Saint Mary's defensive standout Stephen Holt will be sidelined at least the next two weeks with a partial tear to his MCL and a bone bruise. The injury occurred during Wednesday night's loss to Loyola Marymount and leaves the Gaels severely shorthanded heading into Saturday's Bracket Buster showdown at Murray State.
Reached by phone Thursday night Holt confirmed to Comcast Sportsnet that he did not travel with the team for the game but that the injury will not require surgery. Additionally, doctors have informed him this type of injury normally takes six weeks to heal. Nonetheless, Holt remains hopeful that his season is not over.
He plans on rehabbing the injury as much as possible over the next two weeks and will be re-evaluated in advance of the WCC Tournament.
The guard played 16 minutes against LMU before he was involved in a collision chasing down a loose ball. He was seen with an air cast later in the game and left with the aid of crutches.
Holt leads both the Gaels and the WCC in steals this season with 49 through 27 games played. He is averaging 10.4 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 32.6 minutes per game in his sophomore season.
BERKELEY — Nevada coach Eric Musselman said Wednesday he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the coaching vacancy at California, committed to continuing to build the Wolf Pack program after the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007 in his second season.
Musselman's team captured the Mountain West Conference regular-season crown and tournament title, a program first. The Wolf Pack lost in the first round of the NCAAs to fifth-seeded Iowa State last week as a No. 12 seed to finish 28-7. While he originally signed a five-year contract through the 2019-20 season, Musselman is working to finalize a new five-year deal that would keep at the school for the long haul.
"My family and I are so excited about Nevada," he said in a text message to The Associated Press. "I love our players and the bond we have created as a team and on campus and in the community."
The 52-year-old Musselman interviewed in Berkeley for the Cal opening to replace Cuonzo Martin, who resigned from the Golden Bears last Wednesday and was named Missouri's new coach the same day. Martin was formally introduced Monday.
Cal is not announcing the names of anyone brought in to interview for the head coaching vacancy.
BERKELEY — California star Ivan Rabb will declare for the NBA draft, a move that has been expected since the season began.
The sophomore star announced his decision Wednesday through the school. He says, "After careful consideration and discussion with my family, I have decided to forego my remaining NCAA eligibility and enter the NBA draft."
While Rabb says the timing is right to turn his attention to a professional career, he plans to finish school eventually — a promise he made to himself and his mother.
The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward was Cal's second-leading scorer at 14.0 points and top rebounder averaging 10.5 boards for the Golden Bears, who lost to Cal State Bakersfield in the first round of the NIT last week without him. Rabb was listed out with a foot injury.
Former coach Cuonzo Martin resigned the next day to become Missouri's new coach.