Kevin McCullar is the leading scorer in the Big 12 and is having a breakout year offensively in his final season of college eligibility. The Kansas basketball team missed him dearly on Saturday when the Jayhawks defeated Baylor in a close game inside Allen Fieldhouse.
The super senior is averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists on 47.2/36.1/80.4 shooting splits through 22 games. He had missed one game prior to this weekend but reaggravated the bone bruise in his knee to the point where he was deemed inactive before the contest began.
While Kansas was able to get away with some near-costly mistakes down the stretch last time out, they might not be as lucky when they travel to Lubbock to face No. 23 Texas Tech on the road. The Jayhawks have lost their past three conference road games, something that has plagued the team all year. Their chances of breaking that streak could be slim if McCullar misses a consecutive game.
Is Kevin McCullar playing vs. Texas Tech?
While nothing has been confirmed yet, Kevin McCullar appears more likely than not to miss tonight's game against the Red Raiders. After Kansas' win this weekend, head coach Bill Self spoke to reporters about the severity of his injury, and this is what he said.
"I can't imagine Kevin [McCullar] being a lot better on Monday if he can't hardly move on Saturday," he told the media. "We'll see."
He sounded more optimistic about Dajuan Harris, who rolled his ankle during the final minutes of the win over Baylor. He would return for the final few possessions but was visibly limping. Harris has dealt with ankle injuries in the past, but it does not seem like one that will hold him out tonight.
Considering McCullar was not able to move around or perform basketball activities 48 hours prior to game time, the likelihood of him suiting up for a road game vs. a top-25 team seems slim. Then again, he is playing on the home floor of his former school, so he might have some extra motivation to play if the KU medical staff clears him.