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Kansas Basketball Announces New Injury Update For Udoka Azubuike

Udoka Azubuike and Lagerald Vick in their Kansas uniforms.

LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 02: Udoka Azubuike #35 and Lagerald Vick #2 of the Kansas Jayhawks walk onto the court after a timeout during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Allen Fieldhouse on January 2, 2018 in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Kansas star big man Udoka Azubuike will miss the remainder of the 2018-19 season after tearing a ligament in his right hand, the program announced tonight.

Azubuike was injured in practice on Friday and an MRI today revealed the full extent of his injury.

According to a release from Kansas, the injury is similar to one Azubuike suffered during his freshman season, except he tore the same ligament in his left hand.

He is set to have surgery in the near future.

This is a massive blow for KU. Azubuike was averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game in nine contests this season.

He already missed multiple games in December with an ankle injury before returning to the lineup against Eastern Michigan on December 29. Azubuike played in two games before hurting his hand Friday.

He missed Saturday's 77-60 loss to Iowa State.

Kansas is currently ranked fifth in the AP Poll, but the loss to the Cyclones will drop them when the new rankings come out tomorrow.