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Przemek Karnowski injury: No timetable on the center's return

Karnowski's injured back doesn't appear to be getting any better.

James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Przemek Karnowski sat for the third straight game with a back injury, and it doesn't look like he will be returning to the floor anytime soon, according to comments from Mark Few reported by Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review.

This is the worst sort of news the Zags can be hearing right now. Gonzaga's main strength this season was its superior frontcourt, which becomes a whole lot less superior without Karnowski clogging it up down low. Karnowski's offensive numbers hadn't really climbed too much in his senior campaign. His defense, however, has been game changing and Karnowski has literally been a wall at times.


The frontcourt was supposed to allow our backcourt time to gel. Now, that isn't the case so much. Edwards can supply some solid minutes down low, but he is a far cry from the ability level of Karnowski right now. And realistically, with as brutal as the backcourt has been at times, this team needs all the help it can get.

If Karnowski is going to be out for a long time, the Gonzaga guards need to figure out what the hell is going on, and do it fast. Or else this season can get out of hand pretty quickly, and that will make for a tense Selection Sunday.