2013 NBA Draft

ACC, Pac-12 lead the way with seven draft picks apiece

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Once any draft is completed, more than a few people like to check out which conferences had the highest number of picks. In Thursday’s NBA Draft the ACC and Pac-12 shared the top spot, with each conference having seven players selected.

*Note – This does not count Glen Rice Jr., who played in the D-League last year after being dismissed from the Georgia Tech program late in the 2011-12 season. 

With its four first-round draft picks the ACC saw its streak of having at least one player selected in the first round move to 25 consecutive years. Maryland’s Alex Len, the 5th overall selection, led the way for the ACC with Duke (Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly) being the lone ACC team to see multiple players selected.

North Carolina now has an ACC-leading 45 draft picks with the Los Angeles Clippers’ selection of guard Reggie Bullock. The ACC was one of three conferences to have four players picked in the first round, with the Big East and Big Ten being the others.

As for the Pac-12, UCLA guard Shabazz Muhammad (14th overall, headed to Minnesota via trade) was the first of seven players selected on the night. Following the Pac-12 were the Big East (six selections), Big Ten (five), SEC (five), Big 12 (four) and Mountain West (four).

The Mountain West’s four selections are a record for the conference, and the league can also claim its second top overall draft pick (UNLV forward Anthony Bennett) since its inception in 1999. Utah’s Andrew Bogut (2005) was the first.

Outside of the conferences noted above, only the Patriot League (Lehigh’s C.J. McCollum and Bucknell’s Mike Muscala) could claim multiple draft picks this year. Before Thursday, the last Patriot League player to be selected was Colgate’s Adonal Foyle in 1997.

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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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