Temple post player Anthony Lee is still listed day-to-day for Friday’s NCAA tournament second-round game against North Carolina State in Dayton.
The 6-foot-9 redshirt sophomore is dealing with concussion-like symptoms.
“He is going to do some cardiovascular stuff today. Then they will re-evaluate,” coach Fran Dunphy said before Tuesday’s practice. “Then they will do some other stuff tomorrow and re-evaluate. And hopefully he will be able to play on Friday. But that’s up to the trainer, doctor, play decision.”
Lee was taken to a Brooklyn hospital in the early-morning hours Saturday with concussion-like symptoms after Friday night's 79-74 Atlantic Ten tourney quarterfinal loss to Massachusetts at the Barclays Center. The Maryland native had been dealing with a severe headache.
Things only got worse when he took an elbow to the head on a hook shot in the first half of Friday’s game. Lee became dizzy, nauseous and light-headed. He even passed out after the game in the locker room. About 12:30 a.m., an hour after the game, Lee was rushed to a hospital. He was treated and released before spending Saturday and part of Sunday at Temple University hospital.
Since Lee provides Temple's only true post presence, the Owls would be at a huge disadvantage without him. N.C. State (24-10) boasts a talented front court in 6-foot-9 forward C.J. Leslie (14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds) and 6-8 forward Richard Howell (12.7 points and 10.7 rebounds).
“We will just have to do a lot of managing our lineup [if Lee can’t play.],” Dunphy said “Probably play small on occasion, which probably won’t be a whole lot of fun. But that’s what we will do.”
Lee is averaging 10 points and team-leading seven rebounds. He 18 double-figure scoring games this season.