MRI Confirms Davis' Fears

The news was predictably dour for Chuck Davis and the Alabama basketball team as an MRI on Monday confirmed two torn ligaments in Davis' right knee, meaning the end of the Selma senior's season.

"He has a torn ACL and MCL. He'll have surgery tomorrow," Gottfried said Monday at his weekly news conference. "Dr. Lyle Cain in Birmingham will perform the surgery and Chuck is obviously done for the year. It's a tough blow. It's disappointing and sad."

Davis has been told that rehabilitation will require three to six months until he can return to the court in any fashion, which will put any early NBA draft camps out of the question.

"I'm guessing that's just being there shooting and not full contact," Davis said. "Three to six months doesn't sound that bad, and as hard as I'm going to work I'm looking for that three."

"I'm going to work hard at it and at the end of it I guess we'll know where I can go from there," he said.

Davis went down in the first half in transition defense, tangling with teammate Justin Jonus and an Ole Miss player.

"It happened very quickly," Davis said. "I came down and felt a sharp pain. I really didn't know how hurt I was till I tried to take a step. I didn't think it was as serious as it was."

Alabama, already off to a slow start at 7-6 overall and 0-1 in the Southeastern Conference, now has to deal with the loss of its top scorer and team leader. Davis averaged 16.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game, and totaled 24 blocks on the season.

"The ball needed to be in his hands for just about everything we did," Gottfried said. "What we have to do is regroup, and we will. We're going to work harder than we have before. We're committed to being the best team we can be."

Gottfried said there was no firm decision on the status of Yamene Coleman, who was slated for a redshirt season, but Gottfried said right now the Tide has "eight scholarship players to play. That's all we have, and all eight need to be better and ready to play."

On Coleman, Gottfried said, "You're always trying to balance what's best for the team and what's best for each individual person. I want to do what's best for Yamene. I want to sit down with him and talking. I don't want to rush into anything that could have an adverse effect with him."

Gottfried said the goals were not being adjusted for his team, and the NCAA tournament was still a goal. To have an overall winning record for the regular season the Tide must win the majority of its remaining 15 conference games. Anything less would leave Alabama on the verge of not qualifying for any post-season tournament beyond the Southeastern Conference tourney.

"This team wants to be an NCAA tournament basketball team and if I sat here and said that's an unrealistic goal it'd be unfair to our team," Gottfried said.

"We will not roll over. We're not going to lay down and make excuses and whine. That's not going to get you anywhere at all. What we're going to do is buckle down and be positive and play. That's the only thing I know how to do."


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