Xavier’s Edmond Sumner has been one of the breakout stars of this young season, a redshirt freshman point guard that has played his way into the NBA Draft conversation.
But less than three minutes into No. 6 Xavier’s visit to No. 16 Villanova, Sumner was involved in a nasty collision at the rim.
He was on a breakaway when Villanova’s Kris Jenkins tried to block his layup attempt. Jenkins’ legs were taken out and the 6-foot-7, 240 pound forward appeared to landed directly on Sumner’s head, slamming it against the floor.
Sumner appeared to be knocked out cold on the court. We’re posting video of the collision, but we won’t be showing you him knocked out:
Sumner was taken off the floor on a stretcher after spending 10 minutes on the court. The broadcast did say that he had movement in his extremities before he was strapped to the backboard and that he was taken to a local hospital.
We will update this post as more information comes available.
(UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: A Xavier spokesman told NBCSports.com that Sumner is walking and talking, and head coach Chris Mack announced that Sumner has not only been released from the hospital, but that he will be allowed to travel back to Cincinnati with the team.)
We still may be in the middle of the 2015-16 season, but 2015 calendar year will come to a close on Thursday.
To remember the year that was, here is a quick look at the ten most unforgettable moments from the last 365 days.
[2015 REVIEW: Best Games]
Not all of these are happy moments, mind you. But these are what we will be talking about beyond this year.
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GAMES OF THE DAY: No. 6 Xavier at No. 16 Villanova, 12:00 p.m.
I think, at this point, the consensus seems to be that if anyone is going to be able to knock Villanova off of their perch atop the Big East this season, it’s going to be this Xavier team, which makes the first game of the Big East season for these two so intriguing. The issue for the Wildcats this season has been from beyond the arc: they aren’t shooting threes very well at all but they’re taking more than half of their field goal attempts from beyond the arc. There was a notable change in the in the win over Penn, where they stopped settling for so many threes, but will it translate to a game where they are actually going to be challenged?
As far as Xavier is concerned, there actually is a bit more than just pride on the line here. With Michigan State falling earlier this week, a win at Villanova might be enough to get the Musketeers into the top three, if not the top spot, in the rankings come Monday. I know that doesn’t mean much in the big picture, but you’re out of your mind if you don’t think it matters to the kids on that team … and to the suits in the Big East office. This league has been a bit of an afterthought since it split off from the American — it’s not mentioned as a member of the “Power 5” anymore — so you better believe it matters in the league offices whether or not they’ll have someone ranked No. 1.
No. 12 Providence at No. 9 Butler, 2:30 p.m.
I’m not sure there are two more surprising teams in the country this season than Butler and Providence, and it’s not just because they’re winning games. It’s how they’re winning them. Providence has just one loss on the season — against Michigan State — despite the fact that Kris Dunn has missed two and a half games already this season. And Butler has turned into a run-and-gun offensive powerhouse who can struggle on the defensive end of the floor.
That’s where I think Providence has the advantage here. If Butler has a weakness, it’s their ability to defend on the perimeter; penetrating guards can give them problems, and that’s precisely what Dunn is. It’s going to be interesting to see if they can game-plan a way to slow him down the same way Chris Holtmann game-planned a way to take away Purdue’s massive front line.
- Drake at Wichita State, 2:05 p.m.
- Creighton at St. John’s, 2:15 p.m.
- Wofford at Harvard, 2:30 p.m.
- Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 5:00 p.m.
- BYU at Saint Mary’s, 11:00 p.m.