College basketball player stretchered off court with broken leg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Florida center Micah Handlogten broke his lower left leg in the opening minutes of the Southeastern Conference Tournament final Sunday and was taken off the court on a stretcher.

A team spokesman confirmed the severity of the injury after Handlogten was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for further tests.

Handlogten had two rebounds in two minutes and was trying to come down with a third when he landed awkwardly on his left foot. He immediately went down in pain and rolled onto his side, putting his hands to his face.

The sound of bone apparently breaking could be heard on TV with blood immediately visible on the back of his calf.

Florida head coach Todd Golden kneels nexrt to center Micah Handlogten (3) after he injured his leg during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn at the Southeastern Conference tournament Sunday, March 17, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. Handlogten was taken off teh court on a stretcher. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
Florida head coach Todd Golden kneels nexrt to center Micah Handlogten (3) after he injured his leg during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Auburn at the Southeastern Conference tournament Sunday, March 17, 2024, in Nashville, Tenn. Handlogten was taken off teh court on a stretcher. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Play continued as Aden Holloway took a pass and finished a layup on the other end for No. 12 Auburn. Play then stopped as trainers rushed out to tend to Handlogten, and everyone inside Bridgestone Arena went silent.

His parents were brought to the court from their seats in the stands. His mother, Danielle, wearing his No. 3 jersey, kneeled near his head as her son was treated on the court with his father, Ben, close as well.

Handlogten’s leg was placed inside an air cast before he was placed on a backboard, then lifted onto a stretcher. Teammates came over to him as Handlogten was taken off the court. Fellow sophomore Riley Kugel could be seen crying on the Florida bench.

The 7-foot-1 Handlogten ranked 11th nationally, averaging 2.3 shots blocked per game at Marshall where he was the Sun Belt Conference freshman of the year. He transferred to Florida, and the native of Huntsville, North Carolina, started 22 of 33 games including Sunday’s tournament final.

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