It's confirmed: Tyrone Wallce has sustained a broken hand for the second time this season. He will certainly be out for at the very least the first two rounds of the tournament and in all likelihood will be out for the rest of the Dance. Press release from CalBears.com:
California senior guard Tyrone Wallace broke a bone in his right hand during practice Thursday afternoon, an injury that is expected to keep him off the court for 3-5 weeks.
This marks the second time that Wallace has been sidelined by an injury this season. He broke a different bone in the same hand in practice Jan. 17and missed five games before returning. The Bears were 3-2 in his absence, including a 74-73 home victory over Arizona.
Cal's leading scorer at 15.3 ppg, who also contributes 5.4 rpg and a team-best 4.4 apg, Wallace is the only player currently among the Bears' career top 10 in scoring, assists and steals, as well as in the top 15 in rebounding. His totals are 1,613 points (8th), 437 assists (6th), 139 steals (7th) and 676 rebounds (13th).
Wallace was a first-team All-Pac-12 selection as a junior and earned honorable mention all-conference this year. A three-time Pac-12 Player of the Week during his career, he was a finalist for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award in 2014-15.
Wallace did return after about four weeks from his last hand injury, so if he was ready to go after three weeks, he might be ready for the Final Four or the national title game.
Cuonzo Martin confirmed Sam Singer will start off the bench, as he did earlier this season when Wallace went down.