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Saturday, January 5, 2019

KU center Udoka Azubuike out against Iowa State with wrist injury

Kansas' Udoka Azubuike (35) gets past Eastern Michigan's Jalen King (30) to dunk the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Lawrence, Kan.

Kansas' Udoka Azubuike (35) gets past Eastern Michigan's Jalen King (30) to dunk the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Lawrence, Kan.

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No. 5 Kansas will be without its biggest mismatch in its first Big 12 road game.

Over an hour before the start of KU’s road tilt with Iowa State, head coach Bill Self announced that center Udoka Azubuike would not be available Saturday afternoon due to a wrist injury he sustained in practice.

“Udoka Azubuike is out,” Self said in a statement release via the KU basketball twitter account. “He got his wrist hit yesterday at practice and it’s precautionary, but he’s in quite a bit of discomfort and pain today and he said he couldn’t go, which is fine because the x-rays were negative and the doctor obviously think he’s going to be OK.”

Azubuike, who missed most of December with an ankle injury, had recently made his return to action. He played in the nonconference finale and the Big 12 opener. This season, Azubuike is averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game.

“We will get an MRI on him tomorrow,” Self said. “Based on what we dealt with two years ago — what he dealt with — I can understand the apprehension in his mind even though we don’t think they’re remotely related and it’s a different hand, but we’re going to sit him today.”

Comments

Bryce Landon 1 year, 4 months ago

Good Lord, this guy has a harder time staying healthy than Derrick Rose when he was with the Chicago Bulls!

Bee Bee 1 year, 4 months ago

Doke = soft. D Lawson in Witness Protection, first half.

Michael Sillman 1 year, 4 months ago

Self needs to take some risk and give McCormack more minutes to develop him for later in the season. The game won’t slow down for him by watching from the bench. Clearly the injury gods are hovering over Azubuike and DeSousa appears to be gone for at least this season.

James Donnell 1 year, 4 months ago

Though a force that he is when actually in the game, this guy is a land mine of problems—recurrent injuries, foul problems, and on going FT woes. All factors that have limited his time off the floor. And then there is his conditioning issue—I really think there is something physically wrong. Even under the best circumstances he appears to be gasping for air much of the time. Bottom line is it is hard to get the team to gel if we don’t even know who will be playing.

James Donnell 1 year, 4 months ago

Though a force that he is when actually in the game, this guy is a land mine of problems—recurrent injuries, foul problems, and on going FT woes. All factors that have limited his time on the floor. And then there is his conditioning issue—I really think there is something physically wrong. Even under the best circumstances he appears to be gasping for air much of the time. Bottom line is it is hard to get the team to gel if we don’t even know who will be playing.

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