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Marshall Plumlee out 6-8 weeks with foot injury

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Duke’s post depth took a hit with a report that redshirt freshman forward Marshall Plumlee will be out 6-8 weeks with a stess fracture in his left foot, according to

The 6-8 Plumlee, who sat out last season because of the Blue Devils’ depth up front, was slated for major minutes this season behind other forwards, including older brother Mason, a senior.

Now, Duke will rely on the older Plumlee, as well as fellow senior Ryan Kelly to anchor the post game. Freshman Amile Jefferson will also get a boost in playing time, and so will redshirt freshman Alex Murphy.

Marshall Plumlee had shown promise averaging 7.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, playing in the Four Nations Cup this summer.

If the 6-to-8 week tag holds, this should bring him back sometime around the middle of December, in time for a three-game home stretch against Cornell, Elon and Santa Clara. Then again, if the rest of the four-man rotation at forward plays well, they could extend the recovery process until the Dukies get to ACC play, and then unleash the third Plumlee.

It’s unfortunate, but Duke has the depth to survive. Just have to feel bad for Marshall, who now has his debut halted again after a season of waiting.

David Harten is the editor of The Backboard Chronicles. You can follow him on Twitter at @David_Harten.

VIDEO: UNLV’s Derrick Jones with more ridiculous dunks

Kelly Kline
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UNLV freshman Derrick Jones is probably the best dunker in college basketball and he took flight a few times on Tuesday afternoon at the Maui Invitational.

The Runnin’ Rebels trailed host school Chaminade at the half before rallying for a win and Jones had a couple of highlight-reel plays in the win.

VIDEO: UMass Lowell game delayed by shattered backboard

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UMass Lowell’s game with Wheelock College was delayed for a little over an hour on Tuesday afternoon after a dunk attempt from Dontavius Smith broke the backboard.

The game resumed and UMass Lowell won 104-76. Here’s the video of Smith shattering the glass after he took flight. Smith finished the game with 14 points.