UPDATE: Good thing we just did a post on this...
According the Jeff Goodman of FOXSports.com, Elias Harris did NOT tear his achilles. He'll miss about a week. Now, the question is whether or not he will be available for the CBE Classic. Gonzaga gets Kansas State on Monday, and could face Duke or Marquette on Tuesday depending Monday's results.
Losing to San Diego State is a loss Gonzaga can overcome.
The Aztecs are criminally underrated (well, maybe not anymore) and got a career game out of one of their best players. The Zags still have plenty of opportunities to pick up enough quality wins to earn an at-large big.
A loss they cannot overcome would be Elias Harris.
Harris injured his shoulder a few weeks ago, so when he wasn't on the floor at the end of the game, that was the reason that some suspected. It turns out that he suffered a potentially serious foot injury:
Gonzaga standout sophomore forward Elias Harris left with an injury late in the game. "I think it's my Achilles' (tendon)," said Harris, who will have an MRI today. "I heard something pop. I couldn't get up in the air and I couldn't run any more."If that's the case, then Harris will miss the rest of the season. He's getting an MRI today. It would be a huge blow to the Zags, as he was the favorite to win the WCC Player of the Year award in the preseason.
You can't replace a talent like Harris -- he's going to be a lottery pick whenever he turns pro -- but Gonzaga does have some pieces to make up for the loss. Kelly Olynyk and Sam Dower have been good early in the season, and Steven Gray is playing the best basketball of his career right now.
This team is still good enough to win the WCC.
But with the injury Harris, their Final Four aspirations may be headed out the window.