Kansas' Big 12 tournament hopes take blow with loss of David McCormack, Tristan Enaruna to COVID-19 protocols

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Kansas will have to play without one of its key contributors in the Big 12 tournament that kicks off Wednesday.

Starting forward David McCormack will be unavailable due to COVID-19 protocols, it was announced on the Jayhawks’ official Twitter account.

The absence of McCormack, who averages 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds, is a major blow for the Jayhawks, ranked 12th in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll. Kansas appeared to have turned a corner down the stretch, winning seven of its past eight games, thanks in large part to his impact on both ends of the floor. That run included handing Baylor, ranked second, its only loss.

Reserve guard Tristan Enaruna, averaging 2.8 points in just over nine minutes a game, also will be out for the Big 12 tournament.

Kansas draws the winner of Oklahoma-Iowa State on Thursday. 

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Unfortunately, this is not the first example of the impact of the virus on the college basketball postseason and it likely will not be the last. Northern Iowa was unable to field enough players to compete and had to bow out of the Missouri Valley Conference tournament without playing a game.

Follow colleges reporter Eddie Timanus on Twitter @EddieTimanus

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