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O'no! No. Iowa's O'Rear to miss the rest of year

Posted on: February 3, 2011 2:23 pm
Posted by Matt Norlander

Northern Iowa just lost one of its starters.

College basketball just lost one of its best names and facially follicled characters.

Panthers head coach Ben Jacobsen, according to, told KBGG radio is Des Moines that senior Lucas O'Rear will sit out the rest of the season with a broken ankle.

"He's going to have surgery this afternoon," coach Ben Jacobson said this morning. "He's got a small fracture in one of the bones in his ankle and the recovery time is 2-3 months."

"He's extremely disappointed," Jacobson noted of O'Rear, also a minor league baseball player. "You know, any time you're in the middle of something - especially as special as we've got going, that kind of news is hard. He's obviously put everything he's got into the program over the last three years. So it's tough. That's extremely disappointing."

Before we go any further, let me state that O'Rear playing baseball just adds to his aura. Here's one of the truly under-appreciated characters in college basketball ... and he can toss the hide. O'Rear was drafted by the Reds last spring. Very cool.

Now, which ankle needs surgery remains unknown, but that's beside the point. He got hurt in last night's UNI game against Illinois State — a 53-51 win. UNI, which stumbled out of the gate to start the 2010-11 season (a 4-3 record on the heels of that Sweet 16 run last year, of course), had found its groove as of late, winning eight straight and climbing to within one game in the win and loss columns of Wichita State in the Missouri Valley.

The team is still very much in the hunt to fight for a bid to dance in six weeks, but this alters things just a bit.

O'Rear's love from fans stemmed more from his emotional play on the court, his name and his epic sideburns than this play. The Panthers senior averaged 6.9 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.

Per possession, he was the fifth-most valuable player for Jacobson. On a chemic level, O'Rear's value was at the top of the chart.
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Since: Dec 12, 2006
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:30 pm

O'no! No. Iowa's O'Rear to miss the rest of year

cthuggins you need to just get back under the rock you came under for that comment if you knew anything about this kid and his work ethic and losing him mom when he was very young you would be taking back everything you just said you punk. Hopefully Luke can can get health again to play for the reds. and he will be the only reason i root for the reds except win they play the cards.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:05 am

O'no! No. Iowa's O'Rear to miss the rest of year

that last post was aimed at you.

Since: Mar 30, 2007
Posted on: February 4, 2011 11:04 am

O'no! No. Iowa's O'Rear to miss the rest of year

considering the value of your post, that two minutes of distraction just reduced the amount of time the rest of us might have been subjected to more of your ignorance. have a nice day.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 4, 2011 2:28 am

O'no! No. Iowa's O'Rear to miss the rest of year

I hope that he will be healthy enough to pitch in the Reds farm system this year.

Since: Apr 6, 2007
Posted on: February 3, 2011 11:09 pm

O'no! No. Iowa's O'Rear to miss the rest of year

I'll never get that 2 minutes of my life back. Orear is garbage, end of discussion. This guy had more fouls then points in multiple games this season!

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