Texas C Dylan Disu still being evaluated for knee injury

Texas basketball is hoping to get senior big man Dylan Disu back in the lineup for the finale against OU. Disu suffered a knee injury in the March 4 loss to Baylor.

Dylan Disu, Texas basketball
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Texas basketball senior big man Dylan Disu suffered a knee injury in his team's loss on the road in Waco on March 4 to the No. 11 Baylor Bears. Disu had to be helped off the floor to the locker room to be further evaluated for the knee injury he suffered against Baylor.

The ESPN broadcast on March 4 in the Texas-Baylor game mentioned that Disu was being evaluated further in the locker room and that his status was uncertain moving forward.

Status of Texas basketball C Dylan Disu remains uncertain

Entering Texas's regular season finale on March 9 at the Moody Center in Austin against the Oklahoma Sooners, it appears that Disu's status is still unknown.

Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman reported on March 6 that Texas is "still evaluated" Disu for his "sprained left knee".

Disu suffered this left knee injury after he was already dealing with an ailment that limited his minutes against Baylor earlier this week, as he had a stomach bug.

Following the eight-point loss to Baylor on March 4, Texas head coach Rodney Terry said that Disu will try to "push through" the injury entering the regular season finale against Oklahoma.

"Dylan’s been there before. I mean, to be honest with you, we didn’t even think he was going to play today, you know. So give him a lot of credit for pushing through today and trying to play in a really bad situation, in terms of his health today. But he tried to push through it and play a little bit."

Disu has arguably been the team's MVP in conference play this season. He was leading the Big 12 in points per game and three-point field goal percentage in conference play entering the contest against Baylor earlier this week.

As Terry mentioned in his postgame press conference following the loss to Baylor on March 4, this isn't the first knee injury Disu has dealt with over his five-year collegiate career. He suffered a season-ending knee injury during his sophomore campaign at Vanderbilt in 2020-21 after he was leading the SEC in rebounding and ranked in the top 10 in points per game.

Last postseason, Disu's amazing tournament run was unfortunately cut short by a foot injury that he dealt with all offseason. That same foot injury caused Disu to miss the first month of the 2023-24 regular season.

Kadin Shedrick receives more minutes vs. Baylor in the wake of Disu's injury

With Disu being limited due to the stomach bug and later the knee injury in the second half, redshirt junior center Kadin Shedrick stepped up and played more minutes in the frontcourt for Terry's squad. If Disu is limited or misses any time for the remainder of the season or in the postseason, Texas will need some big minutes in the frontcourt rotation from Shedrick.

Disu's status down the stretch will be critical for a Longhorns' team that has been short on primary sources of scoring in Big 12 play. Senior guard Max Abmas and Disu have accounted for nearly half of Texas's scoring output in conference play this season, as they've combined for 34 points per game.

We will continue to monitor for status updates for Disu's knee injury as Texas continues to evaluate him entering the regular season finale against Oklahoma this weekend.

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