UConn men's basketball PG Alterique Gilbert will miss tonight's game against UCF due to left shoulder soreness, the school announced.
The injury occured last game versus Wichita State when Gilbert ran into a screen. He went down on the floor and stayed down before going to the bench and the locker room with team trainer James Doran. Gilbert did return to the bench later with an ice pack on his shoulder.
Without Gilbert, Tarin Smith is expected to slide into the starting lineup. After Gilbert left the game against Wichita State, Christian Vital brought the ball up most often, though Jalen Adams, Smith and Vital will likely split those duties against UCF. Since Gilbert hasn't practiced all week, the Huskies should be prepared to handle the absence.
Gilbert's injured shoulder has given him plenty of issues over his career. He initially dislocated it in high school before doing so again in the 2016 Jordan Brand Classic game, the latter of which required surgery. As a true freshman, Gilbert played in three games before dislocating it again at Loyola Marymount, which again required surgery and ended his season.
During the 2017-18 season, Gilbert made it five games before injuring the shoulder again in the PK80 Classic against Michigan State. For the third time, Gilbert needed surgery, this time performed by Dr. James Andrews, one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the country. While the point guard again missed the rest of the season, the most recent operation appears to have fixed the injury as Gilbert has played in all 20 games this season.
While any injury to that shoulder is bad, x-rays determined there is no structural damage to the shoulder, just soreness from the hard screen. His status is day-to-day moving forward.