Tariq Owens, Texas Tech’s beginning enormous man who endured a lower leg damage in Saturday’s Final Four success over Michigan State, will endeavor to play in Monday’s national title diversion against Virginia.
Red Raiders head mentor Chris Beard conveyed the news to CBS’ Tracy Wolfson under two hours before tip.
“He had a high ankle sprain,” Beard said. “Under normal circumstances, he wouldn’t play tonight. But this is the last Monday in college basketball. So he’s gonna try.”
Beard said Texas Tech place Owens in his very own hotel room so he could get treatment from the group’s mentor like clockwork between the finish of Saturday’s diversion and the beginning of Monday’s.
The 6-foot-10 forward/center is a fifth-year senior. Monday’s title session will be his last college amusement, win or lose. It might just end up being the greatest basketball game of his life. In this way, not surprisingly, he’ll give it a go.
The inquiry is the means by which near 100 percent he’ll be. Beard’s announcement proposes Owens probably won’t be at full strength – or even near full strength. Which would be a major ordeal, regardless of whether the St. John’s transfer is healthy enough to be on the court.
Owens, factually, is the third-best shot-blocker in college basketball’s four power conferences. He’s swatted 13 shots in five NCAA tournament diversions, and dismissed somewhere around one in each ordinary season amusement. He’s the reason Texas Tech can bounce into passing paths and play such forceful safeguard on the perimeter.
In the event that Owens’ dexterity is undermined – on the off chance that he can’t race once again from perimeter to the rim to erase layups like usual – Tech could be in a bad position.