Dominic James: You're Going In

Tim SeemanAnalyst IMarch 22, 2009

MILWAUKEE - FEBRUARY 25: Dominic James #1 of the Marquette Golden Eagles brings the ball upcourt against the Connecticut Huskies before breaking a bone in his foot during the first half on February 25, 2009 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Connecticut defeated Marquette 93-82. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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.