Tuesday, December 20, 2005

UCLA Men's Basketball Injury Update (12/20)

By Bruin Basketball Report

It appears the Shipp will not set sail just yet, at least not against Wagner. At today's Bruin basketball press conference, coach Ben Howland announced Josh Shipp will not play in tomorrow's game.

Although the Sacramento St. game on Saturday is still a remote possibility, the Pac-10 opener against Stanford on Dec. 29 will likely be the first game Shipp plays.

Shipp, who had hip surgery in September, began practicing with the team last week. Howland had hoped for him to play in at least one or two of the non-conference games to give Shipp some game experience before conference play.

Alfred Aboya (knee) and Michael Fey (ankle), who both played limited minutes against Michigan on Saturday, are expected to play tomorrow. Aboya played only 7 minutes mostly at power forward and Fey played only 2 minutes.

Lorenzo Mata (concussion) is expected to play against Wagner although he has been battling the flu this week. Mata started at center on Saturday against the Wolverines and grabbed 6 rebounds and had 1 blocked shot in 10 minutes of play.

Tomorrow's game against the Wagner Seahawks is scheduled to start at 7:30PM PT.



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