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Key March Madness Injuries and Absences to Know for First Round of 2024 NCAA Tournament

Sascha Paruk

by Sascha Paruk in College Basketball

Updated Mar 20, 2024 · 7:02 PM PDT

Kansas Jayhawks center Hunter Dickinson looks at an official
Mar 9, 2024; Houston, Texas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks center Hunter Dickinson (1) reacts after a call during the first half against the Houston Cougars at Fertitta Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports
  • Several stars are battling injuries as 2024 March Madness begins
  • Kansas’ top-two scorers both missed the Jayhawks’ last game (a 72-52 loss to Cincinnati)
  • See all the 2024 March Madness injuries to know before the first round begins on Thursday

The nature of the sport, a litany of teams in the 2024 NCAA Tournament are dealing with significant injuries to key contributors as the first round approaches.

The table below lists all the notable March Madness injuries and absences ahead of the first round on Thursday, March 21. The table is organized alphabetically, first by team and then by player. Note that the table below does not include anyone who played fewer than five games this season.

As coaches provide clarity on their players’ status over the next 48 hours, the table below will be updated.

March Madness Injury Report

Team Player (Pos,) Stats Injury Game Status
Auburn Lior Berman (G) 28 GP, 1.7 PPG Knee Out
Baylor Langston Love (G) 24 GP, 11.0 PPG, 2.9 RPG Knee Questionable
BYU Aly Khalifa (C) 28 GP, 5.9 PPG, 3.8 RPG, 4.1 APG Ankle Questionable
Clemson Bas Leyte (F) 20 GP, 0.8 PPG, 0.8 RPG Shoulder Out
Colorado Julian Hammond III (G) 24 GP, 7.4 PPG, 2.5 RPG Knee Out
Duke Caleb Foster (G) 27 GP, 7.7 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.1 APG Foot Out
Duquesne Tre Williams (C) 26 GP, 3.6 PPG, 2.8 RPG Shoulder Out
Florida Micah Handlogten (C) 33 GP, 5.3 PPG, 6.9 RPG Leg Out
Florida Atlantic Tre Carroll (F) 24 GP, 4.0 PPG, 1.8 RPG Arm Out
Houston Joseph Tugler (F) 28 GP, 3.8 PPG, 4.1 RPG Foot Out
Houston Ramon Walker Jr (G) 24 GP, 2.0 PPG, 3.0 RPG Knee Out
Houston Terrance Arceneaux (G) 11 GP, 5.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG Achilles Out
Howard Dom Campbell (F) 25 GP, 7.9 PPG, 4.4 RPG Concussion Questionable
Howard Ose Okojie (G) 18 GP, 4.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG Undisclosed Questionable
Howard Shy Odom (F) 19 GP, 8.7 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 2.4 APG Back Questionable
James Madison Quincy Allen (F) 8 GP, 3.8 PPG Undisclosed Out
Kansas Hunter Dickinson (C) 31 GP, 18.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG, 2.2 APG Shoulder Probable
Kansas Kevin McCullar Jr (G) 26. GP, 18.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 4.1 APG Knee Out
Marquette Chase Ross (G) 29 GP, 6.3 PPG, 3.1 RPG Leg Probable
Marquette Oso Ighodaro (F) 33 GP, 14.0 PPG, 6.9 RPG, 2.9 APG Knee Probable
Marquette Sean Jones (G) 16 GP, 5.8 PPG, 2.0 APG Knee Out
Marquette Tyler Kolek (G) 28 GP, 15.0 PPG, 7.6 APG, 4.7 RPG Oblique Questionable
Michigan St. Jeremy Fears Jr (G) 12 GP, 3.5 PPG, 3.3 APG Leg Out
Mississippi St. Andrew Taylor (G) 7 GP, 3.9 PPG Personal Out
NC State Dennis Parker Jr (G) 29 GP, 4.7 PPG, 3.2 RPG Illness Doubtful
NC State LJ Thomas (G) 12 GP, 2.6 PPG Undisclosed Out
Nebraska CJ Wilcher (G) 32 GP, 7.9 PPG, 1.5 RPG Illness Questionable
Nebraska Eli Rice (G) 17 GP, 4.2 PPG, 1.6 RPG Ankle Out
Nevada Hunter McIntosh (G) 32 GP, 5.9 PPG, 1.3 APG Knee Questionable
Northwestern Matthew Nicholson (C) 29 GP, 5.3 PPG, 4.3 RPG Leg Out
Northwestern Ty Berry (G) 23 GP, 11.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG Knee Out
Oakland Isaiah Jones (G) 31 GP, 5.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 1.6 APG Ankle Questionable
Oregon Jesse Zarzuela (G) 5 GP, 10.0 PPG, 2.4 RPG, 2.2 APG Ankle Out
Oregon Keeshawn Barthelemy (G) 18 GP, 7.9 PPG, 2.3 APG, 2.2 RPG Leg Out
Oregon Nate Bittle (C) 5 GP, 10.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG Illness Out
Saint Mary’s Harry Wessels (C) 28 GP, 4.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG Arm Questionable
Saint Mary’s Joshua Jefferson (F) 26 GP, 10.2 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 2.3 APG Knee Out
South Carolina Myles Stute (F) 26 GP, 8.5 PPG, 3.1 RPG Hip Questionable
Texas A&M Bryce Lindsay (G) 8 GP, 1.8 PPG Undisclosed Out
Texas Tech Darrion Williams (F) 32 GP, 11.4 PPG, 7.5 RPG Ankle Questionable
Texas Tech Devan Cambridge (F) 8 GP, 10.5 PPG, 4.5 RPG Knee Out
Texas Tech KyeRon Lindsay (G) 9 GP, 2.7 PPG, 1.3 RPG Illness Questionable
Texas Tech Warren Washington (F) 24 GP, 9.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 1.8 APG Foot Out
Utah State Max Agbonkpolo (F) 10 GP, 5.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG Foot Out
Vermont Max Veretto (F) 28 GP, 9.0 PPG, 3.3 RPG Shoulder Out
Wagner Rob Taylor II (F) 8 GP, 5.1 PPG, 3.8 RPG Undisclosed Questionable
Wagner Zaire Williams (G) 9 GP, 9.3 PPG, 2.1 RPG Knee Out
Washington State Joseph Yesufu (G) 6 GP, 6.2 PPG, 2.0 RPG Hip Out
Western Kentucky Dontaie Allen (G) 32 GP, 8.3 PPG, 3.0 RPG Knee Questionable
Western Kentucky Jalen Jackson (G) 10 GP, 4.3 PPG, 1.9 RPG Foot Out
Wisconsin Isaac Lindsey (G) 16 GP, 0.6 PPG Undisclosed Questionable

