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Despite Ankle Sprain, Kansas’ Ben McLemore Expects to Play on Saturday

Denny Medley-USA Today Sports

There was an interesting feeling following Kansas‘ 61-44 victory over Baylor on Monday, as star guard Ben McLemore left the contest late with what appeared to be a foot or leg injury.

An ankle sprain was the official diagnosis and for Jayhawks’ fans, it called for a nice sigh of relief. Now, some even better news is surfacing as Kansas’ next contest against Texas looms on Saturday.

McLemore, who is averaging a team-high 16.4 points per game, is expected to play.

In addition to his offensive output, McLemore has burst onto the scene with a number of big shots and highlight reels dunks. There is no debating his true potential, not only for the Jayhawks this season, but even in terms of down the line production in the NBA.

The Jayhawks are currently ranked at No. 4 in the nation as of this week, and a trip to Texas was originally expected to be quite the contest. The Longorns however, have struggled, but some of the victories on their up-and-down resume are a cause for concern for the Jayhawks. Despite their overall disappointment, Texas has shown the ability to secure a few nice wins this season, and there’s no doubt that they will be looking to do the same when Kansas is in town this weekend.

As for McLemore however, the freshman’s health is crucial to the Jayhawks’ pursuit of nine consecutive Big 12 crowns and possibly even higher goals once the NCAA Tournament arrives in March.

Tip-off between Kansas and Texas is scheduled for 2:00pm (EST).

 

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