Colorado State University's Carr fights to get his shot off under pressure from Murray State University's Canaan during the first half of play in their NCAA basketball game at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville

Colorado State point guard Jesse Carr out for season with torn ACL

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Even with Tim Miles leaving Fort Collins to become head coach at Nebraska there was optimism about Colorado State’s hopes in 2012-13.

Larry Eustachy left Southern Miss to fill the vacant head coaching position and with many of their key contributors from last season’s NCAA tournament team back the Rams were thought to be capable of returning to the Big Dance.

While that goal remains on the table thanks the returnees and transfers Daniel Bejarano and Colton Iverson becoming eligible, Colorado State suffered a key loss as senior guard Jesse Carr tore his ACL and is done for the year.

The news was first reported by Jeff Goodman of

Carr started just five games as a junior but he was a vital cog in the Colorado State rotation, as he averaged 7.2 points and 2.7 assists per game.

The Ainsworth, Nebraska native was CSU’s leader in assists last season, but while his injury does hurt the Rams they’re capable of accounting for his loss.

Bejarano was a lights-out scorer in high school but couldn’t crack the rotation in either of his two years at Arizona, and Carr’s injury opens up even more playing time for him this season.

As for the ball-handling chores it’s more than possible that Colorado State can divide those duties between Wes Eikmeier and Dorian Green, something they did last season.

Both averaged at least two assists per game (forward Pierce Hornung averaged 1.7 apg) with Green’s 2.4 making him the team’s leading returnee now that Carr is sidelined.

Wabash Valley College transfer Jonathan Octeus could also factor into the perimeter rotation, which will compete in a Mountain West that’s become even stronger with the arrival of Nevada (led by stellar point guard Deonte Burton) and Fresno State.

UNLV, San Diego State and New Mexico are the favorites in the eyes of many while the Wolf Pack have the perimeter play needed to make a splash in their debut season in the conference.

But while losing Carr certainly hurts, Colorado State has the parts needed to account for his absence.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Colorado’s Tory Miller reprimanded by Pac-12 after biting opponent

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Colorado sophomore forward Tory Miller has been reprimanded by the Pac-12 and he also apologized for biting Air Force’s Hayden Graham earlier this week.

During Colorado’s win over Air Force on Wednesday, Miller was assessed a Flagrant 2 Dead Ball Technical Foul and ejected with 12:25 left in the second half after biting Graham during a loose ball.

In a release from the Pac-12, they announced reprimanding Miller, but he will not be suspended.

“All of our student-athletes must adhere to the Pac-12’s Standards of Conduct and Sportsman-ship,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said in the release. “Regardless of Mr. Miller’s frustration and emotion, such behavior is unacceptable and he is being appropriately reprimanded.”

Miller also released his apology in the same release.

“I would like to apologize for my actions during the Air Force game. I would like to apologize to Hayden Graham, Air Force, my teammates and fans. It was a heat of the moment thing. I’m an emotional player, but I let my emotions get the best of me. I will use this as a learning experience and focus on helping my teammates and respecting my opponents for the rest of the season and beyond,” Miller said.

For Miller to not be suspended for this is good news for him and Colorado since he won’t miss any additional action, but did the Pac-12 make the right decision on this?


Michigan State’s Tum Tum Nairn battling foot injury

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Michigan State has climbed on the back of star senior wing Denzel Valentine early in the season but they’ll undoubtedly need more help as the season goes on if they want to sustain their current top-5 ranking. One of the keys to the Spartans could be the on-going health of sophomore point guard Lourawls ‘Tum Tum’ Nairn, who is battling a foot injury.

According to a report from Kyle Austin of, Nairn has been putting on a protective boot the last few months to help battle plantar fasciitis as the guard has been playing in practices and hasn’t had his minutes reduced in games.

The injury looked like it was hurting Nairn’s early-season play, but he’s been very good in two games at the Wooden Legacy in California this week, so it could be that he’s getting more used to playing through the pain of the injury.

If Nairn is healthy and capable of contributing, he’s a huge boost to Michigan State because he’s one of the fastest players in college basketball and an additional ball handler on the floor. Through six games so far this season, Nairn is averaging 5.3 points and 4.7 assists per game as he’s been one of the team’s best distributors.

Plantar fasciitis can be a tough injury to fight through, so we’ll have to see if this affects Nairn as the season goes along.