Wojciechowski tests sore ankle, expects to play little today Gibbons graduate says he could relieve Collins

March 14, 1996|By Don Markus and Paul McMullen | By Don Markus and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF

INDIANAPOLIS - Before practice yesterday at the RCA Dome, Duke guard Steve Wojciechowski wasn't quite sure whether he would play in today's NCAA Southeast Regional first-round game against Eastern Michigan.

"I just got off crutches two days ago and I haven't tested it yet," Wojciechowski said of the ankle he severely sprained in last week's ACC tournament quarterfinal loss to Maryland.

When told that teammate Greg Newton had said Wojciechowski was "80 percent", the 5-foot-11 sophomore from Cardinal Gibbons smiled. "I didn't know Greg had his medical degree," Wojciechowski said. "Eighty percent would be really optimistic."

After participating in some but not all of his team's workout he didn't do any of the defensive drills Wojciechowski said that he planned to play if called upon. Considering the quickness in Eastern Michigan's backcourt, especially 5-5 point guard Earl Boykins, Wojciechowski doesn't expect to play much.

"It felt better than I anticipated, but I still can't push off on it," Wojciechowski said after practice. "If I can give Chris [Collins] a couple of minutes before a TV timeout, that would help."

Said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski: "Wojo is very doubtful. He is not even close to 100 percent."

Collins is coming back, too. The senior guard who was so responsible for the Blue Devils making the tournament missed the Maryland game after reinjuring the foot he broke last year midway through the second half of a regular-season-ending loss to North Carolina. Collins is also coming off a bout with the flu.

Pub Date: 3/14/96

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