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Andre Cornelius and Luke Hancock got banged up in practice yesterday

George Mason Basketball: Andre Cornelius and Luke Hancock got banged up in practice yesterday

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Andre Cornelius and Luke Hancock got banged up in practice yesterday

There are two media outlets reporting today that Andre Cornelius and Luke Hancock left practice early yesterday with ankle injuries.  The Washington Times tells us it was due to new shoes sent to Mason by Nike and the Washington Post goes as far as telling us Hancock was wheeled off the court on a rolling office chair. The local media is probably blowing this out of proportion and the coaching staff is most likely just being cautious about their two starters but this still isn't news Mason fans will take lightly.  

Nevertheless Coach Larranaga didn't put Mason fans on ease today when he was asked about it during an interview on 106.7 The Fan this morning with the Junkies. You can listen here:

He dodged the question and it shouldn't be surprising as you don't want to show your cards to an opposing team before the start of an NCAA tournament game where any info can be an advantage. Even if the injuries to the two prevent some minutes you have to remember that guard is where the Patriots are the deepest. Injuries to guys like Ryan Pearson and Mike Morrison would disrupt the teams flow a lot more but this could still be significant.  

You can watch a video from ESPN's "All-Access with George Mason" that includes some interviews and footage from yesterday's practice below. The team leaves for Cleveland today. 

What's funny is in the video is that Mike Morrison asks Luke Hancock how he likes his new Nikes. Bet he had a different answer after practice.

Also from ESPN you can vote for Rashad Whack in their "Coolest name in the NCAA tournament" bracket.

Don't forget you can still join the Bracket Challenge: (password is mason)

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Anonymous EShine said...

Two words - "Tony Skinn"

10:24 AM  
Anonymous ChemistCorner1 said...

Thanks Nike - you piece of crap organization! Give the new shoes to the Ducks and leave the rest of us alone.

1:28 PM  
Anonymous Mason guy said...

Relax guys, if you listen carefully to the junkies interview Coach L's first response to the question was to joke and then he said "we're in good shape, everybody's in good spirits". Personally I love Nike for hoops. ASics for running tho. Coach L knows his basketball, wow.

1:56 PM  
Anonymous aSchi said...

I like your post with the top 50 plays of the decade. I anticipate we will see similar plays on Friday despite the Nikes.

2:59 PM  

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