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Michigan coach Bacari Alexander gives player updates via Twitter

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Michigan is coming off its best season since the Fab Five days on the early-to-mid 90s, and with that has come added criticism and praise.

Well Wolverine assistant coach Bacari Alexander, fresh off a Twitter hiatus, decided to pile on the praise on Monday, tweeting out progress reports to every player on the Michigan roster.

Here are a few gems that the serial-tweeting Alexander sent out.

It’s an interesting subject to learn that Horford is “on track to finish early”. One would assume that means his degree program (what else would it mean?). Horford averaged 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game last season. He missed seven games due to injury.

So long as he keeps that jumper, right?

Alexander also made sure to let fans know that the nucleus of the Michigan coaching staff doesn’t plan on going anywhere in the near future.

Alexander has been at the school since under coach John Beilein. He’s a Detroit native and a product of the famed Detroit Southwestern High School program. He played collegiately at Robert Morris and Detroit Mercy.

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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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