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Personnel updates

- Virginia forward Jamil Tucker continues to practice for the Cavaliers after returning from a leave of absence on Nov. 27. However, Tucker still is not expected to play in Saturday's game against UNC Wilmington.

"He's practicing, and we'll see where it goes from this point on," Coach Tony Bennett said.

- Power forward Mike Scott did not play in a Dec. 7 loss to Auburn because of an injured ankle. Scott entered the game averaging 13.1 points and 9.3 rebounds in 29.4 minutes. Although Scott has had nearly two weeks to heal, he remains day-to-day.

Scott suffered a high-ankle sprain that usually lingers and has been running in the team's aquatic treadmill to alleviate the weight on the ankle.

"Time heals, but therapy amuses," Bennett said. "He's progressing, I know that. So that's positive. We're hoping we'd be a little further along. We're not going to rush him, that's for sure. He knows when it's right."

- Center Assane Sene has not taken the role expected following his three-game suspension earlier this season. Sene did not play in a Nov. 30 loss to Penn State because of a coach's decision. He played a season-high 20 minutes against Auburn, which could be a sign more playing time is on the way.

Sene's suspension and an injured ankle put him behind in the preseason.

"He's had a pretty good week in practice," Bennett said. "Obviously, [Jerome Meyinsse] has played well, [Will Sherrill] has done some good things, so it's just a matter of fighting and competing, and trying to establish himself. I think there is a lot of parity on this team. Hopefully Assane, as he continues to improve and work, will carve out some more opportunities for himself."

By Zach Berman  |  December 18, 2009; 9:42 AM ET
 
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