Oklahoma was already looking at a big problem facing the Kansas Jayhawks on Wednesday night. KU junior center Udoka Azubuike just returned from a four-game absence, due to injury, to post 23 points and 9 rebounds against Eastern Michigan. He was already going to be a handful but now the problem becomes even bigger with the chance that Oklahoma’s shot-blocking center Jamuni McNeace may not be able to go.
According to The Oklahoman, Lon Kruger said Tuesday afternoon that McNeace is “more doubtful than probable” to play Wednesday night.
“We’ll see how he feels around game time,” Kruger added.
McNeace (6-10/222) is averaging 7.7 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game for the Sooners this season. He initially suffered a right ankle sprain leading up to the North Texas game. Ultimately sitting out games against Notre Dame and Wichita State, he returned to play 15 minutes against USC and 17 minutes against Creighton.
It was the Northwestern game that started making fans nervous. McNeace only played seven minutes in that contest and never saw the court in the second half or overtime. When asked if McNeace had suffered a setback somewhere along the way, Kruger said that it was just a matter of his big man not being able to do what he needed to on the court.
“No, he just wasn’t comfortable,” Kruger said. “He wasn’t able to run and jump like he needed to. No setback, just a matter of not being productive.”
The 23rd-ranked Sooners play at 5th-ranked Kansas at 8:00 Wednesday night. The game will be televised on ESPN2.