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Former Wake Forest forward Tyler Cavanaugh transfers to George Washington

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With the change in coaches at Wake Forest from Jeff Bzdelik to Danny Manning, 6-foot-9 forward Tyler Cavanaugh made the decision during the spring to transfer. Thursday evening Cavanaugh announced on his Twitter account that he will be transferring to George Washington to play for head coach Mike Lonergan.

Cavanaugh will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, leaving him two years to play beginning with the 2015-16 campaign. As a sophomore at Wake Forest the Dewitt, N.Y. native posted averages of 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, with both figures being improvements over the numbers he produced as a freshman (5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg).

Cavanaugh started 22 of the Demon Deacons’ 33 games in 2013-14, with his best offensive performance coming in Wake Forest’s 82-72 win over Duke on March 5. In that game Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds, making five of his nine shot attempts from the field and shooting 10-for-12 from the foul line.

On the season Cavanaugh reached double digits in 14 games, and his best rebounding efforts came in wins over Richmond (nine rebounds) and St. Bonaventure (eight). Cavanaugh is one of two transfers joining the George Washington program this offseason, with former Hamilton (Division III) guard Matt Hart being the other. During the transfer process Cavanaugh also visited Butler and Dayton.

In total the Colonials are adding seven new faces to the program, with guard Paul Jorgensen and forwards Matt Cimino and Yuta Watanabe leading the five-member freshman class.

George Washington, which won 24 games and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 last season, will need to account for the departures of guard Maurice Creek and forward Isaiah Armwood. However the Colonials return four of their top six scorers from that team, including guard Kethan Savage (12.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg) and forward Kevin Larsen (11.4, 6.9).

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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