Marcus Carr, Minnesota's leading scorer, becomes latest Gophers starter to deal with injury bug
Minnesota is dealing with injuries at the worst time possible with the season hitting the final stretch.
On Saturday, the Gophers were blown out at home by Illinois. Losing to the Illini this season is not anything to hang your head over, but the Gophers were nearly powerless, losing by 31 while allowing Illinois to score 94 points in regulation.
That marked the third straight loss for Minnesota, but the team received even more bad news on Tuesday. According to Andy Greder with Pioneer Press, head coach Richard Pitino announced that star guard and leading scorer Marcus Carr has not been practicing due to a foot injury.
Carr joins Liam Robbins, Gabe Kalscheur, and Both Gach who are also dealing with injuries:
News: #Gophers' Marcus Carr has a foot injury and hasn't practice for few days, coach Richard Pitino said on @KFAN1003 show Tuesday. It's on top of Gabe Kalscheur (finger), Liam Robbins (ankle), Both Gach (foot).
"We are getting hit with injuries at wrong time," Pitino said.
— Andy Greder (@andygreder) February 23, 2021
How significant are the injuries? Carr is by far Minnesota’s leading scorer, averaging 19 points per game and also leading the team with five assists per game. The second-leading scorer for the Gophers is Robbins who is averaging 11.7 points per game. Kalscheur (9.2 points) ranks third on the team in scoring while Gach (7.3 points) ranks fifth.
Minnesota will next play vs Northwestern on Thursday. Hopefully the Gophers can get healthy and get back in the win column as we head toward the end of February.