No. 5-seed Auburn could have gained its Candy 16 matchup towards 1-seed North Carolina on Friday, but it surely additionally got here away with a major loss.
Sophomore ahead Chuma Okeke suffered a knee injury late within the Tigers’ 97-80 win. He laid on the ground for a number of minutes earlier than being escorted off the court docket. In response to the TBS telecast, he suffered a “extreme” harm. He didn’t return to the sport, ending with a game-high 20 factors on 8-of-11 taking pictures and 11 rebounds.
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was clearly emotional after the sport when discussing Okeke on the TBS telecasts, saying, “He is damage. We’ll rally. So I am going to go hug on him.”
“He’s damage. We’re gonna rally. I’ll go hug on him.”
Bruce Pearl was emotional in his post-game interview whereas discussing Chuma Okeke’s harm. pic.twitter.com/HZhxTQfKlN
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Auburn has but to launch an official analysis relating to Okeke, however primarily based off Pearl’s response, it does not look good. Chuma loved an offensive explosion within the NCAA Match, averaging 15.Eight factors, a 48.Eight taking pictures share and three made 3s per recreation.
For now, it seems the Tigers must make due with out him as they journey to the Elite Eight.