The Missouri Tigers disappointing season got that much worse Tuesday night when their second leading scorer, Wes Clark, was diagnosed with dislocated right elbow following the team’s 65-60 loss to South Carolina. The injury occurred when Clark was hustling for a loose ball near the scorer’s table, and his arm was caught under a Gamecocks player causing the arm to bend awkwardly. Players on both teams noticed the dangling arm, and the injury could be described as gruesome to say the least.
“Heart goes out to Wes Clark. It’s moments like that, as a coach, makes you sick,” South Carolina coach Frank Martin said in a post-game press conference. “I know [first-year Missouri coach Kim Anderson], and in my conversations with him, he’s fighting to create a culture and I know Wes is one of the guys that’s bought into what he’s fighting for. My heart goes out to him.”
Throughout the 2014-15 season, Clark averaged 10.0 points, 3.6 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per contest, proving to coach Anderson that he could be relied upon during key stretches. Many close to the program expect the sophomore guard to miss about six weeks, meaning he will likely miss the remainder of the season, and the injury is another major loss for a program in the midst of a ten-game losing streak. The Tigers have struggled in practically all facets of the game during the 2015 season, and playing without Clark will be yet another obstacle.
As we approach the final stretch of the college basketball season, Missouri appears down to one final shot at qualifying for the NCAA tournament, and it rests in a SEC Tournament victory. Nonetheless, Clark will return for the 2015-16 season and should continue to be a major asset for the Tigers future.
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