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Brandon Austin, Damyean Dotson suspended by Oregon

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Brandon Austin and Damyean Dotson is no longer with the Oregon basketball program, the school announced on Monday afternoon.

It had previously been reported that sophomore point guard Dominic Artis was transferring out of the program, and the school sent out a release stating that both players are “not currently participating in any team activities.”

Austin is a 6-foot-7 point guard from Philly that was ranked in the top 100 in the Class of 2013, according to Rivals. He spent his first semester at Providence before transferring out of the program at the semester break. The Wall Street Journal reported that he was under investigation for a sexual assault.

Dotson saw his production drop as a sophomore, to 9.4 points, after a promising freshman campaign, but he was a key contributor off the bench with his ability to defend.

If Dotson and Austin don’t return to the team, they will become the fourth and fifth transfers out of the program since the season ended. Ben Carter transferred to UNLV back in April and A.J. LaPray transferred to Pepperdine. Between graduation and players transferring, Oregon now has just four players on their roster that remain in good standing with the program, and only two — Joseph Young and Elgin Cook — were contributors last season.

Illinois’ injury woes continue as starting center needs knee surgery

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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.

NEW PODCAST: Recapping Feast Week

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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.

As always, you can subscribe to the podcast in iTunes right here. It’s the quickest way to get access on your cell phone or tablet.