Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens was sporting a walking boot on Sunday, but coach Chris Beard told ESPN he expects the senior to play in Monday’s national championship game against Virginia.
Owens sprained his right ankle during the second half of Saturday’s 61-51 victory against Michigan State. He was injured with 14:43 remaining after an awkward fall.
He briefly returned to action but left 74 seconds later with 5:38 remaining.
Owens didn’t practice on Sunday. He also wasn’t made available to the media.
Beard said he would have a better feel for Owens’ availability on Monday.
Owens had seven points, four rebounds and three blocked shots against Michigan State. His season averages are 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.
—Field Level Media