UPDATE (12/9): Western Kentucky has confirmed that Bassey will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg. He will undergo the surgery on Tuesday in Houston.
In Saturday's win over Arkansas, Charles Bassey suffered a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg and will require season-ending surgery.— WKU Hilltopper Basketball (@WKUBasketball) December 9, 2019
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Western Kentucky came up with its biggest win of the year on Saturday, defeating Arkansas in overtime, 86-79, but it came at a cost.
Leading scorer Charles Bassey appeared to suffer a knee injury after catching a pass in the low block and landing awkwardly.
You could watch the full video below, but fair warning: it doesn’t look great.
WKU’s Charles Bassey just went down and this is stomach turning. Oh no...his left leg. pic.twitter.com/RHVLsrm1sA— Noah Coslov (@NoahCoslov) December 8, 2019
Hilltoppers coach Rick Stansbury said that Bassey will undergo an MRI on Sunday.
Bassey is a sophomore center who came to Bowling Green in 2018 as a five-star recruit and the No. 18 player in the country, according to ESPN. While many assumed he would enter the NBA Draft after his freshman season, he returned to WKU and was averaging 15.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game — both team highs. At the time of his injury, he had 10 points and six boards, leaving with the Hilltoppers and Razorbacks tied at 62-62 with just under four minutes left.
Western Kentucky went on to erase a six-point deficit in the final 47 seconds to force overtime and eventually take down the unbeaten Razorbacks. The Hilltoppers are now 7-3, but this was their first win over a team rated better than 192 in KenPom.
Stansbury has had a tight seven-man rotation thus far this season. Should Bassey miss significant time, senior big man Matt Horton ( 6.6 MPG) would figure to see extended minutes. Guards Josh Anderson and Jordan Rawls may also see slightly larger roles in smaller lineups.
Here’s hoping Bassey and WKU receive positive news on Sunday.