Penn State basketball will be without its top big man in an important regular season finale at Nebraska on Sunday. Mike Watkins, who has been limited with an injury in the Nittany Lions’ last two games, will not play against the Huskers, the team announced.
The program is saying Watkins has a right leg injury. He was grabbing his right knee and had a large ice pack on it after playing just 5 minutes in a Wednesday loss to Michigan.
Penn State forward Mike Watkins out vs. Nebraska
Penn State announces Mike Watkins is continuing to undergo more tests to determine the nature and severity of what they're calling a right leg injury. He was grabbing at his knee when he went down Wed. night. Of course he's a no-go Sunday vs. Nebraska.
— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) February 23, 2018
The 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 12.1 points (on 68.5 percent field goal shooting), 8.9 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this season. Watkins gives Penn State a major paint presence on both ends of the floor, and he was clearly missed in the team’s last two games.
Watkins played just 9 minutes and had 3 points against Purdue last Sunday and followed it up with 3 scoreless minutes against Michigan on Wednesday. Penn State, which is right on the NCAA Tournament bubble, lost both games.
Penn State and Nebraska tip off at 5:15 ET Sunday (Big Ten Network) in a game with NCAA Tournament implications for both sides. The Nittany Lions were listed as the fourth team outside the tournament in Joe Lunardi’s latest Bracketology. The Huskers are the fifth team outside the projected big dance field.
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