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Report: Oregon’s Damyean Dotson suspended after forcible rape investigation; Dominic Artis, Brandon Austin also named in report, suspended

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Oregon announced Monday morning that sophomore guards Damyean Dotson and Dominic Artis and freshman forward Brandon Austin were “not currently participating in any team activities,” and on Monday night a police report from the Eugene Police Department revealed that Dotson was investigated for an alleged forcible rape that occurred in March. The report was first shared by Andrew Grief of the The Oregonian.

Artis and Austin were also named in the police report, but the Lane County District Attorney’s office decided not to prosecute the case due to a lack of evidence. The district attorney’s office did not investigate charges against Artis and Austin and it is unknown what Dotson was being potentially charged with.

Only Dotson was listed as a suspect by the district attorney’s office when it wrote on April 14 that insufficient evidence had helped stop the office from pursuing prosecution. The office did say, “While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”

The forcible rape incident allegedly occurred sometime in the evening hours between Saturday, March 8th and Sunday, March 9th and the alleged incident was reported to police on March 13th.

You can read the Eugene Police Department report provided by The Oregonian here. (WARNING: Graphic)

Artis and Dotson played in the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas on March 12th and 13th and the Ducks were eliminated on the 13th in an 82-63 loss to eventual tournament champion UCLA.

The duo also played in the NCAA Tournament the next week when they helped No. 7 seed Oregon knock off BYU in the Round of 64 on March 20th before falling to Wisconsin in the Round of 32 on March 22nd at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

Austin didn’t play a game this season after transferring to Oregon from Providence mid-season. Austin — along with former Providence teammate Rodney Bullock — was suspended indefinitely during the season for breaking Providence’s Code of Conduct and a Wall Street Journal report in March linked Austin and Bullock to a sexual assault investigation.

Dotson was also arrested on February 22nd for using a fake ID to enter a campus bar. The sophomore guard was suspended for a game and the case was closed on April 11th as Dotson received deferred prosecution and was given a $300 fine and told to attend a class for eight hours.

These allegations are obviously disturbing and even though Artis, Austin and Dotson won’t receive any sort of prosecution, this certainly doesn’t look good for Oregon’s basketball program.

The Ducks have already lost a number of players to graduation and transfer this off-season and with Artis, Austin and Dotson suspended only senior guard Joseph Young, sophomore forward Elgin Cook and junior guard Jalil Abdul-Bassit remain as scholarship players in positive standing on the team.

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.

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