Today in the Morning Rumble, Isaiah Briscoe suffered an injury before the showdown against Louisville, John Calipari had to defend one of his players on Twitter and Northwestern has now lost it's second player to a major injury.
Isaiah Briscoe did not play a single minute against the Louisville Cardinals on Saturday afternoon after injuring his ankle during pre-game warm-ups, but the Jersey point guard is expected to be fine moving forward. X-rays on Briscoe's left ankle came back negative and he should be set to play at the beginning of SEC play on January 2nd.
Briscoe is averaging 11.5 points per game along with 5.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. The physical, athletic guard gives the Wildcats added toughness on the perimeter.
In other Kentucky news, head coach John Calipari had to take to Twitter on Sunday to defend his player, Skal Labissiere, after an NBA scout told SNY's Adam Zagoria the freshman is "a fraud." Calipari mentioned that personal attacks against these kids are not acceptable, especially with the adjustment that comes from taking the next step in their basketball careers.
Remember Karl Anthony-Towns got off to a very slow start last year as well so it's going to take time to gain the proper feel and experience at the college level.
Even with a blow out win over Loyola Maryland on Sunday, Northwestern's best opportunity in program history to make the NCAA Tournament took a major hit over the weekend. Senior center Alex Olah, who is averaging 12.8 points per game and 6.5 rebounds, has a stress fracture in his foot and will be out indefinitely for the 12-1 Wildcats.
The Wildcats will now be without Olah and Vic Law (torn labrum-out for the season) for an extended period of time, hurting their chances to earn quality wins in Big Ten play.
Vermont junior guard Dre Willis was suspended for eight games for reselling his school textbooks (yes, the NCAA has some interesting rules). The 6'1" Indianapolis native is averaging 6.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game so far this season for the 6-7 Catamounts.
Without Denzel Valentine, the Michigan State Spartans squeaked by Oakland this past week in a game that was played in front of a sold out crowd at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Bryn Forbes was the hero for Tom Izzo's team but it was one of Greg Kampe's players that stood out above them all. Kay Felder scored 37 points, dished out nine dimes and carried Oakland on a night that would have been awfully special if it ended with a W.
Felder has scored over 30 points in his last three games and currently is the second leading scorer in the country. The Horizon League is not just Valpo anymore: Watch out for Felder and the Golden Grizzlies in March.