Kansas hopeful Azubuike returns by start of Big 12 play

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self is hopeful that injured center Udoka Azubuike will be back on the floor by the time the second-ranked Jayhawks open Big 12 play against Oklahoma on Jan. 2.

The 7-footer sustained a severe high ankle sprain when he landed awkwardly on a Wofford player early in the Jayhawks' 72-47 rout on Tuesday night. Azubuike was still not putting much weight on the ankle Thursday, Self said, but he could be moving in a walking boot by the weekend.

Azubuike is averaging 12.1 points and 6.1 rebounds this season.