Myles doubtful this weekend against Tennessee

6-8 Ellis Myles, No. 14 Louisville's starting center and leading rebounder, is doubtful to play Saturday against Tennessee after breaking the thumb in his non-shooting hand Wednesday evening in a 92-41 victory over East Carolina.

University of Louisville forward Ellis Myles is doubtful for the Cardinals' men's basketball game against Tennessee in Freedom Hall on Saturday (Jan. 22).

Myles suffered a non-displaced fracture of his left thumb when fouled with 11:39 remaining in the first half of Louisville's 92-41 victory over against East Carolina on Wednesday. He returned to action, producing five points and 10 rebounds in 22 minutes. The break was discovered in postgame x-rays taken by Jewish Hospital at Freedom Hall. The thumb has been splinted and Myles will continue to receive treatment, hopefully returning to action against Marquette on Jan. 26.

"Once the pain subsides, we expect Ellis to be able to play with a splint," said U of L Head Coach Rick Pitino. "After all, one of Louisville's all-time great players -- Wiley Brown -- won a national championship playing without a thumb, so we expect Ellis to play with a splinted thumb. We need his low-post presence and toughness on the court."

A beast on the boards, Myles is averaging nearly a double-double for the Cardinals. His 9.4 rebounds per game is second best in C-USA and 22nd in the NCAA. He has 33 career double-digit rebounding efforts, including 11 of his last 15 games. He missed the Cards' game against IUPUI on Dec. 21 with tightness in the hamstring of his right leg.

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