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Udoka Azubuike Health Update From Wednesday's Practice

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 basketball has been without star center Udoka Azubuike since early December.

The standout big man has been dealing with a lingering sprained ankle issue.

Combined with the uncertainty surrounding sophomore Silvio De Sousa, the Jayhawks have been forced to go small for a stretch. Kansas' frontcourt depth behind star forward Dedric Lawson is an issue.

KU is coming off of its first loss of the season.

Lawson shined against Arizona State, scoring 30 points, but Bill Self's squad dropped that last big non-conference test on the road, 80-76.

The team returned from a brief Christmas break yesterday and returned to practice ahead of a last non-conference test before Big 12 play, against Eastern Michigan out of the MAC.

Udoka Azubuike was back at Kansas basketball practice on Wednesday, but was limited.

From The Wichita Eagle:

Kansas’ basketball players all made it back to Lawrence from holiday break and practiced on Wednesday, KU coach Bill Self confirmed on Wednesday night.

Self, KU’s 16th-year coach, said junior center Udoka Azubuike, who has missed the past four games because of a sprained ankle, practiced on a limited basis Wednesday.

In seven games, Azubuike is averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game in just over 20 minutes per contest.

The EMU game will tip-off at 2 p.m. ET from Allen Fieldhouse. The Jayhawks open Big 12 play on January 2 against Oklahoma.

[The Wichita Eagle]