Kansas star to miss the rest of the season with hand injury

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Kansas announced on Sunday evening that star center Udoka Azubuike will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn ligament in his right hand.

The injury is the same as the one that he suffered in his left hand as a freshman, when he missed the second half of that season.

Azubuike, who was averaging 13.4 points, 6.8 boards and 1.6 blocks in nine games this season, did not play in Saturday’s loss; he injured the hand in practice on Friday. He missed four games earlier this season with an ankle injury.

The Jayhawks are 3-2 without Azubuike this season. They are 9-0 when he plays. When he has sat, Kansas has played a four-guard rotation that features Dedric Lawson at the five.