Mahmoud to miss rest of the year


University of Louisville forward/center Anas Mahmoud will miss the remainder of the Cardinals’ 2015-16 season after suffering a right ankle sprain in practice Monday.

Mahmoud stepped on another player’s foot to cause the sprain. An x-ray taken at Jewish Hospital was negative for a break. With an estimated 3-6 weeks recovery time, he will miss the Cardinals’ six remaining games. He will be in a boot and on crutches for the immediate future.

A sophomore from Cairo, Egypt, Mahmoud has averaged 3.2 points and 3.0 rebounds this season with 29 blocked shots, averaging 14 minutes a game during the Cardinals’ ACC games. He has blocked three shots in three of the last seven games. Mahmoud scored a career-high 15 points at Georgia Tech in January.

UofL Coach Rick Pitino had planned to start Mahmoud against Syracuse because of his ability to pass against the Syracuse zone. Ranked 18th by the Associated Press, Louisville (19-6, 8-4) will face Syracuse on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the KFC Yum! Center.