Well, the news came back on Wednesday afternoon regarding a right knee injury to Missouri senior Laurence Bowers.
Although Bowers is expected to miss some time, the diagnosis does bring a sigh of relief to Tigers’ fans. Bowers, who missed all of last season after tearing his ACL in his left knee, is expected to miss at least two games while recovering. Expect the Tigers to be optimistic with Bowers, especially after losing him last season.
The impact that Bowers has had on the Tigers’ this season is second to none, coming back and responding from the year away from the court by averaging 16.8 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.
The senior underwent an MRI on Wednesday, but it did not reveal any ACL or bone damage, a wonderful sign for both Bowers and the Tigers. Bowers had compiled 16 points and five rebounds prior to leaving Tuesday night’s contest.
Looking ahead, the Tigers, who are currently positioned at No. 10 in the nation, faces an intriguing road contest at an 11-2 Ole Miss squad that is desperate for a statement win. Following this weekend’s action, Missouri returns home to face Georgia next Wednesday.
By listing Bowers out for at least two games, the Tigers’ staff is holding out hope that he may be able to return to the hardwood for Missouri’s crucial road trip to Florida on Jan. 19.
Paul Seaver is the College Basketball Network Manager at Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter: @PaulSeaverRS