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Wednesday Powerlinks: McGary Eyeing Return

Michigan's Mitch McGary suffered a minor back injury recently and there's now some speculation it could linger into the season. Also, we take a look at the Big Ten's best dunkers.

Andy Lyons

It seems like with the season around the corner there's been quite a bit of additional college basketball coverage recently, which is certainly welcomed here. The biggest news so far is some speculation about Michigan's center Mitch McGary and the possibility of his injury issues dragging on into the season, which could prove troublesome for the Wolverines. Also, Bleacher Report lists the conference's best dunkers, Minnesota sets their first scrimmage and Purdue decides to have another Jimmy Buffet themed night this season for some reason...

Mitch McGary looks to return from back injury

Michigan standout and future NBA draft pick Mitch McGary has been out since the beginning of practice for the Wolverines with a lower back issue and is hoping to make a comeback sometime in the near future. Coach John Beilein believes the sophomore should be ready to go by mid-October but isn't currently rushing the big man back to practice. So far McGary has mainly stuck to shooting around at practice and is hoping to make his return soon. Unfortunately their is some speculation from an apparent source (that talked to ESPN) that his injury could linger into the season. McGary emerged late last season and flirted with the possibility of entering the draft before deciding to return to Ann Arbor for his sophomore season. McGary will be a key player if the Wolverines want to be successful, especially after the graduation of offensive star Trey Burke.

Big Ten Basketball: Top 10 Dunkers with Video Highlights

Bleacher Report has posted a list detailing their top ten dunkers from the Big Ten. The list goes as expected, though I'm not sure I'd put Glenn Robinson III all the way down at third when you consider some of his dunks like this little gem:

So with that being said, what was your guys favorite dunks/dunkers from the Big Ten last season? Unfortunately the Boilermakers didn't have Kelsey Barlow because I'm still not sure anything of late beats his posterization of Jared Sullinger from the 2011-12 season...well besides this dunk out of the Big West by Gerard Anderson.

Gophers to host Raise the Barn scrimmage

The Minnesota Gophers will offer the public it's first look at the program on the 18th when they host their Raise the Barn event, which will include a full team scrimmage. The split rosters haven't been announced yet but it'll allow Gopher fans to get their first glimpse of the team in a game format. Minnesota will kick off their season in about a month on November 8th versus Lehigh and will host Cardinal-Stritch and Concordia-St.Paul in scrimmages the week prior. The Gophers are looking to bounce back with new coach Richard Pitino after several recent up and down seasons with Tubby Smith.

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