Minnesota's Akeem Springs out for season with torn Achilles tendon

Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota's Akeem Springs out for season with torn Achilles tendon

(AP) Starting Minnesota guard Akeem Springs is out for the rest of the season with a torn Achilles tendon in his right ankle.

Springs was injured late in the Gophers’ Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal victory over Michigan State on Friday. A team spokesman confirmed the season-ending injury Saturday.

The graduate student was averaging 9.5 points and 24 minutes for Minnesota, which has experienced a significant turnaround from 8-23 last season to being a lock for the NCAA Tournament.

Sophomore Dupree McBrayer, who started the first 19 games of the season, returned to the starting lineup for fourth-seeded Minnesota’s semifinal game against Michigan.

Coach Richard Pitino expects players will dedicate the remainder of their games to Springs.

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