WASHINGTON (AP) — Starting Minnesota guard Akeem Springs is out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon in his right ankle.
Springs was injured late in the Gophers’ Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal victory over Michigan State on Friday. A team spokesman confirmed the season-ending injury Saturday.
The graduate student was averaging 9.5 points and 24 minutes for Minnesota, which has experienced a significant turnaround from 8-23 last season to being a lock for the NCAA Tournament.
Sophomore Dupree McBrayer, who started the first 19 games of the season, returned to the starting lineup for fourth-seeded Minnesota’s semifinal game against Michigan.
Coach Richard Pitino expects players will dedicate the remainder of their games to Springs.