The Texas Longhorns took yet another injury hit on Saturday against the Iowa State Cyclones when junior guard Matt Coleman left the game in the second half and did not return.
On Monday, head coach Shaka Smart provided an update on Coleman, who is suffering from a bruised heel that he injured late in the first half on a jarring landing after driving to the basket.
“We’re hopeful that he’s going to be able to go on Wednesday night, but he will not practice today,” Smart said. “He is feeling better today than he did yesterday, which is a good sign. It’s just a bruise. We’re a little bit worried coming home because he was in a lot of pain and he’s a tough kid. But we’re hopeful that he’s going to be able to go on Wednesday.”
Texas hosts TCU on Wednesday.
Coleman struggled during his 20 minutes on the court against the Cyclones, scoring five points on 2-of-7 shooting, but has been the team’s most consistent player this season, leading the Longhorns in scoring at 12.5 points per game and in assists at 3.8 per game.
In the second half, he tried to play through the injury for two minutes, but the coaches took him out when it became apparent that he wasn’t moving well. Coleman won’t practice on Monday and is unlikely to participate in practice on Tuesday, either.
In other injury news, Smart said that junior forward Jericho Sims will be the remainder of the regular season and any potential postseason games for Texas unless something changes with his diagnosis.
Smart also provided an update on junior guard Jase Febres, who hyperextended his knee nine days ago against Texas Tech.
“He has another follow up appointment on his knee tomorrow,” Smart said. “So, hopefully, the diagnosis from that will be that he’s progressing. His knee, at least outwardly according to our trainer and according to Jase himself has responded pretty well to rest from just a standpoint of swelling and how it feels, but he’s a ways away from playing because he’s not even really walking smoothly on it. But he does look like he’s moving better.”