UConn's R.J. Cole cleared to play on Saturday against Maryland

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UConn R.J. Cole blue defense

UConn head coach Dan Hurley spoke to media on Friday ahead of the team's NCAA Tournament matchup with Maryland on Saturday night, announcing that guard R.J. Cole has been cleared to play.

"R.J. is cleared this morning by the medical people," Hurley said. "So obviously if there's no setbacks between now and game-time he's a go. We practice a little bit later in the afternoon today, and that'll be our only practice for the day here."

The junior suffered a concussion on a hard fall against Creighton in the Big East Tournament semifinal game. The Huskies would end up losing the game 59-56 as Cole had just five points in 30 minutes of action.

He finished second on the team in scoring this year behind star guard James Bouknight. Cole averaged 12.3 points, 4.4 assists, and 2.9 rebounds per game over 22 games in his first season at UConn. He sat out last year after transferring from Howard, where he had two strong seasons, averaging 23.7 points (2017-18) and 21.4 points (2018-19) per game respectively.