Gonzaga senior guard Geno Crandall will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks after suffering a fractured right hand in Monday’s practice.
Crandall has been the first guard off the bench and relieved some of the ball-handling pressure on senior point guard Josh Perkins.
Crandall, a grad transfer from North Dakota, is averaging 5 points, 2.3 assists and 1.5 rebounds in 18.2 minutes per game.
Gonzaga is already without junior forward Killian Tillie, who will miss another month after having surgery to repair a stress fracture in his ankle in late October.
Gonzaga, minus Crandall and Tillie, is without two key players in what had been an 8-man rotation with a healthy Crandall. The Zags will probably turn to true freshman Greg Foster Jr. and wing Zach Norvell Jr. when Perkins needs a break. Foster is averaging just 3.7 minutes in six appearances.
The toughest part of Gonzaga’s schedule is coming up with games against Creighton on Saturday, Washington on Dec. 5, Tennessee on Dec. 9 in Phoenix and North Carolina on Dec. 15. Creighton and UNC are road games.