Auburn’s Okeke done for sea­son

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Ken­tucky’s Tyler Herro cel­e­brates af­ter the Wild­cats de­feated Hous­ton 62-58 on Fri­day.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl said Fri­day he hoped for the best and feared the worst when it came to Chuma Okeke’s knee in­jury sus­tained against North Carolina.

The news was bad. Okeke has a torn ACL and has surgery sched­uled for Tues­day.

Pearl an­nounced the in­jury on Satur­day dur­ing me­dia availability for the Mid­west Re­gional cham­pi­onship game against Ken­tucky. Tipoff on Sun­day at the Sprint Cen­ter is 1:20 p.m. Cen­tral time.

Okeke went down un­der the bas­ket dur­ing the se­cond half of Auburn’s 97-80 vic­tory over top-seeded North Carolina on Fri­day. He crashed to the floor while go­ing up for a layup with 8:08 re­main­ing.

Play­ers from both teams went to where Okeke had fallen.

Okeke fin­ished with 20 points and 11 re­bounds. In Auburn’s three vic­to­ries, Okeke is av­er­ag­ing 15 points and seven re­bounds.

“It’s an­other rea­son for our team to come even closer,” Auburn ju­nior guard Jared Harper said.


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