Vanderbilt center, leading scorer Liam Robbins out for season after leg fracture

Vanderbilt has won seven of its past eight games, and will wrap up its regular season on Saturday against Mississippi State.

Vanderbilt forward Liam Robbins

Vanderbilt big man and leading scorer Liam Robbins will miss the rest of the season with a leg injury, the Commodores announced on Friday.

Robbins left Wednesday’s win over No. 23 Kentucky in the opening minutes after he landed awkwardly after going up for a rebound. Coach Jerry Stackhouse then confirmed on 102.5 The Game on Friday that Robbins underwent surgery to repair a lower leg fracture.

"Liam has been unbelievable for us this year," Stackhouse said, via The Associated Press. "He's gotten better and better since he's been here. He's battled with some injuries before that, but when he's playing at a high level, it elevated our team to a high level, gave our whole team a lot of confidence."

Robbins led Vanderbilt with a career-high 15 points and 6.8 rebounds per game this season. The 7-footer racked up an SEC-best 82 blocks, which averaged out to 3.2 blocks per game. Only Western Kentucky’s Jamarion Sharp averaged more in the country.

Robbins transferred to Vanderbilt before last season after spending time at both Minnesota and Drake. The Iowa native helped Vanderbilt win seven of its past eight games, including one over then-No. 6 Tennessee. The Commodores will wrap up their regular season on Saturday against Mississippi State. They sit in sixth in the SEC standings, and will likely need to make a significant run in Nashville to make the NCAA tournament — something the program hasn’t done since 2017.