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Marquette starting center's season over

Posted on: January 7, 2012 7:32 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2012 7:33 pm

By Jeff Goodman

Marquette junior big man Chris Otule's season is over.

Otule suffered a left knee injury on Dec. 6, but was making progress and Marquette coach Buzz Williams anticipated he would return sometime in Big East play. 

However, Williams told -- shortly after his team's loss at Syracuse on Saturday -- that Otule will have season-ending surgery on Tuesday after a setback last week. 

"We will apply for a sixth-year two years from now," Williams said. 

Otule wasn't a guy who put up impressive numbers (5.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg), but he was key for Williams because he was a legitimate center. Now the Golden Eagles are either forced to play Davante Gardner extended minutes or have to play forwards Jae Crowder or Jamil Wilson in the middle. 

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