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Rapid heart rate episode sidelines Texas A&M forward Kourtney Roberson

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With leading scorer Elston Turner having graduated, Texas A&M junior forward Kourtney Roberson is one of the players who be asked to step up to account for the Aggies’ loss of their leading scorer from a season ago. The 6-foot-9 Roberson started 32 of Texas A&M’s 33 games in 2012-13, posting averages of 6.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Unfortunately for both Roberson and head coach Billy Kennedy the power forward will miss some time as A&M prepares for the upcoming season. On Thursday Roberson underwent a successful out-patient procedure, three days after experiencing a rapid heart rate during practice on Monday. While the school gave no timetable in regards to how long Roberson will be forced to sit, Texas A&M does expect Roberson to return to the floor this season.

“First and foremost, our concern is for Kourtney’s health and well-being” Kennedy said in the release. “We’ll make sure he gets all the support he needs and are hopeful that he will be back on the court for us very soon.”

Roberson’s absence is a tough blow for A&M, especially when considering how inexperienced the Aggies are inside. While Florida State transfer Antwan Space sits out the 2013-14 season per NCAA rules, the other options at Kennedy’s disposal are all freshmen. Center Dylan Johns and forwards Davonte Fitzgerald and Tavario Miller were all going to be needed this season, but the load they’ll have to carry could get even heavier if Roberson is out for an extended period of time.

But for all the chatter that can be had regarding the impact that Roberson’s absence can potentially have on Texas A&M, the most important thing is that the medical staff addressed this medical issue.

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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