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Harvard's Kyle Casey might miss opener

10/4/2010

Harvard sophomore forward Kyle Casey, the team's leading returning scorer and rebounder, suffered a broken foot during a pickup game with teammates and is expected to miss six to eight weeks recovering from surgery, according to the Harvard Crimson.

"I got the ball and made a hard cut going to the rim," Casey said. "I felt a pop, and I fell."

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"It could have been worse, so I'm just trying to stay optimistic, but it's pretty bad news for myself and my team," Casey said.

The timetable will make it difficult for the Ivy League's Rookie of the Year to return for Harvard's Nov. 13 season opener at George Mason, but gives him time to recover before the conference schedule.

That's significant since it's the Ivy League regular-season champ that advances automatically to the NCAA tournament, and the Crimson coming off a 21-win season, should be contenders once again.

Casey averaged 10.4 points per games last season, which was second only to NBA-bound Jeremy Lin.