Chris Wright Will Play In 2011 NCAA Tournament

Chris Wright announced that he will play in the 2011 NCAA Tournament after missing four games with a broken hand. He is expected to go through his first full practice on Monday.

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Chris Wright Announces He Will Play In NCAA Tournament

The Georgetown Hoyas will have the services of guard Chris Wright for the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The senior, who has been out of action since February 25 with a broken hand, announces on his Twitter account that he will indeed play in the NCAA Tournament.

Everybody wondering if im playing in the NCAA's. Yes i will be playing.less than a minute ago via Echofon

 

Earlier, Comcast SportsNet's Ron Thompson reported that Wright has been cleared to play and will begin practicing with the team on Monday. The Hoyas had floundered without Wright, losing four straight games, including a 79-62 loss in the second round of the Big East Tournament. It remains unclear how healthy Wright will be, but the hope for the Hoyas is that they can get a favorable seed because those four losses came without Wright in the lineup.

Wright will have been sidelined for three weeks by the time the Hoyas play their first-round NCAA Tournament game.

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Chris Wright Injury To Sideline Hoyas Guard For Big East Tournament, But Not NCAA Tournament

The Georgetown Hoyas continue to take the same stance they've always taken with Chris Wright's injury. Coach John Thompson III said the Hoyas will not have their star senior guard for the Big East Tournament, but are still planning on having him back when the NCAA Tournament begins on either March 17 or March 18.

Via Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post:

JTIII all but ruled out Wright for the BE tournament. Said the expectation is that the #Hoyas will get their PG back for NCAAs.    

Wright underwent hand surgery on February 24, one day after the injury took him out against Cincinnati. The Hoyas have faltered badly with him out of the lineup, losing all three games with him sidelined. The Hoyas are a lock for the NCAA Tournament, but their seed is likely highly dependent on how healthy Wright will be once the NCAA Tournament begins.

The Hoyas are the No. 8 seed in the Big East Tournament and will play No. 9 seed Connecticut on Wednesday at noon. The Huskies advanced with a 97-71 win over Seton Hall on Tuesday.

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Chris Wright Will Likely Miss Big East Tournament, Could Return By NCAA

Chris Wright had successful surgery on his hand yesterday, and team officials are expecting him to return before the end of the season. Now we have a slightly better idea of when that return might be, according to Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post.

Although Georgetown did not provide an exact timetable, it appears the Hoyas' point guard - arguably Georgetown's most indispensable player - will miss the Big East tournament, which begins March 8 at Madison Square Garden. However, Wright could return for the first round of the NCAA tournament about a week later, a time frame an orthopedic surgeon agreed is reasonable.

Wright is also described by El-Bashir as the most integral part of Georgetown's team, so his return can't come fast enough. Not having him for the Big East tournament will definitely hurt, but the Hoyas will make the tournament as an at large anyway, and the extra days off that come with an early exit might actually be beneficial for the rest of the team.

He also points out that recovery is different for every athlete, depending on their resiliency and commitment to rehab. Wright seems to be a hard worker, so there is no reason to believe that he will take any longer to get back than the doctors in the article suggest.

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Chris Wright Undergoes Hand Surgery, Expected To Return This Season

Georgetown Hoyas guard Chris Wright broke his hand in the game against Cincinnati last night, and at the time, we didn't know too much about the severity of the injury or a timetable for his return. Things have become a little more clear. Tarik El-Bashir is reporting that Chris Wright has undergone surgery on his hand, but might return earlier than some have been speculating.

#Hoyas Chris Wright had surgery to repair third metacarpal on left (non-shooting) hand this am. Team expects his return this season.

The fact that it is on his non-shooting hand makes a pretty big difference in this case. It may mean that Wright is able to play a little bit sooner, because his left hand will not undergo nearly as much stress over the course of a game as his right hand does. But because he handles the ball with both, it will still be subject to some potential hits when he gets back. El-Bashir also reports that Hoyas coach John Thompson III echoes the expectations that Wright will be back before the end of the season.

JTIII on CW4: "Our medical staff is optimistic ...do not have exact timetable ...[but] we expect to have Chris back before end of season."

Things are looking pretty good that he could get back, but who knows how the injury might affect him when he does return.

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Timetable For Chris Wright's Return From Broken Hand Still Unknown

Chris Wright left Georgetown's game against Cincinnati with a broken hand last night, and while he tried to return on two seperate occasions with varying degrees of wraps on the hand, he had to retire early. According to Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post, at the time of the game's conclusion last night, the severity of the injury was still unknown. To his credit, Wright tried to stay in the game as long as he could, and coach John Thompson III says that means a lot.

"He's a tough kid," Coach John Thompson III said. "He would play with one hand if he could. One trip up the court and you could see he was in excruciating pain. The doctor and trainer came over and said, 'We're pretty sure it's broke.' For him to ask to come out, he's in a lot of pain. He's as tough as they come."

Wright is the calming influence on the Georgetown team. Freeman may be the star, but Wright s the one who gets the ball to him in the right positions to score. His play on the court, and his ability to keep the team calm and composed will sorely be missed. We saw what happened last night when they didn't have Wright out there to maintain a level head. The team fell apart on offense. It will be very difficult for the Hoyas to replace Wright, and depending on how long he is out, this could be a significant blow to their NCAA Tournament chances.

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Chris Wright Suffers Broken Hand Injury, Damaging Georgetown's NCAA Title Hopes

The Georgetown Hoyas lost at home to Cincinnati on Wednesday night, but they suffered what may be a much more devastating loss midway through the second half. Senior point guard Chris Wright, described as the heart and soul of the team by many, has a broken hand injury and his timetable is unknown, according to coach John Thompson III.

Via The Hoya:

Chris Wright has a broken left hand. JTIII does not have a timetable at this time.#Hoyas

It's not clear exactly which play led to the injury. Wright was holding his wrist after a turnover early in the second half, coming out for good when he couldn't even catch a pass just before the 16-minute TV timeout. It also remains unclear exactly where on his left hand he is hurting.

Either way, it's a potentially devastating blow to the Hoyas, who were just starting to put things together to go on a deep run in March. Selection Sunday is just over two and a half weeks away, and the first round of the NCAA Tournament is three weeks away. 

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