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Drexel’s Frantz Massenat sinks 50-foot buzzer-beater to defeat Hofstra (VIDEO)

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Drexel was picked to win the Colonial Athletic Association this season, but as a result of injuries and inconsistent play during the first two months of the year, the Dragons have been a bit of a disappointment.

How bad has it been? The team that won 18 straight games at the end of last season had yet to have a winning streak this season.

That all changed on Wednesday night thanks to Frantz Massenat, who hit a 50-foot heave at the buzzer to beat Hofstra, 55-52:

“They hit a tough shot from three to tie the game,” Massenat told NBCSports.com after the game. “I think they called timeout so we went into the huddle and just drew up the play. Right before I left, one of our coaches said ‘No matter what, go get the ball.’ So we go out on the court and I go get the ball and two guys come to double team me. … I noticed they backed up and I split the double team.”

And you let it fly?

“It was looking good the whole time,” Massenat said with a laugh.

Making the shot all the more special is that this was not only the first buzzer-beater that the junior point guard has hit in his life, it came in front of his friends and family. This was somewhat of a homecoming game for Massenat, as he is a native of New Jersey.

“My mom, my dad, my cousins and my aunt, a lot of friends from the area,” Massenat said of his extended guest list. “I was excited. I’m still excited. I keep watching it over and over.”

Massenat said that he hopes that this shot can reinvigorate his team and get them on a winning streak. They are now 3-3 in the CAA, and while they have a long way to go to catch league leader Northeastern, who is sitting at 7-0 after a double-overtime win against William & Mary, the Dragons are just a game in the loss column behind George Mason for second place in the league.

But all that can be worried about tomorrow.

Tonight is Frantz’s night.

“I always wanted to be on Sportscenter’s top ten plays,” he said. “Hopefully today will be my day.”

I think it will be.

Here’s another angle of the shot. Hofstra was claiming that he traveled. You be the judge:

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.

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