Brendan Haywood, a former NBA center who won a championship in 2011 with the Dallas Mavericks, was heard urging his producer not to show a repeat of a brutal ankle injury suffered by a UCLA player on Saturday night. .
Bruins guard David Singleton caught his teammate’s in-bounds pass with approximately 23.3 seconds remaining in the game against Northwestern and landed awkwardly when stopped on a jump ball. Singleton went down writhing in pain and appeared to have sprained his ankle on the play.
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Haywood was heard pleading with the television producer not to show a rerun.
«Please don’t show that again,» the former North Carolina standout said before the broadcast showed the replay again.
UCLA coach Mick Cronin said after the game that Singleton suffered a severe sprain and prevented a rupture.
Singleton said he had broken his foot before and knew what that felt like.
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«I knew it wasn’t that bad,» he said after the game. «I broke my foot before. I didn’t feel like it was breaking or anything. It just hurt right now. I’m fine. I’m just going to go to my trainer.»
Cronin added that he was having flashbacks to Kenyon Martin in 2000. Cronin was an assistant in Cincinnati when Martin, the eventual No. 1 pick in the draft, broke his leg before the tournament.
«I had memories of when I had a full head of hair in the spring of 2000 running and Kenyon Martin was playing there,» Cronin said. «Looks like he has a bad sprain…I’m happy he didn’t break his ankle. It’s been crazy for us here lately.»
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The Bruins won the game, 68-63, to advance to the Sweet 16. Jaime Jaquez Jr. scored 24 points in the win.
Associated Press contributed to this report.