Seton Hall forward Patrik Auda goes down with a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot

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With averages of 7.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, Seton Hall junior forward Patrik Auda was off to a solid start in 2012-13. Sadly for Auda and Pirate fans he may be done for the season.

Auda went down early in the second half of Seton Hall’s 76-49 win over Maine on Wednesday night with a broken fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Whether or not surgery is needed, it is feared that Auda has played his final game of the season.

“He probably broke that more than likely,” Willard said. “We don’t know that for sure — we’ll have to wait for tomorrow and the x-ray, but Dr. Anthony Festa is as good as it gets and he’s our team doctor. When he says that’s probably what is is, he’s been correct 100 percent of the time.”

Willard said that depending on the severity of the break, Auda may require surgery, but there is a possibility that it may be able to heal on its own.

“It doesn’t look good either way,” the Pirates head coach said.

The loss of Auda is a significant blow to Seton Hall’s front court rotation, as he and Gene Teague (12.0 ppg, 8.4 rpg) have been their most productive options alongside junior wing Fuquan Edwin.

Brandon Mobley, although averaging just 4.3 points per game, is also grabbing more than six rebounds per contest and would be the most likely option to grab a sold chunk of the 25 minutes per game that Auda played.

After that Willard can do one of two things: ask for more production from Aaron Geramipoor, who is averaging just 8.6 minutes per game, or go small with Edwin at the four and another wing (Brian Oliver to name one) or guard playing the three.

Regardless of what Seton Hall does to account for the loss of Auda they’ll miss him, especially when it comes time to face some of the deeper front courts in the Big East.

Photo credit: Seton Hall University

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

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.