Creighton’s Kalkbrenner to miss rest of tourney with knee injury

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Creighton’s task in the next round of the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament was already going to be a tall one facing off against top-seeded Kansas. It’s going to be a lot more difficult without one of the Bluejays’ best players, who was announced as out for the rest of “March Madness” on Friday afternoon.

The Bluejays’ starting center suffered his knee injury during the nine seed’s nail-biting 72-69 first-round win vs. No. 8 San Diego St. on Thursday. The 2021-2022 Big East Defensive Player of the Year was Creighton’s second-leading scorer (13.1 points per game) and second-leading rebounder (7.7 rebounds per game) this season, while finishing second in the entire conference in blocks (89) and blocks per contest (2.6) as well.

Kalkbrenner also paced the entire Big East in offensive rebounds (134) and field goal percentage (64.6%). The big man played in and started all 34 games for Creighton this season.

He finished the first-round overtime win against the Aztecs with 16 points and 10 rebounds in 41 minutes played.



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