The Kansas State basketball team will be without one of its best players when it takes the floor against Kansas on Friday night in the semifinal round of the Big 12 Tournament.
Junior forward Dean Wade injured his foot in the Wildcats' Big 12 quarterfinal win and will be held out as a precaution, the team announced Friday afternoon.
“We are obviously disappointed for Dean that he can’t go tonight,” K-State coach Bruce Weber said in release. “However, should we advance to Saturday’s championship game, we will re-evaluate his status and going forward into next week’s NCAA Tournament we have every indication he will be able to play.”
News of Wade’s injury comes as a surprise, given that he played 41 minutes for the Wildcats during a 66-64 overtime victory against TCU on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Wade scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds and then spoke with media afterward.
But he was also quiet for much of the second half, taking just two shots and scoring three points. At one point, Weber instructed Wade to spend an important possession away from the action in the right corner.
Wade was a coaches' first-team All-Big 12 selection this season, averaging 16.7 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Wildcats in the regular season.
Makol Mawien and Levi Stockard were the only other front-court players to see action for K-State against TCU.
Kansas also will play without its top big man, Udoka Azubuike. The sophomore center is sitting out the Big 12 Tournament because of a sprained knee ligament.
The Jayhawks won both regular-season meetings against the Wildcats, defeating K-State 73-72 in Lawrence and 70-56 in Manhattan. Wade scored a combined 44 points in those games.