We’ll likely find out this week, as starting forward Ivan Aska is “doubtful” for Wednesday’s game against 3-0 Eastern Kentucky.
Aska’s brusied hand, isn’t a bruise at all. Aska has a broken bone in his right hand. Right now, I’m being told that Aska can make a fist with that hand, but it’s painful to do so. Until the swelling goes down, there’s not much they can do.
It seems likely that Aska will miss Saturday’s game against rival Austin Peay. And with Jacksonville State next week’s mid-week opponent, there’s not a lot of reason to try to get Aska back into the lineup until the Racers play Tennessee Tech a week from Saturday.
What impact will this have on the team? That’s hard to say.
The Racers haven’t exactly been challenged in OVC play thus far, but they’ve played two teams who aren’t likely to make much of a splash this season anyway, in UT Martin and Eastern Illinois.
Eastern Kentucky is 3-0 in the OVC, but only one of those wins were on the road, at Jacksonville State. Not exactly a quality road win (they’ll travel to face Murray)
Austin Peay is 0-2 in conference, and starting to look like their poor start had much more to do than simply missing one person.
And Jacksonville State isn’t exactly a team I’d be worried about.
Stat wise, Aska is the teams leading rebounder pulling down 6 boards a game, and leads the team from the free throw line. He’s also third in scoring, with 12.6 PPG. The forwards on the bench haven’t played bad this year, but all being new to the team, they’ve been inconsistent. It’s also not a position they’re especially deep at, with only 2 players not in the starting five 6’5″ or later.
My guess, expect Latreze Mushatt to get the start in his absence.
It will be the first change to Murray State’s starting lineup all season.