Partially torn MCL in left knee sidelines SMU forward Yanick Moreira

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Six days ago Larry Brown’s SMU Mustangs won their first game at the new Moody Coliseum, beating UConn 74-65 with Nic Moore accounting for 20 points and six assists to lead the way. Moore, a transfer from Illinois State, is just one of the impact newcomers on the roster, with another being junior college transfer Yanick Moreira.

The 6-foot-11 Moreira has started all 14 games this season for the Mustangs, posting averages of 9.1 points and 5.6 rebounds per game and shooting 56.3% from the field. Unfortunately for SMU they won’t have Moreira on Sunday afternoon when they visit No. 12 SMU, as it was reported by multiple outlets that he partially tore the MCL in his left knee during Thursday’s practice.

In an interview with Andy Katz of, Brown stated that the big man could miss anywhere from three to six weeks. With that being the case some reserves will have to raise their level of production alongside Villanova transfer Markus Kennedy, who’s currently averaging 10.4 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.

“Yanick won’t need surgery,” Brown said. “Now some guys who should have played more will have to step up. Cannen Cunningham and Ben Moore are two guys who will have to fill in.”

The Cunningham/Moore tandem is currently averaging a combined 10.5 points and 6.0 rebounds in just over 23 minutes of action per game. In Louisville the Mustangs will face a team that doesn’t lack for front court questions, with Chane Behanan’s dismissal hurting the Cardinals’ interior depth.

Sunday’s game represents another opportunity for SMU to make a statement, not only in regards to the future of the program but also the current and their chances of making a run at an NCAA tournament berth. And the Mustangs will need to do so without the help of one of the best front court players.

Henry Ellenson wins Marquette Madness dunk contest

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Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson won the Marquette Madness slam dunk contest on Friday night with a between the legs dunk.

The 6-foot-10 Ellenson, the top recruit in Steve Wojciechowski’s freshmen class, defeated sophomore Sandy Cohen, fellow freshman Sacar Anim and Wally Ellenson, his older brother.

Ellenson joins the Golden Eagles as the No. 11 overall recruit in the Class of 2015.

Bill Self signs $10,000 check for KU student


Late Night in the Phog is typically a night to remember for Kansas fans. For Kansas student Jerrod Martin Castro, Friday night’s event is one he won’t forget.

Castro, a sophomore, was selected as a contestant for a $10,000 giveaway. The only thing standing in the way of a big payday was a half-court shot. Brennan Bechard, the Kansas director of basketball operations, attempted the long-distance shot and hit nothing but net.

Kansas head coach Bill Self signed a $10,000 check on the spot.