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Udoka Azubuike Injury Update For Saturday's Game

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)

The Kansas Jayhawks will look to rebound from their first loss of the season, following an upset against Arizona State last weekend. Despite already having a favorable matchup with Eastern Michigan tomorrow, the No. 5 team in the country could add even more firepower to its lineup.

During the first week of December, Udoka Azubuike suffered an ankle sprain against Wofford. Although the Jayhawks have taken the cautious approach with their star center, it's possible that he'll return to the hardwood before reaching full strength.

When asked about Azubuike's status for this weekend, head coach Bill Self made it clear that his center wouldn't be at 100 percent if he played on Saturday.

From KUSports:

“He’s out there (practicing), but he’s probably 60 or 70 percent still,” Self said. “I don’t think he trusts it; I don’t think he’s quite ready to play in a game yet. Hopefully, he can play Saturday, but, if he does, I don’t think he’ll be 100 percent.”

Having Azubuike in the starting rotation will be crucial during conference play, as his size and ability to finish around the rim is an important asset for Kansas. He was averaging 12.9 points and 6.1 rebounds per game before his injury.

If the Jayhawks want to return to the Final Four, then keeping Azubuike out of action until he's completely healthy would be ideal. However, it's still possible that he's back on the hardwood tomorrow.

Kansas and Eastern Michigan are set to tip off at 2:00 p.m. from Allen Fieldhouse.