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Kentucky Center Alex Poythress Out for Season with Torn ACL

Kentucky Center Alex Poythress Out for Season with Torn ACL

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- The top ranked Kentucky Wildcats have plenty of depth, but they're platoon system has taken a big hit as junior forward Alex Poythress tore his ACL during practice on Thursday and will miss the rest of the season.

Part of the reason the Wildcats have been so successful this season is the use of two units, almost like hockey, and Poythress was a big part of that.

"When you're coaching other people's children and these children have high aspirations and unlimited potential -- not only to do things for themselves but for other people -- I can't begin to tell you the feeling when someone gets hurt," coach John Calipari said in a release. "My own son, Brad, tore his ACL last year. All I can tell you is I was physically sick when it happened to him. I feel exactly the same way now that it's happened to Alex."

In 20.3 minutes per game, Poythress was averaging 5.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Georgetown College Coach Thinks Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team

Georgetown College Coach Thinks Kentucky Could Beat an NBA Team

G. Fiume/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With the college basketball season tipping off on Friday, after scrimmaging against top ranked Kentucky, Georgetown College head coach Chris Briggs came away very impressed.

"Those guys are unreal," Briggs told reporters. "I told the guys in the locker room, [the Wildcats] could have beaten some NBA teams tonight. There's no question in my mind."

The Wildcats are expected to be among college basketball's elite this season with players like Karl-Anthony Towns, Aaron and Andrew Harrison, Willie Cauley-Stein, and others set for big seasons.

Despite the praise from Briggs, Kentucky head coach John Calipari was quick to dismiss his claims.

"I hear Coach Briggs got excited after the game last night. Let me be clear: If we played ANY NBA team, we would get buried. ANY," Calipari tweeted on Monday night.

Kentucky went 29-11 last season, but ultimately lost to UCONN in the National Title game. They open the season Friday against Grand Canyon.

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Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done”

Mike Krzyzewski Admits Top Recruit Jahlil Okafor Will Be “One and Done”

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It is no secret that Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor will be one of the hottest commodities next June when the NBA Draft rolls around, which is why Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski says he will likely play just one season in Durham.

"We won't have him long," Krzyzewski said. "We'll have him this year and then he'll be one of the top [NBA] picks."

Many NBA draft experts have already penciled in Okafor as a top pick, if not the best prospect coming out of college this year.

"He's really one of the great kids," Krzyzewski said. "He's 6-10, about 265. He has huge hands. So the ball is small in his hands. Part of that hurts him some because he's accustomed to rebounding with one hand, and rebounding is better with two hands. But scoring-wise he's able to do it. He's got incredible touch and really good feet."

Some recent "one and done" Duke players include Kyrie Irving (drafted first overall in 2011), Austin Rivers (drafted tenth overall in 2012), and Jabari Parker (drafted second overall in 2014).

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Clemson Basketball Rewards Head Coach Brad Brownell with Extension

Clemson Basketball Rewards Head Coach Brad Brownell with Extension

Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As Clemson basketball continues to build their program up, the school has rewarded head coach Brad Brownell with a new six-year contract.

Brownell took over the team prior to the 2010-2011 season and has improved the team since his time there.

This past season, Brownell led Clemson to a 23-13 record and made it to the NIT semi-finals. He also led the Tigers to the NCAA tournament in his first year with the program.

"I'm thrilled to be the head basketball coach at Clemson and take great pride in the many accomplishments of our players on and off our court," Brownell said in a statement. "I look forward to building on the success of this past season and believe that there is a great deal of positive momentum within the program."

Overall, Brownell has gone 241-143 while with Clemson.

Before joining Clemson, Brownell coached at North Carolina-Wilmington and Wright State.

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Michigan’s Mitch McGary Fails Drug Test, Delcares for NBA Draft

Michigan’s Mitch McGary Fails Drug Test, Delcares for NBA DraftKelly Kline/Getty Images(ANN ARBOR, Mich.) -- Michigan sophomore Mitch McGary will forego his final two years in college after testing positive for marijuana.The power forward will enter the upcoming NBA draft, under the specter of an NCAA suspensio...

Louisville Guard Kevin Ware to Transfer

Louisville Guard Kevin Ware to TransferChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After a roller coaster career with the Louisville Cardinals, guard Kevin Ware has decided to transfer and leave the school to finish out his collegiate basketball career. Nearly a year ago, Ware gained natio...

(4) Louisville Tops (5) St. Louis, 66-51, Advance to the Sweet 16

(4) Louisville Tops (5) St. Louis, 66-51, Advance to the Sweet 16Christian Petersen/Getty images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The defending national champion Louisville Cardinals live to play another day and will play in their third-consecutive Sweet 16 after their 66-51 win over St. Louis. Despite some uncharacteristic play, ...

