University at Buffalo big man Justin Moss expects to be 100 percent for the Bulls' first-ever NCAA Tournament game on Friday against West Virginia.
"It's a lot better," Moss said late Tuesday morning of his sprained right ankle, which limited his explosiveness last weekend during the Mid-American Conference Tournament. "I've been getting treatment the past couple days."
Moss was limited in practice Monday and scheduled to be so again Tuesday, coach Bobby Hurley said.
"He's getting plenty of treatment, and he'll have two really good solid days of practice leading into the game on Friday," Hurley said. "I'm happy that we're playing on Friday. It gives us an extra day -- particularly with him.""
Moss played 36 minutes in UB's victory over Central Michigan in the MAC final, finishing with a double-double of 10 points and 11 rebounds.
"He played his normal minutes, or even exceeding his minutes in the championship game," Hurley said. "I think he's making progress every day. ... He knows his body better than I do, but I think we have a good plan in place getting him into the game."
Hurley said the limited practice time isn't a concern for the MAC Player of the Year.
"At this time of year, programs everywhere are very limited in their practice time anyway," Hurley said. "Most teams aren't practicing more than an hour and a half at this time of year, so Justin missing a day or two is not going to impact how he's going to play. If anything, it's going to give him a chance to heal. That's the most important thing, just that he gets his explosiveness back as much as possible."