KU’s Hunter Dickinson, Kevin McCullar out of Big 12 Tournament

KU’s Hunter Dickinson, Kevin McCullar out of Big 12 Tournament

The Kansas Jayhawks are going to be without their two best players for this week’s Big 12 Tournament at T-Mobile Center in Kansas City, MO., head coach Bill Self announced Monday.

Kevin McCullar is dealing with a bone bruise in his knee and Hunter Dickinson left Saturday’s loss at Houston with a dislocated shoulder. The good news is that Dickinson will not need surgery, has already started rehab and, according to Self, “should be practicing full speed by the start of next week so he’ll be available to us with the NCAA Tournament. And not only available but should be fine.”

Dickinson, the 7-foot-2 senior center who transferred to KU after three years at Michigan, is averaging 18.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game for the Jayhawks. He’s hit 55.0 percent of his field-goal attempts, 35.0 percent of his 3-pointers and 64.1 percent of his free throws.

McCullar has missed five games over the last six weeks since injuring his knee. He’s played in three straight games but was limited to 15 minutes in the first half of Saturday’s 76-46 loss at Houston. With KU trailing 40-21 at the break, Self decided to give McCullar the rest of the game off.

McCullar went scoreless in the first half against the Cougars, missing all four of his shots and committing a turnover. He didn’t register any other stats other than committing one personal foul.

McCullar, a 6-foot-7 senior guard, averages 18.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and 1.5 steals per game. He’s buried 45.4 percent of his FGAs, 33.3 percent of his treys and 80.5 percent of his free throws.

Like Dickinson, Self said Monday that he expects McCullar to be able to practice next week in preparation for the NCAA Tournament.

McCullar and Dickinson both garnered first-team All-Big 12 honors.

Kansas (22-9 straight up, 13-18 against the spread) is the #6 seed in the Big 12 Tournament and will face today’s winner of Cincinnati vs. West Virginia on Wednesday night at 8:30 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

The Jayhawks are mired in a 1-3 slump both SU and ATS in their last four games. If they beat the survivor of UC-WVU, they’ll meet third-seeded Baylor on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. ET on either ESPN or ESPN2.