Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks will be without one of their key playmakers on Monday against Texas Tech with senior guard Kevin McCullar sidelined due to a knee injury.
According to a report from CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, McCullar will miss his second straight game with the injury after being held out of Saturday’s win over Baylor.
The loss of McCullar is huge for Kansas as the Texas native has been one of the focal points of Bill Self’s team in 2023-24. The senior guard is currently averaging 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 4.6 assists per game in his fifth season of college basketball.
Coming out of high school, McCullar was listed as a three-star prospect by the 247Sports index and checked in as the nation’s 192nd-ranked prospect. He was also listed as the 42nd-ranked small forward in his class and the 19th-ranked player in the state of Texas.
McCullar has recorded 15 or more points in 19 straight games for Kansas this season with his biggest game of the year coming against Yale on December 22nd where he recorded 34 points, six rebounds, four assists, two steals, and one block.
In addition to McCullar’s absence, the Jayhawks will also be without freshman guard Jamari McDowell who is dealing with an illness. While McDowell and McCullar will both miss their second straight game, the Jayhawks will have the assistance of senior guard Dajuan Harris who plans to make his return to the court after suffering an ankle injury against Baylor.
While the Jayhawks find themselves just one game back in the hunt for the Big 12 title, Kansas’ chances of taking down Texas Tech on Monday just became increasingly more difficult. Monday’s game tips off In Lubbock at 8:00 PM CT on ESPN.