Myles questionable; but may see action vs. Vols

Will Ellis Myles play against Tennessee Saturday afternoon? That's perhaps the biggest question - along with finding a way to stop the Volunteers perimeter shooters - confronting Louisville coach Rick Pitino heading into tomorrow's non-conference showdown.

Will Ellis Myles play against Tennessee Saturday afternoon? That's perhaps the biggest question - along with finding a way to stop the Volunteers perimeter shooters - confronting Louisville coach Rick Pitino heading into tomorrow's non-conference showdown.

Myles, U of L's leading rebounder and starting center, broke the thumb on his left hand Wednesday night in a 92-41 romp over East Carolina. And though Pitino says his 6-foot-7 rebounding machine is questionable, he won't rule out Myles seeing some action against Tennessee.

"I would say he's questionable, he hasn't practiced," Pitino said Friday. "I can't rule anything out; I can rule out that he won't be overly effective right away."

Pitino said Myles probably won't be at full strength for another 3-4 weeks; though he expects once the swelling and pain subside, the senior from Compton, California will be able to contribute.

"It's going to take time for him to get used to playing with the splint on," Pitino said. "He still has pain but once the swelling goes down, the pain will go away."

Just as they have all season, Pitino says his team won't allow the continuing rash of injuries to derail them from their ultimate goal.

"We're just going to play through whatever problems we have and just keep on winning," Pitino said. "We can't let anything deter us from our goal of winning."

If Myles isn't able to start, Pitino indicated he wouldn't turn to 6-foot-8 Otis George, even though the senior forward has played extremely well since returning from the injured list last weekend against Cincinnati.

"We won't start Otis - we may start Perrin or Farley - we like Otis coming off the bench," Pitino said. "We'd rather substitute with strength rather than weakness. We need Otis to play about thrity minutes in this game so we can't have him getting in early foul trouble and sitting on the bench for a half."

The Cardinals, ranked No. 14 this week, put their four-game win streak on the line Saturday at 4 PM against Tennessee in Freedom Hall.


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