KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Oberne will not have one of his biggest players in the Midwest Regional Final in the region against Kentucky after learning that Chuma Okeke has broken his left ACL. was injured in the second half of Friday night Sweet 16 victory over North Carolina. He was the Tigers' top scorer against Tar Heels with 20 points.
The second week is planned surgery on Tuesday with a famous orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Andrews. team, just all the things he can do on the court, guards from 1 to 5, can shoot from the perimeter, get inside and just do all that stuff. I know we will get the production of all the things he did from all of us. It will take us all, not just one person. & # 39;
Tigers lost twice for wild cats during the regular season, both times with Okeck in their composition.
tomorrow, "said Auburn coach Bruce Pearl." We'll have tough matches. We lost every match we had against Kentucky in Lexington, each one of them. … But Chuma always gave us a chance to win [his] matchup.
Kentucky coach John Calipari said the injury has made him physically ill, feel bad about his family and his teammates "
" We are all sad, we are broken by heart for him.