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Clemson freshman guard Patrick Rooks to miss season with a hip injury

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Clemson will have an uphill battle this season in the ACC with no seniors and a very young team and the Tigers were dealt a blow over the weekend as the team announced that freshman guard Patrick Rooks would miss the entire 2013-14 season with a hip injury.

According to a release from the team, the 6’2″, 185-pound Rooks injured the hip in preseason and will undergo season-ending surgery.

“This is an unfortunate situation for Patrick,” Clemson head coach Brad Brownell said in the release. “He is a three-point specialist who shot the ball very well in Italy. Fortunately for us, we do have great depth in the backcourt. It’s a unique injury, something I haven’t seen in 20 years of coaching. I know our doctors and athletic trainer will do everything in their power to get him healthy. We look forward to having Patrick ready to go next season.”

A lefty shooter, Rooks averaged 17 points per game in his senior season at Charlotte Christian School in Charlotte, North Carolina and was regarded as a three-star prospect according to Rivals.

As Brownell pointed out, Clemson does have some depth returning in the backcourt with junior starting point guard Rod Hall and sophomore Jordan Roper returning. Junior Demarcus Harrison also started last season and will be one of the team’s better perimeter defenders and sophomore Adonis Filer can play a bit of both guard spots off the bench.

This is Clemson’s first season without a senior on the roster since 1995-96 and with the ACC as loaded as ever, they will need a lot of contributions from young and inexperienced players to compete in the conference.

Rick Pitino: ‘We should be penalized … but not this team’

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One of the biggest storylines of Saturday’s college basketball schedule had everything to do with a team that no longer matters in the championship picture.

Less than 24 hours after being informed that the school would be imposing a postseason ban that will leave the Cardinals out of the ACC and NCAA tournaments, No. 19 Louisville tipped off against Boston College, and they did so without leading scorer Damion Lee, who is battling a knee issue.

How would the team respond to the decision — the despicable, shameful decision — that the university’s president made?

Well, it seems.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 19-2 lead in the first eight minutes and cruised to a 79-47 win over an overmatched Boston College team in the Yum! Center.

And head coach Rick Pitino, after the quote, said exactly what everyone is thinking.

“We should be penalized, no question about it,” he said. “But not this team. But the NCAA didn’t make that decision. We made that decision.”

He’s totally right. The school sacrificed the season — and the only shot that a pair of fifth-year seniors would get to play in the NCAA tournament — to protect the school, the brand and the bottom-line moving forward. Like I said earlier, it’s despicable.

But credit the Cardinals for responding.

Because they still have something on the line. They’re just a game out of first place in the ACC, and while an ACC regular season title isn’t a shot to play in the ACC or NCAA tournament, it’s still a banner that would probably mean more to Damion Lee and Trey Lewis than any league title has meant to a Louisville player before.

Oklahoma State without Jawun Evans, questionable moving forward

Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans (1) goes up for a shot between Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) and forward Perry Ellis (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Oklahoma State won 86-67. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Oklahoma State’s star point guard was not in the lineup on Saturday against No. 13 Iowa State.

Evans injured his shoulder in the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday and was ruled out of Saturday’s game.

According to the school, his official status moving forward is questionable. The Pokes are just 11-11 on the season and likely need to earn the Big 12’s at-large bid to get into the NCAA tournament. It makes sense to let him get healthy.

Evans was averaging 12.9 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 boards this season, but he had been arguably the best point guard in the Big 12 during league play, averaging 15.6 points and 5.6 assists.