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Blair should play against Marquette

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Pitt coach Jamie Dixon is optimistic star center DeJuan Blair will be able to play against Marquette on Wednesday after suffering a minor knee injury on Saturday night at Seton Hall.

Blair, the team’s second leading scorer and leading rebounder, sustained a hyperextended left knee less than three minutes into the game when he banged knees with Seton Hall guard Jeremy Hazell. Blair returned to play 26 minutes, finishing with nine points and 10 rebounds.

Blair underwent testing in Pittsburgh on Sunday after the Panthers returned from their 89-78 victory over the Pirates. Dixon said Blair had some soreness in the back of his knee, but no swelling.

“He seems pretty good about it,” Dixon said. “We will see how he feels (Monday). All signs are pretty good. It was a little scary there at first, but he seems all right.”

Pitt (26-3, 13-3 Big East) plays Marquette (23-6, 12-4) at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Petersen Events Center. With a victory, Pitt would clinch no worse than third place in the Big East.

In other injury news, Dixon said Gilbert Brown, limited to 10 minutes at Seton Hall with a sprained ankle, should be able to play against Marquette.

“Gilbert seems all right,” Dixon said.

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