The return of senior forward Laurence Bowers has been crucial to the success of the Missouri Tigers this season.
After missing all of last season with an ACL injury, Bowers has become one of the top, comeback performers in the nation this season. Following Tuesday’s victory over Alabama however, Tiger fans are hoping that his most recent injury isn’t all that costly.
With 6:19 remaining in the game, Bowers went down and left the game with an apparent knee injury.
“It looks like an MCL sprain maybe, but we don’t know the extent of it and they’re gonna look at it tomorrow,” Missouri head coach Frank Haith told PowerMizzou.com.
The good news for Missouri fans is that the knee injury appeared to be on the opposite leg than the injury he suffered a season ago. Prior to leaving the contest, Bowers had compiled 16 points and five rebounds. The Tigers won the game by a final score of 84-68, but still await the news in relation to Bowers’ injury.
On the season, the 6-foot-8 forward is averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game and in working alongside Alex Oriakhi, the two have combined to form one of the tougher front courts in the country.
At 12-2 on the season, the victory on Tuesday night marked their first win and first contest as a member of the SEC. Their only losses on the season have come to formidable opponents in both Louisville and UCLA, as the Tigers continue to have the makings of a top ten team.
There is no timetable for an update on Bowers, although more information will likely be known on Wednesday afternoon. Missouri will move forward with their schedule on Saturday as they take a trip to Ole Miss.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS