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FORT WORTH, Texas — TCU point guard Jaylen Fisher had surgery Thursday to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee and will miss the rest of the season for the No. 24 Horned Frogs.
Fisher got hurt Tuesday, the second time in less than six months he injured a knee in practice. He had surgery after a meniscus tear in his left knee in early August.
The sophomore guard missed the team’s trip to Australia after the previous surgery, but was ready for the regular season. He averaged 12.1 points and was fifth in the Big 12 with 5.4 assists while playing the first 17 games. He had a career-high 22 points in an overtime loss Saturday at No. 4 Oklahoma, and he made 11 of 20 shots from 3-point range his last four games.
Fisher will need three to four months of recovery.
“I feel bad for him. We all feel bad for him,” coach Jamie Dixon said.
Even with his knee locked in a bent position and having to use crutches, Fisher attended TCU’s 96-73 home win over Iowa State on Wednesday night. He sat in a chair near the TCU bench.
That search for No. 1 seeds? It may take a while. We have some very good basketball teams. But, at least to this point, we’re absent that handful of elite teams we’ve seen in recent years. So if you’re writing teams on seed lines – including the top line – you might want to use a pencil.
Kansas is squarely back in the race after beating West Virginia in Morgantown. And keep eye on North Carolina, too. The Tar Heels are quietly putting together the type of profile that Selection Committee members traditionally like. They currently own the No. 1 overall SOS (strength of schedule) in the nation, and have six wins over “tourney” teams in today’s bracket update.
Here’s the latest:
UPDATED: January 19, 2018
FIRST FOUR PAIRINGS – Dayton (First Round)
- LSU vs. SMU | Midwest Region
- Texas AM vs. UCLA | West Region
- ROBERT MORRIS vs. NC A&T | East Region
- FLA GULF COAST vs. JACKSON ST | Midwest Region
|EAST – Boston||MIDWEST – Omaha|
|1) VILLANOVA||1) PURDUE|
|16) NC A&T / ROB MORRIS||16) FL GULF CST / JACKSON ST|
|8) Louisville||8) Miami-FL|
|9) Georgia||9) Providence|
|5) RHODE ISLAND||5) Arizona State|
|12) SOUTH DAKOTA ST||12) NEW MEXICO ST|
|4) Ohio State||4) CINCINNATI|
|13) BUFFALO||13) LOUISIANA|
|6) Tennessee||6) TCU|
|11) Notre Dame||11) LSU / SMU|
|3) Texas Tech||3) Clemson|
|14) VERMONT||14) WILLIAM & MARY|
|7) Michigan||7) Florida|
|10) Missouri||10) Butler|
|2) North Carolina||2) KANSAS|
|15) IONA||15) MONTANA|
|WEST – Los Angeles||SOUTH – Atlanta|
|1) Duke||1) VIRGINIA|
|16) PENNSYLVANIA||16) BUCKNELL|
|8) Texas||8) SAINT MARY’S|
|9) Arkansas||9) Marquette|
|5) Seton Hall||5) Michigan State|
|12) Texas AM / UCLA||12) MISSOURI STATE|
|4) Wichita State||4) AUBURN|
|13) BELMONT||13) E. TENNESSEE ST|
|6) Creighton||6) Gonzaga|
|11) WESTERN KENTUCKY||11) NC State|
|3) ARIZONA||3) Xavier|
|14) S.F. AUSTIN||14) WRIGHT STATE|
|7) NEVADA||7) Kentucky|
|10) Alabama||10) Florida State|
|2) Oklahoma||2) West Virginia|
|15) CS-FULLERTON||15) RADFORD|
NOTES on the BRACKET: Villanova is the No. 1 overall seed – followed by Purdue, Virginia, and Duke
Last Four Byes (at large): Florida State, Missouri, NC State, Notre Dame
Last Four IN (at large): LSU, Texas AM, SMU, UCLA
First Four OUT (at large): Washington, Houston, Baylor, Boise State
Next four teams OUT (at large): Syracuse, Maryland, USC, St. Bonaventure
Breakdown by Conference …
ACC (9): VIRGINIA, Duke, North Carolina, Clemson, Louisville, Florida State, Miami-FL, Notre Dame, NC State
SEC (9): AUBURN, Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, LSU, Texas AM
Big East (7): VILLANOVA, Xavier, Seton Hall, Creighton, Marquette, Providence, Butler
BIG 12 (6): KANSAS, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Texas Tech, TCU, Texas
Big 10 (4): PURDUE, Ohio State, Michigan State, Michigan
Pac 12 (3): ARIZONA, Arizona State, UCLA
American (3): CINCINNATI, Wichita State, SMU
West Coast (2): SAINT MARY’S, Gonzaga
Atlantic 10 (1): RHODE ISLAND
Mountain West (1): NEVADA
ONE BID LEAGUES: Missouri State (MVC), Iona (MAAC), Western Kentucky (C-USA), Louisiana (SBELT), Penn (IVY), Montana (BSKY), Wright State (HORIZON), S.F. Austin (SLND), East Tennessee State (STHN), UC-Fullerton (BWEST), Buffalo (MAC), Florida Gulf Coast (ASUN), Belmont (OVC), William & Mary (CAA), Radford (BSO), North Carolina A&T (MEAC), South Dakota State (SUM), New Mexico State (WAC), Vermont (AEAST), Bucknell (PAT), Robert Morris (NEC), Jackson State (SWAC)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State’s elimination from the Big Ten tournament by lowly Rutgers last March showed the depths to which Buckeyes basketball had fallen in a just few short seasons.
First-year coach Chris Holtmann showed his players video cuts of that debacle before Sunday’s game, the first against the Scarlet Knights since the tournament. Ohio State then went out and routed Rutgers 68-46 .
On Monday the Buckeyes cracked the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in nearly three years. On Wednesday night they beat Northwestern to improve to 7-0 in the Big Ten — matching the number of conference wins they had all of last season.
Ohio State, 16-4 overall, is tied for first place in the conference with No. 3 Purdue and has forced its way into the NCAA Tournament conversation. Holtmann is the first coach in 95 years to win his first seven Big Ten games.
Who would have thought?
The Buckeyes missed the tournament for the second straight season last year. The loss of three of the top four scorers, transfers and a thin recruiting class led to a gloomy forecast for 2017-18. Thad Matta , who oversaw the rebuilding of Ohio State basketball in his 13 seasons, was fired and Holtmann, who had success at Butler, was brought in.
Holtmann managed to pull some pieces together but Ohio State lacked depth, especially at point guard. The coach did his best in the preseason to keep expectations low for what looked like another lost season.
He’s still trying to temper expectations, but the Buckeyes haven’t yet taken the lumps that he or anybody else were sure would come.
“Any coach that, through a third of the season, went undefeated would have to say they’re surprised,” he said. “I just think fortunately our team in general has played well and our really good players have led the way with that, both at home and on the road.”
None of those players has been better than Keita Bates-Diop , who missed all of the Big Ten schedule last season with a left leg injury that required insertion of a steel rod in his shin. He didn’t play again after Jan. 5 and not much went right for the Buckeyes after that.
Averaging 19.8 points per game, the 6-foot-7 forward has earned Big Ten Player of the Week honors for the past two weeks in a row.
Jae’Sean Tate, last year’s leading scorer, again is a major contributor. Point guard C.J. Jackson is second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.3 points per game. Freshman Kaleb Wesson, 6-foot-9 and 270 pounds, is providing needed bulk inside while averaging 11.2 points per game. His brother Andre, a sophomore, missed all of the summer and the first few weeks of fall practice with an illness but is contributing again.
Center Micah Potter, slowed by ankle injury this season, stepped up with a season-high 13 points on Wednesday as Northwestern applied pressure on Bates-Diop and Tate.
And Andrew Dakich, a graduate transfer who was a bit player for three years at Michigan, has been a bulldog at guard. His career high 11 points against Maryland Jan. 11 included three 3-pointers at the end of the first half that helped propel the Buckeyes to a 91-69 blowout. He is 12 of 18 for the season from 3-point range.
Holtmann, with an emphasis on defense and proper response to adversity, continues to publicly promote the theme that his team can’t possibly keep scoring at this pace and having this kind of success.
Don’t tell his players, though.
“I think it’s been all about approach,” Tate said. “Our approach every day in practice, our approach pregame. We always say we were picked (to be) one of the last teams in the Big Ten. We’re going to continue to play with that chip on our shoulder.”
Thursday nights are slow in the college basketball world, but that doesn’t me we don’t have stuff to talk about.
Here are the three things you need to know about.
1. TIM MILES IS WELL ON HIS WAY TO SAVING HIS JOB
One of the most underdiscussed storylines of the college basketball season to date is that the coaches that entered the year on the hot seat are winning.
Clemson’s Brad Brownell might get back to the NCAA tournament. Bruce Pearl has made people at Auburn forget – briefly – about the internal investigation into the FBI allegations against the program. Even Jim Christian looks like he’s going to force BC to give him more time.
But Tim Miles might be the best example of this. After a flurry of transfers in the offseason and a change in athletic director, things looked pretty bleak for Miles. But he now has his Nebraska team sitting in a position where they are at least in the conversation for the bubble at beating No. 23 Michigan at home by 20 points.
The Huskers are not quite there yet. Monday’s game at No. 22 Ohio State is huge because it is the last ranked team on Nebraska’s schedule.
But that’s a ways off.
As of now, Nebraska fans can enjoy the fact that they’re 14-7 on the season and 5-3 in the Big Ten.
2. SAINT MARY’S WON THE MOST IMPORTANT GAME OF THEIR SEASON
Jock Landale went off for 26 points, 12 boards and three assists as Saint Mary’s extended their winning streak to 13 games and put themselves in a position where making a run at an NCAA tournament bid looks likely.
Our Travis Hines has a column up on this game here.
3. VIRGINIA CONTINUES TO LOOK LIKE THE BEST TEAM IN THE ACC
The Wahoos went into Atlanta and beat down Georgia Tech, 64-48, on Thursday night.
The most impressive thing about this season for Virginia isn’t that they are winning these games or that they are playing great defense or whatever. It’s that all of these wins they are collecting are impressive.
Georgia Tech never looked like they were really in this one, and the Yellow Jackets have been playing better of late and were at home. They beat N.C. State by 17. They handled North Carolina fairly easily. They embarrassed Virginia Tech on the road.
Virginia is really, really good, and the truth is that they are probably a year away from being their best selves.
Rob Dauster was joined on Friday by Jamion Christian, the head coach of Mount St. Mary’s, for an enlightening and honest discussion about college basketball and transfers. There is a push to get transfers to be allowed to be immediately eligible, a push that many believe will have drastic, negative effects on coaches like Jamion. The two talk for 30 minutes about the ramifications of changing the rules before Rob is joined by Reags from the Fundamentally Sound podcast to go over the what happened to Trae Young, what happened to Wichita State’s defense and the weekend’s biggest games.
OPEN: Jamion Christian interview
30:22: Trae Young’s offensive issues
44:50: Does Wichita State have the most pressing defensive worries?
52:45: Weekend preview and picks ATS
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