The Most Impactful Injuries in College Basketball So Far This Season

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The Most Impactful Injuries in College Basketball So Far This Season
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Coaches like to say injuries are a part of basketball, but injuries can ruin a team's season.

Some injuries have a bigger impact than others, and the effect of a player's absence cannot be determined until the team plays a number of games without him. In a few cases, a team unexpectedly plays better after the loss of a key player.

Our rankings of the most impactful injuries were based on the degree to which the player's absence negatively affected the team's season. The length of time a player was sidelined and the status of the team influenced the injured player's position in our rankings.

We present a list of 12 injuries that seem to have had the biggest impact on college basketball this season. They are listed in ascending order of their impact, with the most impactful player injury presented last.  However, our first slide is dedicated to four player injuries that were expected to have a major negative impact on their teams but did not.

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