Worldwide Wes

Worldwide Wes denied access to credential areas at NCAA tournament (PICTURE)

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William Wesley or better known as Worldwide Wes, is one of the more powerful people in the game of basketball. All of his connections weren’t enough to get him past the Lucas Oil Stadium security staff on Saturday night before the Oregon-Louisville game.

As reported by Dan Wolken of USA Today a picture of Wes (as seen below) was distributed to staff members and told to keep him out of credentialed areas.

“We were told not to let him in,” one female security guard called USA Today.

When a supervisor was asked she declined to comment. GQ profiled him as the most powerful man in basketball. Wes actively associates with high school and college prospects. Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com summed it up pretty well in his take on the odd scene in Indianapolis:

Wesley is banned from doing whatever it is he might do at the Midwest Regional but allowed to kick it with prospects at officially sanctioned summer events. NCAA, never change. You are hilarious.

Picture courtesy/@UoLSheriff50

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

POSTERIZED: Texas A&M-CC with an off-the-backboard dunk

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This is pretty nice from Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, who has made a habit out of getting themselves on the highlight reel.

Here’s another angle of the dunk:

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me: