NCAA Men's Basketball News: Kansas Jayhawks Win Over UNLV; Udoka Azubuike Out For The Season

By Alex Ramsey, Posted: 12/23/16 02:49AM EST
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The Kansas Jayhawks triumph against UNLV Rebels without freshman Udoka Azubuike who has been out of the season after needing a surgery on his wrist.(Photo : Kansas Jayhawks/YouTube)

The Kansas Jayhawks got the victory over UNLV without their freshman center Udoka Azubuike who was ruled out for the rest of the season due to a left wrist injury.

According to CBS Sports, Azubuike injured his wrist in practice as the Jayhawks were preparing for their road game against the UNLV Rebels on Thursday. Jayhawks Head Coach Bill Self said that the 7-foot Udoka tore ligaments in his left wrist during Tuesday's practice and will require required surgery in the next few weeks.

Self continued, "... Doctors are confident he will make a full recovery and be full speed sometime this summer. We all feel bad for Udoka ... He has worked so hard and has put himself in a position to have a tremendous impact on this year's squad. This is a blow to our team but I know that we will rally around this and Udoka will work hard to insure a full recovery."

This season, Azubuike averaged 5.0 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks in 12.9 minutes per game. He played as the starting center in the last six Jayhawks games after Self became frustrated with the duo of Carlton Bragg Jr. and Landen Lucas, as per ESPN.

However, there's still some good news for the Jayhawks, as they beat UNLV with a final score of 71-53. The Kansas Jayhawks extended their winning streak to 11 games with the help of Josh Jackson who lead the team with 20 points, as well as, Svi Mykhailiuk who also had 20, and Frank Mason III with 13.

The Azubuike-less Jayhawks are now 11-1 while UNLV drops to 7-6. The Rebels were led by Tyrell Green's 12 points, with Jalen Poyser and Uche Ofoegbu adding 10 points each.

 

Next Up: The Kansas Jayhawks will face TCU Horned Frog on Dec. 31, while UNLV Rebels will battle Colorado State Rams on Dec. 29.



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