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Center Jamuni McNeace doubtful for Kansas game

NORMAN — Oklahoma center Jamuni McNeace is “more doubtful than probable” to play Wednesday night against Kansas, coach Lon Kruger said Tuesday afternoon. 

The No. 23 Sooners and No. 5 Jayhawks tip off at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. 

“We’ll see how he feels around game time,” Kruger said. 

The senior center suffered a right ankle sprain almost a month ago. McNeace missed two games, but he returned Dec. 15 to play 15 minutes against USC. He played 17 minutes against Creighton three days later. 

But in OU’s last game, Dec. 21 at Northwestern, McNeace played seven minutes and was held out the entire second half. 

Kruger was asked if McNeace suffered a setback against Northwestern. 

“No, he just wasn’t comfortable,” Kruger said. “He wasn’t able to run and jump like he needed to. No setback, just a matter of not being productive.” 

McNeace’s presence will be missed in Lawrence, especially considering Kansas junior center Udoka Azubuike just returned from injury. Azubuike averaged 13 points and seven rebounds last season while leading the country in field goal percentage (77 percent). 

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