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Stokes will give it a try

Corey Stokes will be in uniform and available to play for Villanova in tonight's game against South Florida in the first round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.

Stokes will give it a try

Corey Stokes will be in uniform and available to play for Villanova in tonight's game against South Florida in the first round of the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden.

A team spokesman said Stokes tried out his injured left hamstring warming up about 90 minutes before the opening tipoff and reported that the leg felt good.

The spokesman added that Stokes would not be starting but would come off the bench. Isaiah Armwood probably will take his place in the starting lineup, with coach Jay Wright keeping Dominic Cheek -- the starter in the Cats' previous game at Pittsburgh -- on the bench to relieve Corey Fisher or Maalik Wayns.

Stokes aggravated a hamstring pull from earlier in the season toward the end of practice last Thursday. He sat out the Pitt game and was considered doubtful for Tuesday night, particularly after Wright said Stokes would have to be at 100 percent in order to play.

Asked if Stokes was 100 percent, the spokesman replied, "I wouldn't say that, but he feels good."

In the Cats' Jan. 6 win over South Florida, Stokes connected on all five of his three-point attempts and scored 22 points.

--Joe Juliano

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays. Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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