When Kansas takes the court against Seton Hall in the second round of the NCAA Tournament Saturday, Udoka Azubuike will not be among the starters.
Azubuike took part in warmups, but did not appear to be fully recovered from his left knee injury, according to ESPN’s Jeff Borzello on Twitter.
Udoka Azubuike taking part in warmups. Was moving OK, clearly not 100 percent.
He also took 32 free throws, made 13 of them. Short on most.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) March 17, 2018
A few minutes after Borzello’s post, Tom Keegan of the Lawrence Journal-World tweeted out Kansas’ starting lineup, which did not include Azubuike.
— Tom Keegan (@TomKeeganLJW) March 17, 2018
Azubuike missed the entire Big 12 Tournament with the injury, which he suffered in practice on March 6. Mitch Lightfoot filled in for the big center during the Jayhawks’ run to the tournament championship.
In Kansas’ first round game of the NCAA Tournament, Azubuike played just three minutes as the Jayhawks breezed past Penn 76-60. Kansas coach Bill Self expressed hope that Azubuike would be close to full speed for the game against Seton Hall, but it appears he’s still on the road to recovery.
The sophomore center led the NCAA in field goal percentage this year, shooting a sky-high 77.4 percent from the field. He also provided an interior defensive presence, averaging 1.7 blocks per game this season.
Kansas State and Seton Hall tip off at 6:10 p.m. CT on TBS.
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