St. Mary's gets Mills for tourney

Updated: March 4, 2009, 1:38 PM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

Saint Mary's chances for an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament increased dramatically Monday after Australian Olympic guard Patty Mills was cleared to play in the WCC tournament later this week in Las Vegas.

Mills told ESPN.com Monday after visiting his surgeon that the fracture in his right hand that kept him out of the last nine games has healed enough to allow him to play in the tournament.

"The bone healed faster than they expected," Mills said. "Like any player ...

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