MILWAUKEE -- Wisconsin point guard Chucky Hepburn left Fiserv Forum on crutches with a boot on his left foot after suffering an ankle injury in the first half of Sunday's NCAA tournament second-round game vs. Iowa State.
Hepburn, who started all 33 games as a true freshman, was defending Iowa State's Tyrese Hunter on a drive when his left ankle twisted awkwardly with 4 minutes, 37 seconds left in the half.
He screamed in pain after falling to the court, and several teammates helped him to the locker room as he didn't put any weight on his left leg. Senior Brad Davison took over the point guard duties the rest of the first half in the Cyclones' 54-49 victory.
Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said after the game that he hadn't spoken to the team's athletic trainers yet. He did talk to Hepburn, who "said he's in quite a bit of pain."
Wisconsin's primary backup to Hepburn, freshman Lorne Bowman II, has not played since Feb. 15 because of a non-COVID-19-related illness. In addition to Davison, junior Jahcobi Neath and sophomore Jordan Davis are options at guard.
Prior to Hepburn's injury, Wisconsin made eight of 17 field goal attempts and had six turnovers. After Hepburn left the court, Wisconsin shot 6-of-30, committed 11 turnovers and finished with season lows for points (49) and field goal percentage (29.8).
Hepburn, from Omaha, Nebraska, entered the game as Wisconsin's assists leader (77) and fifth-leading scorer (8.2 points per game). He had no points or assists in 14 minutes before leaving Sunday's game. Hepburn in November became the first true freshman to start a season opener for Wisconsin since Devin Harris in 2001.