Auburn sophomore Chuma Okeke exited the Tigers’ 97-80 win over North Carolina on Friday with eight:08 left within the second half, after crashing to the ground whereas going up for a layup.
He was taken for X-rays and didn’t return to the sport.
Okeke had put up 20 factors and 11 rebounds for the Tigers when he went down, each workforce highs.
Okeke lay on the courtroom, grabbing his knee in apparent ache earlier than standing and being helped off the courtroom.
North Carolina gamers walked over to greet Okeke earlier than he left the sport.
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl was emotional speaking about Okeke after the sport.
“He is damage. He is damage,” Pearl stated, along with his voice cracking. “However we will rally. I will go hug on him.”
Okeke could possibly be seen within the locker room after the sport with a visual limp and an ice pack round his left knee, as he stamped Auburn’s place within the Elite Eight.
Chuma Okeke will get the glory of formally stamping the bracket 👏#MarchMadness | @AuburnMBB pic.twitter.com/CLq3WeMj2x
— NCAA March Insanity (@marchmadness) March 30, 2019