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Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Pitino: Gorgui Dieng to return

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Louisville junior center Gorgui Dieng will return to the lineup Saturday against Kentucky, coach Rick Pitino told CBSSports.com.

Dieng has been out since Nov. 23 with a broken left wrist. Pitino told the website that Dieng practiced Wednesday.

Dieng, a 6-foot-11 big man, had a screw inserted into his scaphoid bone after injuring himself against Missouri.

While Dieng was sidelined, 6-10 sophomore center Zach Price, 6-9 senior forward Stephan Van Treese and 6-8 freshman center Montrezl Harrell stepped in to fill the void.

Dieng fell taking a charge during the Cardinals' 84-61 victory in the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in the Bahamas. He returned with his wrist taped and played 24 total minutes but missed Saturday's loss to Duke in the championship.

Dieng is averaging 8.2 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks for No. 5 Louisville (5-1). He set a single-season school record with 128 blocks as a sophomore to lead the Big East.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.