Key Injuries for the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

Key Injuries for the 2023 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament

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Houston Cougars: G Marcus Sasser (groin) is the key injury in the tournament. He’s considered questionable, leads the team in scoring, three-point makes and is second in steals.

Kansas Jayhawks: F Kevin McCullar Jr. (back) is ? The Texas Tech transfer is averaging 11.1 points and 7.3 rebounds on 43.5% shooting.

Memphis Tigers: Guard Keonte Kennedy (broken right hand) is ? He has not played since Feb. 19. Averages 9.2 points and shoots 38.1% from the three-point line.

Miami Hurricanes: F Norchad Omier (ankle) was injured in the ACC tournament semifinal. He averages 13.6 points and 9.7 rebounds and his massive 250-pound frame allows him to dominate the glass despite being just 6-7.

Pittsburgh Panthers: Pitt won their first four game over Mississippi State and did it without big man Fede Federiko, who was out with a knee injury. The 6-11, Finnish center averages 6.7 points and 5.7 rebounds with 1.8 blocks per game.

Tennessee Vols: Point guard Zakai Zeigler (10.7ppg, 5.4apg) is out for the season with an ACL injury.

Texas Longhorns: Forward Timmy Allen (6-6, 210), who averages 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game is ? with a leg injury. He missed the Big 12 tournament and Texas won it, but he is expected to go in their first game against Colgate.

Texas A&M-CC: Guard Terrior Murdix (13.7ppg, 2.3spg), who is their best defender, is out for the season with a knee injury. Missed their First Four game.

UCLA: Guard Jaylen Clark (6-5, 210) averages 13 points per game and six rebounds. Out for the season with an Achilles’ injury. C Adam Bona (6-10, 235) who averages 7.8 points and 5.3 rebounds with 1.7 blocks is ? with a shoulder injury.

Virginia: Forward Ben Vander Plas. Out for the season with a broken hand. Averages 7.4 points and 4.6 rebounds. His 6-8, 236-pound frame could be missed.

Xavier: F Zach Freemantle (foot) is out for the season. He has not played since Jan. 28 and had averaged 15.2 points and 8.1 rebounds. Xavier went 8-4 without him

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