Xavier guard Dez Wells optimistic for Sweet Sixteen after injury

Suffered bruised toe in previous game

CINCINNATI - Xavier guard Dez Wells should be good to go Friday night when him and the Xavier Musketeers attempt to make it past Baylor in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wells left the court in the first half of Xavier's 70-58 win over Lehigh Sunday evening, grimacing in pain after having his foot fallen on by an opponent. He never returned to play.

Christian Jones, Wells' godfather, told CBSSports.com that the injury is just a bruised big toe, and not a break. The Associated Press reports Wells sitting out of practice so far this week, but Jones said they are optimistic for the regional semifinal against Baylor.

"It's just kind of like turf toe," Jones told CBS Sports. "Right now, he thinks he will be fine to play Friday. He has a walking boot on, X-rays were negative."

Wells is an intricate part of the Xavier starting five, offering enhanced rebounding, a great transitional option and a high flying athleticism that draws defensive attention to him on and off the ball.

Wells averaged 10 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this season, including 14 points and 11 rebounds in Xavier's Second Round win over Notre Dame.

The Associated Press also reports Andre Walker is taking it easy after suffering blows to the head in each Tournament game, but he is expected to play in Friday night's matchup.

Tip off on Friday is at 7:15 p.m. on CBS.

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