- Associated Press - Monday, February 28, 2011

LOUISVILLE, KY. (AP) - Louisville sophomore forward Rakeem Buckles will miss the rest of the season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

Buckles injured the knee in the first half of Louisville’s 62-59 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday. Buckles fell awkwardly after attempting a short jumper and had to be helped off the floor. He watched the second half from the bench in a sweatsuit with his knee heavily wrapped.

An MRI exam taken late Sunday night located the tear. He will have surgery sometime in the next two weeks. There is no immediate timetable for his return.

The injury caps a difficult season for Buckles, who missed 12 games earlier in the year after breaking his left index finger in practice. He averaged 6.8 points and 6.1 rebounds in 16 games this season.

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