Could Bruce Brown play if Miami Hurricanes advance in NCAA Tournament

Miami Hurricanes star Sophomore guard Bruce Brown will dress for Thursday’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against Loyola-Chicago. Could he play if Miami advances?

Miami Hurricanes Head Coach Jim Larranaga spoke to reporters on Tuesday about the possibility of one of his star players playing if the U advances to the second round. Brown has missed the last 13 games after requiring surgery on his left foot.

At the time of the injury, Brown was second to Dewan Huell in scoring and led Miami in rebounding and assists. Brown’s absence and playmaking ability have significantly impacted Huell’s scoring.

In Brown’s absence, Huell is averaging just 9.1 points per game and shooting 48.3 percent from the floor. Before Brown’s injury, Huell was averaging 13.4 points PPG and shooting 62.2 percent from the floor. Miami needs his before performance in the NCAA Tournament to advance.

When he met with reporters on Sunday night Larranaga indicated the only way Brown would suit up for the Miami Hurricanes again would be to return for his Junior season. He seems to have backed off a bit from that on Tuesday.

“For those of you who don’t know,…it’s going to be a shock for everybody, Bruce Brown will be dressing come Thursday. He won’t play, but he wants to be in uniform.”

Brown had his checkup with doctors on Monday. No report was released on his current status. Larranaga wouldn’t answer when asked if Brown could play on Saturday. He said:

“The first thing is, we’ve got to play well enough to win the game…Then after that, you make decisions one day at a time.”

The Hurricanes have been able to absorb Brown’s absence because of a deep backcourt. Freshmen Chris Lykes and Lonnie Walker, Sophomore D.J. Vasiljevic and Senior Ja’Quan Newton. Those four have shuffled in and out of the starting lineup since Brown went down.

Walker has since become the team’s leading scorer averaging 11.5 points per game. Lykes was Miami’s second leading scorer in ACC play to Walker at 11.9 points per game. Newton and Vasiljevic both averaged over seven points per game in the conference.