Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

ND’s Francis could miss remainder of season

South Bend, IN (Sports Network) – Notre Dame center Torin Francis might miss
the rest of the season due to a lingering disc problem in his lower back.

Francis, who has posted double-doubles in seven games this season, is the
team’s leading rebounder and second-leading scorer.

The 6-foot-11, 252-pound sophomore has averaged 14.2 points and 8.8 rebounds
in 20 games this season, despite playing only portions of a couple games.
Also, his 35 blocked shots are second-most on the team.

Francis has missed Notre Dame’s last four contests and is scheduled for an MRI
exam next week.

The Irish (13-11) go on the road to play UCLA (11-13) on Saturday.