College Basketball's All-Floor Burn Team

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College Basketball's All-Floor Burn Team
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NC State's Richard Howell hits the deck chasing a loose ball.

When there's a loose ball on the court, a player has a choice to make: Can he get to it first, without risking injury or...

Too late. One of these guys is already on the floor with the rock, trying to decide between passing to a teammate or calling timeout.

It's college basketball's All-Floor Burn Team. They're fearless, single-minded and, yes, oft-injured. The 10 players on the squad have missed more than two dozen games in their careers due to concussions, not to mention an uncountable number of scrapes and bruises.

They aren't the best players on their respective teams, just the heart and soul of them. And make no mistake about it: Unless you're willing to sacrifice as much as they are, make the trainer your best friend and spend more time in the ice tub than your dorm room—that loose ball is theirs.

Decision time: Are you willing to pay the same price to reach that ball?

Too late. They already have it.


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