Kansas basketball cruised to a 72-47 win over Wofford on Tuesday, but it didn’t come without a cost. The team lost star center Udoka Azubuike to an ankle injury.
It is being called a “severe sprain,” and after the game Bill Self said that the big man is likely out indefinitely.
Azubuike had four rebounds in four minutes, but was held scoreless before leaving the Wofford game. On the year, he is averaging 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in just over 20 minutes per game for the undefeated Jayhawks.
On his radio show, Bill Self gave a general timetable for Udoka Azubuike’s return.
He said that he won’t rush the center back, and that Kansas’ spread out December schedule works in his favor in terms of not missing too many important games.
From Self’s Hawk Talk radio show on Wednesday, via The Kansas City Star:
“He definitely won’t play this weekend (against New Mexico State, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sprint Center),” Townsend said. “Then I doubt if he’ll play the following weekend against Villanova (11 a.m., Dec. 15, Allen Fieldhouse). It just depends how he rehabs. The good news is it’s not broken. We’ll get him back hopefully quickly,” Townsend added.
KU has five nonconference games to play in the next 23 days. The Big 12 opener is against Oklahoma on Jan. 2 at Allen Fieldhouse.
“That’d be great if we can (get him back for start of Big 12 play),” Townsend said on Hawk Talk. “We won’t chance it. If he is not 100 percent, there’s no sense in bringing him back.
After the New Mexico State and Villanova games, Kansas has South Dakota on December 18, and No. 20 Arizona State on December 22.
After a final non-conference game against Eastern Michigan, KU opens Big 12 play against Oklahoma on January 2.