According to a number of reports, Louisville forward Chane Behanan is expected to miss the next 7-10 days after suffering a high ankle sprain.
Behanan, a 6-foot-6 sophomore, is currently second on the team in rebounding, averaging 7.1 per game. The forward is also averaging 11.4 points alongside his rebounding production.
With the injury and the timetable of recovery, Behanan will not travel to Wednesday’s game at Seton Hall and could miss Saturday’s contest against South Florida, as well, although the Cardinals are expected to reevaluate the situation later in the week.
The loss of Behanan does hurt the Cardinals’ starting five, but the depth and talent off the bench is one of the main reasons why Louisville continues to be amongst the top threats in the nation.
The Cardinals are currently ranked in the No. 3 spot in theESPN/USA Today Poll and are looking to build off their current eight-game winning streak.
Freshman forward Montrezl Harrell is expected to be name the replacement starter by head coach Rick Pitino for Wednesday. The Cardinals will be optimistic with Behanan’s injury given its potential for it to be nagging moving forward. Basically, the longer that the Cardinals can survive without Behanan in the lineup, the better it could be down the line.
At 13-1 overall, Louisville’s lone loss on the season came at the hands of the nation’s current top-ranked team, Duke. They will seek a 2-0 start within the conference on Wednesday night as tip-off between the Cardinals and Pirates is scheduled for 7:00pm (EST).
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS