FAYETTEVILLE - Arkansas beat No. 20 Michigan at Bud Walton Arena on Saturday, but the upset came with a price.
Forward Marvell Waithe suffered a strained left calf muscle in the opening minutes of the game and didn't return. Arkansas coach Mike Anderson said Monday it is unlikely Waithe will play on Wednesday against Auburn and his teammates indicated the senior could be for around three weeks.
Without Waithe, Arkansas (14-5, 2-2 Southeastern Conference) will have only eight scholarship players available for the game against Tigers (12-7, 2-3 SEC).
"We've got to continue to find some other guys to step up," Anderson said. "Marvell was giving us some great minutes off the bench. He's a guy that is very versatile and athletic, can block shots and rebound.
Waithe, who is averaging 6.3 points per game, earned his first career start against the Wolverines, but it was short-lived. He was injured 1 minute, 41 seconds into the game.
"My mom took off work so she could watch the game," Waithe said. "She turned it on a couple of minutes late and thought I had already been benched.
"It's just a strain. I'll be back."
The news was better on freshman guard B.J. Young, who injured his hand and back on a flagrant foul by Wolverines guard Zack Novak in the second half. Young hit the floor hard on the foul and even had to leave the game temporarily while being check by team doctors.
He returned to the game shortly after and led the Razorbacks with 15 points.
"My hand is a little swollen," said Young, who is leading all SEC freshmen with 14.7 points per game. "My back took more of the pain afterward, but it should be all right."