Seton Hall center Eugene Teague poised to return Saturday

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As was the case last season, the Seton Hall Pirates have been unable to avoid the injury bug for much of the 2013-14 season. Patrik Auda, Fuquan Edwin and Aaron Geramipoor all missed time due to injury, and the same went for senior center Eugene Teague after he suffered a terrifying fall in the Pirates’ win over Lafayette on December 27.

Averaging 10.8 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, Teague is a key figure in Kevin Willard’s attack with the Pirates lacking depth in the post. With Teague sidelined with a concussion the Pirates lost three of four games to open Big East play, with the lone victory being a double-overtime thriller at Providence in the conference opener for both.

The wait for Teague’s return may be coming to an end however, as according to Mike Vorkunov the Newark Star-Ledger the senior is expected to make his return to the lineup on Saturday when the Pirates visit Georgetown. However, even with the hurdle being cleared it will take Teague some time to get back in the condition that allowed him to play nearly 26 minutes per game before the injury.

There is still the physical nature of his comeback, though. He only began practicing this week and Willard said that Teague is as much as a week-and-a-half away from returning to his previous aerobic form.

Willard will monitor Teague’s minutes against Georgetown, unlikely to play him for more than three minutes at a time. Still, the coach expects there to be some moments where Teague will be affected by his endurance.

With Georgetown being shorthanded itself (eight scholarship players were available for their loss at Xavier on Wednesday), this could be an opportunity for the Pirates to turn things in the right direction after losing games to Creighton, Villanova and Marquette. In those defeats the Pirates averaged just 66.3 points per game, just over ten points off of their average for the season (78.6 ppg).

Now that Teague’s been cleared to return to the court Seton Hall has their best low-post scorer back in the fold, which should help players such as Auda, Edwin and guard Sterling Gibbs offensively as he gets back to game shape.

Florida Gulf Coast’s Demetris Morant out 3-4 months

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Florida Gulf Coast redshirt junior forward Demetris Morant is expected to miss the next 3-4 months after undergoing surgery last week to repair a stress fracture in his right shin, the school announced on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 4.5 points, 4.4 blocks and 1.3 blocks per game in 33 appearances (18 starts) for the Eagles during the 2014-15 season.

“This is obviously an unfortunate setback for Demetris, but it was a procedure that needed to be done,” Florida Gulf Coast head coach Dooley said in a statement. “We decided it would be best to have it completed now to hopefully get him back for A-Sun play. It’s an opportunity now for other guys to step up in his absence, and I have confidence they’ll get the job done.”

The Eagles have the top frontline in the Atlantic Sun, one that returns Marc-Eddy Norelia and Filip Cvjeticanin, a 3-point shooter who missed all of last season recovering from back surgery. VCU transfer Antravious Simmons becomes eligible in the second semester.

Florida Gulf Coast begins the 2015-16 season on Nov. 14 against Ohio.

Bill Self on Cheick Diallo: ‘It may be a couple of more weeks’

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Cheick Diallo is currently practicing with Kansas, but his eligibility still remains in question.

On Monday, Kansas head coach Bill Self appeared on “The Border Patrol” on WHB-AM 810 and was asked to update the status of his freshman big man.

“He’s been cleared to practice,” Self told hosts Steven St. John and Nate Bukaty. “(His status) is depending on what they find throughout from the information we submit to them whenever we get it all together.

“A lot of people think, ‘Well, why wouldn’t it all be together?’ Well there’s a lot of reasons why. It’s because they told us recently some things that they just wanted. Instead of just throwing it to them piece by piece, they requested we to just submit it all together, so it may be a couple of more weeks before we’re able to submit everything when you’re talking about getting information from schools in Mali and everything like that.

“But we hope in two weeks, maybe three weeks, before we have a definite answer. But right now, Cheick is like everybody else. He’s practicing.”

Diallo, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mali is allowed to practice with the Jayhawks, but has been waiting to be cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center despite enrolling in classes over the summer and earning six credits. Self anticipated this would be a long process, but has remained confident Diallo, the top-5 recruit in Class of 2015, will eventually be cleared to play this season.

For three years, Diallo attended Our Savior New American School in Centereach, New York, which is currently under NCAA review. In September, Pitt freshman Damon Wilson, Diallo’s teammate at OSNA, was cleared to play.

Kansas opens the season on Nov. 13 against Northern Colorado.