Buckles had been back for the last five games, returning to action for the first time in six weeks after missing 12 games against Syracuse on Feb. 12. He broke his left index finger during practice on Dec. 30 and returned to practice six weeks after the injury on Feb. 10. He had surgery to repair the injury on Dec. 30, which included the insertion of five pins. He missed the Cardinals' games against Kentucky and their first 11 BIG EAST games.
At the time he broke his finger in December, Buckles was leading the Cardinals and ranked ninth in the BIG EAST Conference in rebounding, averaging 7.5 per game, and was averaging 8.2 points this season.