University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced Saturday night that senior forward Isaac Copeland Jr. suffered a torn left ACL during the second half of Saturday’s game against Ohio State. The injury was revealed during MRI testing following the 70-60 loss.
Copeland, an All-Big Ten selection in 2017-18, had started Nebraska’s first 20 games this season, averaging 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-9 forward from Raleigh, N.C., is second on the Huskers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots .
He has started all 53 games since arriving at Nebraska two seasons ago and, including his two-plus years at Georgetown, has totaled over 1,300 points and 600 rebounds.
“I am broken hearted for Isaac,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles says. “He is a young man who had every option available to him last spring, but wanted to come back and help lead the Huskers back to the NCAA Tournament and beyond. He has meant so much to our program and has been a valued leader in the Husker basketball family since arriving on campus two years ago. In typical Isaac fashion, he was the most vocal player in the huddle even after his injury, encouraging his teammates and showing leadership even though he was unable to play.”
Copeland tweeted that his career as a Husker was over.
"Husker nation thank you for welcoming me with open arms. Unfortunately my time here as a player was cut short due to injury. Keep me in your prayers and keep supporting our team ! Love ❤️ #GBR