CINCINNATI (AP)-Xavier has suffered another major setback, losing senior forward Jamel McLean to a broken bone around the eye socket.
McLean was hurt Tuesday night during a 73-62 exhibition victory over Northern Kentucky. Tests found the fracture, which will take three to six weeks to heal.
The Atlantic 10 co-champions also lost 3-point leader Brad Redford to a torn knee ligament during workouts last month. Xavier is down to nine healthy scholarship players to start the season.
McLean is the top returning front-line scorer and rebounder. He averaged 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds as Xavier went to round of 16 for the third consecutive season. Xavier has only two other returning starers.
For the Broncos, Steve Hawkins reports that David Brown is out for the next 2-4 weeks. He is still in a boot and on crutches. He would be considered doubtful for the Loyola-Chicago on Nov. 20. If he did play it would be without any practice time or it would be extremely limited, but I don't think we are going to chance that.
In his blog Hawkins had this to say about Xavier.
"We're both a little banged up right now, but it is going to be very exciting to watch. This game is going to be very guard oriented with two outstanding guards on their side and then they have a 7-footer who is just a beast and I'm sure they're not going to be in a pleasant mood after coming off a loss to Bellarmine. I'm sure Coach [Chris] Mack will have them ready and that will help get their attention."
The Broncos open up against Xavier this Firday (Nov 12), game time is 7PM.