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Posted at 9:24 PM ET, 01/25/2011

Assane Sene practices; Mike Scott's surgery date set

By Steve Yanda

Virginia Coach Tony Bennett said Tuesday night that senior forward Mike Scott will undergo his second ankle surgery of the season Sunday. Bennett had announced Jan. 10 that Scott would miss the remainder of the season due to a left ankle injury that originally sidelined the player in mid-December.

The date of the surgery -- which will include cartilage work and the removal of impinging bone spurs -- had to be pushed back a bit until the team surgeon returned from a trip out of the country, according to Bennett. Scott will be examined by the surgeon Friday before undergoing the procedure two days later. Recovery time is expected to take 3-4 months.

With Scott out of commission, junior center Assane Sene has had to take on a larger role for the Cavaliers (11-8, 2-3 ACC). Sene has averaged 5.8 points and 6.8 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game in Virginia's past six contests.

Sene rolled his left ankle near the end of Wednesday's 70-67 loss at Boston College, but started and logged 23 minutes during Saturday's 72-64 win over Georgia Tech. He practiced in pain Tuesday and said he expects to play Thursday against Maryland (12-7, 2-3).

How effective Sene is in containing Terrapins forward Jordan Williams will factor significantly into Virginia's chances for victory. Williams is averaging 17.6 points and 12.1 rebounds per game to lead Maryland in both categories.

The ankle "is feeling a little bit better," Sene said Tuesday night. "It’s hurting, but it’s just mental. I’m trying to just forget about it and just play hard, run the floor and get ready for the (Maryland) game, because that will be one of our best games of the season. I’m looking forward to that game ... I mean, it’s hurting, but I’m going to play."

By Steve Yanda  | January 25, 2011; 9:24 PM ET
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Comments

Thanks for the update Steve, and great job on the blog and coverage of the Hoos. Really hoping Scott's ankle heals up and he comes back strong next season. Sene has been a pleasant surprise - really developed well this year as a difference-maker on D. If he could figure out how to finish in the paint and sink free throws, he'd be a force.

Posted by: 2kHoo | January 26, 2011 8:34 AM | Report abuse

2kHoo, I agree regarding Sene. His hard work is really starting to pay dividends. Now if he could cut down on his fouls a bit...

Posted by: frenchyb | January 26, 2011 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Get better quickly, big boy. We need you.

He's definitely improving as the season progresses. I hope Coach Bennett has him doing drills and exercises to improve his hand strength, to keep balls from getting slapped away on putbacks.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 26, 2011 3:09 PM | Report abuse

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