Minnesota basketball team learned devastating news on Monday after results from and MRI on the Big Ten's leading rebounder Trevor Mbakwe revealed a torn right anterior cruciate ligament.
The 6-foot-8, 245-pound Mbakwe will miss the rest of season, just seven games into his senior campaign.
It's a huge blow for a team many thought might be able to challenge the upper tier of the Big Ten this season.
Mbakwe tore his ACL in Sunday's 86-70 loss to Dayton in the Old Spice Classic championship game at ESPN's Wide World of Sports. It was the Gophers (6-1) first loss of the season.
He was averaging 14 points, nine rebounds and nearly two blocks a game in the early going. He will probably be one of the best, if not THE best rebounder going into next year's NBA Draft. Minnesota will also look into gaining a medical hardship, extra year of eligibility for Mbakwe.