Our expert NCAAB handicapper continues his look at teams that have had significant injuries on the season, and who could be candidates to fade down the stretch!
Injuries are a fact of life for all sports. But when it comes to college basketball a key injury can wreck a team's season quickly. Mid-majors are especially vulnerable, as a few stars can anchor a starting five and make a team competitive night in and night out. With that, let's take a look at some teams currently working their way through injury concerns and how this situation may affect your college basketball picks.
Nebraska Cornhuskers, Big 10: 10-13 SU
Nebraska lost one of their senior guards to a ruptured patella tendon in Anton Gill in December. Ouch, quite literally. However, one of their starting forwards, Ed Morrow, has also been sidelined with a foot injury and that is a more serious concern for the Huskers. Since Morrow has been missing from the lineup Nebraska has gone 1-6 SU and 2-5 ATS. Watch his status closely as the season continues.
New Mexico Lobos, Mountain West: 18-5 SU
New Mexico has multiple injury concerns right now. First they lost their starting forward, Tim Williams, and 17.9 points per game last week for the remainder of the season. Now one of their starting guards, Dane Kuiper, is missing time due to a concussion. For a clue on how these absences have affected the team, consider this – the Lobos lost to the San Jose State Spartans in the first game without these two players. San Jose State had never beat New Mexico in 13 tries and won outright as a 10.5-point dog in NCAA basketball odds, 78-68.
North Texas, Conference USA: 6-16 SU
North Texas' season has derailed, and the Mean Green Eagles have lost 10 in a row SU as I write this up. One of the reasons for this is the loss of starting forward, Jeremy Combs, and his 10.2 points per game due to an ankle injury. To add insult to injury, SMU transfer guard, Keith Frazier, also was lost for the season after a car accident. The Green Eagles are 0-8 on the road and are just playing out the stretch.
Northwestern Wildcats, Big 10: 18-6 SU
Northwestern is playing admirably in the Big 10, and will likely make the NCAA tournament. However, their starting guard, Scottie Lindsey, has come down with mononucleosis and could miss the entire month of February. Lindsey was responsible for 15.4 points per game up to this point, and the Wildcats have lost both games without Lindsey SU and ATS in his absence so far. They need to be faded until Lindsey returns back to form. Worst sore throat ever!
Ohio Bobcats, Mid-American: 14-8 SU
The Bobcats lost one of their top big men in Antonio Campbell in mid-January, putting a crimp in their plans to win the MAC. Campbell's 6' 9”, 251 lb. frame and 16.4 points per game will be missed for the rest of the season after he broke his foot. The Bobcats are just 3-4 SU and ATS in Campbell's absence, after going 11-3 SU with him in the lineup. Look for them to struggle against teams with superior inside play.