Oklahoma Sooners center Jamuni McNeace will not play in the team’s Tuesday night Jimmy V Classic game against Notre Dame due to an ankle injury.
McNeace is currently second on the team in both scoring (9.9 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg).
But according to CBS Sports college basketball insider Jon Rothstein, the 6-10 senior suffered the injury in a recent practice, and it’ll be enough to keep him out of action against the Fighting Irish.
Oklahoma is currently favored by two points, but there’s no doubt that McNeace’s absence will have an impact on Lon Kruger’s squad.
Jamuni McNeace is playing 27.4 minutes per game this season and has helped create a formidable Sooners frontcourt along with Brady Manek.
With Christian James leading the way (19.1 ppg), Oklahoma has been able to jump out to a fast 6-1 start this season, with their only loss coming to Wisconsin at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
As for the Irish, aside from the surprising home loss to Radford (who also just knocked off Texas), they’ve played well in winning six of their first seven as well.
Both teams will certainly be looking to keep their momentum going at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday, but there’s no doubt that Oklahoma’s challenge just got a little tougher with McNeace sidelined.
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