Tag:Rakeem Buckles
Posted on: January 17, 2012 7:12 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2012 7:17 pm

Buckles tears ACL, will miss next season too

Louisville junior Rakeem Buckles will miss the rest of this season and all next season with a torn ACL. (US Presswire)

By Jeff Borzello

Louisville’s injuries have been piling up all season, but now they will affect next year’s campaign as well.

Rakeem Buckles will miss the remainder of this season and all of next season with a torn ACL in his left knee. The junior forward tore the ACL in his right knee just 11 months ago.

“I don’t think any of us could imagine this happening to such a fine young man,” head coach Rick Pitino said in a release. “All of us are just crushed.”

Because Buckles has already had one major knee surgery, his recovery will apparently take “well over a year,” according to Louisville trainer Fred Hina. Buckles returned after nine months and played in his first game on December 7 against IUPUI.

Even though he has been playing only 13 minutes per game, he’s been one of the more efficient rebounders on the Cardinals. Buckles, a 6-foot-7 Florida native, had been averaging 4.0 points and 3.8 rebounds in 11 games.

This is Buckles’ fourth injury in the last two seasons, as he also had a concussion and broken finger during his sophomore campaign. He is the eighth Louisville player to miss a game with injury this year.

The loss of Buckles severely hurts Louisville’s interior depth. Gorgui Dieng and Chane Behanan will continue to start, but now the only player to back them up is combo forward Jared Swopshire. Stephan Van Treese hasn’t played since November, while freshman Zach Price has appeared in just seven games this season.

Posted on: December 30, 2010 9:56 pm
Edited on: December 30, 2010 9:58 pm

Rakeem Buckles out for Louisville against UK

Posted by Matt Jones

An unfortunate series of injuries for Louisville Coach Rick Pitino became even worse this afternoon when he announced that Rakeem Buckles would be out at least two weeks with a finger fracture that occurred during practice this week.  Buckles had figured to be a key component for Louisville in its rivalry game against Kentucky and his loss cuts down on one of the major advantages Pitino's club figured to have, its depth.  Pitino said the injury was a freak incident and hoped that Buckles would be back soon, even though he would miss the rivalry battle.

For Louisville, it is the latest in an injury plague that has seen starter Jared Swopshire lost for the year an reserves Mike Marra and Elisha Justice lost in the last two weeks.  This has caused a team that once was ten players deep and had the ability to matchup with its opponents in a myriad of different ways, to now play with only seven and much more limited in its style of play.  With the game versus Kentucky likely to be called very tightly by the referees due to the physical nature of last year's contest, depth figured to be an important advantage for Pitino's club.  But now both teams come into the game equally thin and hoping to avoid whistles that could cause important playing time for players who rarely have seen the court.
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