- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 26, 2002

From combined dispatches
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. While starting point guard Tom Coverdale hobbled around campus on crutches yesterday, Indiana practiced with Coverdale's likely replacement, freshman Donald Perry.
Coverdale, the Hoosiers' second-leading scorer and the player most responsible for getting his teammates into the right spots, sprained his left ankle Saturday during Indiana's 81-69 regional final victory over Kent State.
Two days after being pushed off the court in a wheelchair, Coverdale wore a boot over the injured ankle but still could not put any weight on the leg.
However, coach Mike Davis said he expected Coverdale to play Saturday against Oklahoma in the national semifinals.
"He couldn't even walk before we played North Carolina-Wilmington and he played," Davis said about the original injury Coverdale suffered in the Hoosiers' first-round game against Utah. "I think he'll definitely play because I know Tom."
Coverdale sprained his left ankle against Utah, but trainer Tim Garl said the second injury was in a different spot.
Davis said the Hoosiers would not know until Thursday whether Coverdale could play. Even if he does, Coverdale wouldn't be 100 percent.

Price right for Sooners
NORMAN, Okla. Oklahoma guard Hollis Price needs extra time to warm up before games. When he's on the sideline, a heating pad helps keep his injured right arm loose.
It must be working.
The Sooners are back in the Final Four for the first time since 1988 in large part because of Price, who went down with a gruesome elbow injury in the first round of last year's tournament.
He's averaging 18.2 points in the NCAAs this year, a remarkable turnaround for a player who needed three operations.
Price tore the triceps tendon and had nerve damage after coming down hard on an Indiana State player's lower teeth during a drive in the Sooners' loss. Price ended up with a piece of the opponent's tooth in his arm.
"I didn't know it was that severe when it happened, but it turned out to be it was," Price said. "I thank the Lord he got me through that. Coach always says that adversity makes a man, and I think it made a man out of me and a better player, too."
He's been outstanding for Oklahoma (31-4) all season.
At 6-foot-1 and just 165 pounds, Price looks almost frail on the court. But he has tremendous speed, a sweet jumper and toughness, too.
While other Sooners struggled in the first half of the regional semifinal against Arizona, Price made six 3-pointers. He had 22 of the Sooners' 33 points at halftime, keeping them close enough to rally in the second half.


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