Azubuike out for remainder of season

Kansas' Udoka Azubuike (35) shoots during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball game against Oklahoma Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Lawrence, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) -- According to a KU Athletics press release, junior center Udoka Azubuike will miss the rest of the 2018-19 season due to a hand injury.

Azubuike will undergo surgery to repair ligament damage in his right hand after an MRI done Sunday morning revealed he tore the same ligament from his freshman season.

"This occurred in practice on Friday, and although the initial x-rays did not reveal the extent of the injury, the MRI did and it will require season-ending surgery," said Kansas head coach Bill Self in a press release. "The surgery date will be set early this week. The doctors expect a complete recovery and Udoka will be able to assume full basketball activities at some point this summer."

Azubuike saw time in nine games this season, averaging 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The seven-foot big man was also on the preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention list.