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Trey Davis expected to be ready for Northern Illinois

UMass backup point guard Trey Davis.

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AMHERST — University of Massachusetts freshman point guard Trey Davis spent large portions of Thursday’s practice on a stationary bike rehabilitating his injured ankle, but coach Derek Kellogg expected Davis would be ready for Saturday’s 4 p.m. game at Northern Illinois.

“He’s OK. Not being around us and the trainer for the past couple of days, he didn’t heal up quite as fast as possible,” Kellogg said. “I think he’ll be ready to play on Saturday. How much? I’m not sure. Until that point he’s going to do a lot of bike work, trying to keep his cardiovascular up.”

Davis had the best game of his young career against Ohio on Dec. 19 with two points, three assists and three rebounds in 10 minutes as he spelled a foul-plagued Chaz Williams. Kellogg was impressed enough to say he planned to play Davis more even if Williams wasn’t in foul trouble.

But Davis suffered an ankle injury in practice on Dec. 21 and missed Saturday’s win over East Carolina.

Kellogg said he’d stop the clock to get Williams, who played all 40 minutes against East Carolina, more rest against Northern Illinois if Davis was still slowed.

UMass’ emergency point guard would be junior Jesse Morgan, who was Williams’ backup last year, but Kellogg preferred not to use him there.

“We might have to (have Morgan practice) at point guard some,” said Kellogg. “We might have to use Jesse a little or use our timeouts accordingly. But I think Trey is going to play and I’d rather leave Jesse where he’s been playing so well.”

GORDON HOME — Derrick Gordon wasn’t at practice Thursday because he was allowed to extend his holiday break at home in Plainfield, N.J.

The sophomore guard, who is sitting out under NCAA transfer regulations, isn’t allowed to travel with the team this season. He stayed at home to avoid being on campus by himself when the Minutemen leave today for DeKalb, Ill.

VINSON ON DOORSTEP — Terrell Vinson (12.9 points per game) needs one point to become UMass’ 44th player to score 1,000 career points. He could move quickly up the list with Stephane Lasme (1,011) and Tyrone Weeks (1,013) within reach.

Matt Vautour can be reached at mvautour@gazettenet.com. Follow UMass coverage on Twitter at twitter.com/GazetteUMass. Get UMass coverage delivered in your Facebook news feed at www.facebook.com/GazetteUMassCoverage.

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