Posted on: November 28, 2011 2:57 pm
Edited on: November 28, 2011 3:01 pm
By Jeff Goodman
First Tim Abromaitis and now Trevor Mbakwe.
We've lost a pair of the top forwards in the country to season-ending injuries in the past week - and in the process, potentially a couple of potential NCAA tournament teams.
Abromaitis went down with a season-ending knee injury in practice last Friday, putting Notre Dame's NCAA tourney hopes in serious jeopardy.
Mbakwe suffered a knee injury early in the second half against Dayton in the title game of the Old Spice Classic. An MRI on Monday confirmed that Mbakwe tore his ACL, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com.
The loss of Mbakwe likely makes Minnesota a team that won't be playing in the Big Dance this season.
The Gophers still have a terrific coach in Tubby Smith - and some decent pieces. However, Mbakwe averaged a double-double last season, is a relentless rebounder and a guy who finds a way to get things done with his athleticism and determination.
Now it'll be up to Ralph Sampson III, who has struggled thus far this season, to step up his play. Rodney Williams has been a tease and has underachieved thus far in his career. In order for the Gophers to be a tourney team, Sampson and Williams will need to produce. Consistently.
Big man Maurice Walker is slow to recover from his season-ending knee injury he sustained a year ago - and hasn't practiced yet. Colton Iverson transferred out of the program.
The backcourt of sophomore Austin Hollins and freshman Andre Hollins has been solid and Julian Welch has given the Gophers depth.
Just a week ago, these were two programs with realistic aspirations of getting to the NCAA tournament.
How quickly it can change.
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Posted on: November 27, 2011 10:33 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Minnesota star forward Trevor Mbakwe suffered what could potentially be a serious injury to his right knee against Dayton, according to a source close to the situation.
Minnesota spokesman Matt Slieter said that Mbakwe will have an MRI on Monday morning.
"It doesn't look good," the source said. "It could be a torn ACL."
The injury occurred early in the second half of the championship game of the Old Spice Classic when Mbakwe went up for a rebound.
The 6-foot-8 Mbakwe is one of the top rebounders in the country and is a potential All-American. He was averaging 14.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.
Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:39 pm
By Jeff Goodman
Posted on: January 11, 2011 12:36 am
Edited on: January 11, 2011 12:42 am
Posted by Matt Norlander
Minnesota's once-proud and promising season seems to be unraveling by the week.
Its best player, forward Trevor Mbakwe, was arrested Monday for violating the terms of a harassment restraining order, according to St. Paul Police and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
The offense, a misdemeanor, stemmed from Mbakwe’s alleged posting of a message onto a St. Paul woman’s Facebook page — in violation of a restraining order obtained earlier in Dakota County. The woman reported the violation about 3:30 p.m. Monday. Mbakwe was arrested in Minneapolis about 7 p.m., and at 10:15 p.m., he was awaiting booking into the Ramsey County jail, with his bail set at $500, a jail officer said.This news comes on the heels of Devoe Joseph choosing to abort Tubby Smith's program last week. Mo Walker is already done for the year due to an injury.
Mbakwe's alleged violation isn't physical in nature, but he's still crossing boundaries and breaking rules he knows he can't break. In this era, going to Facebook to send a message, however good- and ill-natured, can be just as affronting to a victim. To remind you, Mbakwe, a transfer from Marquette, was accused of a felony by way of an attack on a female in April of 2009, but the charges never saw court. He was forced to sit out all of last year because of the charges, and Mbakwe just finished putting in the mandatory 100 hours of community service as part of his deal to not have the case go to trial.
“We are aware of the charges that have been filed against Trevor. Until we know all of the facts surrounding the charges it would be premature for us to have any further comment,” Minnesota athletic director Joel Maturi said by way of a statement late tonight.
Mbakwe's bail was set for $500, and it's not yet known if he's been released. One of the most effective players in the Big Ten so far this season, Mbakwe's averaging 13.4 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
We'll have reaction from the school and Smith as it becomes available, but don't expect anything until Minnesota plays Purdue Thursday night.
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