The Colorado Buffaloes, an early surprise this college basketball season at 14-3 overall, suffered a big blow Monday night.
Point guard Spencer Dinwiddie is lost for the season with a torn ACL. As reported by Tom Kensler of the Denver Post:
Dinwiddie, who fell to the floor clutching his left knee in CU’s loss at Washington on Sunday, had an MRI Monday that showed an ACL injury. Boyle said Dinwiddie will undergo surgery next week.
Dinwiddie, a junior, has been the team’s leader and leading scorer (15.2 points). He sustained the injury in a non-contact play as he dribbled up the court late in the first half.”
The Buffaloes went on to lose to the University of Washington after Dinwiddie sustained the injury.
It seems especially cruel because Dinwiddie struggled with the decision to return to school for his junior season. He pondered making the jump to the NBA, eventually deciding to stay on the advice of his father and his own feeling that he needed to grow up.
This injury likely forces Dinwiddie back to Boulder for his senior season, which surely was not part of his original plan. Here’s hoping he stays healthy and enjoys a good final season when that time comes. In the meantime, Colorado will try to continue its assault on the Pac 12 without its point guard.