Alabama basketball star Brandon Miller expected to play vs Maryland in NCAA Tournament | Source

Nick Kelly
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama basketball forward Brandon Miller is expected to play against Maryland, a source confirmed to The Tuscaloosa News on Saturday.

Miller is dealing with a groin injury, so he's not 100%, but he is not expected to be on any type of minute restriction.

Miller played only 19 minutes in the win over Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Thursday and did not score as he finished 0-for-5 with five rebounds, three assists and one block against the Islanders. The SEC player of the year started dealing with the groin injury Sunday during the SEC Tournament.

Miller was held out of live practice drills Friday, Alabama coach Nate Oats said. Miller said Friday he has pain all around the groin area.

"Trying not to do too much and injure it some more," Miller said. "I think you know when you’re doing too much, when something is really just aggravating you. When it gets real bothered, I try not to force anything and make it worse."

Miller was also asked Friday if he feels he's 100%.

"I'm always going to tell you I'm 100%," Miller said. "Right now, I'm 100%."

Miller was going to participate in non-live work in practice Friday so he can move well and shoot the basketball well.

"It obviously wasn't one of his better games to open," Oats said, "but I think knowing Brandon and how tough he is, physically, mentally, I think he'll be ready to go tomorrow."

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