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Freshman Mo Bamba out for Texas with toe injury

Solomon Young

Texas forward Mohamed Bamba (4) blocks a shot by Iowa State forward Solomon Young (33) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Jan. 1, 2018, in Ames, Iowa. Texas won 74-70 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)


Texas will be without freshman big man Mohamed Bamba when they face Big 12 leader Kansas on Monday night.

The school announced that the 6-foot-11 Bamba has a toe injury on his left foot as the Longhorns will have to try to earn a huge résumé win without him. Bamba, a likely top-10 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, is putting up 13.0 points, 10.6 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game for Texas this season.

Many bracketologists have Texas in the “Last Four In” territory as the Longhorns likely need to beat either Kansas or West Virginia to feel safe before the Big 12 Tournament. Getting Bamba healthy will be important in that equation as he’s the team’s best rim protector and rebounder by a wide margin.