April 7, 2019 / 11:26 PM / a month ago

Texas Tech forward Owens uncertain for title game

Apr 6, 2019; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Texas Tech Red Raiders forward Tariq Owens (11) reacts after an injury during the second half against the Michigan State Spartans in the semifinals of the 2019 men's Final Four at US Bank Stadium. Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tech forward Tariq Owens was sporting a walking boot on Sunday, but coach Chris Beard told ESPN he expects the senior to play in Monday’s national championship game against Virginia.

Owens sprained his right ankle during the second half of Saturday’s 61-51 victory against Michigan State. He was injured with 14:43 remaining after an awkward fall.

He briefly returned to action but left 74 seconds later with 5:38 remaining.

Owens didn’t practice on Sunday. He also wasn’t made available to the media.

Beard said he would have a better feel for Owens’ availability on Monday.

Owens had seven points, four rebounds and three blocked shots against Michigan State. His season averages are 8.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks.

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