Texas A&M forward Khris Middleton, a pre-season All-Big 12 selection, is not expected to play in tonight's game against No. 5 Kansas, coach Billy Kennedy said on today's Big 12 coaches conference call.
Middleton, the Aggies' leading scorer last season, underwent athroscopic knee surgery in November and tweaked the knee during Saturday's 81-75 victory over Oklahoma. Middleton played only 12 minutes in that contest, scoring four points and grabbing three rounds.
"We're not planning on him playing," Kennedy said, reflecting on Middleton's status for tonight's 8 p.m. tipoff in Lawrence, Kan on ESPN. "He's still having problems with his knee. He's not 100 percent and we're planning on playing without him."
Kennedy said Middleton is expected to get a second medical opinion in regard to the knee later this week. At this point, Kennedy said the plan is to "get him more time to heal and rest."
A&M (11-7, 2-4 in Big 12), a co-favorite with Kansas (16-3, 6-0) in the Big 12 pre-season coaches poll, has battled injuries, illness and inconsistency this season.
_ Jimmy Burch