Miami basketball continues without Chris Lykes and Kam McGusty vs. NC State

MIAMI, FLORIDA - DECEMBER 08:(Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
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Starting guards Chris Lykes and Kameron McGusty continue to be out for the Miami basketball team with injuries against Noth Carolina State on Saturday.

The Miami basketball continues to be without starting guards Chris Lykes and Kameron McGusty who are out with an injured ankle and hamstring respectively for the Hurricanes game Saturday afternoon at North Carolina State. Lykes is out for the eighth straight game and McGusty is missing his fourth out of five.

Miami has lost four in a row and five of their last six games. The Hurricanes 0-4 start without Lykes and McGusty only playing in one conference game is the worst of the Jim Larranaga era. Once expected to be a roster full of seniors, Miami is missing four of its most experienced players.

In addition to Lykes and McGusty being out, the Miami basketball roster is missing redshirt seniors, center Rodney Miller and forward Sam Waardenburg who are out for the season. Miller is out for the season after MCL surgery on his knee. Waardenburg required foot surgery that ended his season.

Lykes is the Hurricanes second leading scorer averaging 15.5 points per game and has contributed 4.0 rebounds per game while leading Miami with 5.5 assists per game in two contests. Without Lykes and McGusty, sophomore guard Isaiah Wong is having an All-ACC caliber season. Wong is averaging 16.8 PPPG, 5.7 PPG and 1.8 APG.

On the pre-game show on WQAM, Miami coach Jim Larranaga told Hurricanes play-by-play announcer Joe Zagacki he hopes to get Lykes back for their Tuesday game at Boston College. McGusty who had originally been expected to return versus North Carolina State will now be out through next Saturday against Louisville.

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Getting healthy will be critical for Miami who has started 0-4 in the ACC for the first time. The Hurricanes are in a stretch of five games out of its next seven on the road beginning with the Saturday game against North Carolina State. Miami began the season with nine of its first 10 at home.