No. 5 Louisville center Dieng will miss 4-6 weeks
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville announced that junior center Gorgui Dieng is out four to six weeks with a broken left wrist.
Dieng will have a screw inserted into his scaphoid bone Tuesday at the Kleinert Kutz Hand Center. The 6-foot-11 junior broke his wrist on Friday against Missouri.
Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said in a statement Monday that ``with a little luck'' Dieng will return for the start of Louisville's Big East schedule in January.
With Dieng sidelined, 6-10 sophomore center Zach Price, 6-9 senior forward Stephan Van Treese and 6-8 freshman center Montrezl Harrell will try to fill the void.
``We will miss his defensive presence and passing ability, but it's time for other guys to step up their performances,'' Pitino said.
Dieng fell taking a charge during the Cardinals' 84-61 victory in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. He returned with his wrist taped and played 24 total minutes but missed Saturday's loss to Duke in the championship.
Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks for No. 5 Louisville (5-1). He set a single-season school record with 128 blocks as a sophomore to lead the Big East.