FAYETTEVILLE -- Gophers senior center Bakary Konate will miss Saturday's game at Arkansas with a concussion, according to the team.
Konate, a 6-foot-11 Mali native, suffered the injury in practice earlier this week and did not make the trip to Arkansas. He's averaging 1.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.2 blocks in 8.1 minutes this season.
The primary backup for starting center Reggie Lynch will likely now be 6-10 senior Gaston Diedhiou, who averaged 3.0 points and 0.5 rebounds only playing in two games this season. Diedhiou's last appearance was in a 100-57 win Nov. 21 against Alabama A&M at home.
The Gophers were already shorthanded inside this year when 6-9 sophomore Eric Curry suffered a season-ending knee injury in August.
In last season's win against Arkansas at home, Curry had 12 points replacing Lynch in the middle. Lynch left the game with an ankle injury in the second half and didn't return.
Minnesota suffered a 78-68 loss Tuesday at Nebraska with Konate going scoreless with two rebounds and two fouls in six minutes.