the Wildcats’ leading returning scorer, sat out the team’s first 19 games this season while serving a PED-related suspension.

    The NCAA notified Arizona on Friday afternoon that Trier’s most recent drug test was negative, paving the way for his immediate return to the court. Arizona (17-2, 6-0) subsequently released a statement late Friday night announcing that Trier will be available in time for maybe the 14th-ranked Wildcats’ biggest game of the season Saturday at UCLA (19-1).

    Hailed as one of the top prospects in the 2015 class, Trier lived up to his hype as a freshman by averaging 14.8 points and evolving into a solid perimeter defender. The 6-foot-5 Seattle native used his strength and quickness to beat defenders off the dribble, yet kept them from sagging off him too far by hitting 36.4 percent of his attempts from behind the arc.

  • Myles Davis abruptly leaves Xavier 13 days after return from suspension

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Not even two weeks after expressing excitement about returning from a 15-game suspension, Xavier’s Myles Davis apparently has experienced a change of heart.

    The senior guard announced on Twitter that he’s leaving the Musketeers program even though this season is barely halfway over.

    ✊???? pic.twitter.com/Bk52vjm2kY

    — Myles Davis (@_mdavis15) January 20, 2017

    Davis’ departure is a surprise even though he had not made the immediate impact he expected to in his return from suspension. In Xavier’s back-to-back-to-back losses to Villanova, Butler and Creighton the past two weeks, Davis missed all eight shots he attempted, scored his only two points at the foul line and did not record a single assist.

    Davis’ suspension stemmed from an August incident in which he allegedly smashed his ex-girlfriend’s phone on the sidewalk and struck and dented the door of her car. He originally faced two misdemeanor criminal damaging charges, but he pleaded guilty to one reduced charge of disorderly conduct in November.

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  • How Frank Martin and his sideline fury turned South Carolina into a winner

    Henry Bushnell at The Dagger 1 day ago

    Michael Carrera still laughs when he watches the video. Still laughs every time he sees Frank Martin’s impending rage. Still laughs every time he sees Martin’s rigid posture and petrifying stare. Still laughs when he recalls that afternoon more than four years ago, the afternoon of his first college game.

    Carrera says he watches the YouTube clip almost every day. He watches Martin stalk out onto the court, clench his fists, and unleash a string of ferocious words. He watches as Martin composes himself, then springs back into life; as the stone-cold rage becomes unchained; as Martin’s eyebrows angle towards the bridge of his nose, then flatten as his eyes scrunch shut, his mouth flies open, and the screaming resumes.

    With the shot clock turned off and Milwaukee and South Carolina tied at 66 on the opening day of the 2012/13 season, Carrera, a Gamecocks freshman, forgot a play coming out of a late timeout. South Carolina turned the ball over, and Martin fumed.

    “He just went at me like crazy,” Carrera recalls.

    And Martin’s tongue-lashings… well, they were plentiful.

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