University of Kansas

KU coach says Tarik Black is ‘fine’ after rolling ankle

Updated: 2014-01-21T17:38:50Z

By RUSTIN DODD

The Kansas City Star

— Kansas senior forward Tarik Black was “fine” after rolling his ankle in the second half of KU’s 78-68 victory over Baylor on Monday night, Jayhawks coach Bill Self said.

Black appeared to be in serious pain after a Baylor opponent rolled onto the back of his leg, and the fall was awkward. But after being helped to his feet, Black was able to get off the floor under his own power and was helped to the locker room.

“He just turned his ankle,” Self said. “He’s fine. You know, I didn’t know you could hurt him. But he should be fine.”

Black, a transfer from Memphis, struggled in the early part of the season, but he’s managed to find a role as a rebounder and defender off the bench for the eighth-ranked Jayhawks.

Black had two points and one rebound against Baylor in 13 minutes. He is now averaging 3.2 points and 1.8 rebounds in 9.1 minutes per game during Big 12 play. If Black is still hobbled for Saturday’s game at TCU, the Jayhawks could likely survive with a frontcourt rotation of Joel Embiid, Perry Ellis, Jamari Traylor and redshirt freshmen Landen Lucas adding depth in the case of foul trouble.

To reach Rustin Dodd, call 816-234-4937 or send email to rdodd@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/rustindodd.

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