Chuck Davis was going for a loose ball rebound underneath the Mississippi goal when he tangled up with teammate Justin Jonus. Davis went down clutching his right knee before limping off with assistance from trainer John Mohr and Gottfried.
Davis did not grant interviews Saturday, but in a statement through the Alabama media relations department, he said, ""We're getting an MRI on Monday and see how things go. Until then I'm doing a lot of praying and hoping."
"He's always shown himself to be one of the classiest guys in this league," Barnes said. "I got a chance to visit with him and he said he might have to be out for the year, so that's disappointing. I have compassion for him."
Davis limped away from the bench and then returned before the end of the first half, and came back in a sweat suit in the second half.
"He's our leader. That's a big blow but it's no excuse. We still have to come out and play and compete," sophomore point guard Ron Steele said.
The roles of center Jermareo Davidson and Richard Hendrix obviously increase in Davis' absence. Gottfried said he would wait on making a decision about playing true freshman Yamene Coleman, who had be scheduled for a redshirt season.
"That's something that we talked about briefly," Gottfried said. "We need to take a day or so to figure it out and think about it, to be honest."