Temple's Wyatt says thumb OK, ready for Indiana

March 23, 2013 - 2:28 PM
NCAA Temple Basketball

Temple players, from left,, Khalif Wyatt, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson, and T.J. DiLeo, answer questions during a news conference at the NCAA college basketball tournament, Saturday, March 23, 2013, in Dayton, Ohio. Temple plays Indiana in the third round on Sunday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Temple star guard Khalif Wyatt says his injured left thumb should not be a problem when the Owls play top-seeded Indiana in the NCAA tournament.

The Atlantic 10's player of the year got hurt in the second half of Friday's win over North Carolina State. He came out briefly to get his thumb taped and scored 31 points as the Owls advanced to face the Hoosiers. Wyatt said Saturday that X-rays were negative.

Owls coach Fran Dunphy expects Wyatt to be a "little tender" against Indiana on Sunday. Wyatt was checked by the team's doctor again Saturday, and Dunphy says the senior didn't have any trouble with his thumb during practice. Dunphy says the biggest concern is Wyatt's ability to catch the ball, but he doesn't think the injury "is a huge concern."