Bracketology: Top Injuries to Watch

You can pull up the values of 668 players on the 68 tournament teams, but you need to know the 17 who are injured or have left the team before you make your bracket selections. The team most hurt is BYU, which just lost Kyle Collinsworth (in the top 10% of all players), while the tournament hopes of Michigan State, Kansas and Syracuse could respectively rest on if the top three injured players - Gary Harris, Joel Embiid and Trevor Cooney, - return.

Those three are all top-100 players (of 3500 players in the database). Spencer Dinwiddie (Colorado), Mitch McGary (Michigan) and Chane Behanan (Louisville) would have been top-100 players as well, and were lost earlier in the year. Harris' 5.04 rating means that based on a calculation of everything he does on the court, Michigan State would be five points worse with him out - so a 73-70 win would have likely been a 69-71 loss without him, and vice versa. Here is the list of all 17 players who played enough to get in the database, but are injured or at least questionable.

Rnk Missing Player Team Status Ht Yr Off Total
45 Gary Harris Michigan St. should return 6' 4" So 3.80 5.04
54 Joel Embiid Kansas could return 7' 0 Fr 2.24 4.84
74 Trevor Cooney Syracuse should return 6' 4" So 3.82 4.41
120 Spencer Dinwiddie (star until hurt) Colorado out w/ injury 6' 6" Jr 2.99 3.84
377 Kyle Collinsworth BYU out w/ injury 6' 6" So 1.91 2.13
467 Mitch McGary (star until hurt) Michigan out w/ injury 6' 10" So 0.73 1.82
613 Chane Behanan (star until dismissed) Louisville dismissed 6' 6" Jr 0.58 1.42
680 Durand Johnson Pittsburgh out w/ injury 6' 6" So 1.23 1.30
899 DaJuan Coleman Syracuse out w/ injury 6' 9" So 0.37 0.91
1062 Aaron Bright Stanford out w/ injury 5' 11" Sr 0.29 0.70
1266 Stevie Clark Oklahoma St. dismissed 5' 11" Fr 0.42 0.50
1395 Isaiah Zierden Creighton out w/ injury 6' 2" Fr 0.81 0.40
1520 Indiana Faithfull Wofford left team 6' 4" Jr 0.00 0.33
1638 Deverell Biggs Nebraska dismissed 6' 0 Jr 0.00 0.27
1882 Stevie Repichowski Tulsa could return 6' 5" Fr 0.32 0.16
2319 Robert Hubbs Tennessee out w/ injury 6' 6" Fr 0.00 0.00
  Patrick Swilling Tulsa out w/ injury 6' 3" Sr 0.00 0.00

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