Monday, February 28, 2011

Hoops Housekeeping: Rakeem Buckles is done for the year.

Rakeem Buckles: Just a few weeks removed from finally returning to the court after breaking a finger, Buckles once again joined the long list of injured Louisville Cardinals. Buckles planted awkwardly on a fast break in Sunday's win over Pitt and tore an acl.

"I'm really, really disappointed for Rak," Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said. "He waited patiently to come back, and now he gets hurt again. I feel absolutely awful for him and the team. But we've battled adversity all season and we'll continue to do so, and we won't let it bother us."

Nolan Dennis: A top 50 recruit coming out of high school and a member of the disbanded 2009 recruiting class that John Calipari brought into Memphis before leaving for Kentucky, Dennis has never quite lived up to those expectations in college. He's played two seasons at Baylor, averaging just 2.3 ppg. On Friday, Dennis withdrew from school for medical reasons.

"We ask that Baylor Nation keeps Nolan in their thoughts and prayers," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "He was truly a treasured member of our basketball program and we wish him the best."

Brad Stevens: The Butler head coach had a scary incident on the sidelines during Butler's game against Loyola on Saturday. I'll let him explain:

"Right now, I can't see and my eye feels like it has a thousand scratches," Stevens said from home. "My vision got progressively worse as we were getting ready to start the game, and by the final media timeout of the first half, I could not see the other end of the court and everything in front of me was blurry."

He was diagnosed with a corneal edema and was back coaching on Monday.

Elijah Johnson: Johnson has been starting for Tyshawn Taylor since the junior was suspended from the team a week ago. He's played well and there are rumors that he may keep the starting job once Taylor rejoins the team. He also took a shot to the head in Saturday's win over Oklahoma, but appears to be fine.

“You know when you go to Chuck E. Cheese and you get the hammer and you bop the people?” Johnson said. “I kind of feel like that’s what happened.”

He missed the final 14 minutes of the game, but the game was out of reach already. He was cleared to play if he was needed.

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