As Nebraska basketball opens Big Ten tournament play on Wednesday, the status of one of their star players is still up in the air. In speaking with the media on Tuesday, head coach Fred Hoiberg did not have a definitive answer on the health of freshman star Bryce McGowens.
McGowens suffered a wrist injury against Ohio State last Tuesday. He did not play in Sunday’s victory against Wisconsin. He is obviously a huge piece of the Nebraska basketball scoring attack. He averages 17.2 points per game, leading the program.
He has scored 25 points in three out of his last five games. That includes a 26-point effort against Ohio State before his injury. He was just recently tabbed as the Big Ten Newcomer of the Year on Tuesday. His scoring output was the highest recorded by a freshman since D’Angelo Russell of Ohio State in 2014-15.
As for now, it sounds like his availability for Wednesday will be a game-time decision per Brian Christopherson of 247Sports.
“I hope so,” the coach said of McGowens playing. “We’re going to get him a couple treatments. Obviously we’ll get him another one tonight when we get into Indianapolis. We’ll get him another treatment tomorrow. Unfortunately we’re not going to get a walk-through time at the arena. So basically it will be a walk-through at the hotel right before our pre-game meal. So he’s going to have to test it, get some flection in there just to make sure he’s good to go.”
Sunday, Nebraska basketball was able to get contributions from players like Alonzo Verge. With McGowens status up in the air,, Nebraska basketball may have to rely on secondary scoring. In recent weeks, Nebraska basketball has improved in that regard. Either way, getting McGowens back would boost the program
The Huskers are set to take on Northwestern at 5 PM CT.