The Nebraska basketball team got some very good news on Friday afternoon. One of its best players might not be out for the season after all. Though for now, he's still not available to head coach Fred Hoiberg and the rest of the squad.
Hoiberg announced in his final pre-game press conference before Saturday's contest against Northwestern that Gary's injury suffered against Rutgers was not as bad as it looked. It wasn't the season-ender that many Nebraska fans were afraid it might be.
Hoiberg said that Gary is currently listed as "day-to-day" with a calf strain. That does mean that he won't play against the Northwestern Wildcats, but it also wasnt the injury or severity it appeared that even Gary believed was the problem.
During the Huskers epic collapse against Rutgers on Wednesday night, Gary left the game after coming up lame as he attempted to run down the court. He hobbled to the sidelines and was visibly distraught as trainers started to examine the problem.
It was Gary's reaction to the injury that had Husker fans most nervous. The forward missed a good chunk of the 2023 season due to a torn ACL. It was clear that he believed his final year of college basketball had just been cut short.
Nebraska basketball getting Juwan Gary back at some point
The day before Hoiberg shed some light on Gary's injury, the Nebraska basketball forward did seem to tease he'd just received very good news. While he didn't come out and say what the prognosis was, he did tweet out prayer hands and a smiley face.
The tweet also said "thank you," with no other context. The post had people believing that perhaps Juwan Gary would return to Nebraska basketball sooner than expected. However, the calf strain seems to be a better diagnosis than fans could have hoped.
On Saturday, the Nebraska Cornhuskers will have to face off against Northwestern without one of its best players. But it seems he could be back on the court in a few days, rather than several months.