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Knee injury sidelines New Mexico State forward Remi Barry

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A J.J. Avila layup with a second remaining on Saturday gave Colorado State a dramatic 85-83 victory over New Mexico State, and it turns out that the result may have come at an even greater cost for the Aggies. Junior reserve forward Remi Barry went down in the first half with a left knee injury, and on Tuesday he underwent an arthroscopic procedure. And according to the report, there’s still no word as to how long the Paris, France native will be out of the lineup.

“He had an MRI Monday and we got the results Tuesday that he has to have surgery to repair the injured knee,” NMSU head coach Marvin Menzies told Jason Groves of the Las Cruces Sun-News late Tuesday night. “We have to wait a couple weeks before he can have surgery so the swelling can go down. It’s not clear how long he could be out.”

Barry’s played just over 12 minutes per game for the Aggies, posting averages of 6.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per contest. His absence cuts the New Mexico State interior rotation to three players for their game against in-state rival New Mexico on Wednesday, with 7-foot-5 sophomore center Sim Bhullar (10.2 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.5 bpg), 6-foot-10 junior center Tshilidzi Nephawe (9.3, 7.1) and 6-foot-10 senior forward Renaldo Dixon (5.8, 5.3) being the options.

Barry may not have seen as much playing time as the other three, but the depth hit could be an issue with New Mexico featuring the productive tandem of center Alex Kirk and forward Cameron Bairstow in its front court.

New Mexico State was the overwhelming pick to win the WAC in October, with preseason Player of the Year Daniel Mullings and reigning WAC tournament MVP Sim Bhullar in the middle. That won’t change if Barry’s unable to return at some point this season, but issues such as foul trouble or another injury become greater concerns as a result.

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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