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Saturday / February 25.

Louisville’s Dieng Out 4-6 Weeks With Broken Wrist

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Louisville center Gorgui Dieng will be out 4 to 6 weeks while recovering from a broken wrist he suffered last Friday.

“With a little luck, Gorgui will be back by the start of our BIG EAST schedule,” said Louisville Coach Rick Pitino.  “We will miss his defensive presence and passing ability, but it’s time for other guys to step up their performances.”

Dr. Luis Scheker of the Kleinert Kutz Hand Care Center in Louisville will perform surgery on Tuesday to insert a screw in Dieng’s broken scaphoid bone in his left wrist.  Dieng fell while taking a charge early in the first half of the Cardinals’ 84-61 victory over No. 13 Missouri on Friday in the Battle 4 Atlantis.  He returned to the game with his wrist taped and played a total of 24 minutes, but sat out the championship game against Duke on Saturday.

Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and two rebounds through five games this season.  He produced his 13th career double-double against Samford with 10 points, 13 rebounds, 5 assists, 4 blocks and 3 steals.  Dieng is a preseason All-BIG EAST selection and is among the top 50 preseason candidates for the Wooden Award and Naismith Award

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Adam Zagoria is a New York Times contributor and Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.