Is Kevin McCullar playing vs. Oklahoma? Latest on the Kansas Jayhawks basketball star’s injury status

Kansas v Texas Tech
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The Kansas basketball team suffered one of the worst losses in the Bill Self era on Monday, falling to Texas Tech 79-50 in Lubbock. While it was an awful performance all around, the Jayhawks' chances of winning were already hampered due to the absence of Kevin McCullar.

The leading scorer in the Big 12, McCullar is having a breakout season offensively in his final year of collegiate eligibility. He is averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on 47.2% field goal shooting but has missed the past two contests with a lingering bone bruise in his knee.

Being that Coach Self's group is 1-5 on the road in conference play, things won't get any easier when they travel to Norman to play Oklahoma. McCullar being active would be huge and could determine the final outcome of the game. Will he be able to suit up against the Sooners, or will Nick Timberlake continue to fill his spot in the starting lineup?


While it has not been confirmed, Kevin McCullar is trending in the right direction to play tomorrow. It sounds like he will be available in some capacity, even if it is off the bench. Coach Self spoke about McCullar during Thursday's media availability.

“Depending on how he practices Thursday, if he’s able to continue to go on Friday, I would anticipate him to be able to be out there some,” Self said. “I don’t know the exact role, or how much he’ll play.”

Even if it is not a guarantee, the update will be welcomed by Jayhawk fans considering Self told reporters that his star player could hardly move before they played Texas Tech. More information should surface within the next few hours, but fans should continue to check whether he will play or not because it could be a game-time decision.