Texas' Bamba (toe) says he'll play if team makes NCAA Tournament

Texas freshman forward Mohamed Bamba doesn't plan on missing the NCAA Tournament. If the Longhorns make the cut, that is.

Bamba has missed the team's last three games because of a toe injury. He was on the bench as Texas edged Iowa State 68-64 in the opening round of the Big 12 tournament on Wednesday.

"I'll be out there for [the NCAA] Tournament, no matter if my entire leg was missing," Bamba said after Texas' win, via ESPN. "You want to approach it the same way, but that's the tournament. That's what we've been working our butts off for since the summer."

Texas (19-13) will face No. 14 Texas Tech on Thursday, with Bamba uncertain if he'll play. A win would greatly improve the Longhorns' NCAA Tournament hopes, as they are far from being a shoo-in just yet.

"It's a day-to-day injury," Bamba said, "so it's just based off pain level and, honestly, how I feel."

Bamba has averaged 13.0 points and 10.6 rebounds per game for the Longhorns this season. Coach Shaka Smart said the team won't rush his return.

"It's about him figuring out how hard he can push that thing. ... We're not going to put him out there when it's not the right thing for him," Smart said.

--Field Level Media

03/08/2018 12:05

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