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Minnesota loses Gabe Kalscheur for 3-4 weeks due to broken finger

NCAA Basketball: Maryland at Minnesota

Jan 23, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Gophers guard Gabe Kalscheur (22) looks to passes the ball during the second half against the Maryland Terrapins at Williams Arena. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota guard Gabe Kalscheur will miss three to four weeks with a broken finger on his shooting hand, taking a co-captain and the team’s best defender out of the lineup for the stretch run.

Coach Richard Pitino said Kalscheur was having surgery to repair the fracture that occurred in practice when the ball hit his right hand at a bad angle. Kalscheur missed the loss at Indiana and might not be available again until the NCAA Tournament, if the Gophers make it. The junior had started all 88 games of his career until this injury.

Kalscheur’s shooting percentage has sharply declined from his freshman year, but he routinely guards the opponent’s best perimeter player and has contributed in myriad ways beyond scoring. In a win last week over Purdue, Kalscheur had 16 points on a season-best 4-for-7 from 3-point range and a career-high eight rebounds.

Freshman Jamal Mashburn Jr. has replaced Kalscheur in the starting lineup for the Gophers, who are set to host No. 5 Illinois.