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Gorgui Dieng out 4-6 weeks, surgery Tuesday


On Sunday evening, Louisville announced that the reason that star center Gorgui Dieng was held out of the showdown with Duke in the title game of the Battle 4 Atlantis was because the big fella had broken the scaphoid bone in his wrist.

On Monday, Louisville announced the extent of the damage: Dieng will have surgery on Tuesday to insert a screw into his wrist, and he’s expected to be out of action for 4-6 weeks.

The bad news? The injury takes some of the luster off of the Kentucky-Louisville matchup, which is happening on December 29th. If Dieng is actually healthy enough to suit up, there’s not way that he’s going to be back to 100% by then. The good news? That’s really the only game where Louisville will likely be pushed without Dieng. They don’t play UConn or Syracuse until mid-January, and based on the way Memphis looked in Atlantis, the Cardinals may not need Dieng in that one.


VIDEO: Arizona State’s Torian Graham dunks over teammate

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Arizona State fans won’t get a chance to see Torian Graham take the floor this season, but he did sky over fellow teammates (and transfer) Shannon Evans on Friday night at the team’s Maroon and Gold Madness. The 6-foot-4 Graham is a former Buffalo commit — Evans also came from Buffalo — and both players will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations.

Graham hasn’t had a chance to get into a Division I game, but he’ll be able to play for the Sun Devils next season. For now, fans can look forward to Graham’s athleticism on the wing in pregame dunk routines.

A former top-100 prospect, Graham also pulled off this ridiculous move in the dunk contest.


VIDEOS: Bill Self makes two skits, Bragg plays piano

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Kansas head coach Bill Self is known for being unique for the annual Late Night at the Phog and this season, he went with some parody videos centered around the recent DirecTV ads. In the two skits, Self plays himself — which acknowledges his many accolades — while playing alongside “short shorts Bill Self” and “graduate assistant Bill Self”.

Hard to say if these videos top Self showing up in a suit like Andrew Wiggins last year, but there do have good promotional value for the program and Self.

Kansas players also had their chance to shine, with both men’s and women’s teams doing dances. Perry Ellis and Jamari Traylor also attempted to lip sync to Michael Jackson. Freshman forward Carlton Bragg showed some solid ability on the piano, which got the crowd going. Bragg was also one of the strong points in a scrimmage.

Of course, the highlight of the night is Bill Self losing $10,000 on a halfcourt shot, but here’s everything else notable from Late Night at the Phog.