GLENDALE, Ariz. — Gonzaga will enter Monday night’s national championship game against North Carolina dealing with some minor injuries to key players as center Przemek Karnowski and point guard Nigel Williams-Goss updated their injury statuses on Sunday.
Karnowski left the first half of Saturday’s win over South Carolina after getting raked across the eye going up for a shot near the basket. He later returned to the game and played a key role in the second half as Karnowski told reporters that everything with his eye should be fine for Monday night.
“My eye is good. I just got a scratch on my eyeball, but I don’t have any problems with vision or anything like that,” Karnowski said. “I have a follow-up today with the doctor, and I hope everything is going to be good.”
Williams-Goss was in the midst of a brilliant performance against the Gamecocks when he turned his left ankle and was hobbled a bit for the rest of the game. The ankle will be something to watch with Williams-Goss in Monday’s game, but the junior seems ready to play.
“It’s pretty sore today, I’m not going to lie. I woke up this morning and was really stiff. It’s pretty sore,” Williams-Goss said. “But in a national semifinal game, nothing was going to stop me. I think it affected me a little bit. I could feel it from that point on. I’ll get as much treatment as I can before tomorrow. But at this point, there is no stopping me.”
Both North Carolina and Gonzaga are entering Monday’s matchups with some minor bumps and scrapes but it seems like Karnowski and Williams-Goss should be okay when they take the floor in Glendale.