While the college basketball season continues to excite fans, a couple of programs will be missing key players down the stretch. Connecticut will be without their top scorer, while a Kansas senior is leaving the team for personal reasons. In addition, the NCAA is considering an instant replay rule for next month’s tournament. Here are the latest college basketball news and notes.
UConn’s Adams out 4-6 weeks
On Friday, the University of Connecticut announced that leading scorer Jalen Adams suffered an MCL sprain during the team’s loss to Temple. He is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.
Just six minutes into the game on Wednesday, Temple’s J.P. Moormann II fell on Adams’ leg during a scramble near the basket. He left the game immediately and had to be helped to the locker room by a teammate.
The senior guard is averaging 17 points per game this season. UConn will miss his production, as the Huskies are tied for 5th in the AAC with a 4-6 conference record (13-10 overall).
KU’s Vick takes leave of absence
The Kansas Jayhawks, who have been struggling as of late, will now try to right the ship without one of their veteran contributors. Senior guard Lagerald Vick has taken a leave of absence from the team due to personal matters.
“Lagerald has some personal matters that require his immediate attention, and he will be taking a leave of absence from our team,” coach Bill Self said.
“During this time, we will respect Lagerald’s privacy. There is no timetable for his return.”
Vick, like Kansas, has had ups and downs this season. He is averaging 14.1 points per games and four rebounds while shooting over 45% from 3-point range. However, in Kansas’ six losses, he is averaging 10 points on just 32.4% shooting from behind the arc. Furthermore, since scoring 29 points against Villanova on December 15th, he has reached the 15-point mark just twice.
Kansas was once the number one team in the nation, starting the season 10-0. Since then, they have gone 7-6, with four losses in their last six games. The Jayhawks are now tied for 4th in the Big 12.
NCAA to consider tournament buzzer-beater reviews
The NCAA announced on Friday that a committee will consider whether buzzer-beaters in the NCAA tournament should be reviewed. No final decision has been made yet.
“To correct our previous comments, an NCAA membership ad hoc committee examining sports wagering will work with appropriate standing membership committees, specifically playing rules, to direct review of all NCAA polices that might be impacted by the new gambling environment in regular season and postseason play, including reviews of last-second shots,” the NCAA said in their statement.
“This action is in keeping with our commitment to maintain the integrity of the games.”
The committee will also discuss if instant replay will be mandatory on last-second shots during the tournament, even if the shot does not impact the outcome of the game.
There are some phenomenal games on Saturday in college basketball. No. 19 Wisconsin is at No. 7 Michigan, No. 14 Villanova is at No. 10 Marquette, and No. 16 Louisville is at No. 22 Florida State. But the biggest game of the day is without a doubt No. 2 Duke at No. 3 Virginia.