It has been a very nice season for the New Mexico Lobos, and junior center Alex Kirk has been in the middle of all of the team’s success. However, Kirk has been sidelined for the past two games with a mysterious leg injury, and now, there is a schedule for him to be re-evaluated in order to gain a full diagnosis.
Alex Kirk update: he will be re-evaluated in Abq when the team returns, no structural damage, no break, “it’s in his shin” according 2 Neal
— J.P. Murrieta (@KOBSports) January 29, 2014
The fact that there is no structural damage to Kirk’s leg is a huge win, especially given how fantastic he has been this season. The 7-footer is averaging 14.0 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game for the Lobos, and he is certainly in consideration as a fringe All-American candidate this season. As far as team success, New Mexico has fortunately been able to grab two wins in his absence, bringing their record to 16-4 overall and 7-1 in the Mountain West.
The Lobos are currently sitting as a projected #9 seed in ESPN’s “Bracketology”, but without Kirk, that would certainly be amended. Further information will break after the re-evaluation takes places, but until then, the fate of New Mexico’s season hangs in the balance.