UConn's Amidah Brima out six to eight weeks with broken finger
Brimah suffered the injury during practice on Monday and will undergo surgery to repair the fracture.
“As I said after the game on Sunday, Amida is one of the best defensive players in the country, so obviously not having him has a big impact on us,” coach Kevin Ollie said in a statement. “But you never know when somebody can get hurt, which is why everybody always has to be ready to play.”
The 7'0" big man is averaging 7.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game. He leads the Huskies with a 72.5% field goal percentage. His 3.0 blocks per game is the third best in the country.
Brimah missed Sunday's game with a testicular contusion.
The injury will snap Brimah's streak of starting 44 consecutive games for the Huskies. He was a member of the 2013–2014 national championship winning team. He won Defensive Player of the Year in the American Athletic Conference last season.
UConn is 7–3 on the season. The Huskies will play Central Connecticut St. on Wednesday at the XL Center.
- Christopher Chavez