cummings

Temple guard Will Cummings latest Owl to suffer an injury

Leave a comment

To say that Temple’s first season in the American Athletic Conference has been a tough one would be an understatement. Fran Dunphy’s team began the season with ten players, making it even more important for the Owls to avoid the injury bug. Unfortunately for Temple that hasn’t been the case, with multiple players having already missed games due to injury, and on Thursday night another key contributor went down.

Less than a minute into the Owls’ 82-75 loss to USF leading scorer Will Cummings hit the deck due to a hard screen set by Chris Perry, and while he was able to play much of the first half the junior guard left the game late in the first half and did not return according to Nick Menta of CSN Philly.

Cummings left the game due to concussion-like symptoms, and according to Dunphy it remains to be seen if he’ll be available for Saturday’s game against No. 24 Memphis.

Prior to the start of the second half, Temple announced Cummings has concussion-like symptoms.

“It’s concussion-like symptoms, so we’ll have to see tomorrow,” Dunphy said about a potential timetable for Cummings. “The way those things happen these days, there’s going to have to be a lot of baseline testing. And if he can perform on Saturday, we’ll see.”

Cummings’ injury left the Owls with just seven available players with forward Daniel Dingle out with a torn meniscus and fellow forward Mark Williams dealing with a sprained ankle. Already shorthanded, it’s safe to say that Temple isn’t in the best shape to take on a team with the depth and talent of Memphis with just one day to prepare.

Through 13 games Cummings is averaging 16.5 points and 4.0 assists per game, so if he were unable to go that would clearly be a significant loss for Temple. Quenton DeCosey, who scored 20 points against USF, is averaging 15.8 points per game after accounting for just under two points per contest as a freshman on last season’s senior-laden team. Already a key figure, DeCosey likely becomes even more important offensively if Cummings were forced to sit out on Saturday afternoon.

Now 0-3 in conference play and 5-8 overall, Temple can use all the help they can get on the injury front. Left with little room for error before the season even began, the Owls are in a tough spot entering a five-game stretch that consists of Memphis, two games against Cincinnati, Big 5 rival La Salle and UConn.

Auburn junior guard Kareem Canty to turn pro

Auburn guard Kareem Canty (1) screams in pain after being fouled during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won 75-70.  (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
AP Photo/Brynn Anderson
Leave a comment

Auburn junior point guard Kareem Canty, the team’s leader in both points and assists, has missed the Tigers’ last two games as a result of a suspension handed down by head coach Bruce Pearl for a violation of team rules. Thursday night Canty announced via Twitter that he will be turning pro, ending his Auburn career with less than one full season of play.

In 21 games this season Canty averaged 18.3 points and 5.3 assists per contest, shooting 40.1 percent from the field and 36.1 percent from three. Given Auburn’s lack of perimeter depth Canty had ample opportunities to score from the point guard position, but he struggled in the four games following standout performances in wins over Kentucky and Alabama.

Auburn’s lost six straight since beating the Crimson Tide, most recently falling 71-45 at Tennessee Tuesday night. Without Canty, Bruce Pearl called upon TJ Lang and Bryce Brown as the perimeter starters in that game with Patrick Keim and New Williams playing a combined 33 minutes off the bench. They’ll continue to see those minutes moving forward.

As for next season, Auburn brings in four-star point guard Jared Harper and currently injured point guard Tahj Shamsid-Deen will be available as well.

Canty began his college career at Marshall, playing the 2013-14 season for the Thundering Herd before deciding to transfer. Canty committed to Auburn in mid-April of 2014, only to change his mind in favor of USF before making the switch back to Auburn.

Canty’s name wasn’t showing up in early draft projections, and making this decision while in the midst of a suspension likely won’t help matters when it comes to getting selected.

BUBBLE BANTER: All of tonight’s bubbly action in one place

Connecticut head coach Kevin Ollie calls to his team during an NCAA college basketball game against Central Florida, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at the CFE Arena in Orlando, Fla. (Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
(Jacob Langston/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
Leave a comment

Tonight’s schedule. This post will be updated as the games are completed.

UConn (KenPom: 19, RPI: 46) at Temple (KenPom: 95, RPI: 69), 7:00 p.m.
Florida State (KenPom: 37, RPI: 38) at Syracuse (KenPom: 39, RPI: 44), 7:00 p.m.
VCU (KenPom: 32, RPI: 40) at UMass, 7:00 p.m.
Arkansas-Little Rock (KenPom: 41, RPI: 63) at Louisiana Monroe, 8:00 p.m.
Northern Kentucky at Valparaiso (KenPom: 22, RPI: 48), 8:00 p.m.
No. 4 Iowa at Indiana (KenPom: 24, RPI: 51), 9:00 p.m.
No. 11 Oregon at Cal (KenPom: 44, RPI: 32), 9:00 p.m.
Washington State at Colorado (KenPom: 56, RPI: 29), 11:00 p.m.
Gonzaga (KenPom: 33, RPI: 66) at Portland, 11:00 p.m.
Pepperdine at Saint Mary’s (KenPom: 26, RPI: 52), 11:00 p.m.
Oregon State (KenPom: 81, RPI: 31) at Stanford (KenPom: 104, RPI: 71), 11:00 p.m.