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Self says KU’s Tarik Black fine after ankle injury

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 11:25 a.m.

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LAWRENCE — Senior forward Tarik Black was “fine” after rolling his ankle in the second half of Kansas’ 78-68 victory over Baylor on Monday night, KU coach Bill Self said.

Black appeared to be in pain after a Baylor opponent rolled onto the back of his leg, and the fall was awkward. But after being helped to his feet, Black was able to get off the floor under his own power and was helped to the locker room.

“He just turned his ankle,” Self said. “He’s fine. You know, I didn’t know you could hurt him. But he should be fine.”

Black, a transfer from Memphis, struggled in the early part of the season, but he’s managed to find a role as a rebounder and defender off the bench for the eighth-ranked Jayhawks.

Black had two points and one rebound against Baylor in 13 minutes. He is now averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game during Big 12 play. If Black is still hobbled for Saturday’s game at TCU, the Jayhawks could likely survive with a frontcourt rotation of Joel Embiid, Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor and redshirt freshmen Landen Lucas adding depth in the case of foul trouble.

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