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Big East injury updates: PC’s Holt gone for season, Butler’s McDemott sidelined

A pair of injuries to players who were critical for their teams coming into the season.

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In the Big East, two rough injury notes for other teams in the league.

1.

Sean McDermott, a redshirt freshman for Butler, will be out for 4--6 weeks. As the Indy Star points out, the Bulldogs are a poor three-point shooting team, and McDermott is the team’s best perimeter shooter; he has connected on 42% of his outside shots.

Butler is 5-2 on the season, and defeated Ohio State (and former coach Chris Holtmann) without McDermott. But his loss will be a blow.

St. John’s will not face Butler until mid-January - after McDermott is slated to return.

2.

In other injury news, the Providence Friars announced that Emmitt Holt, recovering from abdominal surgery, will miss the remainder of the season.

According to the Providence Journal, Holt, a solid starter at forward or center with inside-outside scoring ability, has taken a personal leave of absence from the university but plans to return to campus in January.

The Friars are 5-1 this season, and face St. John’s in both teams’ Big East opener - in Queens on December 28th.