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Tennessee PG Zakai Zeigler suffers season-ending knee injury

NCAA Basketball: Arkansas at Tennessee

Feb 28, 2023; Knoxville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers guard Zakai Zeigler (5) is helped off the court after an injury during the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee point guard Zakai Zeigler will miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.

The 12th-ranked Volunteers announced that Zeigler tore his left ACL in a win over Arkansas. Zeigler is leading the Southeastern Conference in assists, averaging 5.4 per game.

He’s also tied for second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points, while leading the team and ranking in the SEC’s top 5 in steals. Zeigler is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Zeigler is one of just seven Tennessee players who have averaged 10-plus points and at least five assists per game in a season. He had five double-doubles with points and assists this season to tie the program’s career record set by Rodney Woods from 1972-75.