After playing just four minutes in Georgia Tech’s 78-65 loss to North Carolina on Wednesday night, 6-foot-5 senior wing Jason Morris left the game with a right foot injury. On Friday the school announced that Morris broke the fifth metatarsal in that foot, and as a result he’ll be sidelined indefinitely with a return this season described as “doubtful.”
“This is very unfortunate, almost beyond description,” Georgia Tech head coach Brian Gregory said in the release. “I’ve never seen anything like it. He played four minutes Wednesday and had two rebounds, which is an area we needed help in, and he had embraced that. He got hurt making a great defensive play, and we made a three-point play on the other end. He wants to do everything he can to get back, but it’s going to be difficult.”
Morris played in just nine games this season, starting four, posting averages of 2.2 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. His best outings game in losses to Maryland and Duke, with Morris scoring five points in each of those games and grabbing five rebounds in the loss to the Terrapins.
What makes this news so difficult for Georgia Tech is the fact that the injury bug has affected Morris on multiple occasions throughout his career. Morris played in just 18 games last season, with plantar fasciitis in his left foot resulting in his missing ten games. And in October Morris underwent surgery on that same foot to repair a stress fracture, resulting in his missing the first ten games of the season.
GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.
The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.
THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.
We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR
- Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
- Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
- Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
- Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
- No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.
THE REST OF THE TOP 25
- No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
- No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
It’s Tuesday, which means that it is once again time for the NBC Sports Player of the Year Power Rankings.
And you’ll be shocked to find out that Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield is still No. 1 in those rankings. By a pretty wide margin.
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