OU men's basketball: <span>Jamuni McNeace’s return from injury unclear after latest setback</span>

Kyle Phillips / The Transcript

Oklahoma's Jamuni McNeace grabs a rebound during the Sooners' game against Kansas State on Jan. 16 at Lloyd Noble Center.

Oklahoma senior center Jamuni McNeace was unavailable on Saturday, and he won’t play vs. Baylor on Monday either, coach Lon Kruger said.

Kruger announced 30 minutes before the Sooners’ game vs. Texas Tech that McNeace would rest with a sore foot.

“He wasn’t able to finish practice yesterday and he was sore,” Kruger said. “He hasn’t been able to be very productive with the way it is. So, we’re going to try to get him some complete rest for a few days. ... We’ll try to give him a full week here and see how he responds to that.”

McNeace was seen on the bench Saturday wearing a walking boot on his right leg.

Kruger was asked if any consideration had been given to shutting McNeace down for the year with injuries hampering him all season.

Kruger says that decision will be up to McNeace.

“As far as the X-rays and all that, those are fine,” the coach said. “It’s just a matter of being able to do things. Running and jumping are such a big part of [Jamuni’s] game. That’s what he’s done throughout his career. He’s not been able to do that right now comfortably. So, we’ll see if a week will help him out in that area.”

• Sixth man: Newcastle teen Caleb Freeman was announced as Oklahoma’s honorary “sixth man” during the team’s starting-lineup presentation before playing Texas Tech on Saturday.

Freeman was involved in a life-threatening car accident in December 2017. Freeman, who was on his way to an Oklahoma basketball game, is still recovering from the collision, but was able to walk on the floor and join the Sooners while wearing a crimson Oklahoma jersey.

• In the driver’s seat: Oklahoma led for just 47 seconds of its game vs. Texas Tech.

Oklahoma junior Kristian Doolittle, a 6-foot-7 forward from Edmond, hit a jumper in the paint to put his team up 2-0. Texas Tech took over less than a minute later and never looked back.

• Tip-ins: Oklahoma's loss to Texas Tech on Saturday was its first home loss vs. the Red Raiders since Dec. 12, 2014. … Since 2010, Oklahoma has won every home game vs. Texas Tech when scheduled in the month of January and lost every home game vs. Texas Tech when scheduled in February. Oklahoma will face Baylor at 8 p.m. on Monday. The game will air on ESPN2.

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