Xavier’s Zach Freemantle to have season-ending surgery

Xavier will go into the NCAA Tournament without one of its best players in Zach Freemantle.

According to a report from Jon Rothstein on Sunday night, Xavier senior forward Zach Freemantle will have season-ending foot surgery on March 7.

Sean Miller’s team was hoping Freemantle could return for the Big East Tournament after starting to experience pain in the same foot he had surgery on in the fall of 2021. Since his absence in late January, the Musketeers have won six of their nine games and they’re on a three-game winning streak going into the Big East Tournament.

In 22 games, Freemantle averaged 15.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. He recorded four double-doubles in the last eight games he played.

Freemantle recently returned to limited activities, but a decision was made shortly after to shut him down for the rest of the year.

Xavier (23-8 straight up, 17-13-1 against the spread) will face the winner of the Seton Hall-DePaul first-round game on Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Pirates and Blue Demons square off Wednesday for a 5:30 p.m. Eastern tip and their survivor takes on the Musketeers at 7:00 p.m. the next night.

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