The University at Buffalo men's basketball team has lost backup center Raheem Johnson for the season to a foot injury.
Johnson, a 6-foot-10 senior from Detroit, has been bothered by a stress fracture in the foot all season. He appeared in just one game, a 16-minute stint at Iowa State a month ago. He has undergone surgery on the foot, UB coach Nate Oats said after practice Monday. Johnson still has a red-shirt season available to him, so UB plans to have him back for a final year of eligibility next season.
The injury leaves UB thin and young in the frontcourt. Red-shirt freshman Ikenna Smart is a 6-10 starter, and 6-8 true freshman Nick Perkins is UB's No. 2 low post player. David Kadiri, a 6-8 junior, is UB's other low-post backup.
UB (7-6) opens its Mid-American Conference season against league-favorite Akron at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Alumni Arena. UB will have 6-6 wingman Blake Hamilton back in the lineup. He sat out a week ago against Delaware due to a concussion. Akron (11-2) has two key players who have been dealing with injuries. Forward Pat Forsythe missed the past three games with an ankle injury suffered on Dec. 12. Shooting wing Jake Kretzer missed the last game with a concussion.