Table last updated at 9:56 pm ET, March 20.

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Kansas Dealing With Biggest Injury Concerns

There is no doubt which team has the biggest injury concerns heading into the 2024 NCAA Tournament. Kansas was without its top-two scorers and rebounders – Kevin McCullar Jr (18.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 4.1 APG) and Hunter Dickinson (18.0 PPG, 10.8 RPG) – in its first game of the Big 12 Tournament against Cincinnati, and the Jayhawks were embarrassed 72-52.

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Dickinson suffered a dislocated shoulder in the last game of the regular season at Houston (a horrendous 76-46 setback) after scoring 11 points in 23 minutes with six rebounds.

McCullar, who is battling a knee injury, didn’t score a point in 15 minutes against the Cougars before sitting out the loss to Cincinnati. McCullar has missed six games this season and the Jayhawks are just 3-3 straight-up without him. [Editor’s note: McCullar was ruled out for the season on Wednesday, March 20.] 

The loss to Cincinnati was the first game that Dickinson had missed this season.

Kansas heads into the first round as a #4 seed in the March Madness bracket and will face #13 Samford in Salt Lake City in the Midwest Region on Thursday. The Jayhawks opened as 8.5-point favorites, and the line has come down to eight flat in the last 18 hours.

While oddsmakers may not see the injuries as a huge impediment to getting past the first round, they are clearly coming into play in the Final Four odds: Kansas is just the sixth-favorite to win the Midwest at +1900, behind #1 Purdue (+165), #2 Tennessee (+330), #3 Creighton (+340), #5 Gonzaga (+650) and #7 Texas (+1800).

Marquette Stars Laboring

The other team that jumps out when looking at the injury reports are the Marquette Golden Eagles, the #2 seed in the South Region.

Senior point guard Tyler Kolek (15.0 PPG, 7.6 APG, 4.7 RPG) hasn’t played since Feb. 28 due to an oblique strain. The good news is that head coach Shaka Smart said “we’re planning on him playing on Friday”.

Marquette was 22-6 before Kolek’s injury and went just 3-3 without him, including two setbacks to #1 overall seed and defending national champion UConn (a 75-67 home loss in on March 6 and 73-57 neutral-court setback in the Big East Tournament title game last Saturday).

Oso Ighodaro, the team’s leading rebounder and third-leading scorer (14.0 PPG, 6.8 RPG), left the Big East title game with a knee injury with roughly seven minutes to play. Smart downplayed the forward’s injury, saying “[he]’ll be out there [on Friday].”

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Marquette opens the NCAA Tournament against #15 Western Kentucky on Friday in Indianapolis. The Golden Eagles were 15.5-point favorites in the opening March Madness first-round odds yesterday, but are now just 14-point chalk.

Like the Jayhawks in the Midwest, Marquette’s Final Four odds have taken a hit. Smart’s team is listed at +550 to win the South, well behind #1 Houston (+150) and also trailing #4 Duke (+295). They currently sit 11th in the March Madness championship odds at +2571.

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