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Landesberg returns, still feels effects from injury

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Tony Bennett glanced at the box score in front of him, saw Sylven Landesberg's minutes played (36) and observed it was a lot of minutes. That's especially true because Wednesday's loss to Boston College was Landesberg's first game since last Tuesday against Miami after a thigh injury sidelined the Virginia star on Sunday against Duke.

Landesberg wore a brace that extended from the knee to the thigh, and he appeared slowed at times. He would sometimes rub the leg, and it was clear that although healthy enough to play, he was not healthy enough to return to his former self.

"It was tough; I'm not going to lie," Landesberg said. "I hit my leg, and it started up again. But I tried."

Landesberg scored 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting. He made only 1 of 6 three-pointers and missed a pair of free throws. When he missed, it was usually front rim.

"That was definitely the result of not having my legs under me," Landesberg said. "I felt if it was a regular day, they definitely would have gone in. A lot of teams, jump shots were missing short. As soon as I come back 100 percent, it won't happen again."

At least he played. In his first time available to reporters since the injury, Landesberg expressed his frustration with missing the Duke game. It was the first game he missed in his career -- information that the sophomore quickly shared -- and said he learned from the sidelines.

He said it's easier to watch from the sidelines, because plays appear easy to make when, in reality, they're difficult.

"I just kept talking to the guys, trying to be a coach on the baseline," Landesberg said. "But it was hard, just sitting there."

By Zach Berman  |  March 4, 2010; 11:14 AM ET
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