Being losers of three of its last five games and staring at a 10-game stretch of ACC opponents to close out the regular season, the University of Miami needs all hands on deck to finish strong.
Unfortunately, the Hurricanes (15-5, 4-4 ACC) will be without the services of guard Bruce Brown Jr. – who will undergo foot surgery and miss approximately six weeks according to a release sent out by the school Tuesday.
A six-week absence would have Brown out for the remainder of the regular season, the ACC Tournament (March 6-10), and possibly through the opening weekend of the NCAA March Madness (March 15-18) depending on his recovery and rehab.
Brown injured his left foot in practice Monday, two days after he finished with 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds in UM’s 103-94 overtime loss at Florida State.
Through 19 games this season, Brown is averaging 11.4 points – second-highest on the team – as well as a team-highs in rebounds (7.1), assists (4.0), and steals (1.3).
Without Brown, a former five-star recruit and 2016 Jordan Brand Classic All-American, Miami will need consistent and tangible contributions from freshman guard Lonnie Walker IV and junior guard Anthony Lawrence II – who just combined for 42 points in the Canes’ loss to the Seminoles.
Brown’s absence also means Dewan Huell, a former McDonald’s All-American, would need to increase his output on a nightly basis – giving Miami more than eight points in 36 minutes like he did against FSU and hand in performances like he did against Louisville (18 points and 12 rebounds).
Miami will return to the hardwood Wednesday when it hosts Pittsburgh (8-14, 0-9) at 7 p.m. at the Watsco Center.