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Sunday / September 22.
  • Auburn’s Chuma Okeke out with torn ACL in left knee

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    Auburn will be without forward Chuma Okeke for the rest of the NCAA Tournament after he tore the ACL in his left knee late in the Tigers’ Sweet 16 victory over North Carolina on Friday.

    The No. 5 Tigers face No. 2 Kentucky on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four.

    “It’s almost crushing but it’s certainly deflating because Chuma Okeke is an NBA player,” ESPN’s Jay Bilas said on air.

    “No one player is going to replace him, everyone’s going to have to do a little more.”

    The 6-foot-8 sophomore had already scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds when his knee buckled on the way to the basket. Okeke immediately grabbed it and rolled around on the floor, and his team and several Tar Heels players gathered around him.

    Okeke, Auburn’s leading rebounder and third-leading scorer, will have surgery Tuesday with Dr. James Andrews.

    (The AP contributed)

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. 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.