Jordan Adams broke his right foot towards the end of UCLA’s 66-64 win in the Pac-12 semifinals over Arizona. After conflicting reports saying the severity of the injury was not unknown, UCLA confirmed that the freshman guard did in fact break his right foot.
This confirmation from the school comes courtesy of Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports The Dagger. He, along with Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com originally tweeted that Adams had broken his foot, but Eisenberg tweeted UCLA’s confirmation.
Larry Drew II, from Eisenberg’s Twitter feed was reportedly crying when hearing the news of Adams’ injury.
“I’m so proud of Jordan not just for the way he played tonight but for everything he’s done all season,” Drew told Eisenberg. I wish him a speedy recovery.”
According to Eisenberg, Ben Howland was informed by trainers after the press conference.
This is a devastating loss for UCLA, especially after beating Arizona for the third time in as many games. Adams starred in Saturday night’s win. The freshman had a game-high 24 points including a pair of crucial steals. His missed 3-pointer set up Kyle Anderson’s game-winning offensive rebound and putback. It wasn’t just that game, Adams has been a solid contributor, especially given he was one of the forget freshman in a class with Anderson and Shabazz Muhammad. Adams was second on the team in scoring with 15.0.
Goodman reported that, Adams injured it on the final play of the game, guarding Solomon Hill’s last shot. In replay, Adams, who bit on Hill’s pump fake, landed awkwardly on his right foot
At the most critical part of the season, when UCLA’s momentum is very high, this is a crashing blow to the Bruins.
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.
For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the NBCSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year.
On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.
Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.
Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.
In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.
As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.
(More to come from Chapel Hill…)
North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.
(H/T: The Cauldron)