Justin Jackson to start at Louisville

Justin Jackson will return to start Thursday for No. 13 Cincinnati at No. 12 Louisville, coach Mick Cronin said.

Jackson injured his ankle just six minutes into Sunday's win at Temple. The Bearcats had called him questionable leading into Thursday night's game (7 p.m. ET, ESPN).

The 6-foot-8 Jackson is Cincinnati's second-leading scorer at 11.1 points per game and leading rebounder with 7.0 per game.

Besides being a local rivalry, Thursday's game is key for the Bearcats (19-2), who are unbeaten at 8-0 in the American Athletic Conference. Louisville is in second place in the conference at 6-1.

ESPN.com's Jeff Goodman and Andy Katz contributed to this report.