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Georgetown forward Otto Porter leaves game after getting hit in the face

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Georgetown fans may be a bit nervous right now, as sophomore forward Otto Porter left the game in the first half after getting hit in the face by an errant elbow.

Porter would return for a short stint in the first half, only to leave the game and not return to the bench for the second half.

Porter, expected to lead the way for the Hoyas this season, played just six minutes in the first half and finished with zero points, one rebound and one assist in Georgetown’s 61-55 win over Duquesne.

In his postgame press conference, head coach John Thompson III stated that Porter was held out for precautionary reasons.

Freshman guard D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera led the way offensively with 19 points off the bench, and forwards Mickael Hopkins (eight points, 14 rebounds) and Greg Whittington (15 points) were productive as well.

But the Hoyas, playing just two days after their game against Florida was called at halftime, struggled when it came to taking care of the basketball as they finished with 17 turnovers.

And if Porter has to miss any game action as a result of the injury things get tougher for a team expected to go through some growing pains as a result of their overall youth.

Georgetown has no seniors and just two juniors, starter Nate Lubick (seven points, eight rebounds) and reserve Moses Ayegba, on their roster.

Ayegba, who sat out last season after tearing his ACL during a summer league game, grabbed two rebounds and dished out an assist during his three minutes on the floor.

Porter averaged 9.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game and shot 52.5% from the field last season, and with Jason Clark and Henry Sims gone is expected to lead the way for John Thompson III’s young squad.

Georgetown hosts Liberty on Wednesday night at the Verizon Center.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej. 

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.

Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.

Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.

The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.

John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.

For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.

Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.