(1) Florida Advances to Sweet 16 after Defeating (9) Pittsburgh, 61-45

(1) Florida Advances to Sweet 16 after Defeating (9) Pittsburgh, 61-45Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- The Florida Gators took care of business on Saturday after taking down Pittsburgh 61-45. Scottie Wilbekin was the hero for the Gators against the Panthers. He scored 21 points in the game, including 11 in...

Kansas Center Joel Embiid Won’t Play Against Stanford

Kansas Center Joel Embiid Won’t Play Against StanfordLance King/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Kansas Jayhawks will have to keep navigating through the NCAA Tournament without the services of stand out center Joel Embiid, according the Kansas head coach Bill Self. Embiid sat out the final two games of the...

Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins Already Looking to the NBA

Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins Already Looking to the NBAJohn Weast/Getty Images Sport(LAWRENCE, Kan.) -- While no one is quite sure whether or not top collegiate prospects Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins sounds like he's getting ready to join ...

McDermott Makes History in Creighton’s Upset Win over Villanova

McDermott Makes History in Creighton’s Upset Win over VillanovaEric Francis/Getty Images(OMAHA, Neb.) -- Eighteenth-ranked Creighton had two reasons to celebrate on Sunday. Not only did they upset 6th-ranked Villanova, but forward Doug McDermott passed Larry Bird for 13th on the NCAA's all-time scoring list. Again...

Arizona Forward Brandon Ashley Done for the Year

Arizona Forward Brandon Ashley Done for the YearChristian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not only did the Arizona Wildcats lose their first game of the season over the weekend, but they've also lost one of their most productive players as forward Brandon Ashley will miss the remainder of the sea...

Baylor Upsets (8) Oklahoma State, 76-70

Baylor Upsets (8) Oklahoma State, 76-70Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(STILLWATER, Okla.) -- After a disappointing start to the season, the Baylor Bears picked up arguably their best win of the season after defeating eighth-ranked Oklahoma State 76-70 on Saturday. It was just Baylor's second w...

(24) Ohio State gets Past (14) Wisconsin, 59-58

(24) Ohio State gets Past (14) Wisconsin, 59-58G. Flume/Getty Images(MADISON, Wis.) -- As Wisconsin continues to fall in the standings, Ohio State is reaping the rewards as the Buckeyes edged the Badgers 59-58 on Saturday. After a school-record 16-0 start, the wheels have fallen off for Wisconsin a...

(11) Kentucky Edges Missouri, 84-79

(11) Kentucky Edges Missouri, 84-79Mitchell Layton/Getty Images(COLUMBIA, Mo.) -- Just one game after holding a players-only meeting to discuss their issues on the road, Kentucky went out and scored a big win away from home after defeating Missouri 84-79 on Saturday. Kentucky's starters...

Mike Krzyzewski Wins his 900th Game at Duke

Mike Krzyzewski Wins his 900th Game at DukeStreeter Lecka/Getty Images(DURHAM, N.C.) -- Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski added another chapter to his legendary coaching resume as he won his 900th game at Duke after the team's 78-56 win over Florida Sate on Saturday. Krzyzweski is the all-time le...

(14) Kentucky Cruise Past Georgia, 79-54

(14) Kentucky Cruise Past Georgia, 79-54G. Flume/Getty Images(LEXINGTON, Ky.) -- When they put it all togehter, Kentucky can look like the best team in college basketball, and they showed that on Saturday as the 14th ranked Wildcats dominated Georgia for a 79-54 win. Kentucky spread the weal...

(17) Ohio State Drops Fourth Straight Game

(17) Ohio State Drops Fourth Straight GameMitchell Layton/Getty Images(LINCOLN, Neb.) -- After a 15-0 start, Ohio State is going in the opposite direction. Fast. The Buckeyes, ranked 17th in the country, lost their fourth straight game on Monday night in a 68-62 loss at unranked Nebraska....

Creighton Drains 21 3-Pointers, Blows Out (4) Villanova

Creighton Drains 21 3-Pointers, Blows Out (4) VillanovaEric Francis/Getty Images(PHILADELPHIA) -- Ethan Wragge tied a school record with nine made three-pointers while the Creighton Blue Jays set a new Big East record with 21 treys in their 96-68 dismantiling of No. 4 Villanova on Monday. It was the first ...

(14) Iowa Handles Minnesota, 94-73

(14) Iowa Handles Minnesota, 94-73G. Fiume/Gett Images(IOWA CITY, Iowa) -- After a close first-half, Iowa proved to be too much for Minnesota as the Hawkeyes cruised past the Gophers 94-73. Minnesota led 43-41 after the first half, but Iowa wound up outscoring Minnesota 53-30 in the se...
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