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New Mexico State forward Matej Buovac to transfer to Sacred Heart

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After playing an average of 7.7 minutes per game in 2013-14, New Mexico State sophomore forward Matej Buovac has decided to transfer to Sacred Heart. The news was announced by the New Mexico State basketball program Wednesday afternoon. In two seasons in Las Cruces the 6-foot-7 Buovac, a native of Zagreb, Croatia, averaged 1.8 points per game.

Before joining the New Mexico State program Buovac attended La Lumiere Prep in Indiana.

“I would like to thank Matej for his time spent at New Mexico State and his contributions to the men’s basketball program,” New Mexico State head coach Marvin Menzies said in the release.  “We wish him luck with his academic and athletic endeavors in the future.”

In Anthony Latina’s first season as head coach the Pioneers finished with an overall record of 5-26 and went 2-14 in NEC play. Sacred Heart loses two players with starting experience this year, as both Luis Montes and Mostafa Abdel-Latif are out of eligibility, and they’ll lose guards Evan Kelley and Steve Glowiak at the conclusion of the 2014-15 season.

Buovac, whose best offensive performance in 2013-14 came in a win over Northern New Mexico (18 points) will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules.

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.