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Mangok Mathiang off crutches, out of walking boot

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For the first time since breaking a bone in his right foot during the second half of Louisville's Dec. 19 victory over Western Kentucky, Mangok Mathiang is off crutches and out of a walking boot.

Mathiang, one of Louisville's three captains for this season, was averaging 6.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game before suffering the injury. The 6'10 center is in the fourth week of a rehabilitation process that was originally proclaimed to last 6-8 weeks.

Earlier this month, Rick Pitino said he expected Mathiang's rehab to last six weeks, a prognosis that would have him back on the court for U of L's Feb. 1 game against North Carolina.