Otis George will play against Cincinnati

University of Louisville forward Otis George will return to action Saturday against the Cincinnati Bearcats after missing the Cardinals past eight games with a foot injury.

No. 19 Louisville will receive a welcomed addition Saturday when they travel north to play No. 18 Cincinnati, as senior forward Otis George will return to action after missing the Cardinals past eight games because of a foot injury.

George, who has averaged 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds in five games this season, returned to practice on Thursday and will have two workouts before Louisville faces Cincinnati at U.S. Bank Arena tomorrow at 1:00 PM.

"We will play him against [Cincinnati]," said Pitino, noting that George could see 15-18 minutes of action Saturday. "We took an x-ray earlier this week and it's quite noticeable that [his foot] is healing."

George's return should help solidify a thin U of L frontcourt rotation against Cincinnati's physical cast up front that includes 6'7, 250-pound forward Jason Maxiell and 6-6, 235-pound Eric Hicks.

"He's ready to play," Pitino said. "He's done most of his cardiovascular work in the pool."

Starting guard Larry O'Bannon said he's glad to have George back because the 6-8 forward provides instant energy of the bench for the Cardinals.

"He brings energy back to the team," O'Bannon said. "We're glad to have him back."

George scored six points and hauled in six rebounds in his last outing against Kentucky. Prior to the 60-58 loss to the Wildcats, George sat out the three previous games leading up to the December 18 contest.

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