New Week, New Injuries To Key Players

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Mark Lathrop

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 5:53 PM GMT

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 5:53 PM GMT

Injuries don’t just stop in college basketball, because I have run through several of them the week before. No, the threat of injury is constant and can derail a team’s chances at a title at any moment. Just ask the Oakland Raiders what a badly timed injury does to a season. Here are the latest injuries for key players in the NCAAB.

Florida Gators, SEC: 22-5 (12-2)

The Gators lost 6-foot-11 center John Egbunu for the season last week when he tore his ACL. Another big man, Gorjak Gak, is missing time due to a strained foot. Gak would have likely seen more time with the absence of Egbunu from the rotation. Egbunu was playing about 20 minutes per game and was a force inside the paint, frequently having multiple block games.

Georgia Bulldogs, SEC: 15-12 (6-8)

Staying in the SEC, where the Bulldogs have lost talented forward Yante Maten for the rest of the regular season due to a knee sprain. Maten was responsible for 18.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game for Georgia, and it has yet to be seen where that will be made up. Maten could be first-team All-SEC and his loss should influence your NCAA basketball picks on the Dawgs going foward. 

Gonzaga Bulldogs, WCC: 28-0 (16-0)

Gonzaga lost 6-foot-10 forward Killian Tillie to a broken bone in his shooting hand last week. Gonzaga’s rotation is deep, so it will be able to cope with the loss, but Tillie’s rebounding skills will be missed in his limited time on the floor.

Maryland Terrapins, Big Ten: 22-5 (10-4)

The Terrapins lost forward Michal Cekovsky to a broken ankle last week and he will miss the remainder of the season as a result. Cekovsky was not a starter, but against some teams he put up big minutes because of the matchup problems he created, including a 6-block performance against Purdue. Cekovsky averaged 7.6 points per game on the year.

Michigan State Spartans, Big Ten: 16-11 (8-6)

The Spartans will be without senior guard Eron Harris for the rest of the season as he underwent knee surgery last week. Harris averaged 10.7 points per game and usually logged minutes in the mid-20’s. It’s been a pretty lackluster season for Michigan State ATS on NCAA basketball odds and this injury won’t help matters.

Texas A&M Aggies, SEC: 14-12 (6-8)

The Aggies lost starting 6-foot-9 forward DJ Hogg to a foot injury that will cost him the rest of the season. Hogg compiled 12 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. Texas A&M has gone 1-1 ATS since Hogg has been sidelined, but the SEC has some bad teams in it.

UC Riverside Highlanders, Big West: 7-17 (5-8)

UC Riverside is not a good basketball team to begin with, but the suspension of guards Malik Thames and Chance Murray just make things worse. Both starters at points in the season, the loss is compounded because guard DJ Sylvester was already sidelined in January. The Highlanders are running out of bodies at this point, and I’d expect more blowout losses as they play out the rest of their lost season. They are on a 0-4 ATS losing streak in conference play.

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