Chuma Okeke out for season with torn ACL

Auburn players react to Chuma Okeke injury

KANSAS CITY, KS (WBRC) - Auburn forward Chuma Okeke will miss the rest of the season after an injury Friday night against North Carolina.

Auburn announced Saturday afternoon Okeke has a torn left ACL and will miss the remainder of the NCAA Tournament. Okeke, who injured his left knee against UNC, left the game in the 2nd half and did not return.

Okeke is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

"We have a heavy heart. We think the injury is serious, but we're not sure," said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl.

Okeke led Auburn to a 97-80 historic victory over UNC Friday night with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

The Tigers advance to the Elite 8 for the first time since 1986 and is the only team to beat Kansas and North Carolina back-to-back in the NCAA Tournament.

Auburn will play Kentucky Sunday at 1:20 CT at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.

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