In what may be the fastest injury in the history of college basketball, Ohio State starting center Micah Potter got hurt on the opening tip.
It’s one of the most bizarre injuries that you’ll ever see in any basketball game at any level. In the Buckeyes’ non-conference game against Youngstown State, the freshman center went up for the opening tap. And in a freak accident, Potter came down on the referee’s foot.
Here’s the video of the sequence where you can see on the replay Potter landing awkwardly, eventually falling to the ground.
Micah Potter was hurt on the opening tip tonight. https://t.co/UM5gLnkEcm
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) December 21, 2016
That’s… obviously not how the opening tip is supposed to work. It looked like from the baseline angle that the ref throwing up the ball was basically sticking his leg out and didn’t get out of the way in time. Clearly it wasn’t Potter’s fault as he came straight down after trying to win the tap.
Potter has started all 11 games for the Buckeyes this season, averaging 4.3 PPG and 4.1 RPG. He missed the rest of the game with an ankle injury, but it shouldn’t be a long-term issue for him or the Buckeyes.
Ohio State announces that Micah Potter is day-to-day and will not return for precautionary reasons. #Buckeyes
— Adam Jardy (@AdamJardy) December 21, 2016
Matta says Micah Potter is "good" he rolled his ankle, it's in boot he will be day to day Matta calls him "a tough kid"
— Steve Helwagen (@SteveHelwagen) December 21, 2016
Ohio State was able to handle the Penguins just fine without their starting center, rolling to an easy 77-40 victory. Thank goodness Potter will be all right or else it would be one of the more unfortunate ways to miss extended playing action. Come to think of it, maybe it’s a surprise that weird things like this don’t happen more often on jump ball situations. There you have it, we finally have one good argument in favor of the alternating possession arrow.