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Knee surgery to sideline Memphis forward David Pellom five weeks

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While the Memphis Tigers have a high amount of talent in their front court entering the 2013-14 season, Josh Pastner’s team isn’t the most experienced in the paint. One of the options at his disposal is senior forward David Pellom, who despite playing three seasons at George Washington has yet to play a game as a Memphis Tiger.

Unfortunately for both Pellom and the Tigers he’ll have to wait a little longer to make his debut, as he’s expected to sit out five weeks after undergoing an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. This is the second procedure Pellom’s had on the knee in 2013, with the first coming in March, and discomfort led to this most recent procedure.

“It was a simple and minor procedure, and we expect David back in no time,” Pastner said in the release.

Memphis doesn’t open its regular season until next Thursday when they host Austin Peay, but they will play an exhibition against Christian Brothers on Friday evening. Shaq Goodwin returns, and the Tigers also have talented newcomers Austin Nichols and Dominic Woodson at their disposal (freshman Nick King could also see time at the four in smaller lineups). But given how young Memphis is, Pellom is an important piece as the Tigers look to compete with Louisville and UConn atop the American Athletic Conference.

With the five-week prognosis Pellom will miss a game at Oklahoma State (November 19) and a possible Old Spice Classic semifinal matchup with LSU (should both teams win their respective openers). Will he be healthy enough to return to the floor when Memphis meets Florida in the Jimmy V Classic on December 17? That remains to be seen.

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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