Dominic James, Marquette's starting point guard and one of the best players in program history, has been cleared to play in today's NCAA tournament game against the Missouri Tigers, according to ESPN.com.
James broke a bone in his left foot on Feb. 25 against Connecticut, and the injury seemed to be a season-ending and career-ending one for the senior.
It turns out the injury wasn't as bad as people thought.
If nothing else, having James in uniform will be a big morale boost for the Golden Eagles heading into a game that not many people think they can win.
If his foot is healthy enough for him to contribute positive minutes (and that's a big if, if you ask me), Marquette just might have life left in them to advance farther into the tournament.
It's true that Maurice Acker has filled in admirably, but he's clearly not James. Again, if he can play significant time, Wesley Matthews and Jerel McNeal just might start playing up to their potentials again.
This would be bad news for the Tigers. Stay tuned.