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Marquette forward Steve Taylor undergoes surgery on right knee

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Marquette announced on Friday afternoon that freshman forward Steve Taylor Jr. underwent surgery on Wednesday to remove a benign growth from his right knee.

According to the program Taylor is expected to miss 3-4 months as a result of the procedure, which addresses an issue that has bothered Taylor for quite some time.

Taylor played in 35 games as a freshman for the Golden Eagles, averaging of 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 8.6 minutes per game. His most successful outing came in Marquette’s mid-December victory over Savannah State, a game in which he accounted for a career-high ten points to go along with six rebounds.

Taylor established a career-high with eight rebounds in a loss at Villanova on February 23, and on the season 36 of his 73 total rebounds were of the offensive variety.

Taylor played his high school basketball at Simeon HS in Chicago, and he’s expected to be released from the hospital Friday afternoon.

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

Ex-Duke guard, Marshall assistant Chris Duhon suspended after arrest

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Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended by the university after he was arrested on a charge of aggravateddrunken driving early Monday morning.

Duhon, who is currently in his second season at Marshall, was booked into the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch.

The athletic department released a statement saying that Duhon had been suspended later on Monday.

Duhon was a member of Duke’s 2001 National Title team. He played for the Blue Devils from 2000-2004 and spent nine years in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.

North Carolina’s Marcus Paige to play on Tuesday

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No. 9 North Carolina will be at full strength when they host No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday.

“He’ll play,” head coach Roy Williams said on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast. “Unless something weird happens today in practice. He practiced Friday and Saturday.”

Paige was an Preseason All-American, but he broke a broke a bone in his right — non-shooting — hand prior to the start of the season. Prior to the 2014-15 season, Paige was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year, but he had a disappointing year as he spent the majority of last season battling a variety of injuries, from plantar fasciitis to sprained ankles.

He missed the first six games of this season with the hand injury, including UNC’s loss at Northern Iowa last week.