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Men's Basketball: UConn Loses Amida Brimah for 6-8 Weeks With Broken Finger

The nation's best shot blocker will miss a significant portion of the American Athletic Conference season.

Amida Brimah broke his finger at practice Monday ahead of Wednesday's game against Central Connecticut
Amida Brimah broke his finger at practice Monday ahead of Wednesday's game against Central Connecticut
Ian Bethune - The UConn Blog

UConn was dealt a significant blow Tuesday, as it was announced the nation's best shot blocker will miss be out for about two months.

Amida Brimah suffered a broken third finger on his right hand during practice Monday. The fracture will require surgery to repair, meaning Brimah will miss about six to eight weeks, according to a release from the UConn men's basketball program.

Brimah sat out Sunday's win over UMass Lowell as a precaution after suffering a testicular contusion against Ohio State Dec. 12. He was expected back no later than the Texas game Dec. 29, according to Kevin Ollie.

This latest blow is a tough one for the Huskies. Brimah leads the nation with a 16.7 block percentage. He is tied for eighth in the nation with three blocks per game. He averages 5.74 blocks per 40 minutes and 1.23 per personal foul. That massive presence inside was sorely missed Sunday, even against a UMass Lowell team whose tallest player is four inches shorter than Brimah.

With only about three months left total in the regular season, Brimah is going to miss a significant portion of the season. A return eight weeks from Tuesday would clear Brimah to play Feb. 16. The Huskies have six regular season games remaining after that date: both games SMU, home games against UCF and Houston, and away games at Cincinnati and USF.