On Wednesday it was reported by Bryce Miller of the Des Moines Register that, acting on behalf of the Iowa Board of Regents, the state attorney general filed a motion requesting that the Iowa Supreme Court issue an immediate stay on the ruling of a Webster County judge that senior guard Bubu Palo be allowed to rejoin the program. Days after Iowa State AD Jamie Pollard argued that the school should be the entity that determines the status of its student-athletes the Board of Regents said the same in making its argument that Palo should not be a member of Fred Hoiberg’s program.
Friday morning it was reported by Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune that the request was denied, meaning that for the time being Palo remains a member of the basketball team.
As a result of the ruling Palo, who began practicing with the team on Monday, will be on the bench when the Cyclones host No. 22 Kansas State on Saturday. Whether or not he sees the floor depends on how much he’s been able to pick up in this week of preparation, not only from a scheme/scouting report standpoint but also in regards to his physical fitness.
Just as importantly, what’s the climate within a program that has lost three games in a row and now has a player that some high-ranking individuals do not want on the roster? When Palo’s reinstatement was first announced players offered positive words, but have they been able to stay above the fray so to speak?
The atmosphere at Hilton Coliseum on Saturday afternoon should be an interesting one to say the least.
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.
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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