Nebraska freshman guard Amir Harris is likely to miss the Big Ten Tournament after suffering a knee injury against Iowa, the Huskers announced Monday.

Harris injured the meniscus in his his left knee at some point in the game against the Hawkeyes, playing through the injury to hit two clutch free throws near the end of regulation and make the game-winning layup in overtime.

An MRI Monday afternoon confirmed the injury. NU coach Tim Miles said Harris was on crutches Monday. The injury is yet another blow to a team that has been ravaged by injuries and suspensions this season.

Nebraska will likely have just six scholarship players and two walk-ons available for this week's Big Ten Tournament, depending on the status of sophomore guard Thomas Allen.

Allen sprained his ankle against Michigan. Miles said on Monday's Big Ten coaches teleconference his status is "questionable at best" for Wednesday's game against Rutgers that tips off at 5:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago.

Harris's winning layup came with 10 seconds left when he drove past a pair of defenders in Nebraska's 93-91 overtime win against Iowa on Senior Day at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

The Frederick, Maryland, native played the best game of his young college career against the Hawkeyes, finishing with eight points, 10 rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot. 

It's already been a trying year for the 6-foot-6, 205-pound Harris, who missed six games in December and January after coming down with mononucleosis. 

Harris averages 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game but seemed to turn a corner in the past couple weeks, playing 24 minutes against Michigan and starting against Michigan State at Iowa.

Nebraska is already without Isaac Copeland, who tore his ACL against Ohio State, and freshman Karrington Davis, who tore his Achilles tendon in preseason workouts back in October. Nana Akenten was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules after the Michigan State game.

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