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August 29, 2013    Rakeem Buckles News

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Buckles' waiver request to play in 2013-14 was denied by the NCAA, the AP reports.

Buckles was expected to lead coach Richard Pitino's press with the Golden Gophers. Minnesota will appeal the decision for the former Louisville Cardinal who followed Pitino to FIU.

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August 19, 2012

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Buckles has transferred to Florida International, according to the official FIU basketball site.

Buckles has spent the last three years with Louisville, but his Cardinal career has been plagued by injuries. He tore his ACL in January and will rehab until 2013-14 before he can play with the Panthers. If he can remain healthy, he could dominate Sun Belt competition. Buckles is familiar with the new FIU coach, Richard Pitino.

January 17, 2012

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Buckles (knee) suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Monday's game against Marquette and is out for the rest of this season and likely all of next season, the school's official site reports.

Buckles torn the ACL in his right knee last season and was just getting himself back into the lineup on a full time basis. Because he will have to recover from his second major knee surgery, even though it's the other knee, the timeframe will be much longer, which is why he is expected to miss all of next season as well. He is expected to apply for a medical waiver to play a fifth season for the Cardinals, but for fantasy purposes he's essentially done for now.

January 16, 2012

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Buckles left Monday's game against Marquette with a hyperextended knee, the Associated Press reports.

Buckles went down in the middle of the first half and did not return. He had only played one minute before the injury and he was able to grab a rebound before he went down. It's unclear how long he'll be out but it's possible Chane Behanan and Gorgui Dieng will have to play extended minutes if Buckles misses a few games.

January 8, 2012

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Buckles scored seven points and pulled in nine rebounds in Louisville's 2OT loss against Notre Dame on Saturday.

He was only 2-for-8 from the floor and 3-for-6 from the line.

December 24, 2011

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Buckles (groin) pulled a groin during Friday's game against Western Kentucky, reports.

It wasn't immediately clear if Buckles will be ready for the Cardinals' Big East opener against Georgetown on December 28. Buckles scored six points and grabbed one rebounds in 16 minutes before the groin pull.

December 8, 2011

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Buckles made his season-debut Wednesday night against IUPUI and had three points and four rebounds in 11 minutes.

Buckles intimated that the game action was much faster than practice and he will understandably take a few games to get through the rust of missing months of games. With increased playing time, Buckles has a chance for a few double-doubles this year.

December 7, 2011

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