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Oklahoma State cruises past Robert Morris, but loses Michael Cobbins to injury

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Oklahoma State eased past Robert Morris with a 92-66 win on Monday night in Stillwater, but the No. 6 Cowboys have to be concerned about the status of starting center Michael Cobbins going forward.

The 6-foot-8 Cobbins left the game 3 1/2 minutes into the contest with an apparent Achilles tendon injury and never returned as head coach Travis Ford and the Cowboys hope for the best.

Ford told the Associated Press following the game that Cobbins would be examined by doctors on Tuesday.

“It doesn’t look good,” Ford said of the injury to Cobbins.

Losing Cobbins, who has started all 13 games while averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Cowboys, would be a huge loss for Oklahoma State because their frontcourt depth can’t withstand an injury to a starter with experience like Cobbins.

Despite losing Cobbins — and Marcus Smart going for a season-low seven points — the Cowboys prevailed easily on Monday thanks to 27 assists on 32 field goals.

The Cowboys will now rely on Kamari Murphy even more down low and other pieces in the frontcourt will need to step up to fill the void if Cobbins is out for any length of time.

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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