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Kansas’s David McCormack available for NCAA First Round vs. Eastern Washington

The big man for the Jayhawks is arriving at the NCAA bubble in Indiana on Friday.

Kansas Jayhawks forward David McCormack celebrates after a score during the second half against the UTEP Miners at Allen Fieldhouse. Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas big man David McCormack will be cleared to join his teammates in the NCAA Tournament pseudo-bubble on Friday, according to head coach Bill Self today.

But his teammate guard Jalen Wilson won’t be with the team for their first round game against Eastern Washington, as he’ll still be in Lawrence until he can clear the COVID-19 protocol as well.

These are needed players for the Jayhawks even for the first weekend. The junior McCormack averages 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds per game, while the sophomore Wilson gets 12.1 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest. In a field as deep as this NCAA Tournament, every player makes a difference.

Right now the Jayhawks are a 10.5-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, which is the same line as before this announcement.

Dutch sophomore Tristan Enaruna will miss the first two games due to another positive test this week, and will miss all of the first weekend.