SALT LAKE CITY — Syracuse center Arinze Onuaku will not play today against Butler in the West Regional semifinal.
Orange coach Jim Boeheim says the 6-foot-9 center is doing better but will not be available for the Butler game. Onuaku has an injured right quadriceps. Boeheim didn’t speculate on whether Onuaku would be able to play Saturday if the team advances.
Onuaku averaged 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds this season for Syracuse, which defeated Vermont by 23 and Gonzaga by 22 points without the center in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament.
UNI inks coach to 10-year deal
Northern Iowa and coach Ben Jacobson have agreed to a new 10-year deal that includes a substantial pay raise.
Panthers athletic director Troy Dannen announced the details Wednesday. It will increase Jacobson’s annual salary to $450,000 starting next season, with annual raises of $25,000 throughout the length of the contract that runs through 2020. Jacobson’s old contract paid him $289,300 per year and ran through 2016.
Northern Iowa (30-4) will face Michigan State (26-8) in the Midwest Region semifinals in St. Louis on Friday night.