25 College Basketball Injuries Bettors Need to Know on Saturday
Todd Kirkland/Getty Images. Pictured: Isaac Okoro #23 and Samir Doughty #10
This Saturday is no different than most at this time of the year, as we have countless impactful injuries worth noting.
For today, I wanted to touch on 25 teams that could be impacted. Yes, 25!
Kansas at Baylor (-2)
MaCio Teague has missed the past few games for Baylor with a wrist injury and is a game-time decision today. The junior guard averages 14.4 points (second on the team) and 5.0 rebounds per game.
Tulane at UCF (-7.5)
Despite not having do-everything senior guard Dazon Ingram in its last game, UCF still managed to pull off a major upset in double overtime at Cincinnati. Ingram missed that contest with an illness and did practice late this week, so I think he plays. He averages 8.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.
It’s also worth noting that UCF backup guard Dre Fuller was recently lost for the year to injury.
Tennessee at Auburn (-6.5)
All eyes in warmups will be on the status of Auburn’s freshman phenom Isaac Okoro, who’s missed the past few games with a hamstring injury. The Tigers are just a much better team when the potential lottery pick is in the lineup. Okoro is averaging 13.1 points and just under five rebounds per game.
He did practice late in the week, so I’d guess he gives it a shot.
Houston at Memphis (+2.5)
Houston may be shorthanded at FedEx Forum today as sophomore guard Quentin Grimes is doubtful with a hip pointer. The Kansas transfer is the team’s second-leading scorer and much more important to the Cougars than the raw stats indicate.
With a week off after this game before a date with Cincinnati next Saturday, I’d imagine he sits this one out.
Arkansas at Missouri (-6.5)
Arkansas has been reeling of late but it could get the services of Isaiah Joe back today as the sophomore sharpshooter could return to action after undergoing knee surgery earlier this month. The Hogs’ second-leading scorer averages 16 points per game and did return to practice late this week.
Missouri has also dealt with injuries for most of the season and the Tigers will be without guard Mark Smith (10.9 ppg) today, while forward Jeremiah Tilmon (8.5 ppg) could suit up.