The UConn men’s basketball team will be without starting forward Tyler Polley for the remainder of the season after the junior suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in his left knee. News of Polley’s injury was first reported by Jeff Goodman of Stadium and confirmed by UConn via a statement.
Polley, who just posted a 19 point, 11 rebound double-double in Wednesday’s win over Tulane, suffered the injury towards the end of practice on Friday. Per UConn, surgery is tentatively scheduled for January 17 and recovery is expected to be anywhere from 7-9 months.
While this year’s team is deeper than in year’s past, Polley’s absence is a huge blow for the Huskies. He’s been the team’s top 3-point shooter this season at 40.5 percent and has been the team’s best player by offensive rating at 127.5. That offense will be sorely missed for the remainder of the season and especially in this upcoming three-game stretch against Wichita State, Villanova and Houston.
UConn’s new starting lineup is yet to be announced, but there is a good chance standout freshman James Bouknight or sophomore Brendan Adams makes their first start of the season against the Shockers.