Louisville Cardinals sophomore big man Anas Mahmoud will miss the rest of the season after suffering a sprained right ankle during practice Monday.
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Mahmoud's Ankle Won't Heal Before End of Season
Monday, Feb. 15
Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein reported the unfortunate news and noted that Mahmoud was set to start before the injury:
Kenny Klein @KKcards
UofL Coach Rick Pitino had planned to start Mahmoud (sprained ankle) on Wednesday with his ability to pass against the Syracuse zone #L1C42/16/2016, 12:00:04 AM
It would have been the third start of the season for the 7-footer, who was averaging 3.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks in 13 minutes per game. His best effort of the season came in a Jan. 23 win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, when he scored 15 points and grabbed four rebounds.
Mahmoud, who needs three to six weeks to recover, per Brian Hamilton of Sports Illustrated, could have returned for postseason play, but the No. 18 Cardinals self-imposed a postseason ban Feb. 5 as the NCAA investigates allegations that former staffer Andre McGee paid for escorts to entertain recruits.
Sophomore Matz Stockman, another 7-footer, could see increased minutes with Mahmoud out.