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Temple forward Daniel Dingle receives medical redshirt

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After playing in the first ten games of the 2013-14 season, Temple sophomore forward Daniel Dingle was forced to miss the remainder of the year due to a torn meniscus. Losing Dingle hurt Fran Dunphy’s Owls from a depth standpoint, and Temple’s lack of bodies was a major factor in their winning just nine games overall and four in the American Athletic Conference.

As they look towards the 2014-15 season Temple received some good news regarding Dingle, as it was announced that his request for a medical hardship waiver was approved. This means Dingle will have three years of eligibility remaining as opposed to the two he would have if the appeal were denied.

Generally in these cases the player can play in no more than 30% of his team’s games in order to receive the waiver, but Dingle’s was approved despite sitting just above that mark (32.3%).

“I had some hopes,” Dingle added. “I talked to a lot of compliance [officials] trying to figure out if it was possible. At first, I had a little bit of doubt.”

Still, there are gray areas surrounding in-season and postseason tournaments, which evidently helped Dingle’s case.

“You always apply, and you never know,” Dunphy said. “They talked about the fact we had played the extra game in the [conference] tournament. Got him over the hump.”

According to Nick Menta of CSN Philly, Dingle is still rehabbing the injury but is expected to return to basketball activities at some point in May. The return of the 6-foot-7 Dingle is an important one for Temple, which lost forward Anthony Lee (he’ll graduate and transfer to another Division I school) at the conclusion of this season.

Next season, in addition to Dingle, Temple will have three other front court returnees in forwards Jimmy McDonnell and Mark Williams and center Devontae Watson. Also of note are the addition of two pieces in the form of Texas transfer Jaylen Bond and incoming freshman Obi Enechionyia.

UNLV’s Stephen Zimmerman out with a knee injury

UNLV forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. shoots against San Diego State during an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
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The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.

The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.

They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.

That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.

So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.

Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me:

VIDEO: Buddy Hield is ‘all money’ on game-winning three vs. No. 24 Texas

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield (24) takes a shot over Oklahoma State forward Chris Oliver during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Brody Schmidt)
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With a little more than three minutes left on Monday night, No. 24 Texas held a 57-51 lead on No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman as Jordan Woodard struggled again and Buddy Hield failed to find the rhythm that he had throughout the first three months of the season.

At that point in the game, Hield was 4-for-14 from the floor with 15 points and four turnovers. He had just missed a pair of wide-open threes

“I couldn’t make a shot,” Hield said after the game. But that changed down the stretch. First, Hield finally got a three to drop. On the next possession, he got all the way to the rim and scored. On the following two possessions, he was fouled on a drive to the rim and hit four free throws. And after missing a pull-up jumper, Hield did this:

“I told coach I wanted the ball,” Hield said, “I saw Lammert coming to bite, so I pulled up.”

“It’s all money.”

Hield is already the favorite to win National Player of the Year, and this performance is only going to help his cause further. Think about it like this: Buddy was not good on Monday night, at least according to his (admittedly lofty) standards. But he still finished with 27 points and shook off a cold shooting night just in time to take over down the stretch.

Now think about this: Hield’s head coach has enough confidence in him to hand him the keys in the final minutes despite the fact that he’s struggling and on a team that has two other players that Lon Kruger trusts on game-winning possessions. Think about it. When Oklahoma beat West Virginia at the buzzer, it was Jordan Woodard that the play was drawn up for. When they beat LSU, it was Isaiah Cousins that got the rock on the final possession while Hield was used as a decoy. .

Want to talk about coaching luxuries?

Kruger has three guards that can shoot, penetrate and score, and penetrate and kick, and one of them is the National Player of the Year that doesn’t mind being used as a decoy.