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Fantasy AnalysisAfter playing just six minutes in Wednesday's contest, the star player for the Pirates will return to the floor for Saturday's mammoth matchup against Xavier. The forward has improved his numbers each of the four years since he joined the Pirates, averaging 17.5 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game as a senior. Barring something unforeseen, he should resume his role as the go-to scoring threat for the Pirates on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisWiley's position in the starting lineup has been rather sporadic throughout the season, but he came off the bench in each of the four games before suffering a concussion against Iowa. Now clear of the issue, he should return to his role as a key contributor off the bench for the Terrapins.
Fantasy AnalysisPenava participated in practice Tuesday, a good sign that he would return to the floor for Thursday's matchup. That's indeed the case after missing two games because of it, and he should once again be a major factor for the Thundering Herd, averaging 16.7 points, 9.1 boards, 4.8 blocks, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game this season.
Fantasy AnalysisMcLean last dressed for the Dukes Jan. 5 against Hofstra and continues to battle an ankle ailment that he suffered in that contest. He reportedly checked into Saturday's game against Delaware for less than a minute and attempted a shot, but it appears as though his ankle is still giving him fits. His next opportunity to play arrives Saturday against Drexel, though there's no guarantee that will occur either.
Fantasy AnalysisParker was originally expected to take the floor Thursday, but it appears, at this point, to be a longshot after he was spotting in sweatpants during warmups. Assuming he's unavailable for Thursday's matchup, his next opportunity to play would arrive Saturday against Rider.
Fantasy AnalysisCoach Eric Musselman told reporters that Murray will not practice either of these next two days and cast some doubt on Murray playing at all Saturday. Considering Nevada's injury attrition elsewhere, losing Martin for any duration is a significant issue. Josh Hall figures to stick in the starting lineup Saturday if Martin is ultimately ruled out. There's also the possibility of Nevada holding Martin out Wednesday considering the week-long break on the schedule that follows, which would give Martin even more time to get healthy for the stretch run.
Fantasy AnalysisThe big man was held out of practice again Thursday, and while the evaluation Friday will likely be the determining factor for Gak's status heading into Florida's matchup against Kentucky, it doesn't seem likely he'll be ready in time. A heavier burden will be placed on Kevarrius Hayes and Keith Stone if Gak is ultimately unable to give it a go Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisPickens sat out a large portion of the early season with a foot injury. Since his return to the lineup, Stanford is 5-1. The senior is putting up 12.9 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in 29.3 minutes per game this season. Those numbers are shockingly identical to his previous two seasons. It's no doubt that Stanford is a different team with Pickens in the lineup. They will go for their sixth straight victory on Saturday when they host Arizona.
Fantasy AnalysisThe sophomore big man had been away from the team late last week but got back in the fold at practice Tuesday, so it appears he'll be back on the floor in some capacity Thursday. Tshimanga has started every game he's played in, averaging 5.1 rebounds over 15.2 minutes. There's a chance he comes off the bench against Michigan considering his leave from the team, but all signs point to Tshimanga playing in some capacity.
Fantasy AnalysisWhite had been a bit of a lull as of late with just 17 points over his last three games. He did two better on Wednesday night alone, mostly thanks to him getting to the line 14 times. It was the fourth time this season in which the 6-8 big man had gotten to the line at least 10 times. After 12 straight victories to start the season, the Sun Devils have lost four of their last six, as they are struggling mostly on the defensive end. White and the rest of his squad will try to rebound on Saturday night against California.
Fantasy AnalysisThiam had not scored in double digits since Dec. 22 entering Wednesday night. He was able to breakout and put up his second highest scoring output of the season, after a 19 point effort in the season opener. While Thiam is listed at 6-10, he doesn't play that big and needs to get stronger at just 190 pounds. For the season, he is averaging 8.0 Points and 4.3 rebounds in 28.3 minutes per game. The sophomore also shoots it at nearly 41 percent from downtown. The Scarlet Knights will take on Michigan on Sunday.
Fantasy AnalysisThe freshman was able to tie his career high in both rebounds and steals on Wednesday, in what was a strong all around performance. On the season Baker is averaging 11.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.3 steals in 32.1 minutes per contest. He is also shooting 40 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range. Baker and the rest of the Scarlet Knights will head into Ann Arbor on Sunday to try to take down Michigan.
Fantasy AnalysisThis was Cook's third double-double of the season, and second straight after last Thursday's 21 point, 13 rebound effort against Illinois. The 6-9 sophomore's 14.8 PPG lead the Hawkeyes, as does his 6.8 RPG. Cook is also shooting a career high from the field at 57 percent. Cook will look to lead Iowa in an upset bid against 18-2 Purdue on Saturday.
Fantasy AnalysisThis is a huge but not entirely unexpected loss for the Horned Frogs as it was reported Wednesday that Fisher was out indefinitely with an unspecified knee injury. Now it has been confirmed that the injury was a meniscus tear that'll put an end to his sophomore season. Fisher started 14 of 17 games, averaging 12.3 points and 5.4 assists. TCU managed to get by without him Wednesday, but the Horned Frogs will be in for a test with Kansas State and West Virginia looming. Alex Robinson and Desmond Bane will be TCU's primary backcourt pairing moving forward.
Fantasy AnalysisNixon was carried off the floor late in Wednesday's game against Air Force, making a potential extended absence an unsurprising fate. Official word on him may come across in the near future, confirming his status moving forward, but Nixon himself seems to suggest that it will be a while before he retakes the floor.