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 CBSSports.com -- 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.